The 2018 Global Leadership Summit

Hosted by ASCD and GlobalEd Events

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The 3rd Annual Global Leadership Summit

Friday, March 23rd, 8:30am-4:30pm

415 Summer Street

Boston, MA

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About the Summit

In a time of increased cultural diversity, global connectivity, and polarization of perspectives, how can leaders in classrooms, schools, districts, and education policy arenas support students with the competencies to thrive in college, careers, and as citizens in diverse communities?

The day-long Global Leadership Summit, co-hosted by ASCD and the Global Education Conference Network, will convene classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and thought leaders in an interactive and engaging program.

The Global Leadership Summit will provide participants the unique opportunity to:

  • Develop the capacity to lead classrooms and educational systems that teach students empathy, valuing diverse perspectives, cross-cultural communication and collaboration skills, and critical thinking and problem-solving around real-world issues.
  • Network with innovative and inspiring teachers, principals, district leaders, thought leaders, and NGOs committed to educating students for a diverse, global society.
  • Receive resources and generate new ideas that can help you make immediate changes in your educational context.
  • Share best programs and practices in advocating for and implementing global learning initiatives with educators around the country and the world.
  • Find out how you can get involved with and utilize ASCD’s resources on Global Competencies for Educational Leaders.


8:00 Coffee and sign-in

8:30 Welcoming Remarks

8:45 Opening Keynote

Entryways to Global Education: Local Solutions for Going Global

9:30 Panel 1

Global Education Advocacy and Implementation Success Stories: Learning from Trailblazing Leaders

10:30 Break

10:45 Panel 2

Debating Global Education Barriers and Solutions: Expert Insights from Leaders in the Field

11:45 Debrief

12:00 Lunch (provided)

12:30 Ignite Presentations

1:00 Roundtable Discussions - Session 1

1:45 Roundtable Discussions - Session 2

2:30 Taking Ideas to Action

3:30 Event Conclusion

Featured Speakers

Dave Faulkner

Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Education Changemakers, a grassroots educator with a proven track record, and in recent years has emerged as a global leader in education innovation. An in-demand chair and keynote speaker for some of the world’s largest education events, Dave has shared the stage with education innovators including Ken Robinson, Angela Lee Duckworth, Anthony Salcito and Sugata Mitra and has a powerful grasp and influence on the changes taking place in schools across the globe. Dave’s education leadership journey began as a principal of an Australian school when he was only 24, for which he was awarded Young Australian of the Year (WA) and Young Leader of the Year (WA). Following this he undertook a succession of strong periods of school and regional improvement as a Principal and Regional Director, matching grassroots understanding with system-level insights and a relentless focus on helping to ensure that all students could access a great education. Dave is a global leader in accelerating education startups, works with thousands of educators each year and advises senior government, education leaders and company executives across the globe. Dave is one of our most in-demand speakers at EC and spends more than two hundred days a year engaging with education audiences.

Michael Furdyk

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal, which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. TIG was awarded the 2013 Intercultural Innovation Award by BMW and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and global competencies to audiences in over 30 countries. Michael completed his MDes in Inclusive Design at OCAD University and is an Adjunct Professor for the M.Ed in Education Technology program at Long Island University.

Kate Ireland

Kate Ireland is the founding director of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Global Education program, which works to ensure that global opportunities are the expectation, not the exception, for all students ( Ms. Ireland provides oversight, strategic planning, and program design across all DCPS Global Education initiatives, which include world language instruction at 115 schools, the nation’s first fully-funded K-12 study abroad program, 8 International Baccalaureate school sites, and three new global studies schools. Prior to her role as DCPS Global Education Director, Ms. Ireland managed the Embassy Adoption Program, a global partnership program connecting dozens of embassies with DCPS classrooms for a year of cross-cultural learning and exchange. Before her work with DCPS, Ms. Ireland was the Practicum Director for Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, connecting students with local and national non-profit partners, to develop critical digital tools and cultivate real-world skills among students. Ms. Ireland holds degrees from the George Washington University and the University of Virginia.

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Heidi Hayes Jacobs is founder and president of Curriculum Designers providing professional services to schools, organizations and agencies to create modern learning environments, upgrade curriculum and support teaching strategies to meet the needs of contemporary learners.

Her models on curriculum mapping and curriculum design have been featured in numerous books and software solutions throughout the world. She has taught courses at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City since 1981.

Working with a wide range of organizations, Jacobs has consulted to the College Board, NBC Sunday Today Show, the Peace Corps, the Discovery Channel, Children’s Television Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet Education, the International Baccalaureate, and state education departments.

In 2014, Jacobs was presented the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education by the Mediterranean Association for International Schools.

The fundamental backbone of Jacobs' experience comes from years as a teacher of high school, junior high school, and elementary children in Utah, Massachusetts, and New York.

