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September 10, 2015
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Lesley University (GLASS)

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The Forum Storytellers Podcast is
Now Available!

Whenever education abroad professionals gather, we learn from each other through the experiences we relate and stories we tell. Forum Storytellers is a project to preserve the stories of education abroad, and share them with colleagues – past, present and future.
Episode 1 features Kathy Sideli, a respected leader with over 40 years of experience in the education abroad field, interviewed by her friend and colleague, Bill Hoffa. Listen as Kathy remembers her first trip overseas, her entry into the field, and the career that has followed.
Learn more and stream this episode on The Forum’s website

Subscribe to Forum Storytellers podcast on iTunes

Free Webinar: A Member’s Orientation to The Forum

The Forum invites its new members to participate in A Member’s Orientation to The Forum: Programs, Projects, Services and Benefits scheduled for Friday, September 11 at 12 p.m. (EDT). Facilitated by Forum staff, this free webinar will describe the benefits of membership and introduce ways to get involved in The Forum’s work. We welcome new members and new colleagues to participate, as well as anyone else from a Forum member institution interested in refreshing their knowledge of what The Forum has to offer.
Register Now

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

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design honors an individual or group of individuals at a Forum member institution or organization for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. All courses submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative by September 15 will be considered for the award. Please share with any colleagues who may be eligible.
The Curriculum Cooperative is an online resource center where colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad. The Cooperative contains education abroad course and program profiles, as well as video and text interviews with faculty and administrators, sample syllabi, and more.

Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor

The Forum seeks experienced senior professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad program. Qualified applicants will be experienced Forum members 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 15.
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Apply to Become 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. The deadline to apply is September 30.
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Share Your Outcomes

Willing to share more about your assessment efforts? The Outcomes Assessment and Research Committee is soliciting brief case studies to be included as resources in the OAR Toolbox. Cases need not show perfect or finalized assessment efforts. Click here to access the OAR Toolbox, which includes samples of uploaded cases. Submissions can be sent directly to OAR Committee staff liaison Amelia Dietrich,

The Forum’s Data Committee Welcomes New Members

The Data Committee is pleased to welcome the following new members: Amy Bartnick Blume, Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University; Paige Butler, Middlebury Institute of International Studies; Emily Gaul, Associated Colleges of the Midwest; Matthew Geisler, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Beth-Ann Kutchma, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; SunJeong Lee, Cultural Vistas; Shanna Saubert, University of Leeds; Michele Scheib, Mobility International USA.

European Colleagues: Register for Forum Workshops in Italy and Greece

In October, The Forum will host workshops in Sorrento, Italy and Thessaloniki, Greece. Overview of the Standards of Good Practice and Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) will be hosted by Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento on October 20, and again by The American College of Thessaloniki on October 23. Join José B. Alvarez from CEA Study Abroad as he leads participants through a variety of activities and discussion designed to focus on these particular issues. Early-bird registration pricing ends tomorrow, September 11.
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Registrations are Open for November Workshops

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice & Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
Monday, November 9
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5) & Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)
Monday, November 9
Towson University, Towson, MD
Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans & Protocols
November 17
University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC),
Reno, NV
Welcome New Member

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

Goshen College

Interested in membership:
Join The Forum

Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, September 11: Free orientation webinar for members
Tuesday, September 15: Deadline to submit courses for the Curriculum Award
Tuesday, September 15: Deadline to apply as Certification Assessor
Wednesday, September 30: Deadline to apply as Forum Trained Facilitator
Thursday, October 1: Standards Workshops in conjunction with PaCIE Conference
Friday, October 2: Standards Workshops in Fargo, ND
Saturday, October 3: Standards Workshops in conjunction with PaCIE Conference
Monday, October 5: Forum workshop in Brattleboro, VT
Thursday, October 8: Workshop on Clery Act, VAWA, and Title IX in Chapel Hill, NC
Friday, October 16: Standards Workshops in Montclair, NJ
Tuesday, October 20: Standards Workshops in Sorrento, Italy
Friday, October 23: Standards Workshops in Thessaloniki, Greece

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