Author: kevin@viu.edu

Spotlight Interview with Dr. Peyton on the Language of Peace

Listen to our interview here: https://goo.gl/hqYrFY

A transcript of the talk is below.

 

Victoria Fedorets (VF): Hello, Dr. Peyton, Thank you for joining us today. We are very excited to welcome you here at our school, and we appreciate your time and involvement in our Voices from the Field and for spending some time with us away from your busy schedule.

Joy Kreeft Peyton (JP): Thank you for having me. I am very excited to be with you.

VF: I am going to introduce you quickly, and then we can go into the discussion.

JP: OK. Sure.

VF: Joy Kreeft Peyton is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics, in Washington, DC, where she served as Vice President for 16 years. She holds a Ph.D. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. She has over 35 years of experience working in the field of language, linguistics, and culture in education. Her work includes working with teachers and program leaders in K-12 and adult education settings in the United States and other countries (including Ethiopia, Nepal, and the Gambia) to improve their instructional practices and study the implementation and outcomes of research-based practices. Her work includes implementing and studying approaches to writing that facilitate engagement and learning and promote academic and professional success. She is a Senior Advisor for the EU-SPEAK project (Newcastle University), whose mission is to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers of adult immigrants who have limited education and literacy in their native language. She is a member of the Advisory Board for SIL LEAD, an NGO that specializes in mother tongue literacy education for young children in many countries around the world.

Tell us a little about yourself, please, including how the topic of your talk is important to you.

JP: You have mentioned I have degree in linguistics from Georgetown University and dual degrees in Spanish and Linguistics. While I was studying Linguistics, particularly in the Sociolinguistics program at Georgetown with Roger Shuy, Deborah Tannen, Ralph Fasold, and Walt Wolfram — people whose names are probably familiar among this group — I became fascinated with and passionate about the use of language. All of these professors and colleagues focus their entire attention on the ways that language is used. In fact, the Georgetown Linguistics department has a t-shirt that they use to give out; and on the back it says, “Analyzing your every utterance since 1949.” Structures and uses of language are absolutely fascinating. Roger Shuy used to say, “Everywhere you go, you have data, data; language data is everywhere,” and that’s true. So, I have been completely interested in and engaged with noticing what people say, how they say it, why they say it, in what ways, to whom, at what times;  how what they say is received by the other person, how they are received by the other person based on what they have said and the way they have said it. That has been a passion of mine for very long time.

Over the years, this has included language use and development in educational settings (English; languages other than English learned as a “foreign,” “world,” or “heritage” language; “mother tongue” languages in schools in other countries; American Sign Language; and native American/indigenous languages) and uses of language in communities and the larger society.

Then, several years ago, a colleague of mine at the Center for Applied Linguistics said to me, “There is a group I think you would like to learn about,” who focus on nonviolent communication (NVC), and they give workshops. He told me about an upcoming workshop. I went to the workshop, and it was the one focused on Marshall Rosenberg’s work in nonviolent communication, speaking in ways that promote peace, connection, joy, and life, rather than ways that result in separation, running away, or conflict, saying, “I’m gonna win here.” I kept going to workshops, getting my husband and our daughters to go, and have been very engaged with this group since then.

 

VF: That’s amazing. Thank you so much for everything you do, for all your devotion to languages. Could you give us a brief preview of your talk please, which is going to be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017?

 

JP: The talk focuses on speaking the language of peace. We want peace in many areas of our lives – in our families, in our communities, in our education settings, and in our world. There are so many areas in which we can think about our language. Actually, we can start with ourselves: “How am I thinking? What language am I using to describe this particular event, this thing that I just heard, or this thing that I just said? What stories about myself, about life, about the world, have influenced the way I am living, the way I am speaking, the way I am interacting?” Then it moves outward to our families, to our communities, to our country, to our nation, and then to the way we think about and interact with those people and with people from other countries.

