Annual Conference 2017

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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.

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.

"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.

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

Pre-Conference Workshop

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.


Schedule Preview - SATURDAY


  • Registration / Continental Breakfast / Visit Exhibitors


  • Business Meeting & Open Spaces


  • Going GLOCAL: Countering Nativists and Populists
  • Attracting Students to College-Level Language Study: Juniata’s Community Engaged Collaborations


  • Coffee Break / Visit Exhibitors


  • Utilizing Gamification to Structure “Globalization” and Drive Global Engagement
  • Boost World Learning 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
  • Good News for Students Abroad: Leveraging New York Times Digital Content to Enhance Co-Curricular Engagement


  • Capitalizing on the Local: The Journey of a University/Community Partnership
  • 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
  • Strategies to Maximize Cultural Learning through Critical Reflection and Participant Diversity
  • Global Education 101


  • Enhancing the International Experience through Multi-Sector Collaboration: 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


  • Modern African Culture Alive! Engaging Millennials in Interdisciplinary, Multi-Media Global Education
  • Developing Education Abroad Allies Across Campus


  • SAS Portal Project
  • 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 17 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!