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, breakout sessions are divided into the following tracks:

  • Global Curriculum and Content: What are your best lessons for emerging global topics? Show us how you handle content, format, perspectives on complicated topics.
  • Travel Program Development: What are innovative models of global travel programming? Where do we see the need for further travel program innovation and development?
  • International Students: How do schools make the most of their diverse cultural student make-up? How do we best support and integrate our international students?
  • Professional Development: What is the right balance of content, perspectives, formats, experiences and skills for our faculty professional development programs? How do we ensure our faculty are able to both guide and model global citizenship development?
  • Global Citizenship: What are good models, frameworks, and assessments for developing global citizenship?
  • Risk Management: How do we ensure our risk management practices promote safe and responsible off-campus programs, rather than prevent them?
  • Technology: How does technology enable, support, and enrich integrated global education programming?
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: How do we ensure our programs are accessible, safe, and relevant for all of our participants, regardless of socioeconomic, sexual, and cultural backgrounds?

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.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

7:00 A.M.
Check-In and Breakfast for All Preconference Attendees and GEBG Board Members
Main Lobby, Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Preconference Workshop
The Choices Program at Brown University: Materials and Approach for Teaching About Contested International Issues
Mimi Stephens, Professional Development Director, The Choices Program, Brown University
Board Room, First Floor, Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Preconference Workshop Resumes


Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 A.M.
Check-In and Breakfast for All Preconference Attendees and GEBG Board Members
Main Lobby, Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Preconference Workshops

The Choices Program at Brown University: Materials and Approach for Teaching About Contested International Issues
Mimi Stephens, Professional Development Director, The Choices Program, Brown University
Board Room, First Floor, Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

Addressing The Intercultural Dimension In Global Education
Kenneth Cushner, Ed. D., Emeritus Professor of International and Intercultural Teacher Education, Kent State University
Cuyahoga Room, Third Floor, Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

Managing Emotional And Psychological Risks On Global Programming
Chris Lamar and Sara Russell, Where There Be Dragons
Great Lakes Ballroom, First Floor, Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Preconference Workshops Resume

2:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Check-In and Registration
Ballroom Foyer, Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

4:00 – 5:45 P.M.
Session I – Panel Discussion
Great Lakes Ballroom, Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown
Sponsored by The Experiment in International Living

Introduction: Jazmin Long, Deputy Director, Global Cleveland
Welcome: The Honorable Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland

Global Education Risk Management Panel Discussion
Led by Debra Wilson and other leading experts, this panel discussion will focus on the most pressing risk management concerns for independent schools, highlighting trends and concerns that have arisen through cases or school questions. A significant portion of time will be allotted for attendees to ask questions.
Presented by:
Debra Wilson, General Counsel, National Association of Independent Schools
Hillary Pettegrew, Senior Risk Management Counsel, United Educators
Bill Frederick, Founder, Lodestone Safety International
Saya Mckenna, Assistant Head of Upper School, Head- Royce School
John Hughes, Director of Experiential Education, The Lawrenceville School

6:45 P.M.
Meet for ten-minute walk to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A bus will also be available.

7:00 – 11:00 P.M.
Opening Reception and Dinner
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Featuring Chardon Polka Band
Sponsored by International SOS and Fred C. Church Insurance

7:30 p.m.
Welcome: Joe Vogel, Executive Director of GEBG, Hathaway Brown
Speaker: Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

9:30 P.M.
Bus will begin making return trips the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown


Friday, April 27, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 A.M.
Breakfast at the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

7:30 A.M.
Shuttle Bus Service from the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown to Hathaway Brown School for Exhibitors and Sponsors

8:10 a.m.      
Shuttle Bus Service from the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown to Hathaway Brown School for Conference Attendees

8:45 – 9:10 A.M.
Middle School Entrance
Coffee, Tea, and Greetings
Visit Exhibitors
HB Atrium

9:15 – 9:25 A.M.
Welcome: Joe Vogel, Executive Director of GEBG, Hathaway Brown
Remarks: Dr. Mary Frances Bisselle, Head of School, Hathaway Brown
The Ahuja Auditorium

