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December 11, 2014
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Forum Participates in White House Summit

Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen attended The White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad & Global Citizenship on Tuesday. The meeting brought together 100 travel writers and bloggers, as well as media, government and education leaders to discuss ways to encourage more students to participate in education abroad programs. “This was the first meeting of its kind, and I believe that it opened doors for new collaborations between the different groups represented,” said Whalen. He added, “The President and First Lady have been extremely supportive of education abroad. By hosting this meeting The White House has helped to expand the way that we think about education abroad and how we can reach our students.”
Whalen’s tweets from the Summit provided reports on the event. Speakers included White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Brian Whalen with Dan Davidson, President of American Councils for International Education, and Meghann Curtis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Forum Convenes Meeting at The New York Times Headquarters

Last week participants in The Forum-New York Times in Education Digital Resource Center pilot program traveled to New York City to meet with colleagues from The New York Times. Representatives from the seven institutions participating in the pilot program learned how to most effectively navigate The New York Times and its archives, and shared preliminary ideas for using The New York Times resources in the education abroad context. The group also met with International Managing Editor Michael Slackman, and enjoyed a tour of the newsroom.

Jane Flaherty, who represented Texas A&M University at the meeting, said, “Texas A&M is very pleased to participate in The New York Times and Forum on Education Abroad collaboration to develop the Digital Resource Center. Texas A&M faculty across many different colleges will use this resource to enhance their study abroad programs.”
Over the course of the spring semester, pilot program participants will share examples of how they are using The New York Times in their education abroad programs, contributing to the creation of the Digital Resource Center, which will be accessible to Forum members through the Curriculum Cooperative.
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Speaking the Same Language: Advocacy in Education Abroad

The Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to offer a Fireside Dialogue to be held in conjunction with the 11th Annual Forum Conference in New Orleans in March, 2015. Speaking the Same Language: Advocacy in Education Abroad is intended for senior professionals in education abroad seeking to develop strategies to advance the profile of education abroad within their institution or organization.

Participation for the Fireside Dialogue will be limited to 30 participants in order to foster in-depth discussion. The deadline to submit an application to participate is December 19. Applications to participate in the Fireside Dialogue will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Nominate a Colleague for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

Now is the time to nominate a deserving colleague for The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award, which 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 award will be presented at the 11th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, on Friday, March 27.
Forum members may submit nominations for the award to by January 16, 2015.
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Welcome New Members

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

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Register for The Forum's 11th Annual Conference

Early bird registration for The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference is open! The conference, It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad, will be held March 25-27, 2015, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. Take advantage of early-bird registration rates by January 28.

Group Discount for The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program

Is a member of your staff enrolled in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program? 
Don’t miss the opportunity to add two or more staff members to the Program at the discounted group rate of $1550 per person. The discount is available to Forum members only. Two or more applications from the same institution must be submitted by January 15 for the discount to apply.
Learn more about Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program and the Accelerated Residency Certification Program. Apply by January 15!

Workshop on Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework

The Forum will deliver a Standards workshop on Friday, February 27, 2015, at The Ohio State University.

This workshop will focus on Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3) and will help participants to identify the resources and design programming to assist in their efforts. Through simulations involving specific examples, participants will address critical issues often introduced by colleagues in higher education who are unfamiliar with the importance of tying these two areas together in education abroad. The workshop also counts as a Professional Certification workshop.
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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, December 12:  Applications due for Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award
Friday, December 12:  Application deadline for Capacity Review
Friday, December 19:  Application deadline to participate in Fireside Dialogue
Friday, January 16:  Nominations due for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award
Wednesday, January 28:  Early-bird registration deadline for the 11th Annual Conference
Friday, February 27:  Standards workshop at The Ohio State University

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