International Education Organization Joins GSE on Arlington Campus

Posted: February 13, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), an umbrella organization for approximately 500 American/international schools around the world, has made the Arlington Campus its home base as a new branch of the Graduate School of Education (GSE).

AAIE’s member schools educate the children of American government officials and businesspeople with interests overseas, says Executive Director Herbert Berg, who served as superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools before joining AAIE last summer. “Our mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas promoting intercultural, international education and to offer services that meet the needs of the American/international schools worldwide,” he says.

Berg says the interest and support of GSE Dean Jeff Gorrell led him to consider George Mason as AAIE’s partner university. “We moved to Washington, D.C., to gain higher visibility and presence for AAIE, and it is because of Dean Gorrell’s initiative and interest in our organization that we were able to join the Graduate School of Education.”

Plans for collaboration with GSE faculty and programs are underway. AAIE has developed a partnership with the FAST TRAIN program, which prepares students for teaching positions in international schools, and Berg has invited Gorrell to speak at AAIE’s annual conference in March. In addition, he envisions recruiting possibilities for George Mason from AAIE’s international schools–a market that is currently untapped.

Gorrell sees the partnership as an exciting opportunity for the school. “This is a friendly partnership that we expect to open some interesting doors, including more opportunities for our faculty and students in international arenas.”

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