9:25 – 10:15 A.M.
Introduction: Manjula Salomon, Associate Head for Academic Affairs, Global Scholar in Residence, Palmer Trinity School
Featured Speaker: Azar Nafisi, Iranian-American Bestselling Author and Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies
The Ahuja Auditorium
Sponsored by New Oasis International Education

10:15 – 10:30 A.M.
Traveling Stanzas
Presented by: David Hassler, Director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University
The Ahuja Auditorium

10:30 – 10:50 A.M.
Visit Exhibitors
HB Atrium

10:55 – 11:55 A.M.
Session II: Breakout Presentations

Using Student Global Leadership Program to Develop Global Citizenship
As the Global Initiatives Program at Polytechnic School broadens its scope in academic, event, and travel program offerings, the K-12 committee has also embarked on an effort to integrate intercultural competency and global citizenship into our K-12 program. Our new senior elective offering, Facing Global Challenges, seeks to develop global leadership skills. Using materials and rubrics from the Center for Global Education and the Choices Program at Brown University as a guide, we have placed our seniors in a central role. Students now lead our Global Initiatives Program, promoting and running our global events series, educating the Poly community on the relevance of worldwide issues, and advocating for measures to address them on campus. This presentation will include a description of the course, what materials have been most effective, and what assessments have prompted our students to become more active, responsible, and reflective.
Presented by: Ann Diederich, Polytechnic School

Inclusion for LGB and Trans Youth in Global Programs
Many schools have worked hard to make their campuses more inclusive for LGBTQ students and adults. But what about our global programs and field experiences? In this workshop, we will explore specific steps that global programs at any stage can take to plan and execute program that support LGBTQ participants. One of the co-presenters has direct personal experience in this area and has presented GYLI in New Mexico for the last four years. Participants in this interactive and engaging presentation will learn about planning, logistics, and evaluation that can include and affirm LGBTQ youth.
Presented by: Jacob Nash, Case Western Reserve University; Matt Nink, Stuart Center for Global Leadership/ GYLI/ Lake Forest Academy

Growing an Exchange Program
Approximately 20-25 students at Herlufsholm go on international exchanges every year. Student exchanges go between Denmark and countries as diverse as the US, Australia, India, Colombia, Kenya, and Peru. This workshop will discuss different goals of an exchange program and take time to explore how an exchange program can support a globalized education agenda. We will discuss how to manage teacher expectations surrounding exchanges, including sharing materials on grade tracking. Moreover, administration and supporting paperwork and materials will be shared, and we will make time for a discussion on documentation, differences in safeguarding procedures, and police checks. Finally we will attempt to make time for potential exchange partners to meet and greet, so bring your business cards.
Presented by: Ann Hansen, Herlufsholm Skole

Developing a PK-8th Grade Global Citizenship Curriculum
Join us in a part presentation and part discussion about how to move global education programs forward for the PK-8th grades. Old Trail School has been developing a program for the past five years and our process continues as we build on each year’s success. We will share the good, the bad, and the ugly of what we have experienced and learned. The focus of this presentation is process-based and will intentionally allow for significant discussion time.
Presented by: Jenn Milam, Old Trail School

Flipping the Script: When Educators Become the Students on a Cultural Immersion Journey
Our presentation will discuss a unique collaboration between GEBG and Where There Be Dragons. As part of the collaboration, we—along with 9 educators from GEBG member schools—embarked on travel-leader training, rooted in experiential learning and cultural immersion in Indonesia. The shift in perspective allowed us to step into the shoes of students who travel and experience a new culture, language, and country. During our stay, we participated in workshops and sustained daily conversations focused on generating best practices in global experiential education. This professional development opportunity further prepared us to work with students in cross-cultural environments, to create safer, more educational, and personally meaningful programming for students. We will share the training modules we completed on international risk management, cross-cultural facilitation, international trip design and curriculum, and community engagement. We also will provide accounts of our personal learning experiences and the ways in which we have each implemented our training and assessment tools in our work since the program’s conclusion.
Presented by: Ashley Armato, Palmer Trinity School; Karina Baum, Buckingham Browne & Nichols

