Conference on the Internationalization of U.S. Education in the 21st Century



A National Imperative: Global Competence

The United States faces an urgent education issue that will directly affect our nation's well-being for generations to come: the global competence of Americans. Global Competence ensures our national security, economic competitiveness, and foreign policy leadership. In short, global competence enables Americans to understand and cooperate with others to meet global challenges at home and abroad int he 21st century.

Global competence includes deep expertise in the languages and cultures of other nations and regions, to basic understanding of the rest of the world and the United States’ role today. Yet international and foreign language education—the essential means to building global competence—is in jeopardy due to shifts in institutional priorities and shrinking public and private investment.

Leaders in academia, K-12 education, buisness, government, and the NGO sectors convened to address these concerns and share timely research and dialogue related to the global competence of Americans and the future of international and foreign landuage studies. Sponsored by the Coalition for International Education and the College of William and Mary, the Conference on the Internationalization of U.S. Education in the 21st Century centered on advancing internationalization education in the US with an emphasis on foreign language.

Global Teacher Education was there and represented the role of teacher preparation in these efforts. GTE and the Longview Foundation co-wrote a conference paper titled "K-16 and IFLE: Teacher Development and Resource Delivery Today" and presented on the internationalization of teacher education.