In this Issue:

Alice Layton, recipient of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

Welcome New Members:

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to Standards of Good Practice:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Kent State University

West Texas A&M University

For more information on joining the Forum, visit:
Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, August 15
Membership renewal payments are due
Friday, August 16
Session and Workshop proposals for the Tenth Annual Conference are due

Member Comments on VIEW Guidelines are due
Tuesday, August 27
Early-bird registration deadline for Denver Workshops

Monday, September 16
Early-bird registration deadline for Standards Institute: Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad

Free member webinar on Standards Guidelines: Global Health Programs

Thursday, September 26
Full-day workshop in Denver: Implications of the New Clery Handbook - What Does it Mean for Education Abroad?
Friday, September 27
Full-day workshop in Denver: Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Monday, October 21
Free member webinar on Standards Guidelines: Institutional Relations
Thursday, October 31
Early-bird registration opens for Tenth Annual Conference

Click here for more Forum events.

New and Emerging Paradigms for Education Abroad

Collegial…dynamic…challenging…focused… a meeting charged by an intellectual energy and a passion for ideas that advance the field of education abroad.

Be part of the excitement and submit a session or workshop proposal for the Forum's Tenth Annual Conference today!
The Forum has already received proposals on a number of innovative topics:
  • Using focused writing assignments to encourage connecting the before, during and after of education abroad;
  • Having a conference common reading that proposes challenging ideas from outside the field;
  • Developing a “paradigm of mindfulness” for education abroad.
Add your own creative approaches to "New and Emerging Paradigms for Education Abroad."
The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 16.
For full information, visit:

Announcing the Recipient of the Forum’s 1st Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Alice Layton of Lesley University

Please join us in congratulating Alice Layton of Lesley University’s Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester (GLASS) program, whose “Indigenous Natural Resource Ecology” course was selected to receive the Forum’s first Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design. “Indigenous Natural Resource Ecology” is an eight-week fieldwork course designed to provide an immersion in the social environment of an indigenous Guyanese community. Its innovation lies in the participation of Macushi villagers, who join Ms. Layton as instructors to introduce students to key resource-based survival skills conserved by their indigenous knowledge. The students, in turn, contribute to the host village by facilitating community conversations through the use of participatory video in natural resource management planning. The result is a powerful encounter that initiates experiential learning for both students and villagers while facilitating the preservation of traditional land use practices. Learn more about Ms. Layton’s course here.

The award will be presented at the Forum’s Standards Institute on “Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad” at the University of Minnesota on November 19, 2013, where Ms. Layton will speak about her approach to education abroad curriculum design. Click here to register for the Institute.

Contribute to the Curriculum Cooperative to be considered for the 2014 Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design!

The Curriculum Cooperative is an online resource center where faculty and administrators from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad. Visit the Curriculum Cooperative to submit information about your education abroad initiatives, programs or courses, including pre-departure and re-entry coursework.

Fall 2013 Forum Workshop Schedule

The fall 2013 schedule of Forum workshops is now available!

The Forum’s workshops focus on issues of concern to the field of education abroad. They are designed to be highly interactive, timely and informative, providing participants with current best practices and how these can be implemented to meet the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice. Workshops are led by experienced education abroad colleagues who are Forum-trained facilitators.

The first two workshops on the schedule are being held at the University of Colorado, Denver, on September 26 and 27. Sign up for both of these workshops, Implications of the New Clery Handbook – What Does It Mean for Education Abroad and Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols, and receive a $50 discount. Click here to register!

2013-14 Webinars Series: The Standards Guidelines

Following on last year’s popular webinar series, this year’s series of member webinars will focus on the guidelines that working groups have developed to support the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Where the Standards provide a broad structure for excellence, assessment,  and quality improvement in education abroad, Guidelines contextualize the Standards in specific areas of education abroad practice. This fall will include sessions on Global Health Programs, Institutional Relations and Education Abroad Advising. Click here for the schedule.

Members may register for the webinars by sending an email to:

New Road Travel Reports (RTRs) available from ASIRT

The Forum is pleased to remind members that through a strategic arrangement its members can receive a 20% discount on their first year of membership in the Association for Safe International Road Travel. ASIRT has recently published new RTRs in eight more countries.

Forum members interested in receiving the discounted membership should contact ASIRT directly through its website: or

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Linfield College: Traditional and Modern Medicine program in Thailand.


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