Teachers College Columbia University
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.
Some institutions and institutional collaborations are creating certificate programs that focus on building global knowledge, skills, and dispositions of future teachers. These programs also act as laboratories for materials and course development that benefit all teacher candidates.
The number of students who come to today’s college campuses with experience of the world and enthusiasm to learn more is increasing. An American Council on Education report (2008) revealed that 61% of incoming students had traveled in another country with their families, and 51% have close friends or family who live in another country. These students need to be encouraged to enter teaching.
Educators often treat mathematics as an inherently global subject because of its quanititative and emperical nature, and they teach it with that assumption. In fact, educators in different coutries and cultures approach mathematical processes very differently, and students learn math concepts using a variety of different approaches. Students can experience the world in mathematics classes, despite the common misconception that global perspectives need not be incoporated into the teaching of mathematics.