Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Global Education - Epic Year Ahead Starts with the Global Education Fair + Global Collaboration Day

We’ve got some great events ahead for global educators, students, librarians, administrators, parents, and service providers. And some news! Detailed information is below the highlights.
  • The (northern hemisphere) school year kicks off with our online Global Collaboration Day and the first-ever (also online) Global Education Fair on September 21st, 2017.
  • Our 8th annual online Global Education Conference is November 13th - 16th, 2017
  • We’re planning a face-to-face Global Education Day at TCEA on Monday, February 5th, 2018!
  • The face-to-face and amazing 2018 Global Leadership Summit will be held in partnership with ASCD on March 23rd, 2018, in Boston.
  • Also in planning stages: our 2018 Global Student ConferenceGlobal Leadership Week, and Global Education Day at ISTE.
  • Want us to bring an event to your conference or event? Contact us here:
As always, join to be kept informed of all we’re doing. And a special HUGE thanks to, our top-tier sponsor for most of these events.
  • We are in the process of partnering with TakingITGlobal, TIG will soon serve as our fiscal agent, which means that we will have official non-profit status!
  • We’re testing WizIQ as a new online live platform--watch for notices of a special announcement Webinar in September! We think you’ll LOVE the platform.
  • Our Global Collaborative Conference Network Survey is still running.
  • Sponsorship opportunities for 2017 - 2018 are now open. Contact for details.

September 21st, 2017
Students, teachers, and organizations will join online to celebrate and demonstrate global collaboration on September 21, 2017. On Global Collaboration Day, educators and professionals from around the world will host connective projects and events and invite public participation.
The primary goals of this 24-hour, worldwide event are to:
  • Demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world;
  • Introduce others to the collaborative tools, resources and projects that are available to educators today;
  • Focus attention on the need for developing globally competent students and teachers throughout the world.

September 21st, 2017
Looking to take your school global? Come find out about tools, services, projects, and programs related to globally connected teaching and learning at our signature Global Collaboration Day event.  Check out the work of leading global educators, companies and nonprofit organizations at the Global Education Fair, a free, virtual meet and greet for teachers and school districts.
The Global Education Fair is modeled after traditional college fairs, but takes place entirely online, allowing participants from all corners of the world to access information about the best global education resources and programs. The purpose of this event is to connect educators to companies and organizations working in the global education space. There is a nominal fee involved for non-profits and companies seeking to present at the Global Education Fair. Educators who want to pitch specific projects can present for free.

November 13th - 16th, 2017
The Global Education Conference (GEC) is a collaborative and world-wide community convening designed to increase opportunities for globally-connecting educators and programs significantly. It is free to attend and takes place entirely online.
Our primary event seeks to present 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 conference, attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world.
This year, we have added new strands for the conference to expand our offerings. The new strands are the UN’s SDGs, Study Abroad and Exchange Programs, and Higher Education. The call for proposals is now open through November 1 and acceptances started rolling out August 1, 2017.
The Global Education Conference welcomes participants from all over the world and encourages submissions in any language. We provide training on the conference platform, Blackboard Collaborate, and advocate for presenters to take ownership of the presentation process when scheduling and promoting their sessions. We seek to elevate and empower presenters to share their knowledge with a global audience.

We are currently seeking support for our work so that we can keep our events free or low cost.  If you believe in the power of globally connected teaching and learning and would like to connect with our community, please contact Steve Hargadon at to discuss partnership opportunities.

Your feedback is important to us. We would like to improve our resources and level of service to the GEC community. Please take this online survey when you have a moment.

Thanks and let us know if you have any questions,

Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon
The Global Education Conference Network

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