Citizen Diplomacy as CRE: Building Mutual Understanding and Peaceful Relations

Presented by: Michelle Watson & Dr. Susan Colville-Hall
Presented at: 3rd International CRE Summit
Date of Session: March 27, 2010

Session Description: This workshop will discuss Citizen Diplomacy through international exchange of young teaching professionals as the means to improving mutual understanding and international relations between France and the United States. In the last three years, Franco-American Teachers in Training Institute (FATITI) has developed an international model of teacher training and professional development. The FATITI grant was established to provide an opportunity for exchange of both French teachers and American pre-service teachers at the beginning of their career while teaching abroad. This workshop will highlight how this global experience has helped teachers, students, and host communities increase their tolerance and appreciation for diversity.