Symposium on Global Competencies

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In Partnership with UNESCO, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, Global Education Conference Network
Sponsored by HP and ParticipateQatar Foundation International
C21 Canada – Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation, and Padcaster.

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, and participate, 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)

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8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.     Opening Remarks and Setting Context

Steven Langford, Chief Information Officer, Beaverton School District
Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN

8:15 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?

Avis Glaze, Former Education Commissioner, Ontario, Canada; and Founder, Edu-quest International Inc.
Gus Schmedlen, Vice President, World Education, HP
Francesc Pedró, Chief of Section – Sector Policy Advice and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education, UNESCO (moderator) 

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, USA
Shirleen Chee, Divisional Director, Educational Technology Division, Singapore
Korvi Rakshand, Founder, JAAGO Foundation and winner of 2017 UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize ICT Prize, Bangladesh

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.     Break

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.     Passport to the World
Join in an interactive activity to see how countries/states/districts are doing exemplary use of global competencies.  Every 12 minutes move around the ballroom and visit a new example.
“Passport Stops”:

  • Building a Global Maker Learning Network: Lessons from the Learning Studios
  • Barrington 220: Programs to Facilitate A Global Education
  • Implementing the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate
  • Connecting to the World with the Global Education Conference Network
  • New Nordic? Driving 21CLD Between Future and Tradition in the Danish Sector of Education
  • Building Global Competence through Teacher-drive Collaborative PD
  • Highlights from ISTE’s Innovation in Online Global Collaboration Award Program
  • Global Citizenship and Virtual Exchange
  • The Academy for Global Citizenships – How Students are Learning What It Means to Be a Global Citizen
  • Stevens Initiative: Online Classmates Today. Global Leaders Tomorrow

11:45 p.m.-12:45 p.m.       Lunch
Documentry clip by Dr. Chip Kimball, Superintendent, Singapore American School

12:45-1:15 Global Ed Ignites Sessions (1st Round)
Compelling and short, 5-min presentations by major thought leaders to ignite our imagination.
Introduction by Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon

  • Maggie Salem, Executive Director, Qatar Foundation International
  • 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

Lord Jim Knight, former Minister State of Schools, UK
Albert Motivans, Head of Education Unit, Institute for Statistics, UNESCO
Moderator: Gavin Dykes, Education World Forum

3:30 p.m.- 3:45 p.m.    Wrap Up