2019 Strands

The conference strands are listed below.  Each strand has a link for you to click through and see all the conference proposals that have been made for that strand.  We encourage you to comment and/or "like" the proposals, as well as to reach out directly to presenters who share interests with you.

Starting September 2, 2019, we will review proposals in the order in which they were submitted. To see accepted proposals, click here.  To see current proposals not yet reviewed, or in process, click here. Those who have submitted proposals should be sure to join the conference presenters group for notifications specific to presenters.


STRAND 1: "Teachers"

Strand Tag:  "2019Teachers"

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This is the primary conference track, aimed at the individual teachers and their professional development and training.  Presentations assigned to this strand should focus on any of the following concepts:

  • defining global education perspectives for teachers
  • explaining the importance of global education in today’s society
  • examining the role of student engagement when planning for global collaborative projects
  • showing teachers concrete examples of global collaborative projects
  • elaborating on the steps needed to participate in existing projects or to design projects
  • describing profession development efforts to help teachers and students become globally competent

Ideas for presentations:

  • how to get started with global projects
  • how to internationalize your curriculum
  • how to find project partners and build relationships that will ensure project success through the development of personal learning networks
  • ideas for involving parents and school communities in global projects
  • examples of teacher exchange and travel programs
  • supporting and empowering youth involvement through various programs and activities
  • identifying tips, tools, and tricks for connecting classrooms
  • presenting project showcases
  • giving overviews of programs or organizations that support global work in classrooms

STRAND 2:  "Students"

Strand Tag:  "2019Students"

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Along with their teachers and/or parents, students participating in global collaborative projects can submit proposals for this track. Submissions can focus on:

  • demonstrating how students are engaged in real-world problem solving through global collaborative projects
  • examining the role of student interest in civic engagement and social justice topics
  • highlighting the role of student voice in global learning
  • addressing how to foster leadership skills in students of all ages through service learning
  • identifying exemplary student travel and exchange programs
  • showing teachers and students concrete examples of student-led projects
  • giving overviews of programs or organizations that support student involvement in global issues

Ideas for presentations:

  • how to design interesting and rigorous projects that will interest students
  • highlighting model projects, programs, and organizations that directly involve students
  • identifying tips, tools, and resources aimed at student involvement in global opportunities
  • how to involve homeschooled students in global collaborative projects
  • student perspectives on exchange and travel programs
  • how to involve students locally and globally in communities
  • presenting student project showcases
  • telling the story of global experiences (including student travel) that has impacted students

STRAND 3: "Curriculum"

Strand Tag:  "2019Curricular"

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Curricular track proposals should focus on best practices in terms of pedagogy and curriculum development. This can be at the classroom, school, or districts levels. Submissions can focus on:

  • developing student global competency and other 21st century skills
  • fostering digital citizenship through global collaborative projects
  • examining the role of world language teaching in schools
  • creating authentic learning experiences and assessments for students
  • exploring standards, guidelines, and habits of mind in relation to globally competent students
  • showcasing best practices in developing global curriculum at school and district levels
  • giving overviews of programs or organizations that support globally related curricula

Ideas for presentations:

  • nurturing responsible use of technology through global collaborative projects
  • exploring the role of curriculum in developing global competence and 21st-century skills
  • highlighting best practices in world language teaching
  • showcasing projects that reflect intentional curricular projects around global awareness
  • presenting overviews of schools, programs, and organizations that have a global focus in terms of pedagogy and curriculum


STRAND 4: "Leadership"

Strand Tag:  "2019Leadership"

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The GEC leadership track should contain proposals related to creating global learning environments from a school leadership perspective. Submissions can focus on:

  • exploring the role of school administrators in supporting global learning among their immediate communities comprised of students, parents, teachers, and local communities
  • examining technical and infrastructure topics related to global collaboration

Ideas for presentations:

  • the role of global competency as part of your school’s mission
  • communicating global initiatives within your school
  • prepping for going global in terms of ICT
  • communicating to your school community about the need to connect schools
  • developing responsible use policies that support the use of technology in global collaborative projects
  • how to go beyond token global efforts in order to promote deeper learning
  • how to develop PLNs with other leaders in order to advocate and learn about best practices

STRAND 5: "Languages"

Strand Tag:  "2019Languages"

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This track will focus on language research, program implementation and practice through the lens of global education. It is aimed at language administrators, teachers, and researchers. Presentations assigned to this strand should focus on any of the following concepts:

