GEBG is offering a professional learning opportunity for K-5 teacher-leaders to meet-up virtually to learn about, try out, and share experiences with virtual exchanges which connect K-5 students with their peers around the world. Faculty will belong to a cohort of professional learners who will receive access to webinars and curriculum development workshops in addition to custom resources and support throughout the process.

GEBG has chosen to partner with Empatico–a free, award-winning software provider–to help teachers in Grades K-5 connect their classrooms with other classrooms around the world, in whatever manner best suits their school schedule and existing curriculum. Teachers will use the research-based exchanges to help develop greater empathy across difference in their classrooms by connecting authentically with peer schools around the world.

Thanks to a grant from the Kind Foundation, this unique professional learning opportunity for K-5 teachers, including GEBG-facilitated virtual meetings for faculty as well as technological and logistical support, are all covered with just a $50 registration fee.

  • The program is open to K-5 Educators who want to expand their students’ horizons through connecting them with other students across the globe.
  • Participants will be able to choose their classroom’s level of commitment and to schedule student meetings and adult check-ins around their own schedules.
  • Teachers will connect their students with others via Empatico at least three times throughout the 2019-20 School Year, with the support of GEBG.
  • Interested teachers will participate in various GEBG-led professional learning opportunities, including 3 virtual meetings for all GEBG cohort teachers, optional topical webinars, and optional collaborative lesson planning–which will be ongoing throughout the year starting in late September.
  • Faculty will be provided opportunities to share their students’ and their own learning and will be provided with a certificate of participation in professional learning.

For more information about the program itself, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Chad Detloff at Learn more about the Empatico platform here. 

Space in our virtual learning cohort is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Educators will receive an emailed invoice after completing the registration form. Register using the form below.

Each teacher with a designated group of students needs to register uniquely using the form below; in other works, there should be one teacher-registration per distinct group of students (i.e. a class, a section, or a subject–depending on your school).

The GEBG Virtual Exchanges Cohort has reached its enrollment cap. Please email Chad Detloff, Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum, at if you would like to be placed on a waiting list or considered for a second cohort.