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Partnerships in the Field

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December 3, 2014 | 9:47 am
A recording of a webinar that focused on sharing strategies for collborating and connecting through social media as a means to support internationalization of teacher preparation programs. Moderator:  Jennifer Manise, Longview FoundationPresenters:Melanie Miller Foster and Daniel Foster, College of Agricultural Sciences, the Pennsylvania State UniversityCaitlin Haugen, Global Teacher EducationContinue the Conversation...Share thoughts at our hastag #Web2SocialTPrepAnd at GTE's discussion forum (requires free registration):How do you use social media to support your internationalization goals?How do you incorporate social media into your teaching and learning?Do you know of any social media tools or resources to support global learning?...or start your own discussion around social media for internationalization.This webinar was made possible through in-kind donations from:Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning that for provides the webinar platform.Longview Foundation for World... read more
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March 25, 2014 | 8:28 am
by Robin VitucciThe need for university/K-12 connections has become critical in recent years due to the increased role of teachers to foster global learning. Research suggests that teachers need time to practice their craft as part of adequate training. According to Ken Zeichner, however, there is a disconnect between what candidates learn in their preparation programs and what opportunities they have in their clinical experience to practice what they learn, especially as it relates to global education. Teacher training and education might be more useful when higher education institutions foster relationships with K-12 schools and create programs centered around the needs of the students those teachers will likely teach. Several institutions around the country have created programs to support teacher candidates and practicing teachers in bringing an international dimension into their classrooms.In the Office of K-12 Outreach at Michigan State University, faculty members work directly... read more
Posted by: Robin Vitucci
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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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November 14, 2013 | 1:05 pm
Attached please find a Request for Proposals for a host university for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for the fall of 2014.  This program will bring approximately 18 teachers from Chile, Finland, India, Israel, Morocco, Singapore, Mexico, and New Zealand to the U.S. for a semester at a graduate school or college of education.  While in the U.S. these accomplished teachers take courses for professional development, provide workshops or master classes in their areas of expertise, observe and co-teach in local schools, and complete a capstone project. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Expressions of interest are due to IIE by December 16.  Please also address any questions to Tatiana Mackliff at fulbrightdat@iie.org by December 16.  Final proposals are due January 15, 2014.  
Posted by: Betsy Devlin-Foltz
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September 30, 2013 | 10:19 am
The International Research Schools Network at Harvard University is seeking private schools to participate in an international collaboration where pre-service teachers learn from practicing teachers all over the world.
Posted by: Darla Deardorff
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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
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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February 28, 2013 | 12:36 pm
Partnerships that promote internationalization within the community at large, domestically, with colleges around the world, and across the U.S. present colleges of education with myriad challenges. The benefits of such activity, however, can far surpass the effort when it comes to building deep relationships and internationalizing teacher education. Both loose and more formal campus partnerships between institutions can be instrumental in building programs that are internationalized and represent the extension of partnerships that have historically existed between colleges and their communities for decades.  Partnerships with non-profits provide resources and new perspectives. K-12 partnerships between colleges of education to support internationalization build on existing programming missions. Each of the these partnership areas are explored in the following sections, rich with examples for other campuses that may be interested in pursuing partnerships such as these.Questions for... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:09 pm
​The Modern Language Association (MLA), in a report outlining strategies to improve foreign language study in higher education, argues “In the context of globalization and in the post–9/11 environment...the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested.”  In today’s multicultural communities, there are myriad benefits to increasing the number of elementary and secondary teachers able to communicate in a second language.  The school population is growing increasingly diverse. Teachers who study second languages can communicate with students and parents in languages other than English. World language study, however, also provides teachers of all subject areas with a window into other cultures. Language study is often seen as an essential component of global competence development. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is an association for language education professionals. In a recent press release on the association's position on... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:01 pm
There is no denying that charismatic leaders and “lighthouse” projects can have major impact in achieving goals like internationalization. These efforts, however, are often limited and short-lived, missing the chance to have lasting and deep influence in effecting organizational reform in educator preparation. Many colleges have positive initiatives that strive to implement broad goals related to internationalization, but true internationalization is systematic and requires holistic transformation of everything from curriculum to faculty and staff attitudes to funding structures.​True internationalization, according to the report Internationalizing the Campus: A User’s Guide from the American Council on Education (ACE), is not an easy or quick process – requiring one global requirement or adding international content to existing courses will not suffice.  Successful internationalization, “requires making the case to multiple stakeholders and tapping external interest… [it] is a slow,... read more