Date of Award

Summer 8-7-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Rosa Mazurett-Boyle, Ed.D.


When English language learners (ELLs) move from one country to another, their social, emotional, and psychological well-being is affected in school. Culture shock impedes ELLs’ academic abilities. This problem emerges from the growing number of ELLs in our country today. This number will continue to grow which should motivate teachers to become more informed on the problems that our ELLs face. The literature suggests that there are four phases of culture shock; teachers must advocate for ELLs; and it is imperative for ELLs to keep their identity in school while learning about the new culture. The PD aims to educate participants about how culture shock effects ELLs. This way, appropriate action can be taken. During the PD, participants will collaborate, share stories, and learn about this overlooked reality that students face. Research should continue to be conducted to learn more about how culture shock effects students of all ages throughout their schooling careers.

PD-Lauren-brown (2).mov (36899 kB)
30 Minute Presentation on the PD