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Keynote Speaker

Heather Halstead

An entrepreneur, global education professional, and mother, Heather Halstead is the ‭cofounder and executive director of Reach the World ‭(RTW). Founded in 1998, RTW makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident global citizens. Through its interactive website, RTW enriches the curriculum by connecting classrooms to volunteer travelers who are exploring the globe. RTW identifies and trains volunteer travelers, manages web-based content posted weekly by these travelers, and delivers training and support to the sites in its programs. RTW, which began by serving classrooms in Harlem ‭through a partnership with the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University’s Teachers College, to date has connected 814 travelers with more than 17,000 youths in K-12 classrooms throughout the US. RTW’s website also hosts GeoGames, a set of interactive games that teach core geographic literacy. RTW’s partners include ‭the Institute of International Education and Teach For America, and the organization is also building a nationwide network of campus and association ‭partners that share its commitment to community service and digital exchange.