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2016 Keynotes & Distinguished Speakers


 
 

Joseph Ball
Curriculum Coordinator, Crash Course

Joe is the Content Creator for the Crash Course World History curriculum. He is also the Vice President of Indy Film Fest. He digs museums, travel, food, space, random trivia, and his family.
http://www.thecrashcourse.com

Crash Into Digital Content With Crash Course



 
 
Kevin Baloyi
Teacher at LEAP Science and Maths School

Kevin Baloyi was born and bred in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. After graduating from the LEAP Science and Maths School and following a gap year, Kevin joined the Future Leaders Program in 2014 with plans to become a teacher. He is currently working at LEAP in Johannesburg as a student teacher and is a student at the University of South Africa studying for his Bachelors of Education. Kevin was part of a select group of teachers-in-training who traveled to the U.S. in 2016 as a part of a Global Teachers Institute and Teach WIth Africa exchange program studying schools and programs in California. Kevin is passionate about Education and Technology and has taught himself many technology strategies that he plans to incorporate in his teaching.He was also part of the EdTech Summit Africa 2016 program training educators around South Africa and Swaziland on how to use certain technology tools in their classrooms to make it fun and engaging. He recently started a production business, designing logos, posters/flyers, as well as taking and editing videos. He trains some of the students at school on how to take professional photographs, design posters, invitations and newsletters. He believes that learners should have other skills apart from the curriculum that is covered inside the classroom.
http://kevinbaloyi.wordpress.com


EdTech Summit presenters travel across Africa hosting unique teacher training and program development conferences addressing education equity and social justice issues by working to help schools and communities implement creative and cutting edge technologies for teaching and learning. EdTechSummitAfrica.com.


 
 
Karen Blumberg
Technology Coordinator at The Brearley School

Karen Blumberg has been teaching and coordinating technology since 1996. She is thrilled to be the K-12 Technology Coordinator at The Brearley School in New York City. Previously, she was a technology coordinator at The School at Columbia University working with faculty and students to integrate technology academically, creatively, and responsibly, a technology integrator at Sacred Heart teaching robotics and programming, a math teacher at The Dalton School, and a math teacher for The School District of Philadelphia. Karen is a proud co-founder and organizer of TEDxNYED, TEDxYouth@TheSchool, EdcampNYC, EdcampMumbai, EdcampBKK, the Robo Expo, and other events. She is also a past president of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists (NYCIST). Karen has presented at conferences both domestically and internationally about her work with students and teachers: Navigating social media, crafting digital projects that embrace new media literacies, building a PLN, supporting faculty’s professional growth, and launching a variety of original curricular projects which integrate STEAM and innovative technologies. Among other awards, Karen was recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools as a Teacher of the Future for the 2013-2014 school year. Karen is passionate about photography, traveling, tinkering, bargain shopping, and good eats.
http://karenblumberg.com

EdTech Summit Africa
EdTech Summit is an innovative technology conference shared with educators across Africa free of charge. We support teachers and learners with technology tools and training to aid in the acquisition of 21st century skills, methodologies and instructional strategies. Focused on meaningful solutions for learning, we bring together local and global presenters whose combined voice is strong in partnership.

Our presentation will discuss the following aspects of a ‘travel’ conference featuring a model that has been iterated by team member presenters over the past 4 years with the idea in mind that it has the potential to be successful in any education environment, formal or informal, worldwide.

At our core is
  • a global team of volunteers who learn together through teaching others
  • teacher attendees from underserved and under-resourced schools who come with very low confidence but are willing and committed to learn and grow
  • a model of technology implementation that goes beyond ‘regular’ use to creative and engaging strategies for improving teaching and learning
  • professional development with adult learning theory at its foundation
  • collaborative workshop methodologies that are prepared with attendee contexts in mind - including reflective activities and opportunities for integrating conference day takeaways into attendees own practice
  • a Community of Practice that works to continue learning together -- across oceans, time zones and cultures.
EdTechSummitAfrica.com.


