Student Professional Activity

CIE students are encouraged to apply their learning by working with education systems and educators during their studies. Many CIE students are mid-career professionals who use the summer as a time to engage in development education work.  The articles in this section chronicle professional activities of current students

Studying teachers of Syrian refugees in Jordan – Michael Acosta

Michael Acosta spent a year in Jordan on a Boren Fellowship during which he studied Arabic, carried out a research project with teachers on Syrian refugee students and worked with a group of American high school students studying Arabic in a summer program.


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Supporting mother tongue literacy for refugees in Chad – Eunice Kua

Eunice Kua worked to help develop mother tongue literacy programs among Darfur refugees in eastern Chad prior to coming to CIE. She reflects on her experience and the issues it raised.


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University Support & Workforce Development in Afghanistan – Javid Mussawy

Sayed Ahmad Javid Mussawy spent the summer working to develop quality enhancement and accreditation procedures with the Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan.


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Program review for Peace Corps in Moldova – Betsy Vegso

Betsy Vegso worked with Peace Corps in Moldova during the summer where she reviewed program and training functions and developed recommendations related to program management.


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Pakistani Educator Leadership Training - Mei Lan Frame

Mei Lan Frame was the Lead Facilitator for a workshop on educational leadership for Pakistani educators pursuing Master’s degrees in education in the U.S. under the Teacher Education Master’s Scholarship Program (TEMSP), funded by USAID. This mid-program workshop was organized by World Learning and held from August 14 – 17, 2016 in Washington D.C.

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Non-Violent Study Circles - Julia Novrita

Julia Novrita and two other alumnae of IFP Ford Foundation established Inspiring Development (InDev), an NGO based in Ambon, to address problems student involvement in violence. InDev offers training programs to equip students with peace and non-violence values and skills in managing conflict creatively.

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Tibetan Early Childhood Initiative - Shamo Thar

During my summer work back in Tibet/China, I worked on two different activities: ReSa, a Montessori School which is the only  private school in southwest of Tibet/Qinghai in China; and my childrens book Looking for Baby Yak.  I also spent two weeks as a Ford Fellow in New York city.

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Kayla Boisvert Collected Data in Nepal on a Save the Children SUPER Fellowship

Kayla Boisvert spent a month in summer 2016 in Nepal working on a Save the Children project as a Save-University Partnership for Education Research (SUPER) Fellowship recipient.

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Nyaradzai Changamire awarded AAUW Fellowship

Nyaradzai Changamire, a second year doctoral student in the College of Education’s educational policy and leadership concentration with a specialization in international education, has been awarded an international fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for 2015-16. Changamire, who is from Zimbabwe, is also the recipient of the 2014-2015 Graduate School/College of Education Fellowship and the college’s C.L. Vendien Endowed scholarship.


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