Texas State University’s Project LEARN-Chile has announce the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars. These 18 scholars are Ph.D. in Education students studying School Improvement or Adult, Professional & Community Education at the university. Competitively selected from a larger applicant pool, the scholars are funded by the 100K Strong Innovation Fund to participate in educational research as service learning in Chile in the Fall 2015 semester. Their empirical research study, designed through the Seminar in International Educational Research, investigates multiple forms of public pedagogy in Chile through transnational fieldwork.
See the full press release for more information.
Please see the original article from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado.
|The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology has earned the university’s Safe Office designation. A Safe Office ensures respect for Texas State students of differing sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. It also provides LGBTQIA students with timely and inclusive resources and assistance. CLAS is proud to have earned this designation, expressing our commitment to diversity and inclusion, through having over 75% of our full-time faculty and staff voluntarily participate in the university’s Allies Training. Our graduate department is committed to respect for all persons, and to equity and justice for historically marginalized populations involving differences across race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, culture, language, gender, gender identity and expression, belief, ability, sexual orientation, and other expressions of difference. CLAS is currently the only academic department at the university listed with this designation. For more information on the Safe Office program, sponsored by the university’s Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion, please visit their website.|
In Summer 2015, Dr. Desireé Vega has been participating in a six week intensive Spanish language program in Costa Rica. Her objective has been to advance her professional Spanish language fluency in the area of School Psychology. Vega’s summer mornings have involved four hours of small group language instruction, and afternoons have consisted of an additional two hours of private instruction centered on topics associated with School Psychology and Education. Vega shares that “as a second language learner, I understand the process of acquiring another language is continual. While I have studied the Spanish language for many years and worked as a bilingual school psychologist, fluency and vocabulary development in a non-native language is constant.”
In addition to her language immersion experience, Vega has had the opportunity to learn more about the Costa Rican culture through various activities including a trip to el Museo Nacional (the fortress that originally housed the military), a visit to the University of Costa Rica (the oldest university in Costa Rica), participation in La Romeria (celebration of La Virgen de los Ángeles), and a tour of La Asamblea Legislativa to learn about the government of Costa Rica.
“I look forward to returning to Texas State this fall,” says Vega, “and to continuing to work closely with the Project SUPERB Scholars pursuing the bilingual school psychology certificate.” She also shares that this international learning experience has allowed her to formally study professional Spanish and expand the language base she had already developed. Her new skills will be integrated into her teaching and advancement of the bilingual school psychology training program at Texas State University.
Vega’s language study is supported as part of the Hispanic serving strategic initiative of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology, which houses the Specialist Degree in School Psychology.For more information on Project SUPERB, the department’s federally funded $1.05 million grant to develop and implement a Spanish-English bilingual School Psychologist training program at Texas State University, please visit their website.
Dr. Manal Yazbak Abu Ahmad is an expert in e-learning collaboration and teaching strategies in multicultural environments and international relations. She co-lectures a joint intergroup collaborative e-learning course on “Dealing with Diversity” for Arab students of Sakhnin College in Israel and Jewish students of David Yellin College in Jerusalem. She also teaches an online course entitled “Exploring Culture through English Literature” for various Arab and Jewish colleges in Israel. She is currently is a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan. Where she has taught an online course on “Global Understanding.”
She has served as the head of the English Department at Sakhnin College for Teacher Education in Israel, and is a member of the TEMPUS DOIT project entitled“Development of an International Model for Curriculum Reform in Multicultural Education and Cultural Diversity Training.”
Dr. Ahmad will deliver a lecture entitled “Arab-Israeli Cross-cultural Collaboration: Against All Odds”