Pictured: Queen room

Pictured: Queen room

1200 Market street StREET
Philadelphia, PA 19107

  • Located in the heart of Center City, close to the Liberty Bell

  • site of the global forum + special conference rate: $199/night

  • Pool on site

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in every guest room—and in public spaces

To receive special conference rate, mention the Global Education Forum when booking your reservation by calling (215) 627-1200 or book online by clicking here



frequently asked questions

+ What is the Global Education Forum (GEF)?

The GEF is proud to involve many leading international and national organizations making a difference in the global education field. The Forum serves as a “community of practice” environment where teachers, administrators, parents and community members can come together to network and share how they are preparing students for the 21st century.

+ Who attends the Global Education Forum?

Last year, the conference convened nearly 400 educators from 26 U.S. states and 16 different countries. The participants at the GEF are a diverse group, committed to global education and world-changing ideas.

+ When will the conference take place? Where is it located?

The 2016 Global Education Forum will take place October 13 – 15 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. October 13th will include pre-conference sessions, with the main program taking place on October 14th and 15th.

+ Is the conference schedule available?

Yes. Please click here for a full conference schedule. Through a series of interactive formats (such as Keynotes, Global Roundtable, Ignite Talks, Workshops, Innovation Labs, Teacher Swap Shops and the Unconference), we are proud to offer a forum where K-12 and higher education educators can engage in critical conversation about how best to prepare students for a global world.

+ How can I register? What are the registration rates?

Registration is OPEN! Please click here to register and for further information.

Early Bird Rate – Register by July 15th
3-Day Pass: $399
2-Day Pass: $339
1-Day Pass: $179

July 16 – Sept. 30
3-Day Pass: $449
2-Day Pass: $389
1-Day Pass: $199

October 1 – 13 (And Walk-Ins)
3-Day Pass: $489
2-Day Pass: $429
1-Day Pass: $229

+ How can I reserve a hotel room, and what are the rates?

To receive the special conference rate at our host hotel, the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, please click here to book your room or call (215) 627-1200. The special rate is $199/night.

+ I only want to attend one day of the conference, is that possible?

Yes, one-day conference registration is available. Please note that your registration is valid only for sessions and events on that day and badges will be actively checked throughout the conference to ensure that participants have registered properly.

+ When will the exhibit hall be open?

The Global Ed Expo will take place on Friday, October 14th from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Millennium Hall. With the assistance of our partner, IREX, this 2-hour expo will afford NGOs and other global education organizations a chance to exhibit their resources and services, and to allow participants to network. Additionally, some organizations will exhibit their resources throughout the entire Forum.

How can I reserve exhibitor space in the exhibit hall? Private and public sector corporations, foundations, government partners, and non-profit organizations with a vested interest in global education may purchase booth space for the Global Ed Expo. To become an exhibitor, register through the conference website here and select “Exhibitor Nonprofit” or “Exhibitor For-Profit.”

+ How can my organization become a conference sponsor?

Sponsorship opportunities are limited, so act today. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Forum Director, Dr. Brandon Wiley, at brandon@globaledleader.com. Sponsors will receive special registration access, be included in all Forum marketing efforts and help support a truly innovative lineup of speakers and activities. For a list of our current partners and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Level sponsors, please click here.

+ How can I join the Global Education Forum Facebook page and Twitter?

Stay updated about all of the GEF’s news and announcements on Facebook (click here), and Twitter (click here).

You can help promote the event by using the hashtag #GEF16 and the twitter handle @GlobalEdForum to mention the conference and encourage people to visit the website.

+ What is the dress code?

Dress code for the event is business casual.

+ What services are available for special needs and requests?

The GEF encourages persons with disabilities to participate in their programs and activities. Please contact globaledforum@gmail.com no later than September 15, 2016 to inquire about accommodations for special needs. If you have dietary preferences, please provide that information in the designated section on the online registration form when you register.

+ I just want to attend one session. Is that possible to do without registering for the conference?

Individuals wanting to participate in one session must register for a one-day pass for that day; We do not allow unregistered attendees to come to sessions or other conference events.

+ What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

If circumstances necessitate cancellation from the Global Education Forum, a notice must be provided in writing to globaledforum@gmail.com. Requests given verbally or via telephone will not be considered.
The refund policy is as follows:

  • Cancellations made on or by September 1 will result in 100% of the registration fee returned to the registrant.
  • Cancellations made on or by September 16 will result in 75% of the registration fee returned to the registrant.
  • Cancellations made on or by September 30 will result in 50% of the registration fee returned to the registrant.
  • Cancellations made after September 30 will not be eligible for refunds under any circumstances.

+ I am an overseas participant and need a letter of invitation before I can receive my visa. What is the procedure?

We welcome educators from around the world to share ideas, research and best practices in global education. Unfortunately, due to the high demand for participation, we will only be able to provide letters of invitation to international participants who will be presenting workshop sessions at the conference. Upon full payment of conference registration fees, presenters may request an invitation letter by emailing Forum Coordinator, Sarah Reynolds, at globaledforum@gmail.com. We will not supply an invitation letter to unpaid or unregistered participants, and we reserve the right to refuse to provide invitation letters for attendees. Individuals outside the U.S. requiring an invitation letter must pay by wire transfer.

Please note that we do not give any further support to the visa application process. Obtaining a visa remains the sole responsibility of the participant.

Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for more information about visiting the United States. Regular cancellation deadlines apply, regardless of whether your visa was granted or not.

+ My question is not listed here. Whom do I contact?

Please contact the Forum Coordinator at globaledforum@gmail.com for assistance.