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Your Name and Title: Jennifer Russell

School, Library, or Organization Name:  iEARN-USA

Co-Presenter Name(s): Dina Guirguis & NSLI-Y Country Coordinators (TBD)

Country from Which You Will Present: U.S.

Language in Which You Will Present:  English

Target Audience (such as primary school teachers, high school administrators, students, etc.): High school youth and teachers

Short Session Description (one line):  Preparing Youth to Go Abroad

Full Session Description (one paragraph minimum):

This session will describe practices for to preparing students for the study abroad experience. Coordinators from the NSLI-Y language scholarship program and YES program will share key elements for guiding students to make the most of their experience abroad including:

  • How to set SMART goals
  • Managing student expectations
  • Understanding and adjusting to a new culture
  • Preparing for and dealing with culture shock

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iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit 2012 Session Acceptance

Thank you so much for your session proposal for the 2012 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit!  We're please to let you know that your submission has been accepted! Your proposal is now in the "iEARN accepted proposals" list on the website. Here are some important tasks for you.

1.  Because we have sessions being presented from all different time zones, as a speaker you actually schedule your own session time at http:// http://iearn.youcanbook.me. This allows you to see the available slots and to pick something that works within your time zone, work schedule, or other constraints. We're quite proud of how this works, as it is one of the benefits of a virtual conference, but if you should fun into any difficulties finding a time that works for you, email me directly (dmidness@us.iearn.org).

We encourage you to do this quickly, as proposals are being reviewed in the order in which they were submitted, so your priority for selecting a session time depends on you scheduling right away. When you do select you time, be sure that the scheduling system has the correct time zone for you!
To schedule your session, you should open http://www.globaleducationconference.comto your presentation proposal (you can do a search on your name to find it, or click on "My Page" in the top menu and then click on the "discussion" link on the left side to find it). Open the session booking link from above in another tab. You will find it easiest to copy the information from one to the other rather than re-type it.  Once completed, you will receive an email confirmation of your booking.

2. As a presenter, you need to make sure you are a member of the iEARN conference "presenters group" on the network website. Most of our announcements to speakers will be sent to the members of this group, so as not to email all site members. Join the group (or check to make sure you're already a member) athttp://www.globaleducationconference.com/group/iearn-2012-conferenc....

3. Presenters are responsible for knowing how to use Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate).  We will have a cadre of volunteers on hand during the conference to help with any issues, but you need to go through the moderator training for Collaborate if you are not a seasoned user. There will be a variety of training resources at the GEC Collaborate website, and we email the speakers group in some weeks alerting you to actual live training sessions.

Again, we are so delighted to have you participating in the 2012 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit.  Thank you!

iEARN Conference Planning Committee

When will the recording of this session be available? I'd love to share with my colleagues! Thanks!

Hi Jennifer,

Let me know if you'd like any materials/resources on how youth with disabilities can prepare to go abroad. I can also share videos/stories by youth with disabilities who participated on the YES program, if you like.

Hi Ashley,

I would love to see any resources you have on preparing youth with disabilities to go abroad. Could you send some materials and links for youth videos/stories via email? I look forward to presenting and facilitating a discussion on this topic soon!




Looking forward to this presentation!

waw ... sound interesting!

for the recent years some teachers/educators and school sent the students to go abroad but still unclear about the expectation and how to prepare them enough. so with this forum hopefully we can share and get the great idea how to manage this activities    


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