The GEBG Global Educators Conference aims to help globally minded schools move toward their institutional goals. To help attendees map out their time at the conference, the 2019 breakout sessions are divided into the following tracks:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: How do we ensure our programs are accessible, safe, and relevant for all students and faculty program leaders? How do we best support and empower our international students as valued members of our diverse school communities? How do we collaborate with our colleagues in the work of diversity, inclusion and equity on campus?
  • Global Citizenship: What are good models, frameworks, and assessments for developing global citizenship?
  • Global Curriculum and Content: What are your best lessons for emerging global topics? Show us how you handle content, pedagogy, and perspectives on complex topics.
  • Professional Development: How do we best design and lead meaningful and substantial faculty professional development for our schools? How do we develop our faculty to both guide and model global citizenship development?
  • Technology: How does technology enable, support, and enrich integrated global communication and collaboration?
  • Travel Program Development:What are innovative models of global travel programming? Where do we see the need for further travel program innovation? What are current issues in risk management?

Please Note: We have asked presenters to help us identify presentations that are more geared to schools serving Primary (K-6), Middle (7-8), or Upper School (9-12) students. This is indicated in the presentation description as PS, MS, or US following the track description.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

9:00 A.M.
Check-In for All Preconference Attendees

9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Preconference Workshops
Empowering Students Through Digital Storytelling
Facilitated by: Peace Works Filmmaking Faculty

Connecting Civil And Human Rights
Facilitated by: Joanne Brown, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, US Transitions Advisor, Pace Academy

12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
Preconference Lunch Break

1:00 – 3:30 P.M.
Preconference Workshops Resume

1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
GEBG Risk Management Case Studies Preconference
Facilitated by: John Hughes, Director of Experiential Education; Director of The Lawrenceville School Camp, The Lawrenceville School

2:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Conference Attendees Check-In and Registration

3:30 – 4:00 P.M.
Welcome for First Time Conference Attendees

4:00 – 6:00 P.M.SESSION I: Opening Panel Discussion
Conference Opening: Clare Sisisky, Executive Director, GEBG
Introduction: Fred Assaf, Head of School, Pace Academy
Welcome: Neville Isdell, Former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company

Preparing Our Students for Their World Panel Discussion
The Global Education Benchmark Group describes global education as developing the knowledge, skills, and empathic orientation required to understand multiple perspectives and to thrive in increasingly interconnected world systems. As our world continues to change and our connections continue to increase in complexity, how should education evolve to help students embrace opportunities and create meaningful lives? As the field of education attempts to adapt, both research and innovative schools are embracing global competency based education as one approach to answer this question. Our panel of scholars and school leaders shares their experience and insight on the question of how can we better prepare our students for their world.
Facilitated by: Fred Assaf, Head of School, Pace Academy
> T.J. Edwards, Director of Maker, Design and Engineering Programs, The Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation;
> Kevin Glass, Headmaster, Atlanta International School;
> Alexis Menten, Managing Director of the Center for Global Education, Asia Society;
> Elaine Meyer-Lee, Associate Vice President for Global Learning and Leadership Development and Professor of Psychology, Agnes Scott College

Sponsored by Tower Bridge International Group / New Oasis International Education

6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Opening Reception
Featuring Lilac Wine
Sponsored by Fred C. Church Insurance and International SOS

6:30 P.M.
Welcome Joe Vogel, GEBG Board Chair, Associate Head of School, Old Trail School


Friday, April 5, 2019

7:00 A.M.
Shuttle Bus Service from the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown to Pace Academy for Exhibitors and Sponsors

7:30 & 7:45 A.M.
Shuttle Bus Service from the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown to Pace Academy for Conference Attendees

8:00 – 9:00 A.M.
Breakfast and Greetings
Sponsored by Envoys
Visit Exhibitors and Virtual Studio

9:10 – 9:25 A.M.
Welcome and GEBG Update: Clare Sisisky, GEBG Executive Director

9:25 – 10:15 A.M.
Featured Speaker
Michael Greenstone
Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Director of the Energy Policy Institute, University of Chicago
Introduction: Fred Assaf, Head of School, Pace Academy
Sponsored by Pace Academy

10:15 – 10:35 A.M.
Shared Studios
Presented by Stefano Chinosi, Director of Strategic Innovation, Andover Public Schools
GET Prize Announcement
Presented by Manjula Salomon, Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs, Palmer Trinity School

10:40 – 11:00 A.M.
Coffee/Tea Break
Visit Exhibitors and Virtual Studio

11:05 A.M. – 12:05 P.M.

