Preparing students for a complex and changing world requires educators to connect learning to the world in dynamic and engaging ways, both inside the classroom and beyond. To do that, classroom teachers need time and space to connect, network, share, and build capacity.

Join us on October 20-21, 2017, at Holton-Arms School, in Bethesda MD for our second Global Gathering for classroom teachers! This area conference is designed to bring educators together so that we can share approaches for integrating exciting opportunities for global learning into the curriculum.

Day One will offer attendees “Deep Dives” into one of three areas:

  1. Curriculum by Design: Creating Curriculum and Assessment with Global Competency at the Core
  2. Engaging All Voices: Social Emotional Tools for Challenging Conversations in the Classroom
  3. Global Learning for Social Justice: Examining Diversity, Identity, Power, and Privilege

In the afternoon, participants will share the good work taking place at their schools through:

  • Ignite Talks: fast paced and exciting ways to show and tell. Presenters get 20 Google slides which automatically advance every 20 seconds. Each presentation lasts just six minutes.
  • UnConference Conversation Sessions: conversations suggested and facilitated by conference participants. Identify a topic/question that excites you, post it in the morning at registration, and facilitate a 60 minute discussion with interested participants

Afternoon cocktail reception hosted by Holton-Arms' Head of School Susanna A. Jones

Dinner and Keynote address by Distinguished Holton Alumna Dr. Rebecca Levine '97.

Day Two includes a networking breakfast followed by:

  • Tech Slam: short, high energy 4-5 minute demos, led by gathering participants, of tech apps, program, tools or ideas that allow teachers to connect their students to the world.
  • Explore Workshops: hour explorations of how to cultivate global competence across disciplines (60 minutes)

Don’t miss the opportunity to:

  • Explore creating creating curriculum and assessment with global competence at the core.
  • Develop effective practices and strategies for facilitating challenging conversations
  • Discover how to connect diversity and social justice to global learning
  • Network and share approaches to global teaching and learning with fellow educators 3-12

What does it mean to get involved?

Ignite Talk

Ignite Talk presenters are allowed 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation lasting just 5 minutes. We ask all presenters to upload their presentations ahead of time into Google slides. Don't worry! We can help you learn how to do that!

Tech Slam

A "tech slam" is a short, high energy demo of tech apps, skills, or ideas. Slams involve introductions to many different tools, and the overriding principle is always the same: find out about new technologies and identify ways they might support your efforts as educators. Participants will have 2-3 minutes each to demonstrate a technology tool with the crowd, and to explain how it might be valuable in a global classroom. Be sure to bring a device and adapter, if needed, so you can project a quick demo of its use.

Un-Conference Session

The term "Un-Conference" arose as people in the technology industry started making conferences that stepped outside the traditional models, which had involved presentations selected months beforehand, panels of speakers, industry sponsors talking about their products, and "trade show" exhibits. The un-conference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and creativity.

At the beginning, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda. No session will be "voted off" or "won't happen" for any reason. All sessions are welcome, and no advanced preparation is necessary; this experience is about sharing ideas on topics that matter to you as educators. Learn more about un-conferences.

Friday, October 20, 2017

9:00-10:00 Networking Breakfast

10:00-10:20 Welcome to Global Gathering

10:30-12:30 Deep Dive

  • Curriculum by Design: Creating Curriculum and Assessment with Global Competency at the Core
  • Engaging All Voices: Social Emotional Tools for Challenging Conversations in the Classroom
  • Global Learning for Social Justice: Examining Diversity, Power, Privilege and Identity.

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:25-2:35 Ignite Presentations

2:45-3:30 Un Conference Conversations Track I

3:45-4:30 Un Conference Conversations Track II

4:30-5:00 Cocktails and Networking

5:00-5:45 Dinner

5:45-6:20 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Levine

6:20-6:30 Reflections and Departure

Saturday, October 21, 2017

8:00-8:30 Breakfast and Coffee

8:30-9:30 Tech Slam

9:40-10:40 Explore Workshops

10:50-11:50 Explore Workshops

12:00-12:30 Reflections and Closing

Get Involved: Learn, Network, Share!

Global Gathering is designed for classroom teachers. We want and need your participation to make it a success. Submit a proposal to share the exciting global teaching and learning happening at your school! Proposal options below:

Facilitate an un-conference conversation session

Un-Conference Conversation Session-identify a topic/question that interests you, post it in the morning at sign-up, and facilitate a discussion with gathering participants (45 minutes).

