July 2010

Mobility International USA produced a ten-minute video (below) highlighting the success of high school students with disabilities who are participating in international exchange via the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. The video includes interviews with several YES participants, as well as their American host families, teachers, and classmates, who all note what a positive experience hosting exchange students in their homes and communities has been.

 

► Ann Stock was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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The National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) is looking to fill the position of Program Associate for Communications in their Washington, DC office. See the full position description below, and visit the NCIV website for further information.

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The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) is looking to fill the position of Sales Development Manager for Au Pair in America in their Stamford, Connecticut office. See the full position description below, and visit this link for further information and to apply.

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(Tijana Milosevic, Public Policy Intern for the Public Diplomacy Council, compiled this report.)

The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy held a public meeting yesterday to discuss measurement tools used in the evaluation of U.S. government public diplomacy efforts.

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“If you speak to a man in a language he understands, you speak to his head,” Nelson Mandela once said. “If you speak to him in his own language, you speak to his heart.”

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 07/16/10.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this week titled “Engaging Foreign Audiences: Assessment of Public Diplomacy Platforms Could Help Improve State Department Plans to Expand Engagement.” The report recommends that the Secretary of State and the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs “conduct an assessment of the relative effectiveness of each of State’s overseas outreach platforms, such as by measuring how each platform has expanded engagement with foreign audiences.”

⇒ A policy briefing on “Language Learning in a Global Age” focused on the fact that Americans lag far behind their global peers in foreign language skills, and strongly argued that this trend must be reversed.

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The Alliance is very pleased to announce that Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Alliance Membership Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for October 5-6, 2010, in Washington, DC. Assistant Secretary Stock will speak at the opening luncheon on October 5.