In this Issue:
Dates and Deadlines
 
Thursday, March 14
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Wednesday, April 3
Standards of Good Practice Institute in Chicago: Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad

Wednesday, April 3 - Friday, April 5
The Forum's Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago, IL

Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 6
Post-conference Fireside Dialogue: Language Learning and Education Abroad
 
Monday, May 6
Full-day workshop at Providence College: Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Wednesday, May 8
Full-day workshop in Austin, TX: Code of Ethics for Education Abroad and the Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
 
Thursday, May 9
Half-day workshop in Florence, Italy: Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources

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Rescheduled: Standard 8 Workshop at Providence College

Due to inclement weather, the Forum’s full-day workshop at Providence College, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 7th, has been postponed. Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols, is now scheduled for Monday, May 6. Registration for this workshop remains open! If you had previously registered and are unable to attend on May 6, please send an email to info@forumea.org.
 
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Standards Institute Lunch Plenary, Featuring
Dr. Les Goodchild

Update your knowledge of ethical issues and best practices in the field and attend the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice Institute, Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad, on April 3 prior to the Forum’s Annual Conference in Chicago. A description of Dr. Les Goodchild’s plenary address, “Achieving the Art of Cross Cultural Awareness in Undergraduate Education: Ethical Strategies for Transformational Teaching,” is now available on the website.
 
Register for the Standards Institute through the conference registration form. To add the Institute to an existing conference registration, send an email request to conference@forumea.org.




Free Member Webinar on the Standards of Good Practice: Standard 8

The eighth webinar in the “Understanding the Standards of Good Practice” series is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 at 1 p.m. (EDT). Open to Forum members only, this webinar will cover the content of Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, and will be facilitated by Joseph Finkhouse, Associate Director, Health, Safety & Security, at Boston University.

To register, email: webinars@forumea.org




Upcoming Forum Workshop in Austin, Texas

Academic Programs International (API) will host a full-day Forum workshop, Code of Ethics and Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs, on Wednesday, May 8th in Austin, Texas. This workshop is designed to assist participants in understanding and applying the Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad, by using the Standards of Good Practice for Short Term Education Abroad Programs along with the Code to focus specifically on issues surrounding ethics and integrity. It will include interactive exercises during which participants will explore the importance of managing stakeholder expectations, discuss different aspects of handling common ethical concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice and the Code of Ethics support program development, management and goals. Professionals who may benefit from attending this workshop include education abroad staff members, education abroad advisors, faculty program leaders, department chairs, and colleagues who manage campus internship programs and volunteer offices.
 
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Host a 2013-14 Regional Workshop

Thanks to the generosity of our member institutions, this year the Forum has been able to make Forum training opportunities more accessible by offering regional workshops around the U.S. and overseas. During the 2012-2013 year, twenty workshops are being held in sixteen different locations around the world. In anticipation of planning the Forum’s regional workshop schedule for the 2013-2014 academic year, we are seeking nominations from potential host institutions.
 
If your institution or organization would like to host a regional workshop, click here for more details. To be considered for the 2013-2014 academic year, please respond before May 1, 2013.




Draft Guidelines Available for Public Review and Comment

The Forum Standards Committee has made available for public review drafts of three new sets of guidelines; previously the draft guidelines were available only for member review and comment. The Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad address a growing interest in global health programs and have been created to support sending institutions and hosts that serve students who are involved in experiential learning in health-related settings outside the United States. Guidelines for Language Learning Abroad focus on foreign language programming in the education abroad context. Guidelines for Undergraduate Research Abroad address the specific considerations raised when undergraduates conduct research abroad, including the relationship of the IRB to research abroad. Each of these documents is an example of how the Standards Committee working groups draw on professional organizations in content-related fields for their expertise. The Forum thanks the members of the Working Groups for the considerable time and effort invested in producing these valuable guidelines.
 
The Forum invites anyone with expertise on or interest in these draft guidelines to review them and submit comments and suggestions to info@forumea.org.





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