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2016 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:  "2016Teachers"

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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:  "2016Students"

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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:  "2016Curricular"

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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:  "2016Leadership"

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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 5: "Dual Language"

Strand Tag:  "2016DualLanguage"

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

  • Integrating dual language programs with global education

  • Explaining the various dual language program models along with examples from the field

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

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

  • Meeting the needs of ELLs through dual language programs

  • Outlining the most effective instructional strategies for successful dual language classrooms

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

  • Describing professional development options for dual language teachers

Ideas for presentations:

  • How to integrate global themes into dual language lessons

  • How to connect international classrooms through the target language

  • Building global connections between dual language and traditional classrooms

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

  • Creating projects for dual 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 a dual language classroom

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