The featured keynote speakers set the tone and pace for the Forum, serving as a call to action to all educators about the importance of a globally focused education. Use this time to re-energize, reflect and be inspired to engage in an empowering learning experience.

Global Roundtable

The Roundtable will feature a series of thought leaders in the global education field.  This intimate one-on-one discussion will provide a more in-depth opportunity to hear from leading experts and allow for audience participation.  Each Roundtable will focus on a different topic or theme, allowing for Q & A from the audience. Session participation will be limited to 50 audience members.


These 10 – 15 minute talks will serve to inspire and provoke thought for conference attendees. Featuring experts from business, education and other related fields, IGNITE talks will serve as a powerful platform to launch discussion and further exploration. These talks will focus on educational issues from around the World.

Interactive Workshops

These 75-minute workshops are intended to allow conference participants a chance to explore topics in greater depth. Led by practitioners and leading global education organizations, these interactive workshops will provide a hands-on learning experience that will leave you with ideas, strategies and tools to use back in your own community.

Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab will provide an opportunity to explore different technology applications and programs that facilitate the development of global connections in the classroom. These mini-sessions will run throughout the conference and bring together the best of technology and learning. Participants can drop in, stay connected, or engage in the topics to learn how these tools can support their everyday work. As part of PennGSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program Innovations Lab, join the @BACKCHANNELedu podcast, where educational leaders use social media to reflect on real scenarios impacting student learning and school culture. 

Teacher Swap Shops

The Teacher Swap Shops provide an opportunity for teachers and educators to exchange practical classroom activities and materials, in an interactive, informal setting. Presenters will share their own activities and materials with other teachers in a series of mini-presentations. This is an excellent opportunity to experience new teaching materials and pedagogical ideas.


You’ve heard from everyone else, now share your expertise! Using topics generated from the audience, the unconference session will take place during lunch on Saturday and will encourage you to share your experience, insights and wonderment. Stay for all of the discussion, or hop from one discussion to another…this is your time to “fill in the gaps” on topics you may not have had a chance to explore yet at the conference.