The Regional Global Teaching Dialogue (RGTD) is a globally focused educational opportunity which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s  Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 


An RGTD has been approved to be held at Waverly High School in Lansing on November 2. The focus of this regional dialogue is to increase access to systematic, quality global education for rural and urban youth and educators. Using local educational, community and university resources:  


Goals for school and community professionals are:


* Becoming more competent in the support of teaching SDGs and getting more resources for these programs


*Developing a knowledge of U.S. State Department initiatives in this arena as well as teacher exchange opportunities


* Assessing the needs of their own local communities and plan for the implementation of initiatives to increase awareness in these areas by establishing their local network in support of Global Education and the SDGs.


Goals for youth are:


*Staging an opportunity for students to interact with a network of peers,  


*Assessing the needs of their own local communities 


*Planning to implement a local project to increase awareness in these areas


* Developing a knowledge of U.S. State Department initiatives for youth


Registration is Free

Schechs are available

 Agenda for Michigan Regional Global Teaching Dialogue

8:00 Registration including Breakfast and Coffee

8:30 State Department Welcome and Keynote Speaker

9:00 Breakout Session 1: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

10:00 Breakout Session 2: Sustainable Development Goals

11:00 State Department Programs Overview and Alumni Panel

11:45-1:00 Lunch with Resource and Networking Fair

1:00 Breakout Session 3: Projects, Advocacy, and Next Steps

2:00 Debrief and Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker: Lynn Paine

Associate Dean, International Studies, and Professor, Teacher Education

International Studies in Education, Ph.D.

Lynn Paine is associate dean for International Studies in the College of Education. She also is a professor of teacher education, and an adjunct professor of sociology and the Center for Gender in Global Context. Her work focuses on comparative and international education and the sociology of education, with an emphasis on the relationship between educational policy and practice, the links between education and social change and issues of inequality and diversity. Much of her work has involved the comparative study of teachers, teaching and teacher education, supported by research in China, the United States and England. Dr. Paine's work on learning in and from practice draws on her ongoing comparative research of teacher education. Her participation on "Learning from Mentors," a comparative study of mentored learning to teach, and her more recent NSF-funded leadership of a comparative case study of policies and practices that support beginning teacher learning will contribute to shaping the program. Having been visiting professor at several universities in China, Hong Kong and Singapore, Dr. Paine brings extensive experience in working across language, cultural and policy differences to talk about teacher education.

Areas of Expertise:

Breakout Session Leader: Brian Wibby

Brian Wibby is a MSU Extension Educator housed in Grand Traverse County.  Brian currently serves on the Leadership and Civic Engagement (LCE) work team of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute.  Brian provides leadership for youth development programming focused primarily on the development of youth leadership, civic engagement and global citizenship knowledge and skills on a statewide basis, with a special emphasis on serving communities located in Northern Michigan and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Brian holds a Master of Science in Social Administration degree from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelors of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University.  In his role as a MSU Extension Educator, Brian provides leadership for community based programming and outreach focused on the development of youth leadership capacity and community engagement.  He also provides leadership for programs, such as the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute, which engage youth from across Michigan in helping to solve critical global challenges.

Breakout Session Leader: Terry Link

Senior Fellow at US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development  

Michigan State University

Terry Link is co-chair of the Peace Education Center and serves on several other nonprofit boards including the Greater Lansing United Nations Association, U.S. Partnership for Education on Sustainable Development, and the Greater Laingsburg Recyclers. Previously he was executive director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, a regional charity that rescued food and developed community gardens to help feed those in need. Before that he was director of Michigan State University’s Office of Campus Sustainability, an office he started in 2000. For nearly 25 years he was an academic librarian focusing on public policy and environmental studies. He was elected a county commissioner and was associate editor of the 2014 encyclopedia, Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles and Practices (Gale/Cengage).He has written and spoken widely on public policy, sustainability, information, environment, food, and education.


Breakout Session Leader: Corey Drake


Department of Teacher Education Ph.D,  

Northwestern University


Corey Drake serves as director of Teacher Preparation Programs. Her work focuses on the preparation of elementary teachers to teach mathematics in diverse contexts. She is interested in global education as the foundation for instruction. 

