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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
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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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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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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.
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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 18, 2013 | 8:53 am
According to Mary Lynne Calhoun, former Dean of the College of Education at The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, “Professors and students need a road map – a way to get started.”  A College of Education Internationalization Plan, designed and approved by the faculty, provides exactly the kind of roadmap that guides the student experience and faculty development within the college.Emphasis on Global PerspectivesUNC Charlotte has a uniquely successful approach to accomplishing its global perspectives emphasis. It begins before students ever spend a day in the teacher education program. The university requires two years of foreign language study to qualify for their teacher education program, ensuring that students have at minimum, moderate exposure to another language prior to beginning their studies.  Once students have been accepted to the college, they begin cultivating global perspectives from their earliest experiences in the program. The coursework sequence requires a... read more