PROFESSIONAL GENEROSITY IN ACTION
THE CHICAGO EDUCATION FESTIVAL
“…the Global Education Conference community is organized around
people rather than tech or content. Although happiness is definitely part
of the community, the better description might be that the community is
focused on ‘optimizing for professional generosity’.
Professional generosity drives Twitter chats, from #edchat to #kinderchat,
as well as community like Steve’s Classroom 2.0, Edmodo, and most
online educator communities. It acts as the antithesis of the outcompete-the-
world, zero-sum message US educational system promotes at all
levels. Steve and Lucy have a bootstrapped community built for an
‘infinite runway’ for teaching and learning, rather than quick success or
quick failure. Although it may not seem like a community that will garner
much attention from super angels, Lucy and Steve’s 365/24/7 “anytime,
anywhere” global teaching and learning community is the right model—
scalable, sustainable, impactful, and with a killer ROI, if you want to wait a
generation to measure it.”
–David Potter (iEARN)
The Global Education Conference is a
collaborative, world-wide community initiative
involving students, educators, and organizations at
It is designed to significantly increase
opportunities for building education-related
connections around the globe while supporting
cultural awareness, recognition of diversity, and
educational access for all.
The conference seeks to present ideas, examples,
and projects related to connecting educators and
classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting
global awareness, fostering global competency,
and inspiring action towards solving real–world
Professional generosity is the act of freely
sharing information and supporting colleagues
in the interest of the common good. It is fueled
by serendipity, and results in multiple
opportunities to exponentially learn from and
collaborate with each other.
INT’L EDU WEEK
AROUND THE CLOCK
ALL SESSIONS RECORDED
• Call for proposals opens in June.
• Presenters submit proposals. Most are approved.
• Presenters self-schedule their presentations.
• Presenters prepare for their talks.
• People join our community.
• Members browse accepted proposals.
• Participants access a schedule in their own time
• A direct link is provided in the Google Calendar
schedule to the Blackboard Collaborate vroom.
• Many volunteers are members of our advisory
• Join our volunteer group to receive instructions.
• Hang out in our virtual lounge and wait for
• Support presenters by moderating sessions.
BRANDON WILEY • ASIA SOCIETY
SIX SCHOOL-WIDE STRATEGIES TO
GLOBALIZE YOUR SCHOOL
A LIBRARY IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD
LOS CAMINOS DEL CONECTIVISMO', DE LA
ESCUELA MEDIA HACIA LA UNIVERSIDAD
ECOLE DE CHOIX: LEVERAGING
PARTNERSHIPS FOR CHOICE
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH GLOBAL
ADVENTURES IN INTERNATIONAL
ARAB ISRAEL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
VICKI DAVIS, JEFF STANZLER, & STUDENTS
ARAB ISRAEL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
WESTWOOD SCHOOL STUDENTS
APPLE DISTINGUISHED EDUCATORS
GREG ALCHIN, DANIELA RUBIO, AND LUIS
JENNIFER HANSON • PRIMARY SOURCE
LATIN AMERICAN & LATINO LITERATURE FOR
“Every single moment for me has been magical.
It is almost impossible to pick one. The
presenters have all been wonderful, but it is the
discussions from the participants that make each
session exciting as people bring their different
view points to the presentation, offer additional
insights and information to the discussion and
arrange to meet up (online) and collaborate
together. It is the personal global interaction and
connections that make me stay awake all night
(sometimes) or has me wake up at a crazy hour
in the morning to connect with an educator from
the other side of the world. “
–Anne Aherne-Daly (USA)
“What would happen if all teachers and
educational leaders demonstrated Professional
Generosity? What if all school districts did? What
if all organizations and industries did? I wonder
where the tipping point would be…in my own
school, in my district, in my state, in my
profession, in my country…in our world. We have
the technology. We have the trailblazers. We
have living, breathing examples out there doing
it. I can easily do my part. All it takes is a little
Professional Generosity intention on the out-breath.”
–Donna Adams Román
GLOBAL ONENESS PROJECT
PAUL VAN SLAMBROUCK
• iEARN USA
• Global Campaign for Education - US Chapter
• The GEC Leadership Team
• Countless volunteers including moderators and
• @GlobalEdCon on Twitter
• Email Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Slides available at http://www.lucygray.org