Harkness Travel : A Field-Based Student Leadership & Curriculum Development Model
How does one successfully transfer ownership for learning from a faculty-led program to a student-led program? How can we maximize student engagement based on their interests and desires? How can we maximize opportunities for real-life leadership and decision-making? The Lawrenceville School is now using a Harkness-based travel blueprint that not only answers these questions, but also includes secondary benefits of improved risk management and reduced micro-management, making the job easier. This presentation will include video testimonials, a presentation to illustrate the overall framework, sample journals and support materials, and handouts describing student roles and responsibilities and the 10 Commandments of leading Harkness Travel.
Presented by: John Hughes and Michael Hanewald, The Lawrenceville School

12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
Visit Exhibitors
Margery Stouffer Biggar ’47 and Family Dining Hall
Sponsored by Rustic Pathways

1:00 – 1:10
GEBG Leadership Vote
Margery Stouffer Biggar ’47 and Family Dining Hall

1:15 – 2:15 P.M.
Session III: Breakout Presentations

Laying the Foundation for Global Citizenship in the Elementary Science Classroom
Offering authentic, developmentally appropriate global citizenship learning experiences for elementary school students can be a challenge. Ask an eight year old to grapple with geo-political tensions or ethnic violence, and you’ll nd them quickly asking when recess starts. That is, until one considers the elementary science classroom as their portal to the world. There, students already spend time asking open-ended questions, observing, collaborating, and developing flexible problem solving skills, all foundational to building future world citizens. In the science classroom, hands-on learning in the appropriate content areas naturally leads to brains-on thinking about phenomena with global reach. Science-content explorations can bridge to issues like water conservation, hunger, or access to light for doing homework, all of which create genuine human connections between young children and their counterparts around the world. Further, as elementary students learn more about these concrete global problems they can see avenues for addressing global injustice and thereby feel empowered by their learning rather than overwhelmed by the desperation of global situations. Join us for an overview of one school’s globally-centered elementary science curriculum. Bene t from the wisdom and the wide-ranging experiences of all of the fellow educators in the room as we collaborate and create the seeds for possible science units to bring back to your own school.
Presented by: Elizabeth S. Grumbach, Moses Brown School

Embracing Empathy in Classrooms: Teaching Dialogues Across Differences
You have just been on the wrong end of an offensive comment or a colleague reported overhearing hearing an insensitive comment about race or sexual orientation. Or you have unintentionally said something and noticed that a colleague had a strong negative reaction. What do you do in these moments? This presentation takes participants through the steps to embrace tricky and potentially uncomfortable moments in schools through productive and sometimes uncomfortable dialogue. Join us to learn about our Dialogues Across Difference curriculum. This signature academic course, which is a graduation requirement, teaches students and faculty how to get through these tricky and uncomfortable moments. The six-week course is taken by all ninth-graders entering the school. This workshop will introduce participants to this truly unique independent school class that combines core elements of the Middlesex experience: global studies, diversity, equity, and inclusion, spiritual and ethical life, and mindfulness. Focused on more than just character development, this workshop and course is academic in nature. It requires participants to learn and apply specific interpersonal skills to issues of cross-cultural competency that students and peers encounter on campus, in society, and as they prepare to enter a global workforce.
Presented by: Robert Munro and Rebecca Smedley, Middlesex School

The Universal Language: Pairing Curriculum with Technology to Create the Global Orchestra
The Northwest School connects students from eight schools on five continents in a unique international experience exploring the power of music to transcend all barriers of language, culture, socioeconomic status, race, religion, politics, and war. This year-long project infuses music curriculum with global citizenship and social justice, using technology to partner with schools around the world to create the Global Orchestra, and culminating in a performance together in a virtual concert.
Presented by: Jo Nardolillo, The Northwest School

