Texas NAME is excited to announce that Dr. Erik J. Byker will serve as a virtual keynote for the 2018 Annual Conference at UNT-Frisco.
Dr. Byker is a fellow with the Global Teacher Education Fellowship, which is supported by Global Teacher Education and the Internationalization of Teacher Education Topical Action Group of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Dr. Byker has over 20 years of teaching experience at all levels including elementary, middle, high school, and the university. His experience includes teaching in Arlington County Public Schools, VA, teaching at a summer TESOL program in Pohang, Korea, and helping to lead the instructional experiences at the Close Up Foundation and Global Young Leaders Congress, both civic education programs located in Washington, DC.
Dr. Byker’s fields
of specialization include educational technology integration and global
citizenship education. His research agenda is comparative and international in
scope. He has conducted ethnographic field studies in Cuba, England, Germany,
India, South Africa, South Korea, and across the United States. For his dissertation, Dr. Byker lived for a year in
Bangalore, India, and collected data on how an economic cross-section of
Bangalore's elementary school teachers and students were using computer
technology in their schools. Since then, he has returned to India to
investigate the impact of volunteering for the Annual Status of Education
Report (ASER) on Indian young adults’ perceptions of citizenship, schooling,
and their future role in India’s education system. From his research studies, Dr. Byker has developed two conceptual frameworks related to the intersection of digital
technology, global citizenship, and the development of global competencies. One
framework is called Critical Cosmopolitan Theory, which is a theory that maps
the Asia Society’s global competency matrix to Paulo Freire’s work about the
development of critical consciousness. The second conceptual framework is
called “global telephony,” which examines the intersection of globalization,
education, locality, and technology. Dr. Byker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Erik J. Byker
Associate Professor, Department of Reading and Elementary
Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.