Our free, online, world-wide 2019 Global Education Conference takes place November 18 - 20!
Proposals are now being accepted and we encourage you to submit a proposal soon so that you can have your pick of presentation times in our schedule. Take a look at the currently accepted proposals for inspiration--presenters so far hail from Argentina, Australia, Canada, El Salvador, Hong Kong, India, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Remember that all proposals need to have an international focus and relate to our mission.  A tutorial on how to submit a proposal is available here

More GlobalEdCon Keynotes Announced

At this time, we’re pleased to announce our second set of keynote speakers have been added! We are honored and excited to have these individuals participate in our conference. See the bottom of this email for details. Note that one of these featured presentations will also be delivered in Spanish. Make sure to register for the conference today to receive future updates. 

Get Involved in the GEC Community

Here’s how you can help!

  1. Share this flyer with friends and colleagues and display GEC badges on social media. Encourage others to submit a presentation proposal! 
  2. Sign up to serve as a volunteer moderator at our online conference. No experience is necessary and we will be hosting training sessions soon.
  3. Join our advisory board and help promote and guide the conference. 
  4. Contact Lucy Gray (lucy@globaledevents.com) if you or your organization can help translate materials and/or moderate conference sessions in Spanish. We really need volunteers who can help us support other languages! 

From Around the Web

In other news, there are a few events and resources we’ve noticed around the Internet:

Thanks for your support and we’ll see you online again in November!

Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon

Updated Keynote Speakers!

Pedro Aparicio
Global Citizens Building Bridges for Empathy and Respect , Northridge School Mexico

I am a global educator with twenty five years teaching in Mexico City. I am a Google Educator Group Leader and Google Certified Innovator in Mexico City.I hold a Master's Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with a certificate in Educational Technologies from the State University of New York. I am the Founder of #MexEdChat and I have been an ISTE Edtech Advisor.

Ann C. Gaudino, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Millersville University

Dr. Ann Gaudino is as an Associate Professor at Millersville University, Pennsylvania where she teaches graduate and doctoral courses in education and education leadership. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair, Coordinator of Clinical Practice, and Director of Professional Development Schools at West Liberty University, West Virginia. She is the founder and editor of The Excellence in Education Journal (ISSN 2474-4166) now in its ninth year of publication. The journal was recently recognized by the United States Department of Education and awarded listing in the ERIC database. The EEJ is an international open access, peer reviewed, online journal that promotes and disseminates international scholarly writing about excellent practices in education (annual circulation 8,000).  For more information, visit the website at: www.excellenceineducationjournal.org

Dr. Gaudino is a member of the international advisor panel for the Global Education Conference since 2011. She and her classes of graduate students present sessions annually for the conference. Dr. Gaudino is the author of two books: A Choral Legacy and Joan Yakkey and Her Children's Choir Legacy in Florence, Italy. Both books can be purchased on Amazon.

The Global Call for the Education of Women and Girls
This keynote presentation will focus to global issues in the education and women and girls. It will include an live interview and discussion with Dr. Evangelin Arulselvi, Associate Professor, Princess Nora Bint University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Dr. Bushra Rahim, Minister and Director of Tribal Affairs for the country of Pakistan. Both Dr. Arulselvi and Dr. Rahim have dedicated their lives to raising up women and girls through education in their part of the world. They will discuss obstacles faced and how to help women and girls overcome the obstacles and well as how education can change the trajectory of lives.

Tara Hofmann
President and CEO , AFS Intercutlural Programs, USA

Tara Boyce-Hofmann has worked for AFS for more than 30 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She currently leads AFS-USA as President and CEO. Prior to her appointment in November 2018, Tara served as Chief Operating and Organizational Development Officer for AFS-USA where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan that focused on bringing innovative new programs and technologies to the organization. She joined AFS-USA in 2009 as Business Development Strategist.

Prior to her assignment in the U.S., Tara was Executive Director of AFS Hong Kong for nearly 10 years. Before her relocation to Asia, Tara worked for AFS International where she was responsible for international program coordination and organizational development for the AFS network. . She was integral in establishing AFS in Central-Eastern Europe in the early 1990s when the political realities shifted, allowing AFS to establish a presence and program in the region. During this tenure she also expanded the operations of AFS in mainland China and supporting operations in South East Asia.

