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A Call to Teachers - Pledge to Generation Study Abroad

Teachers inspire curiosity about the world, teach all subjects through a global lens, take students on exchange programs, and encourage students to continue their language learning in college.

That is why the Institute set out to ask K-12 teachers to take the Generation Study Abroad pledge. As of November 2016, more than 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. Teachers are powerful motivators when it comes to encouraging students to pursue any and all types of global study be it through a classroom project in second grade or on a study abroad program in college.

Building a pipeline for study abroad will be necessary to achieve our goal of doubling study abroad by the end of the decade. We aspire to making “international” part of every student’s experience.

Teachers who make a pledge and take action are eligible for the following:

  • Resources and tools for the classroom
  • Subscription to IIE’s Global Opportunities for Teachers newsletter and Commitment Partner news
  • Invitation to attend webinars on how to engage administrators/students/parents & how to increase global education in your school and school districts
  • Invitation to connect to more than 300 partners in the Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner Network to share expertise, challenges, and to advance the conversation
  • E-book license for A Student Guide to Study Abroad for one year
  • Eligible for incentive grants/awards to outstanding Generation Study Abroad Teachers who promote study abroad awareness in schools
  • Invitation to participate in the annual Generation Study Abroad Summit, which brings all commitment partners together to drive change

I am on board with Generation Study Abroad!

I pledge to:

  • Be an advocate for study abroad and to prepare my students to become global citizens
  • Be an advocate for study abroad and reflect on how I as a teacher am a global citizens
  • Incorporate a global perspective into my teaching inside and outside the classroom
  • Share my own personal travel/study abroad experiences, as appropriate

As part of my pledge, I agree to undertake actions, share back activities and accomplishments so that IIE may share my successes with other educators.

Be An Advocate

There are many ways in which teachers and administrators can expand awareness of study abroad in the school community. These range from creating a passport day, inviting a study abroad student into the classroom, to working with the school district—all of which is needed to shift the paradigm of study abroad as an essential part of a college education.

The Institute has put together a list of suggested actions to support teachers and administrators to expand awareness of study abroad. Teachers and administrators are welcome to use these ideas and also to be creative and put together their own innovative actions. We hope that you will share back your stories so that others may be inspired by your success.

  • Host an information session for parents/students/administrators on study abroad in college
  • Host an exchange student or teacher and promote the importance of the cross-cultural experience within the community
  • Share your own study abroad experience with other teachers and students through a video or photo montage, making the case for how it made a difference in your personal and professional life
  • Make a presentation to administrators or school board about the importance of preparing high school students to study abroad in college
  • Reach out to guidance counselors to make study abroad part of the common assumption for high school students—success is graduating from high school, going to college and studying abroad
  • Go on local-global study abroad opportunities with other teachers and students, e.g., field trip to Model UN, virtual exchange
  • Create a direct and ongoing links with alumni who have studied abroad

Looking for more suggestions? Download IIE's Ideas for Pledge Actions (1.95 MB, PDF)

The Institute of International Education (IIE) and American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation has 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.

For a full list of the winners, please see our official press release.

Image: Generation Study Abroad Teacher Pledge

Featured Opportunities:

Teacher Exchange Program

The application for the 2017 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will be available soon! The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD will provide 12 U.S. teachers and 12 Japanese teachers and administrators with a fully-funded opportunity to travel to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines ESD as “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources.”

Applications are due Friday, January 13, 2017 and awards will be announced in mid-March. For program details and eligibility requirements, please visit IIE.org/Programs/ESD. If you would like to be notified when the application becomes available, please email esdteacher@iie.org. Please contact the Institute of International Education at 888-527-2636 with any questions about the program or application.

The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD is administered by Fulbright Japan and jointly funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Share Your Story

How are you encouraging your students to be globally-engaged? Share your story and inspire other teachers! There are many ways to share your story—through video, photos, and written essays—and grow the Generation Study Abroad conversation. Share your video or photos on educator websites, such as TigEd or Edmodo, if you are member. Tag your story on social media with #generationstudyabroad. See IIE's International Education Week 2014 video for tips. Submit a story to IIE by completing this online form.


IIE Resources:Generation Study Abroad: Join the Conversation

Thank you for supporting Generation Study Abroad!

There are many resources available to help teachers bring the world to their classroom and get their students to begin to explore going abroad themselves. We hope that the links and resources below serve as a starting point. Please use them in your classroom and share them with students, parents, and teachers in your school and communities.

Generation Study Abroad Materials

Internationalize Classrooms

Study Abroad Stories

Professional Development

Local Global Connections

Webinar Series


Generation Study Abroad Materials

Resources available to use to create awareness in and out of the classroom:

The Role of Study Abroad in Global Education (411 KB, PDF)

10 Great Reasons to Study Abroad (205 KB, PDF)

Generation Study Abroad Poster (161 KB, PDF)

I'm on Board #generationstudyabroad (59 KB, PDF)

Studying Abroad? Learn the Language (240 KB, PDF)

Why Study Abroad?

