The Blue Helmets and the United Nations – A presentation for the Rotary Club of New York United Nations International Breakfast Meetings

As the Chair of the Rotary Club of New York United Nations International Breakfast Meetings, it was my pleasure to welcome today Nedialko Kostov who joined the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations in 1999. Mr. Kostov is currently serving as Special Assistant to the Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in the United Nations Secretariat in New York. In his current position, he supports and advises the Assistant-Secretary-General in the management of the Office of Operations of DPKO as well as the 16 peacekeeping operations overseen by the Department. At the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York, Mr. Kostov has also served as policy officer for the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and desk officer for Chad and Northeastern Central African Republic. Nedialko Kostov was born in 1974 in Bulgaria and has studied in Bulgaria, France, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Bulgarian, and has limited knowledge of Arabic, German and Haitian Creole.

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Author: drcowinj

As an Assistant Professor & Practicum Coordinator for TESOL and Bilingual Programs at Touro College, Graduate School of Education my focus is on the Responsibility to Touro Students (Teaching), Responsibility to the Discipline (Scholarship), and Responsibility to Touro College and Community (Service). As the Practicum Coordinator, my Teacher Professional Practice identifies those aspects of a teacher’s responsibilities that have been documented through empirical studies and theoretical research as promoting improved student learning. In the framework, the complex activity of teaching is divided into the seven New York State Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Standards for teacher evaluation that are clustered into four domains of teaching responsibility (as framed in the Teachscape Danielson Rubric approved by New York State). I strive to inspire students to be creative and to model the love of lifelong learning by inculcating the habits and attitudes that create agile mindsets. 21st-century education extends well beyond the classroom and incorporates online learning technologies for L2 language acquisition and current global trends in teaching English as a Second Language. I participate fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair Elect for the New York State, NYSTESOL organization, for the 2021 conference. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications (articles in Education Update), presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to me are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning & Micro-Methodology in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.

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