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More than 600 attendees from the higher education sector, corporations, U.S. and foreign government agencies, K-12, social networks, and study abroad organizations joined IIE for the inaugural IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad held in Washington, DC from October 1-2, 2015. Four teachers, alumni of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs' sponsored Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, Craig Divis, Melanie Manuel, Maya Garcia, and Michael Williams, participated at the IIE Summit as 'Generation Study Abroad Voices.' These alumni 'Voices' infused the Summit with teacher perspectives and illustrated how study abroad can positively impact K-12 curricula, life trajectories, and employability. 

On October 2, 2015, the DC Public Schools’ (DCPS) Global Education team, together with the Asia Society and IIE, presented a whisper session during the IIE Summit. The session, Building a Culture of Travel in K-12 Education, was an opportunity for district leaders and educators to come together to discuss hopes, challenges, and strategies for building a culture of international travel in K-12 education. The session was facilitated by IIE’s Holly Emert, Assistant Director in the Global Professional Exchanges Division. Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director of the Asia Society’s Education Department opened with on overview of global education and its relevance in the K-12 sector. Participants heard about K-12 global education trends, at both a national and local level, and case studies of what these trends looks like in action. Kate McNamee, DCPS Global Education Director, then shared a close-up on district level perspectives, sharing the challenges and considerations of 'going global' within the nation’s capital. Kate shared DCPS’ vision and goals for preparing all students as global citizens, and discussed the district strategy for preparing, engaging, and sending 8th and 11th grade students abroad, as DCPS works to make travel an expectation rather than exception for students.


Together with The New York Times in Education, IIE asked study abroad alumni to join Generation Study Abroad and share their voices. We wanted to know how study abroad gave them an edge, and what impact it had on their lives and the world, and how using New York Times content helped them. The winning videos are by Alejandro Alba and Christine O’Dea and were announced at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad



In fall 2014, Jessica Stovall, an English teacher at Oak Park and River Forest (OPRF) High School in Chicago, IL traveled to New Zealand as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Through her research, she connected with Raewyn Tipene, the CEO of the Te Kāpehu Whetū school in Whangarei, New Zealand, and together they began working on a cultural exchange between their two schools. Last month, a group of students from Te Kāpehu Whetū school visited Jessica's school. The visit began with a pōwhiri, or a traditional Māori welcome ceremony, at the Field Museum, which has one of three marae, or Māori meeting house, outside of New Zealand.

The ceremony was attended by Jessica's students, fellow teachers, and administrators from OPRF, as well as by Marianne Craven, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Illinois State Representative Camille Lilly, as well as two representatives from U.S. Senator of Illinois Dick Durbin's office.

The visit from the Māori students was a moving experience for Jessica's students. She says, "I need pictures to say the thousand words I wish I could use to describe the incredible week I’ve just experienced."

Click here to read Jessica's blog post on the exchange and to view the photos from the welcome ceremony.


Application Deadline for U.S. Teachers: November 4, 2015 | Apply online 

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by IIE, seeks to improve mutual understanding among teachers, their schools and communities in the U.S. and abroad. This program 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.

Helpful Tips to Complete your Application by the Deadline:
  1. View Alumni Webinars posted on the Application section of the program website for insights from alumni on completing the application and on the program experience
  2. Read Advice from a Selected Applicant: Tips for Applying for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching
  3. Review all Application Tools as well as the Application Checklist posted on the Fulbright Teacher website 


Application deadline: November 30, 2015 | Apply online

Across the country, teachers often need just a few extra dollars to paint a world map on the playground, add multicultural books to the library, or initiate a world language project. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison (RPCV Madison) offer mini-grants to K-12 teachers who have ideas for teaching about the diversity and commonality of the world’s peoples. The we all Project was initiated in 2008 by RPCVs who created a set of 15 posters that feature global commonalities of cultures in over 64 countries where volunteers have served. Such commonalities as We All Learn, We All Need Water, and We All Celebrate vibrantly illustrate differences in global cultures and communities for use in world language and social studies classrooms, elementary schools, and libraries and community centers.  

