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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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January 2, 2014 | 11:01 am
By Annelise Hammond-Mulack and Shu Ching ChangResearchers seeking resources on internationalizing teacher education often turn to these key resources and organizations:Internationalizing Teacher Education, published at the NAFSA websiteResources for Internationalizing Teacher Education, a list provided by Educators AbroadResources for Internationalizing Education, links provided by the Consortium for Overseas Student TeachingTeacher Preparation for Global Age, a report published by the Longview Foundation.When specifically seeking information about overseas student teaching, the book Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global Competence is often identified as a leading resource.  The Resources for International Field Experiences page on GTE provides more information about these resources.A wide body of literature focused on international field experiences is available in journals and other publications. This annotated bibliography summarizes the literature available as a... read more
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December 6, 2013 | 1:48 pm
Whether you are a pre-service teacher seeking an international field placement for your student teaching experience, a faculty members seeking resources on providing these opportunities to your students, or a dean who wants to support student teaching abroad in your college, this list of resources can assist you in the process.Global Teacher Education offers several articles and an annotated bibliography on international field experiences for researchers interested in this topic, and suggests the following resources:Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global CompetenceThis book, edited by Kenneth Cushner and Sharon Brennan, provides a comprehensive set of resources on international student teaching opportunities.  The chapters explore a wide range of topics, including making a case for providing international field experiences, considerations for establishing a program abroad, suggestions for preparing students, and research on the impact of these experiences. ... read more
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October 7, 2013 | 12:04 pm
Global Education for Teachers (GET) Collaborative is a joint effort - funded by a grant from the Longview Foundation - between George Mason University and American University.  The goal of the program is to support internationalization of teacher education programs through collaborative efforts such as workshops, book discussions, and mini-grants.  GTE's ED presented a workshop to the faculty and graduate students at George Mason on October 5, 2013.  The presentation is shared below. A video and summary of the presentation are also available at the GET Collaborative website. 
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June 7, 2013 | 1:07 pm
In a political and economic climate with competing priroties, administrators are often required to make a case for internationalization.  Through its Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE), the American Council on Education provides a wealth of information on internationalizing at the campus level, including on making a case for internationalization.  The Center provides variety of resources and examples, which can guide this work in colleges of education. Internationalization is an important priority for colleges of education in the US. Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World, a report produced by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning, argues that youth are called on “to live, compete, and collaborate in a new global scenario.” This includes “unprecedented global migration and the changing nature of neighborhoods, identities, and citizenship” and “the flattened global... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:22 pm
Faculty are key in any change initiative in any discipline, and internationalization of teacher preparation is no exception.  Faculty juggle numerous commitments and demands on their time.  In order to be encouraged pursue globally focused activities, they need to be incentivized so their efforts pay off and contribute to their long term professional goals.  Different options can offer opportunities for staff to pursue these efforts.College-Based International CentersMost universities have an international office that oversees study abroad, international students and faculty, partnerships, and other international activities campus wide.  Some colleges of education, however, are creating centers at the college level to support international scholarship.  The University of Maryland’s Office of International Initiatives was designed to “support and foster the international dimension of our work in education.”  The Office offers travel grants to faculty, fellowships for course development... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:11 pm
Some institutions and institutional collaborations are creating certificate programs that focus on building global knowledge, skills, and dispositions of future teachers. These programs also act as laboratories for materials and course development that benefit all teacher candidates. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Education has designed a certificate in Global Perspectives for prospective teachers. Students must take 21 general education courses in the following areas: 3 credits in U.S. or European history; 3 credits in global cultures, world geography, or cultural anthropology; 12 credits drawn from a list of non-Western/non-European courses that focus on two world areas; and a special 3-credit course on Education and Globalization. The program includes a teaching unit as a capstone assignment that integrates what students have learned into their teaching practice. Credits used to fulfill the certificate requirements can also help students meet other requirements.... read more
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February 18, 2013 | 7:07 am
Ask anyone what young people need to be successful in an increasingly interdependent world, and the answers are likely to be all over the proverbial map. Educators and policymakers alike have recently focused considerable attention on math and science, but that is not the concern here. This article uses the term “global competence” to describe a body of knowledge about world regions, cultures, and global issues (regardless of discipline), and the skills and dispositions to engage responsibly and effectively in a global environment.  There may be differences of emphasis; however, many educators agree that a globally competent student has:(1) Knowledge of and curiosity about the world’s history, geography, cultures, environmental and economic systems, and current international issues(2) Language and cross-cultural skills to communicate effectively with people from other countries, understand multiple perspectives, and use primary sources from around the globe(3) A commitment to ethical... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:16 pm
The role of teachers in fostering global competence is critical, yet many teachers have not themselves developed this competence.  As the Longview Foundation described, ”The critical role of teachers in internationalizing P-12 education has never been clearer, yet today’s educators rarely begin their careers with the deep knowledge and robust skills necessary to bring the world into their classrooms.” While the tremendous influence of globalization, the interconnectedness of world economies, and the importance of intercultural communication have been clear for some time, too little attention has been given to the question of how to make teacher preparation programs more reflective of international dimensions and – concomitantly – how to ensure that we have more internationally competent teachers.  The purpose of this section is to share ideas and strategies that can help institutions and individuals to approach the challenge of internationalization more effectively and efficiently.... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:03 pm
As the flagship of the University system in Maryland, there is a tendency to assume that only big grants and major research projects will help cause new things to happen. In UMD's case, the first grant was just the lever needed to support a major initiative in internationalizing their teacher education programs and to the development of critical infrastructure for realizing widespread internationalization goals. The result is a campus that has evolved into a leader within the state and within the field of internationalization.Location: Small Beginnings Lead to Systemic ChangeThe initial small grant helped launch a cornerstone program that led to establishment of a college-wide infrastructure to initiate and support systemic internationalization efforts.  The creation of the Office of International Initiatives, under the portfolio of the associate dean for teacher education, outreach, and international programs, was a key. Dean Donna Wiseman identified Jim Greenberg - who was already a... read more