OCENET Tip Sheet #5:

OCENET Tip Sheet #5: Engaging Your School in International Education

Your School


International education initiatives are directly or indirectly linked to the 4 Key Priority Areas of the 2011-2015 OCDSB Strategy Map, and specifically to the following priority areas:

  • Well-Being #3: “In collaboration with community partners, develop specific strategies to further the cultural proficiency of the school district in terms of inclusive and accessible practices and a workplace representative of the workplace we serve”
  • Engagement #2: “Develop a framework for and initiate effective partnerships with organizations that enrich our schools as community hubs”
  • Engagement #4: “Develop a strategy that supports and encourages engagement in provincial, national and international initiatives to encourage organizational learning and global citizenship
  • Leadership #4:“Encourage and support student leadership and citizenship to promote global competencies

While many local OCDSB schools are already very involved with international education initiatives, here are a few suggestions of ways to promote the goals of international education and the OCDSB Strategic Plan:

  1. Host an international teacher in your school (OCENET contact: Constantine Ioannou)
  2. Invite a local international NGO or embassy representatives to your classroom (for example, many foreign embassies, such as the South Korean embassy and the European Union have developed special programs specifically for students (OCENET contact: Kathy Scheepers)
  3. Read back issues of Global Connections and find other OCENET Tip Sheets
  4. Host an international student in your school (OCENET contact: Geoff Best)
  5. Learn about teaching abroad at the next International Education Info Fair to be held on April 25, 2014 (OCENET contacts: Kathy Scheepers OR Greg Duggan)
  6. Consider starting an international education committee of staff members to promote international education in your school (OCENET contact: Ross Laing)
  7. Encourage high school students to apply for a Lynch-Getty Global Student Scholarship (OCENET contact: Constantine Ioannou)
  8. Encourage families in your school community to consider hosting an international student in their home (visit: Canada Homestay International website)

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