Since 1961, the J-1 Exchange Visitor program has allowed citizens of other nations to participate in cultural exchange programs in the United States. This exceptional program is now under review and at risk. Christine Schulze outlines why the J-1 program is so valuable, both for the Villages and for the world.
Have you ever wondered how we learn? Metacognition, the skill of thinking about how we think and learn, is crucial to preparing our young people for the future. Mark Chen describes several activities to concretely develop learners’ metacognitive skills.
Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention for the month of August.
Positive solutions to complex issues start with good conversations. But what is a “good” conversation, and how do we help them to happen? At Concordia Language Villages, a simulation called the World Café allows staff members to practice honesty, vulnerability, and respect as they discuss global issues.
In this political climate, it’s easy to become obsessed with pointing out all the flaws of the ‘other side.’ Yet Helena and Britta from Sjölunden explore what happens when two people with different political views try being friends instead.