There are, as you know, many calls for peace, many publications about building peace, and many peacebuilding efforts across the globe, in many different ways: The Alliance for Peacebuilding does a lot of work in the United States and around the world. Rebecca Oxford wrote a book about peacemaking efforts in other countries (The Language of Peace: Communicating to Create Harmony); Mark Gopan at George Washington University has done a lot of work on peacemaking in many different countries and written the book, Healing the Heart of Conflict: 8 Crucial Steps to Making Peace With Yourself and Others.  These are just a few examples of a wide and far-reaching desire to build peace.  But as we can see in our own lives, wherever we are and particularly in all the news that we read and see these days, we very often find ourselves in conflict; and often, if we take a look at it, a lot of this conflict revolves around the language that’s being used, the names that we are calling people, the labels that we are placing on them. We see this every day. And while there are groups leading demonstrations and protests, sometimes the people who want to promote peace use terms like “Resist! Fight Back!” So we find ourselves, even though we are desiring peace, using language that isn’t really all that connecting, all that that peaceful. We find ourselves adding to the division and separation that we don’t like.

That’s what I am going to talk about.

Then I am going to describe the components of Marshall Rosenberg’s principles of non-violent communication. He wrote the book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, and founded the Center of Nonviolent Communication. He has developed a set of four components of the language that we use and the ways that we think that can actually change our world, change our interactions, change our view of the world. It would take a while to describe all four components, so I’ll just say a few words about the first one, Observe. Much of our language involves using labels to describe others and even ourselves.  Let’s just say something simple, “She is so selfish.” I think, all of us have either said that or heard it. Instead, we can observe … think about, What actually just happened? Turn our labels, judgements, and blame into a consideration and a description of what actually happened, what she actually said or did that we are interpreting as selfish.How can I switch my labels and blames into an observation that is clear, simple, and factual? I can go from there to think or talk about, “How am I feeling about that? What am I needing that’s driving these feelings? And then, what kind of request would I like to make of myself or of the other person?” It sounds like an extremely simple process. It’s nots. It takes quite a lot of thinking, talking, and practicing to do it, but it is worth it.  M. Rosenberg said, “What we say next can change our world,” and I can say from my own experience, that taking this path does change our world. I would add that  what we say and think next, after we experience something, hear something, observe something –what we think and say next can change our world.

I am then going to talk about ways we can apply these four components in our own lives,  in our communities, in our classrooms, and with our colleagues in whatever interactions we are engaged in.

 

VF: Thank you so much again. We are looking forward to your talk very much, Dr. Peyton, here at the VIU, not only our students, but also our members of educational communities to spread the word out there how to live in peace, how to remain peaceful in all the settings, in politics, in education, in the groups that we all care about and are engaged with — to drop all the misunderstandings and misconceptions and strive to bring peace to the community. Thank you very much, again.

 

VF: What do you hope that participants will get out of the talk? I know the time of the talk is very short, it is only one hour.

 

 

JP: I hope that the people who are there, and I, will have a clear understanding of the ways that language can promote peace and connection, or pain and separation; and we can think together about ways that we can use language no matter what we’ve heard or what we’ve seen, or what struggle we’re in at that moment, to promote peace and connection and bring life to the situations we are in. And then we can think together about what we can do next. I think it is very important to think in my context, “What do I want to do now?”

 

VF: Thank you so much. Are there any tangible, palpable misconceptions out there about the topic of your talk?

 

JP: This is a really, really good question. In considering this topic, some people say that language can’t solve all conflicts and situations. And this is true. Language can’t solve all conflicts. There are actions that need to be taken. But language plays a big part in conflict, and we will benefit from thinking about it. Also, when I talk about this topic,  I make the statement, “We all want peace.” Recently, a friend of mine said: “That’s a little overstated. We do not all want peace.” There are people out there who don’t want peace. Those people are our enemies. So, this idea of enemies, is one challenge that has come up.

 

I still believe, that if we took the time to think through what are my beliefs, what are my opinions, what stories am I telling myself, how can I think and talk differently about this or that situation, about this group of people, about this event that just happened, about this difficult message that I just heard – if we take the time and effort to think through these in a new way, so we are not involved in this case of separation, and often even violence, we can then  think very carefully about what the next steps might be and whether we can take next step together, rather than in conflict. Does it make sense?

 

VF: Yes, of course. Thank you for sharing with us, Dr. Peyton. What resources might you suggest for someone who wants to know more about your topic? Or, how do you stay informed on the topic of your talk? What would be your recommendations?

