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September 3, 2015
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In this Issue:

Final Call: Submit Proposals for the
12th Annual Conference

The deadline to submit session and workshop proposals for the 12th Annual Forum Conference is tomorrow, September 4. The conference, Navigating the Intersections: The Cultures of Education Abroad, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 6-8, 2016. Thanks to the many colleagues who have already submitted so many promising proposals.
Education abroad is a field of intersections. In every program, different national identities, learning models, values, disciplines, languages, traditions, institutions and organizations encounter each other in distinctive ways that create the unique cultures of education abroad. Education abroad lives and thrives at the intersections of these ideas and realities.
Read the Call for Proposals

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.
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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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Debuting next week: Forum Storytellers Podcast

Whenever education abroad professionals gather, we learn from each other through the experiences we share 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.
Tune in next week for Episode 1: A Conversation with Kathy Sideli
Episodes will be posted to The Forum website and available on iTunes.
Forum Storytellers Trailer 1

Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

The Forum will deliver the workshop, Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols, on Monday, October 5 at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. 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 common health and safety concerns and learn how the Standards of Good Practice support their own program management and goals.
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Can’t attend the workshop on October 5? Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols will be offered again on Tuesday, November 17, hosted by University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) in Reno, Nevada.
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Standards of Good Practice Workshops in Montclair, NJ

Two Forum workshops will be hosted by Montclair State University on Friday, October 16. In the morning, join Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7) and receive training on how to align your organization’s policies with available resources. The second Standards workshop will be offered in the afternoon and will focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8). Join Kevin Morrison from Macalester College as he leads participants through a variety of activities and discussion designed to focus on these particular issues. Register for both workshops and save $50!
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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, September 4: Proposal deadline for 12th Annual Conference
Tuesday, September 8: Deadline to submit interest in joining the Data Committee
Thursday, September 10: Forum workshop in Indianapolis, IN
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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