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Kenneth Cushner

Kenneth Cushner

Cuyahoga Falls, United States

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Emeritus professor of international and Intercultural education, Kent State University. Intercultural Specialist and Professor with Semester at Sea.

About me

Dr. Kenneth Cushner is an Emeritus Professor of International and Intercultural Teacher Education, served as Executive Director of International Affairs and has been Associate Dean at Kent State University (1987 – 2015). Prior to his university appointment he taught in schools in Switzerland, Australia and the United States, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa while a degree scholar at the East-West Center. Dr. Cushner is a Founding Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy for Intercultural Research; has been a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden (2008) and Poland (2016); has been a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University, the College of the Bahamas, University of Newcastle (Australia) and the University of Nis (Serbia); and twice served as director of COST – the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching. He is author or editor of several books and articles in the field of intercultural education including: Human Diversity in Education: An Intercultural Approach ( 9th ed., 2019), Teacher as Traveler: Enhancing the Intercultural Competence of Teachers and Students (2019), Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence (2007), and Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide (2nd ed., 1996). He has traveled with young people and teachers on all seven continents. Since retiring from Kent State University, Dr. Cushner has consulted with ECIS, a network of 400+ international schools in 90 countries; with NAFSA: Association of Intercultural Educators; has served as Intercultural Specialist on Semester at Sea voyages around the world; and has instituted a professional development program for teachers in a Massai community school in northern Tanzania (www.ieftz.org). 

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

International Partnership Story Project.  Since 2015, students at Hudson Middle School (Ohio, USA) and Orkeeswa School in Tanzania (www.ieftz.org) have been collaborating in joint story writing.  Children in one country begin the writing of a story addressing a social or global issue.  Throughout the process, they learn characteristics of writing, such as character and plot development.   These children write the first half of a story, bringing it to a climax.  Children in the partner country finish the story and translate it into their home language.  When completed, we have international partnership stories in two languages, written (and illustrated) by children in two countries.