2017 Keynote Speakers

Mali Bickley
Collaboration Specialist, TakingITGlobal

Mali Bickley has 34 years experience as a classroom teacher. Mali recently retired from the classroom and is working with TakingITGlobal as a Collaboration Specialist with the Connected North program. Over the past 15 years, she has used ICT and successfully integrated literacy and content area curriculum to have her students connect, communicate and collaborate with several classes from around the world. As a classroom teacher, Mali used Global Education Projects to integrate reading and writing strategies into meaningful projects that connect students globally. Mali’s students successfully collaborated with each other and students around the world to make a difference in the lives of others. Her students won the My Hero Project’s Ron Kovic Peace Award for their film “Imagine Peace”: an international art and music collaboration. Mali is the assistant country coordinator of iEARN Canada and designs and facilitates many international projects. Mali has given workshops on Collaborative Global Education projects and integrating ICT into classroom practice to several schools, districts, universities and interested organizations, such as TakingITGlobal, World Vision, ECOO, NECC and ISTE both nationally and internationally. She clearly sees how students become highly engaged in global collaborative projects that use ICT.

David Bornstein
Co-Founder + CEO, Solutions Journalism Network

David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the "Fixes" column in The New York Times "Opinionator" section. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Kevin Crouch
Director of Technology Services, Consilience Learning

Kevin has led teachers and administrators at three different schools through the transformation of becoming innovative digital-age organizations. In doing so he has developed and implemented effective school-wide programs for innovating in complex systems, while speaking often on the subject at high profile conferences such as ISTE, ASB Unplugged, NESA, and Learning 2.0. Kevin has worked tirelessly to help teachers and administrators understand, trust, and practice innovation as a powerful process and mindset for school improvement. Kevin has published writing in several collaborative publications including Together: A Collaborative Journey to the School of Future, Future Forwards and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. He is passionate about the challenge of developing innovative leaders that can help lead our schools through the increasingly complex landscape of education in the digital age.

Know Your Impact: Innovation and Data in the Digital Age
A global education ultimately leads us to innovating in complex systems. What is innovation and how do we know the impact of the decisions we make in the complex systems of schools? Pairing an understanding of innovation with a vision for how to measure and visualize its impact on your learners is becoming an imperative in an era of accelerating change. This session will provide a context and purpose for this pursuit at your place of learning along with examples of how a school might go about capturing and interacting with valuable learning data.

Franz De Paula

I studied communication of the graphic arts, I worked in several advertising agencies and was art and creative director for brands and campaigns, I write and draw for magazines about art, thought, graphic designer and cartoonist for the Journalist's Union newspaper. I published my manifesto called Mentalmorfosis, a train of thought about changing our world, creativity, innovation, revolution of the mind and our main role in deciding and shaping reality. I have visited London, New York, Panamá and several cities in México, talking about Mentalmorfosis. More than 7,500 copies placed and more to come. We have collaborated with colleges, high schools, companies, ONGs, sport groups, hospitals, festivals and educational - information nets such as TEDx, Pechakucha, F*ck Up Nights, and many more.

Mentalmorfosis - changing our world
Mentalmorfosis presents a scheme of thought intended to inspire readers to transform our reality and, therefore, the world. Using a series of thoughts by many many great minds, science, philosophy, arts and popular culture, this way of looking at reality gives a fresh approach to change.

Gavin Dykes
Programme Director for the Education World Forum

Former lecturer and teacher, currently Programme Director for the Education World Forum, a meeting for Ministers of Education that takes place annually in London, and for the Asian Summit on Education and Skills that takes place each year in India. Independent advisor on strategy and policy and have had the good fortune to undertake work with and for organisations including the World Bank, the OECD and UNESCO. Major interests include integration of technology in teaching and learning, innovating not digitizing, and listening to and learning from student voice.

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Fabrice Fresse
Member of EvalUE, EvalUE

Fabrice has been working 15 years in the field of Education in metropolitan France, French territories and in the United States and 10 years in the field of project management, assessment and teacher training. He is also an expert of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030, launched by the UNESCO. He has been selected to participate to Transatlantic Educators Dialogue spearheaded by the European Union Center of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. He has an expertise in the field of intercultural and plurilingual education and violence prevention. His most recent scientific contribution is an insight study on how education can prevent radicalisation.

