International Education Week 2003

International Education Week 2003 will be celebrated on November 17-21, 2003, across the United States and at U.S. embassies and cultural centers around the world. International Education Week (IEW) will be organized by important themes for each day. Events on Monday, November 17, will set the stage for the rest of the week. Tuesday, November 18, will highlight international studies in the schools. Wednesday, November 19, will highlight special education and disabilities. Thursday, November 20, will highlight higher education. Friday, November 21, will highlight the learning and teaching of foreign languages. For more information on International Education Week events across the USA and around the world, click here for the joint IEW website of the Departments of Education and State: <http://exchanges.state.gov/iew/>

Worldwide Connection with Egyptian, South African, Mexican and U.S. Students
Date: Monday, November 17 Time: 11:00A.M. - 12:00P.M. EST The Department of Education is working with i*EARN and the Global Nomads Group to connect, in a videoconference conversation, students and education ministry representatives from four countries – Egypt, Mexico, South Africa and the United States. The conversation will focus on the importance of learning about other countries and other cultures, and the positive role of technology in this international aspect of education. Secretary Paige will participate in the videoconference from Cardozo High School in Washington, DC. Information on i*EARN can be located here <http://www.iearn.org/> Information on the Global Nomads Group can be located here <http://www.gng.org/frame.html>

Remarks by Dr. George Atkinson – Science Advisor to Secretary of State Powell
Date: Monday, November 17 Time: 1:00P.M. EST Dr. George Atkinson will give remarks on science, technology and international education at Department of Education Headquarters in Washington, DC. Dr. Atkinson is Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Advisor for Science and Technology issues. A biography of Dr. George Atkinson can be located here <http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/24359.htm>.

OPE Videoconference with Students from New Zealand
Date: Monday, November 17 Time: 3:00P.M. - 4:00P.M. EST The Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education, in coordination with the New Zealand Fulbright Commission and the United States Embassy in New Zealand, is organizing a videoconference for middle school students in New Zealand and the United States. This videoconference will include a game show similar to “It’s Academic.” Click here <http://www.fulbright.org.nz/about/index.html> for the website of the New Zealand Fulbright Commission.

Remarks by Associate Under Secretary Esposito to EU Representatives
Date: Monday, November 17 Time: 3:00P.M. EST Associate Under Secretary Joseph Esposito will speak to education attaches from European Union member countries. These special remarks will be focused on current and future education-related collaboration between the United States and EU member countries. The Italian Embassy in Washington, DC is hosting this event. A biography of Joseph A. Esposito can be located here < http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/edlite-esposito_bio.html>. Click here <http://www.italyemb.org/> for the website of the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Goldman Sachs International Education Awards Dinner and States Institute on International Education
Date: Tuesday, November 18 Time: 7:00P.M. - 10:00P.M. EST The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education are created and directed by the Asia Society and funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation. In the first year of the program, five annual prizes of $25,000 each will be awarded to a winning elementary or middle school, high school, state, higher education entity, and organization focused on media or technology use. Secretary Rod Paige will give remarks and help present the awards at a dinner that will take place during the Second Annual States Institute on International Education at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Department officials will participate in States Institute sessions on “Integrating International Content into High School Reform” and “Measuring our Progress: Data Needs in International Education.” Click here <http://www.asiasociety.org/> for the website of the Asia Society. Click here <http://www.gs.com/our_firm/the_culture/social_responsibility/gs_foundation.html>for

the website of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Information on the International Education in the Schools Initiative can be accessed here < http://www.internationaled.org/ >.

Secretary Paige’s Remarks to the Autism Summit
Date: Wednesday, November 19 Time: 9:15A.M. EST Secretary Rod Paige will give opening remarks at the Autism Summit Conference: Developing a National Agenda, to be held at the Washington Convention Center. This event is being co-sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. This important event will bring together a diverse group, including parents, education and health organizations, to discuss general concerns related to autism and specific concerns over the heavily increasing rates of this disability. Although the summit is primarily developed to build a national agenda, the Secretary has been invited to discuss the international aspect of this problem, especially since other nations are also facing increasing rates of autism. Irish Minister of Education Noel Dempsey will accompany Secretary Paige and give brief remarks to the attendees.

Secretary Paige and Irish Minister Dempsey Signing Renewal of Memorandum of Understanding on Education
Date: Wednesday, November 19 Time: 11:30A.M. EST Secretary Rod Paige and Irish Minister of Education Noel Dempsey will renew a USIreland Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Education. The signing will take place at the Blair House in Washington, DC. This annex will emphasize mutual cooperation and collaboration on special education.

OELA Director Ferrier’s Keynote Remarks to NCSSFL Conference
Date: Thursday, November 20 Time: 11:30A.M. EST Maria Ferrier, the Deputy Under Secretary for English Language Acquisition, will give keynote remarks to the Annual Conference of the National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Languages in Philadelphia, PA. Click here <http://www.ncssfl.org/>for the website of the National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NCSSFL).

Panel Discussion on Teacher Preparation with Acting Deputy Secretary Hickok
Date: Thursday, November 20 Time: 2:00P.M. EST Acting Deputy Secretary Eugene Hickok will moderate a panel discussion on preparing teachers to teach international content and skills. The panel will be held at Department of Education Headquarters and will feature experts from higher education and on international issues, including Dr. Gilbert Merkx, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Duke University, Dr. Jeff Sedgwick, Political Science Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Vivien Stewart, Executive Director of the National Coalition on Asia and International Studies in the Schools and Asia Society Vice President for Education. A biography of Dr. Eugene Hickok can be located here < http://www.ed.gov/news/staff/bios/hickok.html>. Information on the National Coalition on Asia and International Studies in the Schools can be accessed here < www.internationaled.org/NC.htm >.

Secretary Paige’s Opening Remarks to the ACTFL Annual Conference
Date: Friday, November 21 Time: 11:00A.M. EST Secretary Rod Paige will make opening remarks at the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in Philadelphia, PA. Over 5,000 foreign language teachers from around the nation will be attending the conference. Click here <http://www.actfl.org/> for the website of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Secretary Paige’s Remarks to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Date: Friday, November 21 Time: 12:00P.M. – 1:45P.M. EST Secretary Rod Paige will speak on the importance of international education at a special luncheon of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, at the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia, PA. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is a non-profit organization that works to educate more citizens on important international issues. Click here <http://www.wacphila.org/> for the website of theWorld Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

International Education Week in England, November 10-14, 2003
The United Kingdom is celebrating its own International Education Week during November 10-14, 2003, at schools and other locations around England. Information on these events can be obtained from the British Council and UK TeacherNet. Click here < http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/educationoverview/Events/IEW/ > for the website of UK TeacherNet, the host site of IEW UK. Click here < www.britishcouncil.org/education/showcase3.htm > for the website of the British Council.