Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Join Us for The Symposium on Global Competencies - Chicago, April 3


We hope you'll consider joining us for The Symposium on Global Competencies, April 3rd, in Chicago, Illinois, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. This event is the kickoff day for the 2017 CoSN conference, and is being held in partnership with UNESCO, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and our own Global Education Conference Network.

Registration for the full day including lunch is only $69.

The speaker line-up for this event is terrific: David Atchoarena (Director of Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems,UNESCO), Gus Schmedlen (Vice President, World Education, HP), Shirleen Chee (Divisional Director, Educational Technology Division, Singapore), Lord Jim Knight (former Minister State of Schools, UK), Korvi Rakshand (Founder, JAGGO Foundation and winner of 2017 UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize ICT Prize, Bangladesh), Dr. Chip Kimball (Superintendent, Singapore American School), Lucy Gray + Steve Hargadon (Founders, Global Education Conference), Maggie Salem (Qatar Foundation), Brandon Wiley (Global Education Foundation, Buck Institute), David Young (CEO, Participate), Tonya Muro (Executive Director, iEARN), Dana Mortenson (Executive Director, World Savvy), and Silvia Montoya (UIS Director, UNESCO, Argentina).

The schedule for the day is below.
To register, go HERE.



Overview: CoSN is committed to a global dialogue focused on the strategic uses of technology for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools. As part of this commitment, CoSN will be convening the Symposium on Global Competencies on April 3, 2017 during the CoSN 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. This event will bring together thought leaders from across the U.S. and around the world to explore issues, learn from each other and determine how they can ensure student success. Our world is rapidly changing, providing unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the students of today. To be successful, our students will require new skills and competencies including collaboration, creativity, digital literacy and leadership along with mastery of the traditional core subjects. Use of technology can play a critical role in helping to foster these skills and competencies and supporting development of innovative practices for teachers and students. Educators must determine the best way to build these capacities and provide students with a skill set that will make them successful. We will explore questions like... What new skills and competencies are necessary for college and career success? How can technology play a role in fostering these skills and supporting the development of innovative practices for students and teachers. What are school districts, states, countries doing to advance and enable global competencies for their students?

Program (subject to change)

8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. Opening Remarks and Setting Context
Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
David Atchoarena, Director of Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems,UNESCO

8:20 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Conversation with International Education Leaders on Today’s Competencies
  • What new skills and competencies are necessary for college and career success?
  • How can technology play a role in fostering these skills and supporting the development of innovative practices for students and teachers?
  • What are school districts, states, countries doing to advance and enable global competencies for their students?
Avis Glaze, Former Education Commissioner, Ontario, Canada; and Founder, Edu-quest International Inc.
Gus Schmedlen, Vice President, World Education, HP (moderator)

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion: Why Global Competence Matters for College and Career Success
Followed by moderated conversation with audience

David Ross, CEO, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, USA
Shirleen Chee, Divisional Director, Educational Technology Division, Singapore
Lord Jim Knight, former Minister State of Schools, UK
Korvi Rakshand, Founder, JAGGO Foundation and winner of 2017 UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize ICT Prize, Bangladesh

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Passport to the World
Join in an interactive activity to see how countries/states/districts are doing exemplary use of global competencies. Every 12 minutes move around the ballroom and visit a new example.

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
Documentry clip by Dr. Chip Kimball, Superintendent, Singapore American School

12:45 - 1:15 Global Ed Ignites Sessions (1st Round)

Compelling and short, 5-min presentations by major thought leaders to ignite our imagination.
Introduction by Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon
  • Maggie Salem, Qatar Foundation
  • Brandon Wiley, Global Education Foundation, Buck Institute
  • David Young, CEO, Participate
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Camp Fire Discussion #1: What prevents my organization or institution from making the development of global competencies in students and teachers more of a priority?

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Global Ed Ignite (2nd Round)
  • Tonya Muro, Executive Director, iEARN: Learning With the World through Virtual Exchange: Building Bridges, Breaking Down Barriers
  • Dana Mortenson, Executive Director, World Savvy
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Camp Fire Discussion #2: What can my organization or institution do to enable global competencies and global citizenship in our school community?

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closing Session: Conversation on Defining Global Citizenship

Moderator: Gavin Dykes, Education World Forum
Silvia Montoya, UIS Director, UNESCO, Argentina

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Wrap Up

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