Erasmus + : The EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport: 2014-2020
After a brief presentation in French of the EvalUE organization which works closely with the National Agency Eramus + France, the presenters will introduce the Erasmus + programme to the members of the Global Education Conference. -Introduction to the programme: A new integrated approach and its links to policy objectives -Presentation of the three main types of Key Actions: Learning mobility of individuals (KA1), cooperation for innovation and exchanges of good practices (KA2), Support for policy reforms (KA3) -A brief overview of the budget allocation 2014-2020 -Opportunities for individuals and for innovation projects and exchange of good practices -Presentation of the three keys actions in the fields of School Education, Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training, Adult Education, Youth, Sport and Jean Monet activities. The presentation will aim at democratizing information about the Erasmus + programme and will focus on its international dimension, especially as regards to its higher education component.

Michael Furdyk
Co-founder, TakingITGlobal

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (www.tigweb.org), 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. In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including MyDesktop.com, which sold to Internet.com in 1999. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy. Michael has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People's "Twenty Teens that will Change the World". Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries. He sits on several non-profit boards, and recently completed his Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design at OCAD University.

Terry Godwaldt
Executive Director, The Centre for Global Education

Terry Godwaldt is a teacher, administrator and Executive Director of the Centre for Global Education. From Singapore to Seattle, Australia to Alberta, Terry helps educators all over the world to integrate authentic, globally-minded learning experiences that empower students to see themselves as agents of change addressing the world’s most challenge questions. For his work in reshaping the classroom, Terry has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award and the ASCD award for Innovative Teaching.

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Ed Gragert
Founder, Global Woods Consulting

Ed Gragert has four decades of experience in global education. He has most recently served as Interim Directors of iEARN-USA in New York and the Global Campaign for Education in Johannesburg. From 2012-2015 he served as the Director of the Global Campaign for Education-US, an advocacy coalition in Washington, DC of 80 organizations committed to securing a quality education for all young people worldwide. Earlier, for 23 years he served as the Executive Director of iEARN-USA, pioneering and expanding online collaborative learning among schools worldwide. He also served as Executive Director of ICYE-US, an international youth exchange program, and worked for the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ed received a BA in Japanese political science from the University of Washington and an MA in Korean History and PhD in Japanese History from Columbia University. He published Landownership Under Colonial Rule: Korea’s Japanese Experience in 1994. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on educational technology and teacher professional development and has a column on Huffington Post.

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Martin Levins


Currently president of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), Martin was the pioneer of internet use in K-12 education in Australia (his small rural school was the first in Australia and one of the first in the world to be connected to the internet). He has helped a generation of teachers and students through the huge cultural changes of the technological revolution. Leveraging technical expertise and experience as a Director of Information Technology and hands-on primary, secondary and tertiary educator, he continues to play a leading role as a member of strategic boards and advisory committees. These include the ACCE, the National Innovation and Science Agenda (for the Australian Curriculum Authority for Reporting and Assessment), EduTech national conferences, Future-u.org and Day of STEM (LifeJourney) advisory committees. He is also Australia’s affiliate representative to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). He has enjoyed a wide readership as the education columnist for Australian Macworld magazine and co-authored the seminal texts: “Bring Your Own Technology” (ACER press, 2012), and “BYOT: The Digital Evolution of Schooling (February, 2016).

What is a good education?

Julie Lindsay
Founder and CEO, Flat Connections

Julie is a global collaboration consultant, innovator, teacherpreneur and author. She has a 30+ years career in K-12 schools and worked in international schools for fifteen years across Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an educational technology leader. Her passion is for online global collaboration and as Founder and CEO of Flat Connections she designs and manages online projects for all K-12 levels and customizes learning experiences for educators including virtual courses and live events. Julie is currently the Quality Learning and Teaching Leader (Online) for the Faculty of Arts and Education and Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. She has a Master of Arts in Music (La Trobe), and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Leadership (George Washington). She is completing a PhD at the University of Southern Queensland with a research focus of online global educators and pedagogical change. Her recent book, ‘The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching’ (ISTE, 2016) shares practices, pedagogies and case studies on how to learn and collaborate online. Julie is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE, 2010), Google Certified Innovator (2014), Recipient of ISTE 'Making IT Happen' Award (2013), and winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award (2007).