 
 
Tudor Clee
Touchable Earth

Tudor is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, runway fashion designer, and explorer. He has traveled and photographed extensively in over 150 countries: from the jungles of Congo to the wrecks of the Chuuk Lagoon. In 2008 he founded what would become the largest criminal law practice in New Zealand and focused on rehabilitating young offenders through sports. In 2011 he created Touchable Earth, the first app where kids teach kids about the world. This United Nations award winning project generated over 1000 original videos of kids in 5 continents sharing aspects of their culture and life. In October 2016 a ‘Syria’ chapter was created with refugees living in Lebanon. As well as promoting global citizenship and tolerance the program is heavily geared towards gender equality through equal participation of girls in the creation of the content.
http://www.touchableearth.org

Sharing the kids eye view of the world.
Touchable Earth is the first app where kids teach kids about the world. Freely available on iOS and Android Touchable Earth features 100s of videos of elementary aged kids from across the world sharing aspects of their every day life and culture.


 
 
Gavin Dykes
Programme Director, Education World Forum

Gavin Dykes began working life as a civil engineer before changing his focus and moving to teach in colleges and universities, then working to develop education with governments, international agencies and commercial companies. From the early stages he focused on innovation in policy and practice and the development of the use of technology to support learning, and the parts that students and teachers can play in co-designing their work. He gained his international experience and reputation through working with education’s stakeholders from students and teachers to ministers and policy makers. Gavin now holds a range of long term roles including as the Program Director for the Education World Forum which began in 2004. Each year the forum brings senior education leaders together to debate policy challenges, practice and to learn from each other. In the January 2016 event, over 80 ministers participated and 97 countries were represented. As Program Director, Gavin negotiates and sets the agenda. He is also Program Director for the Asian Summit on Education and Skills which takes place annually in India. Gavin recently worked with the Agastya International Foundation in India to initiate, develop and facilitate the first Maverick Teachers Global Summit.
http://www.theewf.org

Learnings with and from the Maverick Teachers Global Summit


 
 
Tosca Killoran
NIST International School

Tosca Killoran has been teaching in the IB international community in Asia and Europe since 2000. Tosca acts as an EDTech consultant to international schools as well as a presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional development sessions. As a doctoral student, Tosca’s published research focuses on innovation in education. She co-founded ED-ucation Publishing, founded TEDxYouth@BIS, and TEDxYouth@NIST in order to give a voice to #youthchangemakers. She is an Amazon bestseller author of children’s books, a website designer and app creative director. Her passion is character education, service learning and providing opportunities for learning communities to grow.
http://www.toscakilloran.com/

Service Learning and the Maker Mindset


 
 
Dr. Chip Kimball
Superintendent, Singapore American School

Dr. Chip Kimball serves as superintendent of Singapore American School, the largest single-campus international school in the world serving nearly 4000 students. Singapore American School (SAS) has a worldwide reputation for excellence, high student achievement, and innovation. Since his arrival, Dr. Kimball has led SAS through a process of continuous improvement of the already high-performing school. This R&D process is resulting in more project-based learning, interdisciplinary courses, curriculum supporting 21st century learning outcomes, personalized learning, language immersion programs, advisory, and new advanced topics course offerings. Under Dr. Kimball’s leadership, professional learning communities have become central to the school's work, resulting in recognition as one of the only model PLC schools outside of the US. Dr. Kimball joined SAS after sixteen years in the Lake Washington school district (WA) where he served as chief technology officer, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent before becoming superintendent in 2007. His work in Lake Washington resulted in multiple awards and recognition as one of the most innovative school districts in the United States. In 2010, Dr. Kimball was awarded a national award for technology leadership and was also awarded Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Library Media Association. Prior to Lake Washington, he worked for the California Center for School Restructuring, providing leadership to 144 schools in 101 districts implementing education reform. Dr. Kimball holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Whitworth University, a master’s degree in science education from Eastern Washington University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of Southern California. Most recently Chip completed the LEAD certificate program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business in Corporate Innovation.
https://www.sas.edu.sg

Changing Education: From Teacher Agency to Student Agency
Singapore American School continues to reinvent itself to ensure that students are engaged, learn at high levels, and are future ready, we invite you to join us on our journey. The world is changing and schools are required to be agile and flexible to meet the personalized learning needs of every child. With a long-standing legacy of success, the journey of reinvention at SAS continues to be deliberate and challenging. This session will give you an update on SAS’ journey; share our ever-evolving change strategy, along with insights into what worked, and what hasn’t. This session give you insight into our most significant findings and the resulting impact on Student Agency.


