Well, two more big international education related announcements were recently made and I wanted to briefly highlight below. The University of Chicago has another Marshall Scholar and another Rhodes Scholar! You can read more about both here and here.
I've posted many times here on IHEC Blog about some of the wonderful things happening at the school my children attend (The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools which was founded by John Dewey) that provide an international/intercultural perspective. Today, after dropping off my 8 year old son at school, while I was waiting in the lobby for the shuttle to take me close to my office I was reminded of a late summer request we received from the Parent's Association for the Lower and Nursery/Kindergarten Schools (my youngest son is in 2nd Grade to 3 Year Old Nursery School building). The Parent's Association asked parents to submit a family photo and only listing the city and Country where everyone in the family was born and the pictures were hung in the main lobby since the beginning of the school year (see photo above with all of the submitted photos arranged on the lobby window). This is a wonderful project as it provides a the children with an opportunity to see how diverse and how global our school community truly is.
After finding our family photo I began to look for other children/families we know. It is fascinating to the wide ranging and global diversity of cities where members of many families were born. Below is a small sample of photos I took of the diverse locations where some people were born in some families. My family photo is also included below as my wife Ana was born in Osaka, Japan as her father was studying and teaching Dentistry at Kansai Gaidai University and her mother was teaching English in Osaka.
This is the original photo submission of my family and where each of us was born. I wanted to include the photo I took of my family photo as part of the project with this post (see above) but I also wanted to include the original family photo to show off my wonderful family! Photo taken in June, 2016 at my daughter's 8th grade graduation.
Institute of International Education. (2016). "Profile of U.S. Study Abroad Students, 2004/05-2014/15." Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors
I've blogged in the past about the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where my kids attend (see links to past articles below) and I want to highlight two recent opportunities for my children to learn about and respect other cultures.
Just over two weeks ago our family attended the annual Eid Dinner at their school:
Tonight I was at my eight year old son's second grade classroom potluck and I came upon a wonderful Dia de los Muertos display in the hallway:
UPDATE 11/14/16: The International Education: What Place in U.S. Diplomacy? event at the United States Institute of Peace will be webcast. UPDATE 11/11/16: I will not be in Washington, DC next week. I was to attend the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) 2016 Fall Galanext Wednesday evening (Nov. 16th) and the FEA Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, November 17th.
Finally met Eduardo Contreras, Director of Studies Abroad, University of Portland and co-author of a book chapter we are writing, along with Lily Lopez-McGee who is lead on the chapter, on diversity in education abroad.
Gary Rhodes of California State University of Dominguez Hills asking the panel a question during the U.S. Government Initiatives to Advance Study Abroad session
Rajika Bhandari of IIE, Christine Farrugia of IIE, Brett Berquist of the University of Auckland and Steve Nerlich of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training at the start of their What are We Counting and Why: Trends in Non-Credit Education Abroad and Global Best Practices for Tracking Non-Credit Students session.