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December 3, 2014 | 9:47 am
A recording of a webinar that focused on sharing strategies for collborating and connecting through social media as a means to support internationalization of teacher preparation programs. Moderator:  Jennifer Manise, Longview FoundationPresenters:Melanie Miller Foster and Daniel Foster, College of Agricultural Sciences, the Pennsylvania State UniversityCaitlin Haugen, Global Teacher EducationContinue the Conversation...Share thoughts at our hastag #Web2SocialTPrepAnd at GTE's discussion forum (requires free registration):How do you use social media to support your internationalization goals?How do you incorporate social media into your teaching and learning?Do you know of any social media tools or resources to support global learning?...or start your own discussion around social media for internationalization.This webinar was made possible through in-kind donations from:Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning that for provides the webinar platform.Longview Foundation for World... read more
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November 3, 2014 | 9:50 am
By Sydney MerzInternationalizing Teacher Education for Social Justice: Theory, Research, and PracticeEdited by Suniti Sharma, JoAnn Phillion, Jubin Rahatzad, and Hannah L. SasserCharlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2014ISBN 978-1-62396-604-1 PB $45.99; HB, $85.99198 pagesThis edited book contains a preface, series forward, editorial introduction, 10 chapters, and final section that details information about the authors and editors. Internationalizing Teacher Education for Social Justice: Theory, Research, and Practice brings together multiple researchers in teacher education to intersect research dimensions of international and/or cross-cultural experiences, teacher education, and social justice, including some well-known scholars in these fields (such as Kenneth Cushner, Barbara Garii and Laura Stachowski).  Additionally, the editors house the work through the authors’ commitment of personal, passionate and participatory inquiry to create educational change.  This... read more
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March 31, 2014 | 5:02 pm
by Jeremy Gombin-SperlingIn an ever more globalized world, with a desire for individuals to be professionally competitive, a growing number of institutions of higher education are encouraging their students to gain international experience during their undergraduate years – most often by studying abroad.  In the realm of colleges of education, more and more undergraduate teacher candidates are now pursuing international student teaching to give them relevant experience.   For many education majors, however, barriers such as demanding graduation requirements, lack of financial resources, inability to garner familial investment, or – despite the discussed trend – minimal college or university support prevent them from going abroad to study or student teach in another country. With the ascent of English as (one could argue) to the ranks of a global lingua franca, governments and communities worldwide want their next generation to be well-versed in the language.  As a result, another type... read more
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November 14, 2013 | 1:05 pm
Attached please find a Request for Proposals for a host university for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for the fall of 2014.  This program will bring approximately 18 teachers from Chile, Finland, India, Israel, Morocco, Singapore, Mexico, and New Zealand to the U.S. for a semester at a graduate school or college of education.  While in the U.S. these accomplished teachers take courses for professional development, provide workshops or master classes in their areas of expertise, observe and co-teach in local schools, and complete a capstone project. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Expressions of interest are due to IIE by December 16.  Please also address any questions to Tatiana Mackliff at fulbrightdat@iie.org by December 16.  Final proposals are due January 15, 2014.  
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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 | 12:18 pm
Providing opportunities on the home campus or in the local community for prospective teachers to engage with people from other countries or cultural backgrounds that differ from their own can be a time- and cost-effective way to broaden horizons. Students who are unable or reluctant to leave the country can be introduced to international students, visiting faculty, or immigrants in ways that help them learn about the world and build their cross-cultural skills. Appalachian State University facilitates intercultural interactions through its Appalacian Community of Education Scholars program.  Students are provided the option to live with international and exchange students in a globally focused living-learning center through the program, which allows them to meet and interact with students from a variety of different national and cultural backgrounds.Other institutions have created programs to partner international students who want to improve their English with education students for... 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