FROM OUR FIRST SUMMIT
The Role of Technology in Preparing Globally Ready Students and Educators
How does technology open the world to students and teachers in new and exciting ways? A hot topic today in Silicon Valley, educational technology can improve student learning and close the achievement gap. Guests in this distinguished panel will discuss how technology is powering global connections and playing an important role in the development of global competency in students and teachers. Panelists will discuss the ways in which the tech industry is working with schools and global education organizations to raise awareness around the importance of a globally minded education. Moderator: Betsy Corcoran, EdSurge
|Betsy Corcoran (Moderator)|
Founder + CEO
EdSurge founder & CEO, previously Executive Editor for technology coverage at Forbes Media and an award-winning staff writer for the Washington Post & Scientific American. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Education Evangelist
Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of fostering inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with educational organizations and leaders building innovation and iteration into our education practices. He speaks on the subject of technology, education, and innovation at events around the world.
In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of Boards, including the Arizona Science Foundation, Seed Spot NEXT, and Inquire Schools. He serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education, technology, and equity. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.
You can read Jaime’s education blog at www.jcasap.com and can reach him on Google+.
|Amy Lin |
CEO and Co-Founder
Amy Lin is the co-founder of Blendspace, an online platform to easily create interactive lessons used by millions of teachers and students globally. Blendspace was acquired by TES Global, a global education technology company, in 2014 where Amy is currently driving product development. She is passionate about building delightful experiences for the classroom and was recently featured by Forbes “30 under 30 in Education”. Amy graduated with a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California where her love for education ignited via teaching girls in STEM. Prior to starting Blendspace, she spent 3 years designing and building Microsoft Excel. Amy holds 7 patents.
Vibhu grew up in India where his summer options were limited to throwing stones at mango, cashew nut and mulberry trees to taste a large spectrum of unripe fruit, or reading the unabridged Oxford english dictionary. He came to the US for graduate school and worked on getting computers to algorithmically generate English descriptions for textbooks. After his PhD from USC, tired of unchanging blue skies, he moved to Pittsburgh where he worked on patient education at the Learning Research and Development Center. Following his time at Pitt/CMU, he moved to the Bay area where he worked at Google in research, and built the first prototypes of Google Scholar and Google Translate. He then co-founded a startup, Root-1, which was eventually acquired by Edmodo, where he works even today.
Educator, journalist, IT & OER consultant
Esther Wojcicki has been teaching Journalism and English at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, California for the past 25 years, where she has been the driving force behind the development of its award-winning journalism program. It is now the largest high school journalism program in the U.S involving 400 students. All the publications can be found at http://voice.paly.net which is the school publication website. In the spring of 2008, she was recognized for inspiration and excellence in scholastic journalism advising by the National Scholastic Press Association. She has won multiple awards throughout the years. A couple of others included the 1990 Northern California Journalism teacher of the year in 1990 and California State Teacher Credentialing Commission Teacher of the Year in 2002. In 2009, she was awarded the Gold Key Award by Columbia University Scholastic Press for outstanding contributions to student journalism. She served on the University of California Office of the President Curriculum Committee where she helped revise the beginning and advanced journalism curriculum for the state of California. In 2005–6 she worked as the Google educational consultant and helped design the Google Teacher Outreach program, which includes the website www.google.com/educators and the Google Teacher Academy. She holds a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley in English and Political Science, a general secondary teaching credential from UC Berkeley, a graduate degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley, an advanced degree in French and French History from the Sorbonne, Paris, a Secondary School Administrative Credential from San Jose State University, and a M.A. in Educational Technology from San Jose State University. She has also worked as a professional journalist for multiple publications and now blogs regularly for HuffingtonPost and HotChalk
Charting the Course for a Globally Connected and Future Ready School: Planning & Prioritizing at the Leadership Level
Once education institutions have an established collective understanding of global competence and broad support for it, the task of implementation can be arduous. Hear from a panel of administrators and education leaders about the process of planning and prioritizing global competence at the leadership level, including stakeholder engagement from boards to the parent community. They will share successes and challenges along the way and provide a lens into best practices gleaned from experience. Moderator: Jennifer Russell, iEARN-USA
|Jennifer Russell (Moderator)|
Director of Education
As Director of Education, Jennifer provides expertise, leadership, and coordination in the development and promotion of iEARN-USA's virtual exchange program strategies, tools, and network. In this role, she designs projects, resources, trainings, and online courses for teachers and youth to increase their technology and cross-cultural collaboration skills. Prior to joining iEARN-USA, Jennifer was a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania and China where she was a teacher trainer and taught English as a foreign language at the primary and secondary level. She holds a Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development, and a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies from The College of William and Mary.
VP for Education
Dr. Anthony Jackson leads Asia Society’s Education Department which strives to enable all students to graduate high school prepared for college, for work in the global economy, and for 21st century global citizenship.
Jackson oversees the Asia Society Center for Global Education, a global platform for collaboratively advancing education for global competence for all. The Center’s multi-faceted approach includes the International Studies Schools Network, a network of over 25 schools around the United States that systematically integrate a global focus within the curriculum; Global Learning Beyond School, which supports globalizing youth programs including afterschool and community programs; the Global Cities Education Network, a learning community of high performing Asian and North American urban school districts dedicated to solving common high priority problems of practice and policy; and China Learning Initiatives, which provide national leadership to support learning of Chinese language and culture.
