Professional Learning

The GEBG strives to provide substantial professional growth opportunities for faculty and administrators, at member schools and beyond. Our professional learning opportunities include leadership development, global curriculum and content for classroom educators, global competency based curriculum and program design, and risk management training.

Our primary professional learning opportunities include

Current and Upcoming Programs

Teacher Exchange Models Meet-Up// Learn More

December 6//Virtual

 

Travel Assistance and Insurance Plan Webinar//Learn More

December 7//Virtual

 

New England Regional Risk Management Workshop//Learn More

January 12//Cambridge, MA

 

Action Research Cohort // Learn more

Application Deadline: September 8 // Virtual

 

Virtual Risk-Management Training Course for Overnight-Travel Program Leaders // Learn more

Ongoing Registration September 19 – December 31 // Virtual, via Canvas LMS

 

Microcourse: Developing and Utilizing Virtual Exchange in Course or Program Curriculum // Learn more

Ongoing Registration September 19 – December 31 // Virtual, via Canvas LMS

 

Microcourse: Risk Management Leadership and Administration for Domestic and International Travel Programs // Learn more

Ongoing Registration September 19 – December 31 // Virtual, via Canvas LMS

 

“New” Global Directors Program // Learn more

Registration Deadline: September 23 // Virtual

 

PLC on Intercultural Dialogue as a Pedagogy // Learn more

Registration Deadline: September 23 // Virtual

 

 

Featured Programs

Collaborative Scouting: Mandarin Language and Intercultural Learning

October 12-15, 2022 // Vancouver, Canada

Many Mandarin teachers and students are looking for learning opportunities to engage with Mandarin speakers and many global programs are seeking to engage interculturally with communities within North America. In support of these needs, GEBG will partner with Real Asia to offer a scouting program in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the Chinese-Canadian communities and preview numerous cultural and language learning activities, as you discuss curricular opportunities and model practices in scouting locations and vetting partners.

 

Primary Audience: Mandarin Teachers, Global Directors, Community Partnership Directors, Curriculum Leads

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Summit: Reimagining Travel Programs

November 2-4, 2022 // Madrid and Buitrago, Spain

As schools consider the many complexities of traveling today, join other educational leaders to share and learn from one another around what educational travel programming could and should look like at our schools. Building on our 2021 summit on this topic, this second iteration will be hosted again at Gredos San Diego (GSD) Madrid and Buitrago Campuses, and participants will have the opportunity to engage in expert and practitioner-led sessions, to vet Spanish-language and travel-program providers, to connect with existing and potential partner schools, and to participate in discussions and activities.

Topics likely to include research and model practices in program design and curriculum, student travel learning competencies and outcomes, emerging risks, collaborative travel models, partnership development, ethical considerations of travel, and vetting partners and scouting locations.

Schedule

  • 11.1 Regional School Visits (optional)
  • 11.2 European Regional Meeting and Language Vendor Showcase at GSD Madrid campus
  • 11.2-11.4 Summit at GSD Buitrago campus
  • 11.4-11.6 Basque Country Experiential Program (optional)

 

Primary Audience: Global Directors; school leaders involved in partnerships and global program development; faculty travel program leaders

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Program Descriptions

Collaborative Scouting: Mandarin Language And Intercultural Learning // Vancouver, Canada // October 12-15, 2022

Registration deadline: September 19!

Many Mandarin teachers and students are looking for learning opportunities to engage with Mandarin speakers and many global programs are seeking to engage interculturally with communities within North America. In support of these needs, GEBG will partner with Real Asia to offer a scouting program in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the Chinese-Canadian communities and preview numerous cultural and language learning activities, as you discuss curricular opportunities and model practices in scouting locations and vetting partners.

General Program Highlights Include:

OCT 12: Arrive in Vancouver on your own

OCT 13: Visit Guan yin temple, Dumpling/Dim Sum making lunch, 3D Karaoke and dinner at Aberdeen

OCT 14: Demo class Chinese CultureCenter + Sun Yet-Sen Park, Visit Chinatown, Guided Tour Chinese Canadian Museum

OCT 15: Hanfu clothing with a local Chinese club, Conversation with UBC Chinese Students, Museum of Anthropology, Depart Vancouver

See a detailed itinerary here

 

Cost

$1,575 per person
Prices are based on single occupancy. For two educators from the same school sharing a hotel room the discounted cost for the second educator is $862.
Includes:
• 4-star hotel
• Ground transportation
• English/Chinese speaking local guide
• Selected meals
• Cultural activities and tours
• Tips for guides and drivers

Pricing is based on a 12-person group and is subject to change until itinerary is finalized and deposits are received.

