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November 3, 2014 | 9:50 am
By Sydney MerzInternationalizing Teacher Education for Social Justice: Theory, Research, and PracticeEdited by Suniti Sharma, JoAnn Phillion, Jubin Rahatzad, and Hannah L. SasserCharlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2014ISBN 978-1-62396-604-1 PB $45.99; HB, $85.99198 pagesThis edited book contains a preface, series forward, editorial introduction, 10 chapters, and final section that details information about the authors and editors. Internationalizing Teacher Education for Social Justice: Theory, Research, and Practice brings together multiple researchers in teacher education to intersect research dimensions of international and/or cross-cultural experiences, teacher education, and social justice, including some well-known scholars in these fields (such as Kenneth Cushner, Barbara Garii and Laura Stachowski).  Additionally, the editors house the work through the authors’ commitment of personal, passionate and participatory inquiry to create educational change.  This... read more
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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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July 10, 2013 | 3:54 pm
Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United StatesBeverly D. Shaklee and Supriya Baily (editors).Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012ISBN 978-1-4422-1248-0 (hbk): $66.50261 pagesby Jason C. FitzgeraldInternationalizing Teacher Education in the United States comprises an editorial introduction, eleven chapters and a concluding remarks section. A subject (but no author) index is provided.  It is organized by three sections, taking the reader from the theoretical framing of internationalizing teacher education to practical implications and applications of this work, concluding with a call for action by the first editor.  Its aim is to provide a framework by which teacher preparation programs can formalize their curricular commitments to internationalizing teacher education, helping “new teachers to have a strong foundation in order to ensure that the students they work with will be better prepared for an increasingly interdependent world” (p. 2).The book begins... read more
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May 7, 2013 | 1:54 pm
Competitive Grant:  DUE June 13, 2013Program Office: International and Foreign Language EducationCFDA Number: 84.021Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive GrantsAlso Known As: FulbrightProgram Brochure This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.There are group projects in research, training, and curriculum development. Project type descriptions are available.Projects must focus on the humanities, social sciences and languages, and must focus on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East. Applications... 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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February 28, 2013 | 11:52 am
Practice teaching in classrooms outside the United States gives future teachers opportunities for cultural immersion and a chance to hone their teaching skills. These experiences may be referred to as international field experiences, global student teaching, or student teaching abroad, but all of these terms describe supervised practice teaching in another country to fulfill certification requirements.In a book devoted to the topic titled Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence, the book's editors Sharon Brennan and Ken Cushner note:One way to prepare teachers to address the challenges associated with teaching children in a global age is through carefully structured, intercultural field experiences where candidates are immersed in another culture.  Since student teaching requires candidates to show they can translate theory into practice over an extended period of time, this capstone event is ideally suited for strengthening candidates' intercultural... 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