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Think Tank on Global Education: Empowering Global Citizens

5/18/17 to 5/19/17

Think Tank on Global Education: Empowering Global Citizens is coming soon. The application will open November 1, 2016. 

Tuition: $995 per person

Program Overview

All students will face challenges and opportunities with global dimensions, therefore today’s educators must enable students to develop intercultural awareness, knowledge and perspectives on global issues, and multilingualism.

In this program, you will engage in the active and critical examination of global competency and the practice of global education. In collaboration with colleagues, you will work with Empowering Global Citizens: A World Course, a comprehensive and rigorous primary and secondary school curriculum and expand the material so that it applies to your context. You will also work with faculty and fellows to develop your own leadership strategy to advance global competency in schools.

The program is designed for all educators and education leaders committed to empowering global citizens. Teams and individuals are welcome to apply.

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Who Should Attend
  • School-level and district level leaders
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Teachers
  • Non-profit leaders
  • Teams and individuals are welcome
Faculty Co-Chairs

Faculty Co-Chairs

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. Learn more about Professor Reimers' work here.

Mitalene Fletcher is director of the K-12 and International Programs at Professional Education at HGSE.


Veronica Boix Mansilla is principal investigator for Project Zero at HGSE.

Darla Deardorff is executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and research scholar at Duke University.




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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