Category Archives: Professional Development

The Icing on the Cake? Or the Cake?

Earlier this year, during a webinar I facilitated with the NEA Foundation on how to gain buy-in for global learning with outstanding teachers from across the U.S., one very engaged educator cited (with frustration) the push back she’s getting from colleagues. She’s hearing that global and cultural competence seem like “the icing on the cake, but…

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Notre Dame Academy – growing globally!

It’s been great working with Notre Dame Academy’s Center for Global Leadership as an adviser to their growing program; I’ve really enjoyed getting to know their staff, students and parent community. The collaboration between diverse interests at this all-girls school to advance global competence serves as a great model for how schools with even a modest…

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Fall 2018 Updates

If I’ve spoken with you in the past 6+ months, you may know that I am deep in two major themes/projects: At the intersection of global competence/citizenship and diversity, equity, inclusion. Events like the white supremacist rally one year ago in Charlottesville spurred my focus to greater intensity, and having the honor of attending the opening of…

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Some Quiet Lessons Behind the Courage of Today’s Youth Leaders

A few weeks ago I had the honor of keynoting at the United Nations General Assembly to international educators about global citizen leaders. In that talk I shared Nick Kristof’s recent observation: “The person in Davos who I thought exhibited the most leadership was Malala Yousefzai …When the most mature leader around may be a…

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We Stood Up – Civil Rights Education Audio Anthology

As we embark on 2017, I’m reflecting on the notion that our role as educators (whether we are formal or informal teachers) to build reasoning and analytical skills, illuminate historical experiences, and strengthen empathy across perspectives feels more crucial than ever. With the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and Black History Month around the…

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#NCGS, #IREX, #IAWF, #SXSWEDU, #SXSWi, Beijing… Anyone Going?

I haven’t updated my speaking calendar on this website in a while, but between getting snowed in with the record storm last weekend, and the sheer anticipation of meeting and learning from amazing people around the world over the next few weeks, I’m excited to share a few upcoming events. Some of my most fulfilling…

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