Trained in both developmental psychology and education, Jackson is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school education reform and adolescent development. Jackson directed the Carnegie Corporation’s Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents which produced the ground breaking report Turning Points: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century, and co-authored the seminal follow-up blueprint Turning Points 2000, considered one of the most influential books on middle school reform. His most recent work is Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. Jackson holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Global Oneness Project
Cleary Vaughan-Lee is the Education Director at the Global Oneness Project, a multimedia platform which offers free multicultural and environmental stories with accompanying curricula. She launched the education arm of the organization and is the lead writer for the project’s lesson plans. She hosts webinars and educational workshops for teachers and students at schools, conferences, and universities and is a regular contributor to TED-Ed and Education Week. The Project’s films and lessons have been featured on The New York Times, National Geographic, PBS Learning Media,and the Smithsonian, among others. Cleary is also an active board member at her children’s school in the Bay Area and is particularly interested in providing a humanistic lens to educational content.
As a full-time educational consultant, Dr. Brandon L. Wiley works with schools, districts, networks and educational organizations around the world to help them with continuous improvement and planning. He has experience leading a range of district, state and national initiatives. As the Founder and President of GlobalEdLeader, he primarily works with organizations and school districts in strategic planning and program development, system-wide innovation, leadership development and the promotion of global competence for adults and students. As the Executive Director of Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network, he led the growth and development of a national network of design-driven public and charter schools, providing strategic support to districts and school leadership around global competence, mastery-based learning, school development and the promotion of deeper learning.
VIF International Education
David B. Young is the CEO of VIF International Education and serves as vice chair of the Executive Board for the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and chair of their Global Competency Working Group. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Elon University School of Education and is vice president of the Board at SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals. He has authored numerous publications on the topic of global education and has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences.
Global Competence in Practice: Deconstructing How Global Competence Comes to Life in Teaching, Learning and Culture in K-12 Schools
Join experienced school and district leaders in this panel to explore tangible strategies to implement global competence—from theory to practice. Panelists will share how they have embedded global competence in teaching and learning, school culture and environment, as well as discuss challenges and opportunities presented along the way. The panel will provide various perspectives and case studies on how to integrate global competency with other priorities. Moderator: Dana Mortenson, World Savvy
|Dana Mortenson (Moderator)|
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Dana has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs, to close the global competence gap in American education. Her deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice and equity on a global scale led her to co-found World Savvy in 2002. She has since led the organization through extensive growth and expansion –reaching more than 405,000 students and nearly 3,000 educators from three offices nationwide. Dana is a recognized expert in the field of global education, and serves as Advisor and Board member to a range of nonprofits focused on international education and youth development. She is a frequent speaker on the subject of global citizenship and social entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Progressive American Leaders in 2010. Dana holds a B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Mill Valley Middle School
Paul Johnson is currently in his fifth year as superintendent of the Mill Valley School District and 15th year as a superintendent in California public schools. He believes that Global Education/Citizenship is the key to success for our young students in the future job market. He helped lead the development of the district’s current strategic plan, which places Global Education as one of the district’s key 7 objectives. He enthusiastically supports the expansion of WorldSavvy at the Mill Valley Middle School and the efforts of passionate teachers in the Global Competency Certificate program. In his previous district, he had the privilege of opening a new International Baccalaureate (IB) K-8 school.
Mill Valley Middle School
Anna Lazzarini is in her eleventh year as an administrator at Mill Valley Middle School and fifth year as the principal. Anna believes our most important job as educators is to provide students with an education that is meaningful and relevant for today’s world. One of the ways this happens at MVMS is by supporting teachers who want to improve their own practice by attending professional development in programs like World Savvy and the Global Competency Certificate program. We currently have ten teachers who have been trained by World Savvy Classroom and three who have recently completed the Global Competency Certificate Program. These teachers bring a fresh perspective to their classrooms and help the students understand the importance of looking at the humanities through a global lens. This elevates student learning and engagement in immeasurable and measurable ways.
Mill Valley Middle School
Maggie Front is a recent graduate of the Global Competency Certificate program at Columbia Teachers College, where she was a member of the pilot cohort. She now works as part of an integrated team in her school district, investigating the way that integrated content – infused with global themes -- serves to move students deeper into critical thinking, growth mindset, and content. Maggie has taught in Mill Valley, California for 14 years, and currently teaches 6th and 7th grade.
Mill Valley Middle School
Rod Septka is a 7th and 8th grade teacher at Mill Valley Middle School where he teaches English, History, andGlobal Citizenship and is one of the mentors for the World Savvy Club. Rod has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and has been a teacher consultant for the Bay Area Writing Project since 1990. In addition, Rod is a recent graduate of the Columbia Teachers College Global Competency Certificate Program. He enjoys world travel and has taught in Korea and made friends with elephants in Kenya.
Mill Valley Middle School
Nance Miller has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and taught Severely Handicapped for 10 years. After moving to Marin she began teaching in the Mill Valley School District where she has been for over 20 years teaching Special Education, Art, and General Education, in both Elementary and Middle School. She started a nonprofit art exchange program that does art with children in poverty situations in many differentcountries. She is also a founding board member of a nonprofit that sends qualified volunteers to work with orphaned/abandoned children around the world.