Don’t Miss These GlobalEdCon Sessions!

GlobalEdCon is a free, online event for those interested in global education, and by global education, we mean globally connected teaching and learning. Now in its 8th year, our conference presents an around-the-clock opportunity for educators and organizations from around the globe to meet and share knowledge. See the full conference schedule in your time zone and make sure to register. We’re also provided a conference guide for participants!

Our mission is to increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness, recognition of diversity, and educational access for all. The conference presents ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, we hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world.

GlobalEdCon is intentionally scheduled to coincide with International Education Week and kicks off Monday, November 13th at noon central (GMT-6). See the entire schedule in YOUR time zone here. Our opening keynote speakers will be Michael Furdyk of TakingITGlobal and Terry Godwaldt of the Centre for Global Education. My co-chair, Steve Hargadon, and I are especially excited because GlobalEdCon is now officially a part of the TakingITGlobal family. Last month, we initiated a strategic alliance with TakingITGlobal that will empower both organizations. We are officially a non-profit organization!

Our second keynote presentation on Monday, November 13th at 3 PM central (GMT-6) is a special panel. We’ve coordinated schedules around the world to bring you leading and experienced global educators. During this session, Where in the World is Global Education?, this group will discuss the current state of global citizenship education and other related topics. Invited participants include practitioners, academics and policymakers from all over the globe. Panel participants include Mali Bickley (TakingITGlobal, Canada), Gavin Dykes (Education World Forum, United Kingdom), Ed Gragert (Global Woods Consulting, United States), Lucy Gray (GlobalEd Events, United States), Steve Hargadon (The Learning Revolution, United States), Julie Lindsay (Flat Connections, Australia), Ann Michaelsen (Sandvika VGS, Norway), Anne Mirtschin (Hawkesdale P12 College, Australia), Dana Mortenson (World Savvy, United States), and George Saltsman (Lamar University, United States).

On Monday, we also will feature Sylvia Libow Martinez, co-author of Invent to Learn, and she will be delivering a keynote on the Maker movement around the world at 6 PM Central (GMT-6). Following her will be Lori Roe, an Apple Distinguished Educator and instructional technology specialist in Delaware. Her presentation will be a perfect complement to Sylvia’s as she will be discussing global school partnerships.

Finally, our last keynote speaker in US time zones on Monday will be Australia’s Martin Levins, another Apple Distinguished Educator who is currently President of the Australian Council for Computers in Education. Sylvia, Lori and Martin have been friends of mine in the ed tech world for years and are just phenomenal thought leaders. Lori and I traveled to Europe with other Apple Distinguished Educator in 2006, and that trip inspired both of us to pursue global initiatives.

Tuesday’s keynote lineup starts at 9 AM Central with Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, Senior Fellow of Global Competence at ASCD. ASCD has a new global learning continuum and will be co-hosting our Global Leadership Summit with us (GlobalEd Events) next March at their conference in Boston. We are thrilled that ASCD believes global education is essential in schools today and are excited to partner with them.

At 3 PM, we’re very excited to have a bilingual keynote address delivered by Fabrice Fresse and Jean-Luc Moreau; part of this address will be in English and part of it will be in French. Their topic will be on an EU program called Erasmus+ that supports all sort of education initiatives in Europe. Steve and I became familiar with Erasmus + while visiting a school in Paris last winter that was hosting an ed tech training for teachers from all over Europe. Thus, we are thrilled to have our conference audience learn more about their efforts in the global citizenship space. Also, as an aside and a sign that it is a small world, Fabrice is currently teaching in the United States as part of Participate’s cultural exchange experience.

Also, on Tuesday, meet Erin Towns at 6 PM Central, a Maine educator and world traveler, who will be talking about global professional development opportunities. I first met Erin at a conference in Maine organized by Mike Muir, and was super impressed by her use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in her classroom. I hope she’ll touch on GIS in her keynote!

Our final keynote on Tuesday is Mexican author Franz De Paula who was suggested by GEC leadership team member Lisa Petro. Franz is truly a Renaissance man with interests and expertise in many creative endeavors. In his keynote, which I think will be given in both English and Spanish, we will learn more about his Mentalmorfosis movement.

On Wednesday, November 14th, there will be a keynote address by Kevin Crouch of Consilience Learning at 5 AM Central. Kevin is an experience international school leader and will be sharing his ideas on innovation and data in relation to providing a global education to students. I believe Kevin is currently based in France. Make sure also to check out the ASB Unplugged Conference which is a face-to-face innovation conference organized by Consilience.

Following Kevin’s keynote, we are pleased to bring you another keynote panel that will be originating from Doha, Qatar as the panelists will be attending the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Join Qatar Foundation International’s Maggie Mitchell Salem, Washington DC’s Deputy Mayor of Education Jennie Niles, and Alan Mather, Chief of the Office of College and Career Success at Chicago Public Schools. They will be discussing the role public/private partnerships in furthering global education initiatives.

At 12:00 PM Central on Wednesday, Liam Wegimont will be joining us. Liam a school principal and also serves as the chairperson and co-founder of GENE. GENE delivers comprehensive reports and research on the state of global education in Europe and also has held various convenings to bring stakeholders together. My co-chair, Steve Hargadon, and I attended GENE’s Paris Conference on Global Education last year, and you can read the subsequent report here. Steve and I found this to be a fantastic learning experience mainly since we want to connect with more European educators and organizations. More events such as this are needed between countries.

Our final keynote on Wednesday will be given by pammoran and Ira David Socol, of Albemarle County Schools in Virginia. Pam is the current Superintendent of Schools and Ira serves as the Executive Director of Technology and Innovation. Learn about their foundational work around bringing innovation to a large public school system. Several Albemarle teachers have been presented at our conference in the past, and we are very delighted to have Pam make an appearance this year as she recently announced her retirement!

And if you haven’t had enough global goodness, our Thursday keynotes promise to deliver. Jennifer Williams, Director of Education Strategy at Participate, will present at 9 AM on Thursday, November 16th. Jennifer will be followed by Taylor Nelson and David Bornstein of Solutions Journalism. David is also a columnist for the New York Times. We were introduced to David by Dana Mortenson and last year as he served on a media panel for our 2017 Global Leadership Summit and are excited to learn about his new content platform that is open to students and teachers. Sign up here to explore Solutions U.

We hope that you will take time to drop into these keynote sessions as well our plethora of general sessions taking place next week during International Education Week. All of these presenters are generously sharing their knowledge and expertise with the world, and I am certain that everyone is eager for a receptive and enthusiastic audience. Come learn more and support the efforts of some amazing and talented people!




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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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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