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 three institutions, supported by a grant from the Longview Foundation, worked to internationalize one of their courses course. Faculty from mutliple disciplines participated with the common goal of identifying shared objectives, outcomes, and program/course inclusion and design. The result is an online resource Teacher Education Goes Global that has course syllabi, research and bios of the faculty participants.
In the Washington, DC area, a similar partnership has formed between George Mason University and American University called the Global Education for Teachers (GET) Collaborative. The collaborative, also funded by a grant from the Longview Foundation, sponsors workshops, a virtual book club, discussion groups, and mini-grants to support faculty interested in re-vamping their courses to include international perspectives.
Rutgers University is also currently leading an institutional collaboration to create a model for networking, professional development, curriculum design, and diffusion of international and global content and connections with multiple institutions to internationalize New Jersey teacher education programs.
Teacher education programs throughout the state of North Carolina are partnering to support internationaliztion through the statewide University Council on International Programs (UCIP). Using UCIP as a platform, the North Carolina Council of Education Deans has formed a committe on internationalizing teacher education. The committee has formed four working groups allow deans to collaborate in key areas - internationalizing practica, student teaching abroad, using videoconferencing for international learning, and incresing local immersion.