Symposium on Global Competencies

In Partnership with UNESCO and Partnership for 21st Century Learning, Global Education Conference Network
Sponsored by HP and Participate

CoSN is committed to a global dialogue focused on the strategic uses of technology for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools. As part of this commitment, CoSN will be convening the Symposium on Global Competencies on April 3, 2017 during the CoSN 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.

In partnership with UNESCO, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and the Global Education Conference Network, the CoSN Symposium on Global Competencies will bring together thought leaders from across the U.S. and around the world to explore issues, learn from each other and determine how they can ensure student success.

Our world is rapidly changing providing unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the students of today.  To be successful, our students will require new skills and competencies including collaboration, creativity, digital literacy and leadership along with mastery of the traditional core subjects. Use of technology can play a critical role in helping to foster these skills and competencies and supporting development of innovative practices for teachers and students. Educators must determine the best way to build these capacities and provide students with a skill set that will make them successful.

The dynamic and interactive structure of the CoSN Symposium on Global Competencies will explore questions such as

  • What new skills and competencies are necessary for college and career success?
  • How can technology play a role in fostering these skills and supporting the development of innovative practices for students and teachers?
  • What are school districts, states, countries doing to advance and enable global competencies for their students?

Additional Registration Required

Program (subject to change)

8:00 a.m.-8:20 a.m.     Opening Remarks and Setting Context

Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
David Atchoarena, Director of Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems,UNESCO

8:20 a.m.-9:00 a.m.     Conversation with International Education Leaders on Today’s Competencies

  • What new skills and competencies are necessary for college and career success?
  • How can technology play a role in fostering these skills and supporting the development of innovative practices for students and teachers?
  • What are school districts, states, countries doing to advance and enable global competencies for their students?

Kayce Freed Jennings, Former Producer, ABC’s 20/20; Senior Producer/Executive Vice President, DocGroup; and Founder, Girls Rising (invited)
Avis Glaze, Former Education Commissioner, Ontario, Canada; and Founder, Edu-quest International Inc.

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.      Panel Discussion: Why Global Competence Matters for College and Career Success
Followed by moderated conversation with audience

David Ross, CEO, Partnership for 21st Century Learning
Gus Schmedlen, Vice President, World Education, HP
Shirleen Chee, Divisional Director, Educational Technology Division, Singapore
Lord Jim Knight, former Minister State of Schools,UK (Invited)

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.     Break

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.     Passport to the World

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.       Lunch

12:45-1:15 Global Ed Ignites Sessions (1st Round)
Introduction by Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon

  • Maggie Salem, Qatar Foundation
  • Brandon Wiley, Global Education Foundation, Buck Institute
  • David Young, CEO, Participate

1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m.    Camp Fire Discussion #1: What prevents my organization or institution from making the development of global competencies in students and teachers more of a priority?

2:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.    Global Ed Ignite (2nd Round)

  • Tonya Muro, Executive Director, iEARN: Learning With the World through Virtual Exchange: Building Bridges, Breaking Down Barriers
  • Dana Mortenson, Executive Director, World Savvy

2:15 p.m. -3:00 p.m.    Camp Fire Discussion #2: What can my organization or institution do to enable global competencies and global citizenship in our school community?

3:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.   Closing Session: Conversation on Defining Global Citizenship

Moderator: Gavin Dykes, Education World Forum
Silvia Montoya, UIS Director, UNESCO, Argentina

3:30 p.m.- 3:45 p.m.    Wrap Up