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High-Quality Teachers and Leaders Around the World: From Rhetoric to Action

April 7, 2015 | 1:00 pm
This originally appeared on Education Week's Global Learning blog, edited by Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director at Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning.The recent 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession was held in Banff, Canada. This unique gathering of ministers and teacher union leaders of the world's most advanced countries is an important opportunity to share best practices and learn from other countries on critical challenges in education. Vivien Stewart, senior advisor to Asia Society, shares the highlights.The fifth International Summit on the Teaching Profession brought together 400 educators from 17 countries. Started as a one-off event in 2011 in New York City, the Summit has developed into an eagerly awaited annual gathering of ministers, teacher union leaders, and other teacher leaders brought together by their shared conviction that excellent teaching is the linchpin to improving education and the desire of participants to learn from the policies... read more
Posted by: Vivien Stewart
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Time to Add Language Learning to Teacher Preparation

March 17, 2015 | 8:00 am
This originally appeared on Education Week's Global Learning blog, edited by Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director at Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning.By Emily Liebtag and Caitlin HaugenToday, Emily Liebtag, Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design, VIF International Education and Caitlin Haugen, Executive Director, Global Teacher Education argue that preparing globally competent teachers should include learning another language. While this is not yet a widespread practice, there are some promising examples.Lack of Language Learning Opportunities for Future TeachersIt makes sense that teachers would study another language to meet the needs of their ethnically and linguistically diverse students. Teachers who study world languages can better communicate with students and their parents, understand the difficulties and frustrations of language learners, and experience a window into other cultures. Multilingual teachers model global competence and prepare their students... read more
Posted by: Emily Liebtag
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Globalizing the US History Survey: A Free, Self-Paced, Online, Collaborative, Professional Development Resource

November 21, 2014 | 1:33 pm
This week is International Education Week, an annual reminder that global perspectives are an important part of our curriculum. I want to take this opportunity to share a resource available to educators in the spirit of IEW.  In response to recent trends to globalize the American curriculum, I have helped to launch an online, self-paced professional development opportunity called Globalizing the US History Survey, developed by a team of teachers and education specialists. This online course allows participants to gain engage with new content in order to infuse global perspectives into history survey courses (those that teach large periods of time).This resource is ideal for the demands of the AP US History Course, IB History of Americas, the Common Core, education methods courses in teacher education, and any US History course. Our goal is to provide online professional development that utilizes social media, self-pacing, and professional collaboration. Pre- and in-service teachers,... read more
Posted by: Craig Perrier
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The Internationalization of Teacher Preparation Abroad

November 16, 2014 | 10:00 am
This originally appeared on Education Week's Global Learning blog, edited by Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director of Education at Asia Society's Partnership for Global Learning.Today we continue our look at global competence in teacher preparation programs. Caitlin Haugen, Executive Director of Global Teacher Education, reached out to teacher prep programs across the globe to see how internationalization of teacher education plays out abroad.In my day-to-day work, I focus on efforts to internationalization teacher preparation programs in the United States because the need is so great.  Education remains one of the least internationalized areas of study in higher education. Preparing teachers with global perspectives, however, is a global issue—so I set out to explore it on an international level.I reached out to teacher educators at institutions outside the U.S. to learn how internationalization of educator preparation is viewed abroad. I connected with six teacher educators in five... read more
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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Lessons in Global Competence from Agricultural Educators

November 14, 2014 | 12:19 pm
In my work to advocate for and support internationalization of teacher preparation in the United States, I meet a lot of naysayers.  I interact with people across the teacher preparation space – from institutions of higher education, state education offices, and associations – who argue that they are hindered by innumerable barriers.  They cite everything from state and national regulations, assessment, and new mandates to budget constraints, policy, and bureaucracy.Last week was an exception. I attended the Global Learning in Agriculture Conference at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) last weekend. Daniel Foster and Melanie Miller Foster, faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, organized the event, supported by their Global Teach Ag! Team. I met nearly 50 agricultural (ag) educators from around the United States who do not see internationalization as an obstacle, but rather an opportunity. These educators are facilitating incredible programs and opportunities to... read more
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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A Decade of Preparing Globally Competent Teachers

