Internationalization Of K 12 Education : The Role Of School Counselors

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Internationalization in K-12 Education: The Role of School Counselors
The changing demographics across the United States necessitate the incorporation of an internationalized curriculum into our K-12 schools. According to the 2012 Census, international migration will be the principal factor in U.S. population growth in the next several decades (U.S. Census Bureau). Currently, approximately 14% of the U.S. population was born in another country (NCES, 2014). Furthermore, one in five students speaks another language at home besides English, which equates to an estimated 11 million elementary, middle, and high school multilingual students. In particular, 69% of Hispanic/Latino and 64% of Asian elementary and secondary school students speak another language at home. Students designated as English Language Learners account for an estimated 4.4 million students or 9% of all students in the United States (NCES, 2014).
The purpose of this article is both to broadly examine the role of internationalized education in K-12 schools and within the counseling profession, and to specifically provide a rationale and framework for how the unique qualities and functions of school counselors align with an ability and responsibility to emphasize and implement globally focused programs and interventions. Though the concept of “internationalization” within the educational arena has multiple definitions and varied applications, typically, as well as for the purposes of this article, it refers to
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