International Education Week 2015: Advancing Access for All – November 16-20

See below for Events and Social Media Toolkit.

Statement on International Education Week 2015 by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Hi, I’m Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education.

As we observe the 16th annual International Education Week, it’s important to recognize the role education plays in promoting equity and opportunity for people in our country and around the world.  Providing a high-quality education to all students is necessary to bridge the gap between those who have been traditionally underserved and their peers. That’s why, this year, we celebrate the theme of “International Education: Advancing Access for All.”

As President Obama has just said, “We expect that everybody gets an equal shot.  We expect everybody can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them.”

This idea has never been more relevant than it is today, as we honor the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA.  Since it was enacted 50 years ago in 1965, ESEA has represented a strong statement on the importance of education as a critical civil right. It built a foundation for educational equality, and promoted the expectation that Americans will fight for educational access and excellence for all.

This year, we also celebrate 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, another milestone that transformed perceptions, opened new possibilities for people with disabilities, and brought our country closer to reaching our highest ideals.  We must work together to honor the legacies of both ESEA and ADA, especially in today’s increasingly interconnected world. Compared to 25 or 50 years ago, though, we have the added responsibility of making sure our children are globally competent.

I’m proud of the Obama Administration’s work to do exactly that.  The President’s Young African Leaders Initiative helps young Africans and young Americans access the resources, training and network they need to become the next generation of leaders in civil society, business and government.  Our ConnectED initiative will provide almost all American students access to next-generation broadband, and this connectivity will help transform the classroom experience regardless of family income.  And, as partners in the United Nations’ 2030 agenda, we are working toward a world where all students – including women and girls — have equitable and universal access to quality education.

Yet, opportunities to learn global competency skills are not accessible to all students.  Minority students are still largely underrepresented within the study abroad population.  And, access to world language courses and overseas educational experiences are still considered luxuries, rather than essential components of a well-rounded, world-class education.

Let’s work together – during International Education Week, and every week– to make global competence the norm, and not the exception.

Thank you so much.

ED Events: International Education Week 2015


Monday, November 16

Briefing on Student Mobility among APEC Economies

1:30pm to 3:00pm EST

U.S. Department of Education Headquarters,

400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC

Open Attendance, RSVP to

Kick off IEW 2015 with your colleagues from the diplomatic community by attending a briefing on student mobility in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region and beyond. Join researchers from the Institute of International Education (IIE) presenting data from Student Mobility in Higher Education among APEC EconomiesOpen Doors, and Project Atlas.

To RSVP, please send your name and affiliation to to be included on the list for security clearance into the ED building.


Wednesday, November 18

EDTalks: Access & International Education
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm EST

U.S. Department of Education Headquarters,

400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC

Open Attendance, RSVP at Eventbrite

Join the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State for a special event featuring a series of short, dynamic presentations from innovative thinkers in the fields of academia, business, technology, and diplomacy.

Speakers will include:

RSVP at Eventbrite to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

There will be time for short Q&A at the end.

Can’t make it in person? Join us for the livestream of the event!

If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, i.e., sign-language interpreter, captioning services, Braille, large print or CD-ROM, please contact Carolyn Collins by phone at (202) 502-7459 or by e-mail at no later than November 10th.


Wednesday, November 18

Film Screening of “Beyond the Wall”

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST

U.S. Department of Education Headquarters, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC Open Attendance, RSVP at Eventbrite

Join the U.S. Department of Education for a screening of “Beyond the Wall”, a documentary that follows four D.C. public school students to China. Synopsis: Four teenagers from Washington DC are given the opportunity to go to China on a summer study program for disadvantaged inner-city kids. For two of them, this is their second study trip to China, but for the other two students, this is their first time away from home and the prospect of the trip provokes a mix of excitement and anxiety for them and their families. The film follows them on their journey to China as they experience a completely different culture and learn how to interact with the other students on the trip. Back in DC a year later, we see how the trip to China has given them fresh perspective on the obstacles and opportunities on their path to adulthood. Beyond the Wall gives voice to these four inspirational and often funny teenagers as they navigate the limitations of their home situations and reach for a meaningful future.


Thursday, November 19

IFLE Grantee Showcase Webinar with the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST – Online
Register at Webex

Tune in for a webinar hosted by ED’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Office, featuring the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program. Learn more about the program and how it provides opportunities for K-16 educators to study abroad. Hear from teachers who participated in the 2015 seminar to China, and discover the 3 new programs that will be offered to Peru, Senegal, and India in summer 2016.


Thursday, November 19

#globaledchat on Twitter with Peace Corps

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST – Online

Join us on Twitter

Join IFLE, the Peace Corps, and Heather Singmaster from Asia Society on Twitter for an hour-long #globaledchat to discuss “Advancing Access for All” during International Education Week 2015. Questions will be posted from IFLE’s Twitter account @GoGlobalED. You can participate in the chat by using hashtag #globaledchat. We’ll see you in the Twittersphere!

IEW 2015 Social Media Toolkit & Other Resources

IEW 2015 Social Media Toolkit (Word)

IEW 2015 Social Media Toolkit (PDF)

U.S. Department of State IEW 2015 Website


ED Contact: JoAnne Livingston

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