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April 28, 2014 | 12:33 am
by Robin VitucciInternational benchmarking tests for education have been around since the 1960s. Despite criticisms that the United States has fallen behind in recent years, in truth we have never been top performers. Still, these comparisons have become an increasing part of education reform efforts around the world.  The most comprehensive benchmark comes from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international organization dedicated to global economic development. Since 2000, the OECD has administered the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to evaluate worldwide education systems every three years by assessing the competencies of 15-year-olds in math, reading, and science.The United States has seen average performance on these exams when compared with other OECD and partner countries. In 2000, the first year of PISA, the United States ranked 20th in math, 15th in science, and 16th in reading out of 41 countries. On the 2012 exam, the U... read more
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October 15, 2013 | 10:29 am
International Education Institute:Enhancing Intercultural Competence in an Educational SettingSpend two to four weeks enhancing your knowledge and skills as an international educator through one or both of the following courses at Kent State University's Florence Campus.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... 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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June 26, 2013 | 6:48 pm
Indiana University (IU) has a long history of embracing internationalization in its School of Education.  When W. W. Wright became the second dean of the college in 1946, he expressed a clear commitment to global engagement that is even more apparent today under the leadership of Dean Gerardo Gonzalez. “Globally competent pedagogy and preparing globally competent teachers through research, theory, and best practices is integral to our mission,” notes Gonzalez.  “It is the fabric of our program.”   Campus Wide Foundation of SupportAs an institution, IU is dedicated to internationalization.  The University’s core curriculum includes a six-credit hour world languages and cultures requirement, which may be fulfilled by taking courses in world cultures or languages or through an international experience – such as study abroad – for at least six weeks.  As a required element of a students’ overall course load, the requirement shows that the institution is committed to ensuring all of their... 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 | 12:24 pm
Spending time abroad helps teacher educators expand their knowledge of other countries and cultures, as well as build relationships and explore common research interests with colleagues outside the United States. Faculty involved in international initiatives often become committed to them and maintain international connections, which can enrich the education of pre-service teachers. Instructors who travel are more likely to encourage students to do so.The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Committee on Global Diversity encourages the development of teacher education practices to promote global perspectives.  As part of its membership in the Japan–United States Teacher Education Consortium (JUSTEC), AACTE sponsors an annual seminar that convenes Japanese teacher educators and their counterparts from the United States . This seminar aims to promote understanding and collaborative research on education topics of interest in both countries. JUSTEC seminars... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 11:55 am
Faculty and administrators often turn first to student teaching abroad when considering international experiences for pre-service teachers. Colleges of education, however, have other international options to consider for their students.  Study Abroad and Supplemental Experiences for Pre-Service TeachersTrends toward short-term spring or summer experiences are attractive options for students in tightly scheduled programs such as teacher preparation, or for students for whom extended stays away from their home campuses are not possible. Clearly, it is not possible to fully appreciate the complexities of another culture during a three- or four-week visit.  Indeed, many have questioned whether a student can have more than superficial exposure through these kinds of experiences. However, short, carefully-planned programs may spark a desire for further cross-cultural learning, lay a foundation for longer experiences, provide basic language instruction, or establish relationships that... 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