Professional Education

Think Tank on Global Education

Spring 2015

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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.

Program Objectives

  • Understand the core dimensions of global competency
  • Examine a variety of curricular frameworks such as common core and International Baccalaureate 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

2014 Session Topics

Fostering Global Competency: Framing the Current Challenges
Fernando Reimers

Global Competency and Internationalization 
Pasi Sahlberg 

Leadership Lessons—Leading Curriculum Reform on a Large Scale
Carole Johnson, Ken Kay and Sandra Talbot

Teacher Professional Development and Global Competence
Janice Ward and Veronica Boix Mansilla

Examining Global Education Curricular Frameworks Around the World
Connie Kyung-Hwa Chung

Reframing Teaching for Global Education
Brandon Wiley

Round Table Discussions on Leadership Skills—Leveraging Stakeholders for Systemic Change
Andrés Alonso and Paul Toner

Common Core State Standards and Global Competency
Lisa Clark

The Consultancy 
Participants will clarify their leadership challenges and gain new insights from their peers.

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

Testimonials: What People Are Saying

The range of presenters was terrificFernando was a fabulous 'tour guide' and ambassador for this global education journey.”

“I will continue to develop my own understanding of effective global education practices and will bring that knowledge back to my district. I hope to find ways to motivate others to join me in creating a change in our culture and practices.” —Jill Barnhardt, Administrator of Curriculum and Instruction, Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, Whitman, MA

“It was wonderful to be able to make contacts with many different educational leaders from different parts of the world.” 
—Margaret Allchin, Department Head, The ABC-IQ International School, Doha, Qatar

Read more testimonials here.

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.


Think Tank on Global Education is a registration-based program. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


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 is due 30 days after registration. If acceptance into the program falls less than 30 days prior to program start date, payment is due upon acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


Hotel accommodations are made available to participants at a reduced rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred. We recommend that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy 

The Harvard Graduate School of Education affirms the right of all individuals to equal treatment in education without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, handicap, national origin, or any other factors that are extraneous to effective performance. The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accommodate anyone with disabilities.