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CIEE CELEBRATES FOUR SCOTT’S BRANCH STUDENTS AS CLYBURN SCHOLARS

We were thrilled to have U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC) join us on Tuesday, August 29, to honor four students from Scott’s Branch Middle/High School in Summerton, S.C., who recently returned from studying abroad on scholarships created in his name.

CIEE introduced the Clyburn Scholar Awards to recognize Congressman Clyburn’s support of access to high-quality public education and the benefits of student exchanges, and are representative of CIEE’s efforts to increase access to study abroad by breaking down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture.

“Today, more than ever, our local communities and our world need strong leaders of sound character who understand history and the lessons it teaches. These young, talented global scholars from rural South Carolina now have a sense of our world that they would have never had without the opportunity to study language and culture this summer in Europe and Latin America,” said Congressman Clyburn. “One day, they may be the Congresswomen or Senators or military leaders that help keep us safe because they have a perspective of other people, of other cultures, and of the lessons that history teaches.”

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Congressman James Clyburn (back row, third from left) celebrates with the 2017 Clyburn Scholars, board members from Scott’s Branch Middle/High School, and CIEE’s Matthew Redman (far left) and James Pellow (far right).

The exceptional Scott’s Branch students who each received a Clyburn Scholar Award covering the full cost of attending a CIEE Global Navigator high school abroad program earlier this summer are:

  • Adrianna Dingle, senior – Language and Culture, Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Devin Brown, junior – Language and Culture, Toulouse, France
  • Sky Harvin, senior – Language and Culture, Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Skylar Harvin, senior – Language and Culture, Santiago, Dominican Republic

“For 70 years, CIEE has worked with visionary leaders in education and government to promote programs that advance intercultural exchange and peaceful interchange among people from different cultures. CIEE’s collaboration with Congressman Clyburn and Scott’s Branch Principal Collar enabled these four exemplary young leaders from Clarendon County to see the world in a different way. As their parents shared this afternoon, they returned from abroad more confident, self-assured, and motivated to make the world a better place,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and CEO of CIEE.

“We hope that these local students, and their peers from the broader Global Navigator High School Programs who live in scores of communities across our country, will use the lessons learned in their study abroad experience to build a better future for themselves, their communities, our nation, and our world. If they do, they will be following in the footsteps of the role model for this program, Congressman Clyburn, who has impacted countless lives through his work as a teacher, historian, and exceptional Congressional leader. We look forward to building on this year’s successful experience in the years ahead,” said Matthew Redman, vice president of high school study abroad programs, CIEE.

“Clarendon School District One and Scott's Branch Middle/High School is extremely pleased to be able to honor these current students and alumni that had the fantastic opportunity to travel aboard to expand their learning experiences,” said Robert N. Collar, principal, Scott's Branch Middle/High School.

Six Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Students Receive Inaugural Congressman Cleaver Scholarships to Study Abroad

Six high school students from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, have been awarded inaugural Congressman Cleaver Scholarships to study abroad this summer.

The students were honored by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri’s 5th District, CIEE President and CEO James Pellow, and school officials during a ceremony and press conference on May 31.

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Lincoln College Preparatory Academy officials, CIEE President and CEO James Pellow (fourth from left), Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (third from right), and CIEE Vice President of Global High School Programs Matt Redman (far right) honored the Congressman Cleaver Scholars at a ceremony and press conference.

These exceptional students – who were selected based on academic merit and eagerness to learn how to navigate a new language, connect with people from a difference culture, and impact global issues – will each receive a scholarship covering the full cost of attending a CIEE Global Navigator high school abroad program.

The students receiving scholarships and their chosen study abroad programs are:

  • Alexandra Thompson – Language and Culture, Nanjing, China
  • Cheyenne Clopton – Language and Culture, Toulouse, France
  • Cindy Le – Service and Leadership, Beijing, China
  • Denon Martinez – Language and Culture, Tokyo, Japan
  • Derek Colato – Global Discovery, Seville, Spain
  • Irma Reyes – Language and Culture, Toulouse, France

The Congressman Cleaver Scholarships are representative of CIEE’s effort to increase access to study abroad by breaking down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture. They are part of nearly $3 million provided through CIEE’s Global Navigator Scholarship program, which is dedicated to providing access to summer study abroad experiences for high school students across the country.

