International Studies School Association
ISSA NATIONAL GLOBAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE – FALL 2013, Denver, CO:
Educating For Innovation in the Global Context
1. The introduction of something new
2. A new idea, method or device
3. The creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, programs or ideas that are accepted by governments, markets and society
This revival of the ISSA Global Education Conference will be dedicated to innovations: innovative student leaders, innovative approaches by teachers, innovative projects and programs that challenge individuals and communities to engage with the world in new and productive ways.
For those who see global education as a requirement, not a luxury.
Teaching and Administering Global Studies
Global studies has entered a new era of necessity and importance. What are the best examples of current good practice, creative pedagogies and unique success stories from the most innovative global teachers in your school or district? How are administrators supporting innovative global experiences and helping to shift school/parent/community culture?
Collaborative Learning and Action across Borders
The 21st Century brings with it the need for students to develop the ability to collaborate across both visible and invisible borders. How are teachers meeting this demand, and what are the best, most innovative approaches to collaborative global learning? How are collaborative action events allowing your community to be part of global movements for change?
Use of Partnerships with Global Organizations
More and more, schools are learning to network and make use of partner organizations that can help them meet their curricular goals for students. How is your school or organization making use of partnerships, and what approaches have led to both innovation and success? How can partner organizations help to support multi-school events that allow students to collaborate on solving global issues?
Student Travel and Global Service Learning
There are hundreds of student travel organizations popping up all over North America, but what sets some programs apart from others is the intentionality of how they approach the curriculum behind travel and service learning. What sets your organization or school’s approach apart from others
Global Learning Technologies
Global education no longer relies on travel to bring students into contact with real, authentic global experiences, thanks to the myriad of e-technologies that allow teachers to connect their classrooms to the world. What are the best new tools in your classroom, and how are you using them to deepen students’ understanding of the world?
“Going Glocal” and Action Orientation
The new big term in global education, “glocal” education takes global learning and applies or enriches it in a local context. How is your school or organization helping students to make “glocal” connections, and how is innovative “glocal” learning impacting your school culture? How is “glocal” learning helping to foster a culture of action and providing innovative avenues for social engagement in your community?
When Students Innovate in Global Studies: Global Leadership
Many schools are moving toward project-based learning and inquiry approaches that allow students room to build innovative solutions to the world’s pressing problems. What are some of the most innovative student leaders making happen on your campus and beyond, and how is your community fostering student initiatives?
Where: Denver-Metro area, Colorado
When: Fall 2013
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Application to Present Should Include:
- Name of Main Presenter, school/organization, state
- Email address and phone
- Audio Visual Technology needs
- Names of Co-Presenters, contact info
- Include topic area of your proposal and be sure to include how your presentation addresses something better or more effective in global education. (See Definition 3 of “Innovation” in title heading.)
- Audience(s) presentation is intended for (grade levels, teachers, admin, etc.)
- SHORT description of proposed presentation (500 characters max), to be used in event programs
- LONG description of proposed presentation (2,000 characters max), to be read by the review committee
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About the ISSA
The International Studies Schools Association (ISSA) is a national network of K-12 schools, teachers and administrators dedicated to improving students’ understanding of the world. The ISSA is administered by the Center for Teaching International Relations.
Our membership has included a wide variety of schools, whose curricula and programs reflect the rich diversity of primary and secondary education. Our members come from urban magnet schools, charter schools, rural schools, parochial schools, and independent schools. ISSA schools are located across the United States. Membership also includes private organizations that share the desire to prepare today’s youth for the increasingly global surroundings.
ISSA has offered teachers professional development opportunities in content areas and methodological approaches related to contemporary themes in international studies. Moving forward, ISSA members will receive free access to the CTIR curricula archive, as well as access to new web courses for both professional development and supplementary in-class use that is being developed by CTIR. ISSA also provides connections with colleagues involved in international studies programs through the ISSA conference and through a central web based community. This provides more specialized resources and information based on individual and organizational needs.
Each year, ISSA conducts its annual conference in which representatives from ISSA member schools and universities come to participate in an exchange of ideas and best practices for implementing international studies curriculum in their schools.
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The ISSA was founded by University of Denver alum George Brown in 1999 as a way to connect International Studies educators nationwide. Previous ISSA conferences were held in Portland, OR (2007), Raleigh, NC (2006), Denver, CO (2005), and Chicago, IL (2008).
The ISSA program was halted after 2009 due to the recession and CTIR’s moving forward with creating their own organization.