Friday Morning Keynote


"World Languages - A Pillar of Global Competency"



Dana Curran Mortenson

                 Co-Founder and Executive Director, World Savvy

MCTLC is pleased to bring Dana Curran Mortenson to address the conference attendees at Friday morning's General Session. Dana is a visionary entrepreneur with a passion for transforming education by engaging youth in meaningful experiences to build their knowledge in how the world works, pique their interests to develop a worldview with global perspectives and to give them the confidence to become active global citizens.  It's no wonder that the Dana was honored with the prestigious 40 Under 40 Leadership Award.

Read Big World. Big need for global education, editorial by Dana Curran Mortenson


What is World Savvy?

World Savvy is a national nonprofit working to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, to prepare them to learn, work and lead in the 21st century. Our vision is systemic change, to ensure that K-12 education provides every student with the global competency needed to thrive in our diverse 

communities, locally and globally. Founded in 2002, World Savvy serves a national network of educators and students from offices in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis-St. Paul; in 2010 our programs served more than 6,000 middle and high school youth and 1,100 educators.  Learn more about World Savvy's professional development and how to get your school involved at www.WorldSavvy.org



Presenter's Biography

Dana co-founded the global education nonprofit World Savvy in San Francisco in 2002, which works to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs. Under her direction, the organization has grown to serve more than 6,000 students and 1,100 educators annually from three offices nationwide: San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis-St. Paul, and has become a local and national leader in its field. She has taught global issues in Bay Area high schools, managed multi-site after school programs and developed a capacity building model for the educators and youth involved in World Savvy programs. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Connecticut College. Dana has significant academic experience in the field of international relations, economic development, local development, poverty alleviation and microfinance. In addition to her nonprofit management experience, Dana is actively involved in a range of community based initiatives concerning youth development, education, and international education. She is also a frequent speaker on the subject of international education and social entrepreneurship.

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