Making Global Travel a Reality for Every Student
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Upper School 9-12
Wellington is working to advance experiential equity in the school through the Wellington International Student Experience (WISE), a multiyear program including a required Global Engagement course and a two-week fully funded faculty-led travel experience with ongoing interdisciplinary projects involving community and global partners. We will explore the idea of experiential equity as it applies to independent schools, explain some of the key learning outcomes of global programs at Wellington, discuss how I created my course content and share resources with others who are designing such curricula, explain the financial model for funding the program, and discuss obstacles I have encountered in this process and strategies for overcoming them.
Presented by: Cailey Oehler, The Wellington School

Rekindling the Connection Between Ethics and Empathy: A Global Citizenship Approach
Global Citizenship
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
A challenging part of teaching global citizenship, at all ages, is exposing students to the complexity and imperfections of the world we live in and then guiding them to become change agents. Implementing meaningful global service-learning projects (with or without travel) that address our communities’ greatest challenges requires that we prepare ourselves and our students to engage in critical conversations about equity, diversity, and global justice.
This interactive workshop provides participants with sample tools for engaging students in deep reflection and critical conversations by showcasing classroom examples of how we prepare for service-learning projects and foster a deep respect for community partners by engaging students in conversations around global citizenship, race, class, and power.
Presented by: Vanessa Ehler, Brooklyn Friends School; Christen Clougherty, Nobis Project

Fords Focus Days: Teaching Global Citizenship and Responsibility in Mini Deep Dives
Global Curriculum and Content
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
How can educators use concentrated experiential learning opportunities to help students become responsible global citizens? Learn how The Haverford School developed a series of nontraditional teaching days to help students recognize the roles they each play in this world. The series currently includes a 4-day Minimester that immerses the students in their local, national, and global communities, as well as a 2-day STEP (Solving the Earth’s Problems) program that introduces students
to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. During these “focus” days, students explore their local and global communities through interactive workshops, experience these communities on field trips, and impact these communities with service- and project-based learning opportunities. This session will cover the motives, planning strategies, logistics, and successes of our focus days, as well as the lessons we have learned from past iterations of these programs.
Presented by: Kori Lisa Brown and Mario Masso, The Haverford School

The Process IS the Product
Global Curriculum and Content
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
As our world becomes increasingly divisive and pressures mount on students and professionals to ‘perform’ and ‘achieve,’ mental health is deteriorating and it is becoming increasingly evident that we, as educators, need to rethink how we are approaching human connection and collaboration. Join Raj Mundra, Director of Niswarth, a Learning in the World program of Phillips Academy Andover, and Maya Higgins, a director at Putney Student Travel, to explore what it takes to develop the framework for a global education model that sheds expectations to produce a final ‘product’ and instead invites participants on a journey focused on the core values of empathy, humility, and gratitude. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore pieces of the Design for Change pedagogy, gain resources for developing high quality programmatic framework which supports truly inclusive collaboration and intentional reflection, and investigate best practices and lessons learned with this unique approach of valuing process over product.
Presented by: Rajesh Mundra, Phillips Academy Andover; Maya Higgins, Putney Student Travel

PANEL DISCUSSION: Leveraging Technology for Exchange, Perspective, and Collaboration
The GEBG has long identified understanding multiple perspectives as an essential element of global education and citizenship. Given the current geopolitical climate worldwide and the increasing diversity of younger generations in North America and Europe especially, we know this skillset will only be increasingly relevant for our students going forward. How can we leverage educational technology to give all students real exposure, connection and collaboration with their peers around the world? How can we better engage and empower them with pressing global issues that concern them using technology? How can we harness the strengths of technology to develop and demonstrate empathy and understanding of multiple perspectives? How can we best integrate all of this into our curriculum schoolwide?
Facilitated by: Nishad Das, Director of Global Education, Groton School
Panelists: Cindy Addison, Director of Academic Technology & Integration, St Stephen’s School
Michael Hernandez, Journalism and Cinema Teacher, Mira Costa High School
Katie Sandlin, Lower School Science and Technology Teacher, Pace Academy
Barney Swan, International Director, Climate Force
Joe Troyen, Founder and CEO of Pen Pal Schools

