Anastasiou said the initial reasoning behind the program was ASU’s emphasis on global learning and global opportunities.
“We want to share the global experiences and give global opportunities to our students. This is why our teachers were in different classes on campus – sharing their cultures, their educational systems, what life is like in their countries – but also in our communities,” she said. “So, we wanted a program like this that would connect with the communities.”
Anastasiou said the program encouraged visiting teachers to stay connected with those they worked with during their time in America, exchanging ideas and techniques for improvement and bringing a global perspective to isolated areas.
“In the political times that we live in, it’s important that we do bring the world to our communities,” she said. “We’re isolated up here in Boone, up here in the northwestern part of the state. This is one way that the university can contribute to bringing the world to this community that otherwise doesn’t have the opportunity to connect with people from other countries.”
UNC has its own program with a different methodology for bringing a global perspective to educators.
Charlé LaMonica, the director of World View at UNC, said her program has worked to equip educators with the global content for their classes and the skills and strategies to make it work.
“It all begins with a teacher and a student. If the teacher is motivated and curious and imaginative and has a depth of knowledge, then no matter where a student is, they will be equipped to work in the 21st century,” LaMonica said. “It’s really about making sure that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shares the resources so that statewide, we can really have students that are ready for the global market.”