Poster order forms, curriculum resources, and mini-grant application forms are available on the we all Mini-Grants for Global Diversity website.


Application Deadline: December 1, 2015 | Application Information

The IIE AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants Program recognizes U.S. secondary level teachers (grades 6-12) who have shown to be outstanding advocates for study abroad. The program is a professional development opportunity for those teachers who have taken the Generation Study Abroad pledge and taken innovative actions in preparing their students for global citizenship and study abroad. Fifty (50) enrichment grants of $1,000 each are available to secondary school teachers and administrators to conduct any learning activity in the U.S. or abroad that enhances their international outlook and global experience. 


Application deadline: December 9, 2015 | Apply online

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education provides grants to K-12 and post-secondary educators and administrators to study and travel abroad?

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. The program offers educational lectures and activities specifically designed for the group, including visits to local schools and organizations, meetings with educators and students, visits to cultural sites. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new, cross-cultural curricula for their classrooms and school systems back in the U.S. 

In 2016, summer programs will be offered to Peru, India, and Senegal. The program covers airfare, lodging, and program costs. Participants should be prepared to pay a cost-share of up to $600.


International Education Week 2015 dates: November 16-20, 2015

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Click here to view the list of IEW events for 2015 and also to share events in your community! 


The U.S. Department of State recently announced scholarships for American high school students to study abroad. Applications are now being accepted for the following study abroad programs for U.S. high school students: 
These merit-based scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, and gap year students are encouraged to apply as long as they meet the age requirements. Visit the program websites or the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs website for specific information and application deadlines.

To receive printed brochures and/or posters about study abroad opportunities to share with your students, send an email with your request to youthprograms@state.gov.
For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State-sponsored exchange student. Click here to learn more.


Youth For Understanding (YFU), an international educational nonprofit, offers more programs and scholarships for high school students and recent graduates than any other study abroad organization. This year, YFU is offering more than 200 full and partial scholarships to help students’ dreams of international travel and learning become their reality.

Let your students, your school, your community, and your friends know about our exciting opportunities by forwarding this opportunity or requesting posters to display in your classroom. Additionally, nominate deserving students for study abroad with YFU. To find out more about our programs, including diverse academic, service learning, arts, sports, gap year programs, summer and short-term (two week) educator lead offerings, visit the Youth For Understanding website.

Contact us directly to have a YFU presentation in your classroom or to custom-design a program for you and your students. YFU Admissions Counselors are available at 1.800.TEENAGE (800.833.6243) or via email at admissions@yfu.org.


NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides a long-term community for female technologists, from K-12 through higher education and beyond, encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development. Currently, NCWIT AiC has scholarship opportunities for U.S. high school women with computing aspirations as well as prizes for educators who are encouraging girls' interest and participation in technology pursuits. Click on the links below for more information:


The Newseum in Washington, DC has launched a new website - NewseumEd - that provides teachers and students access to more than 35,000 newspapers and other resources. Check it out today!


To assist in increasing student interest and achievement in STEM, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is making available Learning Blade, a supplemental STEM career awareness curriculum at no cost to all middle schools in Tennessee. Learning Blade introduces STEM opportunities to students in a novel format that demonstrates the benefits and roles of the careers in society. It also demonstrates the relevance of academic skills to STEM careers and provides real-world examples of the use of math and ELA skills in practical situations. Click here to learn more and view webinars about the curriculum.


World Class Scholars is an engaging and innovative program to invite South Carolina students and International students to immerse themselves into a world of global understanding and learning. Our program is offered to students of all ages. We take pride in offering global learning to the youngest of students, allowing them to aspire to grow beyond their small communities. The program takes place in your classroom, where you will virtually connect to another school. Classroom teachers or after-school programs can utilize this program as well. We have partnered with Google and work mainly through Google Hangouts and Google+. For schools, the technology requirements are basic. We require that you have an Internet connection and a webcam. The program is very simple to join and maintain.  

If you are interested, please contact Kaitlin Degerick at KaitlinDegerick@envisionsc.org to set you up with a partner. We have partners available immediately for this school year!

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