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Colloquium on Internationalizing Teacher Education (NAFSA)

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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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February 28, 2013 | 11:47 am
Colleges of education are finding ways to provide a growing number of pre-service teachers with opportunities to spend time abroad - despite time and resource limitations and state certification requirements.  Ken Cushner and Jennifer Mahon (2002) argue that "Conditions in the world today demand that teachers have increased internatioal knowledge and experience that they can transmit to the students in their charge.  Developing the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve such objectives requires significant immersion experiences in cultures other than one's own" (p. 44).Advising students about these opportunities early in their undergraduate education, even during the college application process, increases the likelihood they will be able to fit them into a tight schedule. Admissions recruiters explicitly market the fact that students can fulfill their student teaching requirements overseas, so they come into the program knowing this and can plan accordingly.Enhancing student... read more