General Information

The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) is an Association of Independent Schools that works together to find best practices in global education to prepare students, academically and experientially, for a diverse and dynamic cultural and socio-economic world. On behalf of the GEBG, we look forward to collaborating with you in Los Angeles April 6-8, 2017. The conference is open to anyone interested in global education, and will address critical issues in the field with an emphasis on providing safe travel programs, management, global curriculum development, marketing, finance and communications.

Chadwick School,
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California

The host for the 2017 Global Educators Conference is the Chadwick School. Chadwick School is a private, K-12 co-educational school dedicated to academic excellence, development of exemplary character and self-discovery through experience. Located on a 45-acre hilltop on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula, we aim to bring out the best in our students through experiential learning, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, an outstanding athletics program, highly accredited outdoor education experiences and an award-winning visual and performing arts program. We are pleased that more than 800 students from over 45 Southern California communities have chosen to call Chadwick “home.”
Please note: due to the physical environment of Chadwick School, not all of the facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Cost: $450 for member school attendees, $550 for non-member school attendees



Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel
300 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
T: (310) 318-8888

Making Your Individual Reservation:

We encourage you to make your reservations early. The GEBG room block is now full however rooms are still available for $205 per night.

  • Check-in is available beginning at 4pm
  • To make your reservation over the phone call  (310) 318-8888


General Schedule

April 5-6, 2017 / 8am – 4pm / PreConference Workshops at the Crowne Plaza

April 6, 2017 / 2 – 5pm / Registration open at Crowne Plaza

April 6, 2017 / 5 – 8pm / Opening Reception at Crowne Plaza (6pm opening address)

April 7, 2017 / 8am – 4:30pm /  Conference at Chadwick School

April 7, 2017 / 5:20 – 7pm / Reception at Chadwick School

April 8, 2017 / 8am – 2pm / Conference at Chadwick School

April 8, 2017 / 2 – 7pm / PostConference Opportunities


Bus transportation will be provided to and from the conference hotel at the start and end of each event. See below for more schedule and transportation details. Breakfast and lunches are provided during the general conference. Attendees are on their own for dinner.

Featured Speaker

Wade Davis blkwhtWade Davis, Anthropologist/Ethnobotanist

Wade Davis was named by the National Geographic Society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”



PreConference Workshops

Navigating Health, Safety and Security Abroad for Secondary Schools

Facilitated by Lodestone Safety International

Integrating Quality Student Leadership into the Planning Cycle of Service Programs

Facilitated by Liz Gray, Leadership, Expedition and Service Program Consultant

The Choices Program at Brown University:  Materials and Approach for Teaching About Contested International Issues

Facilitated by Mimi Stephens, Professional Development Director, The Choices Program, Brown University



Post Conference Opportunities

Social Activism through Urban Engagement

Understanding the Impacts of Globalization on International Commerce

Investigating Identities: How Race and Ethnicity Shape Communities and Opportunities




Chadwick School is approximately 8 miles away from the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and is located at 26800 South Academy Drive, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, 90274.

There are several transportation options to get you to and from the hotel as well as the conference at Chadwick School. It is highly recommended that attendees avoid renting/driving a car to the conference, as Chadwick School has minimum onsite parking. Overnight parking at the hotel is available for $18 per night.

Transportation to/from Chadwick School and Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach
During the conference there will be shuttles to and from the hotel and Chadwick School at the beginning and end of each day’s scheduled activities.
If you plan to take a cab from the hotel to the school, a cab stand outside the hotel will collect a cab for you. To catch a cab from Chadwick to the hotel, it is recommended you use South Bay Yellow Cab Company. You can request a cab by calling 1-888-729-3556.
However, as cabs are not widely used in the area, you should consider using services like Uber or Lyft, which are abundant and usually less expensive than a cab.

Transportation to/from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

  • Cabs from the airport to the hotel will cost roughly $44, but you should consider using a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft.
  • If you are taking an Uber or Lyft from LAX, be sure to follow the instructions provided by the app, as rideshare services have specifically designated spots where they can pick up, usually on the departures floor.
  • Shuttle transportation from the airport to the hotel is available through a number of sources. Supershuttle is the most widely used.

Driving Directions

From LAX to the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Take CA-1/Sepulveda Boulevard south
At Herondo St., veer to the right to continue onto N. Catalina Ave
Turn RIGHT onto Beryl St.
Turn LEFT onto N. Harbor Dr.

From LAX to Chadwick School

Take the 105 East
Transition onto the 405 South
Exit Crenshaw Boulevard — turn RIGHT
Cross Pacific Coast Highway
Cross Palos Verdes Drive North
Turn RIGHT on Chadwick Lane (just past PV Drive North)
Turn LEFT at stop sign — proceed up hill
Turn LEFT on Pascal
Turn RIGHT on Rousseau
Turn LEFT on Academy Drive
Enter gates of school
Continue straight until slight left into Main Parking Lot

From the Crowne Plaza Hotel to Chadwick School

Turn RIGHT on N. Harbor Dr.
Turn RIGHT on Beryl St.
Turn RIGHT on S. Catalina Dr.
Turn LEFT on Pearl St.
Turn RIGHT on CA-1/Pacific Coast Highway
Turn RIGHT on Hawthorne Boulevard
Turn LEFT on Palos Verdes Drive North
Turn RIGHT on Academy Dr.
Turn LEFT on Pascal
Turn RIGHT on Rousseau
Turn LEFT on Academy Drive
Enter gates of school
Continue straight until slight left into Main Parking Lot
We ask our families and campus visitors to observe our modified “one-way” traffic pattern to limit the amount of cross-traffic on Academy Hill, reduce the likelihood of collisions, and allow residents to get out of their driveways. Drivers traveling to school should follow the directional signs on the roads leading up to Chadwick and as outlined below. Those leaving campus should follow Rousseau to Montaigne and then turn right onto South Academy Drive near the bottom of the hill.

Please observe a speed limit of 25 mph on Academy Hill and safe and prudent speeds on campus.

Walking Distance from Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach:

Whole Foods Market – .5 Miles
Redondo Beach Pier – .7 Miles
Hermosa Beach Pier – 1.5 Miles
There are nine different restaurants within .25-.5 miles of the restaurant
Bike and paddleboard rentals can be made right in front of the hotel

Other Local Sites

Redondo Riviera – 10 minutes by car
Manhattan Beach – 13 minutes by car
Del Amo Mall – 15 minutes by car