» State Departments of Education- U.S. (A-M)
It is assumed that the Canadians have been influenced by NCLB, also. If one were inclined to track this movement back, probably it could be determined that an over- reliance on minimal outcome measurements came from two sources: (1) the Thatcher reforms in U.K. education in the late 80’s and (2) the libertarian economic policies spawned at the University of Chicago in the U.S. and carried forward by the subsequent emergence of neo-right wing politics in the 90s in both nations. Unfortunately, one outcome of this movement has been to limit the ability of states, provinces and territories, school districts and schools to implement badly needed global and/or international education programs for the children and youth of North America.
In this environment, three kinds of responses were received from departments and ministries of education, as follows:
1. No response (10 states, 2 provinces and territories).
2. Responses that indicated that standards (with associated assessment), while mostly focused upon national studies, do include some global/international education content. In addition, they often have web links with global/international education content; and they support the training of teachers in the use of instructional technology (6 states). This is referred to below as the “standard” response (no pun intended).
3. Responses that, in addition to what is stated in #2 above, describe additional department global/ international education initiatives (34 states, 11 provinces and territories). These, of course, are of most interest to global/international educators and offer some guidance for state departments and ministries that would like to encourage more of a global perspective in the schools of their states.
+ - Alabama
+ - Alaska
+ - Arizona
+ - Arkansas
+ - California
+ - Colorado
+ - Connecticut
+ - Delaware
+ - Florida
+ - Georgia
+ - Hawaii
+ - Idaho
1. Identification of the content knowledge and skills that connect to global study within social studies courses, grades 6-12.
2. Creation of sample lessons aligned to the course instructional blocks based on four area studies – European Union, Germany, Latin America – Mexico, China, Basque Country.
3. Provision of a resource guide and state web site with suggested materials, lessons, and exchange program information.
4. Development of strategies for the support and utilization of foreign exchange students in Idaho classrooms, creation of a model school district policy for exchange teachers and students, and design of a support system for Idaho high school students when studying abroad.
5. Publishing of an International Education Resource Guide for statewide distribution.
6. Promotion of professional development opportunities for educator travel.
+ - Illinois
1. Sponsoring of a number of international education exchanges, including ones with the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Japan, Bulgaria, Oman, and Kazakhstan.
2. Promotion of foreign language and international studies through Global Fest, a two day conference focused on introducing students to a variety of languages and cultural practices throughout the world. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Support of the statewide International High School Initiative and the Chicago International Language and Career Academies which are designed for the development and implementation of secondary programming in the international dimension. Selected High Schools are given grants to increase international education in their schools. One such program is the International Career Academy that focuses upon international issues facing businesses. Contact: email@example.com
4. Implementation of the International CPS Scholars Program that places an emphasis on an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on internationalism and higher-level skills. The program prepares students for accelerated high school programs such as International Baccalaureate, the CPS Scholars Program, Honors/Advanced Placement Programs, or World Language Programs.
5. Testing of an initiative dedicated to linking best practices in reading instruction to classroom social studies content related to world studies. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 6. ISBE works with the Illinois Department of Intergovernmental Relations and the Heartland Institute to meet with officials from other countries who visit Illinois and who are interested in schools. www.isbe.net/
+ - Indiana
1. A Chinese/Japanese Language Initiative, including travel experiences for teachers to expand the teaching of both language in schools in Indiana.
2. The CIVITAS International Exchange Program that involves U.S. and Eastern European educators in the study of democratic government and civic education. Latvia is Indiana’s exchange partner in the program.
3. IDOE International Internships that bring mid-level education administrators from Japan and Kyrgyzstan to study various aspects of Indiana education.
4. Exchange agreements with Spain which brings Spanish teachers to Indiana to teach Spanish, two provinces in China that provide opportunities for student and teacher exchanges and opportunities for language acquisition, and a summer institute that provides for travel to Japan and Korea.
5. Curriculum development and workshops in Holocaust Education, Indiana and the World, and Trading around the World. Contact: email@example.com
+ - Iowa
+ - Kansas
+ - Kentucky
1. Memoranda of Understanding with ministries of education in Spain, France, Barbados, and Mexico that include the recruitment of language and ESL teachers, teacher exchanges, summer workshops, exchange of teaching materials.
2. Kentucky Teacher Professional Growth Fund that provides grants of up to $2,500 per year for middle school teachers that support international travel and study.
3. Intel International Science Fair.
4. Partnership between the Kentucky Writing Program and the Bread Loaf School of English to initiate international teacher exchanges of student work and projects.
5. In collaboration with a consortium of colleges and universities in the state, the Kentucky Institute for International Studies which carries out a number of international programs including ones focused upon language and culture.
+ - Louisiana
+ - Maine
+ - Maryland
+ - Massachusetts
+ - Michigan
+ - Minnesota
+ - Mississippi
+ - Missouri
+ - Montana