The 2018 Global Leadership Summit

Powered by ASCD and Global Education Events

In a time of increased cultural diversity, global connectivity, and polarization of perspectives, how can leaders in classrooms, schools, districts, and education policy arenas support students with the competencies to thrive in college, careers, and as citizens in diverse communities?

The day-long Global Leadership Summit, co-hosted by ASCD and Global Education Events (GlobalEdCon), will convene classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and thought leaders in an interactive and engaging program.

The Global Leadership Summit will provide participants the unique opportunity to:

  • Develop the capacity to lead classrooms and educational systems that teach students empathy, valuing diverse perspectives, cross-cultural communication and collaboration skills, and critical thinking and problem-solving around real-world issues.
  • Network with innovative and inspiring teachers, principals, district leaders, thought leaders, and NGOs committed to educating students for a diverse, global society.
  • Receive resources and generate new ideas that can help you make immediate changes in your educational context.
  • Share best programs and practices in advocating for and implementing global learning initiatives with educators around the country and the world.
  • Find out how you can get involved with and utilize ASCD’s resources on Global Competencies for Educational Leaders.

Find resources from this event in this Participate portal, and follow all of our featured speakers on Twitter.


If you will be in Boston, make sure to register for the Summit. Otherwise, catch portions of our program on our Facebook page. We will be streaming live during the morning keynote and panels. The ignite talks and closing discussion will also be streamed live.

8:00 am — Coffee and sign-in

8:30 am — Welcome

8:45 am — Opening Keynote Address

9:30 am — Panel Discussion 1

10:30 am — Break

10:45 am — Panel Discussion 2

11:45 am — Panel Debrief

12:00 pm — Lunch (provided to registrants)

12:30 pm — Ignite Talks

1:00 pm — Roundtable Discussions (Round 1)

1:45 p.m. — Roundtable Discussions (Round 2)

2:30 pm — Closing Discussion: Taking Ideas to Action

3:30 pm — Event Conclusion


Entryways to Global Education: Local Solutions for Going Global

Brandon L. Wiley is the chief program officer for the Buck Institute for Education. Having worked as a classroom teacher, district administrator, international education consultant, and nonprofit leader, Wiley offers practical experience leading local, state, and national initiatives focused on school and district reform and implementing innovative programs. His national work includes serving as the executive director of Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network, where he led the growth of a national network of design-driven public and charter schools that developed students’ global competence and college and career readiness. Wiley has also provided strategic support to districts and school leadership on topics of global competence, competency-based learning, school development, and project-based learning.


Global Education Advocacy and Implementation Success Stories: Learning from Trailblazing Leaders

Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Lecturer in Education, Senior Principal Investigator and Steering Committee Member at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also founded the Future of Learning Institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable individuals to carry out quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary work and develop their global competence. Veronica’s current research focuses on how teachers develop their capacity to educate for global competence with quality in contexts ranging from DC Public Schools, in Washington, International Baccalaureate schools, museums such as the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, and through cultural and virtual exchanges with China and Japan. Veronica has served as an advisor to the OECD-PISA, Asia Society, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Chief State School Officers, International Baccalaureate, WorldSavy and Global Kids among others. She is the author of multiple papers and books including Teaching for Interdisciplinary Understanding in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (2010) and Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World (2011).

Kate Ireland is the founding director of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Global Education program, which works to ensure that global opportunities are the expectation, not the exception, for all students. Ireland provides oversight, strategic planning, and program design across all DCPS Global Education initiatives, including world language instruction at 115 schools, the nation’s first fully-funded K–12 study abroad program, eight International Baccalaureate school sites, and three new global studies schools. Prior to her role as DCPS Global Education Director, Ireland managed the Embassy Adoption Program, a global partnership program connecting dozens of embassies with DCPS classrooms for a year of crosscultural learning and exchange. Before her work with DCPS, she was the practicum director for Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, connecting students with local and national nonprofit partners to develop critical digital tools and cultivate real-world skills among students. Ireland holds degrees from the George Washington University and the University of Virginia.

