WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, NAFSA: Association of International Educators released the Global Preparation Lens for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards. This tool brings a new global perspective to the standards and will allow teacher education faculty and preparation program providers to rethink and redesign their programs to meet the needs and expectations of students and teachers in today's globalized world.
The Council of Chief State School Officers' (CCSSO) Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) 2011 Model Core Teaching Standards provide a cohesive, well-established set of standards that articulate a common core of teaching knowledge and skills that cut across all subject areas and grade levels. The standards intend to equip teachers with the resources necessary to ensure that all students reach the goal of being college and career ready.
"The Global Preparation Lens will allow educator preparation programs and professional development providers across the United States to develop the globally competent teaching that is needed to equip students with the skills to succeed in the 21st century," said NAFSA Senior Programs Adviser Betty Soppelsa. "A globally competent teacher with knowledge of the world and the cultural backgrounds of learners can make the local impact of critical global issues resonate with students and foster high-performance and socially responsible action."
The NAFSA Global Preparation Lens offers a new definition of global competence, highlights elements in the InTASC standards that speak directly to a global focus for teachers and learners, and includes additional phrases and concepts to articulate further elements of performances, knowledge and dispositions that contribute to global competence.
"The NAFSA Global Preparation Lens, through its coordination with the InTASC standards, will be invaluable to our members as they integrate a global perspective into their educator preparation curriculum," said Sharon Robinson, CEO and President of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). "For members who are collaborating with education abroad, either in student teaching or as partners, this tool will assist them in internationalizing their program while supporting quality assurance."
"The use of InTASC as a framework for applying a global lens creates an excellent resource for colleges of education and policy makers in considering how their teacher preparation programs can be intentionally globally minded," said Jennifer Manise, Executive Director of the Longview Foundation. "It addresses an important aspect of teaching in the 21st century."
For more information on NAFSA's Global Preparation Lens for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, visit www.nafsa.org/globalpreparationlens.
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About NAFSA: With more than 10,000 members, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. Visit us at www.nafsa.org/press. To learn more about our advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit www.ConnectingOurWorld.org and @ConnectOurWorld on Twitter.
About AACTE: The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners on Day 1. Its over 800 member institutions represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE leads the field in advocacy and capacity building by promoting innovation and effective practices as critical to reforming educator preparation. For more information, visit www.aacte.org.
About The Longview Foundation: The Longview Foundation supports state coalitions of leaders in education, government, business and community organizations committed to improving international education for young people in their state; strategies that help future teachers learn to teach the global dimensions of their subjects and develop their students' intercultural skills; and innovative activities that address gaps in knowledge or capacity and have the potential for broad impact. www.longviewfdn.org
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