 
 
Lord Jim Knight
Chief Education Adviser, TES

Jim is the Chief Education Adviser at TES Global, having successfully developed their teacher training business. He is also a visiting professor at the UCL Knowledge Lab and a member of the House of Lords. Jim’s main policy interests are education, employment, skills and digital technology. He served as an MP from 2001-2009, during which time he was a minister for rural affairs, schools and then employment, with his final year as a Cabinet minister. Jim is a co-owner of XRapid Ltd, the first company to be commercially selling disease diagnosis using an iphone app. He is also chair of the Tinder Foundation, operating the network of UK Online Centres, and the main digital inclusion delivery organisation in the UK. He is a member of the Government's Digital Engagement Council.
http://www.tes.com




 
 
Nate McClennen
Vice President for Education and Innovation, Teton Science Schools

Nate is the Vice President for Education and Innovation at Teton Science Schools (TSS) in Jackson, Wyoming. His work focuses on how to scale the impact of place-based education through technology, innovation, design learning, and school networks. He was part of the founding faculty at Journeys School from 2001-2006 and was Head of Journeys School from 2006 - 2015. Since 1993, he has taught science, technology, robotics, and math at the secondary and university level. Nate is also the co-founder of ImproveClass, a technology company which crowdsources teacher excellence. He serves as an adjunct faculty of the Teacher Learning Center at Teton Science Schools, implementing teacher-workshops nationally and internationally. Additional time is spent supporting education transformation efforts nationally through work with Education Reimagined, GettingSmart, and the Northwest Association of Independent Schools Innovation Committee. Nate represents TSS as a design partner with Motivis Learning, a technology company supporting TSS efforts to create an online competency-based system for place-based education.
http://www.tetonscience.org

The Power of Place: Reconnecting Schools and Communities to Change the World


 
 
Jeanne Meyers
Co-Founder/Director of MY HERO & Director of Media Arts Education

Jeanne Meyers is the cofounder and director of The MY HERO Project. She is a media arts educator, film producer and director. Jeanne attended the American Film Institute Producing program after traveling around the world working as a freelance producer for NBC News. Prior to that she directed Brown University's Media Services. She has produced and directed several award winning documentaries. Jeanne has been directing The MY HERO Project since the project launched online in 1995. She has built a devoted team of media arts educators, programmers, editors, writers, filmmakers, musicians, teachers and students from around the world who contribute to the project. The MY HERO website hosts digital story telling tools and a rich multi-media archive. Visitors from around the world come to MY HERO to share and discover stories, art, films and music that honor heroes from all walks of life.
http://www.myhero.com

The MY HERO Project- Connecting the world through hope, inspiration & heroes!
Learn about this educational non-profit organization from its founder Jeanne Meyers and media director Wendy Milette. Jeanne and Wendy will share the story of MY HERO and offer tangible direction for engagement with myhero.com. Through the exploration of heroism around the world MY HERO offers a unique opportunity to increase awareness about cultural issues and embrace diversity. Our free resources and library of inspirational stories from over 194 countries opens the door for educators to connect their classrooms to the world at large fostering global awareness. As students learn about activist around the globe who are working to solve real-world problems, they become inspired to take action in their own lives and become more active citizens of the world. Teachers and students will be exposed to heroism through stories, art, film, and music forming a bridge between cultural awareness and the arts.


 
 
Wendy Milette
Director of Media Arts Education and the MY HERO Film Festival

After completing her MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, Wendy has been training teachers and students in hero-based storytelling and new media production. Her experience includes designing and teaching workshops across the globe from the Royal Film Commission in Amman, Jordan to Colleges and High School Media programs in Southern California. Through her leadership as Director of Media Arts Education Wendy has assisted numerous media arts educators in empowering their students to produce winning short films. As Director of the MY HERO International Film Festival Wendy has built an online library of thousands of hero-themed films from over 194 countries from around the world on myhero.com. As a filmmaker Wendy focuses on producing media that inspires activism. Wendy hopes to encourage a new generation of creative, connected and globally-minded individuals in the 21st Century.
http://myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=WendyMilette

