Globalization and education the theme of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions' next Community Conversation



Image: Judith ConkInternationally known education expert Judith Conk is the featured speaker at the next Community Conversation, a popular series presented by Fairfield University's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP). "Re-Imagining Education in the Global Age: Developing Global Competence in Each Student" will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Fairfield University's Alumni House. It is free and open to the public.

Conk, a member of the GSEAP advisory board, will focus on international education and how increasing globalization affects education.

Conk has taught and administered at all levels of education, from preschool to graduate school, in a career that spans more than 40 years. Working in both urban and suburban settings, she has been a principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in school systems that have won recognition for their outstanding educational programs.

After her retirement from public school administration in 2001, she devoted her time to working on high quality teaching, learning and leadership. She is a senior consultant with the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning and helped create the International Studies Schools Network. She is president of her own educational consulting firm, Consulting for Results, which has national and international clients spanning pre-K through university-level education.

Conk has held leadership positions with many state and national groups. She has served as chair of the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) Alliance for Arts Education Network and founding chair of the Curriculum Committee of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. She has received many honors for her work.

Conk graduated from Queens College of the City of New York, where she also earned a master's degree in education. She did post-graduate work at the State University of New York at New Paltz and received a second master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.

The Community Conversations series began in summer 2010 as a way to foster a wider and more accessible community discussion on issues of importance in education and the human services. In August, more than 125 educators, administrators and parents gathered at Brooklawn Country Club for a lively panel discussion about current issues in special education.

This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. To R.S.V.P, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280.

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Media Contact: Meredith Guinness, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, mguinness@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 14, 2011

Vol. 44, No. 66