Preparation & Back-Up: A Holistic Approach to Risk Management
Over the last 30 years, World Challenge has sent more than 130,000 young people to developing world nations to take part in remote community engagement initiatives and adventurous activities. Safety and support have always been a focus, and their experience has allowed them to develop a tried and tested approach to risk management, combining industry leading back-up with a highly proactive focus on preparation and continuous monitoring. World Challenge takes a holistic approach to preparation, drawing on expert advice from its many consultants and the vast data stored in their bespoke incident database. This session will address best practice for risk management when considering safe destinations, safe activities, prepared leaders, and prepared students. We hope also to provide members with the confidence to offer to their students adventurous activities in developing world settings.
Presented by: Dan Porter, World Challenge Expeditions; Megan Brown, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

It Takes a Village: Supporting Teachers Through Pedagogical Shifts to Student-Centered Teaching
This session will highlight the trials and successes of project-based learning experiences in a middle school science classroom, focused on design and technology innovation. This session will also address how administrators can support teachers as they experiment with their pedagogy and begin to shift their teaching from a teacher-centered to a student-driven classroom.
Presented by: Amy Wilkes, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School; Shayna Cooke, World Leadership School; Larisa Pender-Healy, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Searching for Substance: Lenses of Inquiry
Designing and carrying out a student travel program can often feel like a struggle to connect disjointed elements and find relevance among disparate experiences. For new and experienced leaders alike, the challenge of searching for substance can be mitigated by a utilizing a framework for guided inquiry. Participants in this session enhance their capacity to curate travel experiences with intentionality and cohesive programming by engaging with strategies, routines, and guiding principles. Anchored in a close look at one particular GEBG collaborative program in South Korea, participants will explore a methodology for enhancing student experience, starting with pre-trip coursework and preparation. We take the next step by providing best practices for creating a fabric of student leadership throughout program design and implementation. Lastly, participants learn to use lenses of inquiry to guide learning, from early itinerary design to structuring moments of reflection during travel. We close with an interactive workshop using scenarios to apply our learning.
Presented by: Bridgette Nadzam-Kasubick, Hathaway Brown; Mason Hults, Envoys

2:15 – 2:30 P.M.
Coffee Break
HB Atrium

2:35 – 3:45 P.M.
Session IV: Panel Discussions

Assessment and Global Competency
This panel will engage thought leaders from a variety of member schools in a discussion about the why, what, and how of assessing the global competencies essential for our students. Panelist will share their ideas, experiences, and examples of both big picture assessment on a school or program level as well as classroom level assessment. Join the conversation about how students, teachers, and administrators can identify and demonstrate learning in global education.
Facilitated by: Clare Sisisky, Director, Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Collegiate School, Incoming Executive Director, GEBG
Tricia Anderson, Director of the Isdell Center for Global Leadership, Pace Academy
Laura Appell-Warren, Director of the Global Citizenship Institute, St. Mark’s School
Rachel Herlein, Dean of Academics, Holton-Arms School
Karina Baum, Director of Global Education, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
Aric J. Visser, Head of Schools and Programs, School Year Abroad

Bio-Altruism: Learning Service and Living Service
This panel has arisen from breakout conversations from the GEBG listserve. This panel seeks out different viewpoints, with none condemned but all challenged, for their rationale and justifications, their practices and their outcomes, for each side of the relationship. The panel will not seek moral high ground, but explanations of why we seek to serve others, and how not to do damage and some of our best practices.
Facilitated: by Manjula Salomon, Associate Head for Academic Affairs, Global Scholar in Residence, Palmer Trinity School
Nishad Das, Director of Global Education, Groton School
Simon Hart, Director of Partnerships, Where There Be Dragons
Zachary Mulert, Director, Global Service Program, The American School in Switzerland
Shoshanna Sumka, Coordinator of Global and Community Engagement, Sidwell Friends School
Ross Wehner, Founder, World Leadership School

Creating a Microcosm of the Greater World on Your Campus
Whether it is with international students, exchanges, or leveraging the backgrounds of your staff, faculty, students, their families, and your local community, how can schools highlight a diversity of perspectives and better prepare students for life in a pluralistic world? We’ll hear the  findings of CSIET’s recent survey of schools, and share successes, as well as questions and challenges, that a range of day and boarding schools face in helping students move beyond the superficial and engage with different perspectives.
Facilitated by: David Thompson, Director of International Programs, The Hotchkiss School
Ashley Armato, Director of Diversity, Palmer Trinity School
Jeff Dionne, Director of Global Studies, Ashley Hall
Kevin Murungi, Director of Global Journeys, Avenues: The World School
Christopher Page, Executive Director, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET)