REGISTER HERE

Teacher Exchange Models Meet-Up

GEBG will be hosting a meet-up on teacher exchange models. This is a casual opportunity to connect on a topic of interest offered to members at no cost. Topics discussed will be based on participant interest, but will  likely include

  • >>identifying goals;
  • >>developing partnerships;
  • >>managing logistics, finances, and risks;

 

Join this opportunity to connect with colleagues near and far!

+ FORMAT: Virtual

+ DATE:

Tuesday, December 6 from 9-10AM Pacific US//12-1PM Eastern US//6-7PM Central European

+ COST: Free, as a benefit for member schools only

+ AUDIENCE: Global directors, Program Leaders, Curriculum Designers at GEBG Member Schools. More than one adult from a member school may attend.

REGISTER HERE

“New” Global Directors Program

A hallmark of the GEBG Community, our workshop for “new” global directors uses the GEBG Global Education Standards to facilitate reflective learning that empowers leaders of global-education programming. Another essential benefit of the course is the opportunity to connect with a community of committed peer educators with similar interests, opportunities, and challenges.

We will be running a virtual version of this annual summer program, with a three-hour virtual workshop in September and monthly PLC-style meetings October through May, each focusing on topics of significant importance and relevance, including

       >> mission and vision,

       >> leadership and governance,

       >> curriculum development,

       >> communications,

       >> program management, and

       >> risk management.

This program is particularly suited for global directors in their first 5 years in the role or who are undertaking significant program development.

 

+ FORMAT: Virtual

+ DATES: 

[Part One: Intensive Workshop] Tuesday, 9.27 // 12-3PM Pacific / 3-6PM Eastern / 9-12AM Central European [make-up session may be available]

[Part Two: Monthly PLC Sessions] 10.11, 11.29,12.13, 1.24, 2.14, 3.14, 4.25, 5.23 // All sessions take place over Zoom from 12-1PM Pacific / 3-4PM Eastern / 9-10PM Central European

+ COST: $195, members only

+ AUDIENCE: Global directors in their first 5 years in the role, at a new school, or undertaking significant program development

REGISTER HERE

PLC On Intercultural Dialogue As Pedagogy

Equipping students with the skills and attitudes to participate meaningfully in difficult conversations is an essential component of developing intercultural competence. Join this PLC to gather with other teachers and administrators who are interested in exploring various elements of developing and facilitating intercultural dialogues, for both in-person and virtual context. These dialogues might take place as part of a course, advisory, global scholars program, or international travel experience. Participants of all experience levels are welcome. 

Sample driving questions might include the following: What are some key models of intercultural dialogue? How might I best design and structure a virtual or in-person dialogue? What are some model practices in preparing for, facilitating, and debriefing intercultural dialogues 

 

Session Details

4 meet-ups, 1 hour each, all from 12-1PM Pacific // 3-4PM Eastern // 9-10PM Central European

Wednesday, September 28: Introductions, PLC Objectives, and Models of Intercultural Dialogue

Wednesday, October 26: Competencies and Curricula for Intercultural Dialogue

Wednesday, November 30: Model Practices in Dialogue Preparation, Facilitation, and Debriefing

Wednesday, December 14: Culminating Symposium

 

+ FORMAT: Virtual

+ DATES: 9.28, 10.26, 11.30, and 12.14 // All sessions take place over Zoom from 12-1PM Pacific / 3-4PM Eastern / 9-10PM Central European

+ COST: $195, members only

+ AUDIENCE: Classroom teachers, advisors, curriculum leads, department chairs, DEI practitioners

REGISTER HERE

Virtual Risk-Management Training Course for Overnight-Travel Program Leaders

As many schools focus on training leaders in risk management of overnight travel programs in domestic and international settings, we will be offering a fully virtual, asynchronous, self-paced training course this fall.

Leaders of overnight programs in schools are usually teachers, coaches, and other members of the school community. While the skill set necessary for leadership of overnight programs has many overlaps with the competencies of these school professionals, there are other essential understandings and skills necessary to manage the many risks associated with domestic and international learning experiences. This custom training is catered to support these busy school leaders and to support your continued work in developing and improving your school’s risk-management policies, procedures, and capacity.

Course Essential Questions:

>>What is risk management (RM)? Why is it important to teacher-leaders of overnight programs, domestic and international?

