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“Inspire, connect and act” was the theme of the third annual Global Education Benchmark Group Global Educators Conference on April 23-24.
Sean Chen, president and CEO of New Oasis International Education, Suzy Fitzpatrick, director of the Homestay 360 Program at New Oasis, and Kathy Freeman, director of partnership, traveled to Miami, Fl. last weekend to broaden New Oasis’ understanding of global education.
The purpose of the conference, hosted at Palmer Trinity School, is to gather with like-minded professionals for a discussion on global education, and included presentations by members of organizations within the industry, as well as several featured speakers.
New Oasis sponsored a mix and mingle to kick off the event at the Coral Gables Museum. While at the conference, New Oasis met with staff from its four partner schools also attending the event.
“I immediately felt a connection with the professionals at this conference. We are all trying to accomplish the same thing,” Chen said.
“Our mission is to bridge the gaps between opportunity and success in international education, but we can expand much further than that. By providing a successful experience to our students, we are establishing a sense of global education in our local communities in the United States.”
New Oasis staff presented several presentations while at the conference.
Chen presented “Opportunities and Challenges of Chinese Students Studying in Independent Day Schools,” with Loren Fauchier, Ph.D., from Providence Day School.
The lecture offered suggestions on how to develop an environment for Chinese student success and inclusion into school communities.
Fitzpatrick presented “Matriculating F1 students into high schools” with Leela Greenberg from Vail Mountain School.
This panel-led discussion was a time for educators to share techniques working with F1 students and to provide effective troubleshooting tools for students, faculty and host family needs, before they arise.
“The (GEBG) conference provided New Oasis the opportunity to network and share with over 300 educators focused on global education who are committed to developing global citizens within the independent school network,” Freeman said.
“Attending conferences of this caliber allows NOIE to stay abreast of best practices and cutting edge ideas within the industry.”
The featured speaker at the conference was Loung Ung, author and activist, who was only five years old when the Khmer Rouge soldiers stormed into her native city of Phnom Penh. Her family were claimed as victims, while she and her older brother escaped to the United States.
“The GEBG transformed my view on what I was doing as a global educator and inspired me to actually be a global educator through my thoughts, actions, and improving the meaning in the experience of the student, teacher, and host family of an study abroad experience,” Fitzpatrick said.