Multiculturalism, Inclusion, and Global Citizenship
This panel will seek to explore the ways in which our pursuit of global citizenship requires deep dives into issues of identity: for ourselves, the communities we work in, and our schools. Through this discussion we will explore the ways in which faculty training, program planning and on the ground leadership can support diverse student experiences as well as responsibly engage with diverse communities as schools expand on and off campus programming and institutional initiatives with a global focus. We will pay attention to the ways in which school communities can leverage local communities to facilitate global competencies.
Facilitated by: Tené Howard, Director of Global Programs and Community Engagement, Packer Collegiate Institute
Melissa Brown, Director of Diversity and Global Education, Holton-Arms School
Chad Detloff, Director of Global Programs, Chadwick School
Saya Mckenna, Assistant Head of Upper School, Head-Royce School
Camille J.L. Seals, Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs and the Aspire Program, Hathaway Brown School

3:55 – 4:55 P.M.
Session V: Breakout Presentations

Global to Local and Local to Global: Repurposing Two Weeks of All-School Curriculum in Support of Global Citizenship
In consideration of their roles in an increasingly complex global community, St. Mark’s wanted to create space for our students to take ownership of their learning through engagement and reflection. By repurposing two weeks at the end of the school year, we opened our daily schedule to allow for flexibility in time and place. Lion Term offers local and global opportunities without the constraints of a traditional schedule. In this session we will detail the process of implementing Lion Term. Driven by the strategic plan and tied closely to our mission, we have stayed true to our goals throughout. We hope to offer some advice on lessons learned before, during, and after the first Lion Term, which took place in May and June 2017, and from which we gathered extensive feedback.
Presented by: Elizabeth McColloch and Nat Waters, St. Mark’s School

Discovering Purpose and “Saving the World” in 45 Minutes per Week
How can we, as educators, help students uncover their gifts and passions and use them to meet the needs of the world in concrete ways today? Kelsea Turner, middle school teacher at Spartanburg Day School, and Vicki Weeks, founder of Global Weeks and co-facilitator of the summer educator course Exploring Purpose in the Peruvian Andes, met on an educator course in Nepal. They share a dedication to helping young people change the world at the intersection of personal purpose and global education. Join us in this interactive session as we share the story of how uncovering your own sense of purpose and articulating it to your students sets the stage for helping them find their own. We will walk you through using the 20Time model to inspire student-led change from within their own hearts to the farthest reaches of the globe. We will give you the strategies and resources to guide your students toward creating meaningful change in a world that desperately needs young people with the experience and confidence to take it on and make it happen.
Presented by: Kelsea Turner, Spartanburg Day School; Vicki Weeks, Global Weeks

History-Music Collaboration
Politics and culture are inextricably linked. Today the increasingly important role of culture in the political climate is becoming even more apparent. Unfortunately, the importance of culture is often overlooked in traditional history courses. Through the History-Music Collaboration, we seek to show students how politics affects culture and vice-versa through various class projects as well as collaborations within the Cleveland community, such as with the Cleveland Orchestra. Our goal is to help students gain this understanding now so that they can use it to better contextualize current and future world events. During this session you will learn how we developed and implemented this collaboration into a 10th-grade Modern World History course and how you can take this premise and adapt it to your own classroom.
Presented by: Elizabeth Stineman and Laura Webster, Hathaway Brown; Martha Baldwin, The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music

Global Risk Management: Evaluating and Institutionalizing the Process at One School
The challenges of global risk management have grown exponentially in the past few years as schools seek to expand travel offerings, encourage student experiential independence, and address possible real-time incidents that could harm a school with legal challenges. Several years ago, Providence Day School started a risk management team that looks at the benefits and costs of student travel, ongoing revision of study tour preparation, communication tools, insurance coverage, and leadership support. More recently, Providence Day School implemented an enterprise risk management framework that incorporates travel across the school. Monitoring, assessing, and mitigating risk is a continuous process. The presenters will share the school’s process of evaluating risk and determining the practical measures it takes as it continues to support global initiatives.
Presented by: Kristen Kral and Katie Kirkland, Providence Day School

