The Institute of International Education (IIE)
and American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation
awarded $50,000 in professional development grants to 50 teachers and school administrators
from 27 states and the District of Columbia who have successfully integrated global perspectives and exchanges into their classrooms. The announcement comes on the heels of a new milestone in the Generation Study Abroad initiative
: 1,000 K-12 teachers and administrators have pledged to advocate for study abroad
by exposing students to international experiences and global perspectives in preparing for their college careers.
The teachers and administrators will use the IIE AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants to advance collaborations with university study abroad offices, share best practices for globalizing the classroom with colleagues, expand or create new exchange programs with K-12 schools abroad, and advance their own professional development. Studying abroad can boost a student’s post-college career opportunities, and foster mutual understanding and national security in a globalized world.
, a leader in intercultural education, has announced the recipients of the 2016 'Top Global Learning School' award, selected in partnership with The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)
, an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of high-achieving students. 80 schools from across the country were honored with this award, which recognizes exceptional dedication to fostering global citizenship through intercultural learning—both inside and outside of the classroom. Click here
to view the winning schools and learn more about the award.
Application deadline: April 18, 2016 | Apply Online
Foster Outreach to Educators Events (OEE) in your community through targeted, global learning outreach or hosting a workshop/seminar on global competency through intercultural learning (ICL) for educators and administrators! The overarching goal this year is to focus on the important link between global learning and cultural exchange as a mean to promote public diplomacy. Grants provide up to $1,500, and can be used for any number of activities that encourage intercultural learning through collaboration with local teachers and AFS volunteers.
Applicants are encouraged to highlight the critical link between cultural exchange and 21st century skills in their proposals. Examples include: professional development events, classroom presentations, conference attendance fees, materials and resource fees, and anything else that brings global learning and cultural exchange insight to the community.
Application Coming Soon | Program Information
Through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, U.S. K-12 teachers and educators can apply for grants to engage in 2-8 week collaborative projects abroad
. Participants consult with and support projects with schools, non-profit organizations, teacher training institutions, and other educational organizations in Botswana, India, Mexico, or Vietnam. The grant award funds travel costs, lodging, meals, local transportation, and related costs.
Teachers may travel to: Botswana, India, Mexico, or Vietnam. Click here
to view individual project summaries for details on program opportunities.
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by IIE.
Global Leadership Week (GLW)
is a week-long celebration of leadership through global action in K-12 education taking place April 25-29, 2016. GLW is an opportunity for global education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age. During GLW, leaders in schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and corporations will design and host virtual events to showcase thought leadership. The global education community at large can choose to participate in these online activities by browsing event listings on the GLW website
During GLW, the Global Education Conference (GEC) Network will be hosting two major events. The Global Leadership Summit
is an invitational, face-to-face convening at Edmodo’s headquarters in San Mateo, California on April 25, 2016. Additionally, the GEC is producing the Global Leadership Day virtual conference
on April 26, 2016 which will feature thought leaders at all levels. These events will be streamed and recorded for the public; subsequent recordings will be used as living artifacts to continually inspire leaders. All events will be free of charge to attendees.
There are dozens of federally funded Title VI National Resource Centers (NRCs)
at universities around the United States. One of their many functions is to provide curriculum materials, teacher education, travel opportunities for teachers, scholarly speakers, and more. Through the centers' websites, you can find a wide array of resources: lesson plans, culture boxes, Skype-based classroom speakers, and more.
Many NRCs also organize summer institutes for teachers. Some institutes have funding available to defray travel expenses for out-of-town participants. The University of California, Berkeley has compiled a list of summer institutes for teachers
around the country. Information is posted as it becomes available.
What are some ways to develop international partners for your classroom? Please join Asia Society's Center for Global Education
on April 14, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM EDT, for a live discussion and webinar on developing partners that can lead to cross-cultural projects within your classroom and international travel beyond the classroom. Offered in partnership with IIE
, participants will learn tips for getting started as well as what to look for in a partnership in order to best fit classroom and student needs.
Click here to register today