5th Annual Chicago International Education Conference

Friday, November 9, 2012

8:00am - 2:30pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Performance Penthouse
915 East 60th Street


The fifth annual Chicago International Education Conference provided 100 educators with hands-on tools to connect their students with the world. The keynote talk was delivered by Julia de la Torre of Primary Source.


Video of Julia de la Torre's keynote talk can be found here.


Resources provided during the breakout sessions can be found here.


Download "Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World" (book in .pdf) here.



The 2012 Chicago International Education Conference (IEC) is intended for K-12 teachers and administrators, but open to all interested individuals.
Teachers are encouraged to come with their teams/department colleagues!


6 CPDUs Offered
This conference is free, but registration is required.



8:00 - 8:30am Registration and Information Tables


8:30 - 9:00am Welcome

Jamie Bender, Assistant Director for Programs, Center for International Studies, University of Chicago
Sonya Malunda, Senior Associate Vice President for Community Engagement, University of Chicago


9:00 - 9:45am Keynote Address       

Julia de la Torre (Executive Director, Primary Source)
"Global Proficiency: Getting to the Core of Global Education"                                        


9:45 - 10:30am Discussion & Q&A - Connecting Common Core Standards
Moderator: Sana Ansari (Literacy Specialist, CPS)


10:30 - 11:15am Presentation on the 2012 virtual Global Education Conference

Lucy Gray (Education Consultant)


11:15am - 12:10pm  Lunch (provided with registration)


12:10 - 1:10pm  Breakout Session 1


1:20 - 2:20pm Breakout Session 2


Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from the following breakout sessions:

  • "Media Literacy and the Middle East" – Classroom 802  
    Alex Barna (Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago)
  • "Using Short Films to Introduce Global Themes and Multi-Cultural Awareness into your Curricula" – Classroom 603
    Cleary Vaughan-Lee (Education Coordinator, Global Oneness Project)
  • "Globally-Minded Service for 21st Century Learners" – Performance Penthouse
    Julia de la Torre (Executive Director, Primary Source)
  • "Leveraging Technology to Connect to the World" – Classroom 003
    Lucy Gray (Education Consultant)
  • "Art as an Interdisciplinary Tool for Teaching Global Competency Skills" – Smart Museum
    Lisa Davis (Manager of Tour & Teacher Initiatives)
    Michael Christiano (Director of Education and Interpretation Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago)

    Note: Attendees that choose the Smart Museum session would have the option to stay at the museum for both sessions.


2:20 - 2:30pm  Evaluations and Program Conclusion


Keynote speaker, Julia de la Torre is the Executive Director of Primary Source. Prior to assuming this role, Julia worked as a Program Director, designing professional development courses for K-12 teachers on a variety of world regions and global issues. Julia is a former French language teacher and has also taught English in Morocco and Moldova, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2003-2005. A 2006 graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Julia studied international education policy and also explored her passion for 21st century learning tools and online education. She is an avid traveler and is fluent in French and Romanian.


This event is organized by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies and co-sponsored with generous support from The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement and Neighborhood Schools Program, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Smart Museum, Southern Asia at Chicago, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.


For questions, please contact Jamie Bender at jbender@uchicago.edu. Persons with disabilities that may need assistance should contact the CIS Office in advance at (773) 702-7721.