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Think Tank on Global Education

5/18/16 to 5/20/16

Tuition: $1,300 per person

This is a blended program, including 3 days of on-campus learning at HGSE and online engagement before and after the program.

The online engagement, Making the Case and Planning for Global Education, can also be taken as a stand-alone program. Online investment time: between 5-8 hours.

Faculty Chair Fernando Reimers discusses Think Tank on Global Education:

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast Fernando Reimers discusses the need for a global education in the 21st century. Listen now to learn more about this upcoming institute.

What You Will Learn

Align powerful instruction that will prepare your students to live in a highly interdependent world. Design and implement effective curriculum to support the development of global competency.

Program Overview

Think Tank on Global Education engages participants in the active and critical examination of global competency and the practice of global education. You will consider the role of curriculum, pedagogy and instructional materials; assess methods for engaging and connecting students globally; and learn how to create shared global learning experiences for students.

By attending this program you will understand how to:

  • Build a coherent vision for global education at the school and district levels
  • Generate buy-in among critical stakeholders
  • Transition from individual initiatives to coherent whole-school efforts
  • Bring these efforts to scale

Through case discussions, consultations and lectures, you will work directly with leading scholars, policy makers and fellow participants about what works well in global education and the critical work to be done to make education more relevant to students, communities, and our increasingly global environment.

In order for students to understand and address the multifaceted global challenges and opportunities they will face, today’s educators must create opportunities for students to develop intercultural awareness, knowledge and perspective on global issues, and multilingualism. Global education, a specialized body of knowledge and practice aimed at fostering this competency, is increasingly important in our interconnected world.

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Program Objectives
  • Understand the core dimensions of global competency
  • Examine a variety of curricular frameworks from international organizations and education ministries to inform your own design
  • Learn how to promote foreign language study, positive dispositions toward cultural diversity, and knowledge of other regions of the world
  • Acquire tools to devise a curricular framework to sharpen 21st century skills
  • Identify resources for instructional design
  • Examine successful initiatives that connect students in the U.S. with students overseas for shared learning experiences
  • Explore digital media, information, and communication technology as tools for global education
Who Should Attend
  • District- and school-level leaders including principals, assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum and instruction, chief academic officers and school board members
  • Teams at the district level
  • Providers of instructional content
  • Policy makers at the state and federal level
  • Social entrepreneurs working in the field and interested in the development of 21st century skills
  • Individuals and teams
Online Portion

4/25/15 to 6/15/16

Making the Case and Planning for Global Education

Online Module Overview

This module, the first required session of Think Tank on Global Education, will take place over a four-week period. You will:

  • Understand the dimensions of global competency
  • Be prepared to make the case for global education programs in your school or district
  • Recognize the significant barriers to promoting global education programs in different regions of the world and the levers for systemic change
  • Explore strategies for advancing global education in your context

By registering for Think Tank on Global Education, you will automatically be enrolled in this online module. It is included in the comprehensive program fee.

Stand-Alone Option

Tuition: $300 per person
Team participation is strongly encouraged.

This online module is also available as a stand-alone offering for educators who are interested in global education but unable to join us on campus. We recommend that, where possible, participants in the full blended program invite colleagues from their organizations to join them for this online program that introduces several of the program’s key concepts and frameworks for advancing this work.

Faculty Chair

Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and director of the International Education Policy master's program at HGSE. Reimers’ work focuses on the role of educational innovation in fostering global competency and other 21st century skills and in identifying options that support teachers in helping low-income children succeed academically. He is involved in various global education efforts around the world, including leading the development of a global studies K–12 curriculum for the Avenues Schools. Reimers has worked with teachers, district leaders and system leaders in the United States and internationally, advancing reforms to improve the quality and relevancy of education.

You can learn more about Professor Reimers' work here.

Session Topics

Making the Case for Global Education

Making Connections Using Digital Technology

Examining New Curricular Frameworks

Framing the Study Abroad Experience

Teacher Development and Global Competency

Designing Programs and Awarding Credentials

Multi-level Capacity Building in Districts

Leading for Global Education

The Arts, Popular Culture, and Global Education




Step One

Provide your personal and organizational information.

Step Two

  1. Explain how participation in the program will benefit your work and describe one or more significant challenges you would like to explore during the program. (250 word limit)
  2. In what ways do you expect your particular skills, experience and perspective to contribute to group discussions? (250 word limit)


Identify Your Team Coordinator

  • Before beginning the application process, you will need to identify a team coordinator.
  • The coordinator will be the primary point of contact during the application process and preparation for the program.
  • The coordinator does not need to attend the program and will have the opportunity to indicate if they will be attending during the application process.

Application Process

  1. A team application to be completed once by the coordinator.
    Please note that the team coordinator should only complete one application in total.
  2. A team member application to be completed by each member of your team.
  • In order for your team to be considered for review by the admissions committee, each team member will need to complete the team member application. The coordinator will receive a link to the team member application once the team application is complete.
  • Once started, the team application must be completed in a single session. It should take 15–20 minutes to complete.
  • A list of required questions will be provided at the beginning of the team application.
Fees, Hotel Accommodations, and Policies

The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.

Payment or a purchase order must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. While a purchase order confirms a reservation, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered. If funds are unable to be processed within these guidelines, a documented payment plan is to be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax, and received two weeks prior to the program start date.

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Please click here for more information on our on-campus and online refund and withdrawal policies. If you have any additional questions or concerns about your ability to participate, please contact our admissions team at or 1-800-545-1849.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

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