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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II

 Scholarship recipient Cheyenne Clopton said, “It felt amazing to be selected, because I've never traveled anywhere outside of the Midwest region before. I was elated to know that I would be given the opportunity to travel abroad. I can't wait to bring back that new perspective to my friends.”

“Lincoln Prep Academy students are at the top of their classes – yet most may never have the chance to study abroad. We want to change this, and with the support of Congressman Cleaver, we are doing just that,” said CIEE President and Chief Executive Officer James Pellow. “Together, we recognize the important work Lincoln Prep Academy is doing to prepare capable, creative, and ethical leaders and are proud to offer life-changing international experiences to help their students on their journeys to positively changing the world.”

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From left to right: Lincoln Prep Academy Interim Superintendent Al Tunis, James Pellow, Congressman Cleaver Scholars (center and front row), Congressman Cleaver, Lincoln Prep Academy Vice Principal Steve Evans, and Matt Redman

“It is a remarkable opportunity for these students to see the vast and culturally diverse world in which we live – especially those in the urban core who may not otherwise be afforded this chance. I thank CIEE for selecting these students from Missouri’s 5th District. May their travels be safe and inspiring,” said Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.

Lincoln Prep Academy Superintendent Al Tunis said, "The Kansas City Public Schools are committed to academic excellence and cultural competence and because of the generous financial support from CIEE, we are pleased to have deserving Lincoln Prep Academy students who are now able to continue their academic endeavors abroad and learn the rich lessons that come along with foreign immersion.”

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CIEE Board of Directors member Ambassador Johnny Young (far left) reflects on his first time abroad in Lebanon and the power of an international experience with former CIEE Board of Directors member Ambassador Kenton Keith, the Congressman Cleaver Scholars, Congressman Cleaver, and Matt Redman.

Cleaver Scholarship Event
From left to right: Al Tunis, James Pellow, one of the inaugural Congressman Cleaver Scholars, Congressman Cleaver, and Matt Redman

 

It’s Official: CIEE and Tulane Sign School of Record Agreement

On April 14 in the heart of New Orleans, CIEE President and CEO James Pellow and Tulane University President Michael Fitts signed the official agreement naming top-ranked Tulane University as CIEE's new School of Record.
 

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CIEE President and CEO James Pellow and Tulane University President Michael Fitts sign agreement naming Tulane CIEE's new School of Record.

As School of Record, Tulane will award credit to undergraduate college students on CIEE Study Abroad programs in fall 2016 and to high school students on CIEE Global Navigator Language & Culture summer abroad programs beginning in summer 2016.

“Tulane University has been a leader in international education for decades and is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the country. They are an important member of CIEE’s Academic Consortium and we are excited to be partnering with them to provide exceptional benefits to our academic partners,” said Maritheresa Frain, Ph.D., CIEE executive vice president for study abroad.

Read more about CIEE’s selection of Tulane as its new School of Record.

And check out more photos from Pellow’s visit to Tulane:

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Michael Fitts and James Pellow 
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James Pellow and Michael Fitts
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James Pellow, James MacLaren (Dean, Newcomb-Tulane College), and Scott Pentzer (Associate Dean, Global Education) with two Tulane University students
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James Pellow with Tulane University faculty and staff
 

CIEE Announces Tulane University as New School of Record

CIEE announced today that top-ranked Tulane University will serve as its new School of Record for its undergraduate college and high school study abroad programs.

Tulane will begin awarding credit to undergraduate college students on CIEE Study Abroad programs in fall 2016 and to high school students on CIEE Global Navigator Language & Culture summer abroad programs beginning in summer 2016.

