Announcing Global Leadership Week 2017

View last year’s Global Leadership Summit!

I’m thrilled and excited to announce that the second annual Global Leadership Week celebration will take place at the end of April! We invite you to join the global education community and this global celebration!

Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a weeklong convening of virtual and face to face events designed to celebrate leadership through global action in K-12 education. GLW is an opportunity for education leaders to learn from one another and share active principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age. GLW is one of the several events hosted by the Global Education Conference Network and currently is sponsored by Participate and the Institute of International Education.

During Global Leadership Week, partner organizations, companies, school districts and individual schools will design and host their virtual events to showcase thought leadership. These events will be listed on a GLW calendar posted to our website.

The Global Education Conference Network will host two flagship events itself during this week. One gathering will be an exclusive face-to-face international networking Global Education Summit at the Institute of International Education in New York City and the other will be the Global Education Fair, a virtual event that will allow educators to learn more about the work of leading global education groups. These events will be streamed and recorded for public consumption. The Global Leadership Summit is an invite-only event as space is limited. The Global Education Fair is free to attendees, and nominal fees are charged to non-profit and for-profit presenting groups to cover event costs.

Our general goals are to elevate and broaden the global education dialogue and to focus attention on the urgent need to develop global awareness and competency in students and teachers. We plan to provide resources and inspiration for teacher leaders, school leaders, district leaders and state/national leaders to further develop global goals within systems.

Here are some details about Global Leadership Week. Reach out to me if you have any questions!

This event is designed for students, educators, administrators and organization leaders working within the K-20 education space who are interested in leading change globally.

The global education community can actively participate in any of four ways.

  1. Attend our face-to-face our Global Education Summit in New York City on April 24, 2017, from 3 PM — 7 PM (invite only, reserved seating and presentation opportunities for event sponsors)
  2. Participate in the new Global Education Fair to connect to educators who might be interested in your program, service, or product. Organizations and companies pay a nominal fee to cover costs; individual educators seeking to promote a specific project may do so at no cost. (Free to attend.)
  3. Design and host a virtual event focused on global education leadership during the week of April 24th. We will post your event on our website’s calendar. If your organization is a sponsor or a non-profit, we will promote your event. (Free to post your event.)
  4. Attend any of the aforementioned virtual events hosted by participating schools and organizations. (Free to attend.)

Contact GEC Co-Chair Steve Hargadon at for details. Sponsorship benefits include featured placement on websites and in social media as well as reserved seating and speaking slots at the Global Leadership Summit and the Global Education Fair.

Organizations and companies who can conduct significant outreach about this event to an audience of more than 1000 people are welcome as media outreach partners for Global Leadership Week. These partners will be recognized on the outreach partnership page of the GLW website and via social media posts. There is no cost to serve as a media outreach partner. Contact GEC Co-Chair Lucy Gray for additional details.

A playlist of presentations from last year’s Global Leadership Day Mini-Conference

The Global Education Conference Network is a collaborative, world-wide community involving 25,000 students, educators, and organizations. GEC events are designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness, recognition of diversity, and educational access for all. The Network hosts four annual face-to-face and virtual events in addition to a webinar series with the purpose of elevating conversations around global education. Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon are co-chairs of the Global Education Conference Network.

iEARN-USA is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.

World Savvy is a national education nonprofit that works with educators, schools, and districts to integrate the highest quality of global competence teaching and learning into K-12 classrooms, so all young people can be prepared to engage, succeed, and meet the challenges of 21st-century citizenship.



Apple Distinguished Educator Lucy Gray is an educator and consultant. She is also the co-founder of Actionable Innovations Global PLC!

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Lucy Gray

Apple Distinguished Educator Lucy Gray is an educator and consultant. She is also the co-founder of Actionable Innovations Global PLC!