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Theme Selected: Global Solidarity for Education in the New Era

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign continues to create space for graduate student researchers to reimagine the future of education within every disciplinefrom local communities to global stages. One space specifically designed to highlight graduate student research in the annual College of Education Graduate Student Conference (GSC). The 14thannual College of Education Graduate Student Conference (2023 GSC) will be held in Champaign, Illinois on March 3, 2023and we are now accepting proposals!

This year's event will be held under the theme "Global Solidarity for Education in the New Era.

The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by surprise and cause immense change to all aspects of human society. The shutdown or scale-down of educational services affected millions of pupils. For almost 168 million children globally, all in-person schooling was closed completely for an entire year. Due to COVID-19 lockdowns, approximately 214 million children globally have missed more than three-quarters of their in-person learning(UNICEF, 2021). The pandemic, both its immediate health impact and the modifications made to institutions and businesses because of it, shed light on inequalities in our society, most notably in the uneven impact to secure and reliable access to education. Resources (including financial) that would allow meaningful educational opportunities were not equitably allocated or effectively used for many of our pupils and schools. At the same time, the pandemic illustrated how a shared and well-defined purposealong with meaningful leadership, solidarity, and collaboration could bring together stakeholders at all levels of responsibilities (parents, teachers, administrators, governments, ...) to set up innovative and efficient solutions that kept students engaged, even those in difficult situations and for whom resources were scarce

The pandemic put the spotlight in inequities, even exacerbating those, but it also, in places, triggered global awareness and the emergence of collective responsibility, shifting education worldwide.

In the most uplifting situations, educational systems around the world came up with collaborative solutions to engage students in learning. In K-12settings, developments in online learning, TV/radio classes, WhatsApp group lessonsand many other alternative forms of learning expanded opportunities. In higher education settings, with lockdowns in place and international travel curtailed, online and asynchronous learning on multiple platforms grew quickly filled the gap to keep academics connectedThis shift is well captured in the following statement by Fernando Reimers, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a member of UNESCO's Commission on the Futures of Education: The pandemic has given us that opportunity for profound empathy with other humans. And certainly, in our field of work in education, I do think the pandemic gave more teachers than the number that normally hasthe opportunity to be curious about what's happening in other countries, to experience collaboration with peers in other places, to become themselves,  global educators, to see the value of global collaboration, to see the value of learning from what was happening elsewhere.(Anderson, 2022)


How do we capitalize on the lessons learned through the pandemic? In particular, how do we continue the collaboration between all stakeholders involved in education to educate well-rounded global citizensWith these questions in mind, this year’s event will explore the following themes, among others:
  • Career Preparedness
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Education through virtual learning
  • Global citizenship in education
  • Globalization of higher education
  • Human rights and education
  • Mental health and Counseling
  • Parents’ involvement in education
  • Post-pandemic world of education
  • Resources allocation in education
  • Teachers’ involvement in policy
  • Transnational education


This conference is open to all students who are interested in sharing their work, either with colleagues in person in Champaign or in virtual and hybrid spaces. For students who wish to present, the deadline to submit your research abstract is Monday, January 30, 2023. For more details, please check the submission requirements.




    Abstract submission deadline: January 30, 2023
    Conference Date: March 3, 2023

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