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CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT 

| Texas Tech University  | Lubbock, Texas

Enhancing Local Classrooms
With Multicultural Workshops

JOHN WEAST

Coleman's team tries to build an experiential, interactive, and handson program to really engage kids in international issues. "We want
to provide innovative programs that enhance a district's curriculum
while also creating a world-class experience that can't be easily duplicated in a teacher's classroom" she says.
Teachers from local school districts can go online to reserve
workshops at their schools or arrange to take their students to TTU.
GEO programs include the Ellis Island experience, workshops on
holidays in different cultures such as Chinese Lunar New Year and
Mexico's Day of the Dead, the history of Ireland's music and dance
culture, and an exploration of Kenya's Maasai culture.
Kay Spikes Moore, coordinator of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Lubbock High School, says that the programs
offered by TTU support the IB curriculum. They have arranged for
two Middle Eastern ambassadors to visit the high school and have
taken students to the TTU campus to see a Korean tea service.
"GEO fills a niche that is difficult to fill. IB is centered on receiving
an internationally minded education and GEO aids in the process.
Speakers such as the visiting ambassadors always mesh with the IB
curriculum, especially with IB World Topics, a course dealing with
twentieth-century issues," she says.
"It is very easy, out here in West Texas, to forget about the rest of

the world, its issues, its culture. The K-12 Global Outreach Program
helps fuel dialogue," Moore adds.
GEO works with teachers and students at all grade levels. During
the school year, for example, representatives visit the campus library
at Roy Roberts Elementary School every six weeks and present multicultural lessons to each grade level. Library media specialist Kelli
Kemp says that the programming helps meet state standards.
"The program content is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge
and Skills (TEKS) that are taught at that grade level. It is a wonderful way
to reinforce what the teachers are teaching in the classroom," she says.
According to Kemp, the presenters from TTU come with maps,
props, guest speakers, costumes, music, and materials to make arts
and crafts. "It was absolutely awesome! The students are totally engaged and soak in all of the information on countries from all around
the world," she says.
"This is a wonderful program for our community. It teaches students to be respectful, tolerant, and interested in different people
from different cultures, and to honor their traditions and customs."
In addition to visiting local K-12 classrooms and hosting students
on campus, GEO also works with preservice teachers to develop
their own cultural awareness and to implement culturally responsive
teaching practices in increasingly diverse classrooms. TTU also invites local K-12 students and teachers to hear internationally themed
speakers and visit international art exhibits hosted on campus.

Tibor Nagy, TTU vice provost for international affairs, is a former U.S. ambassador
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 6
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - View From Out Here
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