According to Open Doors, the annual survey on student mobility conducted by the Institute of International Education, the fastest-growing academic areas of interest for international study are science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); business and management; and health sciences. Tulane University is one of the nation’s premier research universities with highly respected academic programs in each of these areas, including architecture, engineering, technology, public health, business, liberal arts, and world languages. The university is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as by leading academic organizations in the areas of engineering, architecture, public health, and business.

In addition, Tulane is a strong supporter of international education. Through its Center for Global Education, the university strives to offer its students access to the highest-quality study abroad opportunities – a commitment it shares with CIEE. “With its long history of supporting and offering exceptional international programs, especially in Latin America and Cuba, Tulane will be able to provide CIEE and our more than 340 member colleges and universities with superior advice and service as we strive to meet students’ international education needs,” said Alexandra Wood, CIEE vice president of academic affairs. “Tulane and CIEE will continue to work together to provide access to high-quality programs for students from all academic and socio-economic backgrounds.”

Tulane is a longtime member of CIEE’s Academic Consortium, a group of more than 340 U.S. college and universities that plays a key role in the development, research, and evaluation of CIEE Study Abroad programs.

“Tulane University has been a leader in international education for decades and is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the country. They are an important member of CIEE’s Academic Consortium and we are excited to be partnering with them to provide exceptional benefits to our academic partners,” said Maritheresa Frain, Ph.D., CIEE executive vice president for study abroad.

"Tulane currently has more than 1,000 international students from 30 different countries. We also have 40 major academic programs operating in 20 countries,” Tulane University President Mike Fitts said. “Being named CIEE’s School of Record is a singular recognition that greatly enhances our international educational mission.”

CIEE Students Pitch Ideas to the Portland Sea Dogs

Forty high school students from the Baltics got a crash course in international entrepreneurship in Portland, Maine, this summer. As part CIEE’s Global Entrepreneurship program, these students pitched ideas to boost ticket sales for local Double-A affiliate baseball team, the Portland Sea Dogs. The winning concept: a social media plan with an ad campaign on Snapchat.

“About 77 percent of students said they use Snapchat daily. And, when we asked, about 70 percent said they would like to receive promotions on Snapchat from brands they like,” said Justas Jasevicius, a rising high school senior from Lithuania who was part of the winning team.

Other ideas were all-you-can-eat seats and deluxe ticket packages that might include exclusive events.

Read more in the Bangor Daily News.

CIEE’s Matt Redman Shares Ideas for Integrating Study Abroad into High School Curriculum with Education Week

“Transformative academic and cultural experiences from studying abroad are happening every day around the world. These student experiences provide rich, authentic resources for not just the student who takes part, but also for their peers.”

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A student on CIEE's High School Summer Abroad program in Seville, Spain, tags a sanctioned graffiti wall.

In a guest post on the Education Week Global Learning blog, CIEE High School and Teach Abroad Director Matt Redman shares ideas for incorporating students’ international experiences into high school curricula so all students benefit.

Read the full article.

 

CIEE Awards Nearly 400 Scholarships to Help High School Students Study Abroad in Global Navigator Program’s First Year

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange today announced it has awarded 391 Global Navigator scholarships totaling more than $1.6 million to high school students to study abroad in summer 2015, the program’s pilot year.

Forty-one high schools in six states were selected as Global Navigator schools, qualifying them for scholarships that enable their students to participate in summer study abroad programs. Schools were selected through a competitive assessment of their commitment to foreign-language acquisition and global education. Global Navigator schools provide rigorous, integrated, and globally focused academic programs, while serving students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. In fact, 48 percent of 2015 Global Navigator scholarship recipients are students from diverse backgrounds.

“Leaders of the country’s most globally minded secondary schools are striving to combine rigorous academic programs with experiential learning, which can happen only when students have the opportunity to study abroad,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “The Global Navigator Scholarship program recognizes exemplary schools, then enables them to enhance student learning by providing real-world experiences for students who would not otherwise be able to study abroad. It levels the playing field for students from all backgrounds.”

