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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 8:00am - 2:30pm

5th Annual Chicago International Education Conference

Julia de la Torre's keynote opened a day of activities focused on bringing global education into Chicago classrooms.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Performance Penthouse
915 East 60th Street
Chicago IL, 60637

Resources from the conference can be found below, and on the breakout session page found >> HERE

Read CIS's coverage of the event >> HERE

The 2012 Chicago International Education Conference (IEC) was intended for K-12 teachers and administrators, but open to all interested individuals.

Teachers were encouraged to come with their teams/department colleagues!


8:00AM - 8:30AM         Registration and Information Tables

8:30AM - 9:00AM         Welcome

                                       Jamie Bender, Assistant Director for Programs,
                                              Center for International Studies, University of Chicago
                                       Sonya Malunda, Senior Associate Vice President for
                                              Community Engagement, University of Chicago

9:00AM - 9:45AM        "Global Proficiency: Getting to the Core of Global Education"
                                       Keynote: Julia de la Torre
                                       Executive Director, Primary Source

9:45AM - 10:30AM       Discussion & Q&A - Connecting Common Core Standards
                                       Moderator: Sana Ansari, Literacy Specialist, CPS

10:30AM - 11:15AM     Presentation on the 2012 virtual Global Education Conference
                                        Lucy Gray, Education Consultant

11:15AM - 12:10PM     Lunch (provided with registration)

12:10PM - 1:10PM       Breakout Session 1

1:20PM - 2:20PM         Breakout Session 2

Attendees had the opportunity to choose from the following breakout sessions:
Click here to access resources provided during the breakout sessions >>

  • "Media Literacy and the Middle East" – Classroom 802  
    Alex Barna, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago
  • "Using Short Films to Introduce Global Themes and Multi-Cultural Awareness into your Curricula" – Classroom 603
    Cleary Vaughan-Lee, Education Coordinator, Global Oneness Project
  • "Globally-Minded Service for 21st Century Learners" – Performance Penthouse
    Julia de la Torre, Executive Director, Primary Source
  • "Leveraging Technology to Connect to the World" – Classroom 003
    Lucy Gray, Education Consultant
  • "Art as an Interdisciplinary Tool for Teaching Global Competency Skills" – Smart Museum
    Lisa Davis, Manager of Tour & Teacher Initiatives
    Michael Christiano, Director of Education and Interpretation
    Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
    Note: Attendees that choose the Smart Museum session would have the option to stay at the museum for both sessions.

2:20PM - 2:30PM         Evaluations and Program Conclusion

This event was organized by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies and cosponsored with generous support from the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement and Neighborhood Schools Program, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Smart Museum, Southern Asia at Chicago, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.


Julia de la Torre is the Executive Director of Primary Source. Prior to assuming this role, Julia worked as a Program Director, designing professional development courses for K-12 teachers on a variety of world regions and global issues. Julia is a former French language teacher and has also taught English in Morocco and Moldova, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2003-2005. A 2006 graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Julia studied international education policy and also explored her passion for 21st century learning tools and online education. She is an avid traveler and is fluent in French and Romanian.

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