PaCIE Annual Conference 2013

  PaCIE’s Annual Conference will take place from October 10-12, 2013 at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   We hope you will join us for the 2013 […]


PaCIE’s Annual Conference will take place from October 10-12, 2013 at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


We hope you will join us for the 2013 PaCIE Annual Conference, Building Global Competence through Collaborative Strategies in International Education. Sessions are based around the four main themes below and are designed for multiple audiences across K-12, higher education, government agencies, community organizations and the business community.


Session Themes:

  • Collaborations within international education and across sectors
  • Creating connections through the use of technology
  • Working together to overcome challenges in international education
  • Educating the educators


The conference schedule will also include forums to learn more about PaCIE, its goals and initiatives (including ways to get involved), as well as opportunities to network and share with fellow attendees.

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Friday, October 11:

7:00-8:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:45am: PaCIE Updates

8:45-9:45am: Keynote Speech: Steven Wray, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

9:45- 10:45am: Panel Discussion: “Will You Hire My Children? What Educators Can Do to Prepare Students for the Global Realities of the 21st Century”

10:45-11:00am: Break

11:00am-12:00pm: Concurrent Sessions:

Data Is the New Oil: Drilling into Global Competency
A look at cross-discipline, multi-source student performance data to detect and develop “global competencies” in students

Presenters:  Nicole Pumphrey, Temple University Fox School of Business; Cliff Tironi, Temple University Fox School of Business

e-collaborate: Programs that will Connect  Your Classrooms and Communities Globally

Showcase of’s programs that allow classrooms & communities to connect via technology

Presenters: Naina Boveja,; Beth Davis,; Rushikesh Bandekar, Learning Hyperdrive Inc

Become a Global Ed Grantee

Funding opportunities for trips abroad, new global initiatives, & global materials for the classroom

Presenters: Anastasia Shown, University of Pennsylvania Africa Center; Labaron Palmer, University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center; Melissa DiFrancesco, University of Pennsylvania Center for East Asia Studies; Raili Roy, University of Pennsylvania South Asia Center

Internships in East Asia- Challenges and Successes

An overview of Penn’s International Internship Program with special attention paid to internships in East Asia, and discussions of challenges as well as successful strategies for placing interns and partnering with organizations in East Asia

Presenters: Cara  Bonnington, University of Pennsylvania; Carol Ham, Lehigh University

12:00pm- 1:15pm: Lunch

1:30-2:30pm: Concurrent Sessions

Organization Connections & Collaborations in Social Media

Reinventing, renewing and revitalizing communication for staff, community & families to build global competence through different web platforms

Presenters: Emily Ascani, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21; Charlotte Golden, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit

Re-approaching Cuba

Effectively preparing for students studying abroad in Cuba

Presenters: Carly Gordon, The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University; Meredith Mashner, Office of International Affairs, Arcadia University; Sarah Kaminski, Arcadia University Student

Community Collaborations

Creating mutually beneficial partnerships between a university campus,  K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, and  local businesses

Presenters: John Gradel, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania; Rosanna Campbell, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania; Maggie Oliver, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Pulitzer Center’s Global Journalism Project

Learn about integrating Pulitzer’s reporting projects with your instruction to provide students with fresh information on global issues, help them think critically about the creation and dissemination of news, and inspire them to become active consumers and producers of information

Presenter: Mark Schulte, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Attend the Pulitzer Workshop on November 7th

2:45-3:45pm: Choice of:

Moving Up: Advancing in the Field of International Education

A panel focusing on career pathways in education abroad, including panelists who present practical advice from the perspective of the job seeker as well as the hiring manager

Panelists: Barbara Gorka, Penn Abroad, University of Pennsylvania; Pat Martin, Off-Campus Study, Swarthmore College; Rodolfo Altamirano, International Student and Scholar Services, University of Pennsylvania

K-12 Roundtable Discussion

An opportunity especially for K-12 educators to connect and share, where you can choose to focus on discussing technology and cross -cultural collaboration; global competencies and the common core; or international exchanges and partnerships. Interested participants are requested to bring a copy of an activity or idea they are exploring within their district/classroom which can be shared electronically with fellow attendees following the conference.