Ned Kirsch is the superintendent of schools of Franklin West Supervisory Union (FWSU), serving the towns of Georgia, Fairfax, and Fletcher in Vermont. Ned holds degrees from the University of Maine, Vermont Law School, and the University of Vermont. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Principals’ Center and the Snelling Center for School Leadership. Kirsch is a trustee for the Vermont Superintendents Association, serves on the board of directors of the Vermont Center for International Learning Partnerships, and is the past president of Vermont ASCD. FWSU is a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Program, and has been named a School of Distinction by IVECA (International Virtual Education).

Rick Swanson is a first-year principal at Hingham High School (HHS), a high-performing suburban school south of Boston that has won both Blue Ribbon and Green Ribbon recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. As an assistant principal at HHS for a full decade, Swanson worked to advance the cause of global education by cofounding the Hingham-Tennoji Exchange and the HHS Global Citizenship Program, both of which have served as models for programs elsewhere. Before entering administration in 2007, Rick worked as a history teacher and baseball coach, first with the Inner-City Teaching Corps (ICTC) in Chicago and later at two other suburban schools (Silver Lake Regional High School and Duxbury High School) in Massachusetts. He lives in Hingham with his wife and their 11-year-old twins.

Carol Lewis is a mom, writer, and educator. With 20 years of experience teaching preschool through college, from yoga to calculus, she has learned from her students that courage, confidence, and creativity are the foundation for student learning. Her new course, Global Connections, reflects the significance of personal narratives for empathy and study of global issues and “foreign” experiences.


Debating Global Education Barriers and Solutions: Expert Insights from Leaders in the Field

Dennis Shirley is professor of education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Shirley dedicates his life to the improvement of teaching and learning for students so that they may flourish wherever they may be. He is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Educational Change, an indispensable resource for leaders at the school, state, or national level. Shirley has conducted research and led professional development workshops for school leaders in 25 nations on 6 continents and his work has been translated into many languages. His most recent book is entitled The New Imperatives of Educational Change: Achievement with Integrity. With Boston Public School teacher leader Elizabeth MacDonald, he has just published a second edition of The Mindful Teacher, a best-selling resource for staff developers.

Julie Keane is director of education research at Participate. She leads research and evaluation of all Participate programs and contributes to professional development curriculum design. Over her 25-year career in education research, she has conducted research and evaluation examining blended and online professional development, global education, dual language immersion, and STEM curriculum initiatives, including analysis of international, federal, and state education policy.

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Master’s Program at Harvard University. His research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century and how education policy and leadership foster educational innovation and quality improvement. He has published numerous books 21st century learning and global education, including Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century, Empowering Global Citizens, Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons, Fifteen Letters on Education in Singapore, Empowering All Students at Scale, and One Student at a Time: Leading the Global Education Movement. Professor Reimers has worked to advance the contributions of colleges and universities to develop leadership that advances cosmopolitanism, democracy and economic and social innovation. He chaired a Global Alliance which produced a framework for collective impact in strengthening teacher preparation and support, has led the development of the International Education Policy Master’s Program at Harvard University, is founding co-chair of the Advanced Leadership Initiative, chairs the Strategic Planning Committee of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, serves on the board of Laspau, a Harvard affiliated organization whose mission is to strengthen institutions of higher education in Latin America, and has advised a range of institutions of higher education on strategies to advance the global awareness of undergraduates. In 2017 he received the Global Citizen Award from the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations for his work advancing global citizenship education. In 2015 he was appointed the C.J. Koh Visiting Professor of Education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore in recognition of his work in global education. He received an honorary doctorate from Emerson College for his work advancing human rights education. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Education and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Maureen McLaughlin, building on three decades of experience designing and implementing education policy in the U.S. and globally, leads the Department’s international engagement to increase the global competencies of U.S. students, learn with other countries to improve U.S. teaching and learning, and engage in active education diplomacy. Maureen joined the U.S. Senior Executive Service in 1990 and has received the highest awards for government service: The Presidential Rank Awards. As a senior official, including as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education and deputy assistant secretary for policy, planning and innovation, Maureen has led the work on many policy initiatives, including direct student loans and income contingent repayment and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Maureen started her career as an analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Maureen led the World Bank’s education team in Europe, Central Asia and Turkey, working with Ministers and other senior officials to improve countries’ education systems from preschool through tertiary education. She was also an Ian Axford Public Policy Fellow in New Zealand. Maureen holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Heather Singmaster is Associate Director of the Center for Global Education at the Asia Society where her work focuses on international benchmarking and integrating global competence into Career Technical Education (CTE) programs as well as state and national policy. She leads the project, Mapping the Nation: The Case for Global Competence and is host of Education Week’s Global Learning blog. In partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE, she created Global Competence Through CTE — a set of online professional development modules and resources to support the CTE field. Currently she is working on an additional set of modules to support the teaching of globally focused STEM content through CTE. Heather previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She holds a master’s degree in Anthropology from New York University and a Bachelors degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. Publications include multiple blog posts on Education Week’s Global Learning, “Lifting Standards for All” in The South China Morning Post, Ready for the World: Preparing Elementary Students for the Global Age, Putting the World into World-Class Education: State Innovations and Opportunities, Going Global: Preparing Our Students for an Interconnected World, and “International Education and the Early Language Classroom” in Learning Languages.