A Student Guide to Study Abroad

Famous people who studied abroad

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Internationalize Classrooms

Check out the valuable tools available by Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners to help internationalize the classroom:

How global is your community? The Asia Society's interactive project Mapping the Nation, makes the case for a globally competent workforce and citizenry.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. Check out their bookstore for great ideas and resources for your classroom as well as their Lead with Languages campaign.

Reach the World cultivates relationships between young students and volunteer world travelers through an innovative program of online journalism and face-to-face interactions. RTW provides direct programming to school, afterschool and summer school sites in New York City, and online programming to sites nationwide.

National Geographic Teaching Resources

National Geographic Mapping Resources for Educators and Students

Geo-Educator Gooru Resource Library

Learn more about other Commitment Partners

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Study Abroad Stories

Share first-hand testimonials of study abroad alumni with your school:

IIE's Generation Study Abroad Video

Benjamin A. Gilman Alumni Stories

Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors

Boren Awards Student Profiles

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Professional Development

Professional development opportunities for teachers to have an international experience:

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

GEEO Teacher Travel Programs

Global Glimpse

Hilton Worldwide Teacher Treks Program

One World Now!

Teachers for Global Classrooms Program

Toyota STEAM

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Local Global Connections

Take your class on a trip to a local international organization, host an exchange student, or take a group of kids abroad:

AFS

AIFS

CIEE

EF Tours

Greenheart Travel

Global Nomads Group delivers interactive education programs for students about global issues;

iEARN is a project-based site that encourages teachers and students to take part in international collaborations, as well as offers professional development courses for teachers and administrators on how to integrate global collaboration projects into the curriculum;

Model UN

Sister-to-Sister International

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Webinar Series

How to Find K–12 Partners Abroad

What are some ways to develop international partners for your classroom? Please join us on April 14, 7 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 Asia Society, we will provide tips for getting started as well as what to look for in a partnership in order to best fit your classroom and student needs.

Register today

Related Links

Finding Collaborative Partners Abroad

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Stay in touch with Generation Study Abroad

We will keep in touch about news and events, updates and ways to get involved and support this initiative.

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How are you encouraging your students to be globally-engaged? Share your story and inspire other teachers!

There are many ways to share your story—through video, photos, and written essays—and grow the Generation Study Abroad conversation.

There are many teachers and administrators who already are doing great things to encourage their students to become globally engaged. A map of those who have already pledged and profiles of some teachers can be found below.

Photo: Daniel Antonelli

Teacher: Daniel Antonelli
Title: Music Teacher, Grades 9-12
School: Global Learning Collaborative
Location: New York City Department of Education, New York City, New York
View Daniel's profile (311 KB, PDF)

Photo: Jennifer Bevil Teacher Story

Teacher: Jennifer Bevill
Title: Multimedia Production (Informational Technology), Grades 10-12
School:Louisiana State University Laboratory School
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
View Jennifer's profile (322 KB, PDF)

Annette Bindert Teacher Story

Teacher: Annette Bindert
Title: Humanities Teacher, 6th Grade
School: The 30th Avenue School
Location: Astoria, New York
View Annette's profile (415 KB, PDF)

Merinda Davis Teacher Stories

Teacher: Merinda Davis
Title: World Geography, 9th Grade
School: Lakeridge Jr. High School
Location: Orem, Utah
View Merinda's profile (385 KB, PDF)

Photo: Craig Divis Teacher Story

Teacher: Craig Divis
Title: Social Studies Teacher
2011-2012 Fulbright Distinguished Teacher
School: Bellows Falls Union High School
Location: Bellows Falls, Vermont
View Craig's profile (323 KB, PDF)

Jan Eklund Teacher Stories

Teacher: Jan Eklund
Title: Russian Teacher
School: Glastonbury High School
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
View Jan's profile (476 KB, PDF)

Calan Gibney Teacher Story

Teacher: Calan Gibney
Title: Health, P.E. and IB Sport, Exercise & Health Science Teacher, Grades 9-12
School: Aspen High School
Location: Aspen, Colorado
View Calan's profile (317 KB, PDF)

Meredith Hanson

Teacher: Meredith Hanson
Title: Instructor, Japanese Language Village
School: Concordia Language Villages
Location: Dent, Minnesota
View Meredith's Profile (145 KB, PDF)

Photo: Julie Alice Huson Teacher Story

Teacher: Julie Alice Huson
Location: San Rafael City Schools, San Rafael, California
View Julie's profile (467 KB, PDF)

Photo: Sandra Knight Teacher Story

Teacher: Sandra Knight
Title: Spanish Teacher, Grades 8-12
School: West Greene Middle-Senior High School
Location: Rogersville, Pennsylvania
View Sandra's profile (140 KB, PDF)

