The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) is a leading non-profit organization of K-12 schools that researches and establishes best practices in the field of global education and supports member schools to prepare students — academically and experientially — to thrive in increasingly interconnected world systems.
Our Mission Statement:
> To identify specific practices in global education by collecting, analyzing, and sharing data from GEBG members.
> To promote the development of global citizens in independent schools and beyond through global curriculum, experiences, and institutional support.
Global Education develops the knowledge, skills, and empathic orientation required to understand multiple perspectives and to thrive in increasingly interconnected world systems. A global citizen acts to promote the common good locally, nationally, and internationally.
How We Serve Our Members
The GEBG supports member schools through a myriad of benefits including in-depth professional development, collaborative student and faculty travel, discounted travel assistance and insurance, curricular development, conferences, institutional evaluations and endorsement, resource library and a supportive network of member schools. These initiatives help schools establish structures and programs that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and empathic orientation required of global citizens.
GEBG is a registered non-profit organization in the United States. We are governed by a Board of Directors and led by a team of staff and an Executive Director. We rely on volunteer educators to help support our organization as well as active engagement from our member schools. Please learn more about our leadership or get involved. Our organization is funded through modest membership dues, participation in and sponsorship of our professional development opportunities, and through generous donors. Consider making a gift to promote and support global education.
In 2007, Lawrenceville School (New Jersey), Charlotte Country Day (North Carolina), Lakeside School (Washington), and Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia), in partnership with NAIS, sent a call for independent schools interested in global education. Sixteen schools from San Francisco to Miami to Boston responded and formed the core schools for the first Global Education Benchmark Group which gathered at Cape Henry Collegiate in Virginia Beach in May 2008. See more here. This group met once a year for several years sharing model practices, innovative new programs and curriculum, and completing an annual benchmarking survey. As interest in joining the group grew and grew, GEBG was transformed into a member-based registered non-profit organization in 2013.
GEBG now serves around 250 member schools of all kinds (public, charter, parochial, independent etc.) from 15 different countries, offering a wide range of member benefits and professional development. However, two core parts of the organization remain central: 1) a community of globally-minded educators committed to sharing and connecting with each other to further the field for all, and 2) the gathering and using of data and research to benchmark and push us all forward as we prepare students for an increasingly inter-connected and complex world.