Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Global Leadership Summit - March 23rd, 2018 in Boston

The third annual Global Leadership Summit will be held on Friday, March 23rd, 2018 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA. This event is hosted by ASCD and GlobalEd Events.

Paid registration is required

About the Summit

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 the Global Education Conference Network, 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.


8:00 Coffee and sign-in
8:30 Welcome
8:45 Opening Keynote - Entryways to Global Education: Local Solutions for Going Global
9:30 Panel 1 - Global Education Advocacy and Implementation Success Stories: Learning from Trailblazing Leaders
10:30 Break
10:45 Panel 2 - Debating Global Education Barriers and Solutions: Expert Insights from Leaders in the Field
11:45 Debrief
12:00 Lunch (provided)
12:30 Ignite Presentations
1:00 Roundtable Discussions - Session 1
1:45 Roundtable Discussions - Session 2
2:30 Taking Ideas to Action
3:30 Closing

Featured Speakers (More to Come)

 Michael Furdyk

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal, 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, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and global competencies to audiences in over 30 countries. Michael completed his MDes in Inclusive Design at OCAD University and is an Adjunct Professor for the M.Ed in Education Technology program at Long Island University.

Kate Ireland

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 (dcpsglobaled.org). Ms. Ireland provides oversight, strategic planning, and program design across all DCPS Global Education initiatives, which include world language instruction at 115 schools, the nation’s first fully-funded K-12 study abroad program, 8 International Baccalaureate school sites, and three new global studies schools. Prior to her role as DCPS Global Education Director, Ms. Ireland managed the Embassy Adoption Program, a global partnership program connecting dozens of embassies with DCPS classrooms for a year of cross-cultural learning and exchange. Before her work with DCPS, Ms. Ireland was the Practicum Director for Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, connecting students with local and national non-profit partners, to develop critical digital tools and cultivate real-world skills among students. Ms. Ireland holds degrees from the George Washington University and the University of Virginia.

Anthony Jackson

Anthony Jackson leads the Center for Global Education at Asia Society which strives to enable all students to graduate high school prepared for college, for work in the global economy, and for 21st-century global citizenship. The Center is a platform for advancing education for global competence for all youth through empowering professional development for teachers and school heads, systems change and public engagement. Trained in both developmental psychology and education, Jackson is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school education reform and adolescent development. Jackson directed the Carnegie Corporation’s Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents which produced the groundbreaking report Turning Points: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century, and co-authored the seminal follow-up blueprint Turning Points 2000, considered one of the most influential books on middle school reform. More recently he co-authored Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Julie Keane

Dr. 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.

Ned Kirsch

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 (BA), Vermont Law School (JD & MSEL) and the University of Vermont (CAS), he is also a graduate of the Harvard Principals Center and the Snelling Center for School Leadership. He 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 VTASCD. FWSU is a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, an Apple Distinguished Program and has been named a School of Distinction by IVECA (International Virtual Education).

Carol Lewis

Carol Lewis is a mom, writer, and educator. With 20 years of teaching experience from 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 "foreign" experiences.

Dana Mortenson 

Dana is the Co-Founder and CEO 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 needed 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 she 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. Dana is an Ashoka Fellow, was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 under 40 Progressive American Leaders, and was the 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 The New York Times, Edutopia, and a range of local and national media outlets covering education and innovation.

Dennis Shirley

Dennis Shirley is Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Dennis 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 levels. Dennis has conducted research and led professional development workshops for school leaders on 25 nations in 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.

Rick Swanson

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 US Department of Education. As an assistant principal at HHS for a full decade, Rick worked to advance the cause of global education by co-founding the Hingham-Tennoji Exchange and the HHS Global Citizenship Program (GCP), 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, MA, with his wife and their eleven-year-old twins.

Brandon Wiley

Dr. Brandon L. Wiley is the Chief Program Officer for the Buck Institute for Education. With experience as a classroom teacher, district administrator, international education consultant and nonprofit leader, Brandon offers practical experience leading local, state and national initiatives focusing on school and district reform and the implementation of 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 focused on developing students' global competence and college and career readiness. He has experience providing strategic support to districts and school leadership around global competence, competency-based learning, school development and the implementation of project-based learning.

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors

At Participate, we believe learning has no limits.

All learners deserve access to quality education that prepares them to succeed in an increasingly global society.

Participate strives to be a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens that empowers learners to engage with the world around them. As a proud B Corporation, we promise to support educators as they actively participate in learning communities, ignite change and create impact on a global scale.

QFI inspires meaningful connections to the Arab world by creating a global community of diverse learners and educators and connecting them through effective and collaborative learning environments —inside and outside the classroom. Through our activities, QFI is committed to providing K-12 students in Qatar, the Americas, and the United Kingdom (UK) with the intellectual, communicative, and cultural competencies that will enable them to be engaged global citizens.

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