Harold E. Spencer Exchange in Teacher Education
Nomination submitted by: Harriet Turner, Harold E. Spencer Professor of Modern Language
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.
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives
The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:
Ulrich BaerVice Provost for Globalization & Multicultural Affairs, New York University
Maria Harper-MarinickExecutive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Arlene JacksonDirector of International Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)
Donna ScarboroAssociate Vice President, International Programs, The George Washington University
Brian WhalenPresident and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad
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