The Study Abroad Dumbphone Project
This workshop shares the findings of a comprehensive study conducted by School Year Abroad on the effects of smartphones and social media use on student learning abroad and offers next steps for purpose-based technology use in international education. For a three-month period, SYA students were divided into three groups: Those who wished to continue their smartphone usage without limits, those who volunteered to trade in their smartphone for a dumbphone, and those who turned in their phone and made a commitment to limited use of internet for social media or leisure purposes. Each group took weekly surveys that charted a number of factors including time spent with locals and target language use. In addition all participants were charted for growth in intercultural competence using the Intercultural Development Inventory. Along with the results of this study, participants will leave with strategies to address technology use during their own programs and by extension in their own classrooms.
Presented by: Aric J. Visser, School Year Abroad

Global Immersion Model—Three Weeks of Classes and Three Weeks of Travel
In this session, participants will hear about the new global immersion model adopted at The Blake School in Minneapolis. The Blake Global Immersion model entails three weeks of coursework and three weeks of travel”and is a credit-bearing experience, equivalent to a one-semester elective course. We are in our third year and the student outcomes have been wonderful to see. The student travel experience is only enhanced by the customised curriculum and 60 hours of class time. Blake’s Director of Global Programs will share more about connecting curricula to global travel and the challenges and benefits. There will also be room for an open discussion of travel/immersion related curriculum development, effective immersion planning strategies, and innovations in immersion programming.
Presented by: Dion Crushshon, The Blake School

4:55 – 5:40 P.M.
Regional Meetings & Cocktail Hour
Middle School Classrooms, Third Floor

5:45 – 7:15 P.M.
Food Truck Reception
HB Rear Courtyard
Sponsored by World Strides

7:10 P.M.
Shuttle Bus Service from Hathaway Brown to Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown
HB Middle School Entrance


Saturday, April 28, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 A.M.
Breakfast at the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

7:55 A.M.
Group Photo: All conference attendees to meet at the 1932 Statue of Abraham Lincoln on the west side of the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

8:10 A.M.      
Shuttle Bus Service from the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown to Hathaway Brown for Conference Attendees, Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:45 – 9:45 A.M.
Session VI: Breakout Presentations

International Student Culture on Campus
We will discuss the history and the make-up of our international program at Woodward Academy. The goal of the presentation is to offer our own experiences with creating a program and being able to assess its success and failures over the past few years. We have learned a lot and continue to learn about implementing the best program possible for our school, our students—both domestic and international—and our families and community. We will look at models that we have created and modified throughout the years based on the ever-changing world of international education.​
Presented by: Stéphane Allagnon, Woodward Academy

Developing the 21st Century Scholar Through Self-Directed Inquiry on Global Citizenship: Extant Notions on Immigration
This session will share how Palmer Trinity School initiated the Honor Seminar for eighth-grade students with the aim of cultivating meaningful, self-directed inquiry about timely, complex global issues that challenge our very notion of globalization and our place within the phenomenon. Taking into account PTS’ geographic proximity to Central and South America and our significant student population of 15 percent immigrants and 30 percent children of recent immigrants, we chose to explore the germane topic of immigration to the United States. In this presentation, we will highlight the ways in which we created collaborative, interdisciplinary, and distinctive curriculum inspired by the long-term goal of partnering with a school in another region of the U.S. that is dealing with similarly rich complexities spanning varied immigration groups. Our approach to collaborative interdisciplinary curriculum design and professional development provides a pattern for any school community interested in cultivating student curiosity and intellectual investment in inquiry and authentic engagement in global issues.
Presented by: Adrianna P. Truby and Anderson A. Stewart, Palmer Trinity School