Heidi Hayes Jacobs is founder and president of Curriculum Designers, providing professional services to schools, organizations, and agencies to create modern learning environments, upgrade curriculum, and support teaching strategies to meet the needs of contemporary learners. Her models on curriculum mapping and curriculum design have been featured in numerous books and software solutions throughout the world. She has taught courses at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City since 1981. Working with a wide range of organizations, Jacobs has consulted to the College Board, the NBC Sunday Today show, the Peace Corps, the Discovery Channel, Children’s Television Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet Education, the International Baccalaureate, and state education departments. In 2014, Jacobs was presented the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education by the Mediterranean Association for International Schools. The fundamental backbone of Jacobs’ experience comes from years as a teacher of high school, junior high school, and elementary children in Utah, Massachusetts, and New York.

Dana Mortenson is the cofounder and chief executive officer 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 they need 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, Mortenson has led the organization through significant national expansion, reaching more than 655,000 middle and high school youth and 4,500 educators across 25 states and 5 countries, from offices based in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New York. She 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, including Harvard University School of Education; 21st Century Schools Consortium; Nebraska Global Education Consortium; TABS/NAIS Global Symposium; TEDx Fargo; the Ashoka Future Forum; the Latin America Changemaker Education Summit in Bogota, Colombia; and SXSWedu. World Savvy’s work has been featured in The New York Times, on Edutopia, and on a range of local and national media outlets covering education and innovation.

Michael Furdyk is the cofounder of TakingITGlobal (TIG). which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. TIG was awarded the 2013 Intercultural Innovation Award by BMW and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Over the last decade, Furdyk has given keynotes at more than 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and global competencies to audiences in more than 30 countries. Furdyk has a degree in inclusive design from OCAD University in Toronto and is an adjunct professor for the master’s in education technology program at Long Island University.


Dave Faulkner is the CEO and co-founder of Education Changemakers, a grassroots educator with a proven track record, and in recent years has emerged as a global leader in education innovation. An in demand chair and keynote speaker for some of the world’s largest education events, Dave has shared the stage with education innovators including Ken Robinson, Angela Lee Duckworth, Anthony Salcito and Sugata Mitra and has a powerful grasp and influence on the changes taking place in schools across the globe. Dave’s education leadership journey began as a principal of an Australian school when he was only 24, for which he was awarded Young Australian of the Year (WA) and Young Leader of the Year (WA). Following this he undertook a succession of strong periods of school and regional improvement as a Principal and Regional Director, matching grassroots understanding with system level insights and a relentless focus on helping to ensure that all students could access a great education. Dave is a global leader in accelerating education startups, works with thousands of educators each year and advises senior government, education leaders and company executives across the globe. Dave is one of our most in-demand speakers at EC and spends more than two hundred days a year engaging with education audiences.



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