The student scholarship recipients, known as Global Navigators, will each take part in one of 30 four-week language, culture, and leadership programs this summer in one of 16 locations around the world. Students were selected using criteria spanning merit, financial need, and passion for meaningful cross-cultural exchange. In total, 70 percent of students in the pilot enrolled in language programs, 15 percent in service programs, and 15 percent in content area studies.

CIEE Global Navigator scholarships are made possible by a generous endowment from donor Sheron Long, former CEO of Hampton-Brown, a pre-K through grade 12 education publisher of language and literacy materials. The intent of the awards is to increase the number of high school students who study abroad by making the experience more financially accessible.

“The goal of the CIEE Global Navigator program is to prepare students to navigate across languages, connect with cultures, and develop global competencies for thriving in today’s interconnected world,” said Ms. Long.

Based on the success of the pilot, CIEE is expanding the program to create opportunities for more high school students to study abroad and become Global Navigators.

CIEE Honors Boston Latin School Students as First CIEE Global Navigator Scholars in Massachusetts

On May 4, CIEE held a ceremony and reception for 16 Boston Latin School students awarded prestigious Global Navigator Scholarships to study abroad for three or four weeks this summer on CIEE High School Summer Abroad programs. CIEE chose Boston Latin School as one of only 50 schools across the country – and the only school in Massachusetts – to participate in this year’s Global Navigator Scholarship program.

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CIEE Board of Directors Chair Robert Fallon and CIEE President and CEO Jim Pellow award 16 Boston Latin School students as Global Navigators Scholars during a ceremony on May 4.

The 16 students, who were awarded a total value of $56,000 in program scholarships, represent the diverse spectrum of young adults across Boston Latin School. Their scholarships will cover the costs of instruction, housing, meals, and excursions during their programs in Spain, Bonaire, Tanzania, Japan, or China. Global Navigator Scholarships are awarded based on merit and need, and generously endowed by Sheron Long, the former CEO of Hampton-Brown, in partnership with CIEE.

Students were presented their awards by Boston Latin School alum, Robert E. Fallon ’65, founder, president, and CEO of Phosplatin Therapeutics and chair of CIEE’s Board of Directors. As part of his 50th high school reunion celebration, Fallon generously donated funds to cover the cost of flights for Boston Latin students receiving Global Navigator Scholarships.

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Boston Latin School students present CIEE Board of Directors Chair Robert Fallon with a scrapbook to thank him for his generous donation of funds to cover the costs of airfare for the Global Navigator Scholars.

“I want to give the students of Boston Latin the opportunity to gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world,” said Fallon. “These are the skills that will equip them to venture out from Boston to engage with the broader world and be productive global citizens. My wife Joanne and I couldn’t be prouder that Boston Latin School Global Navigator Scholars will embark this summer on an international experience that will enrich their lives.”

CIEE ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY 10 DEADLINE FOR SECOND ROUND OF GLOBAL NAVIGATOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS TO SUPPORT STUDY ABROAD FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange today announced a February 10, 2015 deadline to submit applications for the second round of its Global Navigator Scholarship program, which provides financial support to high school students around the United States to study abroad this summer.

Each Global Navigator Scholarship recipient attends one of CIEE’s 30 summer study abroad programs in 16 places around the world – connecting with local students, gaining insight into the culture, and strengthening language skills while taking courses at a CIEE Study Center. In addition, students live with a host family and participate in numerous excursions to nearby cities, historical sites, and more.

“On this [CIEE High School Summer Abroad] program, I will gain hands-on experience and learn beneficial information," said 2015 Global Navigator Scholarship recipient Josh C. "I would not be able to study abroad without the Global Navigator Scholarship, so I am very excited for this chance to go to Bonaire!”

CIEE awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to 24 students representing 14 states during its first round. Hundreds of scholarships totaling $1 million remain available to cover from 10 to 100 percent of program costs for selected students.