Facilitated by Michelle Saylor, Assistant Superintendent, Bellefonte Area School District

4:00-5:00pm: Concurrent Sessions

Take Flight: Promoting Global Citizenship at the Middle School Level through International Service Learning

Successes and challenges of designing and carrying out a service learning project with a partner school in Nicaragua

Presenters: Katharine Dean, Independence Charter School; Lacey Boland, Independence Charter School; Steven Bellizzi, Independence Charter School

Marco Polo Collaborative

Sharing of a new web-based resource for curricular internationalization

Presenters: Alistair Howard, Temple University

Using iPads to Promote Linguistic and Cultural Competency

Best practices in the use of supporting technologies to teach foreign language and culture

Presenters: Susan Calvin, Berks County Intermediate Unit; Lauren Mayer, Berks County Intermediate Unit;

K-16 Collaborations in Global Learning: Connecting Philadelphia, Costa Rica & Puerto Rico

Discussion of collaborations among Arcadia University, Pan American Academy Charter School, and The Cloud Forest School in Costa Rica, in particular interactions among college students 4th & 8th graders across these school and community contexts.

Presenters: Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Arcadia University; Darcy Russotto, Pan American Academy Charter School

5:30-6:30pm: Conference Reception


Saturday, October 12:

8:30-9:30am: PaCIE Breakfast Meeting – “Eggs & Issues”

9:30-10:30am: Concurrent Sessions

Challenges of Working with Universities: Perspectives from a Sponsoring Agency

Overview of administration for programs for Kuwaiti students & the benefits and challenges of cooperation between university and Kuwaiti sponsoring agencies

Presenters: Anna Tigan, Embassy of the State of Kuwait, Cultural Division

Overcoming the Impossible: a K-16 Trilateral International Collaborative Model

A look at the collaboration between Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School, the University of Scranton, and the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York

Presenters: Anna Pang-White, The University of Scranton, Asian Studies Program; Amy Kenton, Howard Gardner Multiple-Intelligence Charter School (Scranton, PA); C.J. Liu, The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, Education Division

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela:  Teaching Mandela’s Legacy in South Africa

Talks from featured speakers, natives of South Africa, on intersections of South African politics, music, and linguistic diversity; along with information about outreach resources available to K-16 educators Chaired by Fay Beauchamp, Center for International Understanding, Community College of Philadelphia;

Presenters: Dr. Ali Ali-Dinar, University of Pennsylvania Africa Center; Dr. Carol Muller, U. of Pennsylvania Africa Center; Dr. Audrey Mbeje, African Languages Director, University of Pennsylvania

10:30-10:45am: Break

10:45-11:450am: Concurrent Sessions

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela:  Teaching Mandela’s Legacy in South Africa (Part II)

A continuation of the session beginning from 9:30-10:30am.


World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s Global Smarts Program

A look at the Global Smarts Mentoring Program and the collaboration it has created between Greater Philadelphia area universities, middle schools and the World Affairs Council, a non-profit organization

Presenters: Erica Shannon, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia; Matthew DeSoi, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Globalization: Opportunities and Challenges at the Community College

Opportunities, challenges and successes toward reaching the goal of comprehensive globalization at HACC: Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, including a discussion of best practices for institutionalizing initiatives and working with limited budgets

Presenters: David Liu, HACC: Central Pennsylvania’s Community College; Michael Sandy, HACC: Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

Keynote Speaker: Steven Wray, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

