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August 21, 2014 | 9:02 am
Many teacher educators agree that teachers need intercultural competency skills in order to be effective educators in a 21st century classroom. Individuals and organizations in the teacher preparation space, however, disagree on what that competence looks like in the classroom and how to measure it in educators. Kenneth Cushner speaks and researches extensively on this topic – helping teacher educators understand the importance of interculturally competent teachers and providing guidance on how to measure, nurture, and recognize these skills in educators at all levels.  He is a professor of Education at Kent State University.Cushner notes that teaching for intercultural competence is a multi-faceted, complex process, with challenges unique to teacher preparation. It requires enhancing the intercultural knowledge of teacher educators so they can then transfer that knowledge to their pre-service teachers. Teacher educators must also teach future educators how to transfer intercultural... read more
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March 31, 2014 | 5:02 pm
by Jeremy Gombin-SperlingIn an ever more globalized world, with a desire for individuals to be professionally competitive, a growing number of institutions of higher education are encouraging their students to gain international experience during their undergraduate years – most often by studying abroad.  In the realm of colleges of education, more and more undergraduate teacher candidates are now pursuing international student teaching to give them relevant experience.   For many education majors, however, barriers such as demanding graduation requirements, lack of financial resources, inability to garner familial investment, or – despite the discussed trend – minimal college or university support prevent them from going abroad to study or student teach in another country. With the ascent of English as (one could argue) to the ranks of a global lingua franca, governments and communities worldwide want their next generation to be well-versed in the language.  As a result, another type... read more
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March 7, 2014 | 1:06 pm
by Emily LiebtagWhile the student population grows increasingly more diverse, the pre-service population is becoming more homogenous, creating a cultural mismatch between teachers and the students they teach.  One challenge for teacher preparation programs arising from this mismatch is to facilitate intercultural sensitivity and learning among prospective teachers (Causey, Thomas, & Armento, 2000). International student teaching programs are a potential solution for the mismatch of teacher and student cultures and provide an opportunity for pre-service teachers' to experience cultures outside of their own (Blair, 2002).International student teaching programs provide an opportunity for pre-service teachers to experience cultures outside of their own (Blair, 2002) and develop some of the skills necessary to teach diverse learners. Unfortunately, less than 5% of education majors are getting exposure to people or cultures unlike their own through an international experience (education... read more
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January 2, 2014 | 11:01 am
By Annelise Hammond-Mulack and Shu Ching ChangResearchers seeking resources on internationalizing teacher education often turn to these key resources and organizations:Internationalizing Teacher Education, published at the NAFSA websiteResources for Internationalizing Teacher Education, a list provided by Educators AbroadResources for Internationalizing Education, links provided by the Consortium for Overseas Student TeachingTeacher Preparation for Global Age, a report published by the Longview Foundation.When specifically seeking information about overseas student teaching, the book Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global Competence is often identified as a leading resource.  The Resources for International Field Experiences page on GTE provides more information about these resources.A wide body of literature focused on international field experiences is available in journals and other publications. This annotated bibliography summarizes the literature available as a... read more
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December 6, 2013 | 1:48 pm
Whether you are a pre-service teacher seeking an international field placement for your student teaching experience, a faculty members seeking resources on providing these opportunities to your students, or a dean who wants to support student teaching abroad in your college, this list of resources can assist you in the process.Global Teacher Education offers several articles and an annotated bibliography on international field experiences for researchers interested in this topic, and suggests the following resources:Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global CompetenceThis book, edited by Kenneth Cushner and Sharon Brennan, provides a comprehensive set of resources on international student teaching opportunities.  The chapters explore a wide range of topics, including making a case for providing international field experiences, considerations for establishing a program abroad, suggestions for preparing students, and research on the impact of these experiences. ... read more
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December 6, 2013 | 1:44 pm
Many campuses and organizations offer international field experiences in education.  This list of program providers and campuses that offer these experiences can assist pre-service teacher seeking an international field placement for their student teaching experience, faculty members seeking resources on providing these opportunities to their students, or deans who want to support student teaching abroad in their colleges.Program ProvidersThe following programs provide international field experiences for pre-service teachers.  If a contact is provided, click on the name and you will be directed to that user's profile where you can message that person directly for more information by clicking on the “Send Message” icon.BridgeBridge has nearly 30 years of experience promoting student mobility through international experiences by bringing international students to the United States and sending American students abroad.  Bridge offers English language training in five countries, study... read more
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September 26, 2013 | 3:36 pm
Kent State University, through its campus in Florence, Italy is offering two courses in June 2014.  The first course, Design and Delivery of Study Abroad: While Studying Abroad is  ideal for students in higher education administration, those currently working in international offices, or teachers interested in developing international experiences for students.  The second course, Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning, addresses teaching and learning in an international and intercultural context, looking at cross-cultural and intercultural psychology and communication influence the teaching and learning process.  I seek your assistance in circulating this information and the attached flyer.  Thank you, in advance, for sharing this information with your students.  Details follow and are attached.  Two Course Offerings in Summer, 2014 at Kent State University’s Florence CampusTake One – or Stay for Both!!!You can spend two or four weeks enhancing your knowledge and skills as... read more
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March 12, 2013 | 11:54 am
Teacher candidates typically are required to take a course in the social foundations of education, which explores cultural, political, economic, technological, and other influences on the context of school. Such a course is an appropriate place to address the global forces at work and their impact on education today.Three Michigan State University National Resource Centers (Africa, Asia, and the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development/ Women in International Development) worked with the Department of Teacher Education to internationalize TE 250, “Human Diversity, Power, Opportunity, and Social Institutions" using specially allocated funds from their U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants This social foundations course is required of most pre-service teachers, and students may opt to focus on either global or urban education. Allocated funds were used for staff development to strengthen the international competency of doctoral student instructors, and to... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:12 pm
In the absence of campus-wide internationalization efforts, advisors are a critical link.  can encourage students to choose internationally focused electives and other requirements. Advising about international options for undergraduate students is a major need in teacher education programs. In To Leave No Teacher Behind (2007), Ann Imlah Schneider found that 75% of faculty and administrators interviewed in schools, colleges, and departments of education reported that advisors are not sufficiently trained about the international options open to students.  Ninety percent of current teachers interviewed think teacher training should include advising specifically about international options.Advising students about inernational 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... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 11:59 am
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.Admissions officers and other advisors play a key role in helping students with these interests and experiences to consider a teaching career. Recruiting such students into teaching could bring a greater variety of international perspectives into classrooms and P-12 schools. Sharing information about teaching careers with students taking internationally themed courses in the Arts and Sciences could entice those with this predisposition to take the classes required for teacher certification.Providing scholarship to students based on international interests sends a clear message that students with... read more

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