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Pre- start of symposium meeting- only by invitation for speakers and invited guests

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm // Partnership Meeting

If you are interested in attending, please contact the conference chair.


New York Institute of Technology Broadway Auditorium

7:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast


9:00    Welcome Message, Dr. Shadi Farhangrazi, Global Initiatives for Education and Health, Founder and Symposium Co-Chair -  “Partnerships and Visionaries”


9:10   Welcome, Provost Shoureshi, NYIT, GES Host Institution


9:15   Session 1

21st Century Skills I– Improving the Future For All Students: 

Chair:  Dr. Bruce Heiman, San Francisco State University

Screening of the Award-Winning Animated Short film, Rapunzel’s Etymology Of Zero


Dr.  Nada Anid, NYIT – Girls in STEM

Dr. Shiang-Kwei Wang, NYIT – Developing Digital Natives’ Technology Skills

Dr.  Richard Simpson, NYIT – Implementing Mastery-Based Learning within an Adaptive Instructional Tool


10:30 - 11:00 Break


11:00 Introduction and Announcement of First Global Education Partnership, Dr. Shadi Farhangrazi


11:10  Session 2

Role of Communities, Education Organizations and Government

Chair:  Dr.  Jim Brasunas, ITEN


Dr.  Agueda Gras-Velazquez, European Schoolnet – European teachers open the doors of their classrooms to collaboration

Ms. Stina Vrang-Elias, DEA - Societal return on investment – unleashing potential in the Danish education system

Ms. Lorraine Hariton, New York Academy of Sciences – Collective impact model to enable partnerships

Mr. Abhay Tewari, CEO and Founder, Sumbon – What roles do NGOs play in education?

12:45 Lunch (break into small groups, “going Dutch” at local eateries)



14:00  Keynote Speaker 1:  Dr. Donald Tomalia, Nanosynthos  – "The Serendipitous Journey to My Love of Chemistry"


14:20  Session 3

21st Century Skills II – STEM Education – What Matters, What Has Worked, What Can Work: Learning and Teaching Across The World

Chair:   Dr. Shiang-Kwei Wang, NYIT


Dr.  Meghan Groome,  New York Academy of Sciences – Building Connections Between Universities and Schools

Dr.  Felicia Mensah, Columbia University Teachers College – Teaching Science Education and Lessons Learned for Teacher Education

Dr.  Janell Catlin, Teach for All – Prioritizing STEM Across a Global Network

Dr. Ana Persic, UNESCO – Solving The World’s Most Pressing Challenges Through STEM


16:00-16:15 Break

16:15  Keynote Speaker 2:  Professor Harold Ramkissoon – University Of The West Indies-  STEM Education in the Caribbean – A Recent Event


16:35 -17:45   Session 4: 

21st Century Skills III - Educating for Now and the Future

Chair: Dr. Sheila Davis, University of Denver


Mr. Francis Chmelir, ITEN – Entrepreneurship Education

Dr.  Alan Gettis, Private Psychologist – Importance of Mental Health in K-12 Education

Dr.  Adrian Gras-Velazquez, Swarthmore College – Learning Second Languages Through Projects



17:50– 19:45 Reception

Introductions – Dr. Shadi Farhangrazi and Dr. Bruce Heiman


Introduction and Announcement of Second Global Education Partnership, Dr. Shadi Farhangrazi


Remarks & Reflections by Ms. Min Jeong Kim,  UNESCO -  UNESCO’s Broad Mission in Education to Achieve SDG 4


Remarks & Reflections by Dr. Steve Acquah, Florida State University – Introduction and screening of a video of Dr. Harry Kroto – A Legacy of Research and Outreach


New York Institute of Technology Broadway Auditorium

9:00   Workshop 1  Technology & Education, Discussion: Future Global Education Symposia
Chair: Dr. Bruce Heiman, San Francisco State University

Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Bruce Heiman

Dr.  Richard Simpson

Dr. Shiang-Kwei Wang

11:00   Workshop 2  New Insights and Pathways: Teacher Education, Teaching Literacy and STEM

Chair:  Dr. Steve Acquah, Florida State University

Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez 

Dr. Felicia Mensah

Dr. Sheila Davis

The Organizers may change the Program content/schedule at their discretion.

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