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2009 Global Education Summit

June 27, 2009

National Education Association, Representative Assembly, San Diego

The 2009 Global Education Summit engages education leaders in two of the most critical issues of our times. The morning session will focus on Transformative Global Education and the vital role NEA members play in preparing future generations for an increasingly complex world. This session will be followed by a luncheon bringing together leaders from across the US and the world to discuss the Global Economic Crisis and the impact this has had on education unions and public education.

Transformative Global Education - Engaging Our Affiliates and School Systems

Global Economic Crisis:  Implications for Education Unions and Public Education



Transformative Global Education - Engaging Our Affiliates and School Systems
8:00 am - Noon

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Bringing global perspectives and experiences into US classrooms helps NEA accomplish our mission of preparing every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.  Keynoter Dr. Merry Merryfield, professor of Global Education from the Ohio State University, leverages her international experience as she helps school districts incorporate global education in classroom practice. The conference will include a panel of global education leaders in states that have made significant strides in developing good practices. This morning session will also feature small group sessions to share innovations from all in attendance and identify needs in policy, programs, and resources to move forward.

Keynote Speaker

Merry M. Merryfield is professor of Social Studies and Global Education at The Ohio State University. She began her career as a teacher of social studies and Latin in Atlanta, Georgia and then taught in Sierra Leone as a Peace Corps volunteer. After receiving her doctorate from Indiana University in social studies and African studies, she worked in educational research and curriculum development in several African countries before coming to Ohio State. Most recently she was a visiting scholar in Hong Kong. 

Her research and publications include attention to how teachers teach about the world and how schools are responding to globalization, and how cross-cultural experiences shape learning and identity. Dr. Merryfield teaches online courses in world cultures and global issues to teachers across the US and world. She has worked with education systems across the US to plan and implement global education.


Global Economic Crisis:  Implications for Education Unions and Public Education
12:30 - 2:30 pm, Luncheon

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The global financial and economic crisis is impacting education unions and the quality of public education around the world.  Keynote speaker Bob Harris, Education International Senior Consultant, will share insights on the crisis and international strategies to ensure that stimulus investments focus on education.  A panel of international education union leaders, including from Jamaica and Argentina, will address how the crisis is impacting the unions and public education.  This economic crisis recognizes no geographic or political boundaries.  As NEA and state associations formulate our response to the crisis, it is wise to be attuned to experiences and insights of our colleague education unions abroad.

Keynote Speaker:

Bob Harris is one of the founders of Education International and serves as Senior Consultant to the General Secretary. He also chairs the Working Group on Education, Training and Employment of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) at the OECD, was President of the Conference of NGOs at the United Nations, 1995-97, and President of the NGO Conference at UNESCO in 1982-88.

A former secondary teacher in Adelaide Australia, he was Assistant General Secretary of the State Institute of Teachers, then the Australian Teachers' Federation, playing a key role in the establishment of the national Schools Commission in the 1970s, as well as the formation of a single national trade union centre. He is a graduate of Adelaide and Australian National Universities, and studied at the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Geneva. He is a life member of the Australian Education Union.