International Education Week
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. International Education Week 2012 will be held November 12-16.
2012 International Education Summit
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sponsored an International Education Summit on January 9, 2012, in Jefferson City, which featured presentations about international education opportunities, foreign language programs, and exchange programs for students, teachers and administrators.
The summit program included a panel discussion, "How Missouri Engages with The World," moderated by former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden. Panelists included officials from elementary and secondary education, higher education and state government. There were also presentations by foreign language instructors who teach Spanish, French and Chinese in Missouri classrooms. In addition, students from the Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City conducted an international classroom skyping demonstration and communicated via the Internet with students in Lyon, France and a taped presentation featured students from Lee's Summit conversing with a resident of China.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
For more information about this program visit www.ibo.org.