Symposium on International Education

Educators are invited to attend the Symposium on International Education on April 1, 2016 at Virginia Wesleyan University. The theme of the symposium is "Think Globally, Teach Locally." Fred Mednick, founder of Teachers without Borders and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, will serve as the keynote speaker. Also presenting is Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D., Chair of the English Department at the University of Montana.

Additional speakers and details to be announced. For more information, contact Dr. Hilve Firek, Batten Associate Professor of Education, at 757.233.8749 or

Fred Mednick

Fred MednickFred Mednick founded Teachers Without Borders (TWB) in 2000 in order to connect teacher leaders to information and each other, worldwide, so that they may improve the quality of life in their communities.  Today, TWB members represent 184 countries. Mednick is also an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, has advised the leadership of The Organization of American States, and leads academics for the International Institute for Education for Development. Watch Mednick's TED Talk.

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.

Bevery Ann ChinDr. Beverly Ann Chin is chair of the English Department at the University of Montana. She is a former president of the National Council of Teachers of English and a highly respected leader in literacy standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, an organization dedicated to certification of accomplished teachers. She was the senior project consultant for the 2011 Writing Framework of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)--the Nation's Report Card. Dr. Chin greatly enjoys working with students and educators and presenting at conferences throughout the world. She has worked with schools and universities in Japan, Thailand, China, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Ukraine, Germany, England, France, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, and Czech Republic.In the 1980s, she was a consultant for the American Overseas Schools. In 2009, she was a member of the first Educators' Study Tour to Jerusalem, Israel, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, and Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.