  • Integrating language programs with global education

  • Explaining language program models along with examples from the field

  • Investigating the impact of language programs on student achievement and engagement

  • Exposing students to authentic resources and world cultures through language instruction

  • Meeting the needs of ELLs through dual language programs

  • Outlining the most effective instructional strategies for successful language classrooms

  • Connecting domestic and international classrooms through the use of the target language and technology

  • Describing professional development options for language teachers

Ideas for presentations:

  • How to integrate global themes into language lessons

  • How to connect international classrooms through the target language

  • Building global connections between language and traditional classrooms

  • Ideas for involving parents and school communities in global language projects

  • Project-based learning in language classrooms

  • Advocating for bilingualism within the school and community

  • Including parents in the language learning process

  • How to effectively integrate language and culture in language classrooms

STRAND 6: "Sustainable Development Goals"

Strand Tag:  "2019SDGs"

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In 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of 17 goals designed to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. These Sustainable Development Goals (commonly known as SDGs) present a comprehensive framework for teachers to design lessons and projects, that empower students to understand our planet and to take action to improve the world.

This track will focus on lessons, projects, and initiatives that support the teaching of SDGs and developing active global citizens. Presentations assigned to this strand should reference on any of the following topics:

  • Poverty

  • Hunger

  • Health

  • Education

  • Gender Equality

  • Water

  • Energy

  • Economic growth

  • Industrialization innovation

  • Social, economic, and political inclusion

  • Sustainable urban planning and management

  • Sustainable consumption and production

  • Climate action

  • Protection of bodies of water and ecosystems

  • Reduction of exploitation, violence, and conflicts

Ideas for presentations:

  • General resources for incorporating the SDGs into schools

  • Lesson and project ideas for teaching the SDGs in K12 education

  • The role of the SDGs in higher education and teacher education programs

  • Integrating the SDGs into STEM education

  • Multimedia content that supports the study of issues related to the SDGs

  • Supporting students in becoming stewards of our planet

  • Practical ideas for taking action on the SDGs

  • Connecting with experts on topics related to the SDGs

  • Professional development opportunities around the SDGs and related topics

STRAND 7: "Study Abroad and Exchange Programs"

Strand Tag:  "2019Experiential"

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Experiential learning programs will be highlighted in the Study Abroad and Exchange Programs strand. This strand will focus on international education experiences and can include information about physical and virtual exchanges, in addition, to study abroad and service-learning programs for K12 and university students. Sessions can also reference professional development and volunteer opportunities for adults.

Topics could include:

  • Expeditionary learning opportunities

  • Gap year programming

  • Grants and scholarships opportunities for students and teachers

  • Place-based education
  • Physical exchange programs students and teachers

  • Service-learning and volunteer travel programs

  • Study abroad programs

  • Technology-enhanced experiential learning tools

  • Virtual exchange programs for students

  • Youth leadership development programs

Ideas for presentations:

  • Benefits of service-learning programs

  • Equity of access to international education experiences

  • Employment within global education organizations

  • Evaluating the quality of experiential learning programs

  • Funding international education experiences

  • Logistical topics related to running experiential learning programs

  • Overviews of programming options for students at various educational levels

  • Partnerships in exchange programs

  • Technologies that support virtual simulations and exchanges and/or collaborative 360/VR content creation

STRAND 8: "Higher Education"

Strand Tag: “2019HigherEd"

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This new strand will offer conference attendees the opportunity to consider effective global education practices for students across the K20 spectrum. Global initiatives related to higher education will be highlighted in this strand. Find sessions related to college and university efforts supporting international education experiences and global workforce readiness programs.


Topics could include:

  • Collaborative and connective technologies used at the university level

  • Exchanges for faculty and students

  • Global workforce development

  • Higher ed global curriculum design

  • International conferences and forums

  • International education program evaluation

  • Policies as well as financial and legal concerns related to global education at the university level

  • Professional development around global education

  • Research opportunities

  • Summer study programs

  • Teacher education programs that focus on global competence

  • University and school partnerships

Ideas for presentations:

  • Advocacy for global workforce development

  • Affordable international experiences for students

  • Comparative studies on international education

  • Developing globally competent teachers

  • Ensuring diversity in international education programs

  • Nurturing global competent university students

  • On-campus opportunities for internationalization

  • Public/private partnerships

  • Practical considerations for higher education international programs

  • Recruiting and supporting international students

  • The role of offices of global education in higher education

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