International Student Teaching
Dr. Fred Carter's trip to Belize
On February 6 through February 9, 2013, I attended the COBEC Winter Conference in San Pedro, Belize. WKU is one of the founding members of the COBEC Cooperative. COBEC consists of several leading American universities as well as all higher education institutions in Belize. Summer meetings are hosted by American universities and winter meetings are hosted by colleges in Belize. This particular meeting was hosted at San Pedro Junior College in Belize. I attended primarily to solidify an arrangement with Galen University in Belize. This was a follow-up visit on my part to an earlier visit to WKU by the President and Provost of Galen University last fall. WKU now has a signed agreement with Galen for the placement of our WKU student teachers there for a short-term teaching initiative. We actually placed two student teachers there during the last four weeks of the spring semester and have four student teachers who will be placed in Belize during the final four weeks of the upcoming fall semester. We anticipate this number will continue to grow in future semesters.
While attending this conference in Belize, I was able to visit some elementary and secondary schools, to get acquainted with school officials, and to spread the word about our WKU Doctoral Program to those school officials who do not possess a terminal degree. During my conversation with Dr. Louis Zabaneh, President of Galen University, Louis introduced me to a member of his administrative team named Ms. Yuri Patt. As a result of this chance conversation and follow-up discussions, Ms. Patt is actually living on the WKU Campus this summer and is enrolled in our Doctoral Program in Ed. Leadership.
We also made some musical connections while in Belize which ultimately resulted in an invitation for WKU Music Professor Dr. Jeff Bright to travel to Belize to judge their national Marching Band Festival later during this past semester. Jeff and his wife Cindy traveled to Belize a few weeks later for this purpose and we now have a great connection between our music department and band activities throughout Belize.
We continue to communicate with Dr. Zabaneh at Galen University concerning possible business, journalism, and technology initiatives which could be of mutual benefit of Galen University and WKU.
Dr. Fred Carter's trip to Ecuador
Dr. Fred Carter, Director of Teacher Services and School Relations, recently joined Dr. Cornell Menking, WKU Chief International Officer, Dr. Blaine Ferrell, Ogden College Dean, and Dr. Albert Meier, WKU Biology Professor, in a university sponsored trip to Ecuador. The WKU group flew to Quito, Ecuador on Wednesday, May 28, 2009 and spent the next ten days visiting with Universidad San Francisco de Quito officials, touring the Mindo Nature Preserve, experiencing the remote Tiputini Biodiversity Station, and visiting other biodiverse sites in Ecuador. The purpose of the trip was to investigate possible WKU partnerships with the university there in terms of scientific research as well as possible faculty and student exchange programs. Dr. Carter also met with officials of a local P-12 school in Quito called Colegio Menor San Francisco De Quito and toured their campus. A partnership was established and a contract has been signed with Colegio Menor whereby WKU student teachers may complete their student teaching requirement in Quito as soon as Spring 2010.
Dr. Fred Carter, Director of Teacher Services and School Relations, made a presentation at the recent Kentucky Association of School Administrators Summer Conference in Louisville, Ky. This July 16, 2009 presentation was entitled “Focus on the Future: Preparing Leaders for an Interconnected World.” Co-presenters included four recent WKU teacher education graduates who had completed their student teaching experience in Barcelona, Spain. These four individuals were Nickie Barker, Heather Bewley, Julia King, and Alexis Williams.
Dr. Fred Carter, Director of Teacher Services and School Relations, represented WKU at the Annual Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation, (COBEC,) Summer Conference. The conference was hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia from July 30 through August 1, 2009. Sixteen universities and colleges from the United States were represented along with individuals from eight institutions of higher education in Belize. Conference sessions included such topics as online learning from a global perspective, study abroad opportunities in Belize, the Belize National Articulation Project, future COBEC plans and challenges, and other initiatives. Western Kentucky University currently has a signed agreement with Galen University in Belize allowing for International Student Teaching Placement in Belize.
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