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.
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.
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.
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.
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.