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 Cleveland April 26-28, 2018 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.

Hathaway Brown School, Cleveland, Ohio
The host for the 2018 Global Educators Conference is Hathaway Brown School. Founded in 1876, Hathaway Brown is committed to a fusion of academic and experiential learning. This co-ed Early Childhood and all-girls’ K-12 independent day school of 873 students focuses on educational innovation as it prepares students to rise boldly to the challenges of our times and live out the HB motto of learning “not for school, but for life.”

Cost: $475 for member school attendees, $575 for non-member school attendees.



Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown
1380 East Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
T: (216) 357-3100

Making Your Individual Reservation:
We encourage you to make your reservation by Saturday, March 24, 2018; after this date the unreserved portion of the room block will be released for general resale. Accommodations requested after this date will be offered on a space and rate available basis.

  • Rooms will be available at a special rate of $135 per night
  • Check-in begins at 3pm
  • To make your reservation over the phone call  1-800-325-0720 and refer to the group code #2308452
  • Click below to make your reservation online


General Schedule

Wednesday, April 25 – Thursday, April 26, 2018 / 8am – 4pm / PreConference Workshops

Thursday, April 26, 2018 / 3 – 6pm / Registration open at Drury Plaza Hotel

Thursday, April 26, 2018 / 4 – 5:30pm / Conference Session I – Global Education Risk Management Panel Discussion at Drury Plaza Hotel *NEW EARLY SESSION*

Thursday, April 26, 2018 / 7 – 10pm / Opening Reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (dinner included)

Friday, April 27, 2018 / 8:15am – 5:30pm /  Conference at Hathaway Brown School

Friday, April 27, 2018 / 5:30 – 7pm / Reception at Hathaway Brown School (dinner included)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 / 8:15am – 2pm / Conference at Hathaway Brown School

Saturday, April 28, 2018 / 2 – 7pm / PostConference Opportunities

Bus transportation will be provided to and from the conference hotel at the start and end of each event. Lunch and dinner are included in conference schedule. Breakfast and late evening snacks are provided at the hotel.

Featured Speakers

Azar Nafisi
Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, a long-running number one New York Times bestseller published in thirty-two languages, and Things I’ve Been Silent About, also a New York Times bestseller. A fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, she has taught at Oxford University and several universities in Tehran.

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Debra Wilson
Debra Wilson is general counsel for the US based National Association of Independent Schools. She joined NAIS  in August of 2000. As general counsel, Ms. Wilson executes or coordinates all of NAIS’s legal work. In addition, she directs NAIS’ government relations work, including reviewing regulations, legislation, and cases impacting independent schools. She writes many articles on legal issues impacting independent schools, presents on the various issues that schools face, and is committed to helping schools mitigate legal risks on the front end. Deborah will be leading a conference wide panel discussion on risk management.



Greg Harris
Greg Harris is in his fifth year as President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Museum is 22 years old and has welcomed 12 million visitors and had an economic impact of $2 billion to the region. Under his leadership the Museum has grown attendance and revenue by double digits by executing on a strong strategic plan and focusing on the mission to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. Greg will be giving an address at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening reception.

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