PANEL DISCUSSION: Connecting with College Admissions
How can we demonstrate the impact of global learning and engagement for our students in the college admission process? How can we best highlight our students who enroll in global diploma or certificate programs? How can we create substantial space and time for students to embrace meaningful global education when their schedules are driven by college admissions? How can we help students better articulate the impact of their global experiences?
Facilitated by: Danny Reynolds, Associate Head for External Relations, Palmer Trinity School
Panelists: Ashley Armato, Senior Associate Director of College Counseling/Director of Diversity, Palmer Trinity School
Meghan James, Director of Civic Engagement and Global Education, Westminster Schools
Carol Lee Conchar, Regional Director of Admissions, The George Washington University
Jason Via, International Admission Officer, University of Glasgow (Scotland)

12:15 – 1:05 P.M.
Regional Lunch
Sponsored by Rustic Pathways
Visit Exhibitors and Virtual Studio

1:05 – 1:15 P.M.
GEBG Member School Leadership Vote

1:25 – 2:55 P.M.

How to Have Conversations of Consequence
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
Traveling with students, we encourage them to reach beyond familiar worlds; they are called to notice, engage, and reflect. Occasionally we must facilitate difficult conversations about their encounters with other cultures—situations around controversial, often emotional topics: social justice, racism, privilege, poverty, violence, misogyny, and the like. We might hesitate, unsure of our ability to manage these; however, we need to model courage and empathy, and in doing so create brave spaces for successful dialogue. This session provides a toolkit and cultivates a mindset for promoting culturally competent conversations with our students. We will explore the following: preparing the group pre-travel with community agreements, trust-building exercises, and discussion models; framing visits of intentional discomfort and preparing for those we do not expect; and utilizing various strategies for beginning, navigating, and drawing these conversations to a close.
Presented by: Patty Burke Hickey, Phillips Exeter Academy; Mason Hults, Envoys

Transformative Learning at Home and Abroad: a Framework for Integrating Field- and Classroom- Based Curriculum for Global Citizenship Education
Global Citizenship
Upper School 9-12
This session will showcase how best practices in international experiential education have been integrated into curriculum and assessment practices for a three-year Upper School global studies program serving 10th-12th graders at a large parish day school in Atlanta. Facilitators will share a model scope and sequence for the program, demonstrate a series of classroom and in-field instructional activities that aim to prime students for learning about big concepts like development, power, and environmental justice, and critique proficiency-based assessment practices for assessing global competencies. Workshop participants will walk away with: 1) an understanding of some of the advantages and challenges of mainstreaming credit for global studies and experiential education curriculum within traditional academic settings; 2) a “toolkit” of framework, templates and lesson plan resources for designing global experiences targeting “lifeworthy” and “lifeready” learning; 3) and a practical, step-by-step protocol for advancing conversations about and professional development for integrating global perspectives into grade 6-12 subject matter curricula within their home institutions.
Presented by: Erik Vincent, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School; Simon Hart, Where There Be Dragons

Conflict, Debate, Negotiation, and Resolution: Approaching Global Engagement in the AP Classroom
Global Curriculum and Content
Upper School 9-12
By combining logical and rhetorical analysis, research, debate, and negotiation, AP students can both broaden and deepen their understanding of pressing global issues. In this workshop, we will present participants with two academically advanced activities geared towards AP Seminar or AP Human Geography classes. These activities aim to develop critical analysis, research, and presentation skills, while empowering students to become experts in a particular area of the world or a particular political perspective. This workshop aims to cultivate dialogue between AP-level teachers, or faculty who are interested in AP-level work, about best practices in the 10th-grade classroom that can encourage students to develop a global mindset.
Presented by: Sommer Mahoney and Michael Dziura, Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Backwards Design for Global Curriculum
Global Curriculum and Content
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
Are you looking to infuse global education into already existing curriculum? Do you work with teachers to help them develop global curriculum? Check out this session to see how Pace Academy infuses global themes throughout their curriculum across divisions using Backward Design – a goal oriented method of curriculum design. Authentic examples will be provided showcasing how using Backward Design can result in an increased understanding for global awareness, understanding and engagement. This session will include guided, interactive work time specifically focused on how to use this method to design your own unique global curriculum. Participants will leave with a plan for implementing global education into existing curriculum along with resources and strategies to enrich student understanding.
Presented by: Rebecca Rhodes and Amy Underwood, Pace Academy

