Date(s) - 05/22/19 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Equity and access to high-quality educational opportunities are critical for every student, across all schools and neighborhoods. One way to achieve equity and quality in classrooms is by providing students with access to global programs. While some schools are excelling in curricula such as the International Baccalaureate Programme and Critical Language Academies, often times these are not available in low-resource schools. Addressing socio-economic factors, insufficient funding, and a high teacher turnover rate will be crucial in eliminating disparities within education. How can education policies be better aligned with other government actions around housing, welfare, and student accessibility? How can we best prepare students to be globally competent in the age of increased connectivity and globalization?
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 educators, students, and implementers as they share stories and best practices for guiding future global citizens in Chicago and beyond.
Cary Bolnick is a history teacher, baseball coach, and 16-inch softball coach at Farragut Career Academy. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine from 2010-2012.This summer he added a bilingual Spanish endorsement to his resume after traveling to Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico to study immigration and historical memory as part of the Koldyke Teacher Program. During this trip he visited a student’s family in Cuernavaca and spent a week staying in a YMCA shelter for migrant youth in Tijuana. He also stayed at Las Patronas where he learned about how they provide food and water to migrants on La Bestia, Mexico’s infamous train north to the US border. This experience has been invaluable to Cary and to his students. He holds a BA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA from UIC with an ESL and bilingual Russian endorsement.
Cindy Lo is currently a high school senior at Naperville Central High School. As a student, she has achieved the title of an Illinois Global Scholar, a certificate awarded to students who demonstrate global competence through coursework, service learning, global collaboration, and a summative capstone project. Her capstone course investigated how to better provide humanitarian aid for internally displaced persons in Syria, and she is currently reaching out to numerous NGOs in an effort to improve humanitarian aid. In the near future, she will be attending Vanderbilt University for a double major in Economics and Public Policy.
Heather Singmaster is the director of the Global Cities Education Network and Career Technical Education at the Asia Society, where she focuses on international benchmarking and integrating global career readiness skills into Career Technical Education programs, as well as state and national policy. She leads the Global Cities Education Network, an international network of cities focused on best practice sharing in education. Singmaster speaks and writes regularly on global education, including as host of Education Week’s Global Learning blog. In partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE, she created the Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education program, a set of online professional development modules and resources to support global competence efforts among teachers and students. Currently she is working on an additional set of modules that include STEM content. She previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Singmaster holds an MA in Anthropology from New York University and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Abigayil Joseph is the chief of staff to the Board of Education of the City of Chicago. In her position she leverages over a decade of experience as a senior leader at the Chicago Public Schools to advise on strategic, policy, and operational priorities. Joseph serves as a liaison for the Board with the Mayor’s Office and the Chief Executive Office of CPS. She has been particularly focused on expanding international programming such as the International Baccalaureate Programme and Critical Language Academies for the city of Chicago, while bringing new innovations such as STEM, Montessori, and audition-based fine and performing arts to the district. Previously she has led transformational initiatives in private sector global e-learning, museum education, national service programs, and conducted research in Kenya, England, and Scotland. Joseph is currently serving a four year term as an alumni council member for the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she also co-chairs the Education Committee for the Harvard Club of Chicago, and is a mentor for the Harris School of Policy at the University of Chicago. She holds a BA in psychology from Emory University and an EdM in educational policy from Harvard University.