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  • Bringing International Education to the High School Classroom

    By: Stacey Chapple on Monday, August 3, 2015

    K-12 teachers and administrators can have a huge impact on the direction of their students’ lives. I can trace my own personal interest in the global world back to my elementary school principal who championed an exchange program between our school district and a school district in France. Thanks to him, I was introduced to the French language and culture at a young age, and that introduction sparked a fascination with other countries that has lasted in me to this day.


  • IIE’s Global Teacher Programs Team is #generationstudyabroad

    By: Tatiana Mackliff on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Our team has great commitment to the important mission of international education, in-depth understanding of global primary and secondary education, and most importantly, incredible passion for the professional development of K-12 educators.


  • “Selfies” From Winners of the 2014 Hilton Teacher Trek Competition

    By: Tatiana Mackliff on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    There are many things I enjoy about my role as the Director of the Global Teacher Programs Division at IIE, but my absolute favorite activity is to notify candidates when they are selected to study, travel, or teach abroad on one of the many IIE-administered professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers.


  • And the Grammy goes to...a Teacher!

    By: Tatiana Mackliff on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation recently awarded Kent Knappenberger with the very first annual Music Educator Award. Mr. Knappenberger, a music teacher at Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, N.Y, was selected among an impressive group of finalists from 30,000 initial nominations across all 50 states.


  • K-12 Educators Play a Vital Role in "Mapping the World"

    By: Tatiana Mackliff on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    IIE is a proud contributor to the recently-released interactive online mapping tool “Mapping the Nation: Linking Local to Global,” which pulls together demographic, economic and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation. A quick look at the diverse education data from Mapping the Nation confirms what educators and policy-makers have suspected for many years: U.S. students, at both the school and university level, must become globally competent to succeed in the 21st century.


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For more than nine decades, the Institute of International Education has been at the forefront of international education. The Opening Minds blog is IIE’s take on how this field continues to change. Here the Institute’s leaders will explore international educational exchange, global student mobility, institutional partnerships, international development, and other topics and trends that are shaping higher education around the world.

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