6th Chicago International Education Conference

Global Citizenship

Friday, November 1, 2013
8:00am - 2:30pm
International House
Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago IL, 60637

The theme of the 2013 Chicago International Education Conference (IEC) was Global Citizenship. Through presentations and discussions on this theme, the conference explored strategies for K-12 teachers and administrators to engage students and internationalize classrooms.

The Chicago International Education Conference was intended for K-12 teachers and administrators, but open to all interested individuals.


Jenny Buccos
Jenny M. Buccos is a multi-award winning director & producer. In 2003, before the existence of YouTube, she founded ProjectExplorer.org, a free multimedia website designed educate primary and secondary school students about global cultures and histories. Over the last 10 years, she has directed/produced nearly 500 short films for ProjectExplorer.org working with leaders and world-renowned organizations including Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The British Museum, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action. She has spoken at three TEDx conferences and regularly lectures on the importance of global competency in primary and secondary education.

Buccos is the two-time recipient of the GOLD Parent’s Choice Award for Excellence in Educational Programming. She is a 2010 recipient of a National Award for Citizen Diplomacy; honored alongside Academy Award winner Robert Redford for her work as a citizen diplomat. In July 2012, she was recognized by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change. In February 2013, Buccos was recognized as one of the National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch.” This award recognizes emerging leaders within the EdTech community who have the potential to impact the field for the next 20 years. Below is the video of her keynote presentation “Filming the World: How ProjectExplorer.org Brings the World into Your Classroom”:

Adar Cohen
Adar Cohen builds and supports programs which empower under-served and at-risk young people to design and implement projects which benefit their communities. As director of programs at Civic Leadership Foundation, he oversees partnerships reaching over 2,000 youth throughout Chicago and nationally, including court-involved and high risk young people. Adar has devised and implemented curricula in a variety of settings, including Sherubtse University in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and for the international NGO, Search for Common Ground, where he conceived an interfaith community service initiative for adolescents in Washington, DC. In his conflict resolution and human rights work, Adar has led nonviolence trainings nationally for the Fellowship of Reconciliation; investigated human rights abuses at Guantánamo Bay for the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University Law School; and facilitated interfaith peacebuilding efforts in the Middle East. Adar received his PhD in International Peace Studies from the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and teaches in the Peace, Justice, and Conflict studies program at DePaul University.


8:00AM - 8:30AM
Registration, Information Tables and Light Breakfast

8:30AM - 9:00AM
Welcome: Andy Graan, Assistant Director for Programs, Center for International Studies, University of Chicago and Shaz Rasul, Director of Community Programs, University of Chicago

9:00AM - 10:20AM
Keynote Address: Jenny Buccos, Founder and Director of ProjectExplorer.org, “Filming the World: How ProjectExplorer.org Brings the World into Your Classroom"

10:20AM – 10:30AM

10:30AM - 11:15AM
Keynote Adress: Adar Cohen, Center for Civic Reflection and Civic Leadership Foundation, "Asking Questions, Preparing Leaders: Discussions in the Global Classroom"

11:15AM - 12:10PM
Lunch (Provided with Registration)

12:10PM - 1:10PM
Breakout Session 1

1:20PM - 2:20PM
Breakout Session 2

2:20PM – 2:30PM
Evaluations and Program Conclusion


Attendees had the opportunity to choose from the following breakout sessions:

1) Who is a Global Citizen? Techniques for Inter-cultural Understanding

Presented by Kay Berkson, Changing Worlds Founder and Joanne Vena, Changing Worlds Director of School and Community Programs

When looking at a contemporary classroom, where do we find the time and opportunity to address the future role of the students as culturally aware, respectful citizens of the world?  Through a series of interactive, hands-on group activities, the participants in this workshop modeled actions and conversations that they can bring back elementary and high school classrooms to support the cultivation of students’ positive awareness and understanding of the differences and the similarities of other people, regardless if they are residents of another country, another region of the world or another neighborhood in your own city.

2) Inquiry, Curiosity, and Literacy: Skills for the 21st Century

Presented by Carol Ng-He, K-12 & Continuing Education Program Developer, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Lisa Davis, Manager of Tour & Teacher Initiatives, and Michael Christiano, Director of Education and Interpretation, both with the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

Using an object-based method, we responded to a guiding question – how does context impact our understanding of the past, present, and future?


​3) Cultivating Global Citizenship Through the Teaching of World History

Presented by Alexander Barna, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago

According to secondary education experts Brian Girard and Lauren McArthur Harris, "World history courses provide an opportunity to focus not only on some of the competencies desired of global citizens -- understanding and appreciating multiple perspectives, engaging in inquiry of global issues, and understanding connections across time and space -- but also to examine the content related to the concept of a global citizen -- what has citizen meant to people in different time periods and regions? What do we mean by global citizen today? How do people outside of the United States think about global citizenship, or do they?" In this breakout session, educators discussed these ideas and questions and explored new methods and frameworks for integrating the concept of global citizenship into existing world/global history courses and curricula. We also examined a case-study in order to illustrate the effect global citizenship competencies could have on the formulation of foreign policy and how American global engagement is ill-served by superficial understandings of history.


4) Laughing Like a Global Citizen: International Editorial Cartoons as a Learning Tool

Presented by Irving Birkner, Associate Director, Committee on Southern Asian Studies and the South Asia Center at University of Chicago

World events and US Foreign policy are satirized daily in political cartoons around the world. These images are loaded with local interpretation and strong opinions, offering students a relatively accessible way to consider how America is viewed abroad. In this session, we discussed how students may use cartoons in the classroom to better understand international events and more generally to identify symbolism, analogy, and irony. Some useful online sources and lesson plans will be provided.

The 2013 Chicago International Education Conference was organized by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies and co-sponsored with generous support from the Neighborhood Schools Program, Changing Worlds, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, Southern Asia at Chicago, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Smart Museum, the Oriental Institute, the Office of Civic Engagement and International House.