Tenth Annual Forum Conference: A Great Success!
More than 1,100 colleagues participated in the Forum’s 10th Annual Conference in San Diego, April 2-4. According to Conference Chair Kristen Mallory the conference “offered important and relevant information, opportunities for substantive discussions and essential training, and plenty of time to network.” Highlights included the debut of the Forum’s Certification Workshops; Workshops on Food and Culture, the Writer Abroad, and Digital Storytelling; and “The Big Think,“ a collegial discussion of a book about the cultural basis of mental illness. In addition, a Fireside Dialogue after the conference brought together 30 colleagues to explore student mental health issues led by two counseling psychologists.
William G. Durden kicked off the conference with his opening plenary address
on Wednesday evening, “Embracing the New Globalism: A Challenge to Rethink Education Abroad,” a copy of which is now available on the Forum website. A follow-up message from Durden has been posted to the Forum’s blog
, and you are invited to respond to the post and engage in the discussion!
Conference session materials
are being posted on the Forum website as they become available. Session presenters are reminded to submit their presentations and handouts for posting as soon as possible.
The Forum sincerely appreciates the efforts of the many individuals, committees and organizations that helped to make the Tenth Annual Conference a great success:
Evaluate the Annual Conference and Look Ahead to New Orleans!
The Forum’s next Annual Conference will take place in New Orleans, March 25-27, 2015!
In order to make it even better than the San Diego conference, we need you to complete your San Diego conference evaluation. All attendees should have received an email with a link to the conference evaluation. If for some reason you did not, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Forum seeks any and all input on how to keep the Annual Conference the most important education abroad meeting of the year. Please offer your innovative ideas and suggestions that will help to keep the Annual Conference fresh and meaningful for all attendees. Conference evaluations will be used by the New Orleans Conference Committee to ensure that the Forum’s 11th Annual Conference will be the best it can be.
The Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona, Spain
The Forum’s Second European Conference
, “What Does it Mean to be a ‘Traditional’ Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe,” will be held in Barcelona, Spain, October 23-25, 2014 and hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra on the Ciutadella campus. Travel grant
opportunities are available for which applications must be submitted by July 15. Hotel information and sponsorship opportunities will be posted to the website soon!
Call for Regional Workshop Hosts
The Forum continues to make its training opportunities more accessible by offering regional workshops around the U.S. and overseas. In anticipation of planning the regional workshop schedule for the 2014-2015 academic year, we are seeking nominations from potential host institutions.
Workshops can be selected from a list of full or half-day options that focus on the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
. Specific workshops also fulfill part of the curriculum requirements for the Forum's new Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program
, which provides colleagues with essential education and training and certifies that they are able to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice
to read the full RFP. To be considered for the 2014-15 academic year, proposals must be submitted by May 15, 2014.
Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor
The deadline to submit an application to become part of the first cohort of Forum Certification Assessors is April 15!
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
and apply by April 15
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management: Standards Institute in Denver, CO
Early-bird registration is open for the Standards of Good Practice Institute
, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management.” The Standards Institute will be held at the University of Denver on June 20, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Forum has secured a block of rooms at the Denver Marriott Tech Center hotel
at a special rate – see the Institute webpage for details.
This year’s Institute promises new presenters and new topics for consideration by those concerned with issues of health, safety, security and risk management specific to education abroad. As in previous years, the Institute offers practical strategies and resources at an advanced level, and many of these sessions will be provided by experts in other fields.
to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate, which ends on May 2
Upcoming Forum Workshops in Florence, Italy Count Towards Certification
The Forum on Education Abroad will deliver two half-day workshops
at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, on Tuesday, May 8, 2014. In the morning, participants in the Overview of the Standards
workshop will use the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
as a guide in examining their own institutions’ capabilities and in determining how to ensure quality in areas such as academic programming, student conduct, resources, personnel, policies and procedures. The workshop in the afternoon will focus more specifically on Standard 6, Policies and Procedures, and Standard 7, Organizational and Program Resources. Through discussion and analysis of case studies participants in this workshop will explore how these two Standards can assist an organization in attaining more effective use of resources through the proper implementation of policies. These are both Forum Certification Workshops
to register for one or both of these workshops.
Standard 8 Workshop: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols
Wake Forest University will host a full-day Forum workshop, Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols
, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing custom plans and protocols in accordance with Standard 8 of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
. The workshop includes interactive exercises, much discussion and an opportunity to create and critique different aspects of emergency action protocols. Participants will discuss different aspects of handling common health and safety concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice
support their own program management and goals.
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