Sylvia Martinez
Author, speaker, publisher - Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

Sylvia Martinez is the co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, known around the world as the “bible of the classroom maker movement.” She advocates for student-centered hands-on, minds-on learning with an emphasis on STEAM for all. She is president of CMK Futures, creating books and professional development to help educators invent the future of learning. Sylvia is also principal advisor to the Stanford University FabLearn Fellows, a research group of global educators sharing hands-on, minds-on projects and curriculum. She also led educational non-profits and headed product development for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies. Martinez started her career as an electrical engineer designing high frequency receiver systems and software for the GPS navigational satellite system. She holds a masters in educational technology and a bachelors in electrical engineering.

A Global Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement
The Maker Movement is a revolutionary global collaboration of people learning to solve problems with modern tools and technology. Adults and children are combining new technologies and timeless craft traditions to create exciting projects and control their world. The implications are profound for educators and parents concerned with engaging students, maintaining relevance, and preparing children to solve problems unanticipated by the curriculum. The technological game-changers of 3D printing, physical computing and computer science require and fuel transformations in the learning environment. Fortunately, educators can adapt the powerful technology and “can do” maker ethos to revitalize learner-centered teaching and learning in all subject areas.

Alan Mather
Chief, Office of College + Career Success

Alan Mather is the Chief Officer of the Office of College and Career Success, overseeing six departments for the Chicago Public Schools: Student Support and Engagement; Social & Emotional Learning; School Counseling & Postsecondary Advising; Computer Science; Early College and Career Education; and STEM High Schools. Born and raised in rural Southern Indiana, Alan hitchhiked up to Chicago after graduating from the University of Evansville in 1986 and has been working in the Chicago public schools ever since. Alan worked for 12 years as an English teacher, track and cross country coach before moving into administration after joining LAUNCH (Leadership and Urban Network for Chicago), the first principal preparation program in Chicago. His first administrative position was as the assistant principal at a new high school, Northside College Prep, which--in three years--became the top ranked high school in Illinois. In 2005, Alan was given the opportunity to open Lindblom Math & Science Academy, a school that had once been top-tier but had declined. With the freedom, flexibility and support to create a high school, Alan hired all teachers, built a culture of excellence, and created an empowering climate. Since Alan opened Lindblom, it has become, according to the Sun-Times rankings, the top-performing majority African-American school in Illinois and the only top 20-ranked school that has over 60% of its students on free/reduced lunch.

Ann S. Michaelsen
Teacher and school leader, Sandvika vgs

My school is situated close to Oslo the capital of Norway. Sandvika was a new high school in 2006, and we have since the beginning been a 1:1 school. All our students have laptops the wireless connections are available in the whole building. I was a member of the 2013 Horizon Norway Advisory Board, 2014 Scandinavian Horizon board, and 2014 Horizon Report Europe Advisory Board. In 2012 I wrote the book “Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom” with 27 high school students. I spoke at Bett in London 2014 and was recognized by BBC News Technology and BBC Click. The result was an article on BBC News and a team of reporters from BBC Click and BBC school report visited our school, this was aired on BBC world. I was portrayed in the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera in 2014, and project leader for the Norwegian connected educators month. I worked or the Norwegian exam board making exams suited for the use of the internet during exams in the three English courses offered for High School seniors in Norway. I have written a book for teachers in Norway published by Cappelen Damm in 2015. And Written an article in the book published by Universitetsforlaget aimed at Preservice teachers.

Anne Mirtschin
Hawkesdale P12 College, Australia

Anne Mirtschin is a multi-award winning teacher who uses online tools to create powerful learning opportunities for students. Her most recent and prestigious award was the ISTE Making IT Happen Award. She teaches Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Accounting and Business Studies at Hawkesdale P12 College a remote Prep to Year 12 School in country Western Victoria. She is passionate about rural and global education, immersing technology into the classroom and loves collaborating and learning online. The innovative use of technology together with an amazing international PLN has enabled her to make the world her classroom. Anne is the co-Australasian Chair for the Global Education Conference, a Skype Master Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, a Flat Connections Lead teacher and a Leader at Large for ISTE Global Collaboration PLN.

