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Teachers Prepare the Next Generation

July 28, 2014 | 1:52 pm
Teachers prepare the next generation of citizens to be able to effectively function in the globalized world in which they live, equipping them with life-long learning skills.  Global competence is clearly one of those skills and part of global competence is an awareness of the issues facing individuals around the world in order to better interact with these individuals with understanding and empathy, creating a global culture of peace, economic prosperity and security.  As Malala Yousafzai and the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls have taught us, one of these issues is that millions of young people worldwide do not have safe access to school and a quality education. Pre-service teachers need to be equipped with the knowledge about this issue so that they can help students understand something that is not on their normal reality radar.GCE-US is an advocacy coalition, seeking to ensure that all young people worldwide have access to a quality education.  We work to build awareness in this... read more
Posted by: Ed Gragert
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Internationalization of Teacher Education: The Year in Review

March 4, 2014 | 6:51 pm
Just over a year ago, the University of Maryland received the Best Practice Award in Support of Global Diversity at AACTE’s annual meeting in Florida. Accepting the award alongside my colleagues and on behalf of the College of Education was an incredible honor. At the meeting, I also facilitated a session where we formally launched the Global Teacher Education website. Having just returned from this year’s meeting, I have had a chance to reflect on all that has happened over the past twelve months to support internationalization of teacher education. We all have much to be proud of and of course have much more work to do.Last fall, AACTE approved an application for the Internationalization of Teacher Education Topical Action Group (TAG). Since then, we have mobilized members from all over the country to join our efforts.  We held our first business meeting at AACTE this week and it was exciting to feel the energy of faculty and deans ready to collaborate on research and create a... read more
Posted by: Donna Wiseman
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Myths and Realities of International Field Experiences

March 1, 2014 | 3:23 pm
This story originally appeared on Education Week's Global Learning Blog.It is time to debunk the myths around student teaching abroad, perpetuated by colleges of education.I often meet with teacher educators who express an interest in providing overseas student teaching opportunities, but find the barriers too great. They cite myriad challenges rendering these experiences unattainable. As I listen to these challenges, I have started to see a pattern emerging of commonly cited barriers—most of which are viewed as impossible to overcome. Not so.Over the last year, I have done research on international student teaching in the United States in order to get a better grasp on the availability of these programs and a better sense of how they operate. I learned that many of the commonly perceived challenges are, in fact, overcome in institutions all over the country. These barriers are prevalent in the dialogue around internationalization of teacher education, but they are unfounded, so I... read more
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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Views and Voices in Our World: Resources for Globalizing the Common Core

February 17, 2014 | 4:15 pm
This is the second of a two-part blog series that focuses on fostering a globally minded approach to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Building on the first part that focused on ideas for incorporating Common Core in social studies methods courses, this blog offers ideas and resources for integrating global texts across multiple content areas in teacher education.For the past year, I have led professional development workshops for K-12 educators in multiple disciplines on what the Common Core means for their pedagogy, and the shifts that will continue to occur in their classrooms as a result of the new standards. Together we develop strategies; find, create, and share resources; and design assessments for measuring student growth in alignment with the Common Core. Like the CCSS, teaching for global mindedness is trans-disciplinary. However, many teachers, and the teachers trainees enrolled in teacher education courses, are unfamiliar with the intricacies of Common Core and feel... read more
Posted by: Jason Harshman
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Teaching in a Changing World

February 12, 2014 | 9:36 am
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama said:Teachers and principals in schools from Tennessee to Washington, D.C. are making big strides in preparing students with skills for the new economy – problem solving, critical thinking, science, technology, engineering, and math.  Some of this change is hard.  It requires everything from more challenging curriculums and more demanding parents to better support for teachers and new ways to measure how well our kids think, not how well they can fill in a bubble on a test.  But it’s worth it – and it’s working. President Obama made clear that his political agenda is focused on bringing students into this new economy, and teachers must be prepared to support those efforts.  Historically, this has not been a reality for many school children in this country.Growing up in Houston, TX, my public K-12 schooling was not focused on becoming a citizen of the world or participating in a global economy.  We spent a great deal of time... read more
Posted by: Robin Vitucci
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Are We There Yet? ... A Personal and Professional Path Toward Global Citizenship

