The GEBG is offering 3 preconference workshops at the 2018 Global Educators Conference. All workshops are 1-2 days and will take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown on Wednesday, April 25th and Thursday, April 26th. Workshops will be begin at 8 each morning and conclude around 4pm. Breakfast and refreshments are included in the cost. Accommodations are available at the conference rate if booked by March 24th.

THE CHOICES PROGRAM AT BROWN UNIVERSITY: MATERIALS AND APPROACH FOR TEACHING ABOUT CONTESTED INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Facilitated by Mimi Stephens, Professional Development Director, The Choices Program, Brown University

ADDRESSING THE INTERCULTURAL DIMENSION IN GLOBAL EDUCATION
Facilitated by Kenneth Cushner, Ed. D., Emeritus Professor of International and Intercultural Teacher Education, Kent State University

MANAGING EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL RISKS ON GLOBAL PROGRAMMING
Facilitated by Aaron Slosbert and Eva Jahn, Where There Be Dragons

 


THE CHOICES PROGRAM AT BROWN UNIVERSITY:
MATERIALS AND APPROACH FOR TEACHING ABOUT CONTESTED INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

Join Brown University’s Choices Program for an interactive immersion into the Choices approach for teaching about contested international and public policy issues. Participants will consider the Choices Program’s model for developing curriculum and work with two Choices curriculum units, Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate, and Brazil: A History of Change (provided) to explore ways to build students’ global competency and civic engagement. The goal of the program is for participants to experience the power of the Choices Program’s award-winning curriculum and consider ways to bring the Choices approach and materials into their own classrooms.

Audience
The target audience is secondary level social studies teachers and curriculum directors who are new to the Choices Program.

Facilitated by Mimi Stephens, Professional Development Director, The Choices Program, Brown University
The Choices Program is non-profit organization based at Brown University. We develop curricula on current and historical international issues and offer professional development for educators. Choices materials incorporate the latest scholarship from Brown University and beyond to draw connections between historical events and contemporary international issues. In each unit, a central activity challenges students to consider multiple viewpoints on a contested issue. Students examine the historical, cultural, and political background of the issue to prepare a coherent presentation. Follow-up discussion demands analysis, and evaluation of conflicting values, interests, and priorities. Ultimately, students are expected to formulate persuasive arguments and express their own views. Learn more about The Choices Program.

Cost: $600


ADDRESSING THE INTERCULTURAL DIMENSION IN GLOBAL EDUCATION

This workshop will consider possible barriers to intercultural interaction and concepts that cut across diversity that can be addressed across grade levels. Participants will delve into 3 cross-cultural training strategies/intercultural simulations that can be used within their own classroom and school settings. Participants will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) in advance of the workshop and use their own results to understand the theoretical background and personal/practical application of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity.

Audience
This workshop is aimed at school faculty and administrators engaged in designing and delivering education that develops global citizenship.

Facilitated by Kenneth Cushner, Ed. D.
Dr. Kenneth Cushner is an Emeritus Professor of International and Intercultural Teacher Education, served as Executive Director of International Affairs and has been Associate Dean at Kent State University. Dr. Cushner is a Founding Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy for Intercultural Research; has been a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden (2008) and Poland (2016); has been a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University, the College of the Bahamas, University of Newcastle (Australia) and the University of Nis (Serbia). He is author or editor of several books and articles in the field of intercultural education including: Human Diversity in Education: An Intercultural Approach (8th ed., 2015), Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence (2007), Beyond Tourism: A Practical Guide to Meaningful Educational Travel (2004), and Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide (2nd ed., 1996). Since retiring from Kent State University, Dr. Cushner has consulted with ECIS, a network of 400+ international schools in 90 countries; with NAFSA: Association of Intercultural Educators; and has instituted a professional development program for teachers in a Massai community school in northern Tanzania (www.ieftz.org). .

Cost: $275

 


MANAGING EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY ON GLOBAL PROGRAMMING

Effective cross-cultural programming intentionally removes participants from familiar environments, exposing them to challenging cultural, intellectual and physical experiences that put unique stresses on emotional and psychological health. This dynamic one-day training offers models, strategies, and tools through live scenarios for managing emotional and psychological safety on international global programming. The workshop presents group facilitation skills for effective container building, strategies for intentionally engaging students in challenging cross-cultural environments, and tools for responding to students in times of stress and need.

Audience
This workshop is aimed at global education directors, teachers, trip leaders and chaperones, school administrators, risk managers as well as independent program provider staff and administrators.

Facilitated by Aaron Slosbert and Eva Jahn, Where There Be Dragons

Aaron Slosberg, Director of Student Programming, Where There Be Dragons: Aaron has spent over 600 days in the field as a Dragons Instructor in Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, and Indonesia. As Director of Student Programming, he wears a variety of hats including overseeing Dragons curriculum, program logistics, staff training, and community sustainability practices. Aaron has led trainings on risk management, leadership development, and cross-cultural communication at schools and conferences around the country. His current passion is discovering ways to integrate positive psychology research into experiential education. He speaks Indonesian, Spanish, and passable English.

As an undergraduate student in her native country of Germany, Eva Jahn pursued a degree in Social Work and Pedagogy which led to several years coordinating international volunteers in more than 100 local and international NGO/NPO service-learning projects in Guatemala. During that time, Eva provided psychological support to disadvantaged children and adults, acting as a mediator and creating self-esteem programs and recreational workshops. As an instructor with Dragons for over four-years Eva worked in Senegal, Bolivia and Guatemala to foster transformative learning through cross-cultural experiential education. Her work in the field with adolescent students led her to pursue a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Eva is a part of Dragons Professional Facilitator team and provides professional development workshops and trainings to instructors.

Cost: $300