About Global Educational Community (GEC)

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Who is GEC?

Formed in 2015 as a U.S.- based 501c3, The Global Educational Community (GEC) came together with one goal in mind: to transform education so all students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a global community. Our leadership is comprised of internationally recognized scholars, educators, and organizations at the forefront of changing the conversation about what it means to be educated today.

Want to learn more? Visit our History of GEC page.

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Our Values

As an organization that helps young people to develop a global perspective of equity and inspire a shared responsibility for building a sustainable future for the well-being of all living things, GEC adopted the sixteen principles and values of the Earth Charter. Developed in 1997, Earth Charter was developed through a decade long, worldwide, cross-cultural conversation about common goals and shared values. The process involved the most open and participatory consultation process ever conducted in connection with an international document with participation by thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations from all regions of the world, different cultures, and diverse sectors of society. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.

The Earth Charter

GEC team photo

Who is GEC?

Formed in 2015 as a U.S.- based 501c3, The Global Educational Community (GEC) came together with one goal in mind: to transform education so all students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a global community. Our leadership is comprised of internationally recognized scholars, educators, and organizations at the forefront of changing the conversation about what it means to be educated today.

Want to learn more? Visit our History of GEC page.

Our Values

As an organization that helps young people to develop a global perspective of equity and inspire a shared responsibility for building a sustainable future for the well-being of all living things, GEC adopted the sixteen principles and values of the Earth Charter. Developed in 1997, Earth Charter was developed through a decade long, worldwide, cross-cultural conversation about common goals and shared values. The process involved the most open and participatory consultation process ever conducted in connection with an international document with participation by thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations from all regions of the world, different cultures, and diverse sectors of society. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.

The Earth Charter

GEC team photo

Our Team

Doctor Guoli Liang

Dr. Guoli Liang

President

In collaboration with Dr. Ann Lieberman of Stanford University, Dr. Liang is the Co-Founder of the Global Educational Community. He is the initial advocator and practitioner of the GEC approach. Since 2012, he has been the Chief Designer of GEC Schools, which includes responsibilities for architectural design, technology for school administration, teaching, learning, assessments, and community development. Dr. Liang retired from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as a professor of pedagogy.

Faye Snodgress

Faye Snodgress

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Snodgress is the former Executive Director of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education for 13 years. She served 4 years as an Expert Advisor and Chair of the Expert Committee of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Institute for Education for Sustainable Development. She continues to serve on various other committees for organizations and is the Altrusa International Representation to the United Nations Department of Global Communications (DGC), Civil Society Unit/NGO.

Steve Zipkes

Steve Zipkes

VP of School Development

Mr. Zipkes is the Founding Principal of Cedars International Next Generation High School in Austin, Texas. His design of a 100% project-based learning public high school, which focuses on integrated, cross-curricula STEM content and 21st century essential skills, has been recognized globally. Previously, as Principal at Manor New Tech High School, he was visited by President Obama in recognition of his successful project-based learning integrated STEM practices and the positive impact on student achievement. In 2014, Mr. Zipkes was awarded the National STEM Visionary Award by the International Association for STEM Leaders.

Board Members

Gwendolyn Battle Lavert

Dr. Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert

Harcourt Brace School Publishers and Indiana Wesleyan University

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Doctor James Bellanca

Dr. James Bellanca

Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Classroom and Partnership for 21st Century Schools

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Bob Pearlman

Mr. Bob Pearlman

Fielding Nair International and UNITE-LA

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Raymond Pecheone

Dr. Raymond Pecheone

Stanford Center for Assessment of Learning and Equity

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Erik Hancock

Mr. Erik Hancock

Kubala Washatko Architects

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Doctor Rebecca Burns

Dr. Rebecca Burns

University of North Florida

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Katherine Bassett

Katherine Bassett

New Jersey Tutoring Corps, College of New Jersey and Tall Poppy

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Rosalyn McKeown

Rosalyn McKeown, Ph.D

Online Global Forum on ESD for Teacher Educators and Earth Charter

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