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Tolbert Named to International Board

Marilyn Tolbert Named to ETEN boardCongratulations to Dr. Marilyn Tolbert, named to the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) Board. Her new appointment was announced at the organization’s 2018 conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

TCU is one of just six ETEN member universities and schools in the United States. The network promotes cooperation, exchange, research and publication possibilities and its board represents more than 50 member universities from 20 countries. Tolbert will help coordinate ETEN internal affairs between meetings, and plan the annual leadership meeting and annual conference.

Tolbert previously served a two-year term as TCU’s ETEN Coordinator, tasked with attending two meetings in Europe each year with other Coordinators across the globe, as well as developing international student exchanges with other ETEN coordinators. Tolbert was also responsible for all communication, transportation, healthcare and housing arrangements between TCU and other international universities. Dr. Becky Taylor now serves as TCU’s ETEN Coordinator.

“The ETEN partnership is an outstanding network of diverse educators seeking to cooperate with partners in education across the globe,” she said. Our students’ study abroad experiences are richer because of this network. I am honored and grateful to the ETEN network and TCU for choosing me to serve on the Board of Directors and participate in planning for growth, opportunities and continued success for students and professors.”

TCU became an ETEN partner during the 2001-02 academic year to expand international student teaching and faculty exchange opportunities. The School of Education at the time hosted ETEN’s fall meeting in 2004-05 and the number of students who taught internationally quickly increased.

Now the College of Education sends approximately 20 students each spring to countries throughout Europe to study and enhance their educational and teaching experiences. TCU hosts approximately 12 students each year from Europe so they can experience a learning opportunity in the U.S.

TCU’s College of Education and the TCU Study Abroad office work collaboratively to provide financial aid and prepare students for their four-week teach abroad experience. The College provides funding for students with a financial need thanks to the Herbert and Mamie LaGrone Teacher Education Student Leadership Fund and the Salmon International Student Teaching Endowed Fund.

In 2017, $36,265 in financial support was provided for 18 of 22 teacher candidates traveling internationally to student teach.