Written by Karen Lee
On September 12, 2014, IIE hosted a Think Tank on Engaging the K-12 Audience in Study Abroad
as part of the Generation Study Abroad
Initiative. A select group of practitioners and thought leaders were invited to participate in this collaborative event which was designed to brainstorm ideas on how best to involve teachers and administrators in the process so that students head off to college both understanding the value of studying abroad and prepared to pursue it.
I was lucky enough to be a part of the amazing conversations that took place during the Think Tank. In my group were people who work for schools around the region, for organizations that focus on study abroad opportunities and for non-profits that provide opportunities for learning from the global classroom. Our only guidelines for the day were to think big and make sure we wrote down our ideas!
My group began to focus in on how to remove barriers so that all students have access to opportunities to study abroad. This included identifying the stakeholders and the current barriers standing in the way of the goal to double the number of students studying abroad by the end of the decade. The conversation had many layers to it, representing each of our perspectives, but the energy around finding a solution and adding new possibilities was contagious. Although our time was limited, our ideas were big. We talked about creating a human library where students could 'check out' people talking about specific countries and experiences, connecting careers
to skills that can only be found in specific countries and beginning a campaign with photos and personal narratives that reflected the diverse population of students we were targeting. Other groups added ideas around teacher buy-in and curriculum development. Some groups focused on developing partnerships with businesses and private enterprises to support the vision. By the end of the day, the conference room was lined with chart paper and ideas that will not only begin to engage young people in the conversations about studying abroad, but will lead to incredible opportunities to engage in the world around them.
This event is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the big plans being put in place to make this goal a reality. Each of us walked out of the conversations with our heads spinning, armed with personal commitments and new ideas for ways we can help our schools and students get excited about studying abroad!
Find out how you can be a part of this important initiative on the Generation Study Abroad website
Karen Lee is an alumna of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IIE.
When: October 2, 2014, 5:00 – 6:00 PM EDT
When: October 7, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00 PM EDT
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IIE, allows teachers to go abroad for three to six months to take classes at an international university, observe classes and offer seminars in local schools and complete a project of their own design.
We’re pleased to announce a free online course
on youth media making developed by Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), the Adobe Foundation’s signature global initiative to increase creativity in education.
To date, AYV programs are active in over 55 countries, impacting 190,000 youth worldwide. For the first time ever, a free AYV online course will bring to the public all the key elements of this successful program. Now, any educator can integrate the core principles of this program and become an Adobe Youth Voices Educator.
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IIE currently works with Adobe on the AYV Scholarships program, a college scholarship for AYV alumni who are pursuing creative careers.
Title I schools are eligible to apply for a software donation from Adobe. Adobe has committed over $300 million in software and professional development to the White House's ConnectED initiative. As part of this $2 billion+ effort from the private sector, Adobe will deliver creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States—all with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build their skills for future success.
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