The MY HERO Project- Connecting the world through hope, inspiration & heroes!
Learn about this educational non-profit organization from its founder Jeanne Meyers and media director Wendy Milette. Jeanne and Wendy will share the story of MY HERO and offer tangible direction for engagement with myhero.com. Through the exploration of heroism around the world MY HERO offers a unique opportunity to increase awareness about cultural issues and embrace diversity. Our free resources and library of inspirational stories from over 194 countries opens the door for educators to connect their classrooms to the world at large fostering global awareness. As students learn about activist around the globe who are working to solve real-world problems, they become inspired to take action in their own lives and become more active citizens of the world. Teachers and students will be exposed to heroism through stories, art, film, and music forming a bridge between cultural awareness and the arts.


 
 
Tonya Muro
iEARN-USA - Learning With the World

As Executive Director of iEARN-USA (the International Education Resource Network) - Learning with the World, Tonya leads the professional team, sets strategy with stakeholders, and cultivates relationships with like-minded global learning partners in both the virtual and physical exchange landscape to help foster global competency with educators and youth. Tonya has over 15 years of experience working as a global education practitioner and educator. She is also a published author, seasoned public speaker, presenter and backup singer. Prior to joining iEARN-USA's team, Tonya was the Director of School Outreach and Educational Partnerships for AFS-USA, an intercultural learning organization, and before that, she was the Program Director for Global Nomads Group, an NGO that fosters dialogue and mutual understanding amongst the world's youth. Tonya holds an Ed.D. and M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she was a U.S. Fulbright scholar in Tanzania. She received her B.A. in primary education and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and is a fluent Spanish speaker. However, her most important achievement – and what drives her - is being a mother of twin daughters, to whom she dedicates her efforts to advance global citizenship.
http://www.us.iearn.org

Learning With the World through Virtual Exchange: Building Bridges, Breaking Down Barriers
In this session, Tonya will discuss the growth of the field of virtual exchange over the past three decades - technology-enabled, sustained, people to people education programs - as a worldwide movement in empathy amongst young people. iEARN-USA will be highlighted as an instructive case study in the sustainability of global collaboration, with special emphasis on its current Building Respect through International Dialogue and Global Education (BRIDGE) program between students in the US and 11 nations in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, iEARN-Morocco (MEARN) will speak about the next iEARN international conference that will take place in Morocco in 2017.


 
 
Beate Nguyen, MA.Ed.
Principal, St. Augustine School (ADLA)

Growing up a 3rd Culture Kid and global nomad, who has lived, studied and worked on four continents, she experienced the best of many worlds. Navigating with ease through new cultures, speaking multiple languages, and adapting to new situations, were constant learning expectations. Mrs. Nguyen studied Diplomacy & World Affairs and education. She has worked at the U.N., with students in rapidly emerging markets, and as Fulbright-Hays GPA scholar with the U.S. Dept. of Education. A transformative leader-practitioner, and doctoral student in educational leadership for social justice, she focuses her research on global competency from Preschool to High School. Mrs. Nguyen is a member of the Leadership Council and the I3 Innovation Institute of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where she serves as principal at a Catholic school (PS-Jr. HS). She collaborates globally with peer educators, including the Think Tank for Global Education (TGE 2016) at Harvard University, and the Global Education Forum 2016, to discover new pedagogical frontiers.
http://www.staugustineschool.com

Global Ed (Urgent Action + Critical Lens)
You recognize the urgency for global education. You advocate for students to become global competent. You also feel like a lonely warrior in the educational battlefield! Share your courage with a glimpse into this step-by-step journey by one school in Los Angeles, to lead a global education innovation with an authentic twist.


