Thursday, October 27, 2016

2016 Global Education Conference - More Keynotes, Call For Proposals Closing, 24K Members, + More!

The 7th Annual Global Education Conference (GEC) is Coming Soon! 

The Global Education Conference Network's seventh annual global collaboration "extravaganza" will take place around the clock November 13 - 16 (during International Education Week). The GEC features thought leaders from the world of education and beyond, is completely free to attend, and all events take place online in webinar format.

We invite you to join the 24,000 GEC community members (from 170+ countries) and actively participate in more than 200 sessions focused on international education topics. Together, we can connect K-20 classrooms to the world and prepare students for their globalized futures.

Call for Proposals 

The call for proposals closes on November 1st! We encourage all to submit by following the detailed directions listed here. You can present in your time zone at a time that is convenient to you! All proposal submissions must specifically relate to the mission of the conference. Our focus is globally connected teaching and learning rather than solely general education topics. All educators and non-profit organizations are welcome to submit a proposal; for profit entities must be a sponsor of the conference in order to share their information. (Companies should contact Steve Hargadon at for further details on opportunities to connect with our network.)

This year's conference strands are:
  • Teachers 
  • Students 
  • Curricular 
  • Leadership 
  • Dual Language (NEW!) 

Keynotes + Sessions

As usual, Lucy Gray has created an INCREDIBLE keynote speaker lineup and it is still growing. Karen Blumberg (Technology Coordinator, The Brearley School), Tosca Killoran (NIST International School), Dr. Chip Kimball (Superintendent, Singapore American School), Nate McClennen (Vice President for Education and Innovation, Teton Science Schools), Jeanne Meyers (Co-Founder/Director of MY HERO + Director of Media Arts Education), Wendy Milette (Director of Media Arts Education and the MY HERO Film Festival), Anne Polaski (Vice President, Pages for Peace Foundation), Diane Repaal (Advisor, Peace Club, Groton Dunstable Middle School / Pages for Peace Foundation), Jonathan Rochelle (Director of Product Mgmt - Google Apps for Education), Terry Smith (Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, Radford University), Kevin Smith (Senior Director of Global Schools, VIF International Education), Dr. Tim Stuart (Executive Director of Strategic Programs, Singapore American School), and Susan Colt Willcox (President, Big Book: Pages For Peace).

You can also see the great list of currently accepted general sessions here.

Volunteering and Advisory Board 

A great way to meet other global educators is to volunteer to moderate conference sessions. We will have a volunteer calendar posted soon in our volunteer group. Join this group if you are interested.

Volunteers should attend a training session at their convenience.

Moderators who speak both English and Spanish are highly encouraged to volunteer.

We are re-organizing our advisory board. If you have applied for this, expect an email from Steve Hargadon within the next week or so.


The Global Education Conference also seeks outreach partners with non-profit organizations and schools. Help us spread the word about this unique and free professional development event, and we will list your organization’s information on our web site. To indicate your support fostering global awareness through education, please sign up for this program and follow these instructions.

GEC Sponsors

Without the support of the following organizations, GlobalEdCon would not be possible. We are grateful for companies and organizations who believe in the power of globally connected learning. Contact Steve Hargadon ( about opportunities to get involved with our community.

Our founding sponsor International Education Resources Network (IEARN) will continue to support us for the 2016 Global Education Conference. iEARN is also joined by other major supporters, Google for Education, and VIF International Education.

About VIF International Education: VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. The VIF learning center features Global Gateway professional development and classroom resources. Teachers can customize their PD experience with flexible evidence uploads, create and share globally themed lesson plans at their convenience, and collaborate with a community of peers around the world.

About Google for Education: Google for Education provides a myriad of education programs for teachers and students. Join others who are exploring their interests, and making a difference in the world.

About iEARN: iEARN 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.

Social Media

To learn more, explore and share these resources:

The Great Global Project Challenge

Our next initiative is the Great Global Project Challenge. There is a grant opportunity associated with this and the deadline for submissions is December 1. We now have a GGPC guide available for Macs and iOS; it is also available as a PDF. We will be updating the webpage and associated materials for the GGPC every few days.

Our Mission

The mission of this conference is exclusively focused on globally connected teaching and learning. The Global Education Conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators, classrooms and organizations with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems, particularly around education for all.

Through this event, attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Participants are encouraged to learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

Final Notes 

Expect more announcements from us over the next few weeks. If you have further questions, you can always post in our front page chatroom and perhaps another GEC member can answer your query. You can also post to our discussion forum.

Finally, Steve and Lucy will in Paris, France, at the end of November for a meeting and will be extended our stay for a few days. If any GEC member will be present in Paris and would like to meet for coffee, let us know. We will be in the city from November 26 - December 2 approximately.

Thank you for your continuing support, and see you online!

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon
GEC Co-Chairs

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