Powerhouse presenters bring global perspective to teaching English

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Powerhouse presenters bring global perspective to teaching English

An internationally diverse panel of speakers highlights the workshop “Viewing English Education through a Globalized Lens,” from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Teachers College Hall at UNL.

The workshop, to be attended by more than 70 pre-service and in-service English educators and other educators from varied fields, is presented by the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences. TLTE Assistant Professor of Practice Sarah Thomas and TLTE Assistant Professor Lauren Gatti are coordinating the workshop. The Malaika Foundation and Humanities Nebraska are workshop partners.

Her Excellency Madame Salma Kikwete, whose husband, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, has been president of Tanzania since 2005, headlines the international lineup for the workshop. She will deliver a keynote address after a welcome and introductions at 8:30 a.m. in Teachers College Hall Room 105. She is founder of the Women and Development (WAMA) Foundation in the United Republic of Tanzania. The nonprofit focuses on improving education, health and improving the economic status of women and girls. This is her first visit to Nebraska.

The morning plenary session “International Perspectives on Global Education: The Educator as Scholar-Ambassador, Classroom as Microcosm” runs from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and will include a panel of experts with a wide range of global experience in business, government, foreign service and education.

Natalie Hahn, founder and president of the Malaika Foundation, organized the panel and will also speak. She worked with the United Nations for nearly 40 years, primarily in Africa, and completed U.N. assignments in 31 countries. Hahn holds degrees from UNL, Ohio State and Harvard. Her career has been spent empowering women across the globe, forging educational initiatives, advancing programs for youth, and developing resources to support global education.

The day-long workshop will include panels of local high school teachers and UNL educators as well as breakout sessions for participants to discuss a variety of topics related to globalism and English education.