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Pam Moran
Superintendent of Schools, Albemarle County Public Schools

Pam Moran is superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia. Ira Socol is executive director of technology and innovation. Their school district is considered to be one of the most inventive districts in the United States, a space for progressive education where social learning communities permeate the walls of classrooms and schools and the boundaries of the district, state, and nation, linking our communities with the world.

Liberating Learning: Search, Connect, Communicate, Make
Pam and Ira will co-keynote on their work to take down the walls of schools and create a seamless social learning community that connects with the world's expertise, resources, and opportunities to share ideas and projects. The focus of their keynote will be on specific work accomplished in this inventive public school district in the U.S. to inspire curiosity in learners, connect communities along multiple paths, support all students to sustain their creativity through design and make spaces in and out of schools, and educate for life, not passing tests. Narrative for the keynote will feature stories from the district that illustrate the seven pathways and lifelong learning competencies that drive deeper learning experiences.

Jean-Luc Moreau
President, EvalUE association

Jean-Luc has been an external evaluator of European Vocational Education and Training projects for seven years. He is the Co-Founder and President of the Association of the Evaluators and Experts of the European Union, which aims at sharing information and best practices between evaluators of the Erasmus Plus agency in Bordeaux and any European Agency. His organization includes more than a hundred members from both public or private sectors, sometimes in several European countries. Working with the National Agency Erasmus + in Bordeaux, in France, he strives to improve the quality of the project evaluation both on a national and on a European level. With an expertise in project management and quality assessment, he serves as a national evaluator and developer for KA2 applications submitted to the French National Agency. He also evaluated Erasmus + projects for the Swiss National Agency between 2013 and 2015. After working as a engineer for the CESI group specialized in professional development, he worked as a Former Advisor in adult training services in the Academie of Bordeaux. With an extensive knowledge in the field of management of innovative projects, he has a particular interest in e-learning and distance learning. He was the co-author " TIC et NET: nouvelles voies pour la formation" with Catherine Bissey. The book was published by the Presses Universitaires Françaises in 2003.

Erasmus +: Le programme de l'UE pour l'éducation, la formation, la jeunesse et le sport: 2014-2020
Après une brève présentation en français de l'organisation EvalUE, qui travaille en étroite collaboration avec l'Agence nationale Eramus + France, les intervenants présenteront le programme Erasmus + aux membres de la Global Education Conference. - Introduction au programme: une nouvelle approche intégrée et ses liens avec les objectifs politiques - Présentation des trois principaux types d'actions clés: mobilité à des fins d'apprentissage (KA1), coopération pour l'innovation et échanges de bonnes pratiques (KA2), soutien aux réformes politiques (KA3) - Un bref aperçu de l'allocation budgétaire 2014-2020 - Des opportunités pour les personnes et pour des projets d'innovation et d'échange de bonnes pratiques - Présentation des trois actions clés dans les domaines de l'éducation scolaire, de l'enseignement supérieur, de l'enseignement et de la formation professionnels, de l'éducation des adultes, de la jeunesse, du sport et des activités Jean Monet. La présentation visera à démocratiser l'information sur le programme Erasmus + et se concentrera sur sa dimension internationale, notamment en ce qui concerne son volet enseignement supérieur.

Dana Mortenson
CEO + Co-founder, World Savvy

Dana Mortenson is the Co-Founder and CEO of World Savvy, and an award winning social entrepreneur leading a movement to re-imagine K-12 education for a more diverse, interconnected world. World Savvy is 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. Since 2002 Dana 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 winner of the Tides Foundation’s Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy. She is a frequent speaker on global education and social entrepreneurship at high profile convenings, including Project Zero's Future of Learning Institute, Harvard University School of Education, 21st Century Schools Consortium, Nebraska Global Education Consortium, ASCD, 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, EdWeek and a range of local and national media outlets covering education and innovation. Dana is an Advisor and Board member to a range of nonprofits working at the intersection of education, global citizenship and innovation.