How to Use and Evaluate Global Collaboration Tools for Increasing Empathy
Global Curriculum and Content
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8
In this presentation, Empatico will discuss how to use virtual exchange tools to increase empathy and foster meaningful connections among students around the world. They will also demonstrate how they assess their impact, including the formation of their theory of change, their assessment tools, and preliminary results from their large-scale evaluation study. Participants will gain both a theoretical understanding of the research behind virtual exchanges as well as practical guidance on how to implement and evaluate the impact of these programs.
Presented by: Chelsea Donaldson, Empatico

Understanding the Legal Concept of “Duty Of Care” and its Implications
The legal duty of care owed by a School to its students and families is significant – sometimes elevated to caring for a student as a parent would (“in loco parentis”). We will explore that duty of care generally, consider its management, and address more particularly the challenges of international travel – including planning the trip, informing the parents, selection and use of third party providers of services, homestays, and issues of sexual misconduct
Presented by: Reb Gregg, Attorney

3:05 – 3:30 P.M.

Who Is In Your Village? Bridging Local Citizenship with Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
As you analyze and access your global programs, who makes up your village of student and adult support? From Diversity Practitioners, to your student population, faculty and the cultures you encounter, how might we prepare our village of world travelers to be more globally and culturally aware before, during and after travel?
Presented by: Brandi Hoyos and Meg Brown, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Leveraging Journalistic Behaviors to Create Better Global Citizens
Global Citizenship
Upper School 9-12
In this session, the non-profit News-Decoder will explain how a unique global network helps students on different continents research the world’s biggest problems and convey their findings via articles, photos, podcasts, video and online webinars. Students overcome ethnocentrism by tackling crucial global issues such as climate change, migration and nationalism, addressing an international audience and working with experienced journalists and peers across the world. Students working with News-Decoder have examined human rights issues around the world. They have published on News-Decoder’s global website and led online discussions broadcast on News-Decoder’s network. The result: students drowning in information yet lacking historical context learn to connect the dots. They become better global citizens.
Presented by: Nelson Graves, News-Decoder

Introducing Elementary Students to Female Role Models at Home and Around the Globe
Global Curriculum and Content
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8
In 2018 the Second Grade team at Polytechnic School decided to make changes to our Social Studies unit focusing on people who influenced change in their community. We did so by basing our unit on Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (2017) by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavalo. I will share how we used these books to create a unit that contributes to promoting empathy and perspective taking by learning about the challenges women from around the globe have faced throughout history. I will discuss our reasons for changing the unit, how we used the books, how we got faculty and staff involved, the final projects, and how it relates to the goals of our school’s K-12 Global Initiatives Program.
Presented by: Bordeaux Martin, Polytechnic School

Around the World in (less than) 80 hours
Global Curriculum and Content
Primary School K-6
Young students don’t need to get on a plane to learn about the lives of others—but they do need to have the extended time and space to connect their learning to real people and see through a global lens. Learn how we use technology, parental involvement, and local resources to design a week long Global Explorers week that empowers students to take a stand and make a difference.
Presented by: Emily Fitch, Morgan Park Academy

Middle School Global Ed Innovation
Global Curriculum and Content
Middle School 7-8
Have you been wondering how to take your global opportunities to the next level? This session will highlight how to design innovative, purpose-driven programs, both global and through reciprocal exchanges, that are tied directly into the existing curriculum enhancing the classroom experience, building student leadership both at school through Global Ambassadors and abroad through uniquely designed opportunities, and meeting each and every student interest abroad. Examples of student-led global initiatives, marketing, and school-wide global events will bring light into the secret to building a strong supporting community that buys into the benefits of bringing the world into the classroom and a faculty that is excited to engage in global education.
Presented by: Zeke Hoyos, Westminster School

Social-Emotional Development in the Field
Professional Development
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
As research in social-emotional development continues to point to the need for direct and varied support, this session will focus on best practices for training program leaders to consider, prepare for, and respond to emotional needs in the field.
Presented by: Sharon Baker and Michael Ciuni, Hathaway Brown School

