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  • CSIET was founded in 1984 in response to then President Ronald Reagan’s International Youth Exchange Initiative. The President’s initiative allowed for a new influx of exchange students from Russia and other Eastern Block countries. This influx put into question the exchange industry’s capacity to self regulate. The United States Information Agency had a set of youth exchange standards on the books, but these standards were largely ignored by the exchange industry. In an options paper developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, Thomas Collins commented that the exchange industry was fraught with problems; he cited poor home placements, insufficient advance notice to schools, insufficient screening and the paying of headhunters among the many issues that the exchange industry faced. With the numbers of exchange students on the rise, something had to be done, and the Council on Standards for International Educational Exchange was born.
  • Private not-for-profit organization established in 1984. Identifies, promotes and supports reputable international youth exchange programs. Provides leadership and support to the exchange and educational communities so that youth are provided with meaningful and safe international exchange experiences. Promotes the importance and educational value of international youth exchange.
  • CSIET evaluates Short-term, Long term, Inbound, and Outbound programs and publishes the results of the evaluation in the Advisory List of International Educational and Exchange Programs. Schools use our list to choose among several quality programs and weed out those programs who have not undergone our evaluation process. Traditionally, applying organizations must submit all long-term programs for evaluation, meaning both Inbound and Outbound. So when you open the 2011-2012 Advisory List of International Educational and Exchange Programs, only those exchange organizations who have met our long-term standards are listed. Short term program submission is voluntary. The annual cycle is static. Programs submit their applications in November and in February, program audit reports are due (program audits are conducted by CPA’s). Results of the audit are published on the CSIET website on May 1 of each year. The print version of the Advisory List is published by the end of May. Process: CSIET staff conducts all initial compliance audit reviews . The Accreditation Committee addresses all non-listing or conditional staff recommendations. Due Process Review Committee handles appeals. Future cycles will be determined by how the U.S. State Department Audit plans unfold. Once US DOS Audit Process in place, CSIET will accept that audit, with CSIET addendum .
  • CSIET has several mechanisms in place for the promotion of Youth Exchange: Our primary source of promotion is the annual Advisory List (feel free to take a copy). We also endeavor to engage with schools through our Online School Community, a website where schools have access to: Periodic e-mail updates and alerts; Monthly E-Newsletters; Registration discounts for the CSIET National School Conference; Publication discounts on bulk purchases of CSIET publications; and "Members-Only" section of CSIET's website Presentation at school and educational association conferences as well as NFHS: American School Counselors Association Asia Society
  • Advocacy: Federal, State and Local Policy CSIET staff attend meetings with representatives of the House and the Senate to advocate for Youth Exchange. CSIET staff communicates regularly with policy makers at the State and Local levels to respond to policy decisions. School Outreach: Regional Workshops and School Conferences Engage schools and program operators in workshops about Youth Exchange, policy and curriculum. Complaint review Complaints are filed for review by the Complaint Review Subcommittee of the CSIET Board. A copy is sent to the organization so they can investigate the matter and provide a written report to CSIET. Of obvious concern to NFHS is the athletic issue.
  • Intended for the individual in a school or school system who is responsible for working with exchange students.
  • Developed with valuable input from individual high school administrators, exchange program managers, and national advocates for youth exchange, the MSP provides a foundation for local school policies and encourages U.S. schools to engage in international youth exchange programs.
  • Looking for schools that promote school-wide feelings of inclusiveness and global curiosity while hosting international exchange students or encouraging their students to travel and study abroad.
  • Engage, explore, collaborate and globalize. CSIET invites you to use exchange as a tool for Global Competence. More than ever it is important to expose our children to other cultures, languages and customs. The most compelling and effective case comes directly from the mouths of those involved: exchange students, teachers, parents and administrators. You are the one who makes it happen, and the future of Global Competence lies in the hands of those who practice it. If you have examples of how you are involving exchange students in your curricular activities, CSIET wants to know.
  • Kelly Aramaki  Principal 2010 At the time of the Award, Kelly Aramaki was: Principal John Stanford International School Seattle, WA  Biographical Information: In his 11 years in education, Kelly Aramaki has made a name for himself as an education advocate. He is currently the principal of John Stanford International School in Seattle, WA, which has undergone dramatic improvements in student achievement under his direction. Since he entered his position five years ago, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has recognized his school with an award for continued improvement. In 2009, reading and math proficiency rates were above 90 percent for third grade, and each year reading and math proficiency rates among third through fifth grade consistently rank higher than the state average by 15 to 20 percent. Aramaki has made these great strides in academic achievement with a holistic approach, implementing both proven instructional strategies with edifying, positive school activities and programs for students and staff alike. Not only does he emphasize data-driven instruction and upgraded technology in his classrooms, he actively serves on several district-wide committees, and hosts the bilingual orientation center at the school, leads professional development meetings for his faculty and staff, and writes and performs an annual song each year that recaps the school year’s major events. Always looking to blaze new trails for his school, Aramaki is currently creating a rubric of assessment for an emerging specialty field: international education.
