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The Honors Program effort had to have an international focus and had to be something that could be sustained. And it “couldn’t be a ‘stuff ’ project,” where the students simply collect items and ship them to another part of the world. “It had to improve intellectual conditions,” Klein says. The class opted to work with the Pathways of Learning School, which serves kindergartners through middle schoolers, because they already knew people with contacts there, and the youngsters’ reading and writing skills “are not up to par,” she says. For the capstone project, Shippensburg students developed materials to help teach the teachers, and traveled to the school for the first time in January 2010. Education at the school is in Spanish, and about one-third of Shippensburg students on the trip spoke Spanish, while Klein’s co-facilitator for the trip, Jose Ricardo Osorio, chair of the university’s modern languages department, is a native of Colombia. Honors Program students must apply in the spring to take part in the weeklong trip, and then they start working on the project when classes resume in the fall. They then head to the Dominican Republic in January, with about 12 to 15 students traveling abroad. Those who aren’t chosen to take part in the trip still are involved in developing the curriculum and with fundraising efforts. Because the Pathways of Learning School is so crowded and noisy, the Shippensburg students are raising funds to construct a new school building “so teachers can teach and students can learn,” Klein says.
children greet a college student volunteer participating in the Jamaica Field Service Project, an initiative of the State university of new York, at Pondside Primary School in St. elizabeth, Jamaica.

One of those chosen for the most recent trip to the Dominican Republic was Kristen Imboden, who was then a senior majoring in elementary education with a minor in reading. At the start of the 2010–11 school year, she was asked to develop an instructional handbook that the Honors Program students could use to help the Pathways of Learning teachers solidify their teaching skills. Imboden says she consulted with the Shippensburg students who had spent time in the Dominican Republic on the first trip in order to tap into their experiences. She also drew on what she had learned during her own college education and experience to craft the handbook, which covers topics like phonics, comprehension, and writing and outlines stepby-step exercises and activities for the teachers from the Dominican Republic to undertake with the youngsters. The handbook was translated into Spanish, and when the group arrived in the Dominican Republic in January 2011, Imboden presented concepts from the book to the teachers while Ricardo interpreted. After watching the modeling, the teachers had the opportunity to practice the principles in their classrooms, with feedback from the Shippensburg students, and then the Pathways of Learning teachers gave feedback on what worked and what didn’t, so the handbook can be revamped as needed before the next group of students visits the school in January 2012, says Imboden, who is about to become a first-grade teacher in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. For universities that are embarking on new programs, such as the partnership between Ship-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2011

International Educator - September/October 2011
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Building a Literate World
In Sync:  The Peace Corps and International Education
Expanding Cooperative Education Across the Globe
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement: A 360º View
Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
Supplement: International Recruitment and Enrollment Listings
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - In Brief
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Partnering
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
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