The Center for International Education in the College of Education at the
University of Massachusetts Amherst organized the
NE Regional Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society on
November 1 & 2, 2013 at UMass Amherst.

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Conference Goals

  • To offer opportunities for CIES members to present papers and panels related to the overall theme; and
  • To provide expanded opportunities for professional development of faculty and graduate students from the institutions in the Northeast

Education in Uncertain Times

We live in a world where the economic, political and cultural terrain is rapidly transforming, thus confronting education policy and education systems with new complexities, challenges and opportunities. The world economy is changing, higher education has become a growth sector globally, but the mission for basic education for all remains elusive. Youth are leading struggles for political reform at the same time that we see new incidents of youth on youth violence in the Global South and North. As immigrant communities gain new voice and visibility, issues of citizenship, identity and nationalism are once more at the forefront of public policy. Due to continuing war and conflict there are greater numbers of internally displaced and refugee populations that undermine the educational gains of the last century. The influence of new media and modes of communication are yet to be fully comprehended and utilized in the education sector globally.

Submissions that address the topic of the conference, broadly conceived, or a related topic in comparative and international education would be an excellent fit. Presentations from graduate students -- Masters and doctoral level -- are actively encouraged, particularly given the intention to make professional development a significant component of the conference design.

Professional Development

The conference will offer activities and sessions designed to introduce a variety of skills and professional issues that are relevant to those seeking careers in comparative and international development education.  Examples of possible sessions include:
    • Using Compressed Ethnographies in International Settings
    • Scholarly and Practitioner Publishing
    • Conducting Research with Vulnerable Populations in Fragile Contexts
    • Telling Stories with Film for Education and Development
    • Leadership: Leading People vs. Managing Work
    • Strategies for Incorporating International Experience into Curriculum

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Conference Sponsors

Comparative and International Education Society
College of Education, UMass Amherst
Institute for Global Education Policy Studies, SUNY Albany
Teachers College, Columbia University
Dept of Education, Policy, Research & Administration, UMass Amherst
Center for International Education, UMass Amherst

Center for International Education
College of Education
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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