>>What are some of the relevant model practices in managing risk for overnight travel? What does pre- and post-travel risk management entail—in addition to on-site risk-management for domestic and international programs?

>How can I as an educator and trip leader best keep students, leaders, and the institution safe from both wellbeing and liability risks before, during, and after an overnight travel program?

Microcourse content to include some recorded presentations, video content, scenarios, and related resources. Participants who complete all required components of the course will receive certificate of completion.

 

+ FORMAT: Virtual, fully asynchronous online course through Canvas LMS // 4-6 total hours (self paced)

+ DATES: Course runs asynchronously from September 19 – December 31

+ COST: $195, members only; discount for schools with more than 10 participants

+ AUDIENCE: Travel program leaders, global directors, school administrators

REGISTER HERE

Microcourse: Developing and Utilizing Virtual Exchange in Course or Program Curriculum

Virtual exchange provides students in a class or activity an essential opportunity to continue to make connections with others, near and far, developing global competencies. This independent, self-paced course provides teachers, program leaders, and school curriculum developers with model practices in virtual exchange, advice for establishing and sustaining exchanges, and guidance on developing exchanges that are integrated into preexisting programming or coursework. Learning modules include videos, readings, and curated resources.

+ FORMAT: Virtual, fully asynchronous online course through Canvas LMS // 10-12 total hours (self paced)

+ DATES: Course runs asynchronously from September 19 – December 31

+ COST: $300 member schools, $375 non-members

+ AUDIENCE: Classroom teachers of all subjects and grade levels, program leaders, and school curriculum developers

REGISTER HERE

Microcourse: Risk Management Leadership and Administration for Domestic and International Travel Programs

This microcourse helps participants identify aspects of their current practices that they want to expand as well as areas for new development through collaborative efforts. Through a series of recorded conversations with experts across the international risk-management field, participants will be able to identify the core practices relevant to their school at this time and to learn about how these experts are thinking about and managing COVID-related risks at this time. Curated resources support participants’ ability to look deeper into topics of particular relevance and interest, and the self-paced, fully asynchronous model provides flexibility and independence during this particularly busy time.

 

Guest speakers include

+ Katie Baum Mettenbrink, Associate Director of Operations, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

+ Jeff Baierlein, Director, Viristar

+ Sara Boisvert, Director of the Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Collegiate School, VA

+ Felipe Correa, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Envoys

+ Dr. Clare Dallat, Director of Risk Resolve and adjunct member of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems

+ Dr. Mark Fischer, Medical Director, International SOS

+ Bill Frederick, Director of Safety at the Guarini Institute at Dartmouth and Founder of Lodestone Safety International

+ Liz Gray, Consultant, Remote Area Risk International (R2Ri)

+ John Hughes, Director of Experiential Education, The Lawrenceville School, NJ

+ Justin Kollinger, Risk Management Consultant, United Educators

+ John Nordquist, Cross-Perspective Consultant, AEE Accreditation Council

+ Bobby Riley, Vice President, Fred C. Church Insurance

+ Steve Smith, Founder, Outdoor Risk Experiential Consulting

+ Henning Snyman, Security Director, International SOS

 

FORMAT: Virtual, fully asynchronous online course through Canvas LMS // 12-15 total hours (self paced)

DATES: Course runs asynchronously from September 19 – December 31

COST: $300 for members; $375 for non-members

AUDIENCE: School administrators, global directors, travel program leaders

REGISTER HERE

Select Past Programs

New Global Directors Workshop

Boston, June/July 2022

Collaborative Scouting Program

Puerto Rico, June 2022

Meet-Up on Developing Gender-Inclusive Travel Practices and Policies

April 2022

Meet-Up on Global Curriculum and Pedagogy

April 2022

Regional Risk-Management Trainings for Overnight Leaders

Dallas and Chicago, December and January 2022

Workshop: Scouting Locations and Vetting Partners

Virtual, November 2021

Topical Meet-Ups: Aligning Risk-Management Protocols + Student Leadership

Virtual, November 2021

One-Day NYC Chinatown Scouting Trip for Global Educators

NYC, November 2021

Microcourse: The Role of the Arts in Racial Justice Movements

South Africa and the US, July 2021

Workshops: Leadership in a Changing World

Virtual, July 2021

Risk Management Training: Intensive Adaptive Risk Management for Travel Programs

Virtual, July 2021

Workshops: New Global Directors

Virtual, July 2021

Microcourse: Global Curriculum Development

Virtual, July 2021

PLC: Local and Domestic Global Programs

Virtual, July 2021