 

JP: The book that I was introduced to, and which outlines very clearly Marshall Rosenberg’s views on speaking peacefully is Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. It really gives the major overview. Another book that he wrote, which fits what I have been saying here, is Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World. There are a lot of resources on the website of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (http://www.cnvc.org), and they are continually updated. There are a lot of resources out there. They also announce events that they are holding. There is a newsletter that comes out every month, announcing workshops held in the Washington DC area, including Maryland and Virginia — http://capitalnvc.org.

 

For teachers, a couple of educators took Marshall Rosenberg’s ideas, thought about how to create relationship-based, peace-filled classrooms, and wrote The Compassionate Classroom: Relationship-based Teaching and Learning and The No-fault Classroom: Tools to Resolve Conflict and Foster Relationship Establishment.

 

 

VF: In general, are there any overarching principles that guide your own teaching/consulting/work philosophy? If so, what are they?

 

JP: Three guiding principles for me are love, respect, and listening. These can have a huge impact on everything we do. I have noticed when I worked in other countries — Ethiopia, Nepal, and the Gambia — when I can become completely engaged in something, I think that that is my thing to do.  I was brought in as a consultant, I know what to do, and I can become so focused on my agenda, what it is that I am here to do, what knowledge am I bringing, what skills am I bringing, what outcomes we are trying to achieve, that I can forget about everything and everyone else. I am very grateful that pretty quickly I realized that if that’s the world we are going to live in together, we are not going to get very far. I could continue to push my agenda,and I could leave, and that would be the end of it. Very possibly nothing would be accomplished.

 

So, I noticed in those situations, that love, respect, and listening should be higher on my list of priorities than my accomplishing my agenda. Then we can start to do it together — loving, respecting, and listening, we are working together; no one is making demands, no one is saying “You are doing this, because this is the rule.” Instead we can say, “This is what we are going to do, because we work in collaboration.” I have found that to be a huge component of working effectively with others.

 

VF: Thank you for all your encouragement, Dr. Peyton, for all of us to strive for the best, to be able to focus on why and how we are able to reach listening and respect. In general, what is your source of motivation? How do you keep yourself motivated?

 

JP: It is easy now to keep myself motivated, particularly in the current environment, when almost every day we see another instance of separation, of division, and of pain. One thing that motivates me a lot right now is to watch or to be involved with people I respect. We all have our groups, that we feel part of. People that we respect. They have the same philosophy about life as we do. They have the same thoughts about how life runs, the same perspective. We are part of this group. And to see these people using language that looks a little bit confrontational and divisive. I often find myself thinking,  “Wow, that was violent. That was confrontational and divisive.” Then I stop and think, OK, what about that did you find to be divisive and confrontational? Then, what I  like to do is  to rethink what I found not helpful, what I found to be a label or offensive, and ask myself, “How would say this so that it is that offensive?” That can keep a person pretty busy. As Roger Shuy said, “Data is everywhere, in all the language that we use and we see.” Yes, you just open the paper and there are data everywhere. That gets me interested, excited, and motivated. There is so much to think about together.

 

VF: How would do you design instruction so your classroom reflects the success of you would teach?

 

JP: I would like to create a sense of belonging for every student. Every student has the sense of identity, a sense of personal ability, and a future. I would want to create a classroom in which those dynamics would exist. I would also want every student to have a place, a voice, and a sense of value and contribution. I would also want every student to be heard, and I would want to create opportunities for the students to interact with each other in many, many ways, in writing and in presentations, an atmosphere of engagement.

 

VF: Thank you, Dr. Peyton, for your vigorous and brisk talk, for spreading peace. We are so much looking forward to your talk on November 2. Thank you for joining us on BlogTalkRadio. We are looking forward to seeing you here at VIU. Have a wonderful day.

 

JP: Thank you. You too.

 

VF: Thank you, Ma’am. Bye.

 

Proposal Submissions being accepted for 2018 CLLC

The organizers of CLLC 2018 are now accepting submissions for the 2018 Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture!

 

Making Research Matter: Motivated Inquiry for Actionable Insights

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 4, 2017

Conference Dates: April 6-7, 2018

Location: Virginia International University, 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Call for Proposals and Guidelines: http://conference.viu.edu/cllc/content/call-for-proposals

Registration: http://conference.viu.edu/cllc/content/registration

 

In focusing on “Making Research Matter,” CLLC 2018 seeks to stimulate conversations on how research and its uses in society might be transformed if more of us were to make a point of asking “for what, for whom, and by whom?”* at the outset of every research endeavor.

