CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico to Host Educators From Around the World

Date: 06-05-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Twenty educators from 19 different countries around the world will be arriving at California State University, Chico next week for a monthlong study of the diverse facets of U.S. society and culture.

The five-week professional development program is themed “Exploring Access and Equity in U.S. Education and Society.” It is part of the Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators, sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which is designed to promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other nations.

CSU, Chico’s International Training Programs, part of the Office of International Education, is responsible for bringing the program to campus.

Among the countries sending educators to Chico next week are Argentina, Australia, Burma, France, India, Israel, Jordan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

The international participants include secondary teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers and education ministry officials.

The group will arrive in Chico on June 4 and depart on July 2. After leaving California, the educators will have shorter visits in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The participants will attend seminars conducted by CSU, Chico professors, area education professionals and community leaders. They will visit a number of facilities and organizations such as Fairview High School in Chico and CSU, Chico’s Ability First Sports Camp. During the visit, the educators will conduct research related to their professional interests and present it before they leave Chico.

The program’s goals are that the educators return home with added knowledge about the United States and that those they meet develop greater cultural understanding about people from different parts of the world.

For additional information, please contact International Training Programs Director Diana Parks, drparks@csuchico.edu, 530-898-6049, or Program Manager Bethany Pinegar, bpinegar@csuchico.edu, 530-898-5570.

Study of the U.S. Institute participants are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The ECA has funded and supported programs that seek to promote understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries for more than 60 years. For more information about ECA and SUSI programs, go to http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

CSU, Chico’s International Training Programs has been designing and implementing innovative professional development, short-term study tours, and other programs for international groups and individuals through federally and privately funded contracts for more than 18 years. For more information, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/international/international-training/index.shtml.