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August 18, 2016

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Last Chance to Submit Session Proposals for the 13th Annual Conference

The deadline to submit session and workshop proposals for the 13th Annual Forum Conference is tomorrow, August 19. The conference, Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum, will be held in Seattle, Washington, March 29-31, 2017. Thanks to the many colleagues who have already submitted so many promising proposals.

Ideally, the education abroad experience is a continuum that begins long before the student arrives in the host country and carries on after their return, integrating the academic and experiential, supported by fair policies and ethical programming. While this ideal of a continuum may not be the reality for all students, education abroad can take practical steps toward achieving it.
Read the Call for Proposals

3rd European Conference: Plenary Speaker

Anna Diamantopoulou, President of DIKTIO- Network for Reform in Greece and Europe, will be the keynote speaker at The Forum’s 3rd European Conference in Athens, Greece. A civil engineer by training with graduate studies in Regional Development, Diamantopoulou has been a member of the Greek Parliament for 11 years. In 1999 she was appointed as European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (1999-2004). From 2009 to March 2012 she served as Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, and consequently as the Minister of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping until May 2012. Active in European affairs, Diamantopoulou is Presidium Member of the Friends of Europe and a Steering Committee Member of Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute. She has also served as the Chairperson of the Party of European Socialists’ Forum on the European Dimension of New Social Europe.
Diamantopoulou will deliver her plenary session, “Education as the Connecting Virtue Between Nations and People,” on Thursday, October 6.
There is still time to register for the 3rd European Conference!
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Forum Awards

Nominate Your Students for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad. The award (formerly called the Undergraduate Research Award) recognizes rigorous and significant academic projects that undergraduate students conduct as a part of education abroad programs. Award recipients will be invited to present their work at a plenary luncheon during The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington.

The nomination deadline for the 2016 award is August 31. Learn more»

Alexx Temeña, 2014 Undergraduate Research Award recipient, presents her research to Forum conference attendees

Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Call for Submissions

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design honors faculty who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course.

The submission deadline for this year’s award is September 15. Learn more»

Nominate a Colleague for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award honors a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of The Forum's goals: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. The 2017 award will be presented at the 13th Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. Previous winners include Joe Brockington (2016), Michael Steinberg (2015), Liam Ó Dochartaigh (2013), Jon Booth (2012), Michael Vande Berg (2012), Susan Pugh (2011), James Langridge (2010), David Larsen (2008), R. Michael Paige (2007), and Peter Wollitzer.

The deadline to nominate a deserving colleague for the 2017 Wollitzer Award is December 16. Learn more»

Family of the late Joe Brockington accepts the 2016 Wollitzer Award on his behalf

Get Involved with The Forum! Applications Now Being Accepted

Apply to Become a QUIP Peer Reviewer

Peer Reviewers play a critical role in making The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) the only objective, independent review system in education abroad, based on the field’s Standards of Good Practice. Peer Reviewers, who are experienced international education professionals trained by The Forum, assess education abroad operations of organizations participating in QUIP Reviews. They commend the organization for excellent practices, provide suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement, and make the recommendation of whether the organization is in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

The deadline to apply is September 16. Learn more»

Contribute to the Field: Apply to be a Forum Trained Facilitator

The Forum invites experienced colleagues to apply to become a member of the Forum Trained Facilitator Team that delivers the Standards of Good Practice workshops. These workshops are a primary way that the field’s Standards of Good Practice are disseminated as part of The Forum’s mission as the Standards Development Organization for Education Abroad. Many of the workshops also form the basis of the Professional Certification Program. As part of their training, facilitators are required to become certified by completing the Professional Certification program. Becoming a Forum Trained Facilitator is an important way to give back to the field, as well as to advance your own professional development. Facilitators are chosen based on their education abroad experience and skills, and their demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Standards of Good Practice.

The deadline to apply is September 30. Learn more»

Forum Trained Facilitator Bradley Rink facilitates a Standards Workshop at the 12th Annual Conference 

Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor

The Forum seeks experienced professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad program. Assessors will be rigorously trained to review and evaluate Standards Assignments submitted by program participants. Qualified applicants will be experienced colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations who have consistently demonstrated their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

The deadline to apply is September 30. Learn more»

Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, August 31
University of Dayton, OH
U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad

Tuesday, October 18
Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)

Thursday, October 20
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)

Monday, October 24
SIT Study Abroad/SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT
Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & The Code of Ethics)
Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)

Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, August 19: Session/Workshop Proposal Deadline for the 13th Annual Conference
Wednesday, August 31: Clery, Title IX and VAWA Workshop in Dayton, OH
Wednesday, August 31: Nomination Deadline for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad
Thursday, September 15: Submission Deadline for the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design
Friday, September 16: QUIP Peer Reviewer Application Deadline
Friday, September 30: Forum Trained Facilitator Application Deadline
Friday, September 30: Forum Certification Assessor Application Deadline
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