Our aim is to involve a diverse group of practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, community members, and other stakeholders in a multidirectional sharing of interests, values, and expertise. We especially welcome proposals involving projects in which the investigators considered the users and uses of their research from the very beginning and made decisions accordingly—from action-research projects conducted by individual teachers in their classrooms to larger-scale funded endeavors where collaborative teams had an eye toward wider public engagement and policy impacts, and everything in between.

Proposals for paper and poster presentations, workshops, colloquia, and panel discussions are invited until December 4, 2017.

We hope to see you for our 5th annual CLLC!

 

*Ortega, L. (2005). For what and for whom is our research? The ethical as transformative lens in instructed SLA. Modern Language Journal, 89, 427–43.

Practicing Nonviolent Communication

Join us for our next Voices from the Field Speaker Series!

Our guest speaker, Joy Peyton from the Center for Applied Linguistics will give a talk on Practicing Nonviolent Communication: Speaking the language of peace.

An audio preview of the talk is available here: https://goo.gl/hqYrFY

A brief abstract is below:

Many of us are interested in and strive for peaceful engagement in our families, communities, schools, and nation, and there are strong calls for peace within our education community (e.g., Oxford, 2013; The Language of Peace: Communicating to Create Harmony) and in international engagement initiatives (e.g., Gopin, 2016; Healing the Heart of Conflict). However, understandings about ways to live in peace often remain abstract, and the language that we observe in politics, the media, and even in education (and that we use ourselves) is often filled with judgments, labels, and blame, and we increasingly see misunderstandings and division across, and even within, the groups that we care about and engage with. The goals of this talk are to review key principles and components of nonviolent communication, which teachers can use with learners and colleagues and in their classes, and all of us can use in our daily lives. These include ways to Observe, express our own Feelings, understand our Needs, and make Requests.

Join us on November 2, 2017 from 3:30-4:30 on campus at VIU (4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030) in VD-205.

 

Voices from the Field events are FREE and open to the public! To register, visit our page here: http://www.viu.edu/sed/prospective-students-3/voices-from-the-field/vff-2017-2018.html

 

Questions?  Contact Kevin Martin (Associate Dean, School of Education) at kevin@viu.edu, follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SEDatVIU, and visit the School of Education’s website at http://www.viu.edu/sed!

Join us for our Voices from the Field Speaker Series event October 5 from 3:30-4:30

Join us for our first Voices from the Field Speaker Series event of the Fall 2017 semester!

Our guest speaker, Marietta Bradinova will give a talk on Engaged Learning: Are we all on the same page?

A brief abstract is below:

The presentation will offer college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and will provide them with tips and strategies that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines motivate and connect with their students. Selected strategies will be modeled, in a ready-to-use format, through purpose, presentation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, and key resources. Faculty looking for ideas to heighten their student engagement in their courses will find useful techniques that can be adopted, adapted, extended, or modified.

Join us on October 5th, 2017 from 3:30-4:30 on campus at VIU (4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030) in VD-205.

 

Voices from the Field events are FREE and open to the public!

 

Questions?  Contact Kevin Martin (Associate Dean, School of Education) at kevin@viu.edu, follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SEDatVIU, and visit the School of Education’s website at http://www.viu.edu/sed!

Engaged Learning: Are We All on the Same Page?

A spotlight  interview with Victoria Fedorets (VF) and Marietta Bradinova (MB)

Listen to the full interview here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sedatviu/2017/08/22/dr-marietta-bradinova-for-the-spotlight-interview-for-voices-from-the-field

 

Below is a transcript of the interview:

Victoria Fedorets (VF): We would like to welcome our guest speaker, Dr. Marietta Bradinova for our Spotlight interview prior to her talk on October 5th, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  Could you give us a brief preview of your talk?

Marietta Bradinova (MB): The title of my talk is going to be Engaged Learning: Are We All on the Same Page? To do that, I pulled from the literature on good teaching as well as the expertise of teachers in colleges and universities around the country. For my presentation, I had to create a compendium of useful, practical ideas that participants will find enhances the classroom experience for teachers and students alike. My goal is to pull it together into a single resource and present it in a format accessible to busy, discipline-oriented faculty. I hope it will also be useful to faculty developers, department chairs, and other academic administrators interested in promoting teaching and improving learning.

