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Global Education Conference To Arrive in Winchester

5 February 2018 Community News

In July 2018, nearly 500 educators and students from more than 40 countries will gather in Winchester, Virginia, for iEARN’s 2018 International Conference and Youth Summit. This summit consists of a week of inspiring events, sessions, keynotes, and celebrations related to global, virtual education and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through collaborative project work.

The conference is hosted by iEARN-USA, the U.S organization of iEARN (International Education and Resource Network). It’s the world’s largest, most experienced, and diverse K-12 online network that enables young people worldwide to use the internet and digital media to collaborate on educational projects. The conference will take place at John Handley High School and Shenandoah University.

“We are thrilled to hold our 30th Anniversary Conference at an iEARN partner high school in Winchester, and look forward to sharing this incredible city with our global community of youth and educators,” says Tonya Muro, iEARN-USA’s Executive Director.

The theme for the the 2018 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit is “Global Collaboration for Sustainable Development,” and will celebrate iEARN’s 30-year history of people and projects that have changed the world while also envisioning a future where educators and youth work together to build a more peaceful and sustainable planet. Previous conferences have been hosted by a different country each year since 1994, most recently in Morocco, Brazil, Argentina, and Qatar.

Winchester and John Handley High School were chosen as the conference site because of the robust community of educators that have been participating and promoting global education through iEARN. Dr. Jason Van Heukelum, Superintendent of Winchester Public Schools, stated that “Winchester Public Schools is excited to welcome participants from all over the world to convene on our high school campus for opportunities to globally-connect students and educators, promoting global awareness within our own community and becoming more engaged citizens within a global context.”

The iEARN Conference and Youth Summit features a Cultural Night, often the highlight for many attendees, where attendees from each country share a presentation or cultural performance. This will also include a “Taste of Winchester,” featuring fare from local businesses. Additional cultural events include a Gala Dinner on the closing night, and an optional cultural excursion day with a variety of options including a day-long sightseeing tour to D.C.

Local youth and young people from around the world are also invited to attend and join the 2018 Youth Summit. At this year’s Youth Summit, students from around the world will take on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and show how young people can take action and help make our world more sustainable through exchange and collaboration. Youth Summit activities include youth-led presentations and workshops, hands-on activities, service projects, games, performances, and much more.

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