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Pre-Conference Workshops

Student with his host family

Driven by principal experts in the field of international education, WISE 2016 offers intensive pre-conference learning opportunities for educators. Pre-conference workshops will take place on Wednesday February 3, 2016.

Workshops require separate registration from the WISE conference itself. 

Workshop #1, Full Day ($330)

From the inside out: Transformative learning and teaching
Wednesday February 3, 2016, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Co-Facilitators:  Dr. Michael Vande Berg, MVB Associates and Dr. Tara Harvey, CIEE

Theory and research from a broad range of disciplines and traditions tell us that when students learn away from home they’re not being transformed merely through talking about, reading about, coming into contact with, and/or being immersed in the new and different.  As funding for research on the human brain continues to grow, and as researchers reveal more and more about the roles our brains play in constructing the worlds we perceive and act in, these new insights are being applied in medical, psychological, business, sports, and educational contexts.  This workshop takes participants beyond intercultural training approaches that aim to transform students merely through teaching them about, and immersing them in, “cultural differences.”  Participants will learn to help their students—and themselves—learn to interact more effectively and appropriately with culturally different others through developing four core intercultural competencies.  They will leave the workshop with a set of processes and practices that they’ll be able to apply in their own intercultural learning and teaching activities.

Conference Partnership

WISE 2016 is pleased to host two workshops presented by The Forum on Education Abroad. The Forum will offer two half-day pre-conference workshops. Participants who register for both the morning and afternoon workshops will receive a $50 discount off the total cost.

Workshop #2, Half Day ($200)

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Wednesday February 3, 2016, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dr. Kline Harrison, Wake Forest University 

The Forum’s Standards provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming – academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel and policies and procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies and issues of interest to participants. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Workshop #3, Half Day ($200)

Forum’s Standards 4 & 5: Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support
Wednesday February 3, 2016, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Mandy Brookins Blinn, DePauw University 

With a focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support this workshop will help participants identify resources and design programming in these areas. Topics include a comprehensive judicial screening process, different preparation and returning support models and developing strategies to improve existing practices in participant’s specific context. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Registration Information

Registration for pre-conference workshops is open through January 27, 2016 or until full.

The pre-conference registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and snacks on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Participants are responsible for their own dinner.