VF: Thank you so much, Dr. Bradinova. We all are very much looking forward to your talk. Could you please tell us a little about yourself, including how the topic of your talk is important to you.

MB: My name is Dr. Marietta Bradinova and I teach various courses in the MA in TESOL and Gen. Education Programs at VIU. I chose my field of scholarly endeavor because somewhere along the line I developed a passion for it. Part of the attraction of a career in academia is the opportunity to share our enthusiasm with others and possibly recruit new disciples to the discipline.  In my early years as a college teacher, “engaging students” wasn’t even on my radar screen. I lectured, they listened; they studied, I tested – and that was that.  However, it was very disheartening to look into a classroom and see disengaged students who make little effort to hide their apathy. So, keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging for many of us as educators. Yet, there is no single piece of advice [to do this]. The primary purpose of my presentation is to offer my teaching colleagues, current and aspiring, a wide variety of tips, strategies, and techniques that can help them transform what could be a daunting task into one that is stimulating and rewarding.

VF: Wonderful. Thank you again for devotion to your field and I am more than sure you went through so many experiences and have gained so much knowledge and expertise to reach this far.

VF: Are there any tangible misconceptions out there about the topic of your talk?

MB: Well, for me and I strongly believe that teaching can be tough, and probably one of the toughest professions on earth, but by sharing, we help each other in the problem analysis and solution construction we struggle with, consciously or unconsciously, each time we enter the classroom and attempt to engage students in learning.

VF: What is your source of motivation? How do you keep yourself motivated?

MB: Well, for me, motivation is the portal to engagement. An unmotivated student has checked out emotionally and mentally from the learning process. Students who are motivated to learn, however, will actively seek the information and understandings that constitute engaged learning. Just as a classroom filled with students who are genuinely motivated to learn can be a teaching-nirvana, it can be teaching-hell trying to work with students who are apathetic, bored, or even hostile. Understanding the complexities that underline motivation can guide us in our efforts to set up conditions that enhance students’ eagerness to learn. This is a first and critical step toward increasing student engagement.

VF: If you had to give some advice to pre-service or in-service teachers about the topic of your talk, what would it be?

MB:  As I said earlier, I am trying to provide some practical ideas through various strategists [that] I’m going to model for them throughout my presentation. I strongly believe as an instructor we not only have to explain something about theory, but to show it in action. I would encourage the pre-service teachers to join us on October 5th to get more ideas about how we can engage students in our classrooms.

VF: In general, how do you design instructions so your classroom reflects success? What is success to you?

MB:  You know, from day one, when I go into the classroom, I provide lots of examples from my own personal experience and I have been teaching and in this field for 25 plus years. So, I always try to bring real-life examples into my lectures because when you provide examples, the students can relate to them through their personal experience. We always have great conversations because, as you know, VIU hosts students from around the globe. We are fortunate to share ideas with them and they share ideas with us and I’m growing myself professionally through this contacts with my students.

VF: Where do your students come from?

MB: In general, I would say probably between 15 and 20 different countries. You know, I work with students from Asia, from Latin America, from the Europe, from Eastern Europe, from former USSR, and they all amazing.

VF: In general, are there any principles that guide your own teaching philosophy? If so, what are they and do you have a groundstone for your own teaching philosophy?

MB: Well you know, as an instructor, I always try to share whatever I learned through all these years with my students, and as I said, I share my experience.  Whatever they read for my classes, we would have great discussions. I try to have classrooms in which the students work cooperatively using both small group discussions and whole group discussions. In a three hour long class, I have to break the time and have at least 10 to 12 activities for the students, and I try to engage them from the moment they enter the class until the moment they have to leave the class.

VF: Wonderful, so your classes are very dynamic and engaging.

MB: (And) they are student centered. I always try to be at the background, of course I’m the one who teaches them, will provide solid information to them either through my mini lectures and through the readings…but those discussions are to be led by the students. [The students] have to be the center of them actually.

VF: Are there any projects that you are currently working on?

MB: Actually, I’m working with Claire Gimble from ESL program on another presentation which is going to be at the WATESOL convention in October in Washington, DC. Our talk is going to be about using TED Talks in the ESL classrooms. We are working with Claire and different setups available on website to design different activities that ESL teachers can use with their students in the classrooms. So, that’s my next big project.

