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Internationalizing Teacher Education Conference

Monday, November 18, 2013

Developing global perspectives is a core value of the Watson College of Education. On Nov. 13 Susan Catapano, Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership (EL) and International Coordinator, along with Watson College faculty hosted a conference on Internationalizing Teacher Education. Topics included:

  • International Experiences PosterThe Importance of Internationalizing Teacher Education, Amy Garrett Dikkers, assistant professor, EL
  • Impact of Immigration on PreK-12 Schools: A 20-Year Perspective, Eleni Pappamihiel, associate professor, Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education (ITFSE)
  • Applied Learning, Jess Boersma, associate professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature
  • International Partnerships in a PreK-12 School District, Helen Gross, principal of Carolina Forest International Elementary School 
  • Secondary Education International Project, Corey Callahan, assistant professor, ITFSE with Maggie Braswell, secondary English education major ’15 and Nikki Nix, secondary social studies major ‘15
  • From Student Teacher to Teacher: an International Perspective, Maria Guadalupe Duran, middle school Spanish teacher
  • The Importance of Internationalizing Teacher Education From a Six-Grader’s and his Teacher’s Perspectives, Brian Brinkley, director of Education Laboratory with Beth Carter, K-1 teacher at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry (CFCI) and Carlos Salas-Bejar, sixth grader at CFCI
  • Faculty Panel: The Impact of Leading Trips Abroad on Teacher Education Curriculum with Dennis Kubasko, associate professor, ITFSE,  Hengameh Kermani, associate professor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS), Michele Parker, associate professor, EL and Kathy Fox, associate professor, EEMLS
  • Summary Perspective: What Does This Mean? Candace Thompson, assistant professor, ITFSE

International Field Experiences

Each year a number of faculty-led international field experiences are offered to help students broaden their knowledge of different languages, cultures and educational systems. Programs planned for the 2013-14 year include:

Students teaching at the American Creative Academy in Kuwait CityKuwait, Fall 2013

WCE students are spending six weeks in Kuwait City in October and November, teaching at the American Creative Academy and exploring the local culture, in a field experience led by Ann Potts and Hengameh Kermani.

Belize, Spring 2014

In March, Dennis Kubasko will lead a five-week field experience designed to provide teacher candidates the opportunity to instruct students in Belize using an indigenous curriculum. Participating students will keep electronic journals as they explore current issues and trends in global education. In addition, Michele Parker will join them and bring a group of doctoral students to Belize for a 10-day experience.

Summer 2014

  • Malawi, Africa – Students will conduct projects on learning, teaching and leadership while interacting with global leaders, educators and learners in Malawi’s public schools in a field experience led by Ann Potts, Katie Schlichting and Kathy Fox.
  • South Africa – Donyell Roseboro will lead a summer field experience that includes a two-week teaching and leadership experience in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  • Japan – Students will have opportunity to visit Japanese schools and work with teachers and students as they reflect on teaching and look at education through the eyes of Japanese educators, in a program led by Brad Walker and Cory Callahan.

Students interested in international field experiences should plan nine months to one year ahead. For more information visit www.uncw.edu/ed/international/. For information about a specific country or program, please contact the Watson College Faculty Leader.