Jennie Niles
DC's Deputy Mayor of Education

Jennie Niles serves as Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) in Washington, DC. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing the Mayor's vision for academic excellence and creating a high-quality education continuum from birth to 24 (from early childhood to K-12 to postsecondary and the workforce). The agencies in the DME cluster include DC Public Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and the Department of Parks and Recreation. DME also works in collaboration with the independent District of Columbia Public Libraries, University of the District of Columbia, DC Public Charter School Board, and State Board of Education. Niles is the founder and former head of school of the acclaimed and award-winning E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. The school serves a diverse population of 1,200 students in preschool-12th grades. In 2011, E.L. Haynes, among all DC public schools, was named the first winner of the CityBridge Foundation's Strong School Award and, in 2008, it was the first winner of Fight for Children's Quality School Initiative Award among DC public charter schools.

Public/private partnerships for quality globaled
As representatives of DC Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools and Qatar Foundation Intl, we have partnered at different times and for different programs over the past 8 years to provide unique globaled opportunities to students -- from virtual and physical exchanges between the US and Qatar to Arabic classes that develop critical language skills to service learning & SDG (Sustainable Development Goals)- themed activities. Our ability to work together productively is part of our journey. We will be together in Doha, Qatar at the World Innovation Summit for Education reflecting on how these experiences have benefited students and communities.

Lori Roe
Instructional Technology Specialist, Delaware Department of Education

Lori Roe, M.Ed. currently serves as an instructional technology specialist for Cape Henlopen School District, K-12. She designs and supports professional learning and teaching with digital resources. Roe has successfully implemented projects that integrate mobile learning, videoconferencing, and global education. As a certified course developer, she has created and facilitated eLearning courses for the Delaware Department of Education. She developed and directed the online international student project, Facing the World's Challenges, in partnership with the Peace Corps, and has participated in other global projects, such as Rock our World. She was director for STARTALK Summer Chinese immersion program, K-5 from 2010-2013. For the past 3 years, she has been the lead teacher for Delaware Summer Chinese Language Initiative Communication in STEM (LInCS) program. Roe is an adjunct instructor for the Masters of Applied Technology Program at Wilmington University. She has presented at national conferences, such as ASCD and ISTE. Her greatest accomplishments include receiving the Governor’s Education Award for contributions in Geospatial Technologies and the honorable achievements of becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator, Certified Google Teacher, SMART Exemplary Educator, iEducate Honoree, and teacher council member for DE Rodel Foundation. Roe’s passion for teaching and learning with technology continues to inspire her advocacy for innovation in global education.

Global Partnership in Language, Culture, and STEM
Language skills, cultural literacy, and STEM knowledge are essential for learners today to contribute to a better world tomorrow. This presentation will highlight the elements for designing and implementing a successful program thorough international partnerships.The Delaware Summer Chinese Language Initiative for Communicating STEM (LInCS) Program is a four-week language, culture and STEM immersion for high school students to study Chinese and STEM in Hangzhou, China. Learn how strategic planning, international collaboration, and technology result in authentic cultural experiences, research-based projects on clean energy solutions, and increased language proficiencies. International connections, whether traveling abroad or virtually, provide valuable experiences for learners beyond the domestic landscape in global literacy, creativity, and entrepreneurship. All stakeholders, including educators, business leaders, political officials, and community members need to continue to work together to leverage digital resources and sustain global partnerships.

Maggie Mitchell Salem
Executive Director, QFI

As Executive Director of Qatar Foundation International (QFI), Maggie champions K-12 Arabic language & Arab culture education and engagement between young people across geographic, cultural and social boundaries. QFI supports program activities in the Americas, UK, and Qatar. Prior to joining QFI, Maggie was Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), a leading democracy and governance NGO, where she implemented innovative programs in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Yemen. Maggie was also an independent communications consultant to leading U.S., European and Middle Eastern companies, NGOs and academic groups. From 2001-2004, she was Director of Communications and External Relations at the Middle East Institute. Maggie's career began as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. State Department where she served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and as a Special Assistant to Ambassador Martin S. Indyk at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. She also served at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India.

