Annual Conference 2017

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New for 2017:
Partnership with PSMLA!

PACIE is proud to co-sponsor its 2017 conference with the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association, a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures from kindergarten through university levels.


Registration is now live for the 2017 Conference, with discounted fees now through 18 September 2017.
Visit the Registration Page to complete your conference registration.

To register for the Pre-Conference Workshop (details below), visit the website for the Forum on Education Abroad.

"Capitol"izing on International Education

This year’s theme embodies a significant part of PACIE’s and PSMLA's own missions— to build and strengthen connections and collaborations among educational institutions, governmental bodies, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Pennsylvania.

Pre-Conference Workshop #2

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Thursday, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Facilitator: Brian Brubaker, Pennsylvania State University

The Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming—academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel and policies and procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies and issues of interest to participants.

Registration for this workshop is separate from your PACIE Conference registration. You can register for the workshop on the Forum's website.

Pre-Conference Workshop #1

A Global Competence Curriculum Framework
Thursday, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Free registration

Join us in vetting PACIE’s newly drafted Curriculum Framework and assist with populating the Standards Aligned System (SAS) portal with valuable global competence resources. The Curriculum Framework is designed to identify the long term transfer goals, big ideas, and essential questions to frame instruction across the curriculum. Providing resources in SAS will assist educators in integrating global competence into their respective classrooms. This workshop will be highly interactive, and attendees will be expected to provide critical feedback on the framework and submit resources for integration into the SAS portal.

Conference Co-Sponsor

This year's conference co-sponsor is Penn State's Center for Global Studies. Founded in 2010, its goal is to create a truly cross-disciplinary center for the creative and innovative study of the many complex facets of globalization.

PACIE extends its gratitude to the Center for Global Studies for its support of international education across Pennsylvania.

PACIE Award Recipients

Be sure to attend the lunch and keynote address on Friday to congratulate the following awardees: 


Portlock Outstanding International Educator Award
Bob Hollister, Superintendent, Eastern Lancaster School District (and past president of PACIE)
Melissa Hardin, Assistant Dean for International Studies,
Ursinus College

Kopp Lifetime Achievement Award
Deanna Baird, retired World Languages teacher
(and current PACIE board member)

Bringing the World to PA Award
Global Studies Program, Mount Lebanon School District


Schedule Preview - SATURDAY


  • Registration / Continental Breakfast / Visit Exhibitors


  • PACIE Breakfast


  • Going GLOCAL: Countering Nativists and Populists
  • Attracting Students to College-Level Language Study: Juniata’s Community Engaged Collaborations
  • Modern African Culture Alive! Engaging Millennials in Interdisciplinary, Multi-Media Global Education


  • Coffee Break / Visit Exhibitors


  • Utilizing Gamification to Structure “Globalization” and Drive Global Engagement
  • Boost World Languages and Global Skills with High School International Studies Course
  • Examining the West by Looking East: A Study Abroad Course on Malaysia’s Modernity


  • Lunch / Keynote Speaker / PSMLA Business Meeting / Language Lotto & SA
    • Advocacy: From the Classroom to the Capitol, What Makes a Difference?
      Dr. Barbara Mondloch, Franklin Pierce Schools, ACTFL Past-President


  • Teaching About Refugees
  • Language Goes Interdisciplinary


  • How to Encourage Peer Learning with Available Resources
  • Strategies to Maximize Cultural Learning through Critical Reflection and Participant Diversity


  • Capitalizing on the Local: Journey of  University/Community Partnerships
  • Why Are Some Languages Harder to Learn than Others?

Schedule Preview - FRIDAY


  • Registration / Continental Breakfast / Visit Exhibitors


  • Interdepartmental Partnerships to Promote Language Learning and Cultural Exchanges
  • Global Education 101
  • Good News for Students Abroad: Leveraging New York Times Digital Content to Enhance Co-Curricular Engagement


  • Multi-Sector Collaboration for High Impact, Short-term Study Abroad Programs: Three Innovative Models from Asia


  • Coffee Break / Visit Exhibitors


  • Swimming Against the Current: Educating Your Campus
  • Taking Your Course Abroad
  • Advocacy: The Who, Why, and How


  • Lunch / Keynote Speaker / Awards


  • Developing Education Abroad Allies Across Campus
  • Career Integration and Study Abroad: The Why's and the How's


  • Standards Aligned System: Building Global Competence into the K-12 Curriculum
  • The Unbounded Classroom
  • Career Integration in International Experiential Learning Programs


  • Wine & Cheese Reception / Visit Exhibitors / Language Lotto & Silent Auction


  • Optional Excursion




The Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey will host this year's conference, and PACIE has made available a block of rooms now through
11 September 2017 for $109 (plus tax) per night. To secure your reservation, call the hotel at 717-469-0661, and be sure to reference our group code "PAQ" to get the correct price. Space is limited, so reserve your room today!