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September 1 - 2, 2018

Joseph Strzempka & Tosca Killoran


If we are to create long term sustainable change we have to start with the young and one place to start is with the SDGs as a basis for service, taking action and making real change in communities.

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Joseph Strzempka

Joseph Strzempka currently serves as an Expert Advisor, School Inspector, and Foreign Vice Principal for Internationalization and Reform in the Nanshan Education Bureau, Shenzhen, China. He works closely with local government officials, administrators, principals, and teachers to cultivate community and international partnerships, reform school inspection criteria, advance student-centered pedagogies, and develop interdisciplinary curricula. Passionate about both interdisciplinary and international education, Joseph has founded and led reform initiatives ranging from establishing professional networks for Maker, STEAM, and Design Thinking education to implementing literacy programs for English language learners using Socratic dialogues. Furthermore, he has acted as a co-organizer for Maker Faire Shenzhen MakerED Forum and the Nanshan Schools Maker Faire. Most recently, he has facilitated a collaboration between the United Nations’ World’s Largest Lesson and the Shenzhen Municipal Government “Good Curriculum” development program to author a Chinese language textbook, Introduction to Global Literacies for Sustainable Development, to engage public school students in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Finally, Joseph has facilitated numerous professional developments on effectively integrating technology into classroom instruction and has arranged virtual sister school exchanges between schools in China and the United States.

Joseph began his career at Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School in Philadelphia, PA where he was the Freshman Grade Level Dean, a Latin and Classical Architecture teacher, and Varsity American Football and Crew coach. Later, he taught AP Calculus and AP Economics at Escuela International Sampedrana in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He has also taught for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and acted as a Summer Mentor Teacher for newly hired Teach for America educators.

An avid learner, Joseph has participated in numerous professional developments including Leading for Understanding from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Designing and Implementing Performance Tasks from Stanford University, Project Based Learning Essentials from the Buck Institute for Education, and Adaptive Schools from the Thinking Collaborative. Furthermore, Joseph is a certified Lead Evaluator for AdvancED, the world’s largest school accreditation network.

Joseph is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He holds an M.S. in Global and International Education from Drexel University. During his graduate education, he studied abroad in Ghana to examine the effects of globalization and privatization in the higher education sector. His capstone was titled Perceived Benefits of Single-Gender Education: Why do Parents Choose Single Sex Charter Schools. Joseph earned his B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where he also competed as an NCAA Div. I athlete in American football.

Tosca Killoran

Tosca Killoran has been teaching in the IB international community in Asia and Europe since 2000. Tosca acts as an EDTech consultant to international schools as well as a presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional development sessions. As a doctoral student, Tosca’s published research focuses on innovation in education. She co-founded ED-ucation Publishing, founded TEDxYouth@BIS, and TEDxYouth@NIST in order to give a voice to #youthchangemakers. She is an Amazon bestseller author of children’s books, a website designer and app creative director. Her passion is character education, service learning and providing opportunities for learning communities to grow. At her last job Tosca was the Makerspace and Design Thinking Coordinator at NIST International School. Now as the Director of LEVEL5 she is eager to share those experiences with you!