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Elaine Gowie-Fleischer

Elaine Gowie-Fleischer is an educator with over 30 years teaching experience, ranging from teaching in kindergarten to university student teachers. Her Masters in Multicultural and International Education has grounded her in what is important in today’s diverse classrooms. She is passionate about supporting English teachers who teach newly arrived students with little or no experience of English by reaching out via her social media groups, of which she has over 4000 members. Her workshops and webinars support teachers by finding ways to bring these students to the exam table with success. For 8 years she has created projects involving giving students the power of engagement through language and friendship. One of her project SKILLS is about students helping students. Once a week students meet to tutor other students that need help with school. (In addition it is a social arena for students that would not normally meet). She is currently collaborating with OsloMet and the University of Reykjavik on the use of photographs and belonging. This year she started up a new project about family engagement. In this project Elaine acts as a bridge between school and home for newly arrived families who struggle to navigate the Norwegian school system. She has received several awards for her projects and won a national competition (with three others) to travel to Stockholm for the Nobel Prize Teacher Summit.