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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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October 2, 2013 | 10:14 pm
This list stemmed from a presentation that I made at George Mason University on October 5, 2013 that I thought would be helpful.GTE’s Instructional Methods sectionNAFSA’s Resource Page, including the Colloquium on Internationalizing Teacher Education. Merry Merryfield’s presentation from the 2010 colloquium (handout included) is particularly relevant.Teacher Education Goes GlobalPreparing Teachers to Teach Global Perspectives (book)Teacher Preparation for a Global AgeAsia Society’s Education resources 
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February 28, 2013 | 11:58 am
Teacher educators must share in the vital role of instructing future educators to teach the next generation about global issues.  There is obviously a special role for education faculty in this process, but faculty in other disciplines are also essential to developing the international knowledge, skills, and attitudes of teacher candidates. At most institutions, general education courses represent an estimated 50% to 75% of a teacher candidate’s coursework. In the Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts, A. Lin Goodwin and Celia Oyler note, “[H]istorically, general education requirements or ‘academic’ courses consume the majority of credits (as much as 75%) required for elementary or secondary teacher certification, and reform in university-based teacher preparation curricula over the past 50 years has consistently resulted in more academic courses and fewer education courses … and these academic courses are offered by Arts and Sciences... 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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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
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November 26, 2012 | 12:29 pm
Courses that focus on specific content areas provide the most direct avenue for helping future teachers learn how to integrate knowledge of the world into their teaching. All subjects, not just social studies and languages, can be taught with the world in mind. Learning to do this well, to go beyond “food, flags, and festivals,” takes time, reflection, and guidance. It requires support for teacher candidates to deepen their knowledge of global issues, world regions, and cultures, and to learn new pedagogical practices they may not have experienced as students.Collaboration among faculty in education and arts and sciences can be particularly beneficial for revising instructional methods classes. Teacher educators for instructional methods courses can guide future teachers’ pedagogical practices so they can help their own students understand and engage with the world in meaningful ways. These practices include:Seeking accurate information from a variety of sources, especially primary... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:15 pm
Here is a quick summary of elements to consider when internationalizing teacher preparation programs.  This section of the website explores many different aspects of internationalization in teacher preparation.When revising teacher preparation programs, ensure that:General education coursework helps each prospective teachers develop deep knowledge of at least one world region, culture, or global issue, and facility in one language in addition to English. Professional education courses teach the pedagogical skills to enable future teachers to teach the global dimensions of their subject matter. GTE offers information by subject, including English language arts, mathematics, physical education and health, science, social studies, and visual and performing arts.International and domestic field experiences support the development of pre-service teachers’ global perspectives. There are incentives, not barriers, to faculty at all levels engaging in this work. All work aligns to the global... 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