The mission of the  Florida Connected Conference is to raise global awareness among Educators in Florida. To accomplish this mission, conference organizers aim to gather innovative educators from around the state to speak about teaching global citizenship in today’s classrooms.

*Some stipends to cover Friday hotel for those living far from Gainesville are available.  Please contact Mary Risner at if interested.*

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  Agenda 2018-19 

Pre-Conference Social Event- Friday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. 

Informal gathering at the Swamp Restaurant  near campus to meet other global educators.  (Each individual is responsible for their own meal expenses.)

Conference- Saturday, March 9th, 2019

8:30-9:00   Registration/Coffee & Danish

9:00-9:05   Welcome

9:05-9:15 Global Education Opportunities – Maxine Lunn – Senior Program Officer, Teacher Exchange Branch- Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs – U.S. Department of State

9:15-10:00   Overview:  What is Global Education?,  Camile Lofters, Boca Raton Community High School, English/Journalism

10:00-10:30 LATIN AMERICA:  Beyond Crops & Coups,   Dr. Rosana Resende, UF

10:30-11:00        AFRICA: Teaching the ABCs of Africa,  Dr. Agnes Ngoma Leslie, UF

11:00-11:30 EUROPE:  A New Look at the Old World, Dr. Amie Kreppel, UF

11:30–12:30     Author Keynote:  Susan Hood

12:30-1:30    Lunch Provided

1:30-2:00     Integrating Global Children’s/Young Adult  Books – Karen Pharis, Sanford Middle School, Sanford, FL. Victoria Courtright, Meadowbrook Elementary School, Gainesville, FL

2:00-2:15     Globalizing Career and Technical Education (CTE):  First Steps – Carolina Currea, Hawthorne Middle/High School, Hawthorne, FL.   

2:15-2:45      Virtual Exchange: Sister Schools with Florida-Colombia, Maria Eugenia Zelaya, Eastside High School, Gainesville, FL

2:45-3:30 Breakout Groups facilitated by Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) alumni

3:30-3:45     Closing/Door Prizes,  Mary Risner, UF