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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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February 27, 2014 | 9:28 am
Colleges of education around the country are partnering with non-profit organizations in unique ways to advance their internationalization goals. For example, World Savvy created a Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program in collaboration with Teachers College at Columbia University and Asia Society, available to classroom teachers across the United States.Michigan State is working with the Institute for Educational Leadership to bring former policy fellows to China. Miami University of Ohio has a partnership office within the College of Education to build and manage both domestic and international partnerships that enhance their teacher preparation programs.Partnerships exist between multiple institutions and non-profits for specific teach abroad programs as well. Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST) and Educators Abroad are two programs that provide opportunities for quality student teaching placement and supervision outside the United States, both utilizing different... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:32 pm
Faculty development in colleges of education is a necessary step to develop a culture within the college that is supportive of  internationalization efforts.  In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Madeline Green stresses “I tell presidents, if they have any money at all for internationalization, faculty development is the place to put it."  Professional development is available at the national level.  NAFSA:  The Association of International Educators offers a Colloquium on Internationalizing Teacher Education as part of its annual conference and faculty conversation webinars that provide faculty and deans with resources and support for their internationalization efforts.  Under the leadership of Betty Soppelsa, Deputy Executive Director for Conference Planning at NAFSA, these efforts bring together leaders in the field of internationalization of teacher preparation to share ideas, network, and develop partnerships in the US and abroad.Some universities offer... 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 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
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February 28, 2013 | 10:09 am
Educators often treat mathematics as an inherently global subject because of its quanititative and emperical nature, and they teach it with that assumption. In fact, educators in different coutries and cultures approach mathematical processes very differently, and students learn math concepts using a variety of different approaches. Students can experience the world in mathematics classes, despite the common misconception that global perspectives need not be incoporated into the teaching of mathematics. For example, students can use international data sets for problem solving, or art and architectural designs from various cultures in the study of geometry. As with science, students can learn about the worldwide origins of mathematics and the contributions of many cultures to the development of the modern field. The Mathematics, Science, and Technology Department at Columbia Teachers College offers the course “Teaching Mathematics in Diverse Cultures,” which examines mathematics... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:29 pm
Courses that focus on specific content areas provide the most direct avenue for helping future teachers learn how to integrate knowledge of the world into their teaching. All subjects, not just social studies and languages, can be taught with the world in mind. Learning to do this well, to go beyond “food, flags, and festivals,” takes time, reflection, and guidance. It requires support for teacher candidates to deepen their knowledge of global issues, world regions, and cultures, and to learn new pedagogical practices they may not have experienced as students.Collaboration among faculty in education and arts and sciences can be particularly beneficial for revising instructional methods classes. Teacher educators for instructional methods courses can guide future teachers’ pedagogical practices so they can help their own students understand and engage with the world in meaningful ways. These practices include:Seeking accurate information from a variety of sources, especially primary... read more