Present an Ignite Presentation

Ignite presentations are a fast paced, exciting ways to show and tell. Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 20 seconds. Each presentation lasts just six minutes. Share an Ignite about the exciting classes, lessons, units, or projects happening at your school.

Engage in the Tech Slam

Tech Slam is a short, high energy demo, led by gathering participants, of tech apps, program, tools or ideas that allow teachers to connect their students to the world. The goal is to introduce participants to as many new technology ideas as possible. Be sure to bring a device (in order to demo your tool/program), and a quick explanation of how the tool works and how it has enhanced/transformed your work in the classroom.

Present an Explore Workshop

Facilitate a 45 minute session in which participants learn how you have integrated opportunities for students to development cultural literacy and global competence through your discipline.

Educators from all divisions and disciplines please consider submitting for proposals for Unconference Conversations, Ignite Sessions, Tech Slam, or Explore Workshops on the topics of:

  • Global Courses (All Disciplines/All Divisions)
  • Division Specific Curriculum Development: Integrating Opportunities for Developing Global Competence (All Disciplines/All Divisions)
  • Taking Action and Applying Knowledge Across beyond the classroom (All Disciplines/All Divisions)
  • Off Campus Experiential Programs (All Disciplines/All Divisions)

Official photograph of Rebecca Levine '97

REBECCA LEVINE '97 – Keynote speaker; Holton-Arms 2017 Distinguished Alumna; Officer, Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

ADr. Rebecca Levine has dedicated her life to her dream of chasing disease outbreaks around the world. She received her BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton, MPH in International Health and Infectious Diseases and her PhD in the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases from Emory. Between 2005 and 2008, Rebecca earned her professional teaching certificate (in science and math) and worked as a public school educator and a Fellow at the Center for Disease Control. In 2014, upon completion of her PhD, Rebecca became an Officer in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (fondly known as the “disease detectives” of the CDC) and the US Public Health Service. She has spent the majority of her time there supporting CDC’s Ebola emergency response in West Africa. For the Ebola response, she was deployed once to Atlanta, and five times to Sierra Leone. Upon returning from her fifth and final Ebola deployment to West Africa in January 2016, Rebecca was immediately re-deployed for the CDC’s Zika emergency response. True to Holton’s motto, she is literally finding a way or making one on a daily basis.

Fittingly, in her senior yearbook, Rebecca’s classmates predicted that in 20 years Rebecca would be on her second running tour, “Around the World in 100 days.” Dr. Levine life journey is illustrative of the many ways Holton women are effecting positive change in a complex and changing world.

SUSANNA A. JONES, Head of School

Susanna A. Jones currently serves as Head of School for the Holton-Arms School, a girls’ day school for grades 3-12 in Bethesda, MD. She was appointed by the Board of Trustees in 2007 as the School’s seventh head since its founding in 1901. She came to Holton after eight years as Head of The Ethel Walker School, a girls’ day and boarding school for grades six through 12, in Simsbury, Connecticut.

Ms. Jones graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and Princeton University, with Honors. She began her career at the Spence School in New York City as a history teacher. While residing in New York, Ms. Jones earned an M.A. and an M. Phil. in history from Columbia University. For several years she worked in development at Union Theological Seminary and St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School in New York. In 1993, she accepted the position of Director of Upper School at Marlborough School, in Los Angeles, California, where she remained for six years. Ms. Jones co-authored The Complete Guide to Capital Campaigns for Historic Churches and Synagogues. She currently is a Trustee of Norwood School and the Online School for Girls. She formerly served as Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington. In 2010-2011 she was a member of the NAIS Think Tank, a planning body for the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference, and has presented at the NAIS national conferences as well as the TABS/NAIS Global Symposium and the NCGS Global Forum. In addition to belonging to numerous school associations, she served as an Alumni Trustee for Phillips Academy, Andover, on the Board of SPHERE, a consortium of Hartford area independent schools promoting diversity, and the Board of CAIS (Connecticut Association of Independent Schools).

During her tenure at Holton, Ms. Jones has led the implementation of a comprehensive Global Education Program, developing global competencies throughout the curriculum and more specifically offering Junior Journeys to China, Peru, and India, and the institution of a Global Scholars designation for graduating seniors. The School has also created the Holton-Arms Center for the Advancement of STEM as well as a STEM Scholars designation. In addition, Holton-Arms is one of the four founding members of the Online School for Girls, now One Schoolhouse. She writes a weekly blog which can be found at Head’s Notes.