Tara's life-long interest and commitment to intercultural learning began with her Syracuse University study abroad experience to France where she was enrolled in Universite de Strasbourg. A graduate from Syracuse University with a degree in Communications and French, Tara also attended the School of Public Diplomacy at Georgetown and is a graduate of their Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program. A New York City native, Tara currently lives outside Washington D.C. in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Amanda Lanicek
ISTE Global PLN leadership team, ISTE Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network (PLN) promotes digital technologies for connecting and collaborating beyond the classroom walls. The more than 2,000 member PLN can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @ISTEGlobalPLN, and you can follow the hashtag #ISTEGlobalPLN. Amanda Lanicek is an instructional coach in Texas. She has taught and coached a multitude of grade levels and subject areas ranging from K-12. She is passionate about connecting classroom and empowering educators. Amanda is the recipient of the Roger Grizzard Innovative Educator Award, Weatherford ISD Teacher of the Year, 2015 Curtis Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2015 Region XI Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2017 Great Educators Matter Award, and 2017 & 2019 ISTE Presidential Bronze Volunteer Service Award. When not turning the traditional education model upside down Amanda enjoys hanging out with animals, including her dog Trooper and her many farm animals. You can find Amanda on Twitter and Voxer @TheEdsaneT.

Bronwyn Joyce
Founder and Director , Education Elevators

Bronwyn Joyce is an educator from Australia who specialises in Curriculum Innovation and the delivery of professional development, linked to critical and creative thinking and bringing the world into classrooms. She uses the connection of social media to mentor and globalise teachers and classrooms internationally.

Bronwyn has travelled the world speaking about the importance of preparing students to be future ready. She is also an advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Goals. She will host the first ever OGC Global Summit for Future Ready Education in Australia, July 2020.

Bronwyn believes we live in a world where we should be learning together. Her Our Global Classroom mission statement is simple – One World, One Classroom.
http://educationelevators.com and http://ourglobalclassroom.blog

Jennifer D. Klein
Founder, PLS / Head of School, GLC, Principled Learning Strategies | PLS: Fundadora / GLC: Rectora, Principled Learning Strategies / Gimnasio Los Caobos

A product of experiential project-based education herself, Jennifer D. Klein taught college and high school English and Spanish for 19 years, including five years in Central America and 11 years in all-girls education. In 2010, Jennifer left teaching to begin PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, through which she provides professional development to support the integration of authentic student-driven global learning experiences in schools. She has a broad background in global program planning and evaluation, student-driven curricular strategies, single-sex education, student service travel, cultural inclusivity, and experiential, inquiry-driven learning. Her first book, The Global Education Guidebook: Humanizing K-12 Classrooms Worldwide through Equitable Partnerships, was published by Solution Tree Press in June, 2017. In August, 2017, Jennifer became Head of School at Gimnasio Los Caobos, a project-based preK-12 school outside of Bogotá, Colombia, where she also writes articles on education for various Colombian publications. As a writer, speaker and bilingual workshop facilitator, Jennifer strives to inspire educators and shift practices in schools around the world. | Un producto de la educación experimental basada en proyectos, Jennifer D. Klein enseñó inglés y español en universidades y colegios por 19 años, incluyendo cinco años en centroamérica y 11 años en la educación de damas. En 2010, Jennifer dejó la enseñanza para empezar PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, por medio de cual ofrece desarrollo profesional para apoyar la integración en escuelas de experiencias autenticas, globales y centradas en los estudiantes. Ella tiene una historia amplia en la planificación y evaluación de programas globales, estrategias curriculares centradas en los estudiantes, la educación de un solo género, los viajes de servicio para estudiantes, la inclusión cultural, y la educación experiential y basada en investigación. Su primer libro, sobre la construcción de asociaciones globales equitativas, fue publicado (en inglés) por Solution Tree Press en la primavera del 2017. En agosto del mismo año, Jennifer se hizo Rectora de Gimnasio Los Caobos, un colegio de pre-kinder a 11º basado en proyectos, en las afueras de Bogotá, Colombia, donde también escribe columnas sobre la educación para varias publicaciones colombianas. Como escritora, presentadora y facilitadora de talleres bilingües, Jennifer intenta inspirar educadores y cambiar sus prácticas en escuelas alrededor del mundo.
http://principledlearning.org / http://gimnasioloscaobos.com

