Beyond the Book: Education for the Next Generation

Date(s) - 04/25/17
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council


Beyond the Book: Education for the Next Generation

Chicago Council

Ryan Berba, Teacher, Morgan Park High School; Katie Gallegos, Teacher, Walter Payton College Prep; Lydia Kurkjian, Teacher, Back of the Yards College Prep; Rebecca Orr, Teacher, DePaul College Prep. Moderated by Rachael Mizuno, Director, Next Generation, Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


The number of American passport holders has doubled in the last decade as globalization has impacted our businesses, homes, and increasingly – our classrooms. Students today are exposed to more global ideas than any of the proceeding generations, be it through social media, art, or their classmates. How do we provide the next generation with the understanding of interconnectedness to thrive in an economically and digitally linked world?

The inaugural class of Koldyke Global Teachers traveled to Thailand, Australia, and throughout Europe to deepen their knowledge of global education models and bring cross-cultural experiences back to their classrooms. The Koldyke Global Teachers Program was generously established by Patricia Blunt and Martin J. Koldyke in 2016 and invests in the professional development of Chicago-area high school teachers. Join the teachers as they share stories and best practices for guiding future global citizens here in Chicago.


Ryan Berba

Teacher, Morgan Park High School

Ryan Berba is an Advanced Placement Psychology and International Baccalaureate 20th Century History teacher at Morgan Park High School. He graduated from North Central College with a BA in Social Sciences and Minor in Secondary Education and finished a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from American College of Education.

Katie Gallegos

Teacher, Walter Payton College Prep


Katie Gallegos is a Spanish teacher and the chairperson of the Global Connections Program at the Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago.  In this role, she oversees coordination of school trips and exchanges. She earned her BA in English and Spanish from the University of Michigan, and earned her MA in Education with the Chicago Teaching Fellows Program.


Rachael Mizuno


Rachael Mizuno

Director, Next Generation, Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Rachael Mizuno currently serves as the director of next generation at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Prior to joining the Council, Mizuno was the director of volunteer and community partnerships at the US Fund for UNICEF, where she managed national programs and over 74,000 volunteers.  She has a BA from the University of Minnesota and is a 2005 graduate of the Institute of Non-Profit Management Executive Program at Columbia University Business School.











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