Julie Keane

Dr. Julie Keane is Director of Education Research at Participate. She leads research and evaluation of all Participate programs and contributes to professional development curriculum design. Over her 25 year career in education research, she has conducted research and evaluation examining blended and online professional development, global education, dual language immersion, and STEM curriculum initiatives, including analysis of international, federal, and state education policy.

Ned Kirsch

Ned Kirsch is the Superintendent of Schools of Franklin West Supervisory Union (FWSU) serving the towns of Georgia, Fairfax, and Fletcher in Vermont. Ned holds degrees from the University of Maine (BA), Vermont Law School (JD & MSEL) and the University of Vermont (CAS), he is also a graduate of the Harvard Principals Center and the Snelling Center for School Leadership. He is a Trustee for the Vermont Superintendents Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Center for International Learning Partnerships and is the Past-President of VTASCD. FWSU is a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, an Apple Distinguished Program and has been named a School of Distinction by IVECA (International Virtual Education).

Carol Lewis

Carol Lewis is a mom, writer, and educator. With 20 years of teaching experience from preschool through college, from yoga to calculus she has learned from her students that courage, confidence, and creativity are the foundation for student learning. Her new course, Global Connections reflects the significance of personal narratives for empathy and study of global issues "foreign" experiences.

Veronica Boix Mansilla

Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Principal Investigator and Steering Committee member at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she leads the IdGlobal Project and chairs the Future of Learning Institute. With a background in cognitive science, human development and education, she examines how to prepare our youth for a world of increasing complexity and interdependence. Her research focuses on three main areas. She studies (a) global competence as it develops among learners and teachers in various world regions; (b) quality interdisciplinary research and education among experts, teachers and youth; and (c ) quality teaching and learning in disciplines (history, biology, the arts) as lenses through which to understand the world.

Veronica’s work has produced frameworks and practical tools to support educators in interested in quality teaching, learning, curriculum, research, assessment, professional development, and program evaluation. Her writing on interdisciplinary work and evaluation—has informed National Academies of Science, National Science Foundation, International Baccalaureate’s interdisciplinary initiatives. Her work with the Asia Society on Global Competence education set the foundation for the US Department of Education’s International Education strategy.

Veronica serves as an advisor at a variety of institutions including the Asia Society, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Chief State School Officers, the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, the International Baccalaureate, WorldSavy and Global Kids, among others. She teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has taught the University of Buenos Aires. She is the author of multiple papers and books including “Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our youth to engage the world” (2011) with Tony Jackson.

Maureen McLaughlin

Maureen McLaughlin is a senior advisor to the secretary of education and director of international affairs at the U.S. Department of Education. In this position, she has led and coordinated the Department’s international activities and engagement since August 2010. She also spearheaded the development of its first international strategy, which is designed to simultaneously strengthen U.S. education and advance U.S. international priorities. The key objectives of the strategy are to increase the global competencies of U.S. students, learn from other countries to improve U.S. teaching and learning, and engage in active education diplomacy.

Dana Mortenson

Dana is the Co-Founder and CEO of World Savvy, a national education nonprofit working to educate and engage youth as responsible global citizens. World Savvy supports change agents in K-12 education to create more inclusive, adaptive schools that ensure all young people can develop the skills and dispositions needed to thrive in a more diverse, interconnected world. World Savvy programs provide support at three critical levels to deeply integrate global competence into teaching, learning and culture: student engagement, teacher capacity, and school and district leadership support. Since 2002 she has led the organization through significant national expansion, reaching more than 655,000 middle and high school youth and 4,500 educators across 25 states and 5 countries, from offices based in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New York. Dana is an Ashoka Fellow, was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 under 40 Progressive American Leaders, and was the winner of the Tides Foundation’s Jane Bagley Lehman award for excellence in public advocacy in 2014. She is a frequent speaker on global education and social entrepreneurship at high profile convenings, including Harvard University School of Education, 21st Century Schools Consortium, Nebraska Global Education Consortium, TABS/NAIS Global Symposium, TEDx Fargo, the Ashoka Future Forum, the Latin America Changemaker Education Summit in Bogota, Colombia, and SXSWedu. World Savvy’s work has been featured in the The New York Times, Edutopia, and a range of local and national media outlets covering education and innovation.

Fernando Reimers

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University.

Professor Reimers is an expert in the field of Global Education. His research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. He studies how education policy and leadership foster educational innovation and quality improvement. As part of the work of the Global Education Innovation Initiative he leads, he and his colleagues conducted a comparative study of the goals of education as reflected in the curriculum in Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United States, published as Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century by Harvard Education Press, a book which has also been published in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. A forthcoming book, also to be published by Harvard Education Press, studies programs around the world which support teachers in developing the professional competencies to teach holistically for the 21st Century.

