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.”


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


Featured Speakers

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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Cleveland’s 56th Mayor, Frank G. Jackson, took office January 2, 2006. He has since been re-elected three times – in 2009, 2013, and for an unprecedented fourth term in 2017. As Mayor, Jackson is focused on ensuring that the City offers an excellent quality of life for every resident, business and visitor; and, is addressing every aspect of operations and policy to guarantee that he reaches that goal.

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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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While best known as one of the country’s most well-informed and thoughtful observers on China, Orville Schell has also been a ship-hand, a war correspondent in Indochina, a rancher, and a journalist reporting for such magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The New Yorker, TIME, Wired, and Foreign Affairs. He has been a contributor on China for PBS, NBC, and CBS, where a 60 Minutes program of his won an Emmy. He has also served as a correspondent for several PBS/Frontline documentaries on China and Tibet and covered the war in Iraq for The New York Review of Books.

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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.



Fred C. Church Insurance
Fred C. Church Insurance is an independent insurance broker founded in 1865. One of the nation’s leading providers of innovative risk management and insurance solutions for educational institutions, their education team works with more than 150 independent schools as well as many experiential education providers, charter schools, colleges and universities, and other education-related organizations.
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WorldStrides offers educators, students, and parents a personalized approach to student travel. Our goal is to create an educational experience for each student that is truly unforgettable. WorldStrides believes in engaging students and helping them develop life-long skills and a passion for learning that extends well beyond the classroom.
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New Oasis International Education
New Oasis International Education is dedicated to transforming international education by developing and implementing innovative strategies to support the schools, students, and families within our community. We partner with leading day schools throughout the United States to support the growth of their international program within their school and local community.
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The Experiment in International Living
The Experiment in International Living has been the leader in international education and experiential learning for high school students for more than 85 years. On our summer abroad programs, students explore the world through hands-on experiences and homestays in local communities. Students come away from The Experiment with cultural, leadership, language, and college-prep skills.
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  •  Transportation to and from The Drury to Hathaway Brown School will be provided on Friday and Saturday at the beginning and end of each day. There will be no shuttles in between.
  • Attendees will walk 0.7 miles or approximately 15 minutes to the opening reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from The Drury. One shuttle bus will be available for anyone who would like a ride at the beginning and end of the reception.
  • Valet parking is available for all conference attendees at The Drury for $15 per day. Parking is available at Hathaway Brown School.

Directions to the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland

RTA Red Line from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Conference attendees can take the Regional Transit Authority’s Red Line (known to Clevelanders as the RTA or Rapid) to downtown (Terminal Tower stop). From the Terminal Tower stop, take the escalator up, exit the building, and walk through Public Square to the Drury (about a three-minute walk). Trains depart the airport about every 15 minutes.

By Car: Traveling from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Follow signs for Interstate 71/Interstate 480/Ohio 237 N/Cleveland and merge onto OH-237N. Continue onto Berea Fwy. Continue onto I-71 N. Continue onto Innerbelt Fwy. Continue onto I-90 E/Innerbelt Fwy. Take Exit 172A for 9th St toward I-77 S. Merge onto E 9th St. Turn left onto Superior Ave. Turn right onto E 6th St. Hotel is on the left.

By Car: Traveling North on I-77
Take exit 162B. Stay left on 14th St. Turn left onto Prospect Ave E. Turn right onto E 9th St. Turn left onto St. Clair Ave. Turn left onto E 6th St. Hotel is on the right.

From the Downtown Cleveland Marriott at Key Center
The Marriott is located across the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza from The Drury and can be seen from the front door. The less than 4-minute walk will take you past the Fountain of Eternal Life.