Bringing Global Competence Into Practice: A Panel Discussion at the iEARN Conference


Connie Rensink

Connie Rensink Consulting

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Connie Rensink

Connie Rensink is a global education consultant passionately supporting educators and systems to integrate global perspectives and competencies into curriculum. She has completed graduate course work in China, a Fulbright – Hays Project Abroad to India, and the Global Competence Certificate (GCC) through World Savvy, Columbia University, and Asia Society. She serves as Administrator for World Savvy's Global Competence Certificate and Global Projects lead for Teach SDGs. 

Margaret Cheng-Chun Chen


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Margaret cheng-chun Chen

Margaret Cheng-Chun Chen is the country coordinator of iEARN Taiwan as well as the chief of experiment & research section at Kaohsiung Municipal Jhengsing Junior High School. Margaret received her Ph.D. in Education from National Sun Yat-sen University. She has 26 years of experience teaching in public junior high school and joined iEARN in 2006.

Sunita Bhagwat


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Sunita Bhagwat

Sunita Bhagwat is the Country Coordinator of iEARN-India. She has run the iEARN center of India since year 2000, its inception. She has directed, coordinated and promoted various international collaborative projects and exchange programs for school teachers and students of Indian schools; these include CIVICS, BRIDGE, FLAP, Four Rivers One World, NSLI-Y funded by State Department of Education, Washington D.C. 

She is a hard core teacher and passionate researcher with more than 25 years of experience in school education.

She is a Consulting Director for the New India School in Pune ( Under her leadership, the school got recognized (in year 2014) as Microsoft Innovative School and Partners in Microsoft School Research Program. She has designed and implemented “Teacher Development programs” in schools and has carried out action research projects to assess the impact of these programs.           

She is a recipient of several state and National scholarships. One of them is University Grant Commission Junior research fellowship for Ph.D. in "Creative thinking in Mathematics."   She has guided 34 teachers for action research projects.

Anwar Abdulbaki


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Anwar Abdulbaki

Anwar Abdulbaki, iEARN-Qatar coordinators, are team members in the ICT for Education department in ROTA. The mission statement of the ICTE is to: Enable learners to utilize ICT to live as productive citizens and develop their communities. As part of our role, we deliver trainings for teachers in Qatar who are interested in joining the iEARN program. We started AR to improve our performance and identify solutions to address the obstacles we face in the program.

JoEllen Delamatta

John Handley High School

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Joellen Delamatta

John Handley High school French teacher and World Language department chairperson, Mother of three daughters, Lived on three continents, taught in France and Senegal, South Korea and Ethiopia, enamoured with Global education and working with Iearn since 2016 in the classroom.

Session Details

Type: Keynote

Location: Auditorium

Date: Tuesday

Time: 12:00-12:30 PM

Session Description

Global competence, defined by OECD, is “the capacity to examine global and intercultural issues, to take multiple perspectives, to engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions with people from different cultures and to act for collective well-being and sustainable development.” Classrooms and other learning environments can provide youth with opportunities to develop their global competencies and prepare them for a globally connected and interdependent future.

In this panel, iEARN leaders from the U.S. and around the world will share their perspectives on the integration of global competence in diverse educational contexts. The panelists will share their experiences and strategies for teaching practices, training,  and educational leadership.

What will educators learn and be able to do at the end of the session?

To give an international perspective on classroom practices aimed an increasing global competencies.