by Elham Ali
Teachers can have a powerful influence on children in K-12 communities, so the Institute for International Education (IIE) launched a campaign to call teachers to join Generation Study Abroad, a movement designed to double the number of students in U.S. colleges and universities who study abroad by the end of the decade. IIE is seeking 1,000 educators to lead change and encourage study abroad among their students to increase student participation in international experiences and study abroad.
One hundred teachers who have taken initiative to promote for study abroad have already shared their success stories in order to encourage teachers to take action or Take the Pledge. Teachers who join the program are awarded with access to news, resources, and networking opportunities to develop a greater global community of students and educators. Once teachers join, they are provided with tools to increase the involvement of educators, parents and school systems. Teachers with outstanding advocacy work are eligible to receive grants or awards, an invitation to IIE Generation Study Abroad Annual Summit – which will be held in Washington, D.C. this October – and study abroad guides for parents and students.
IIE is collaborating with National Geographic, Asia Society, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to further enhance the program’s goals. IIE is also taking initiative to tie funding commitments with AIFS Foundation, CIEE, and IIE Passport Study Abroad for scholarship and grant opportunities for students and educators. IIE has taken initiative to strengthening funding partners from varied sectors to support teachers. AIFS Foundation will provide Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants to teachers to help raise awareness for study abroad and advance global citizenship. CIEE will provide scholarship grants for schools committed to expanding global education and exchange programs. IIE Passport Study Abroad Initiative uniquely targets inner city high schools to encourage students to attend college and especially participate in the study abroad experience. Awards are given to exceptional individuals from six different cities where IIE holds office: Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.