Meeting Global Standards Through Energy and Activism
What happens when you collaborate with colleagues across disciplines, expose children to firsthand research opportunities, and give fourth-graders a topic as large as “energy” to tackle? The result is a year-long study involving climate action, sustainable communities, justice, innovation, and community impact. Through this unit, fourth-grade students at BB&N developed significant knowledge around clean energies and sought to find ways to make a lasting impact on their community and beyond. Come and learn about the value of interdisciplinary work as global perspectives are woven through a highly integrated unit that motivates children to be agents of change.
Presented by: Christina DelloRusso and Maria Elena Derrien, Buckingham Browne & Nichols

Scouting Trips Through the Lenses of Risk Management, Education, and Logistics
Scouting trips are well planned expeditions that efficiently and effectively gather the information necessary to conduct a professional educational global travel program. Drawing on our experience scouting and running programs in South Korea, Tanzania, The Dominican Republic, and others, Deerfield Academy will share a scouting trip model answering the questions of why, when, and how to execute scouting trips from three different lenses: risk management, education, and logistics. Come join our discussion, and take a closer look into the scouting trips process. Participants will leave with tools they can adapt and use according to their own institutional policies and practices.
Presented by: Heather Wakeman and David Miller, Deerfield Academy

The Ethics of Experiential Education in the Developing World: From Service to Global Competency
Groton’s global story began in the early part of the millennium when our director of music started taking music programs to China, Japan, Australia, and Europe. These trips were popular and served as a precursor for Groton’s early global program. By 2012, we were traveling to Peru, Tanzania, India, Uganda, and China. The initial purpose of these trips was travel, but then there was a desire for us to “do good” in the world and it wasn’t long before we were talking about alleviating poverty, helping people less fortunate than ourselves, building facilities and other such projects so that our students felt a real sense of purpose and achievement. Enthusiastic and well-intentioned we were reporting back on the work that we were doing around the globe and generating much enthusiasm amongst our students. But it wasn’t long before other faculty began to ask questions about these trips. Why were we traveling thousands of miles to do service when we can do it on our doorstep? Why were we doing all this construction work? Were we seriously alleviating poverty? Is it right to develop character off the backs of our hosts? Over the next few years, our service programs evolved into global education opportunities and our pedagogy changed from service and charitable work to advancing global competency through experiential education. This session will examine some of the challenges we faced and some of the reasons why we made this paradigm shift.
Presented by: Nishad Das, Groton School

China: Beyond Language and Culture Tours
Travel Program Development / PS, MS, US / WCC
The Wakefield School and RHT Education will showcase unique interactive study and travel programs into the heartland of Mainland China. In direct response to the student community’s inquiry, “Why should I study Chinese,” this presentation will guide you through new pathways to enhance Chinese language and culture acquisition on a higher level where practical skills in a wide range of career disciplines can be honed. China’s globally renowned education expert Rob Cochrane will demonstrate the potential, the trends, and the pitfalls of working with Chinese interests in hands-on projects. The discussion also will include the Wakfield 2017 Art in China tour. Attendees will listen to the firsthand experiences of students, teachers, and parents who have undertaken bespoke programs that include a creative approach to the traditional China study tour. That creative approach will be expanded into an entire suite of opportunities varying from inter-school competitions, in-China camps, and short-term internships. The concept of future models of China study tours will be examined with a focus on multi-outcomes that blend traditional language and culture with the specificity of theme-based learning and the practicality of employability.
Presented by: Rob Cochrane, RHT Education; David Colón, Wakefield School

9:55 – 10:45 A.M.
Introduction: Clare Sisisky, Director of The Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Collegiate School, Incoming Executive Director, GEBG
Featured Speaker: Orvill Schell, Author and Journalist, Expert on China and Tibet
The Ahuja Auditorium
Sponsored by Where There Be Dragons

10:55 – 11:15 A.M.
Coffee Break
HB Atrium
Sponsored by Alexander Muss High School in Israel

11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Session VII: Breakout Presentations

