Reimagining Education in the Global Age: Developing Global Compentence in Each Student

Submitted by Dr. Christine Siegel on November 10, 2011

Did you know that the world into which today’s students will graduate is fundamentally different from the one into which they were born? That we are living in exponential times when rapidly expanding technology is creating a global citizenry? That the majority of tomorrow’s jobs do not exist today?

These questions were the focus of the latest in a series of Community Conversations hosted by the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. On Tuesday November 8th, GSEAP Advisory Board Member, Judith Conk (P’99, ’95), lead the discussion entitled “Re-Imagining Education in the Global Age: Developing Global Competence in Each Student,” held at Fairfield University’s Alumni House. Currently a Senior Consultant for the Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning, Conk began by asking attendees to consider the meaning of a variety of multicultural proverbs, and concluded by having them write down one commitment that they as parents, educators, or administrators could make to global citizenship. In between, Conk kept the audience engaged with her entertaining presentation style, photos, you-tube videos, and vast knowledge of education for global competence. She described the ways in which the Asia Society is working to increase the number of American schools offering a rigorous international studies curriculum, and encouraged educators in the audience to work to develop in their students “the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.”

Well attended by faculty, students, alumni and friends of the GSEAP, the event fostered lively discussion and opportunities for networking in small and large communities. Join us as GSEAP’s Community Conversation series continues in March 2012. Check the GSEAP website for dates and speakers.

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