PaCIE 2014 Post Conference Summary



Take a day or two off work, leave the hustle and bustle of your classroom and office behind, and step in to the educators’ classroom.

This year’s PaCIE conference took place in Harrisburg, and the conference reception at the State Capitol was a real treat! Attendees left the conference with great inspiration and anticipation of what PaCIE will do next to advance international education in Pennsylvania.


“This was my first PaCIE conference and I was really happy to take part in it. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!” – 2014 conference attendee

PaCIE 2This year’s plenary speakers, Acting Secretary of Education, Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, and Dr. Michele Sellitto, echoed the mission of the organization. Dr. Dumaresq’s fresh perspective and Dr. Sellitto’s suggestions have presented possibilities of moving international education to the forefront of Pennsylvania’s statewide curriculum requirement.

“Possibilities! PaCIE presented me with possibilities at every turn.” – 2014 conference attendee

PaCIE 3Each session at the PaCIE 2014 conference was filled with useful tools for seasoned and aspiring international educators. In between sessions, the networking opportunities amongst colleagues in the field abounded and were beneficial for all. The Common Core pre-conference training was overwhelmingly positive for the K-12 educators in attendance. The “Educating the Educators” sessions on the US/Mexico border crisis, Russia/Ukraine and the Post-Soviet Conflict, and Syria were tremendously informative, while other concurrent sessions gave the audience the opportunity to hear about the research, experiences, and projects of other institutions, organizations, and individuals.

“We shared experiences, obstacles and dreams in dynamic conversations throughout the conference.” – 2014 conference attendee

With the great enthusiasm and energy from the 2014 conference, the PaCIE board members are moving forward with an action plan for the organization, under the direction of board president, Jeff Whitehead, and a transition plan for the incoming Secretary of Education.


As one 2014 attendee said, “I love the intimate feel of the PaCIE conference and the energy I gain from it! The conference provides a wonderful environment for connecting with colleagues and meeting new people who are from a variety of sectors – education, government, non-profit, and private – who share a common vision.” Each year, it gets better and better! Join us in 2015.

          October 1-3, 2015
          Pittsburgh, PA
          Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

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