Steve Wray was named Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia in 2006. He works with a board of more than 70 senior private sector leaders from the region’s leading companies and institutions and a staff of 8. Wray also is Managing Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc., the corporate home of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.  Prior to the Economy League, Wray served as Policy Director to Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Mark Singel, Associate with Jones Lang Wootton USA in New York, and Consultant to the Executive Director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in Pittsburgh. In 2010, Wray began a two-year term on the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Office of Economic Opportunity in Philadelphia. He is a trustee of the Health Care Improvement Foundation and a member of the Aria Health Board of Directors and the Board and Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. He was a 2008 Ford Foundation Fellow of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives’ Regional Sustainable Development program, and in 2002 he was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ leadership list. Wray received an MS in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and an AB from Duke University. He lives in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


Mr. Wray’s leadership of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia positions him to provide unique insight as we explore this year’s conference theme, “Building Global Competence through Collaborative Strategies in International Education”. The work of his organization to make Greater Philadelphia a globally competitive region has clear and important connections to PaCIE’s aim of making global competence and international education priorities for education at all levels in Pennsylvania.


(Thursday, October 10)

PaCIE-Forum Workshop: The Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs

Thursday, October 10 from 1:00–5:00 p.m.

The Forum on Education Abroad’s workshops focus on issues of concern to the field of education abroad. The Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs Workshop is designed to be highly interactive, timely and informative, providing participants with current best practices and how these practices can be implemented to meet the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice.  The workshop will be led by an experienced Forum-trained facilitator. Note: Although the Forum’s work focuses on education abroad at the university level, all educators involved with short-term education abroad programs are welcome to register. The registration fee for the workshop only is $150 for Forum/PaCIE members or $225 for non-members by September 13; then $175 for Forum/PaCIE members or $250 for non-members by October 4. Workshop registration is separate from conference registration.


Experience Philadelphia Schools with International Curricula: Bodine High School for International Affairs & Independence Charter School

Thursday, October 10 from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Learn how two schools make global education happen! Join practitioners, professors, and PaCIE hosts for an all-day focus on K-12 global education. The day will begin with a 9 a.m.–12 p.m. visit of two award-winning schools in Philadelphia. The group will then gather over lunch for reflection followed by presentations and some group work focusing on what it takes to bring global education to your school! The registration fee for Experience Philadelphia Schools only is $100 by September 13. Experience Philadelphia Schools registration is separate from conference registration.


Independence Charter School, a K-8 public charter school serving students from 46 zip codes who enter the school through a blind lottery.  The 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize for International Education winner is well known locally and regionally for integrating its global education program across all subject areas.  The intensive Spanish language, global arts, and global citizen curriculum is enhanced by middle school experience-based travel and service learning.

Bodine High School for International Affairs in Philadelphia is well known for its International Baccalaureate program and close work with the World Affairs Council.  This 2009 Blue Ribbon School serves students from the Philadelphia area and offers a humanities centered college preparatory program.


Rittenhouse Square Visit / Philadelphia Art Alliance

Friday, October 11 from7:00-8:30 p.m.

Join us for a unique view of historic Rittenhouse Square (Philadelphia’s own “French Quarter”), light snacks, and another opportunity to meet and mingle.  At 8pm, walk across the Square for a visit to the Philadelphia Art Alliance’s exhibition “The Way of Chopsticks”.  There is no cost for the Rittenhouse Square visit.  A donation of $5 per person is requested for the Art Alliance exhibition, which can be contributed in cash on October 10.To register for the Rittenhouse Square visit and/or the Art Alliance exhibition, complete and return the special events registration form by September 13 (preferred).  Registration will also be available during the conference.



Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel

3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Reservations: Click here to access the PaCIE conference reservation link. You can also make reservations by calling 1-888-627-7071. Ask for the Pennsylvania Council for International Education conference rates ($175 plus tax/night).




























2013 Conference Chairs

Sara Sequin, PaCIE Conference Co-Chair

Assistant Director, Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses

Temple University



Selmah Goldberg, PaCIE Conference Co-Chair

Program Manager, Penn Abroad

University of Pennsylvania