January 7, 2014 | 11:47 am
I lived in one house until I was 14 years old.  Since then, I have lived in five countries on four continents, and have received mail in 19 different locations that I affectionately called home.  Now, from my window seat en-route to DeIhi where I am going to visit UNI’s first cohort of Master’s in India, I look out the airplane window and see the lights of Hong Kong below.  The passengers two rows behind me are having a vibrant conversation in Chinese, the lady unknowingly asleep on my right shoulder appears to be Korean and the elderly couple in the row ahead of me are speaking English with an Indian accent.  I know there are a few other Americans on the flight by the way we exchanged familiar smiles and greetings in the immigration line, but they are not seated near me.  I survey my surroundings and I think to myself, I am comfortable here, but are we there yet?I don’t mean to say that my seat is comfortable, nor do I wonder how long until we touch down in Delhi. I’m actually... read more
Posted by: Leigh Martin
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A New Movement in Teacher Education

December 27, 2013 | 12:00 am
This was originally published on Education Week's Global Learning blog.Over the last year, I have been encouraged by an international movement in teacher education. Craig Kissock, Director of Educators Abroad, argues that educators engage in a global profession because, "teachers are responsible for preparing students, from or living anywhere, for their future as citizens of the world." Teacher educators, therefore, must "model the best educational practice in preparing teachers for their future in our global profession." He notes that if a teacher graduates today and teaches for 30 years, and their students live for 70 years, teacher education programs are actually preparing teachers for 22nd century learners. Deans and faculty in hundreds of institutions get this. They are working to internationalize their colleges, and national efforts are also emerging. The US chapter of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)  formed a special interest group focused on teacher... read more
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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International Education and Cultural Awareness: One Professor’s Perspective

December 12, 2013 | 4:01 pm
When Leigh Martin and I began kicking around the idea of a teacher-leader master’s degree program for teachers serving in American International schools, I had no idea the kind of life changing experiences it would lead to. This idea has since grown into an online Master of Arts in Education (MAE) for teachers in international schools.  In addition to a Global Cohort that is open to teachers worldwide, we also have a program specifically for Indian teachers, which provided me an opportunity to travel to India in November to visit 18 of our master’s students.  As an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Northern Iowa, I was well aware of the long-standing tradition that UNI maintained for its varied international programs. From the Overseas Recruiting Fair, to Camp Adventure, to the Out of State and International Student Teaching Program, UNI has long made its mark in the international world. But for me personally, those programs were something that simply... read more
Posted by: Timothy Gilson
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Views and Voices in Our World: Globalizing the Common Core in Teacher Education

October 22, 2013 | 4:20 pm
This is the first of two blogs that will focus on fostering a globally minded approach to the Common Core. This entry focuses on how I have worked to integrate the Common Core in my social studies methods courses and the second part will focus on resources for integrating global texts across multiple content areas in teacher education.As the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Curriculum is introduced across the United States, administrators and teachers are forced to to reevaluate how they integrate and measure literacy skills in K-12 classrooms. Consequently, teacher educators are also charged with incorporating these changes into university classrooms so teacher candidates are prepared for student teaching and the start of their teaching careers.  Despite these shifts, high quality and globally minded teacher education remains possible across all disciplines.The Common Core requires that students work with a variety of texts and be able to synthesize information from multiple texts... read more
Posted by: Jason Harshman
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Taking Action on World Teachers’ Day

October 8, 2013 | 2:03 pm
October 5 is World Teachers’ Day (WTD) – an initiative started by UNESCO in 1994 – celebrated annually by teachers around the world.  It is used as a platform to raise awareness about the conditions of the teaching profession globally, and “an opportunity to rethink national issues facing teachers from an international perspective, to benchmark progress made by national teachers in a global context.” For many teachers around the world, this is a day used for political advocacy marked by parades, demonstrations, and other public actions.Education International (EI) is the global federation of education unions around the world, committed to improving the working conditions of educators. EI is also one of the strongest voices demanding that education be considered a universal human right and advocating for sufficient resources to provide this basic right as a public good. On October 4, as part of the World Teachers’ Day celebrations, I attended an event in New York to launch Education... read more
Posted by: Lisa Swayhoover
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