Better Together: Overseas and Domestic Trainers Share Their Takeaways from February Exchange

Although they are connected by the refugees they serve, overseas and domestic Cultural Orientation providers do not usually have regular contact during their workdays. This changed last month, when CORE facilitated an annual exchange, bridging the divide between those serving refugees both pre-departure and post-arrival to the United States.  Seventy-one overseas and domestic Cultural Orientation trainers gathered in two U.S. cities in February to share knowledge and […]

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CORE Offers “Delivering Interactive One-on-One CO” Virtual Practicum This Month

The second virtual practicum, “Delivering Interactive One-on-One Cultural Orientation,” started this month with 75 participants. The practicum is a four-week interactive instructor-led online course designed for domestic resettlement staff delivering CO. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance the delivery of their organization’s one-on-one CO, improve refugees’ learning experiences, and exchange knowledge with other staff in the field.  Didn’t get a spot in this […]

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Now in Spanish: CORE’s Animated Video and Podcast Series

CORE’s four animated videos and the corresponding podcasts are now available in Spanish on CORE’s YouTube Channel.  You can find all four in a YouTube playlist and a SoundCloud playlist, or go directly to each below:  Avoid and Report Fraud: Video and Podcast  Safe Space for Refugees: Video and Podcast  United States Refugees Admissions Program: Video  and Podcast  Reception and Placement Program Overview: Video and Podcast  […]

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Settle In App Improves User Experience, Design

The latest version of CORE’s Settle In app, released last month, aims to enhance the user experience and also includes exciting new features.   Updates to Settle In include the following:  New Instructor Mode: Cultural Orientation providers should go to the Settings tab and turn on the new Instructor Mode. This will turn off push notifications so providers don’t receive the same encouragement to finish lessons. This […]

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CORE Hosts Annual CO Leadership Meeting Focused

During the first week of December, CORE hosted the 2019 Cultural Orientation Leadership Meeting for overseas Resettlement Support Center (RSC) CO coordinators and domestic Resettlement Agency (RA) CO focal points. The meeting focused on strengthening linkages across the CO continuum and provided an opportunity to exchange knowledge, information, and expertise for the benefit of all […]

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CORE Releases New Site Design for Improved Navigation

A refugee looking at resources on their phone

The Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange website has a new look and sitemap to help you find the resources you need to improve Cultural Orientation at your office. The main site navigation is now divided into two main sections: Learn: Access the tools you need to master the basics of Cultural Orientation and enhance your delivery. […]

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Settle In Update: Community Services Chapter Now Available

A group of women pose for a photo in their workshop during a local community event

CORE’s Settle In app now includes a Community Services chapter for use by and with refugees.  The chapter covers government assistance, other types of assistance, and getting involved in your community. Settle In is an in-your-pocket travel companion that provides relevant just-in-time Cultural Orientation information and invites refugees to interact with a variety of learning […]

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Spruce Up Your Waiting Room with New CORE Posters and Handouts

Is your waiting room due for a makeover in 2020? In addition to CORE’s waiting room playlists created last year, you can now download and print new posters and take-home materials to help refugees learn about and access CORE’s Settle In mobile app and the CORE Resettlement Navigator website.  CORE’s new materials are designed to […]

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CORE’s Settle In Mobile App Honored by Fast Company

CORE’s Settle In mobile app, designed by iStrategy Labs, was recognized last month in Fast Company’s 2019 Innovation by Design Awards in the Social Good category. The awards recognize people, teams, and companies solving problems through design. This year’s awards include a diverse group of 483 leaders in fashion, architecture, graphic design, data visualization, social good, user experience, mobility, and more. […]

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Integrate Technology into Your Transportation Sessions

The Timsina family looking at photographs on a cell phone while riding a subway in New York. IRC/MCohen

CORE’s Settle In app now includes a Transportation chapter to use with clients. In fact, there are several ways to include technology and make the topic of transportation interactive. Consider the following ideas shared by participants from CORE’s recent virtual practicum and in-person workshops: 1. Use videos or Settle In to provide a preview before reinforcing during a demonstration. For example, […]

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