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August 11, 2014 | 3:41 pm
by Ariel Tichnor-WagnerThe Global Education Toolkit for Elementary LearnersHoma Sabet Tavangar and Becky Mladic-Morales.Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2014.BSN 978-1-4833-4418-8. $25.95229 pagesFor elementary school teachers who want to do something global in their classroom but don’t know where to begin, The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners is a practical place to start. Homa Sabet Tavangar, author of Growing Up Global, teams up with Becky Mladic-Morales, founder of KidWorldCitizen, to provide an easy-to-use guide for educators and parents who want to create global learning experiences for elementary school-aged children.  The teacher-friendly book is jam-packed with ideas and resources, many of which you can link to directly through the book’s companion website that is accessible with purchase of the book. Drawing upon the authors’ experiences as educators, writers, presenters, and parents in multicultural families, the well-researched book fills an important gap in the... read more
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June 4, 2014 | 12:45 pm
All of the reports, articles, books, and other resources referenced on the Global Teacher Education Website can be found here.  All references are listed alphabetically.  To recommend a reference, contact us, email us, or upload a reference to our site (you do not need to include an attachment or document, just a reference will suffice).Books and Book ChaptersAnzaldúa, Gloria E. (1987). Borderlands/La Frontera: The new metiza.  San Francisco, CA:  Spinters/Aunt Lute Books.Sen, Amartya. (1999). Development as freedom.  New York: Anchor Books.Cushner, Kenneth & Brennan, Sharon. (2007). Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global Competence.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Education.Goodwin, A. Lin & Oyler, Celia.  (2008).  "Teacher Educators at Gatekeepers:  Deciding who is ready to teach."  In Handbook of Research in Teacher Education:  Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts, third edition.  Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Feiman-Nemser, Sharon; McIntyre, D. John.;... read more
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March 25, 2014 | 8:28 am
by Robin VitucciThe need for university/K-12 connections has become critical in recent years due to the increased role of teachers to foster global learning. Research suggests that teachers need time to practice their craft as part of adequate training. According to Ken Zeichner, however, there is a disconnect between what candidates learn in their preparation programs and what opportunities they have in their clinical experience to practice what they learn, especially as it relates to global education. Teacher training and education might be more useful when higher education institutions foster relationships with K-12 schools and create programs centered around the needs of the students those teachers will likely teach. Several institutions around the country have created programs to support teacher candidates and practicing teachers in bringing an international dimension into their classrooms.In the Office of K-12 Outreach at Michigan State University, faculty members work directly... read more
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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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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 | 12:34 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 | 12:18 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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February 28, 2013 | 11:55 am
Faculty and administrators often turn first to student teaching abroad when considering international experiences for pre-service teachers. Colleges of education, however, have other international options to consider for their students.  Study Abroad and Supplemental Experiences for Pre-Service TeachersTrends toward short-term spring or summer experiences are attractive options for students in tightly scheduled programs such as teacher preparation, or for students for whom extended stays away from their home campuses are not possible. Clearly, it is not possible to fully appreciate the complexities of another culture during a three- or four-week visit.  Indeed, many have questioned whether a student can have more than superficial exposure through these kinds of experiences. However, short, carefully-planned programs may spark a desire for further cross-cultural learning, lay a foundation for longer experiences, provide basic language instruction, or establish relationships that... read more
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February 18, 2013 | 8:53 am
According to Mary Lynne Calhoun, former Dean of the College of Education at The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, “Professors and students need a road map – a way to get started.”  A College of Education Internationalization Plan, designed and approved by the faculty, provides exactly the kind of roadmap that guides the student experience and faculty development within the college.Emphasis on Global PerspectivesUNC Charlotte has a uniquely successful approach to accomplishing its global perspectives emphasis. It begins before students ever spend a day in the teacher education program. The university requires two years of foreign language study to qualify for their teacher education program, ensuring that students have at minimum, moderate exposure to another language prior to beginning their studies.  Once students have been accepted to the college, they begin cultivating global perspectives from their earliest experiences in the program. The coursework sequence requires a... read more
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February 18, 2013 | 8:44 am
The leadership and faculty of the Reich College of Education (RCOE) at Appalachian State University have developed a collaborative culture that emphasizes communities of practice. RCOE’s conceptual framework offers the following direction:We view our candidates and ourselves as active, continuous learners. Because this process proceeds despite any conscious efforts to alter it, schools and all other agencies should take into account the principles that drive the process. Second, learning occurs as individuals engage in meaningful social activity … As a result, we must pay attention to both the social and the individual nature of teaching, learning, and organizational life.In building and articulating this community, RCOE has included global understanding in their mission objectives. One specifically states “Integrating multicultural and global perspectives and knowledge into all program areas to prepare graduates to work with diverse populations in diverse environments.”  RCOE... read more

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