Asia Society and Penn Graduate School of Education Partner for Global Education Conference October 16 & 17

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Philadelphia, PA– Two premier global institutions, Asia Society and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), have announced today they will co-sponsor a unique learning event focusing on global education.  Intended for K-12 practitioners, higher education faculty and interested community organizations and businesses, the Asia Society – Penn GSE Global Education Forum will be held on October 16 and 17 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For the past eight years, the Asia Society has conducted the Partnership for Global Learning Conference, while Penn GSE, in partnership with the American Friends of Winchester College, has conducted a global education event for the past five years.  This newly-created conference signifies the forging of two outstanding efforts and a diverse audience into one signature event. 

“The Global Education Forum serves as an opportunity to engage in a critical conversation between K–12 and higher education educators about how best to prepare students for a global world,” said Asia Society Vice President for Education Dr. Tony Jackson. “This new partnership with the University of Pennsylvania will allow us to bring together some of the important voices from the education field and build on Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning conference, that for the last eight years has focused on the importance of teaching for global competence.  By attracting educators from around the world to discuss best practice strategies, promising programs and research, we hope to highlight the importance of learning with and from different education systems to help inform our own practice here at home.”

 “The Penn Graduate School of Education Mid-Career Doctoral Program is thrilled to partner with Asia Society, a world-class organization.  As we strive to serve our community of experienced leaders from all K-12 sectors, we eagerly seek enhanced direct professional collaborations with our K-12 and higher education colleagues from around the world.   Given the shared global challenge to create equitable, high-quality learning environments for all students, we’re excited to expand our international impact via this critical collaboration with Asia Society,” explains Penn GSE Senior Fellow and Mid-Career Director Dr. Michael Johanek. “The Global Education Forum provides an important productive space for practitioners, researchers, and leaders in advancing a common commitment to our future.”  

The American Friends of Winchester College will continue its involvement by assisting with the planning of the mid-October event. 

The Global Education Forum will provide an opportunity for educators from around the world to come together to share pertinent instructional strategies, school-based programs and research aimed at preparing students with these skills and dispositions. Through a series of keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities, participants will explore how to prepare students to be globally competent, review trends and best practices in teacher and leadership development, as well as develop strategies for teaching and assessing these critical 21st century skills.

An open call for presentation proposals will be available on the Asia Society website ( in late February 2015.  Registration to attend the event will open in the spring.  For more information about the conference program, sponsorship or vendor opportunities please email or call 212-327-9265 for details.


About the Asia Society 

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Founded in 1956, the Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Washington, DC. Asia Society’s education work focuses on developing students’ global competence to support success in our interconnected world and create a foundation for understanding between people in the Asia Pacific region. Find out more at 

About the Penn GSE Mid-Career Doctoral Program

The Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership— an executive-style, 36-month program — offers a significant departure from most other doctoral programs, and represents a core commitment of Penn GSE to innovative leadership development. The program brings together each year a new, select and diverse cohort of 25 educational leaders to build an intensive professional learning community. Penn GSE welcomes its 14th distinguished cohort in summer 2015.

The Mid-Career Doctorate accommodates working professionals, including those at the most senior levels at districts and organizations across the region, by modeling the successful format of leading executive-level business administration programs.  The program has also become known for its growing and active alumni network, which is aimed at both forging leadership connections and continuing the learning community of the program.  The Mid-Career Network’s expanding derivative initiatives include the Inter-American Educational Leadership Network, Penn Educational Leadership Simulations, international study tours, a multi-volume series of Leadership from an Inquiry Stance, the MC Innovations Lab, and more.  Further information is available at , and please join us on Twitter at @MCDPEL .

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