Are International Service Trips Poverty Tourism? How to Engage Responsibly with Global Communities
International service trips provide students with the opportunity to feel as if they are helping a community. But are they doing more harm than good? This interactive workshop will include discussions about how to engage responsibly with global communities using models of solidarity approaches rather than charity models. Queries include: How do we shift our attitudes to a place of cultural humility? How do we address issues of inequality, human rights, discrimination, and other injustices on our global travel programs? How do we prepare students to continue their engagement once they return home? How do we create community partnerships around dignity, empowerment, and capacity building? Several learning tools will be introduced to start these conversations at schools with students, faculty, and staff. Content will build on models for global learning for social justice, critical service learning, and critical global citizenship.
Presented by: Shoshanna Sumka, Sidwell Friends School; Tené Howard, Packer Collegiate Institute

Embracing Controversial Topics: Teaching “I Am Malala” as a Vehicle to Develop Global Citizenship
Malala Yousafzai’s story in “I Am Malala” is dramatic, inspiring, and thought-provoking; a perfect vehicle to increase global understanding in students. In today’s highly politicized climate, Pakistan, Islam, and terrorism are seen to be intertwined in a single story in popular media—one that promotes fear and heightened misunderstandings. In this workshop, educators can learn about how to teach global texts such as “I Am Malala,” specifically, participants will walk through the journey that my students take, discovering classroom activities and pedagogical tools that enable students to see complicated and controversial themes from multiple perspectives. While the presentation focuses on Malala’s story, the ideas presented are applicable to different disciplines across grade levels and can be used for any global literature, especially one that tackles challenging topics.
Presented by: Sameera Anwar, Ravenscroft School

Developing Purpose: Laurel School’s Capstone Experience
Using the lenses of civic engagement, entrepreneurship, global studies, and STEAM, Laurel School’s Capstone Experience is student-driven and incorporates research, mentorship, peer collaboration, leadership, internships, and travel into a three-and-a-half-year, competitive-admission Upper School program. Capstone’s objective is to help students develop a sense of purpose; Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls is assisting Capstone in this work. This session will explore the creation of programs like Capstone and their potential impacts on independent school communities.
Presented by: Trey Wilson and Bella Patel, Laurel School

Supporting and Recognizing International Students in Independent Schools
This session will focus on how best to understand, orient, support, and recognize our growing international student body and the increasing diversity these students bring to our schools. Using data collected from research, we will further focus on international student orientation to school, preparation for social and academic integration, new home environments and living situations, and how best to access and incorporate the new perspective our international students bring with them into the general learning community.
Presented by: Joe Gardner, Charlotte Country Day School

Changing the Trip Culture: Developing and Recruiting for Travel Programs that Break the Mold
Let’s face it: it can be easy to get students to sign up for the zipline trip to that incredible beach resort. But how do we get students excited about the nuanced trips? We’ve all seen our favorite, most creative programs get cancelled from lack of enrollment. How do we build a culture of trips at our schools that cross disciplines, attract the right students, and get past destination envy? Let’s explore the next generation of global travel programs that fill in the gap between service, language, and partnerships but push beyond “academic tourism.” We will discuss examples from a recent MKA econ and design trip and exchange tips in recruiting students for challenging programs that break the mold.
Presented by: Cort Bosc, Montclair Kimberley Academy; Adam White, Atlas Workshops

Navigating the GEBG Database
The GEBG Database is an invaluable resource for global directors that is currently underutilized by member schools. Attendees should come to the session with their laptops; if you don’t have access to the GEBG Database, you will be shown how to connect to it at the start of the session (an early arrival would be appreciated). Following a presentation on the rationale and importance for regular institutional use of the database, attendees will be shown how to navigate the database on their own and will begin to add travel program and incident data. Immediately, participants will see the stats generated as a result of this data entry. You’ll be able to leave the session knowing that your contributions to the database during the session helped grow and improve the platform for the greater GEBG as well as your own institution.
Presented by: Michael Hanewald, The Lawrenceville School; Nishad Das, Groton School

12:30 – 1:30 P.M.
Margery Stouffer Biggar ’47 and Family Dining Hall
Sponsored by World Leadership School

1:40-1:55 P.M.
Traveling Stanzas Conference Poetry Reading: David Hassler, Director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University
Final Remarks: Joe Vogel, Executive Director of GEBG, Hathaway Brown

2:00 P.M.
Shuttle Bus Service from Hathaway Brown to Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown and to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
HB Middle School Entrance