Growing a Virtual Global Program
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
Global connection and collaboration do not have to include physical travel. Teachers and students can travel through the magic of technology to share experiences, learn from one another, and enrich the curriculum of all. In this presentation, we will share some of the ways that we use technology to discover and introduce ourselves to global partners and to connect and collaborate with those partners in a meaningful way without leaving the classroom. From collaborative projects, to video exchanges, to math and geography games, the ideas, examples, and wide array of technology resources shared during this session can be implemented at all age levels. You will take away practical ideas and even a checklist for future global connections.
Presented by: Jennifer Hambrick, Cindy Addison, and Chris Valcarcel, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

How Do You Grade a Trip?
Travel Program Development
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
Pingry’s Global Field Studies program has allowed us to increase academic preparation and rigor, post-travel reflection, and curricular connection of our global travel programs through offering academic credit. This model is flexible for a diverse range of place-based global education experiences, from language and culture school exchanges, to history and religion explorations, to marine biology research. Our collaborative approach has allowed a variety of answers to emerge for the question of “How do you grade a trip?”, and we’ll share how programs were proposed, designed, and approved, as well as how students were assessed in these for-credit travel courses. As a bonus, the academic focus has aided our risk management planning as well. As this is a new and evolving program, we will also discuss lessons learned and next steps.
Presented by: Jeff Jewett, Julia Dunbar, and Megan Jones, The Pingry School

Establishing an Innovative Partnership to Achieve Global Studies Program Objectives
Travel Program Development
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
In 2016, Newman’s Global Studies Program established an innovative partnership with Concordia Language Villages to expand the school’s world language offerings and to provide enriching summer opportunities for students that reinforce the curricular objectives of the Global Studies Program. In this presentation, Melanie Krob, the Director of Global Studies at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, LA, and Christine Schulze, the Executive Director of Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, MN, will explain how this innovative partnership formed, the scholarship program that Concordia Language Villages has since established specifically for Newman students, and the advertising and promotion that Newman does for Concordia Language Villages. It’s a “win-win” proposition for both organizations.
Presented by: Melanie G. Krob, Ph.D., Isidore Newman School; Christine Schulze, Concordia Language Villages

Around the World and Back Again – The Art of Operations Management
Travel Program Development
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
You’ve successfully developed a travel program that has excited your school administration, faculty chaperones, parents and students. So where do you go from here? How do you effectively and efficiently promote, prepare and package a successful travel program, all the while tracking the files, forms and finances that go along with it? Around the World and Back Again – The Art of Operations Management discusses the process of getting students and chaperones out into the world, from the application to the arrival gate. This presentation will highlight tips for effective parent communication, how to track billing and spending, how to prepare chaperones for departure, and what to do with the thousands of pieces of paperwork you will be collecting along the way.
Presented by: Alison M. Bugg, Nexus Global Studies Program, Cape Henry Collegiate

3:40 – 4:00 P.M.
Visit Exhibitors and Virtual Studio

4:10 – 5:10 P.M.

Reaching Program Goals in Collaboration with Global Partners
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
Oxbridge Academy saw value in developing an international program, to build global competency and enrich diversity at the school. To help them achieve these goals, Oxbridge Academy partnered with Tower Bridge International Group, New Oasis for the resources to support their international program vision. Through collaboration with TBIG New Oasis, Oxbridge was able to anticipate and address common challenges schools face when building an international student program and achieve their goals in a rapid time.
Presented by: Dr. Anne Reilly, Oxbridge Academy; Jacob Mobley, Tower Bridge International Group, New Oasis

From Service to Partnership: A Community-Based Partnership Model for Service Learning
Global Citizenship
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
Currently, many schools lack a comprehensive strategy for developing what Westheimer and Kahne describe as justice oriented citizens; citizens who explore the larger why behind issues and act to solve root causes. This workshop will use a case study to illustrate how schools can partner with local nonprofits to develop community-based partnerships which help to develop justice-oriented citizens who are aware of the “global” issues taking place in their own backyards.
Presented by: Bob Bandoni, Student Shoulder-to-Shoulder; Brian Sweeney, Vail Mountain School

Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well: An Educational Change Model
Global Curriculum and Content
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
Holton understands that excellence in education requires us to provide opportunities for students to develop the competencies that allow them to Live, Learn, and Lead well in a complex and changing world. As such, we have embarked on a journey to redefine how to best educate students in a multi-cultural and interconnected world. Grounded in our timeless mission and institutional priorities, we have developed a philosophy of education that responds to the students in our classroom and the world around us.
We will share our process of moving from the philosophical to an integrated and scaffolded educational change model, with all of the bumps and bruises along the way. Our presentation will include key strategies for discovering and articulating the “why”, the “how”, and the “what” behind envisioning and guiding a school forward towards cultural and pedagogical change.
Presented by: Melissa Brown and Nichole Foster-Hinds, Holton-Arms School

Kindergarten Globetrotters #Notravelnecessary
Global Curriculum and Content
Primary School K-6
Learn how a Kindergarten class participated in the One Hen project. It is a national project based on the true story of Kojo, a young boy from the country of Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many. One Hen is a project that empowers students to become social entrepreneurs. It is a story of how one small loan made a big difference. See how lower school students learned to make a difference for themselves and the world through learning and experiencing emerging global topics such as basic economics, social conscience and global interconnectedness.
Presented by: Betsy Hedbavny, Lancaster Country Day School

Reinventing Global Competency Assessments: Experiential Learning with EdTech Tools
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
Today’s EdTech can create global experiences and enrich global communication. Students can cultivate global competency without ever leaving campus. However, how do we assess the students’ learning from these experiences and measure the impact? In this presentation, I will share three simple strategies with EdTech tools that I have used to create global experiences and assess global competency. First, I will share my use of filmmaking technology in Human Geography to teach the geography of migration. Students create personal “family migration videos,” which are used to both teach other students and assess understanding. Second, I will share strategies for using both filmmaking as well as video conferencing technology to facilitate a global communication and collaboration between my students and their peers at a sister school in Japan. Finally, I will share strategies with Virtual Reality to enable students to experience and analyze urban morphology and cultural landscapes around the world.
Presented by: Matthew Sudnik, The Madeira School

PANEL DISCUSSION: Designing and Assessing Local and International Partnerships for Impact
Partnerships are fundamental to many global education programs at our schools – we partner with local communities and non-profits, with national organizations, with educational travel providers, with international partner schools. Strong partnerships create opportunities and learning experiences for our students and faculty that are richer, fuller, and more nuanced. But finding and building sustainable partnership that are mutually beneficial takes thought, savvy, time, and true collaboration. How can we best leverage meaningful partnerships for global competencies, both locally and internationally? What makes partnerships work and how can we best navigate challenges that arise? How can we better design and evaluate potential and current partnerships? How do we ensure that we adhere to ethical and equitable practices?
Facilitated by: David Lynn, Director of International Studies, Charlotte Country Day School
Panelists: Jim Patterson, Director of the Kutler Center, Harvard Westlake School;

5:20 – 5:40 PM
GEBG Special Announcement, Conference Picture

5:40 – 7:30 P.M.
Sponsored by WorldStrides Educational Partnerships

6:15 P.M.
Buses begin shuttle bus service from Pace Academy to Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown


Saturday, April 6, 2019

7:00 – 7:30 A.M.
Member School Coffee
Questions and conversation with GEBG Executive Director
Open to all member schools

7:30 & 7:45 A.M.
Shuttle Bus Service from the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown to Pace Academy for Conference Attendees, Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:00 – 8:50 AM
Breakfast and Greetings
Visit Exhibitors and Virtual Studio

9:00 – 10:00 A.M.

Unlocking the power of International Students
Upper School 9-12
International Students tend to become, more than any other group, the invisible students in day and boarding independent schools. While rarely addressed, frequently their commitment and hard work are taken for granted, and they are openly stereotyped, creating an environment where their voices are muted. Yet, their potential is extraordinary and they can be an untapped source of excellence and leadership in our school communities, in addition to the cultural enrichment that they offer. Join representatives from Miss Porter’s School to explore the ways international students can be properly recognized and celebrated as integral members of our institutions. See how our international voices are being heard and their potential unlocked to maximize their contribution to our school.
Presented by: Santiago Enrique, Kathryn Simison and Sophie Paris, Miss Porter’s School

