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The Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education engages with people, institutions and ideas around the world to address issues of educational quality and equity. We develop and sustain collaborative networks across boundaries of geography, culture and discipline to facilitate innovations that improve education.


Current initiatives

Argentina Educator Training Program

The Argentina Educator Training Program allowed 25 teachers from Argentina to travel to Arizona to enhance their pedagogical skills and learn about culture and education systems in the U.S. Participants received training in teaching methodologies and strategies to build their instructional capacity, engaged in cross-cultural exchanges with American educators and had immersion experiences in classrooms in the Osborn Elementary School District and at ASU Preparatory Academy.

  • Principal investigators: Gustavo Fischman, Ann Nielsen
  • Funding source: American Councils for International Education
  • Funding amount: $100,000
  • Program implementation date: 2017


Building Leadership for Change through School Immersion Program

In partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education and the Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission, CASGE is providing a year of study for 52 teacher leaders from Saudi Arabia at ASU. ASU will coordinate the program with Global Launch; Ashoka’s Youth Venture; and the Washington Elementary, Phoenix Elementary, and Cave Creek Unified school districts. English language instruction, professional development and a school immersion program will support the visiting educators in bolstering their leadership skills.


Exchange Program for Brazilian Awarded Principals

In March 2018, CASGE hosted the 10-day Exchange Program for Brazilian Awarded Public School Principals. Participants began their visit in Washington, D.C., learning about the U.S. education system, engaging in roundtable discussions with leading educational experts and visiting national monuments and museums. The exchange continued in Phoenix, Arizona, where participants toured traditional, vocational, charter and specialty schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area and on the Navajo Nation reservation. The principals returned to Brazil with resources and materials to share and a customized action plan for their education communities.


Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers

Fulbright DAI brings international primary and secondary teachers to the U.S. for a semester-long program to observe, pursue individual or group projects, take courses for professional development at a host university and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues.  DAI Fellows will benefit from school field experiences in the Phoenix Union High School and Balsz Elementary School districts.


International Leaders in Education Program

The International Leaders in Education Program provides teacher-leaders from around the world unique opportunities to develop their subject area mastery, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. ILEP fellows collaborated with educators from the Phoenix Union High School District to learn about the American educational system and to apply new skills in American classrooms. CASGE, in partnership with the International Research Exchange Board, has hosted ILEP Fellows since 2012.

  • Principal investigator: Ann Nielsen
  • Funding source: U.S. Department of State
  • Funding amount: $185,000
  • Program implementation date: 2018


Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The ASU Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a comprehensive scholarship program that educates and prepares young people, particularly from Africa, to lead change and have a positive social influence in their communities. It will support 270 Mastercard Foundation Scholars over a 10-year period. Phase 1, Undergraduate Scholarships, provides support for four cohorts of scholars to pursue undergraduate degrees in a variety of fields at ASU. Phase II, Strengthening Institutional Linkages, supports students from select partner institutions in Ghana in completing accelerated master’s degrees at ASU, and facilitates faculty exchanges with the partner institutions.

  • Principal investigators: Tamara WebbAlfredo Artiles
  • Funding source: Mastercard Foundation
  • Funding amount: $21,918,418
  • Program implementation dates: 2016–22


West Bank-Gaza Preservice Teacher Education Project

ASU, the International Research and Exchanges Board and Palestinian higher education institutions are collaborating with the West Bank’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education to improve the quality of education diploma programs for future teachers. The project leads the processes of reviewing and updating preservice standards, developing educational diploma programs of study, and training and providing ongoing mentoring support to university faculty and staff in the administration of educational diploma programs and practicum experiences.

  • Principal investigators: Samuel DiGangi, Ann Nielsen
  • Funding source: International Research and Exchanges Board
  • Funding amount: $4,972,525
  • Program implementation dates: 2017–22


YouLead — Youth Employment and Business Start Up Program

YouLead, a collaboration between the governments of Sri Lanka and the U.S., is an effort to support youth employability, vocational skills development and entrepreneurship. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the Thunderbird School of Global Management are ASU’s academic partners in a consortium led by the International Executive Service Corps that also includes the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce, Global Communities, Skills for Life and Verité Research. The YouLead initiative will create a more skilled and flexible workforce by building the capacity of students, teachers and institutions, and entrepreneurs.

  • Principal investigators: Ann Nielsen, Samuel DiGangi, Tom Hunsaker
  • Funding source: United States Agency for International Development
  • Funding amount: $753,579
  • Program implementation dates: 2017–21

Previous initiatives

India Support for Teacher Education Program

In-STEP, the India Support for Teacher Education Program, was a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development, the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development and ASU. In-STEP provided 110 Indian educators advanced coursework to support locally relevant education reforms and to develop a sustainable model of professional development.

  • Principal investigator: Samuel DiGangi
  • Funding source: United States Agency for International Development
  • Funding amount: $4,300,000
  • Program implementation dates: 2013–15


Next Generation Leaders Program

With the Next Generation Leader Program, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, in partnership with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the International Research Exchange Board, developed an intensive program to support 10 emerging education leaders in their quest to transform and enhance education in the West Bank.

  • Funding source: Private donor
  • Funding amount: $834,100
  • Program implementation dates: 2016–17


South Sudan Education Fellows Program

Through the South Sudan Education Fellows Program, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College worked in conjunction with the South Sudan Ministry of Education — Science and Technology to build the capacity and enhance the abilities of 16 secondary school teacher leaders to support their efforts to accelerate student achievement and learning in classrooms in South Sudan.

  • Funding source: Private donor
  • Funding amount: $980,000
  • Program implementation date: 2015