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
APRIL 25-26 (2 DAYS) 8AM-4PM
Facilitated by Mimi Stephens, Professional Development Director, The Choices Program, Brown University

ADDRESSING THE INTERCULTURAL DIMENSION IN GLOBAL EDUCATION
APRIL 26 (1 DAY) 8AM-4PM
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
APRIL 26 (1 DAY) 8AM-4PM
Facilitated by Chris Lamar and Sara Russell, Where There Be Dragons

 


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

APRIL 25-26 (2 DAYS) 8AM-4PM
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

APRIL 26 (1 DAY) 8AM-4PM
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

APRIL 26 (1 DAY) 8AM-4PM
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 Chris Lamar and Sara Russell, Where There Be Dragons

Having grown up on the Mexico-Texas border in high school, Chris took an interest in the region’s many socioeconomic challenges. This interest later inspired him to study international relations at Villanova University. As an undergraduate, Chris had the opportunity to study and work with international development non-profits in Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Spain; all of which focused primarily on microfinance and rural poverty. Upon graduating Chris worked on an agricultural development project facilitated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nicaragua. Chris has also led numerous youth trips throughout Latin America where he has enjoyed helping others navigate fulfilling cultural immersion experiences. After deciding that his talents and interests were best spent creating meaningful social change through interpersonal transformation, Chris decided to attend Naropa University where he received his M.A. in Contemplative Psychotherapy and became clinically certified. Chris specializes in treating depression and anxiety, as well as grief and addiction. He is also passionate about family therapy and is trained and experienced in treating PTSD amongst children and adolescents. Chris uses evidence based modalities (i.e. CBT, MI) along with techniques of psychoanalysis and Buddhist psychology.

Sara has a longstanding background in integrating experiential and classroom learning. She brings several years of experiential classroom teaching experience and was most recently a middle school science teacher at the Watershed School, an expeditionary learning school in Boulder, Colorado. She has also worked as a teacher for the High Mountain Institute, NOLS, Teton Science School, and several other field-based educational programs. Sara has led experiential teacher trainings at conferences and oozes passion for innovative pedagogy. With Dragons Sara has worked as semester, summer, and partnership instructor in the Himalaya Studies Semester program, North India summer, and custom school programming in Guatemala, India, and Peru. She has traveled throughout Latin America and Asia and has accumulated over 100 weeks in the field leading students. Sara is particularly interested in the gap between experiential and distance learning environments and is excited to explore this niche with Dragons developing, maintaining, and strengthening school partnerships. Sara holds a BS in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota and is currently completing her MEd in International Education from Endicott College, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Learning Design and Technology from Harvard.

Cost: $300