Breakout Session Leader: Hannah Marsh

President of UNA-MSU

Michigan State University


Hannah Marsh is a senior at Michigan State pursuing a degree in Social Relations and Policy with a minor in Spanish. She is president of the United Nations Association of Michigan State University (UNA-MSU), an organization dedicated to promoting strong relations between the United Nations and the United States through advocacy, education, and community engagement. Hannah has been involved with UNA-MSU throughout her college career, first serving as a Deputy for Congressional Outreach and later as Director of Advocacy. This summer Hannah completed an internship with a municipal government in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has experience working on a political campaign and is currently an intern for the policy division in the Executive Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Hannah plans to graduate in May. 

Breakout Session Leader: Chad Papa

Michigan State University

PhD Student

Chad Papa is a PhD student in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. His current research interests include understanding the role that vegetation phenology and environmental factors play in carbon cycling and ecosystem functioning in Savanna landscapes in West Africa. Additionally, Chad is a research associate for the MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program where he researches the effects of forest carbon management in the US to educate land managers in best practices.

After finishing a Bachelor of Science in Environment Science from the University of Florida, Chad served for two years as an Agroforestry Extension Agent in Senegal with the U.S. Peace Corps. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Chad worked together with community partners to increase food security through agroforestry practice extension, root stock propagation, fruit tree grafting of improved varieties, and establishment of banana orchards. Additionally, he worked with fellow volunteers on conducting an annual regional youth leadership camp and acted as a monitor for the PECADOM+ malaria prevention program. Following Peace Corps, he worked as a Research Horticulturist at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens before completing a Master of Science degree in Forestry at Michigan State University

Breakout Session Leader: Erika Kraus

Michigan State University

PhD Candidate

Erika Kraus is a PhD candidate in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. Her research interests revolve around how people affect nature. Erika’s dissertation research engages with the Ecosystem Service science framework to understand how people benefit from forests in ways that contribute to spirituality, heritage, identity, and sense of place. Her research took place in the Republic of Benin and in the United States.


Erika Kraus is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and served in the Republic of Benin from 2005-2008. She was an Environmental Action Volunteer and worked with an organization who had a garden and tree nursery. While in Benin, she also played a lot of basketball at the high school and celebrated Beninese culture with activities at the community library.


In addition to her dissertation, Erika works as a United States Peace Corps recruiter at Michigan State University and is a mother to two sweet boys.

Breakout Session Leader: Tate Evans

Michigan State University Student


Tate Evans is a freshman at Michigan State University pursuing a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy within the James Madison College program. Tate is the Financial officer of the United Nations Association of Michigan State University (UNA-MSU), a student-led group that aims to inform, mobilize, and inspire the MSU community about global issues. An Eagle Scout, former Debate Captain, and recent editor of the Dexter High Squall, Tate has experience in a variety of community service and outreach initiatives. Last summer, Tate worked as an intern at the lobbyist firm Missy Edwards Strategies in Washington DC. Currently, Tate currently is a legislative intern for Michigan Representative Sara Cambensy of the 109th house district.

Breakout Session Leader: Caila Coleman

Michigan State University Student


Caila Coleman is a freshman at Michigan State University pursuing a degree in Social Relations and Policy and Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. She is the Director of Advocacy of the United Nations Association of Michigan State University (UNA-MSU), an organization that promotes strong relations between the United Nations and the United States through community engagement, advocacy and education. This is Caila’s first year being involved with UNA-MSU and she is very excited to get started within her role advocating for the group.

Breakout Session Leader: Jett Hampton

Michigan State University Student


Jett Hampton is a senior at Michigan State University pursuing a degree in Linguistics with minors in Arabic and TESOL. After completing intensive language training in Amman Jordan, Jett went on to work with refugees in Athens Greece as a translator and space management intern. His broader interests in policy and and the growing refugee crisis drew his attention to the United Nations’s role in tackling tough global issues and international politics. He currently serves as director of membership for the United Nations Association of Michigan State University; a group whose goal is to raise awareness and support for the United Nations, through advocacy and active community engagement.  

"This project was made possible by an award sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. The views and information presented are the grantee's own and do not represent the U.S. Department of State, or IREX "

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