Join us this summer for a time of learning, sharing, and collaboration. The summer symposia are designed to be interactive, inspiring, and practical. You will be given the tools you need to tackle the challenging work of educating informed and engaged global citizens. Attendees will form a supportive peer group to share ideas and best practices long after the symposium ends.

+ Border Studies and Immigration // El Paso, Texas // June 17-21, 2019
+ Marine Science Research // Cape Cod, Massachusetts // June 9-13, 2019
+ Wellness in Traditional Japan // Multiple locations, Japan // July 13-21, 2019
+ Global Curriculum Design Symposium for Grades K-5 // Bay Area, California // Late June, 2019
+ Global Leadership Symposium // New York, New York // Early July, 2019


This is a unique opportunity for GEBG schools to take a deep dive into Mexico/US border relations and the specifics of immigration practices in the US. Time spent on the program will serve as research, data, and perspective gathering for faculty as well as participate in facilitated curriculum design and planning. While on this program, educators will deepen their own personal understanding of the US Immigration practices and border relations. Educators will use this experience to learn about the complexity of immigration into the US and to gather tools, resources, and perspectives to integrate into their pedagogical practices around the topic of government and immigration. The goal of this program is to gain exposure to numerous and varied perspectives on this complex global issue and to provide participants with practical tools to bring back to their classrooms and schools.

LOCATION: El Paso, Texas
DATES: June 17-21, 2019
COST: $1500 member schools, $1675 non-member school attendees
AUDIENCE: Social Studies, Spanish, Global Studies teachers
PARTNER: World Leadership School and Border Conservation Corps
REGISTRATION: Opens January 2019


Teachers from GEBG schools will have access to the globally-connected scientific research underway at the Marine Biological Lab (MBL) and the scientists working at the facility from all over the world. The four-day course will focus on the unique opportunities available at the MBL to study marine organisms using advanced imaging, genome editing, and DNA sequencing. Teachers will work with new aquatic model organisms being developed at the MBL, such as Xenopus, Parhyale, rotifers, sea urchins, lamprey, and cephalopods. MBL faculty and staff will provide expert guidance and instruction and will be available for discussions on how to incorporate techniques into teacher classrooms. Lectures and discussions will introduce concepts such as genome editing, advanced electron and light microscopy techniques, cephalopod behavior, and next-gen/3rd gen DNA sequencing. Activities will include a biodiversity collection expedition followed by identifying and culturing organisms in the MBL’s mariculture facility; fate mapping in embryos; microinjection of Xenopus eggs for gene editing; genomic DNA extraction, PCR, and next-gen sequencing; sample preparation and observation on SEM, TEM, confocal and light sheet microscopes; and behavioral response studies of cuttlefish. Discussions will also focus on sharing resources, examples of curriculum projects, and on how best to bring this in-depth learning opportunity back to the classroom.

LOCATION: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
DATES: June 9-13, 2019
COST: $2300 member schools, $2645 non-member school attendees
AUDIENCE: Science teachers
PARTNER: Marine Biological Lab of the University of Chicago
REGISTRATION: Opens January 2019


This immersive program in Japan will bring to life the lessons and culture of traditional Japan around the body, the mind, the spirit, and how all three connect with the natural world and general human wellbeing. Faculty and administrators from GEBG schools who are exploring how to best bring wellness initiatives into the lives of students through curriculum, counselling, mindfulness, fitness or outdoor programs will share ideas, examples and reflections inspired by their daily experiences of learning throughout this program. Teachers working to gain a better understanding of Japan, including religious traditions, literature and the arts, will be able to bring back their own experiences and deeper insight into the classroom. Staying in traditional rural inns, walking from village to village, observing traditional rituals, and taking in the forests and hot springs of Japan make this opportunity a truly unique way for faculty to grapple with the lessons we can learn from how the ancient culture of traditional Japan continues to thrive in the heart of a country also so thoroughly modern and embracing of technology.

LOCATION: Japan, various locations
DATES: July 13-21, 2019
COST: $2800 member schools, $3080 non-member school attendees. All-ground costs included but not international flight, meet in Tokyo.
AUDIENCE: Any educators working on Wellness, history and Asian studies teachers
PARTNER: Walk Japan
REGISTRATION: Opens January 2019


The GEBG Global Leadership Summer Symposium will focus on leadership development as facilitators offer practical advice and insights into leveraging your institution’s resources to build a high-quality and comprehensive global program. All new global education program directors (with 1-5 years of experience in the position) who are interested in building their leadership acumen and furthering their collaborative work with internal and external school colleagues should plan to attend.

DATES: Early July, 2019 (TBD)
LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York
COST: $950 member schools, $1100 non member school attendees. Housing not included.
AUDIENCE: Global Directors in years 1-5
PARTNER: Hosted at Packer Collegiate Institute
REGISTRATION: Opens January 2019


The GEBG Global Curriculum Summer Symposium will focus on designing and implementing global curriculum that bring global perspectives and global issues into the classroom. Teachers and curriculum leaders will explore research around global competency frameworks (including skills such as collaboration, cross-cultural communication, and empathy) and examine examples of what this looks like in elementary classrooms from schools around the country. Faculty arrive with their curriculum goals and spend 3 days designing with global frameworks and global perspectives at the core. Participants from any discipline and any elementary grade level will leave with new curricular units designed to further individual school goals and to bring global citizenship into the classroom. Schools have seen greater impact when sending teams of 2-4 faculty members.

DATES: Late June, 2019 (TBD)
LOCATION: Bay area, California
COST: $950 member schools, $1100 non member school attendees. Housing not included.
AUDIENCE: re-K- 5th Grade Teachers and Curriculum Leaders
REGISTRATION: Opens January 2019