Sara Krakauer

Teacher: Sara Krakauer
Title: Social Studies, Grades 5-6
School: Innovation Academy Charter School
Location: Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
View Sara's profile (304 KB, PDF)

Kate Krotzer & Paula Sierra Teacher Story

Teachers: Kate Krotzer & Paula Sierra
Title: Spanish Teachers
School: Hebron Avenue and Eastbury Schools
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
View Kate and Paula's profile (334 KB, PDF)

Jennifer Montgomery Teacher Story

Teacher: Jennifer Montgomery
Title: E-magineer
School: Eminence Independent Schools
Location: Eminence, Kentucky
View Jennifer's profile (349 KB, PDF)

Molly Murphy Teacher Photo

Teacher: Molly Murphy
Title: Spanish Teacher
School: Smith Middle School
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
View Molly's profile (390 KB, PDF)

Brad Parker Teacher Story

Teacher: Brad Parker
Title: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Coordinator
School: Locke Elementary School
Location: Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Illinois
View Brad's profile (387 KB, PDF)

Kathleen Priceman Teacher Stories

Teacher: Kathleen Priceman
Title: Spanish Immersion Teacher, 4th Grade
School: Lincoln Elementary
Location: Oak Park, Illinois
View Kathleen's profile (339 KB, PDF)

Photo: John Rook Teacher Story

Teacher: John Rook
Title: Foreign Language Teacher
School: Smith Middle School
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
View John's profile (395 KB, PDF)

Reed Scott Schwalbach Teacher Stories

Teacher: Reed Scott-Schwalbach
Title: Spanish Teacher, Grades 9-12
School: Centennial High School
Location: Gresham, Oregon
View Reed's profile (221 KB, PDF)

Patrica Silvey Teacher Stories

Teacher: Patricia Silvey
Title: Spanish/FLES Teacher
School: Hopewell Elementary School
Location: Glastonbury, Conneticut
View Patricia's profile (337 KB, PDF)

Ryan Smith Teacher Story

Teacher: Ryan Smith
Title: English Language Arts Teacher, 10th & 12th Grade
School: Cardinal Newman High School
Location: Santa Rosa, California
View Ryan's profile (333 KB, PDF)

Patricia Thornton Teacher Story

Teacher: Patricia Thornton
Title: World Languages and Cultures, Grades K-12
School: Concordia Language Villages
Location: Bemidji, Minnesota
View Patricia's profile (433 KB, PDF)

James Wildman Teacher Stories

Teacher: James Wildman
Title: Spanish Teacher
School: Glastonbury High School
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
View James' profile (175 KB, PDF)

Dr. Dafna Zur & Jeehun Kim Teacher Story

Teachers: Dr. Dafna Zur & Jeehun Kim
Title: Language Teachers, Grades K-12
School: Concordia Language Village
Location: Bemidji, Minnesota
View Dafna and Jeehun's profile (392 KB, PDF)

Teachers inspire curiosity about the world, teach all subjects through a global lens, take students on exchange programs, and encourage students to continue their language learning in college.

That is why the Institute is setting a target to identify at least 1,000 teachers who pledge to make their students aware of study abroad. Teachers are powerful motivators when it comes to encouraging students to pursue any and all types of global study be it through a classroom project in second grade or on a study abroad program in college.

Building a pipeline for study abroad will be necessary to achieve our goal of doubling study abroad by the end of the decade. We aspire to making “international” part of every student’s experience.

Teachers who make a pledge and take action are eligible for the following:

  • Resources and tools for the classroom
  • Subscription to IIE’s Global Opportunities for Teachers newsletter and Commitment Partner news.
  • Invitation to attend webinars on how to engage administrators/students/parents & how to increase global education in your school and school districts.
  • Invitation to connect to more than 300 partners in the Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner Network to share expertise, challenges, and to advance the conversation.
  • E-book license for A Student Guide to Study Abroad for one year
  • Eligible for incentive grants/awards to outstanding Generation Study Abroad Teachers who promote study abroad awareness in schools
  • Invitation to participate in the annual Generation Study Abroad Summit, which brings all commitment partners together to drive change.

I am on board with Generation Study Abroad!

I pledge to:

  • Be an advocate for study abroad and to prepare my students to become global citizens.
  • Be an advocate for study abroad and reflect on how I as a teacher am a global citizens
  • Incorporate a global perspective into my teaching inside and outside the classroom
  • Share my own personal travel/study abroad experiences, as appropriate
    • As part of my pledge, I agree to undertake actions, share back activities and accomplishments so that IIE may share my successes with other educators.

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I agree to receive periodic emails from IIE regarding my pledge. IIE is a not-for-profit corporation focused on advancing international education and access to education worldwide (our “Mission”). The pledge is designed, and all uses of it are intended, to be in furtherance of our Mission. Pledge information, including name, school and subject, study abroad experience, may be used for promotional and reporting activities.

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