 
 
Karen Kirsch Page
Founder/Producer of K2 Productions Global and EdTech Summit Africa

Karen Kirsch Page, more commonly known by the nickname of K2, is passionate about helping schools and organizations create a culture receptive to implementing technology for creative teaching and learning. As a filmmaker and music engineer/producer, she is interested in creative digital and technical arts and has worked with schools to launch coding, robotics, makerspace and visual design programs. She believes innovative technology strategies can make education come alive in even the most distressed of situations, especially in the ever-growing robust mobile landscape for both informal and formal learning. K2 is committed to building bridges in education for at-risk youth and teachers in challenged communities around the world. Following a successful career as a touring sound engineer and then a long stint as a K-8 technology and STEM electives teacher at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, Karen has continued to provide instructional support and develop programs for K-12 teachers both in the U.S. and Africa where she founded the free annual teaching conference, EdTech Summit Africa, now going into its fifth year. These days based in New York City, Karen is currently working as a Professional Development Associate at the Center for Technology & School Change at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a BA in Broadcast Engineering from San Francisco State University and an MA in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College. In addition to working full time and producing the annual conference, Karen is pursuing her doctorate at Columbia in Adult Learning and Leadership with a focus on professional development and technology integration.
http://edtechsummitafrica.com


EdTech Summit presenters travel across Africa hosting unique teacher training and program development conferences addressing education equity and social justice issues by working to help schools and communities implement creative and cutting edge technologies for teaching and learning. EdTechSummitAfrica.com.


 
 
Anne Polaski
Vice President, Pages for Peace Foundation

Anne Polaski currently serves as vice president of the board of directors of Pages for Peace Foundation. This non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting and promoting the work of Groton/Dunstable, Massachusetts school students in creating Big Book: Pages for Peace and sharing its messages worldwide. She holds a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and is a retired educator with 25 years of experience teaching elementary and middle school students. Anne’s commitment to this project stems from her close friendship with her teaching colleague, Betsy Sawyer, who was the inspiration and driving force behind this extraordinary project. Anne is the foundation’s education liason with the school district and focuses her efforts on collaborating with administrators and teachers to advance the mission of the project and provide student peacemakers with meaningful opportunities to share their work. She has also worked as an adjunct university supervisor for student teachers and is a strong proponent of global peace education for all.
http://www.pagesforpeace.org

Big Book: Pages for Peace Project: Empowering Students to Make a Difference
This presentation focuses on the compelling and inspirational story of how a group of middle school students, and their dynamic teacher, Betsy Sawyer, created the biggest book in the world on the topic of peace. Participants will gain insight and ideas to help empower students to believe that they can make a meaningful difference in the world and strive for what may seem to be unattainable goals. The presentation will chronicle every aspect of the Big Book: Pages for Peace project - from its inception as an idea generated in an after-school writing club to the completion of the 12’ by 20’, 1000 page collection of letters, essays, artwork, photos, and poetry all on the topic of peace. It took over 12 years and hundreds of students and community members, all dedicated to becoming peacemakers, to complete the book. Students were exposed to lessons in every strand of the curriculum as the project developed. What began as a language arts initiative, unfolded into authentic learning experiences in geography, history, economics, science, mathematics, engineering, journalism, graphic design, technology, and communication skills. During the process, a non-profit foundation was formed, connections with political leaders, businesses, and universities were forged, and student leadership opportunities were created. Big Book: Pages for Peace made its global debut at the United Nations in early 2016. Reaching out to educators and making connections with classroom students worldwide is now fundamental to the success of sharing the book’s messages and creating a more peaceful world.


 
 
Diane Repaal
Advisor, Peace Club, Groton Dunstable Middle School / Pages for Peace Foundation

Diane Repaal has been a middle school educator for 32 years and is currently a 7th grade math and science teacher. She has been involved with students as a class advisor, service learning advisor and Peer Mediation advisor. In addition, she has coached track and cross country teams , and is the musical director for the yearly school musical performance. Diane has also been involved in community service learning experiences as a team leader for Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life. Diane is the current advisor of the Peace Club at Groton Dunstable Middle School in Groton, MA. The Peace Club, established by Betsy Sawyer, is designed to promote global understanding of peace for middle school students. The Peace Club works in conjunction with the Pages for Peace Foundation, with students serving as ambassadors of Big Book: Pages for Peace, sharing the project’s messages of peace with other students and the global community.
http://www.pagesforpeace.org

Big Book Pages for Peace: Empowering Students to Make a Difference


 
 
