04/10/2013 04:02 PM
BATON ROUGE – Leah Katherine Saal and Deanna Kay Rice, doctorate students in the LSU
School of Education, were recently honored by the Comparative International Education
Society, or CIES, at its annual conference on March 13, in New Orleans.
Saal and Rice’s paper “Mon Amie, I mean, Mi Amiga”: Two Louisiana educational researchers
in Chile,” was selected for a highlighted session at the conference by the Latin American
Special Interest Group, or LASIG. The duo later learned that they had also won a Student
CIES is a scholarly association dedicated to increasing the understanding of educational
issues, trends and policies through comparative, cross-cultural and international
perspectives. Its nearly 2,500 individual members – researchers, analysts, practitioners
and students – use different conceptual frameworks to explore topics related to education.
“The Latin America Special Interest Group serves as a conduit to expand the conversations
about, around and from Latin America about education broadly understood,” said Daniel
Friedrich, assistant professor of curriculum at the Teachers College of Columbia University
and co-chair of the LASIG. “The highlighted sessions at the CIES annual conference
present the most highly reviewed papers in the SIG, representing some of the most
thought-provoking and interesting research being currently conducted on the region.”
Saal and Rice received this recognition as a result of their research in Chile in
summer 2012. While in Chile, Rice and Saal discovered a number of striking similarities
between the educational systems in Chile and Louisiana, some of which include access
to education and educational resources.
“Our own colonial past, and, therefore, educational system are so similar to Chile’s
– there are many local implications for educators as well as policy makers,” Saal
“It opened our horizons beyond what we could have imagined and fostered a world view
of what we do as educators,” Rice said.
“The Teaching in Chile program helps to interpret and make sense of how we see the
world and how we understand our relationships as people with those outside of the
United States. Ms. Saal and Ms. Rice, as graduate assistants on the trip, were not
only able to participate in the experience themselves, but help mediate and support
their younger peers, a truly rich experience,” said LSU Assistant Professor Kenneth
Fasching-Varner, who coordinates the Teaching in Chile program.
The School of Education is one of six schools realigned to form the new LSU College
of Human Sciences & Education, joining the School of Human Resource Education and
Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information
Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. For more
information on the School of Education, visit www.lsu.edu/education.
For more information on the Comparative and International Education Society, visit
For more information on the School of Education, visit www.lsu.edu/education.
For more information on the College of Human Sciences & Education, visit www.lsu.edu/chse.
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013