Request Process

  1. Review the current speaker biographies

  2. Create an account through our online system (preferred) OR submit the PDF request via email

  3. Request a specific speaker or anyone available

  4. After the presentation, submit feedback through the online system or fill out the PDF evaluation

Transportation

Most students do not own a car and will require transportation to be arranged by the requester for off-campus presentations. Please include the driver's name, license number, and expiration date when you submit the request.

After the presentation, arrange for the student to be taken back to campus or other agreed upon location.

Unavailable Dates

Speakers are generally not available during US holidays and the following periods:

  • Final Exams & Winter Break: December 7, 2019 - January 5, 2020

  • Finals Exams & Spring Break: March 14, 2020 - March 29, 2020

  • Finals Week & Summer Break: June 6, 2020 - September 22, 2020

Preparing for an ICSP Guest

  • Determine what topics you want the ICSP student to discuss. Specifying family life, environment, religion, holidays, celebrations, political system, education, changing traditions, etc. provides a focus for the student's preparation. Request students early in the term to insure availability.

  • In order to make the ICSP visit as meaningful and accessible as possible for the guest speaker and audience, K-12 classes should have no more than 40 (and preferably fewer) students.

  • Consider inviting several speakers from the same country or region to give your students a deeper understanding and broader perspective.

  • If a parent volunteer or staff member arranges a student visit, make sure that each teacher knows what topics have already been decided upon and, therefore, what to expect of the ICSP presentation. Also, please make sure that substitutes and any other teachers involved know what has been prearranged (pick-up time, topics to be addressed, time frame, etc.)

  • Have the necessary audio-visual equipment set up and in working order. (A malfunctioning slide projector can waste precious time.) Arrange a display table for artifacts and cultural items.

  • Arrange transportation for the ICSP guest to and from the University (see page 1 for pick-up location.) School staff, retired educators, and parent volunteers might help drive.

  • Even though each student has been carefully screened and chosen for the ICSP, they are not teachers and, therefore, should be expected to give no more than two talks in a row.

  • If several talks are scheduled, please see that the student is given a short break and water.

  • If ICSP students speak to several classes, it is best to have the school children change rooms so that display items already set up do not have to be moved. Having to move and set up twice cuts into the limited time set aside for the guest speaker.

  • When scheduling for an International Day or Fair, ICSP students have observed that more than three presentation times leaves an audience tired and bored during the last rotations.

  • Please stay in the classroom, or make sure that a responsible adult is present, to discipline when necessary. Showing an active interest in the guest speaker helps make the ICSP student feel welcome.

  • If possible, debrief your students after the presentation to assess the impact of the international speaker and re-enforce lesson goals. ICSP guest speakers are delighted to receive thank you cards from students.

  • Please complete and return the evaluation form after the talk. Constructive comments let the international guest know what aspects of the talk were most valuable and what might be improved.