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ITEP in 2022-2023 – a Great Year in Review

May 31, 2023

2022-2023 was a great year for American University School of Education’s International Training and Education Program (ITEP).

ITEP Turns 40!

In 1982, Dr. Leon Clark joined the faculty of American University and established the International Training and Education Program (ITEP), serving as its inaugural director for 17 years. During the course of 2022, the School of Education celebrated the 40th anniversary of the ITEP program with a series of special events for students and alumni.

Global Education Forum 

Throughout the year, ITEP hosted a range of speakers for its signature event, including: Mariana Barros-Titus and Corey Shaw presented “Education as an Exercise in Reparative Justice”; Dr. Judith Pace gave the 2nd annual Charles Tesconi Lecture with “Learning to Teach Controversial Subjects in Divided Societies”; and  Dr. Sabrina J. Curtis and Ellen Chigwanda discussed “Critical Approaches to Education Research: A Conversation on Engaging with Adolescent Girls in the U.S. and Zimbabwe”

Comparative and International Education Society Conference (CIES) 

ITEP sponsored 20 students to attend the 2023 CIES Conference in Washington, D.C. in February. ITEPers joined over 3,600 participants in the 1,000 sessions offered.  Faculty members Dr. Jisun JeongDr. Elizabeth A. WordenDr. Michael Gibbons, and ITEP student Alex Medadi presented research. ITEPers also networked with practitioners at a career event hosted by Chemonics. Professor Worden took a group of 15 international scholars to visit Martha’s Table, a non-profit serving the DC residents. 

Book Launch of Citizenship Education in a Divided Society

ITEP Director and SOE Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth A. Worden launched her new book Citizenship Education in a Divided Society: Lessons from Curricula and Practice in Northern Ireland in April.George Mason University Professor Supriya Baily discussed the book with Worden and Dr. Naomi Moland, AU School of International Service Senior Professorial Lecturer, moderated.

Capstone Presentations

Ten ITEPers presented posters of their Capstone Research in May with topics ranging from gender responsive pedagogy in India to racially sensitive training for Black Peace Corps Volunteers to parent involvement in their children’s bilingual education. 

Experiential Learning Trip to Senegal

ITEP faculty member and SOE Scholar in Residence Dr. Michael Gibbons and ARASL Director Dr. Terence Ngwa led “Historical and Transatlantic Perspectives on Antiracist Teaching,” SOE’s first evert study trip to Senegal. 

New Team Members

ITEP welcomed new faculty member Dr. Jisun Jeong and Graduate Program Coordinator Shaina Ayers.

Learn more about furthering your skills and experiences through the International Training and Education Program (ITEP).