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?