Global Education Initiative (GEI)

The Global Education Initiative (GEI) aims to draw upon the prior work in international and comparative education of several SOE faculty members and highlight educational issues in urban settings around the world, particularly those that serve disadvantaged and minority group children. The intention of GEI is to spotlight best practices in different regions of the world, and to create a research-based and practice-based forum for the global exchange of ideas.   

GEI Goals and Objectives

  1. To strengthen teacher education coursework and aim to prepare teachers in global competencies.
  2. To learn more promising and inspiring practices in educational institutions that serve  disadvantaged and minority  students in urban settings around the world
  3. To share best practices from New York City schools with researchers, practitioners, school leaders in other parts of the world.
  4. To encourage GEI faculty  to engage in independent research around best practices in the education of disadvantaged and minority group children, where possible in collaboration with educators abroad.
  5. To encourage faculty to strengthen linkages between schools in New York City and develop collaborations with schools in other countries.
  6. To disseminate and share the results of the above work with researchers and practitioners around the world

GEI Events

Plans are underway for a Conference in 2017 on Teacher Preparation in an Era of Globalization. The Japan Cultural Center will be partnering with us to sponsor this event.

Participating Faculty and Staff

(in alphabetical order)

Aminata Diop
Shira Epstein
Jesus Fraga
Catherine Franklin
Amita Gupta
Carol Huang
Tatyana Kleyn
Dina Lopez
Norman Shapiro
Jim Shields
Sunita Vatuk
Gay Wilgus

Current Efforts

  1. Expanding SOE courses to the global context:
    CCNY’s School of Education offers a course titled Education that is Multicultural. For the first time this past year it was offered as a two-week Study Abroad course to Mexico led by faculty member Tatyana Kleyn. The course to Mexico is being repeated and an additional section of the course is being offered as a Study Abroad to India led by faculty member and department chair, Amita Gupta.
  2. Course Description for Study Abroad Mexico
    Mexicans are the fastest growing group of immigrants in NYC.  The aim of this course is for students to become more informed about issues of diversity through a comparative US-Mexico lens in Oaxaca, Mexico.  The course will include visits to elementary and secondary schools and conversations with educators, students, and families. Students will tour indigenous communities to learn about the local languages, customs and practices, artistic traditions and school-going experiences of students; and will explore Monte Alban ruins that are central to Oaxaca’s history. These learning opportunities, along with the experience of living with a Mexican family, will prepare teacher candidates to work with students in their future classrooms!
  3. Course Description for Study Abroad India
    With this course, the Study Abroad Office at the City College of New York facilitates a study trip to India for the very first time. The course will include a general study of education within the context of urban India. Inter-disciplinary perspectives on education in India, and the impact on pedagogy, curriculum, and access will be examined from the viewpoints of History, Policy, Socio-economics, Gender, Culture, Philosophy, and Arts. The influence of globalization on contemporary issues in education and national policy will be discussed. Course-related activities will include meetings with teachers, and students; guest lectures; and field trips to private and government schools and universities, and sites of historical significance. There will also be visits to high poverty urban neighborhoods to visit foundation-sponsored centers that support education and literacy.

GEI Faculty Publications

For more information please contact
Amita Gupta
Professor and Chair, Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture
NAC 6/207C