MB: And, of course, you know classes- I will be teaching for both on ground and online, so I will be very busy.

VF: Thank you very much for your time out of your busy schedule to share your experience and more than sure there is so much more to talk and I would spend hours and hours talking (with you) and learning from you. Unfortunately, our time is short thank you again for stopping by tonight by our podcast channel.

Please join us again October 10 at our location 4401 drive Fairfax, VA  22030 and the talk by Dr. Bradinova will be held from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm and the topic is, “Are We All on the Same Page? The presentation will offer college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and will provide them with tips and strategies that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines motivate and connect with their students. Selected strategies will be modeled, in a ready-to-use format, through purpose, presentation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, and key resources. Faculty looking for ideas to heighten their student engagement in their courses will find useful techniques that can be adopted, adapted, extended, or modified.

Join us by going to our Facebook, like us; also, we are on twitter, word press, and we’re looking forward to our next spotlight interview by our next speaker sometime in September. Stay tuned and thank you again for your time today, Dr. Bradinova

MB: Thank you.

Experience the VIU Difference!

By Kevin Martin, Associate Dean, School of Education

When I describe what VIU is to outsiders, I often describe it as an educational institution that feels like a mini-United Nations. At VIU, we have students from all over the world who come to gain a degree in order to change the world.

With an ever-increasing pool of alumni scattered across the globe, we continue to increase our network of graduates who will affect positive change in their communities. This is by no means a small task, and it is something that we take very seriously in the School of Education.

An Engaging and Practical Learning Experience

At VIU, we recognize and work towards actively meeting the needs of our students by providing a quality education that balances both the theoretical and practical skills required of the modern job market. In the School of Education, we do this by having faculty who have real-world experience, representing a broad set of skills from practitioners to researchers.

Our faculty are really what make us distinct. It is through their efforts that we are able to provide a hands-on, practical experience that combines the latest in research and innovation. This is what makes our learning experience different that other institutions, as we focus on ensuring that our curriculum and classroom experiences meet the needs of all of our learners.

An Extended Learning Community

Within the School of Education, we offer a variety of learning experience that extend beyond the classroom as well. Our premier event hosted on campus is the Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC). This event draws people from all over the world to learn about innovations going on in at the intersections of language, learning, and culture. It is a great opportunity to learn about what is going on in our field, and see what is being implemented in practice globally.

In addition to CLLC, we also offer a variety of events throughout the year centered on creating and promoting our broader learning community. Through these events, we strengthen our resolve to growing professionally, as well as network and learn from peers.

Have Fun!

Graduates from our School of Education programs not only get to engage in profound learning experiences, they also get to have fun! Our students become very close to one another during their time together. This happens as a result of learning and growing together through shared experiences in and out of the classroom.

Building a Global Community of Educators

Dear SED Community,

Fall 2017 is already upon us! As with the commencement of a new academic year, we welcome new students, and we begin the final push for some of our students toward their graduation. Wherever you are in your studies, we wish you luck this semester.

As a learning community, we are committed to our short and long-term professional development.  With great pleasure, I can announce that our Voices from the Field Speaker Series will be in its fifth year!  Our fall lineup of speakers include:

  • Marietta Bradinova on Engaged Learning (October 5 from 3:30-4:30pm)
  • Joy Peyton on the Practicing Nonviolent Communication (November 2 from 3:30-4:30pm)

The Voices from the Field events are free and open to the public, so I hope that you will consider joining us.

I am also pleased to announce that, upon approval of the faculty and advisory board, we have established the School of Education’s motto: Building a Global Community of Educators.  This motto represents us in so many ways including the scope and intent of our programs, the diversity of our learning community, and it also reflects our growing network of alumni who are spread across the globe.

This semester, we also continue to develop strong relationships with partners across the globe. Over the summer, our academic coordinator Victoria Fedorets, helped to establish memoranda of understanding on her trip to Ukraine. We will work to continue establishing such relationships with partners that represent our mission and values of providing an accessible education with a global perspective.

What an amazing year we have ahead of us!

I wish you all the best this semester.

Kevin J. Martin

Associate Dean, School of Education

Virginia International University