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Panel Descriptions

Global Teach Connect and Summit

Panel I – Introduction

(25 mins)

Topic: The Impact of Immigration on Language and Gender Pedagogy and Policies in Global Education: What are the questions?

Moderator: Dr. Kristy Kelly

Featuring: University of Pennsylvania - Area Studies Centers, Title VI International and Foreign Language Education Grantee (IFLE)

  • Mollie Laffin-Rose – South Asia Center, Coordinator
  • Dr. John H. Ghazvinian, Middle East Center, Associate Director
  • Dr. Carlene Murray, Principal, Prince George County - Acculturation and Language Brokering
  • Andrew Petersen, University of Pennsylvania - Linguistics

Goal: This panel will focus on immigration and inequality in education largely based on language, cultural disconnects and a lack of clear policies within our educational system to address related problems within a global context.

Problem: Is it about culture or language? Communication is a big issue; yet newcomers with divergent languages and cultures can be an asset in our schools in addressing our immigrant education problem. Some research says, we do a poor job of assimilating and educating immigrant students. Therefore, we ask

  1. What are we doing with our immigrant students in our educational system? (also known as migrants or “newcomers”)
  2. Why is the focus on areas studies and language learning necessary as part of this Title VI, IFLE grant and other efforts?
  3. How can we do a better job of preparing teachers to become strong globally competent teachers who want to teach newcomers or immigrant learners?
  4. What is the current status of language policies, laws and activities in the United States?

Panel speakers will discuss:

Pedagogy, curriculum and professional development and policy to explore research and practices that can explain or share knowledge about

  1. Preparing teachers and education leaders to think globally,
  2. Developing area studies and intercultural competencies,
  3. Engaging new pedagogical theory and practice for working with diverse students and teaching less commonly taught languages and
  4. Educational standards and policies that impact language learners, teachers or leaders.


Speakers will provide insight into the above question and provide information that participants can employ during the Logic Team session to share and discuss concerns related to the Summit theme.

Overall, the panel will inform the audience on the impact of immigration on federal, state, and local governments educational policies and practices.

Panel 2: Reflection

(25 mins.)

Theme: Higher Education Strategies to Address Teachers Global Competency Needs to Bridge Culture, Language, Policy Gaps

Moderator: Dr. Joyce Pittman

  • Dr. Rebecca Clothey, Associate Professor of Education AND Director of Global Studies
  • Bruce Levine, GIE and Ed Policy Program Director, Drexel University
  • Leona Donaldson, PhD Doctoral Student

Goal: Panel 2 members will use their personal, professional experiences and research to illustrate the magnitude, resources and complexity of the immigration, language and educational policy assistance needs are at both the K-12 and higher education levels.

Question: How do we train, prepare and certify individuals with knowledge and skills to work with newcomers or immigrant learners?

The panel will reflect on:

  1. The changing composition of US schools and implications for teacher and leader training
  2. The immigration status in schools and the influence on culture based, gender, linguistics and language support needs of teachers and “newcomers”
  3. How higher education can begin to anticipate these needs in their planning efforts for curriculum, teacher and leadership training or professional development
  4. Finally, the panel will identify techniques, technology tools and resources for addressing Migration, Language, And Education Policy in a Global Context.


Speakers will draw on and use examples from Panel I presentations and Logic Work Teams Presentations to make connections that help participants conceptualize potential resources to help team members further develop their logic maps or “Action Plans”.

Provide information about resources and examples of courses, programs or professional development available to Summit participants.