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January 16, 2020

In this Issue:

Accelerated Professional Development on the NEW 6th Edition of the Standards of Good Practice

The Forum’s next Accelerated Residency will be June 22-24 in Carlisle, PA and will be the first residency based on the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice. The program offers three days of interactive, in-depth training and begins by framing the Standards. The subsequent workshops look closely at program design and management, discuss issues around health, safety and well-being, and focus on student learning and development. Learn from colleagues from different types of institutions, organizations and perspectives all focused on quality international education. Enroll in Professional Certification to take advantage of this opportunity! Any colleagues who are interested in attending one or more of these new workshops are also welcome to register.

The deadline to apply is May 1. Early enrollment pricing ends April 15.
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New Forum Fellowship Program to Support HBCUs, TCUs & HSIs

In support of our ongoing commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, the new Forum Fellowship program will support education abroad professionals from HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Up to five Fellowships will be awarded in 2020 and Fellows will be enrolled in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Fellows will participate in the Accelerated Residency in Carlisle, PA on June 22-24 to begin the Certification journey.
This unique opportunity will support the professional development of each Fellow by matching the Fellow with an experienced mentor, expanding the Fellow’s network of colleagues through participation in the Certification cohort, and providing the Fellow an in-depth introduction to the new 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice.
The application deadline for the Fellowship is February 7.
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Forum Webinar: Budgeting for Program Sustainability

Sign up for our next webinar, Budgeting for Program Sustainability, on Thursday, January 23 at 12:30 p.m. (EST). Panelists Cara Lane-Toomey (Where They Be Dragons) and Lisa Chieffo (University of Delaware) will share their tactics for creating budgets for short-term and faculty-led education abroad programs based on your office’s motivational goals and guiding ethical principles.
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Forum Workshop Offered in Conjunction with the AIEA Annual Conference

Are you attending the AIEA Conference in February? Join the Forum/AIEA pre-conference workshop, "Tough Conversations - Promoting Civil Discourse in an Age of Polarization," to gain a better understanding of successful models and resources to promote civil discourse, and to learn about The Forum's efforts to promote dialogue across the field of education abroad.
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16th Annual Conference:
Pre-Conference Workshops

Plan to make the most of your time in Kansas City and sign up for pre-conference workshops. Choose from the following topics, including a brand new Forum workshop focusing on the soon-to-be-released 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice.
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad
This 4 hour workshop will review trends in college mental health with specific focus on philosophical, legal, and practical concerns. Facilitators will discuss models for pre-departure screening and provide strategies for managing mental health concerns when they occur. All of this will take place through an interactive workshop that engages participants in discussion.
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support
With a focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support this workshop will help participants identify resources and design programming in these areas. Topics include a comprehensive judicial screening process, different preparation and returning support models and developing strategies to improve existing practices in participants’ specific contexts.
Framing the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
This is a new Forum workshop being offered for the first time! This workshop will provide an understanding of the new 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice, its new structure, and how to use it. Emphasis will be placed on Mission & Goals, Collaboration & Transparency, Ethics, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as the four Guiding Principles that provide the foundation for the 6th edition. Participants will understand the evolution of the Standards of Good Practice, discuss the importance of the Guiding Principles and learn how to apply them through a variety of interactive activities.
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management
This Standards of Good Practice Workshop, with a focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will  practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.

Sara’s Wish Foundation Continues Its Generous Support of The Forum

The Forum thanks Sara's Wish Foundation for continuing its generous support of The Forum this year! It's recent $5,000 donation will again provide scholarships that make it possible for colleagues from a wide range of institutions to participate in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. With this scholarship support, recipients are able to advance their knowledge and skills in applying the Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad to help to ensure a safe and meaningful education abroad experience for students.

FU-BEST Renews Recognition for Meeting Standards of Good Practice

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) recently renewed their recognition for being in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice by successfully completing The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP). FU-BEST first earned recognition in 2011.
The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad is a rigorous process of self-study and peer review that recognizes institutions and organizations for meeting the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad while offering suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement.
Congratulations to FU-BEST!

Certified Professional Spotlight: Anita Casper

The Forum is pleased to announce that Anita Casper of Bucknell University successfully completed The Forum's Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Anita joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.
Congratulations to Anita!

“In starting the certification process little did I know how rigorous the process would be nor how much I would gain from the program. The structured modules and final project prompted me to dig deeply into multiple aspects of education abroad programs. I found the member resources exciting tools that offer many opportunities for application at our institution. The modules and project encouraged meaningful examination of issues, reflection on various program models and institutional structures, greater knowledge of the dimensions of providing international education programs, and the critical synthesis and application of the materials. I love learning, and the Certification program provided the impetus to expand my knowledge and hone my skills. As my own international experiences shaped my life, I am particularly interested in structuring programs that provide supportive, cultural learning for participants while collaboratively involving faculty and the university in the creation of a sustainable framework. The program enabled me to gain a meaningful appreciation of the standards of international education and, through critical reflection, gain a thorough understanding of the best practices to enhance my work.”
– Anita Casper
Welcome New Members
The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to the Standards of Good Practice:

Fly My Group
University of Technology Sydney
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Resources for Your Week:
New Veterans Benefits and Study Abroad Guidance

NAFSA has shared its interpretation of new guidance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the accepted uses of student veteran benefits for education abroad. The new guidance has an effective implementation date of August 1 of this year.

Where in the World is The Forum?

Friday, February 7-Monday, February 10: Associate Director for Programs and Training Abe de la Rosa attends and presents at the CCID Annual Conference in St. Pete’s Beach, FL
Tuesday, February 11: Director of Research and Resources Amelia Dietrich attends PhillyPIE workshop in Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, February 13: The Forum conducts customized workshop in conjunction with American Councils for International Education in Washington, DC
Sunday, February 16-Wednesday, February 19: Forum President and CEO Melissa Torres attends the AIEA Annual Conference in Washington, DC
Wednesday, February 19-Thursday, February 20: Meeting of The Forum’s Board of Directors in Washington, DC
Wednesday, March 25-Friday, March 27: The Forum’s 16th Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

Thursday, January 23: Webinar on Budgeting for Program Sustainability
Friday, February 7: Deadline to apply for the Forum Fellowship
Wednesday, April 15: Early enrollment deadline for Professional Certification

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