CSU, Chico News

Educators From 20 Countries Arrive This Week

Date: 05-26-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Diana Parks
International Training Programs Director

California State University, Chico will once again be hosting educators from around the world who are in the country for a month-long 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, which promotes mutual understanding between people of the United States and other nations.

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

A group of 20 educators from 19 countries came to Chico last summer in a month-long visit also sponsored by International Training Programs.

This year’s group of educators will arrive in Chico Wednesday, May 27, and depart on June 24. After leaving California, the educators will have shorter visits in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

For media: An opportunity to meet the educators and programs leaders will be a reception and poster presentation Tuesday, June 2, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Trinity Hall 100 gallery.

Among the countries sending educators to Chico this week are Argentina, Ghana, Cameroon, Russia, Mongolia, Israel, Morocco, Ukraine, Algeria, Malaysia and Greece.

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

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, including Fair View 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 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. They have 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 the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Study of the U.S. Institute, 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 20 years. For more information, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/international/international-training/index.shtml.