Did you know...
Only 1/3 of US states actually require teachers to complete diversity training
Fewer than 5% of teachers in the U.S. are fluent in a second language
And only 3% of education majors studied abroad in some capacity in 2016
While these statistics are pretty dismal, it only takes a few steps for educators to totally change their classroom dynamics and support their own intercultural competence development.
A few weeks ago, I was honored to present at the 2017 Global Education Conference, a 4-day online event that focused on globally connected teaching and learning.
Some key takeaways:
Understand that YOU, the educator, are the vital link to supporting intercultural learning in your classroom
Be cognizant of your perception of your students and their abilities
When it comes to discipline and behavior, take into account the whole context
Capitalize on your classroom and community's existing diversity
Seek out other voices and bring them to your classroom conversation and engagement
Check out out my session:
Intercultural Competence for Educators: What's In It For Me?