Two recent books present innovative global citizenship curricula. Empowering Global Citizens a complete K-12 curriculum of global citizenship education, examines why global citizenship education, aligned with helping students advance human rights and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is an imperative of our times. Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons. Version 1.0, presents a strategic framework and protocols to help teachers and school leaders develop strategies and curriculum for global citizenship education.

Dennis Shirley

Dennis Shirley is Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Dennis dedicates his life to the improvement of teaching and learning for students so that they may flourish wherever they may be. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Educational Change, an indispensable resource for leaders at the school, state, or national levels. Dennis has conducted research and led professional development workshops for school leaders on 25 nations in 6 continents and his work has been translated into many languages. His most recent book is entitled The New Imperatives of Educational Change: Achievement with Integrity. With Boston Public School teacher leader Elizabeth MacDonald, he has just published a second edition of The Mindful Teacher, a best-selling resource for staff developers.

Heather Singmaster

Heather Singmaster is Associate Director of the Center for Global Education at the Asia Society where her work focuses on international benchmarking and integrating global competence into Career Technical Education (CTE) programs as well as state and national policy. She leads the project, Mapping the Nation: The Case for Global Competence and is host of Education Week’s Global Learning blog. In partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE, she created Global Competence Through CTE – a set of online professional development modules and resources to support the CTE field. Currently she is working on an additional set of modules to support the teaching of globally focused STEM content through CTE. Heather previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She holds a master’s degree in Anthropology from New York University and a Bachelors degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. Publications include multiple blog posts on Education Week’s Global Learning, “Lifting Standards for All” in The South China Morning Post, Ready for the World: Preparing Elementary Students for the Global Age, Putting the World into World-Class Education: State Innovations and Opportunities, Going Global: Preparing Our Students for an Interconnected World, and “International Education and the Early Language Classroom” in Learning Languages.

Rick Swanson

Rick Swanson is a first-year principal at Hingham High School (HHS), a high-performing suburban school south of Boston that has won both Blue Ribbon and Green Ribbon recognition from the US Department of Education. As an assistant principal at HHS for a full decade, Rick worked to advance the cause of global education by co-founding the Hingham-Tennoji Exchange and the HHS Global Citizenship Program (GCP), both of which have served as models for programs elsewhere. Before entering administration in 2007, Rick worked as a history teacher and baseball coach, first with the Inner-City Teaching Corps (ICTC) in Chicago and later at two other suburban schools (Silver Lake Regional High School and Duxbury High School) in Massachusetts. He lives in Hingham, MA, with his wife and their eleven-year-old twins.

Brandon Wiley

Dr. Brandon L. Wiley is the Chief Program Officer for the Buck Institute for Education. With experience as a classroom teacher, district administrator, international education consultant and nonprofit leader, Brandon offers practical experience leading local, state and national initiatives focusing on school and district reform and the implementation of innovative programs. His national work includes serving as the Executive Director of Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network, where he led the growth of a national network of design-driven public and charter schools focused on developing students' global competence and college and career readiness. He has experience providing strategic support to districts and school leadership around global competence, competency-based learning, school development and the implementation of project-based learning.
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GlobalEd Events

Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray are the team behind GlobalEd Events and they believe in the power of globally connected learning for people of all ages. Their goal is to create opportunities for students, educators and organizations to come together for the purposes of developing professionally, improving education and increasing global understanding and collaboration.

Starting in 2010 with the launch of the virtual Global Education Conference, Steve and Lucy have hosted innovative face-to-face and in-person events for global educators and organizations. For the past six years, they have organized Global Education Day at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE). In 2015, Global Collaboration Day was added to their repertoire and followed by Global Leadership Week in 2016. Additionally, they produce the Global Student Conference and the Global Education Fair.

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At Participate, we believe learning has no limits.

All learners deserve access to quality education that prepares them to succeed in an increasingly global society.

Participate strives to be a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens that empowers learners to engage with the world around them. As a proud B Corporation, we promise to support educators as they actively participate in learning communities, ignite change and create impact on a global scale.
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Qatar Foundation International

QFI inspires meaningful connections to the Arab world by creating a global community of diverse learners and educators and connecting them through effective and collaborative learning environments —inside and outside the classroom. Through our activities, QFI is committed to providing K-12 students in Qatar, the Americas, and the United Kingdom (UK) with the intellectual, communicative, and cultural competencies that will enable them to be engaged global citizens.
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TakingITGlobal (TIG) empowers young people to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. Through a social network for social good ( and a series of global education programs (, TIG works to increase global competence and civic engagement, reaching more than 2 million youth in over 150 countries. With offerings in 13 languages, TakingITGlobal was awarded the Intercultural Innovation Award from BMW and UNAOC, and the Tech Museum Award in Education for Technology Benefitting Humanity.

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