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April 30, 2014 | 4:31 pm
This webinar, presented by GTE member and Advisory Commitee contributor Kenneth Cushner, was a precursor to Mumbai Conference of the Alliance for International Education, 10-12 October 2014, in Mumbai, India.Continue the ConversationVisit the Discussion Forum and pose a question or participate in a discussion about this webinar. This webinar was made possible by:Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning - for donating the use of the webinar platform.Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding - for providing financial support.Alliance for International EducationGeorge Mason University College of Education and Human Development and the Center for International EducationGlobal Teacher Education
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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March 28, 2014 | 10:39 am
It’s not easy for students from other cultures to adapt to a new environment. It’s not any easier for teachers—our own cultural biases and assumptions may mean the difference between making a student, parent, or colleague feel welcome, or making that person feel like an outsider.Develop your intercultural competence in Crossing Cultures I: Self Awareness. This course will help you improve your effectiveness in interacting with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. By learning intercultural theories, including a cultural value framework, you’ll gain a greater awareness of your own cultural background, as well as acquire tools to interact appropriately and effectively with people from a variety of cultures.In this course designed to promote cross-cultural understanding, you’ll learn from your fellow educators, as well as participate in several intercultural interactions with others outside of this course. The skills you gain in this course will help you encourage and value... read more
Posted by: Darla Deardorff
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February 27, 2014 | 9:11 am
Each college of education has its own leadership style, way of doing business, and community of learners within their faculty.  Because of these hallmark personalities, legal and accreditation complexities, and historically ingrained approaches, cross-institution collaboration can be especially challenging. As with any project, formal partnerships of this kind require well-defined roles, respect for deadlines, agreement on a common approach for tackling the work, and even formal agreements such as memoranda of understanding. When done well, however, learning shared across institutions can be significant.Accross the country, different institutions are partnering to facilitate internationalization goals. Faculty collaborators from The University of Akron, Kent State University and Miami University, Ohio recently worked together for two years to build a fellowship program and to collaborate on a template for an undergraduate global education certificate. Global Learning Scholars from the... read more
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October 15, 2013 | 10:29 am
International Education Institute:Enhancing Intercultural Competence in an Educational SettingSpend two to four weeks enhancing your knowledge and skills as an international educator through one or both of the following courses at Kent State University's Florence Campus.Kent State University, through its campus in Florence, Italy is offering two courses in June 2014.  The first course, Design and Delivery of Study Abroad: While Studying Abroad is  ideal for students in higher education administration, those currently working in international offices, or teachers interested in developing international experiences for students.  The second course, Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning, addresses teaching and learning in an international and intercultural context, looking at cross-cultural and intercultural psychology and communication influence the teaching and learning process.  I seek your assistance in circulating this information and the attached flyer.  Thank you, in... read more
Posted by: Kenneth Cushner
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October 7, 2013 | 12:04 pm
Global Education for Teachers (GET) Collaborative is a joint effort - funded by a grant from the Longview Foundation - between George Mason University and American University.  The goal of the program is to support internationalization of teacher education programs through collaborative efforts such as workshops, book discussions, and mini-grants.  GTE's ED presented a workshop to the faculty and graduate students at George Mason on October 5, 2013.  The presentation is shared below. A video and summary of the presentation are also available at the GET Collaborative website. 
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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September 26, 2013 | 3:36 pm
Kent State University, through its campus in Florence, Italy is offering two courses in June 2014.  The first course, Design and Delivery of Study Abroad: While Studying Abroad is  ideal for students in higher education administration, those currently working in international offices, or teachers interested in developing international experiences for students.  The second course, Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning, addresses teaching and learning in an international and intercultural context, looking at cross-cultural and intercultural psychology and communication influence the teaching and learning process.  I seek your assistance in circulating this information and the attached flyer.  Thank you, in advance, for sharing this information with your students.  Details follow and are attached.  Two Course Offerings in Summer, 2014 at Kent State University’s Florence CampusTake One – or Stay for Both!!!You can spend two or four weeks enhancing your knowledge and skills as... read more
Posted by: Kenneth Cushner
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June 7, 2013 | 1:07 pm
In a political and economic climate with competing priroties, administrators are often required to make a case for internationalization.  Through its Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE), the American Council on Education provides a wealth of information on internationalizing at the campus level, including on making a case for internationalization.  The Center provides variety of resources and examples, which can guide this work in colleges of education. Internationalization is an important priority for colleges of education in the US. Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World, a report produced by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning, argues that youth are called on “to live, compete, and collaborate in a new global scenario.” This includes “unprecedented global migration and the changing nature of neighborhoods, identities, and citizenship” and “the flattened global... read more
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May 7, 2013 | 1:54 pm
Competitive Grant:  DUE June 13, 2013Program Office: International and Foreign Language EducationCFDA Number: 84.021Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive GrantsAlso Known As: FulbrightProgram Brochure This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.There are group projects in research, training, and curriculum development. Project type descriptions are available.Projects must focus on the humanities, social sciences and languages, and must focus on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East. Applications... read more
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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February 28, 2013 | 12:24 pm
Spending time abroad helps teacher educators expand their knowledge of other countries and cultures, as well as build relationships and explore common research interests with colleagues outside the United States. Faculty involved in international initiatives often become committed to them and maintain international connections, which can enrich the education of pre-service teachers. Instructors who travel are more likely to encourage students to do so.The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Committee on Global Diversity encourages the development of teacher education practices to promote global perspectives.  As part of its membership in the Japan–United States Teacher Education Consortium (JUSTEC), AACTE sponsors an annual seminar that convenes Japanese teacher educators and their counterparts from the United States . This seminar aims to promote understanding and collaborative research on education topics of interest in both countries. JUSTEC seminars... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 11:40 am
Social studies, the traditional home of “global education,” includes many courses and topics that lend themselves readily to teaching about the world. The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) identifies history, geography, civics and government, economics, and psychology as the subject areas associated with social studies education. Few teachers, however, have received specialized training during their certification preparation to teach these areas in a global context. Thus for many years, globalizing the curriculum has been the province of professional development for practicing teachers. Social studies teachers often rely on in-service training programs, such as those offered through Title VI National Resource Centers, to gain the skills needed to teach social studies in a manner than includes international perspectives.Social studies education organizations advocate for providing global perspectives in the field. For example, NCSS has developed a position statement on the... read more