2010 National School Conference on International Youth Exchange


Friday, February 19, 2010

8:30 am
Exhibitor Registration and Set Up for the International Study Abroad Fair

9:30 - 11:30 am
International Study Abroad Fair: Sponsored by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Gathering for CMS high schools students to learn about international study abroad opportunities.

11:30 - 1:00 pm
Free Time/Networking
National School Conference Officially Begins at 2pm

1:00 - 5:00 pm
Conference Registration and Check-In/ Exhibits Open

2:00 - 3:15 pm
Welcome Remarks

  • John Hishmeh, Executive Director, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel

Opening Keynote Addresses:

  • Dr. Peter Gorman, Superintendent, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Host Family Speaker

Exchange Student Speaker

3:15 - 3:30 pm
Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Plenary Session

How Youth Exchange Programs Work
Increasing schools’ understanding of program mechanisms in order to facilitate greater cooperation and enrollment.

  • Moderator: Megan Allen, Vice President, EF Foundation for Foreign Study (Chair, CSIET School Outreach
    Working Group)
  • Speakers: John Doty, President, Pacific Intercultural Exchange
    (Chair, CSIET Board of Directors)
  • Melissa Gulledge, Training Manager, AIFS Foundation
    Academic Year in America

4:30 - 5:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions

International Transcript and Grade Evaluation
An overview on the process of validating and reviewing international grades and transcripts.

  • Moderator: Joan LaChance, ESL Program Counselor for High Schools, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Speakers: Laura Breen, Director, USA High School Program CIEE International Work & Study Programs
    (CSIET School Outreach Working Group)
  • Kim Peckham, Director for International Studies Saint Edward's School, Vero Beach, Florida
    (2010 CSIET Global Classroom Award Winner)

International Students and Athletic/Extracurricular Activities
An overview of state activities and athletic eligibility procedures/ policies relative to international exchange student participants.

  • Moderator: Vicki Hamilton, Director of Athletics Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
    Speakers: Roxanne Price, Assistant Commissioner, Ohio High School Athletic Association
  • Ken Tilley, Executive Director, Virginia High School League (CSIET Board Member)

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception
South Mecklenburg High School Jazz Ensemble


Saturday, February 20, 2010

8:00 - 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast Buffet

9:00 - 10:15 am
Plenary Session

Federal Session: Exchange Programs, F-1/J-1, and SEVIS
Update on U.S. government policies, regulations and programs relative to international student exchange programs.

  • Moderator John Hishmeh, Executive Director, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
  • Speakers Elizabeth Davis, Chief, Youth Program Division Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
    U.S. Department of State
  • Ann Balough, Division Chief Student and Exchange Visitor Program,
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security

10:15– 10:30 am
Coffee Break

10:30 - 12 noon
Concurrent Sessions

'How To' Workshop for School Administrators
A School Perspective on How To Work with Exchange Programs and International Students..

  • Moderator: Tom Huffstetler, Senior Administrator for Second Languages, K-12 and Foreign Student Exchange, Wake County Public Schools
  • Speakers: Robin Crow, Mathematics Teacher, Lodi High School, Lodi, Wisconsin (2010 CSIET Global Classroom Award Winner)
  • Sharon Easley, Language Arts Teacher, Lodi High School, Lodi, Wisconsin (2010 CSIET Global Classroom Award Winner)
  • Sarah Yancey, AFS-USA volunteer (Assistant Principal, retired; Parkway South High School, Manchester, Missouri)

Outbound Exchanges - A New Model School Policy
Developing a model school policy on outbound exchange programs.

  • Moderator: Tara Brown, Study Abroad Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, (CSIET Board Member)
  • Speakers: Helen Lowman, Vice President, AFS-USA (CSIET Board Member)
  • Louise Reaves, Director, Inbound Programs, Youth For Understanding, USA (CSIET School Outreach Working Group)

12:00 - 2:30 pm
Luncheon Presentation

  • 2010 CSIET Global Classroom Awards Presentation: Presenter, John Doty, Chair, CSIET Board of Directors
  • Kim Peckham, Saint Edwards School, Vero Beach, Florida
  • Sharon Easley, Lodi High School, Lodi, Wisconsin
  • Keynote Speaker, Introduced by Outbound Student Speaker, Rita Golden Gelman, Author, Tales of a Female Nomad, Founder, Let’s Get Global

3:00 - 4:15 pm
Closing Plenary Session

K-12 International Education - A Growing Movement
- Part 1
- Part 2
Overview of K-12 international education initiatives in the United States - lessons learned and models to build on.

  • Moderator: Shari B. Albright, Executive Director/ CEO
    International Studies Schools Network, Asia Society
  • Speakers: The Honorable Becky Carney (D), Co-Chair
    Joint Select Committee on Global Engagement
    North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Helga Fasciano, Section Chief, K-12 Program Areas
    North Carolina Department of Public Instruction