Global response to the Coronavirus and COVID-19–and best practices thereof–change daily. As a network of global educators, the GEBG deeply understands the need to provide opportunities to discuss responses to this crisis as a timely example of a situation requiring sophisticated global competence while also ensuring that we model the same practices of expert consultation, thoughtful deliberation, and timely decision-making organizationally that we support in our member schools and aspire to develop in our students.

Consequently, the GEBG Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone our Global Educators Conference to October 8-10, 2020 in San Diego hosted at Francis Parker School. We hope that postponing this year’s conference to October will allow participants to transfer any airline tickets with relative ease, while also allowing us to continue to host the event in San Diego in partnership with our wonderful hosts, Francis Parker School.

Any pre-existing conference registrations will be valid for the October conference. If you have registered and absolutely cannot make the new conference dates, please contact GEBG, beginning this Monday, March 16. Reservations in the group block at the Bahia will automatically transfer to the new dates. We will also update the registration shortly so that those who would like to register for the new October dates may do so.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns at Registration will re-open the week of March 16th.

The Global Education Benchmark Group prepares students academically and experientially for a culturally rich and diverse world. We are the leading organization of schools that establishes best practices in the field of global education, and members enjoy myriad benefits. Join us in San Diego April 16-18, 2020 to network with educators from across the globe and learn more about curriculum development, off-campus program risk management, global competency skills and assessments, institutional leadership, and more.

Francis Parker School, San Diego, California
The host for the 2020 Global Educators Conference is Francis Parker School. Founded in 1912 in San Diego, CA, Francis Parker School is a college-preparatory day school serving 1,278 students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12. Parker has two campuses — the Lower School is located on the historic Mission Hills Campus, and the Middle School and Upper School are located on the state-of-the-art Linda Vista Campus.

COST: $475 for member school attendees; $575 for non-member school attendees.


Bahia Resort Hotel
998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
T: 858-539-7703

We encourage you to make your reservations early. Rooms are available in the GEBG reservation block until Monday, March 16. The GEBG rate is $199 per night for a single or double room.

  • Check-in is available beginning at 4:00pm
  • Complimentary on-site parking is provided; however, shuttle bus transportation will be provided from the hotel to Francis Parker
  • To make your reservation over the phone, call 1-800-576-4229
  • Or click here to make your reservation online


Thursday, April 16, 2020

8:30am-4:00pm Preconference Workshop: Experiencing the Border to Teach About Today (sold-out)
12:00-4:00pm Preconference Workshop: Generating Faculty Buy-In for Risk Management
2:00-5:00pm Conference Registration Open / Lobby, Bahia Hotel
3:30-4:00pm Welcome for First Time Conference Attendees / Mission Bay Ballroom Foyer, Bahia Hotel
4:00pm-6:00pm Opening Session and Panel: Impact to COVID-19 / Mission Bay Ballroom, Bahia Hotel
6:00-8:00pm Opening Reception / West Bay Beach, Bahia Hotel

Friday, April 17, 2020

7:30 & 7:45am Shuttle transportation from the Bahia Hotel to Francis Parker School for Conference Attendees
8:00-9:00am Conference Registration Continues / Cafeteria Patio, Francis Parker School
8:00-9:00am Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors / Conference Gathering Space, Francis Parker School
9:10-10:10am Breakout Presentations 1Science Building Classrooms, Francis Parker School
10:20-11:20am Breakout Presentations 2 / Science Building Classrooms, Francis Parker School
11:30am-12:15pm Facilitated Discussions: Regional Challenges and Opportunities / Science Building Classrooms, Francis Parker School
12:15-1:35pm Lunch / Visit Exhibitors / Conference Gathering Space, Francis Parker School
1:45-3:15pm Deep Dive Presentations / Various Locations, Francis Parker School
3:15-3:45pm Break / Visit Exhibitors / Conference Gathering Space, Francis Parker School
3:55-4:55pm Breakout Presentations 3 / Science Building Classrooms, Francis Parker School
5:00-5:30pm Member School Vote
5:40-7:00pm Happy Hour Reception / Francis Parker School
6:15pm Shuttle transportation from Francis Parker School to the Bahia begins

Saturday, April 18, 2020

7:30amShuttle Bus Service from Bahia Hotel to University of San Diego for all conference attendees
8:00-8:45am Breakfast and Greetings / 
University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Garden of the Sky
8:50-10:15am Featured Speaker, Viet Thanh Nguyen / University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
10:15 & 10:30am Shuttle transportation to Francis Parker School
10:45-11:45am Breakout Presentations 4 / Science Building Classrooms, Francis Parker School
11:55am-12:55pm Breakout Presentations 5 / Science Building Classrooms, Francis Parker School
1:00-1:45pm Closing Remarks: Clare Sisisky, GEBG Executive Director //  Lunch / Cafeteria Courtyard, Francis Parker School
1:30 & 1:45pm Shuttle Bus Service from Francis Parker to Bahia and to Airport / Main Entrance, Francis Parker School

Read more about the breakout presentations and deep dive workshops here.


Viet Thanh Nguyen is a University Professor; Aerol Arnold Chair of English; and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He is the author of ​Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America​ (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the highly awarded novel ​The Sympathizer,​ from Grove/Atlantic​ (2015). Viet is also the author of ​Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War​, which​ examines how the so-called Vietnam War has been remembered by many countries and people, from the US to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Korea. ​Kirkus Reviews​ calls the book “a powerful reflection on how we choose to remember and forget.” His current books are ​The Refugees​, a short story collection from Grove Press (2017, foreign rights to fourteen countries), and ​The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives,​ which he edited. Among other roles, Viet is an​ opinion writer​ for the ​New York Times​ and has written for ​Time, The Guardian, The Atlantic,​ and other venues. Read Viet’s full bio here.



Thursday, April 16, 8:30AM-4:00PM

GEBG’s Border Studies Pre-Conference will highlight current perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Border through facilitated experience. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to speak with a variety of experts on the subject, in addition to visiting a border crossing just under 20 miles from Downtown San Diego. Read more.


Thursday, April 16, 12:00-4:00PM

From creating teacher-friendly trainings to establishing creative methods of accountability–all while being supportive–administrators of overnight programs need to develop unique skills and structures to successfully manage risks associated with faculty-led travel. This session will address various tips and tricks for informing and supporting those adults on your campus who lead overnight programs–without requiring sizable budgets or abundant time. Read more.


APRIL 16, 2:00-4:00PM

This session is intended to provide a facilitated conversation that gives third-party providers a deeper understanding of the unique challenges and needs that member schools face. Learn from a panel of school leaders–including senior administrators, faculty travel program leaders, and institutional risk-managers–about some current and emerging needs in the field, such that these partnerships can thrive. Read more.


  •  Transportation to and from The Bahia to Francis Parker School will be provided on Friday and Saturday at the beginning and end of each day. There will be no shuttles in between.
  • The Thursday Evening Reception will take place at the private beach on the Bahia property.
  • Complimentary parking is available at the Bahia. Limited parking is also available at Francis Parker School.