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August 21, 2014 | 9:02 am
Many teacher educators agree that teachers need intercultural competency skills in order to be effective educators in a 21st century classroom. Individuals and organizations in the teacher preparation space, however, disagree on what that competence looks like in the classroom and how to measure it in educators. Kenneth Cushner speaks and researches extensively on this topic – helping teacher educators understand the importance of interculturally competent teachers and providing guidance on how to measure, nurture, and recognize these skills in educators at all levels.  He is a professor of Education at Kent State University.Cushner notes that teaching for intercultural competence is a multi-faceted, complex process, with challenges unique to teacher preparation. It requires enhancing the intercultural knowledge of teacher educators so they can then transfer that knowledge to their pre-service teachers. Teacher educators must also teach future educators how to transfer intercultural... read more
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July 23, 2014 | 9:58 am
Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC):Engaging a Wider Community through CLACCLAC 2015 ConferenceHosted by Denison UniversityApril 16-17, 2015In collaboration with: Auburn University, Baldwin Wallace University, Binghamton University, Drake University, Gettysburg College, Oberlin College, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Skidmore College, The University of Iowa, The University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, University of Richmond, and Wittenberg CollegeEngaging a Wider Community through CLACThe Spring 2015 conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) focuses on building relationships to serve an expanded population. At this, our 9th conference, CLAC is reflecting on past achievements and planning future directions.  Currently there is increased national attention on and support for developing international and cross-cultural perspectives in the curriculum.  Programs like 100K Strong in the Americas and Generation... read more
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April 30, 2014 | 4:31 pm
This webinar, presented by GTE member and Advisory Commitee contributor Kenneth Cushner, was a precursor to Mumbai Conference of the Alliance for International Education, 10-12 October 2014, in Mumbai, India.Continue the ConversationVisit the Discussion Forum and pose a question or participate in a discussion about this webinar. This webinar was made possible by:Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning - for donating the use of the webinar platform.Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding - for providing financial support.Alliance for International EducationGeorge Mason University College of Education and Human Development and the Center for International EducationGlobal Teacher Education
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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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April 10, 2014 | 8:46 am
Discussion QuestionsClick links to participate in the dicussion (requires registration)1.  What is the intercultural readiness of American educators?2.  How do you measure global competence in your teacher candidates?3.  In the presentation, Dr. Cushner noted, "Intercultural sensitivity is not natural..."  Do you agree or disagree?4.  What activities or readings do you use to develop intercultural competence in your teacher candidates?Visit our Discussion Forum to post additional questions and continue the conversation.GTE would like to thank: Kenneth Cushner, from Kent State University, for his engaging presentationJennifer Manise, from the Longview Foundation, for moderatingAsia Society Partnership for Global Learning for providing the webinar platform
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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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March 7, 2014 | 1:19 pm
What a Difference a Global Education Paradigm for Social Studies Teacher Education Can Make from jrharshman
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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 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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