Presentation on theme: "Internationalising education Internationalising Education An emerging imperative Did You Know? EMR School Council Presidents’"— Presentation transcript:
Internationalising education Internationalising Education An emerging imperative Did You Know? EMR School Council Presidents’ Dinner Wednesday 14 September 2011 Vic Pappas - International Education Division, DEECD
The Challenge Education systems all over the world are engaging with the question of how best to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and values they need to meet the challenges and make the most of the opportunities of a globalised world… …how are you doing this in your schools?
Defining Internationalising Education “Internationalising Education” - What does it mean? What does it involve? How can it be articulated simply and effectively?
Pause for Reflection When you think about the term “internationalising education” what words come to mind?
Defining Internationalising Education? One way to attempt to articulate it is: Internationalising education is "the process of integrating an international, intercultural, or global dimension into the purpose, functions, or delivery of education. It equips students with the knowledge, skills and values to operate effectively in increasingly globalised societies, both in Australia and internationally. Adapted from Knight, J. (2004) Internationalisation Remodelled: Definition, approaches and rationale
International Education - An Expanding Agenda 1950’s – 1970’s International Education = AID Colombo Plan 1980’s – International Education = TRADE International Students Present Internationalising Education Globalisation provides the impetus for education systems to engage in two way exchanges of ideas, knowledge, people and services with other systems; benefits are educational, economic and social/cultural and relationships are reciprocal. bout/events/connections2010/virt ualtour.htm
Internationalising your school - a policy and strategic context
Melbourne Declaration 2008 Goal 1: Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence Goal 2: All young Australians become Successful learners Confident and creative individuals Active and informed (global) citizens Able to relate to and communicate across cultures, especially the cultures and countries of Asia Big Picture Policy
“Increasingly, in a world where knowledge itself is constantly growing and evolving, students need to develop a set of skills, behaviours and dispositions, or general capabilities that apply across discipline content and equip them to be lifelong learners able to operate with confidence in a complex, information-rich, globalised world” From Overview of Australian Curriculum Big Picture Policy: the Australian Curriculum
Cross curriculum priorities Generic Capabilities Domain Expertise 7 Generic Capabilities Literacy Numeracy ICT competence Critical & Creative Thinking Ethical behaviour Personal & Social Competence Intercultural Understanding 8 Key Learning Areas English Mathematics Science Humanities and social sciences The Arts Languages Health and physical education Technologies, specifically design and technology 3 Cross Curriculum Priorities One national/indigenous One regional/Asia Literacy One global/sustainability Australian Curriculum
Victoria: Coalition policy plans Plan for Education Language learning in schools Plan for a Multicultural Victoria Multilingual Victoria Sister schools Teacher exchange Maximising human capital to seize economic opportunities of the future Plan for Stronger Industry and More Jobs Attracting foreign and interstate investment; Restoring the viability and reputation of Melbourne as a high quality centre for education and training of international students; Victoria, Leader in Learning
New Government Directions Multilingual Victoria “Languages are the key to the global village for Victorian students and an internationally competitive economy.” Premier Ted Baillieu, 6 November 2010 Create one of the world’s most diverse and effective languages programs Introduce compulsory languages classes for every Victorian primary school, with a plan to provide languages for all Prep-Year 10 students by 2025 Qualify and train language teachers to world’s best practice standard Increase the number of qualified language teachers 011/video_summit_2011.html
New Government Directions International Students “International education makes a significant contribution to Victoria’s economy, cultural and community life – generating jobs, increasing our exposure to international ideas and knowledge and contributing to a more vibrant and dynamic education and training system.” Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras, 3 May 2011
New Government Directions Multicultural Victoria “Victoria has [the] additional advantage in that it is a one-stop shop for the world. Victoria has the people resources, language, cultural understanding and skills that can cater for both the European and Asian markets.” Enhance and support the role of community language schools Strengthen the sister-school program including through teacher exchange The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Plan for a Multicultural Victoria
Office of Policy, Research & Innovation Competitive Federalism Autonomy Specialisation Languages, Multicultural and International education Student Engagement and Pathways
Inside The Bureaucracy: DEECD Within DEECD, the following areas are working to support schools in internationalising education: International Education Division Accelerate Best Practice Overseas Learning Experiences for Students Overseas Learning Experiences for School Educators Sister Schools Language Assistants Programs Export of Educational Services Programs for International Students Student Learning DivisionGlobal and Multicultural Education LOTE Policy and Program Support English as a Second Language Support Studies of Asia Values Education Innovation & Next Practice Division Intercultural Understanding Field Trials (25 schools) NEW Languages, Multicultural and ESL Unit Leads implementation of government initiatives to strengthen language learning