Leading Global Innovation in a Traditional Context | Liderando la Innovación Global en un Contexto Traditional
Leading globally innovative education in any context has its challenges, but they are particularly marked in more traditional cultural and educational contexts. Since July 2017, I have served as Head of School at Gimnasio Los Caobos, a project-based school in Bogota, Colombia, a nearly post-conflict region with a largely traditional educational system where, among other things, university entrance is based solely on national exam scores. This session will explore the challenges of transforming education in such a context, and will provide strategies for schools attempting to incorporate student-centered, globally-connected learning in other traditional regions of the world. | Liderar la educación global innovadora en cualquier contexto tiene sus retos, pero son particularmente marcados en culturas y contextos educacionales tradicionales. Desde julio 2017, he servido como Rectora de Gimnasio Los Caobos, un colegio basado en proyectos en Bogotá, Colombia, una región casi pos-conflicto con un sistema educacional tradicional donde, entre otras cosas, la entrada a la universidad esta basada solamente en los resultados de los exámenes nacionales. Esta sesión explorará los retos de transformar la educación en un contexto así, y brindará estrategias para escuelas que quieren incorporar el aprendizaje centrado en los estudiantes y conectado globalmente en otras regiones tradicionales del mundo.

Jennifer Manise
Executive Director, Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs & International Understanding

Jennifer Manise is the Executive Director of the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding. Since it was founded in 1966, the Longview Foundation has been seeking to build a more peaceful, just, & sustainable world by equipping youth with a global perspective and understanding of political, social, and environmental issues worldwide.

Prior to joining the Longview Foundation, Ms. Manise was the Director of Program Development and Operations at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

She resides in the Metro DC area with her patient husband and two amazing daughters.

Dana Mortenson
Co-founder & CEO, World Savvy

Dana is the Co-Founder and CEO of World Savvy, a national education nonprofit working to educate and engage youth as responsible global citizens. World Savvy supports change agents in K-12 education to create more inclusive, adaptive schools that ensure all young people can develop the skills and dispositions needed to thrive in a more diverse, interconnected world. World Savvy programs provide support at three critical levels to deeply integrate global competence into teaching, learning and culture: student engagement, teacher capacity and school and district leadership support. Since 2002 she has led the organization through significant national expansion, reaching nearly 730,000 middle and high school youth and nearly 6,000 educators across 26 states and 12 countries, from offices based in Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York. Dana is an Ashoka Fellow, was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 under 40 Progressive American Leaders, and was winner of the Tides Foundation’s Jane Bagley Lehman award for excellence in public advocacy in 2014. She is a frequent speaker on global education and social entrepreneurship at high profile convenings nationally and internationally, and World Savvy’s work has been featured in PBS, the The New York Times, Edutopia and a range of local and national media outlets covering education and innovation.

William Piper
5th Grade World Cultural Geography Teacher, University School of Milwaukee

Over the past 18 years, William Piper has developed a World Cultural Geography curriculum for his fifth grade students at University School of Milwaukee as their social studies course. The goal of the class is for young learners to understand how people around the world are both similar and uniquely different. As the course has evolved over the years, it has been Piper's goal to connect with classrooms and students in the parts of the world that Piper's students are learning about. The Global Education Conference Network has been an invaluable resource for Piper as he has met and learned with marquee educators in all corners of the globe.

Krishna Pujari
Founder/Director, Reality Tours and Travel

I moved to Mumbai when i was 13 from a farmers village in South India.

I used to work in cafes and restaurants and in 2005 me and friend of mine set up this company with social responsibility. We started the Tour company to show the real side of slums and its community. we also do tours all over India now, having base in Mumbai and Delhi. We also operate in Nepal.

I loves meeting people and taking them on our tours and learning from them, I believe everyone, can teach and learn from each other.

Tom Vander Ark
CEO, Getting Smart

Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises school districts and networks, education foundations and funders and impact organizations on the path forward. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom is author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities That Work for Everyone, Smart Parents and Better Together and has published thousands of articles, co-authored more than 50 books and white papers. He writes regularly on GettingSmart.com, LinkedIn, and contributes to Forbes.

Previously he served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience. Tom co-founded the first education venture fund, Learn Capital. Tom is a board member for Education Board Partners, Director for 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, and eduInnovation and Advisor for One Stone, Teton Science Schools and Whittle School & Studios.

F. Margret Atkinson
ISTE Global PLN leadership team, ISTE Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network (PLN) promotes digital technologies for connecting and collaborating beyond the classroom walls. The more than 2,000 member PLN can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @ISTEGlobalPLN, and you can follow the hashtag #ISTEGlobalPLN. Margret Atkinson teaches 6-8 literature in Zachary, Louisiana, and through her work with Real World Scholars's EdCorps, National History Day, and Teach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and her students' EdCorps The Upstander Brand, she engages for student voice to affect change. You can find her on Twitter, Voxer, and Periscope at @fmargret.

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