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April 10, 2014 | 8:59 am
Discussion QuestionsClick links to participate in the dicussion (requires registration)1.  How have you incorporated global perspectives into your teaching in light of the CCSS?2.  How does the Common Core factor into your internationalization efforts? 
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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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February 28, 2013 | 12:09 pm
​The Modern Language Association (MLA), in a report outlining strategies to improve foreign language study in higher education, argues “In the context of globalization and in the post–9/11 environment...the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested.”  In today’s multicultural communities, there are myriad benefits to increasing the number of elementary and secondary teachers able to communicate in a second language.  The school population is growing increasingly diverse. Teachers who study second languages can communicate with students and parents in languages other than English. World language study, however, also provides teachers of all subject areas with a window into other cultures. Language study is often seen as an essential component of global competence development. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is an association for language education professionals. In a recent press release on the association's position on... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 11:40 am
Social studies, the traditional home of “global education,” includes many courses and topics that lend themselves readily to teaching about the world. The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) identifies history, geography, civics and government, economics, and psychology as the subject areas associated with social studies education. Few teachers, however, have received specialized training during their certification preparation to teach these areas in a global context. Thus for many years, globalizing the curriculum has been the province of professional development for practicing teachers. Social studies teachers often rely on in-service training programs, such as those offered through Title VI National Resource Centers, to gain the skills needed to teach social studies in a manner than includes international perspectives.Social studies education organizations advocate for providing global perspectives in the field. For example, NCSS has developed a position statement on the... 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