NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Teacher Education

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Internationalizing the Curriculum

Education for Teaching in a Global Classroom

May 30, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA

  • Are you concerned that your pre-service or in-service teachers are not adequately prepared to reach and teach all students, regardless of individual differences (personality, interests, learning modalities, and life experiences) or group differences (race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, language, religion, political affiliation, and socioeconomic background)?
  • Do you seek new ways to incorporate multiple perspectives into your course or program?
  • Do you seek resources that build a teacher’s intercultural awareness? Resources that prepare them to reach all students regardless of individual and group differences?
  • Are you interested in incorporating cultural awareness and learning into your courses or programs?

Classroom diversity is on the rise as community demographics shift. The increasing diversity of today’s K-12 schools means that teachers encounter students from an ever-expanding diversity of backgrounds and geographies. In order to successfully teach and reach all students within these culturally varied classroom environments, teachers must be better prepared for diversity in their profession.


Faculty, staff, international educators, and graduate students:

  • Developed their understanding of competencies necessary for teachers to teach effectively in diverse and globally-interconnected classrooms;
  • Integrated development of these competencies into curriculum through articulation of student learning goals and assessment of outcomes; and
  • Developed strategic partnerships to enhance their capacity to provide essential learning opportunities for students, including international partnerships for clinical placement.


  • Defined the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students need for intercultural and global competence in an increasingly globalized world;
  • Worked with leaders in the field as well as with expert facilitators to discuss how to incorporate global learning into programming so that pre-service educators are prepared to thrive in an increasingly diverse, interconnected, and multicultural classroom environment;
  • Identified the necessary co-curricular activities that support pre-service educators interested in developing intercultural competence;
  • Articulated strategic ways to align high-impact global learning experiences (clinical placements, service learning, and experiential learning) with academic coursework and student development pedagogies;
  • Networked with potential partners to form strategic alliances to support global learning opportunities for students.

Participants received:

  • Certificate of Completion – Professional Development Program in Global Learning
  • Complimentary copy of seminal text Learning Across Cultures (Althen)
  • Handbook of Resources
  • Complimentary License to My Cultural Awareness Profile (myCAP©) online assessment tool
  • Access to the Opening Plenary Address by Isabel Wilkerson


Tuesday, May 30, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check in and Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview
The Importance of Education for Teaching in a Global Classroom
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • David Moss, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Global Education, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Presentation: Welcome & Overview
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Framing Session and Panel Discussion
Classroom Diversity: What is the Picture Today?
  • David Moss, PhD
  • Mark LaCelle-Peterson, EdD, Sr. Vice President for Policy and Programs, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Karen Kidwell, Director, Office of Teaching and Learning – Division of Program Standards, Kentucky Department of Education
Presentation: Kentucky's Global Preparedness Efforts: Kentucky Department of Education
  • Donna Brockman, NBCT, Director of Internship and Assessment for the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board
Presentation: Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board
  • Sharon Brennan, EdD, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Practices and School Partnerships in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky
Presentation: Building Teachers' Global Competence to Reach All Students
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. First Collaborative Opportunity
Considerations in Preparing Teachers to Teach All Learners (Small Group Discussions)
  • David Moss, PhD
  • Mark LaCelle-Peterson, EdD
  • Karen Kidwell
  • Donna Brockman, NBCT
  • Sharon Brennan, EdD
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion
Identifying Strategies & Best Practices to Prepare Teachers for Globally & Culturally Diverse Classrooms
  • David Moss, PhD
  • Mark LaCelle-Peterson, EdD
  • Karen Kidwell
  • Donna Brockman, NBCT
  • Sharon Brennan, EdD
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel Presentation
Diversity in Clinical Placements (Local, Glocal, Global)
  • Vessela Ilieva, PhD, Associate Professor, Assistant Dean, School of Education, Utah Valley University
  • Parker Fawson, EdD, Dean, School of Education, Utah Valley University
  • Joy Banks, PhD, Department Chair – Curriculum and Instruction, Howard University (invited)
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Presentation
Challenges for Teacher Training in the Colombian Post-conflict
  • Rosa Julia Guzmán, PhD, Director – Masters Program in Pedagogy, Universidad de la Sabana
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Presentation
Report on Self-Reflection Tool for Deans/Directors of Teacher Education: How is my teacher education unit doing in its internationalization efforts?
  • Joanne Arhar, EdD, Interim Executive Director, Global Teacher Education, Inc.
Presentation: Self-Reflection Tool for Deans of Education: How Is My College Doing In Its Internationalization Efforts?
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Small Group Discussions
Implementing Diverse Clinical Placements – (Local, Glocal, Global)

Facilitated by:

  • David Moss, PhD
  • Mark LaCelle-Peterson, EdD
  • Karen Kidwell
  • Donna Brockman, NBCT
  • Sharon Brennan, EdD
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Next Steps
  • David Moss, PhD
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. NAFSA Plenary Speaker  

*Please note that colloquium schedules and events are subject to change.

Special Offer

Invite your students to attend NAFSA 2017 colloquia on the internationalization of curriculum for just $99. Bring one or more students and receive a 20-percent discount.

2017 Presenters

Presenter bios


NAFSA thanks the Loyola Marymount University for its generous support of this event.