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RAISING GLOBAL CHILDREN: Ways Parents Can Help Our Children Grow Up Ready to Succeed in a Multicultural Global Economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Howie Berman
(703) 894-2900

Alexandria, VA – Instilling a global mindset is one of the most important things parents can do for their children – and for the long-term success of our country – according to Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Marshall S. Berdan, husband-wife coauthors of RAISING GLOBAL CHILDREN (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL); 2013; $15.95). Highlighting the indisputable fact that globalization has created an interconnected world that demands that today’s children become globally competent adults to succeed, the Berdans provide the rationale and step-by-step actions on how to make it happen based on their own experiences and those of hundreds of other parents and educators who have raised global children.

They identify a significant disconnect: As U.S. business and government leaders clamor for workers and citizens with greater global skills, academic research demonstrates that American college graduates are woefully unprepared to operate in the global marketplace. They advocate the necessity of developing a global mindset in children as early as possible for the greatest benefits, and the book serves as a call to action for parents and teachers to work together to increase global education in our schools. 

“Globalization is here, now, and shaping how we live, work and play,” say the authors. “The earlier parents and teachers bring global messages to children the better. This hands-on guide details how to start today, with targeted sections for young children, school-age students and teens with activities that won’t break the bank.”

Written by parents for parents, the authors surveyed more than 1,000 globally successful professionals, parents seeking to raise global children and globally-minded young adults. Insights from those surveys, deepened by more than 50 follow-up interviews, bring the text to life with dozens of quotes and real-life stories.

One astounding research finding is that 98% of survey respondents recommended that children learn a second language – and as early as possible – to help develop a global mindset. This advice contradicts the reality in American schools today: Only 16 states have any kind of foreign language requirement for graduation with most instruction beginning after age 13 or 14, precisely when research shows that the ability to learn foreign languages begins to decline. Other research insights include the need for developing curiosity, open-mindedness, flexibility, resilience and self-reliance.  

This savvy, strategically incisive book is written in a friendly, engaging style and will change the way parents think about raising and educating children. Practical advice includes:

  • General parenting practices that are especially relevant to global-mindedness
  • Hows and whys of foreign language education, including advocacy strategies
  • Entertaining and easy-to-implement ideas for enhancing global awareness in any family and on ANY budget
  • Detailed recommendations on making the most of  travel with kids – domestically and abroad

Published in time to support the celebration of International Education Week beginning November 11, RAISING GLOBAL CHILDREN will be officially launched at publisher ACTFL’s landmark annual convention in Orlando (Nov. 22-24) in an effort to raise awareness and support for the importance of global education for young Americans.

RAISING GLOBAL CHILDREN offers a rich resource for parents, teachers, education advocates and anyone concerned with the future of our nation and our ability to maintain our economic leadership position in an increasingly global world.

About the Authors:
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan is an international careers expert and award-winning author. Based on her work in more than 50 countries, she counsels companies on global issues, and speaks frequently on college campuses on the topic of global careers. Marshall S. Berdan is a freelance travel writer who has been to more than 60 countries. He is a former high school English teacher and business journalist who has lived and worked in Stockholm and Hong Kong. The Berdans live in Connecticut with their twin teenage daughters.

About the Book:
TITLE:            RAISING GLOBAL CHILDREN
AUTHORS:    Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Marshall S. Berdan
ISBN #:          Paperback: 978-0-9705798-4-3; eBook: 978-0-9705798-5-0
PRICE:           Paperback: $15.95; eBook: $5.99
PUBLISHER: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
PUB. DATE:   November 2013
WEBSITE:     http://www.actfl.org/publications/books-and-brochures/raising-global-children

Note to editors: Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Marshall S. Berdan are both available for interview, along with several of the global experts who contributed to the book. Review copies are available upon request. Quotes and highlights can be provided for educational, travel, parenting or career features.

About ACTFL:
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,300 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Date: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013