November 12, 2014 | 9:00 am
This originally appeared on Education Week's Global Learning blog, edited by Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director of Education at Asia Society's Partnership for Global Learning.This week we continue our "state of global competence" series with a look at teacher preparation programs—an often overlooked, yet essential piece of the puzzle. A globally competent teacher educator who has the ability to train globally competent teachers will impact hundreds of teachers and tens of thousands students in classrooms across the United States. Today, Caitlin Haugen, Executive Director of Global Teacher Education, looks at the state of the field in the U.S. and, later this week, will share what is happening to globalize teacher preparation around the world.I reached out to veteran teacher educators who have committed their careers to supporting the internationalization of colleges of education in the service of developing the next generation of globally competent teachers. I discovered we have... read more
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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Teacher Education and Reform in Denmark

September 24, 2014 | 10:47 am
After two months watching the faculty at University College—Capital (UCC) Blaagaard/KDAS work to implement recent education reforms, I was curious about the levels of stress that accompanied the transition. Their good-natured response, “Oh, you noticed that, did you? We’re definitely paving while we’re driving.”Blog: What have you noticed about teaching and learning in Copenhagen?National Teacher Education ReformThe Danish government restructured Denmark’s Bachelor of Education in 2012 (implemented in August 2013), with the goal of strengthening the program by adopting stricter admissions requirements and outcomes-based curriculum. According to UCC faculty Sabine Lam and Lilian Rohde, the reform resulted in two key changes: curriculum organization and the implementation of professional competences. The curriculum is now organized by modules rather than by classes. In the past a class such as English as a Foreign Language would count for 72 credits or ECTS (European Credit Transfer... read more
Posted by: Rebecca Addleman
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Tools for Measuring Global Competence in Future Teachers

September 3, 2014 | 12:00 am
This blog oringinally appeared on Education Week's Global Learning blog.How do I measure global competence in pre-service teachers?This is, hands down, one of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) I encounter when I speak about developing globally competent teachers. Many of the teacher educators I meet are interested in ensuring their students are prepared to teach in 21st century classrooms. In a time where teacher education is facing increasing pressure over accountability, they often seek suggestions for a measurement tool to assess their graduates—often in the form of pre- and post-tests that show growth over time to accurately measure their skills. Unfortunately, it is not that simple.Training globally competent teachers is a multi-faceted issue, requiring a multi-faceted approach. It cannot be accomplished with a single course, experience, or—most importantly—with a single measure.  With that response, I generally field a series of follow-up questions that I refer to as... read more
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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Lessons from a GTE Internship

September 1, 2014 | 10:21 am
Teaching quality is a current hot, yet controversial, topic in education policy. Much of my personal and professional research has focused on understanding what quality teaching is and how to measure it. Teacher preparation is a critical element in what teachers do in the classroom and in enhancing teaching to ultimately allow all students access to high quality teachers. Although my prior research focus had not been on higher education, an internship at GTE has allowed me to build upon the broader knowledge I have on teachers and teaching and helped to contribute to the goals of my doctoral program at George Mason University and my professional goals at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).I have had some time to reflect on my internship experience, and consider how my internship fit into a larger education context. At the AFT, I was a part of a team that researched and wrote a recent publication that presented strategies aimed at improving teacher preparation. Through that... read more
Posted by: Robin Vitucci
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An Interactive Tool for Developing Global Competence in Teaching

August 11, 2014 | 2:32 pm
Several years after outlining the concept of culturally relevant teaching, Gloria Ladson-Billings published a piece called “Yes, But how do we do it? Practicing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.”  As teacher educators,  the three other researchers on my team and I heard our students ask similar questions with regards to globally competent teaching. Although both concepts refer more to approaches to education, rather than specific sets of technical strategies, we knew that teachers needed clarification of terms – such as global awareness and global competence – in teacher and student standards. We created an interactive tool called The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum (GCTC) to provide such clarification through definitions, resources, and models of what globally competent teaching looks like.Developing the ToolWe designed the GCTC as a self-reflection tool for professional growth for both teachers and teacher educators. It outlines 12 elements of globally competent teaching across... read more
Posted by: Hillary Parkhouse
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