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2014 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 as soon as possible, we are reviewing 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, 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:  "2014Teachers"

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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 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:  "2014Students"

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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: "Curricular"

Strand Tag:  "2014Curricular"

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Curricular track proposals should focus on best practices in terms of pedagogy and curriculum development. This can be at 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 competency 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:  "2014Leadership"

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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 learn about best practices



Strand Tag:  "2014iEARN"

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The GEC iEARN track is for proposals from participants of, and those interested in getting involved in, the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN).  These are generally sessions focused on using technology to build global understanding and enhance teaching and learning.  Proposals are encouraged in all languages and across all grade levels from early childhood through high school level. Both educators and youth are encouraged to present!  Pre-service and in-service teacher education programs with a technology-enabled international exchange component are encouraged to submit proposals too.
Ideas for presentations:
  • Using cell phones and mobile devices in collaborative project work
  • Teaching students 21st century skills through global collaborative projects
  • Global project-based learning as a language acquisition strategy
  • Preparing students to go abroad
  • Videoconferencing tools for supporting real-time connections
  • Supporting youth media-making in the classroom


STRAND 6: "Education For All - Global Campaign for Education-US"

Strand Tag:  "2014EFA"

The GEC Education For All track is for proposals focusing on policy, advocacy and programs to ensure that all young people worldwide have equitable access to a quality education.  Approximately 57 million children still need to be enrolled in primary school to meet the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015 and it's estimated that nearly seven million teachers will be needed in this effort.   Another 250 million students are illiterate despite being in school because the quality of the education is so poor.  Further, over 70 million additional adolescents are out of school, never having attended or having dropped out or pulled out by parents needing them to work or not seeing the value of the kind of education they are receiving. What needs to happen in the post-2015  education agenda to ensure both access and a quality education, starting with early childhood through adult literacy?
Some ideas for presentations:
  • Cultural, economic and community barriers to girls receiving a quality education
  • How to reach young people marginalized by gender, disability, geography, language
  • New ideas for teacher professional development in developing countries and providing resources to educators for effective teaching and learning
  • The role of technology in achieving Education For All
  • Learning in a young person's actual native language
  • Examples of successful education programs in fragile and conflict states
  • Developing national educational plans, priorities and strategies to ensure Education For All


STRAND 7: "Global Teacher-Librarians"

Strand Tag:  "2014GlobalTL"

The Global Teacher-Librarians strand is for teacher-librarians spearheading and supporting global participation and the building or collaborative global projects.

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