In 2014, Pace Academy launched the Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL), a results-oriented program that furthers the school’s mission to “create prepared, confident citizens of the world.”
The ICGL cultivates leadership and critical-thinking capabilities among students and faculty of all ages by exploring an annual global theme through curricular and co-curricular activities, community and global partnerships, a scholar-in-residence program, leadership fellowships, and domestic and international study tours.
Since the ICGL’s inception, Pace Academy has become a model for global-education programming on a national level, and the school is proud to host the 2019 Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) Global Educators Conference April 4-6. The GEBG Global Educators Conference aims to help globally minded schools move toward their institutional goals and will bring together more than 300 leaders in K-12 schools to delve into best practices in the field of global education.
Neville Isdell, a Pace Life Trustee and former chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, will deliver the conference’s welcome address. Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago, will speak on economics and energy, and Lina Attar, founder and CEO of The Karam Foundation, will discuss the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
The Global Educators Conference offers six tracks: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Global Citizenship; Global Curriculum and Content; Professional Development; Technology; and Travel Program Development. Breakout sessions and panel discusses focus on topics such as Kindergarten Globetrotters, How to Have Conversations of Consequence, Making Global Travel a Reality for Every Student and Leveraging Journalistic Behaviors to Create Better Global Citizens.
Fourteen members of the Pace faculty will participate in the conference, including panelists and presenters Trish Anderson, Fred Assaf, Joanne Brown, Zeena Lattouf, Rebecca Rhodes, Katie Sandlin, Amy Underwood and Heather White.
“In an increasingly interconnected world, we at Pace Academy believe that young people must understand multiple perspectives, embrace empathy and advocate for the common good,” says Trish Anderson, director of the ICGL. “We’re honored to welcome like-minded educators to our campus and our city to advance our shared goals.”