The Origin of
Global Connections

The catalyst for the International School Leaders Seminar on Global Connections was a day-long discussion in January 1995 involving Heads of Schools and representatives of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and the then Federation of American and International Schools (FAIS). The Convener was Peter D. Pelham, founding director of Pelham Associates, an educational advising group in Maryland; the host was John Ratté, then head of the Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut.
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Evolution of the
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At the heart of the Global Connections Seminar is the belief that by gathering a diverse group of educators from around the world, each participant will often be exposed to educational initiatives beyond their own country’s efforts. To view an outcome log of past seminars, click here.


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Global Connections XXIII

The XXIII Global Connections Seminar will be hosted in three of Canada’s most vibrant and diverse cities: Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto, from April 14 - 21, 2024. This year’s focus is to examine education through a multicultural lens – a dynamic platform for educators from around the world to come together and explore the role of cultural pluralism in shaping modern education.


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    Teacher and Student Wellbeing – an Informal Gathering with Simona Baciu and Dr. Gilda Scarfe

      Friday, March 26, 2021

    On the morning of March 26th the Global Connections community joined for a conversation with Simona Baciu and Dr. Gilda Scarfe on Teacher and Student wellbeing. We discussed what makes a good wellbeing program in a school, the need for an evidence based framework and a wellbeing plan based on such framework. We also talked […]

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    Investing in Teachers’ Mental Health Today is an Investment in Students’ Well-Being Tomorrow

      Friday, February 26, 2021

    By, Simona Baciu President & Founder Transylvania College Foundation The COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for those already suffering from mental illness. Teachers around the world have been challenged to reinvent themselves and find new ways of engaging with their students while keeping them […]

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    Keystone Newsletter Article: November 2020

      Saturday, January 16, 2021

    Greetings, GC Community Malcolm McKenzie, Head of School of Keystone Academy, China, shares with us a couple of articles that he wrote for “In The Loop”, the Keystone Academy Newsletter. We hope you all enjoy them. _______________________________________________________________________ On Tuesday, November 10, I was privileged to participate with others in a 90-minute Zoom conversation with Michael […]

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    The International Academy: Photovoltaic Project

      Sunday, April 11, 2021

    Dr. Hana Kanan (Head of School) – The International Academy-Amman, Jordan, presented on April 9th during the 2021 Virtual Conference.

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    Kurt Hahn’s contribution to education

      Monday, December 10, 2018

    Kurt Hahn was a German-born educator who lived from 1886 to 1974.  Hahn founded many schools, and schools’ organizations.  The Round Square association of schools worldwide, of which Keystone is a committed member, is dedicated to the memory and the educational philosophy of Kurt Hahn. This article presents Kurt Hahn’s five essential qualities as well […]

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    Seven Secrets of the World’s (and MaP’s!) Best Students

      Monday, October 15, 2018

    What are the secrets of the world’s top-performing students? What’s the difference between ordinary students and extraordinary students? Here’s how any student can go from average to amazing in seven simple, but challenging, steps.

    View More Posted by Andrew Taylor, Principal, Maru-a-Pula, Botswana