The Leadership and Educational Action Resource Network (LEARN): Binational Graduate Student Collaboration for Educational Improvement in Chile project (Project LEARN-Chile) implements a transnational research and learning opportunity for doctoral students in education at Texas State University. Participants will collaborate with doctoral students at our partner universities in Chile, Universidad Alberto Hurtado and Universidad Diego Portales, in a research as service learning initiative. The project will occur via a doctoral seminar course in the Fall 2015 semester and involves travel to Chile in November 2015. Travel awards have been made to 18 doctoral students in the Ph.D. in Education program (School Improvement or Adult, Professional & Community Education majors are welcome). Travel Award applications were due June 21, 2015 (see Course & Travel Award link in the menu bar above).
Project LEARN-Chile is funded through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas program, which is President Obama’s signature educational initiative for the Western Hemisphere. Universities from all nations in the Western Hemisphere were eligible to apply, and we are pleased to be one of the 8% of proposals funded in our competition round. Texas State’s grant award was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Summit of the Americas/Cumbre de las Americas in Panama City, Panama in April 2015. This research and learning opportunity for doctoral students in Chile is one manifestation of an ongoing collaboration developing a sustainable learning community involving the Ph.D. in Education (SI & APCE) program at Texas State University and the joint Ph.D. in Education program at Universidad Alberto Hurtado & Universidad Diego Portales, located in Santiago de Chile. Provost Bourgeois signed a Memorandum of Understanding and International Agreement with Universidad Alberto Hurtado during the visit of 4 Chilean doctoral professors to Texas State University in October 2014. During this visit, the Chilean professors and Texas State faculty participated in joint research seminars, strategic planning for internationalization of doctoral studies and research initiatives, meetings with doctoral students, and visits to Del Valle ISD public schools. Texas State representatives (5 doctoral faculty and 2 doctoral candidates) then visited the Chilean universities in September 2015 to complete this exchange and to continue partnership building in areas of educational research and doctoral education. Both exchange visits were supported by grant awards from the Embassy of the United States-Santiago de Chile.
Dr. Michael O’Malley, Principal Investigator, Chair & Associate Professor
Tanya Long, Co-Principal Investigator, Doctoral Research Assistant