Inside The Bureaucracy: EMR Within EMR, the following areas are working to support schools in internationalising education: “Educating the Whole Child”Integral to this vision is the internationalisation of education in EMR schools. In-country study programs are one of the first steps in a strategy to progress this forward direction. Providing teachers and school leaders the opportunities to participate in overseas study programs Supporting the EMR workforce to develop the necessary knowledge and skills required to expand students’ perspectives and intercultural competencies, thereby ensuring that students are prepared to work, live, and lead in local, national and global contexts. Memorandum of Understanding between the EMR and Suzhou Education Bureau is being finalised Formalising the relationship and framing the following areas of cooperation at both system and school levels: Leadership and teacher development Teacher research Language learning Teaching and learning Use of ICT Special education
IED: Accelerating Best Practice To accelerate the spread of best practice international programs and strategies widely through the Victorian school system. Objective Strategies for Support the development of strategic directions on internationalising education to establish a common purpose in schools and across the school system. Develop shared web spaces for collaboration and sharing of practice to create ongoing networks and to support schools and Divisional programs. Conduct a ‘showcasing and profiling series’ on international education to share and spread best practice including generating opportunities for student voice. Establish a grants program to seed innovative approaches to internationalising education in schools. Support regions and local networks to further internationalise school education
IED: Overseas Learning Experiences for Students To increase opportunities for Victorian students to participate in high quality overseas learning experiences. Objective Strategies Develop and launch an overseas learning experience manual for schools. Investigate the feasibility of offering students one term full immersion experiences overseas. Investigate the feasibility of offering students one term full immersion experiences overseas. Investigate the potential for business and community sector co-contribution towards funding for overseas learning experiences (both educators and students). Develop governance arrangements to operationalise funding for student overseas learning experiences. Administer a program of grants to enable students to participate in overseas learning experiences.
IED: Overseas Professional Learning Experiences for Educators To increase opportunities for Victorian school educators to participate in high quality overseas professional learning experiences Objective Strategies Provide further opportunities for teachers and principals to participate in targeted short term overseas professional learning programs through the partnership agreement with the Asia Education Foundation. Investigate options for expanding the current suite of teacher exchange/ overseas learning opportunities, and to focus professional learning on two way exchange of expertise, knowledge and ideas. Review and refresh existing, and initiate new, government to government agreements to support teacher exchange (and student exchange and sister schools). Establish an Alumni Network to support knowledge sharing and networking between returning teachers and principals, and to inform practice more broadly across the system.
IED: Sustainable Sister Schools To support schools to facilitate an expansion of meaningful and sustainable sister school relationships to include the enhancement of students’ language skills and intercultural capabilities. Objective Strategies Complete research into the benefits of sister school relationships and best practice schools and consider recommendations for implementation. Develop an online, cross-sectoral resource kit. Establish a data collection framework. Establish a ‘lighthouse schools’ annual grant program. Increase engagement with stakeholders, including linkages with bilingual language organisations. Annually manage the lighthouse grant program, utilising learnings to update the resource kit and expand tools to support schools in sister school arrangements.
IED: Language Assistants Programs To expand and enhance Language Assistants Programs to support the provision of languages in Victorian schools. Objective Strategies Review the allocation model for Language Assistants to better distribute the resource across the State and align with and support other languages initiatives and schools hosting unpaid Language Assistants. Pursue options to expand the number of Language Assistants through partnerships with overseas universities and governments. Strengthen the professional framework for Language Assistants and increase the profile and role of Language Assistants as ‘Language Ambassadors’ in Victorian schools through the establishment of Language Assistant Alumni Networks and a Language Assistants conference.
IED: Export of Educational Services To promote and support Victorian education, trade and investment objectives through the exchange and export of education services. Objective Strategies Finalise a new five year agreement with the Government of Sharjah to provide services to the Victoria International School of Sharjah. Develop a proposal for government school involvement in the delivery of the VCE offshore. Strengthen partnerships with overseas governments, business and community groups to assist the export of education services particularly in the areas of professional learning and the use of technology in teaching and learning. Support international delegations to showcase Victorian school education to visitors from relevant foreign government agencies and institutions and build linkages with DEECD.
