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February 28, 2013 | 12:34 pm
Internationalization efforts in colleges of education can often be the result of internationalization at the campus level - either in cooporation of or as a directive from a president or provost who understands the importance of the process.  The Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council on Education has been supporting campus-wide internationalization efforts for over a decade.  The Center offers an Internationalization Laboratory where campuses are guided through a two year process to help identify an internationalization team, poinpoint current internationalization efforts, and develop a strategic plan.  It also offers an Institute for Leading Internationalization for senior campus leaders responsible for internationalization.Several institutions have taken a campus-wide approach to internationalization.  Miami University in Oxford, Ohio restructured its general education requirements and instituted the “Global Miami Plan” that requires all... 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