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August 21, 2014 | 9:02 am
Many teacher educators agree that teachers need intercultural competency skills in order to be effective educators in a 21st century classroom. Individuals and organizations in the teacher preparation space, however, disagree on what that competence looks like in the classroom and how to measure it in educators. Kenneth Cushner speaks and researches extensively on this topic – helping teacher educators understand the importance of interculturally competent teachers and providing guidance on how to measure, nurture, and recognize these skills in educators at all levels.  He is a professor of Education at Kent State University.Cushner notes that teaching for intercultural competence is a multi-faceted, complex process, with challenges unique to teacher preparation. It requires enhancing the intercultural knowledge of teacher educators so they can then transfer that knowledge to their pre-service teachers. Teacher educators must also teach future educators how to transfer intercultural... read more
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June 4, 2014 | 12:45 pm
All of the reports, articles, books, and other resources referenced on the Global Teacher Education Website can be found here.  All references are listed alphabetically.  To recommend a reference, contact us, email us, or upload a reference to our site (you do not need to include an attachment or document, just a reference will suffice).Books and Book ChaptersAnzaldúa, Gloria E. (1987). Borderlands/La Frontera: The new metiza.  San Francisco, CA:  Spinters/Aunt Lute Books.Sen, Amartya. (1999). Development as freedom.  New York: Anchor Books.Cushner, Kenneth & Brennan, Sharon. (2007). Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global Competence.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Education.Goodwin, A. Lin & Oyler, Celia.  (2008).  "Teacher Educators at Gatekeepers:  Deciding who is ready to teach."  In Handbook of Research in Teacher Education:  Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts, third edition.  Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Feiman-Nemser, Sharon; McIntyre, D. John.;... read more
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February 27, 2014 | 9:28 am
Colleges of education around the country are partnering with non-profit organizations in unique ways to advance their internationalization goals. For example, World Savvy created a Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program in collaboration with Teachers College at Columbia University and Asia Society, available to classroom teachers across the United States.Michigan State is working with the Institute for Educational Leadership to bring former policy fellows to China. Miami University of Ohio has a partnership office within the College of Education to build and manage both domestic and international partnerships that enhance their teacher preparation programs.Partnerships exist between multiple institutions and non-profits for specific teach abroad programs as well. Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST) and Educators Abroad are two programs that provide opportunities for quality student teaching placement and supervision outside the United States, both utilizing different... read more
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January 2, 2014 | 11:01 am
By Annelise Hammond-Mulack and Shu Ching ChangResearchers seeking resources on internationalizing teacher education often turn to these key resources and organizations:Internationalizing Teacher Education, published at the NAFSA websiteResources for Internationalizing Teacher Education, a list provided by Educators AbroadResources for Internationalizing Education, links provided by the Consortium for Overseas Student TeachingTeacher Preparation for Global Age, a report published by the Longview Foundation.When specifically seeking information about overseas student teaching, the book Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global Competence is often identified as a leading resource.  The Resources for International Field Experiences page on GTE provides more information about these resources.A wide body of literature focused on international field experiences is available in journals and other publications. This annotated bibliography summarizes the literature available as a... read more
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September 26, 2013 | 1:12 pm
The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Grants competition opened recently RFP 1 (Capacity Building) is available to higher education institutions in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, and Peru.  RFP 2 (attached), funded by a donation from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, promotes study abroad in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and sustainable development and will be available to HEIs in the United States, Chile, and Peru.  Details on the grants competition and instructions on how HEIs can apply can be found at www.100kstrongamericas.org.   
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June 26, 2013 | 6:48 pm
Indiana University (IU) has a long history of embracing internationalization in its School of Education.  When W. W. Wright became the second dean of the college in 1946, he expressed a clear commitment to global engagement that is even more apparent today under the leadership of Dean Gerardo Gonzalez. “Globally competent pedagogy and preparing globally competent teachers through research, theory, and best practices is integral to our mission,” notes Gonzalez.  “It is the fabric of our program.”   Campus Wide Foundation of SupportAs an institution, IU is dedicated to internationalization.  The University’s core curriculum includes a six-credit hour world languages and cultures requirement, which may be fulfilled by taking courses in world cultures or languages or through an international experience – such as study abroad – for at least six weeks.  As a required element of a students’ overall course load, the requirement shows that the institution is committed to ensuring all of their... read more
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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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February 28, 2013 | 12:33 pm
Recruiting permanent and visiting faculty members offers the opportunity to deeply connect faculty and students to global perspectives. Whether these professionals are tenure track or visitors, potential contributions to your campus and community are significant. Leadership and committees play an important role in ensuring that an aptitude for international perspectives is an integral part of any recruitment process.Recruiting Internationally Minded FacultySeeking and hiring teacher educators who have international interests is one way to internationalize a teacher education program. Some institutions have begun to do just that. At the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), candidates are asked what languages they speak and how their experiences and interests will assist the school in internationalizing the curriculum.  Other colleges of education are aligning their job descriptions with their internationalized strategic plans, thereby only... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:32 pm
Faculty development in colleges of education is a necessary step to develop a culture within the college that is supportive of  internationalization efforts.  In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Madeline Green stresses “I tell presidents, if they have any money at all for internationalization, faculty development is the place to put it."  Professional development is available at the national level.  NAFSA:  The Association of International Educators offers a Colloquium on Internationalizing Teacher Education as part of its annual conference and faculty conversation webinars that provide faculty and deans with resources and support for their internationalization efforts.  Under the leadership of Betty Soppelsa, Deputy Executive Director for Conference Planning at NAFSA, these efforts bring together leaders in the field of internationalization of teacher preparation to share ideas, network, and develop partnerships in the US and abroad.Some universities offer... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:20 pm
Investing in faculty increases the long-term impact and sustainability of any new academic or programmatic strategy.  Building a globally-oriented faculty requires a multi-pronged approach.  According to a report from NAFSA:  The Association of International Educators, faculty must “own” internationalization efforts and be heavily supported by administrators and policy makers (Green, 2012). It is important to gauge faculty attitudes about internationalization to help ensure buy-in at the college level.  Jennifer Mahon at the University of Nevada, Reno is currently conducting research on faculty and staff attitudes, especially toward overseas student teaching.  More research is needed in this area to support deans interested in embracing internationalization.Bill McDiarmid, Dean of the College of Education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, noted that faculty buy-in is essential to any internationalization effort.  In his presentation at NAFSA's 2013 Colloquium on... read more

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