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Dear GEC Members,

Thanks to all who participated in Global Collaboration Week last week! We are especially grateful for our project and event hosts who practiced professional generosity by designing and hosting amazing globally-connected learning experiences for students and educators. Some asynchronous projects continue to be running and you may be able to participate in these going forward. 

It’s now time to turn our attention to our next event! Our free, online, world-wide 2019 Global Education Conference will be November 18 - 20. Proposals are now being accepted, and we’re pleased to announce our first set of keynote speakers today! See the bottom of this email!

We hope that you are as excited to learn from these experts as we are, and encourage you to make sure to register for the conference today to receive ongoing updates. There are more keynote announcements to come, as well as all of the regular sessions that will get scheduled over the 50 hours of the conference! 

Additionally, we are seeking assistance from our community for the 2019 conference. Here’s how you can help!

Thanks for your support and we’ll see you online again in November!

Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon


Ann C. Gaudino, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Millersville University

Dr. Ann Gaudino is as an Associate Professor at Millersville University, Pennsylvania where she teaches graduate and doctoral courses in education and education leadership. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair, Coordinator of Clinical Practice, and Director of Professional Development Schools at West Liberty University, West Virginia. She is the founder and editor of The Excellence in Education Journal (ISSN 2474-4166) now in its ninth year of publication. The journal was recently recognized by the United States Department of Education and awarded listing in the ERIC database. The EEJ is an international open access, peer reviewed, online journal that promotes and disseminates international scholarly writing about excellent practices in education (annual circulation 8,000).  For more information, visit the website at:

Dr. Gaudino is a member of the international advisor panel for the Global Education Conference since 2011. She and her classes of graduate students present sessions annually for the conference. Dr. Gaudino is the author of two books: A Choral Legacy and Joan Yakkey and Her Children's Choir Legacy in Florence, Italy. Both books can be purchased on Amazon.

Tara Hofmann
President and CEO , AFS Intercutlural Programs, USA

Tara Boyce-Hofmann has worked for AFS for more than 30 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She currently leads AFS-USA as President and CEO. Prior to her appointment in November 2018, Tara served as Chief Operating and Organizational Development Officer for AFS-USA where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan that focused on bringing innovative new programs and technologies to the organization. She joined AFS-USA in 2009 as Business Development Strategist.

Prior to her assignment in the U.S., Tara was Executive Director of AFS Hong Kong for nearly 10 years. Before her relocation to Asia, Tara worked for AFS International where she was responsible for international program coordination and organizational development for the AFS network. . She was integral in establishing AFS in Central-Eastern Europe in the early 1990s when the political realities shifted, allowing AFS to establish a presence and program in the region. During this tenure she also expanded the operations of AFS in mainland China and supporting operations in South East Asia.

Tara's life-long interest and commitment to intercultural learning began with her Syracuse University study abroad experience to France where she was enrolled in Universite de Strasbourg. A graduate from Syracuse University with a degree in Communications and French, Tara also attended the School of Public Diplomacy at Georgetown and is a graduate of their Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program. A New York City native, Tara currently lives outside Washington D.C. in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Bronwyn Joyce
Founder and Director , Education Elevators

Bronwyn Joyce is an educator from Australia who specialises in Curriculum Innovation and the delivery of professional development, linked to critical and creative thinking and bringing the world into classrooms. She uses the connection of social media to mentor and globalise teachers and classrooms internationally.

Bronwyn has travelled the world speaking about the importance of preparing students to be future ready. She is also an advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Goals. She will host the first ever OGC Global Summit for Future Ready Education in Australia, July 2020.

Bronwyn believes we live in a world where we should be learning together. Her Our Global Classroom mission statement is simple – One World, One Classroom. and

Jennifer D. Klein
Founder, PLS / Head of School, GLC, Principled Learning Strategies | PLS: Fundadora / GLC: Rectora, Principled Learning Strategies / Gimnasio Los Caobos

A product of experiential project-based education herself, Jennifer D. Klein taught college and high school English and Spanish for 19 years, including five years in Central America and 11 years in all-girls education. In 2010, Jennifer left teaching to begin PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, through which she provides professional development to support the integration of authentic student-driven global learning experiences in schools. She has a broad background in global program planning and evaluation, student-driven curricular strategies, single-sex education, student service travel, cultural inclusivity, and experiential, inquiry-driven learning. Her first book, The Global Education Guidebook: Humanizing K-12 Classrooms Worldwide through Equitable Partnerships, was published by Solution Tree Press in June, 2017. In August, 2017, Jennifer became Head of School at Gimnasio Los Caobos, a project-based preK-12 school outside of Bogotá, Colombia, where she also writes articles on education for various Colombian publications. As a writer, speaker and bilingual workshop facilitator, Jennifer strives to inspire educators and shift practices in schools around the world. | Un producto de la educación experimental basada en proyectos, Jennifer D. Klein enseñó inglés y español en universidades y colegios por 19 años, incluyendo cinco años en centroamérica y 11 años en la educación de damas. En 2010, Jennifer dejó la enseñanza para empezar PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, por medio de cual ofrece desarrollo profesional para apoyar la integración en escuelas de experiencias autenticas, globales y centradas en los estudiantes. Ella tiene una historia amplia en la planificación y evaluación de programas globales, estrategias curriculares centradas en los estudiantes, la educación de un solo género, los viajes de servicio para estudiantes, la inclusión cultural, y la educación experiential y basada en investigación. Su primer libro, sobre la construcción de asociaciones globales equitativas, fue publicado (en inglés) por Solution Tree Press en la primavera del 2017. En agosto del mismo año, Jennifer se hizo Rectora de Gimnasio Los Caobos, un colegio de pre-kinder a 11º basado en proyectos, en las afueras de Bogotá, Colombia, donde también escribe columnas sobre la educación para varias publicaciones colombianas. Como escritora, presentadora y facilitadora de talleres bilingües, Jennifer intenta inspirar educadores y cambiar sus prácticas en escuelas alrededor del mundo. /

Jennifer Manise
Executive Director, Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs & International Understanding

Jennifer Manise is the Executive Director of the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding. Since it was founded in 1966, the Longview Foundation has been seeking to build a more peaceful, just, & sustainable world by equipping youth with a global perspective and understanding of political, social, and environmental issues worldwide.

Prior to joining the Longview Foundation, Ms. Manise was the Director of Program Development and Operations at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

She resides in the Metro DC area with her patient husband and two amazing daughters.

Krishna Pujari
Founder/Director, Reality Tours and Travel

I moved to Mumbai when i was 13 from a farmers village in South India.

I used to work in cafes and restaurants and in 2005 me and friend of mine set up this company with social responsibility. We started the Tour company to show the real side of slums and its community. we also do tours all over India now, having base in Mumbai and Delhi. We also operate in Nepal.

I loves meeting people and taking them on our tours and learning from them, I believe everyone, can teach and learn from each other.

Tom Vander Ark
CEO, Getting Smart

Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises school districts and networks, education foundations and funders and impact organizations on the path forward. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom is author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities That Work for Everyone, Smart Parents and Better Together and has published thousands of articles, co-authored more than 50 books and white papers. He writes regularly on, LinkedIn, and contributes to Forbes.

Previously he served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience. Tom co-founded the first education venture fund, Learn Capital. Tom is a board member for Education Board Partners, Director for 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, and eduInnovation and Advisor for One Stone, Teton Science Schools and Whittle School & Studios.

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