Program: From Water Awareness to Action
Global Curriculum and Content
Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
The Blue Stewards Program at Palmer Trinity School blends traditional education and travel experiences at Palmer Trinity School with scientific research and advocacy happening in Miami and around the globe. Working with private and nonprofit partners, students explore the centrality of water in people’s lives by examining water as both an environmental necessity and a key cultural element. The Blue Stewards Junior Certificate in Middle School and the Blue Stewards Certificate and Medallion in High School, awarded by Palmer Trinity School, celebrate a student’s successful completion of a course of study-action with a special focus on water as an element of life. The program awakens students to the vital importance of water to empower people, protect the planet, and enable prosperity. Blue Stewards aims to provide water literacy, engage in environmental service-living, and inspire original action.
Presented by: Leopoldo Llinas, and Manjula Salomon, Palmer Trinity School

Global Programs as Innovation Labs for Your School: A Mastery-Learning Example
Global Curriculum and Content
Upper School 9-12
As schools continue to define the role of global programs in their educational offerings, one opportunity that is often overlooked is global programs’ role as a potential laboratory for curricular design. Working with students outside of the physical space of the school can provide the room needed to innovate.
In this session, participants will explore a framework for designing global programs that provides opportunities for curricular design especially in the areas of experiential education and mastery learning. Presenters will share examples of SYA’s own move toward mastery learning and the opportunities and pitfalls associated with using your global programs as a lab.
Presented by: Aric J. Visser and Álvaro Ávila de la Torre, School Year Abroad

Applying Global Curriculum and Content to an International Trip
Global Curriculum and Content
Upper School 9-12
The presenter will describe the development of collaboration between Holy Trinity School, Toronto, and Projects Abroad. This partnership has so far provided an enriching and successful program with students able to participate in sustainable and useful work in various Nepalese communities. The presenter will then explain the program in terms of its project components and their links to students’ understanding of specific UN Sustainable Development Goals studied in class. Finally, further innovations planned for future programs will be introduced, including a cross-cultural approach to citizenship and democratic engagement in rural Nepal. The presenter believes that the way in which this innovative program is evolving through the collaboration between the school and Projects Abroad will be of considerable interest to colleagues.
Presented by: Brian Csinos, Holy Trinity School; Judy Ross, Projects Abroad

What’s in Your Strategy? Health, Safety and Security to Minimize Legal Exposure During Student Travel
Travel Program Development
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
This presentation will break down health, safety, security, and risk management strategy for global programs into its components and explore some of the tradeoffs in terms of time and expense. We’ll then build it from the ground up with a particular focus on strategy for minimizing liability exposure. We’ll work a number of scenarios from both a safety and a legal perspective and discuss what interventions could have either prevented the incident or mitigated the potential legal fallout.
Presented by: Bill Frederick, Lodestone Safety International; Susan E. Schorr, McLane Middleton Professional Association

PANEL PRESENTATION: Global Citizens in Action: Young Alumni Panel
As we think about how to measure the effectiveness of our school’s global education, we often focus on the short term results – the things we can assess immediately. But some of the most valuable learning outcomes develop overtime influencing our students’ worldviews, self-confidence, and agency as global citizens. Come and hear from this group of globally-engaged young alumni from Atlanta-area member schools as they share their reflections on the impact of their global education and gain insights for your own program design.
Facilitated by: Zeena Lattouf, Associate Director, Isdell Center for Global Leadership, Pace Academy

10:10 — 11:00 A.M.
Featured Speaker
Founder and CEO of Karam Foundation
Sponsored by Peace Works Travel

11:10 – 11:30 A.M.
Coffee/Tea Break
Visit Exhibitors and Virtual Studio

11:40 A.M. — 12:40 P.M.

