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March 8, 2013 | 12:09 pm
Discussions about engaging leadership can transpire within colleges of education, the broader campus setting, and within the policy arena. When conducting these efforts, it is critical to keep the message and strategy in mind – are you seeking to inform, influence, or recruit support? For the greatest impact, it is also almost always necessary to align your internationalization agenda to broader campus goals. Ensure your measurable objectives complement the broader strategic plan, internationalization efforts, and serve the community. Data collection on program impact and thoroughly planning decision points will allow you to make the case for support.Deans and assistant deans can provide access to resources and use their “bully pulpits” to amplify messages and create a climate that supports the preparation of globally competent teachers. Indiana University is recognized nationally for its Cultural Immersions Program, which provides overseas student teaching experiences for its teacher... read more
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
February 18, 2013 | 8:53 am
According to Mary Lynne Calhoun, former Dean of the College of Education at The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, “Professors and students need a road map – a way to get started.”  A College of Education Internationalization Plan, designed and approved by the faculty, provides exactly the kind of roadmap that guides the student experience and faculty development within the college.Emphasis on Global PerspectivesUNC Charlotte has a uniquely successful approach to accomplishing its global perspectives emphasis. It begins before students ever spend a day in the teacher education program. The university requires two years of foreign language study to qualify for their teacher education program, ensuring that students have at minimum, moderate exposure to another language prior to beginning their studies.  Once students have been accepted to the college, they begin cultivating global perspectives from their earliest experiences in the program. The coursework sequence requires a... read more
November 26, 2012 | 12:03 pm
As the flagship of the University system in Maryland, there is a tendency to assume that only big grants and major research projects will help cause new things to happen. In UMD's case, the first grant was just the lever needed to support a major initiative in internationalizing their teacher education programs and to the development of critical infrastructure for realizing widespread internationalization goals. The result is a campus that has evolved into a leader within the state and within the field of internationalization.Location: Small Beginnings Lead to Systemic ChangeThe initial small grant helped launch a cornerstone program that led to establishment of a college-wide infrastructure to initiate and support systemic internationalization efforts.  The creation of the Office of International Initiatives, under the portfolio of the associate dean for teacher education, outreach, and international programs, was a key. Dean Donna Wiseman identified Jim Greenberg - who was already a... read more