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  1. Cultural Submersion of Pre-Service Teachers Dr. Sherie Williams Grand Valley State University

  2. What we’re all about: • The making of culturally competent teachers; • by providing experiences that take them outside their cultural comfort zone; • who are well-prepared for the context in which they will teach; • with an eye on how they will bring the experience home to change themselves, their students, and their profession.

  3. Ourense Spain • 6 weeks – faculty led • $4,000.00 + “regular” tuition • Housing – host families

  4. Spain • ½ day in schools • Continuation of courses online or acceleration • Classes taught in English or Spanish upon request

  5. The Creation of COST • University of Alabama (UA) – served as the beginning initiative for launching COST. • In the 1960s, UA had been placing teacher candidates in Monterrey, Mexico and Mexico City. • Other universities began to collaborate in 1972.

  6. CURRENT INITIATIVES What initiatives are you currently using to promote “culturally competent” teachers?

  7. CONSORTIUM • Kent State University • University of Alabama • University of Kentucky • University of West Florida • University of Wisconsin • Northern Kentucky University • Middle Tennessee University • Ohio University • University of Georgia • Thomas Moore College • Ashland University • Auburn University • Berry College • Eastern Illinois University • Grand Valley State University

  8. Chartered in 2004 • Sent over 70 students to date • South Africa, Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, England, Bahamas, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico, India, Netherlands

  9. Receiving Sites • Sites within the following countries: • Australia • Bahamas • China • Costa Rica • Ecuador • Germany • Greece • India • Ireland • Japan • Mexico • Netherlands • New Zealand • South Africa • Spain

  10. STUDENT REQUIREMENTS • GPA 3.0 • Admission into the College of Education • Successful completion of 6-8 weeks of student teaching stateside • Health insurance • Registration as a study abroad student • Pre-departure “training”

  11. Passport • FBI clearance • Applicable visa • $1,050.00 in fees • Transportation / room and board • Completion of all semester requirements • Sense of adventure

  12. Conclusions • Language and cultural differences present challenges to students when teaching abroad • Teaching abroad impacts future teacher’s cultural awareness/competency and classroom practices • Teaching abroad enhances employment opportunities • Teaching/studying abroad is positively seen as a valuable experience

  13. QUESTIONS Dr. Sherie Williams Grand Valley State University willishe@gvsu.edu