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Who Should Attend

Deans, faculty members, and chairs of departments and colleges of education responsible for preparation of elementary and/or middle/secondary teachers, as well as K-12 school partners working closely with universities in preparing teachers.

Why You Should Attend

Teacher education programs are responsible for arming future teachers with the tools they need in the classroom. Teacher education demands range from fulfilling content standards to differentiating instruction for preservice teachers based on their academic needs and cultural sensitivity. As classrooms become more diverse and the focus becomes increasingly global, teachers are taxed in classrooms that do not match the culture in which they were raised.

Webinar Content

Helen A. Marx, PhD, and David M. Moss, PhD, introduces a new instructional vehicle to engage future teachers in intercultural self-reflection, exploring four dimensions of cultural and global awareness. My Cultural Awareness Profile, "myCAP," engages preservice teachers in reflection about their own cultural development and primes them to engage in the deep and difficult conversations around cultural differences. The webinar illuminates the application of myCAP (available for free on NAFSA's Web site), the theoretical underpinnings of the tool, and its use in advancing understanding of preservice teachers.

NAFSA thanks the Longview Foundation for its support of this webinar and NAFSA's ongoing programs to internationalize teacher education.

Objectives

Following this webinar, as teacher educators, you will be able to:

  • Through the use of myCAP, guide preservice teachers in the discovery of four dimensions of cultural and global awareness contextualized from their own perspective.
  • Interpret patterns of students' myCAP responses and promote classroom discourse regarding issues of culture.
  • Develop strategies to enhance the scaffolding and long-term preparation of preservice teachers to meet the changing demographics of their future classrooms.

Presenters

Helen A. MarxHelen A. Marx, PhD
Southern Connecticut State University

Dr. Helen A. Marx is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. Her current research interests are in the areas of global education, study abroad program design, and internationalizing teacher education. Her most recent publication, "Please Mind the Culture Gap: Intercultural Development During a Teacher Education Study Abroad Program," explores the use of study abroad cross-cultural field experiences within teacher education programs.

She is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. She earned her MA from New York University, MEd from Teachers College, Columbia University, and PhD from Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut in 2008. In addition to her scholarship, Marx devotes her time to the study of Balkan music and dance and plays percussion in bands that feature Serbian, Macedonian, Romani, and Bulgarian folk music.

David M. MossDavid M. Moss, PhD
University of Connecticut

David M. Moss is an associate professor specializing in environmental education, teacher education, international and cross-cultural learning, and curriculum studies. Professor Moss earned his PhD in education at the University of New Hampshire. He has published numerous articles and books promoting educational reform. He was named a teaching fellow at the university, the highest honor awarded for instructional excellence and leadership. Moss directs the Neag School of Education London Study Abroad program and pursues a reform-minded research agenda throughout Connecticut as well as in London, England.