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Global Gateway for Teachers

March 7, 2014 | 1:06 pm
by Emily LiebtagWhile the student population grows increasingly more diverse, the pre-service population is becoming more homogenous, creating a cultural mismatch between teachers and the students they teach.  One challenge for teacher preparation programs arising from this mismatch is to facilitate intercultural sensitivity and learning among prospective teachers (Causey, Thomas, & Armento, 2000). International student teaching programs are a potential solution for the mismatch of teacher and student cultures and provide an opportunity for pre-service teachers' to experience cultures outside of their own (Blair, 2002).International student teaching programs provide an opportunity for pre-service teachers to experience cultures outside of their own (Blair, 2002) and develop some of the skills necessary to teach diverse learners. Unfortunately, less than 5% of education majors are getting exposure to people or cultures unlike their own through an international experience (education... read more
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December 6, 2013 | 1:44 pm
Many campuses and organizations offer international field experiences in education.  This list of program providers and campuses that offer these experiences can assist pre-service teacher seeking an international field placement for their student teaching experience, faculty members seeking resources on providing these opportunities to their students, or deans who want to support student teaching abroad in their colleges.Program ProvidersThe following programs provide international field experiences for pre-service teachers.  If a contact is provided, click on the name and you will be directed to that user's profile where you can message that person directly for more information by clicking on the “Send Message” icon.BridgeBridge has nearly 30 years of experience promoting student mobility through international experiences by bringing international students to the United States and sending American students abroad.  Bridge offers English language training in five countries, study... read more
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
February 28, 2013 | 11:59 am
The number of students who come to today’s college campuses with experience of the world and enthusiasm to learn more is increasing. An American Council on Education report (2008) revealed that 61% of incoming students had traveled in another country with their families, and 51% have close friends or family who live in another country.  These students need to be encouraged to enter teaching.Admissions officers and other advisors play a key role in helping students with these interests and experiences to consider a teaching career. Recruiting such students into teaching could bring a greater variety of international perspectives into classrooms and P-12 schools. Sharing information about teaching careers with students taking internationally themed courses in the Arts and Sciences could entice those with this predisposition to take the classes required for teacher certification.Providing scholarship to students based on international interests sends a clear message that students with... read more