Scholarships are awarded to high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors based on a combination of merit and need. Interested students can apply for the current round by February 10, 2015 or during round three by March 1, 2015 at ciee.org/highschoolsummer.

The Global Navigator Scholarships are made possible by a generous endowment from donor Sheron Long, former CEO of Hampton-Brown, a pre-K-12 education publisher of language and literacy materials, in partnership with CIEE.  They were founded to increase the number of high school students who study abroad by making the experience more financially accessible.

DEERING HIGH SCHOOL AMPS UP COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL EDUCATION WITH STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS FROM CIEE: COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange  today announced Portland Public Schools' Deering High School is one of just 50 high schools nationwide to receive Global Navigator Scholarships for 2015. Select schools that demonstrate their dedication to expanding global education will receive $20,000 each in scholarships to enable more of their students to study abroad this summer as part of CIEE’s Global Navigator Scholarship program.

Also today, CIEE named Deering High School as its 2015 international partner to advance global education for girls, and will provide four additional summer abroad scholarships in recognition of the school’s commitment to the internationally acclaimed Girl Rising social movement.

Deering is widely recognized as one of the most progressive schools in Maine in promoting an integrated global education experience for all students. It is also the most diverse high school north of Boston, with students from 54 different countries who speak 27 languages. Deering is one of just 34 U.S. high schools to join the Asia Society’s International Studies School Network and is believed to be the first Maine public school to offer Arabic language.

“We see ourselves as global citizens. We are working hard to prepare our students to be college and career ready, and also to be globally competent,” said Deering High School Principal Ira Waltz. “Study abroad is an important part of our curriculum. Our students come home from their experiences abroad changed for the better and eager to share what they’ve learned with our school community. These scholarships are especially meaningful to enable more members of our diverse community to have a study abroad experience.”

Carlos Gómez, a Spanish teacher and faculty leader for the global focus at the school, adds, “These authentic learning opportunities will help our students develop their language and global competence skills.” 

CIEE offers 30 summer abroad programs for high school students in 16 destinations around the world. All programs combine cultural immersion and academics in language and culture, service and leadership, and content studies. The language and culture programs address seven different languages: Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, and Arabic.

The new Global Navigator Scholarship program recognizes a high school’s commitment to delivering an exemplary, integrated global education, with a special emphasis on second language acquisition and embracing intercultural skills and competencies. Individual student awards will be made on a combination of financial need, merit, and passion for the program themes – language, science, arts, service, leadership, and cultural exchange. Specific programs include learning about children’s rights and education, public health, and marine and environmental science at diverse CIEE locations in China, the Dominican Republic, Bonaire, and Botswana. The Global Navigator Scholarships are endowed by donor Sheron Long, former CEO of Hampton-Brown, a pre-K-12 education publisher of language and literacy materials, in partnership with CIEE. 

The four additional Girl Rising scholarships will be granted to female students devoted to promoting girls’ and woman’s leadership themes. This effort is the latest in a three-year relationship between CIEE and Deering to prepare Maine’s young women to be globally competent citizens, workers, and leaders. Deering has actively participated in the internationally acclaimed Girl Rising social movement since 2012 by hosting screenings of the award-winning film of the same name, teaching a companion curriculum, and organizing student panels to discuss ways to help grant more girls access to quality education around the globe.

“These scholarships are the latest milestone in a growing relationship between CIEE and Deering High School, as we deepen our partnership to nurture leadership skills and expand educational opportunities for women and girls,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “We want these scholarships to further global awareness among the entire student population, and to create lasting change by helping to eliminate the traditional study abroad barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture. Deering High School is ahead of the curve, equipping their students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in an increasingly interconnected world.”

Together, CIEE and Deering High School also support the annual Justice for Women Lecture Series, which is hosted by the University of Maine School Of Law. Deering students and CIEE staff attend private sessions with leading women’s rights activists from around the world, who visit Portland to share their experiences about their causes. This year’s lecture will be presented on March 19 by Indian abolitionist Ruchira Gupta, who is campaigning against sex trafficking of girls and women.