COLLO Symposium Agenda: The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
October 3, 2016
American Council on Education
One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
Conference Room A on 1B

Please note that the times specified are U.S. Eastern Daily Time (EDT)

9:00 am


9:30 am

Linda Morris, COLLO President

  • Welcome
  • COLLO’s purpose
  • Purpose of the symposium
  • Collaboration with the ICAE
  • Review of the agenda

9:45 am

Sustainable Development Goals and Learning: From Research to Policy to Practice


Daniel Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy, University of Pennsylvania

10:40 am


11:00 am

Reframing Education in Relationship to SDGs and Rethinking Education Project


Marcie Boucouvalas, Vice President for North America, International Council for Adult Education; Director, Commission for International Adult Education, AAACE

Katarina Popović, Secretary General, International Council for Adult Education

Carlos Vargas Tamez, Senior Project Officer (Rethinking Education), UNESCO

11:40 am

Moving Forward! – Panel – (Examples and challenges from multiple perspectives: What work is already being done and what might be done?)


Lena Gerber, Senior Action Officer, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Office of Economic and Development Affairs, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Ronald Cameron, Immediate Past (retired) Director General, Institut de coopération pour l'éducation des adultes (ICÉA), Canada

12:15 pm


12:45 pm

Moving Forward! – Panel – (Examples and challenges from multiple perspectives: What work is already being done and what might be done?)


Mary Beth Lakin, Director of College and University Partnerships, American Council on Education (ACE)

Scott Campbell, Vice President for Higher Education, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Peter Waite, Executive Vice President, ProLiteracy Worldwide

1:30 pm

Creating Change--Involving Communities


Budd Hall, Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility

2:15 pm

Taking Action! Discussion Groups


The symposium will end with a discussion on insights gained and questions remaining as well as possibilities for acting and challenges to address.

Linda Morris will facilitate discussions of onsite symposium participants. Kathy Peno, Coordinator, Adult Education Master's Program, University of Rhode Island will set up and support discussion spaces for people participating virtually.

Discussion questions include:

  1. What are WE doing currently to promote the SDG’s? Lifelong learning?
  2. What do we NEED to be doing? Organizationally? Collaboratively? About lifelong learning policy and its relationship to the SDGs?
  3. What did we take away from today’s session that can help us? What questions remain?

Group responses will be gathered and posted on the COLLO website at The intent is to continue the dialogue on questions, insights, and actions.

3:00 pm

Conclusion/Next Steps (onsite participants)