“Getting Teacher Migration and Mobility Right” asked teachers about the most valuable professional support received while teaching abroad.

Of the 960 responses, the largest share of teachers (n = 519) indicate that they value collegial support. These forms of support range from formal mentor and peer evaluation programs to general professional collaboration and opportunities to interact with and observe colleagues. Many teachers place particular value on connecting with fellow educators who have experience teaching abroad, sometimes making these connections in person and sometimes on line.  

The second most cited category of support that teachers value (n = 501) relates to formal professional development training and instruction. These responses included conferences and continuing education to strengthen qualifications. Of the training topics most valued, classroom or behavior management was cited most often, with strategies for instruction, assessment or lesson planning also rating very highly. A sizeable number of teachers also valued training related to the integration and use of technology. In addition, many teachers valued support specific to their content areas.  

The third broad category of responses indicates that many teachers (291) value support for their social and cultural integration into a new environment. These forms of support might come in the form of formal orientation programs, or through less structured channels. Many sources offer this support: employers, recruitment agencies, unions, community or religious organizations, or individual family or community members. Importantly, teachers found that cultural understanding was important both for their own integration and for their ability to effectively reach students.  

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