Jonathan Rochelle
Director of Product Mgmt - Google Apps for Education

Jonathan Rochelle (aka JR) is Director of Product Management at Google and a co-founder of Google Docs and Google Drive, including other apps in that suite such as Google Sheets, Slides, Forms, Apps Script and Google Fonts. Jonathan is now primarily responsible for Google Apps for Education, which reaches more than 40 million educators and students, and most recently launched Google Classroom and Google Expeditions. Jonathan and his teams are primarily based in Google's NYC office. Prior to joining Google in 2005, Jonathan co-founded and sold two technology start-ups - ITK Solutions, a technology consulting firm, and 2Web Technologies, a software product company which was acquired by Google in 2005 as the technology behind Google spreadsheets - the first publicly launched component of Google Docs. Before founding the start-ups, Jonathan spent 16 years as a software engineer and applications development manager, primarily at JP Morgan & Co., across a broad set of financial service businesses. He's a strong advocate of innovation culture, entrepreneurship and education technology and is very active in his current creative passion - 3D Printing (www.MkrClub.com). Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Albany.





 
 
David Ross
Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for 21st Century Learning

David Ross is the Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. He taught social studies and language arts for six years in an urban middle school in southern California before moving to the Bay Area to create the American Studies program at New Technology HS in Napa, where he taught for four years. He has worked extensively as a PBL trainer, program developer and curriculum coach for the North Carolina New Schools Project, the Ohio Resource Center, the Oracle Education Foundation, the National Academy Foundation and the New Technology Foundation. David founded the Novel Approach Consulting Group and ran the business for four years before joining the Buck Institute for Education in 2008 as Senior Director. At BIE, David was responsible for creating the PBL World Conference, the Buck Institute National Faculty, the PBL 101 Workshop, and co-authoring the PBL Starter Kit and the PBL 101 Workbook. His international work includes designing and managing multi-year professional development programs in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and South Korea. David has a B.A. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in American Literature as well as a multiple subjects credential and two single-subject credentials (English and Social Science). David has completed the course work for his PhD in Education at UC Davis.
http://www.p21.org

Six Strategies for Supporting Global Ed
An overview of the policies and practices that enable global education to flourish at the organizational level


 
 
Dmitry Savelau
Campaigns Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Change.org

Dmitry Savelau is a Campaigns Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Change.org / Russia Country Director at Change.org. iEARNer at heart. Formerly Global Media Mentor at Adobe Youth Voices Program and Earth Charter Initiative youth coordinator in the Netherlands and Belarus.
http://www.Change.org

Education for Social Change: the Power of Collective Action


 
 
Terry Smith
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, Radford University

Terry K. Smith is an assistant professor in elementary teacher education at Radford University. Taught 14 years in the elementary classroom using project-based learning and global projects. He has taken students to Taiwan on two occasions. He manages two long-running Internet projects: The Monster Project and The Landmark Games. He is on the board of the Kidlink Association, an international group providing free projects for elementary and middle school classes around the world. He serves on the National Geographic steering committee for the Geo-Educators program and is a trainer-mentor for the National Geographic Educator Certification program. He recently co-chaired Radford University’s first Global Education Conference.
http://www.smithclass.org

Early Foundations for Learning with the World in the Monster Project
In this session, Terry will focus on teachers taking advantage of global opportunities, and illustrate the idea of schools being places where students learn with the world rather than about the world. In a global collaboration event called the Monster Project, early connections among elementary students set the foundations for building global citizenship. A record number of schools participated this year from the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, Myanmar, Peru, Russia, and Thailand. Participants collaborated on a single set of instructions which all classes used as a blueprint to complete the final Monster. Descriptions were assigned to classes around the world, for example: Eyes from England, Ears from Thailand, Neck from Peru, Teeth from Canada, Earrings from Russia, Wings from Virginia, Belly Button from Illinois and so forth, with 54 descriptions in all. Monsters were built and at the same time, other global connections were in process: Facebook was used for sharing culture, ideas, questions, lessons, resources, Skyping arrangements – all examples of learning with the world. The common connector for this year’s project was STEM: all classes were asked to state how their monster would use science, technology, engineering, and math to improve the world. Students and teachers acted as globally competent individuals in exhibiting the characteristics and abilities for learning and engaging with the world.


