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Preparing Students for the Global Workplace

The Preparing Students for the Global Workplace workshop brought together K-16 educators of diverse disciplines, community, and industry leaders to discuss how to better prepare our students for life-long learning and success in their professional and personal lives. 

The event was held in New Smyrna Beach, FL on Thursday, June 6 from 9:00-4:30 and Friday, June 7 from 9:00-1:00. 

Location:  Springhill Suites, New Smyrna Beach, FL  


Thursday, June 6
9 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Welcome/Goals
    Mary Risner, Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida     
  • What is Global Education?   
    Maria Eugenia Zelaya, Alachua County, Spanish Teacher,  Eastside High School
    Introduction to the Asia Society framework of integrating global concepts across the curriculum and helping students to connect local and global issues and take action.
  • Connecting Business, Community, Schools for Global Projects 
    Elsie Mendez, Education Director, Volusia Hispanic Chamber
    Discussion of ways that teachers and schools can connect with business and the community to provide real-world learning experiences.
  • How Global is Florida?   
    Carmenza Gonzalez, CEO, CZA, INC. Global Business Consulting
    Overview of Florida demographics, how Florida is Gateway to International Trade,  and key industry needs for future student careers. 

12:00- 1:00 PM  Lunch Provided 

CTE Teachers

1 - 4:30 PM

  • Globalizing the STEM Curriculum through Children’s Story Books 
    Monika Oli, Lecturer, Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
  • Connecting Your Students to the World Through Virtual Exchange (VE)   
    Maria Eugenia Zelaya and Carolina Currea
    Alachua County, Eastside High School and Hawthorne Middle/High School   

Friday, June 7
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Introduction to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
    Rebecca Green Bew, Science Teacher, Orange County, Timber Creek High School
  • Manufacturing and Career Opportunities
    David Long, Director of Global Business Process Management, Edgewell Personal Care
  • Connecting Local & Global Perspectives in the Healthcare Industry 
    Ruben Colon, Clinical Informatics Specialist/Volusia County School Board Member 
  • Ag Education Opportunities 
    Daniel Foster, Teacher Educator, State College, PA 
    Learn about an annual free online conference and other experiential learning opportunities for your ag-ed students
  • Global Education Grants, Resources, & Opportunities  
    Maria Eugenia Zelaya and Rebecca Green Bew
    Alachua County, Eastside High School and Orange County, Timber Creek High School

Closing:  Next Steps to Globalizing the Florida Curriculum, Door Prizes   


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