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Moscow State Pedagogical University Administrators Visited Caldwell March 8 Left to right: Director of the Office of Graduate Studies Ellina Chernobilsky; Rector of Moscow State University of Education Professor Alexey L. Semenov; Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner; Dean of the School of Higher Education of Moscow Pedagogical State University Dr. Konstantin Ziskin; Mrs. Kseniya Salnikova, representative, International Department of Moscow State Pedagogical University.

Caldwell, N.J., March 8, 2016 –Higher Education administrators from Russia visited Caldwell University on Tuesday March 8 to learn about teaching practices and graduate programs and to share information.

Professor Alexey L. Semenov, rector of Moscow State University of Education, and Dr. Konstantin Ziskin, dean of the School of Higher Education of Moscow Pedagogical State University, met with Caldwell administration and educators and toured the campus. Arranged by Caldwell’s Director of the Office of Graduate Studies Dr. Ellina Chernobilsky, the group visited with Caldwell President Nancy Blattner, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Barbara Chesler, and faculty in the Education Division and Art Department.

The visitors learned about student teaching and field experiences in education, how a liberal arts curriculum is organized, and how graduate programs are structured.

Dr. Semenov said they were struck by the similarities between the two institutions including their goals for improving teacher preparation and increasing student motivation.

The visitors toured the Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. They also visited the Academic Success Center and were impressed with the ways the Center helps students become better learners.

The educators discussed possibilities for collaborations with Caldwell including study abroad experiences.