George Saltsman
Associate Research Professor, Director, Center for Educational Innovation and Digital Learning, Lamar University

Dr. George Saltsman is an Associate Research Professor in the Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership and the Director of the Center for Research in Educational Innovation and Digital Learning at Lamar University (Texas). George is a mobile learning policy advisor to UNESCO, and winner of multiple awards, including the Campus Technology Innovator of the Year, Blackboard Catalyst award, and The New Media Consortium’s Center of Excellence award. As an active advocate for innovation in education, Dr. Saltsman has delivered over 250 presentations on technology integration in more than 30 countries throughout the world and is the co-author of An Administrators Guide to Online Education and multiple other works focused on the integration of technology in education.

Ira Socol
Executive Director of Technology and Innovation, Albemarle County Public Schools

Pam Moran is superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia. Ira Socol is executive director of technology and innovation. Their school district is considered to be one of the most inventive districts in the United States, a space for progressive education where social learning communities permeate the walls of classrooms and schools and the boundaries of the district, state, and nation, linking our communities with the world.

Ariel Tichnor-Wagner
Senior Fellow of Global Competence, ASCD

Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow of Global Competence at ASCD. In her role, she advocates for, develops, and implements innovative frameworks, tools, and professional learning experiences that support educators in fostering the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students needed to succeed in a diverse, interconnected world. In addition, she contributes articles and editorial advising to ASCD’s print and online publications and professional development. Ariel began her career as an elementary school teacher in a high-poverty school district in Phoenix, Arizona, where she taught primarily English language learners. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a Master’s in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and a doctoral degree in Education Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an educator and researcher, she is committed to identifying and leveraging policies and practices that improve academic and social-emotional outcomes of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Her research on global competence and school improvement has appeared in a variety of outlets, including Education Week, Educational Administration Quarterly, Leadership and Policy in Schools, Journal of Educational Change, Teaching Education, Education Policy Analysis Archives, and Educational Policy.

Erin Towns
Global Educator, Edward Little High School

Erin Towns is a high school educator with over 16 years of experience teaching geography, world history and contemporary global issues. She became interested in making education more relevant for students by bringing the world directly into the classroom. In 2008, she started traveling the world thanks to global professional development program opportunities including the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship Program, Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, Fulbright Hays Summer Seminar Abroad Program, and as a participant on a team Fulbright Hays Curriculum Development Project. Ms. Towns travels regularly and presents to local, national, and international audiences on topics involving uses of technology in education and educating for global competency. Recently she began a statewide partnership to support K-12 educators in Maine who are interested in using spatial technology, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to bring the world into their classrooms.

Teacher Abroad - Global Professional Development
This presentation will introduce participants to the benefits of international professional development opportunities that teachers around the world can take advantage of to increase global competency in the classroom. Specific examples of follow on classroom strategies, lessons, units and capstone projects will be highlighted to show how teachers use experiences of international travel to benefit students and teaching colleagues.

Liam Wegimont
Chairperson, GENE

Liam is the chairperson and co-founder of GENE; and has worked in practice, policy, research and networking of Global Education in European countries for the past 3 decades. Co-organiser of the Maastricht Congress and declaration, and of the European Global Education Peer Review. Co-founder of ANGEL - the Academic Network on Global Education Learning. Member of the editorial board of the international Journal of Development Education and Global Learning and of Sinergias. Day job is Principal of Mount Temple Comprehensive - a school increasingly devoted to education for sustainable development and global justice.

Dr. Jennifer Williams
Director of Education Strategy, Participate

Dr. Jennifer Williams is a globally minded educator that works with classrooms of the world to connect learning and experience through meaningful uses of technology. As the Director of Education Strategy at Participate, she champions teachers to reimagine professional development and learn without limits through participatory learning experiences. She is a professor at Saint Leo University in the College of Education and Graduate Education, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the International Literacy Association and the TeachSDGs Global Goals Educator Task Force. Jennifer is the co-founder of Edcamp TampaBay and part of the organizational teams for Edcamp Literacy and Edcamp NABSE. and a contributing author for Edutopia, Education Week, and Getting Smart. She’s inspired every day by teachers and students that are catalysts for making the world a better place! You can connect with Jennifer on Twitter at @JenWilliamsEdu.

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