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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 | 9:11 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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February 28, 2013 | 12:32 pm
Faculty development in colleges of education is a necessary step to develop a culture within the college that is supportive of  internationalization efforts.  In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Madeline Green stresses “I tell presidents, if they have any money at all for internationalization, faculty development is the place to put it."  Professional development is available at the national level.  NAFSA:  The Association of International Educators offers a Colloquium on Internationalizing Teacher Education as part of its annual conference and faculty conversation webinars that provide faculty and deans with resources and support for their internationalization efforts.  Under the leadership of Betty Soppelsa, Deputy Executive Director for Conference Planning at NAFSA, these efforts bring together leaders in the field of internationalization of teacher preparation to share ideas, network, and develop partnerships in the US and abroad.Some universities offer... read more
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February 18, 2013 | 8:55 am
Michigan State University is a globally minded campus and has been for a long time. The college's leadership recruit academics, students, and researchers from around the world - a practice that began over forty years ago and grown stronger over the decades. As a result of this commitment, the campus has deeply integrated international perspectives into their teacher preparation program. These perspectives manifest themselves in many ways – student experiences, faculty culture, and a global track for education majors.  The college's  Office of International Studies in Education website highlights these initiatives.Student ExperiencesMichigan State’s graduate programs require that doctoral and master’s level students go abroad to conduct research as a part of their educational experience. This stated goal of this requirement is to allow students to observe and understand other cultures in order to better understand their own. Faculty find that the experience elevates the dialogue and... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:01 pm
There is no denying that charismatic leaders and “lighthouse” projects can have major impact in achieving goals like internationalization. These efforts, however, are often limited and short-lived, missing the chance to have lasting and deep influence in effecting organizational reform in educator preparation. Many colleges have positive initiatives that strive to implement broad goals related to internationalization, but true internationalization is systematic and requires holistic transformation of everything from curriculum to faculty and staff attitudes to funding structures.​True internationalization, according to the report Internationalizing the Campus: A User’s Guide from the American Council on Education (ACE), is not an easy or quick process – requiring one global requirement or adding international content to existing courses will not suffice.  Successful internationalization, “requires making the case to multiple stakeholders and tapping external interest… [it] is a slow,... read more