UNL-UCLM | 2011 Heiskell Award Winner: Best Practices in International Partnerships

2011 Heiskell Award Winner: Best Practices in International Partnerships

University of Nebraska Lincoln & University of Castilla-La Mancha

Harold E. Spencer Exchange in Teacher Education

Nomination submitted by: Harriet Turner, Harold E. Spencer Professor of Modern Language

Program Overview
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is recognized for its innovative exchange with the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), the Harold E. Spencer Exchange in Teacher Education. "Even in Nebraska, the most rapidly growing segment of our population is Spanish-speaking," says Linda Ray Pratt, Executive Vice President and Provost. "As the United States increasingly becomes a bilingual society, richness of cultural understanding is more important in our teachers than ever before."

Three components comprise the program's curriculum and activities: immersion in language and culture; academic course work in pedagogy; and a teaching practicum in elementary and secondary schools. This integration of academic work and service learning is designed to refine a student's understanding of pedagogy and second-language acquisition as these disciplines are applied cross-culturally between the U.S. and Spain.

Program Implementation
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

2014 Awards Presentation
IIE will present the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Best Practices in Internationalization at a ceremony in New York City on March 14, 2014, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.
Selection Panel Members 2011

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Ulrich Baer
Vice Provost for Globalization & Multicultural Affairs, New York University

Maria Harper-Marinick
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges

Arlene Jackson
Director of International Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

Donna Scarboro
Associate Vice President, International Programs, The George Washington University

Brian Whalen
President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad