A River, Trail, Mountain or Settlement Runs Through It: Going Global by Starting with Features Close to Home


Educator Kelly Clark shares her ideas on how teachers can make the local global by using a natural feature like a river to teach about geography, economics and history. #KentuckyLeads #raisingglobalchildren @KYDeptofEd

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My latest book, “Preparing to Study in the USA” is Available Now!


International students are seeking a combination of intellectual and cross-cultural experiences that will prepare them to succeed in the global marketplace. With billions of dollars of funding, cutting-edge research and innovation, and unmatched flexibility on more than 4,700 campuses, the United States offers unparalleled educational opportunities. We hope students and their parents will find this book a useful overview and guide to the sometimes confusing array of information available today.

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Study Abroad Could Be So Much Better

Notebook with the world

I’m a big supporter of study abroad, but we must help students prepare for it, experience it, and return better for it. Colleges have a big role to play.

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Studying Spanish Along the Pan-American Highway

Old Colonial City of Granada, Nicaragua

Originally appeared in the Huffington Post on July 25.  My family and I just returned from a few weeks traveling through Central America. Originally, we planned on going to Greece and Turkey, but the economic strife, strikes and riots in Greece had us changing our minds – and scrambling for a Plan B.  I wanted […]

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Travel the “China Road” Through Modern-day China

Translating Chinese to English

“China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power” by Rob Gifford, veteran NPR reporter, takes readers on a journey through the cultural heart of post-Maoist modern China.  As China continues to rise in global economic importance, so do the many books on the Middle Kingdom.  But unless you have lots of time […]

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Hero: Life & Legend of Lawrence of Arabia Tops Off My Reading List

Hero T.E. Lawrence Korda Book

I love to read — have for as long as I can remember.  And although I spend a lot of time combing newspapers, periodicals and blogs, nothing beats a great book to  put things in perspective — to give me reason to pause and think.  Since many people ask me and so many others “what […]

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Why the PISA Debates are Misleading – and Useful

What does the future hold for American students?

The debate about the recent global standardized test scores is off base: We shouldn’t be focusing on China, we should be looking to change what’s wrong with our education system so we can better prepare our students for the global marketplace.

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No More Cuts! Keep Foreign Language Learning in Schools!

Spanish Class

Global is everywhere today.  You can hardly turn on the news or read an op-ed without hearing how our world is growing more crowded and interconnected.  Yet I was dismayed to read a troubling piece in Sunday’s New York Times about foreign language suffering cuts yet again in elementary schools around the country this fall.  In this day and age, American […]

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Going Global in Kindergarten

By Rebecca Weiner, guest blogger It’s back to school time, time for little kids to learn big ideas about our complex world.    How can we ensure that along with ABCs and 1-2-3s, our kids gain the global awareness needed for an ever-more inter-connected future? My daughter Sarah’s kindergarten at our local public school, Edgewood, offers […]

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Networking International Style

Last night I attended a World Affairs Council (WAC) event in Hartford, an advance screening of “Great Decisions in Foreign Policy” 2011 Television Series on PBS that took place in selected cities across the country. Attendees provided comments and opinion on camera to round out the series with audience interaction. Our “Great Decisions” topics were “Is American power fading?” […]

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