  • Youth Exchanges

    1. 1. What Others Are Saying About Youth Exchange… I just think we can't do enough of this [student exchanges]… And when you get young children traveling internationally, I think they come back different people. And you can't put a price tag -- you can't put a value on that. U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed. President Barak Obama   I want to see more exchanges. So the exchange programs should be accelerated, in my view, to include many more opportunities, and we’re going to do that. U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton
    2. 2. Historical Perspective <ul><li>CSIET Founding Paper- 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>Response from CCSSO and USIA to President Reagan’s International Youth Exchange Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Reaction to obvious disconnect between exchange industry practice and USIA standards </li></ul>
    3. 3. CSIET Mission Statement To identify, promote and support reputable international youth exchange programs
    4. 4. Purpose Statement To identify reputable international youth exchange programs, to provide leadership and support to the exchange and educational communities so that youth are provided with meaningful and safe international exchange experiences, and to promote the importance and educational value of international youth exchange.
    5. 5. <ul><li>Identify </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation/Compliance-audit review process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short-term, Long term, Inbound, Outbound </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applying organizations must submit all long-term programs for evaluation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separate audits for Inbound and Outbound programs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Static Annual Cycle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follows the academic year closely. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluation Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conducted by CSIET staff. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Advisory List </li></ul><ul><li>Online School Community </li></ul>Promote
    7. 7. <ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy: Federal, State and Local Policy </li></ul><ul><li>School Outreach: Regional Workshops and School Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Complaint review: Promotion, Host family interviews, Athletics </li></ul>
    8. 8. CSIET Publications – Administrators Guide Resource tool for U.S. high schools that work—or are interested in working— with international youth exchange programs.
    9. 9. CSIET Model School Policy Developed in partnership with the secondary-school community to assist American schools in the process of administering successful international student exchange programs ( Outbound Policy can be found at ).
    10. 10. Global Classroom Awards <ul><li>Awards program to recognize schools that actively support international youth exchange. </li></ul>
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    12. 12. On-Line School Resources
    13. 13. CSIET On-Line School Community
    14. 14. CSIET On-Line School Community By joining, your school will become part of a larger online community that promotes international student exchange programs. Signing up is quick, FREE and easy! Once signed up, you will start receiving periodic e-mail updates, electronic monthly newsletters, discounts on conference registrations and bulk purchases of CSIET publications. Also, all schools that join will be registered for a free, advance copy of the next CSIET Advisory List (published in May of 2012). Go to and sign up today! CSIET has launched a new online initiative to connect with schools/districts that engage in foreign exchange student programs and international education efforts!
    15. 15. www. GetStarted
    16. 16. Customizable Query
    17. 17. Final Report w/ Contact Info
    18. 18. 2010/2011 Numbers — Inbound 8-YEAR COMPARISON : Exchange Students Coming to U.S. Source: Application for programs applying for CSIET 2011-2012 Listing (November 2010).
    19. 19. 2010/2011 Numbers — Outbound 8-YEAR COMPARISON : U.S. Students Going Aboard Source: Application for programs applying for CSIET 2011-2012 Listing (November 2010).
    20. 20. Where Does Your State Rank? Source: Application for programs applying for CSIET 2011-2012 Listing (November 2010).
    21. 21. Where Does Your State Really Rank ? Percentage of Exchange Students to U.S. High School Students 1 Source of High School Student Population: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), &quot;State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education,&quot; 2006-07 (prepared September 2008).
    22. 22. Where Does Your State Rank? Number of Exchange Students Hosted Source: Application for programs applying for CSIET 2011-2012 Listing (November 2010).
    23. 23. Where Are They Coming From? Source: Application for programs applying for CSIET 2011-2012 Listing (November 2010).
    24. 24. Curriculum Image Courtesy of Partnership for Global Learning
    25. 25. National School Conference:  &quot;Building Generations of Youth Exchange&quot;  Oct. 28-29, 2011 Keynote Address by Mr. Kelly Aramaki
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    27. 27. Questions, Answers & Discussion