IED: Programs for International Students (part 1) To raise the profile of Victorian schools as a destination of choice for international students Objective Strategies Investigate opportunities to leverage the marketing efforts of tertiary institutions and non-government schools under the Victoria: Leader in Learning” banner. Customise product offerings to meet changing demands and build Victoria’s attractiveness as a study destination of choice for international students. Develop new/enhance existing short term study programs in response to market needs. Strengthen the relationship with Education Agents and tour operators. Establish an alumni network for international students returning to their home countries. Expand the use of online marketing to promote programs for international students.
IED: Programs for International Students (part 2) Objective Strategies To support the development and delivery of high quality programs for international students in Victorian schools and promote recognition of the significant contribution of international students to Victorian school communities. Implement the school accreditation system and promote its features to key stakeholders. Support clusters of schools to share effective practice in the provision of programs to international students. Facilitate the delivery of formal training and mentoring programs for international student coordinators in schools. Develop best practice guidelines to further devolve to schools, the delivery of programs and services to international students. Investigate a range of strategies for recognising the contribution of international students e.g. set of awards, student forums with the Minister.
How are schools internationalising?
A Snapshot Second or third language learning Dual pedagogies and promoting dual languages and cultures Student, teacher, principal /overseas experiences and exchange Internationalising the curriculum Multicultural and global citizenship Confucius Classrooms International students School to school relationships (sister schools) Flat classrooms Using ICT to connect across cultures Asia literacy Business & community partnerships Cluster approach to language teaching and international programs
Pause: Consider the activity your school undertakes which contribute to and foster an international education …..
Internationalisation at Leopold Primary School Better Blogging Blogs used to connect the school community to include large global audiences Daily interactions with other classes across the world Major initiative: Ugandan Global project – through use of technology, six classes around the world learn about each other, develop a social conscience and raise funds for a Ugandan school Incorporating internet safety into the curriculum Using Web 2.0 tools enhance global connections and develop projects Five year developmental action plan for the introduction of blogging across all school activity
Internationalisation at Ivanhoe Grammar Whole school ethos - Round Square school Global Perspectives Year 10 International Baccalaureate International exchanges Cambodia service program Round Square Pillars: Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure and Service
Internationalisation at Hawkesdale P-12 Videoconferencing with schools in Korea, Russia, Thailand, USA, Canada, Philippines, NZ, China and Qatar in the Middle East. Shared classrooms online with the Philippines, Sth America, USA Participated in 6 week Overseas Study Program to China (DEECD supported) Flat classroom initiative
Internationalisation at Ashburton Primary School World Wise Example of a PS that sought an alternative to their LOTE program; - could not realistically achieve fluency in 50 minutes per week. Developed school-wide, internationalised specialist program, based on five concepts: Sustainability for the Future; Building Peace; Global Interdependence; Identity and Cultural Diversity; Human Rights. Strong support from Principal, teachers and parents, including resources, dedicated classroom and funding Utilised the Geography Teachers Association for resources (e.g. Thinking Globally and Global Perspectives)
Internationalisation at Warrnambool Secondary College
and in other schools around the State Footscray Primary School Vietnamese bilingual program PYP - International Baccalaureate Sister school and exchange program - Vietnam Bright P-2 College Sister schools in Germany and Japan supporting language learning Overseas student mobility program Brighton Secondary College Large international student program focusing on social and academic success Leveraging the benefits On-site English Language Centre
Internationalising Education: An emergent imperative We have a critical and urgent responsibility as parents and educators to develop culturally intelligent students or … we run the risk of having them deal with a globalised world in the most superficial of ways
Internationalising Education: An emergent imperative
Table activity Choose an area of activity from what you have heard today which may be relevant or resonate in your particular school context and identify: Blockers Enablers Ways of engaging with your school
Example: Providing more opportunities for student exchange BlockersEnablersWays to engage with school community Funding – is very costly Time – is time intensive and no dedicated staff member Where to begin? Resources Principal is supportive International background of parent community There is a strong LOTE program at the school – could focus on a language exchange Test willingness of parent community to contribute Present to school council on case for additional resources
Individual activity What capacity(ies) do you need to develop in yourself; as a parent and as a school council president, to support internationalising education within your particular school? What capacity(ies) do you need to develop in your school council to support internationalising education within your particular school?
Internationalising Education: An emergent imperative