The Case of the Cape Town Water Crisis: Day Zero and Its Lessons for Global Citizens
Global Curriculum and Content
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
In April 2018, the City of Cape Town announced “Day Zero” – the day when the taps would run dry and residents would need to queue for a daily allocation of water. In a country battling to recover from the legacy of apartheid, this water crisis not only highlighted the real environmental threats faced in Sub-Saharan Africa, but also the severe socio-economic disparities between different demographics and their unequal access to resources. Using the case study of a program developed collaboratively by EDU Africa and Avenues: The World School, This presentation considers the implications of Cape Town’s water crisis in the context of global education and explains how learning from Cape Town’s model in Cape Town can enhance global stewardship and citizenship.
Presented by: Michael Massingham, EDU Africa; Kevin Murungi, Avenues: The World School

Diplomacy Through Dialogue: Model United Nations
Global Curriculum and Content
Primary School K-6, Middle School 7-8, Upper School 9-12
In today’s increasingly polarized climate, engaging in meaningful civil dialogue is key to understanding multiple perspectives and appreciating those with varying opinions. But how does one incorporate this into a Middle School classroom? In this session, attendees will learn about an elective course designed for Middle Schoolers that focuses on cultivating the right mindset and teaches the skills needed to engage in civil dialogue. An overarching goal of this elective is for students to seek to understand when confronted with different perspectives, as opposed to seeking to “win” a conversation in which their views may be challenged. In this year long elective, students participate in a ten session course which explores a range of topics including identity, bias, and perspective taking, and focuses on practicing tangible skills to engage in healthy dialogue. Students then apply these learnings by collaborating to solve global issues in a Model UN Conference.
Presented by: Sameera Anwar, Ravenscroft School

Teaching Essential Skills Through Meaningful Projects
Global Curriculum and Content
Primary School K-6
Exposing children to “global mindedness” in the early elementary school grades is possible! Learn how a team of teachers in the first grade at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA used their school garden beds to explore essential questions like: What is a Community? What does it take to be a part of a community? What makes up a healthy community? What is needed for a healthy and happy community? The workshop will consist of a brief presentation of our work and will showcase examples of pushing student thinking and developing essential skills using project based/experiential lens. We will introduce the tools and the systems used to shift curricular focus from prescribed lessons and units, to a project based learning approach with a global lens.
Presented by: Rachel Stevens and Maria Elena Derrien, Buckingham Browne and Nichols School

Digital Portfolios: Platforms, Possibilities, and Pitfalls
Upper School 9-12
Baylor School has experimented with digital portfolios as a way for students to gather and reflect upon the links between their experiences and their education. What began as a potential tool for demonstrating scholarship to colleges has yielded some surprising benefits as an educational and reflective piece. This session will explore the potential of this tool in the changing landscape of global education and college admission.
Presented by: Tim Laramore and Mike Kelly, Baylor School

Building Bridges: Cultural Immersion and Family/Alumni Engagement in China
Travel Program Development
Upper School 9-12
Student travel programs provide a transformative impact on participants; at Schools that have a global student, alumni and family footprint, these kinds of programs can also have the unique benefit of strengthening and building community. This session will explore a novel approach to student travel programming by sharing the story of how our school created a cultural immersion experience in China for American day students that involved and engaged residential life students, alumni, families and prospective families from China. By sharing our experience and learning from others with similar goals and experiences, we hope to identify best practices and action steps to inform future planning, while also addressing new opportunities for building bridges in our community and across our globally connected world.
Presented by: Beth Miller and Bob Clark, St. Anne’s-Belfield School

PANEL PRESENTATION: Making Global Programs Inclusive and Accessible for LGBTQ+ Students and Faculty
As schools work to make their campuses and communities more inclusive and equitable for LGBTQ+ students and faculty, how are schools approaching the policies and programming of overnight school programs? How have schools worked to support students and faculty on programs to locations and communities with very different cultural norms? How do we engage our exchange or international students and partner schools as we work to fulfill our school’s desire for an inclusive environment on all school programs? Hear from schools and program leaders on how they are working to make global programs more inclusive for LGBTQ+ students and faculty with practical advice and resources.
Facilitated by: Chad Detloff, Director of Global Programs, Chadwick School
Panelists: Matt Nink, Executive Director, Stuart Center for Global Leadership at Lake Forest Academy; Global Youth Leadership Institute
Marc Thiebach, Associate Head of the Upper School, Francis Parker School
Glen Turf, Director of Global Studies and International Programs, Miami Country Day School
Fran Turner, Director of Global Engagement, Middle School Language Department Chair, St Christopher’s School

12:50 – 1:05 P.M.
Closing Remarks: Clare Sisisky, GEBG Executive Director

1:05 – 1:45 P.M.

1:10 AND 1:45 P.M.
Shuttle Bus Service from Pace Academy to Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown and to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport