The Power of Immersive Learning for Future-Readiness

2024 EF Global Education Symposium

November 1–3, 2024 | Boston

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Learn from thought leaders in global education and network with peers

This November, join secondary educational leaders from the U.S. and Canada to engage with experts in the fields of immersive education and global competence. Hear from thought leaders and partner organizations as you explore the impact global-based learning can have on student outcomes. Return home with a deeper understanding of how educational travel can help students develop the essential skills they need to become engaged global citizens poised to make a difference in the world.

Administrators working with students in grades 6–12 are eligible to apply to attend the 2024 EF Global Education Symposium. EF offers a select number of full scholarships to attend the event that include a two-night stay, round-trip airfare, a day of inspiring workshops, a networking reception and dinner, other select meals, and experiential learning exploring the city of Boston. A self-funded option is also available. After submission of your application, an EF representative will be in touch to discuss these options.

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Experience the EF Global Education Symposium

And earn professional learning hours while doing it

Engage with thought leaders

Hear from experts in the fields of global competence and participate in interactive discussions.

Network across secondary education

Expand your professional network as you exchange ideas and collaborate with globally minded educators.

Experience hands-on cultural learning

Traverse both land and water on an iconic Duck Tour to learn about some of Boston’s most unique and historical landmarks.

Create an action plan

Determine next steps for bringing your experience back to your learning community.

William Gaudelli, Ed.D.

Meet our keynote speaker

Dr. Olson works as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and as a Curriculum Director for the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights in Washington, D.C. She taught in Denver Public Schools (DPS) for 33 years in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Dr. Olson received a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish; an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Language, Literacy, and Culture; and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Her dissertation, “The Meaning of Educational Travel in the Lives of Urban Middle School Students in a Low-Income Neighborhood: A Transformative, Sequential Mixed Methods Study,” elevates the voices of former travelers and offers advice for educators building educational travel programs in their school communities today.

Dr. Olson has also been an elected school board director on the DPS Board of Education since 2017, serving as Board President from 2019 to 2021 and 2023 to 2025. She was also elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Association of School Boards (2019 to 2025).

Hear from Dr. Olson

Program details

More details will be available in late Summer 2024.

Friday, November 1

Arrive in Boston

5:00–6:30pmWelcome reception at EF Center Boston

Saturday, November 2

9:40am–3:10pmWorkshops, panel discussions, and included lunch at EF Center Boston

3:10–5:00pmExplore the city of Boston on an iconic Duck Tour (included)

5:00–5:30pmFree time

5:30–7:30pmNetworking dinners in Boston (included)

Sunday, November 3

Depart for home

EF enhances what you teach with relevant learning experiences outside the classroom

Our proven travel-based learning method takes students out of their comfort zones, safely. This firsthand approach to understanding the world leads to an internal journey of self-discovery. As students learn more about themselves, they build essential skills—like communication and collaboration—and return home empowered to take action and make a positive impact in the world.

We’re accredited by five prestigious educational associations

What are you waiting for?

Join us in Boston and discover how you can transform students into global citizens.

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