 
 
Kevin Smith
Senior Director of Global Schools, VIF International Education

Kevin Smith serves is the Senior Director of Global Schools for VIF International Education. His field of action creates a roadmap towards dual language/immersion and global literacy programs. With the support of a globally minded team, together they create opportunities for districts, schools, and educators to enhance their practice by developing the skills to integrate global literacy into daily instruction impacting student development of languages and cultural frameworks.
http://www.viflearn.com

Global Competence and Dual Language Programming: A purposeful, systematic integration of language and culture
The premise that you can’t separate culture from language may be correct. The question becomes how do you integrate global competence in a meaningful and systematic way in any language program. We will discuss a framework that empowers schools and educators to develop a programmatic approach to making global connections in their day to day teaching while also working on students’ language skills in a dual language/immersion program or general education program.


 
 
Dr. Tim Stuart
Executive Director of Strategic Programs, Singapore American School

Dr. Timothy S. Stuart is the Executive Director of Strategic Programs at the Singapore American School. In this role, Tim serves as the chief architect for research and development and supports strategic school reform. He is the former High School Principal of Singapore American School where he led this division through multiple successful change initiatives, culminating in its recognition as a PLC exemplar school. Tim also served as the High School Principal of Jakarta International School. Dr. Stuart is the editor and contributing author to the anthology Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools, published by Solution Tree in 2016. He is a contributing author to It’s About Time, Planning Interventions and Extensions in Secondary School, published by Solution Tree in 2015. He is the co-author of the books Children At Promise and Raising Children At Promise, published by Jossey-Bass in 2003 and 2005. Dr. Stuart’s research and writing reflects his passion for creating optimal school environments so that all kids can learn at high levels. Tim holds an Ed.D. from Seattle Pacific University, an M.Ed from The College of New Jersey, and a B.A. from Wheaton College.
https://www.sas.edu.sg

Changing Education: From Teacher Agency to Student Agency
Singapore American School continues to reinvent itself to ensure that students are engaged, learn at high levels, and are future ready, we invite you to join us on our journey. The world is changing and schools are required to be agile and flexible to meet the personalized learning needs of every child. With a long-standing legacy of success, the journey of reinvention at SAS continues to be deliberate and challenging. This session will give you an update on SAS’ journey; share our ever-evolving change strategy, along with insights into what worked, and what hasn’t. This session give you insight into our most significant findings and the resulting impact on Student Agency.


 
 
Susan Colt Willcox
President, Big Book: Pages For Peace

Susan Colt Willcox currently serves as president of the board of directors of Pages for Peace Foundation, Inc. This non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting and promoting the work of Groton/Dunstable, MA school students in creating Big Book: Pages for Peace and sharing its messages worldwide. She holds a degree in Early Education, and is currently the director and lead teacher at a preschool she owns in Groton, Ma. Susan's commitment to the Big book project and it's mission began when she became the original parent volunteer ten years ago when her own daughter was a 5th grade student of Betsy Sawyer and in the original after school writing club where the project all began. Susan was a founding board member and served as vice president since its inception. Susan has been a steady and ongoing force in leading a small group of volunteers to assist the students and their amazing teacher/leader Betsy Sawyer to help make their dreams of the biggest book on peace a reality and spread their messages of peace worldwide.
http://www.pagesforpeace.org

Big Book: Pages For Peace Project: Empowering Students To Make A Difference
This presentation focuses on the compelling and inspirational story of how a group of middle school students, and their dynamic teacher, Betsy Sawyer, created the biggest book in the world on the topic of peace. Participants will gain insight and ideas to help empower students to believe that they can make a meaningful difference in the world and strive for what may seem to be unattainable goals. The presentation will chronicle every aspect of the Big Book: Pages for Peace project - from its inception as an idea generated in an after-school writing club to the completion of the 12’ by 20’, 1000 page collection of letters, essays, artwork, photos, and poetry all on the topic of peace. It took over 12 years and hundreds of students and community members, all dedicated to becoming peacemakers, to complete the book. Students were exposed to lessons in every strand of the curriculum as the project developed. What began as a language arts initiative, unfolded into authentic learning experiences in geography, history, economics, science, mathematics, engineering, journalism, graphic design, technology, and communication skills. During the process, a non-profit foundation was formed, connections with political leaders, businesses, and universities were forged, and student leadership opportunities were created. Big Book: Pages for Peace made its global debut at the United Nations in early 2016. Reaching out to educators and making connections with classroom students worldwide is now fundamental to the success of sharing the book’s messages and creating a more peaceful world.

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