MELISSA BROWN, Director of Diversity and Global Education Holton-Arms School

As Director of Diversity and Global Education, Melissa Brown oversees Holton-Arms School’s Global Education Program which spans grades 3-12. In her eighth year as director, Melissa works closely with parents, students, faculty, staff, and partners around the world to create opportunities for students to develop global competence both inside and outside of the traditional classroom.

Melissa’s educational background is in World Language Instruction and Latin American Literature and Culture. She holds an undergraduate degree in World Language Instruction, a Master’s in Latin American Literature and Culture, and is a Nationally Certified World Language teacher. Melissa has taught Spanish Language classes, led International programs to Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, and South America, and presented nationally on global education at professional conferences. She believes in designing opportunities for students to better understand themselves, their world, and their potential for effecting positive change is the most important educators can be doing in the 21st century.

MARY DOBROTH, Director of Academic Technology

As Director of Academic Technology, Mary oversees school wide academic technology integration and curricular developments. Mary works closely with teachers to guide the effective use of technology, develops school wide professional development opportunities, and co-teaches two Middle School courses - Guidance 7 and Computational Thinking Explorations. Mary earned her B.S in Industrial Design, and her M.A in Education with a Graduate Certificate in Integrative STEM Education from Virginia Tech. Before coming to Holton-Arms in 2012, Mary was a classroom teacher for Virginia Public Schools at the Middle and Upper levels teaching Technology Education, Architectural Drawing, Introduction to Engineering Design, and Principles of Engineering. She is a Project Lead the Way certified teacher and a certified Mechanical Drafter. Mary is committed to helping teachers find the best use of technology for their classrooms and only encourages technology integration when it is used to transform teaching and learning. Mary has presented at professional conferences nationally on topics such as technology integration and Blended Learning, digital citizenship integration, the maker movement, and global education. Mary is active on twitter @MrsDobroth and writes an educational technology blog at

SHOSHANNA SUMKA, Coordinator of Global Initiatives and Service Learning Sidwell Friends School

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Shoshanna Sumka is a global social justice educator who believes that young people can lead social change movements. Shoshanna has a BA from Earlham College and a Masters of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland. She has worked in secondary and higher education for 18 years with the University of Idaho, American University, the Experiment in International Living, and Sidwell Friends School. Her social justice work has taken her to Kenya, Ecuador, Haiti, Israel, Palestine, India, Thailand, Venezuela, Colombia, and Zambia. While directing American University’s Alternative Breaks program, she co-authored Working Side By Side: Creating Alternative Breaks as Catalysts for Global Learning, Student Leadership, and Social Change, the first book to lay out a framework for justice-based community engagement travel programs.

CLARE SISISKY, Director of Institute for Responsible Citizenship and Strategic Planning Collegiate

W. JOSEPH VOGEL, Director of Institute for 21st Century Education and Center of Global Citizenship Hathaway Brown

Curriculum by Design: Creating Curriculum and Assessment with Global Competency at the Core

Clare Sisisky Director of Institute for Responsible Citizenship and Strategic Planning Collegiate and W. Joseph Vogel Director of Institute for 21st Century Education and Center of Global Citizenship Hathaway Brown

How do our students make sense of today’s complex world and their role in it? How can they develop both the skills and the knowledge they will need to thrive in a global context? We know this cannot be accomplished only through global experiences or co-curricular programming. So how do we design curriculum for our academic courses with global competency in mind?

In this workshop, participants will hear about the important role teachers can play in preparing and shaping our students for the world in which they will live as adults. Resources and tools to bring new ideas to life will be shared.

During the workshop:

    • the presenter will discuss a range of research and framework models for global competencies, helping teachers to identify tools that connect with their school’s mission and culture
    • participants will explore a range of curricular examples from K-12 classrooms that are developing students as global citizens
    • participants will be able to strategize possibilities for intentionally bringing more global competencies into their curriculum and assessments

Engaging All Voices: Social Emotional Tools for Challenging Conversations in the Classroom

Melissa Brown Director of Diversity and Global Education and Rachel Herlein Academic Dean~ Holton-Arms (Description coming soon!)

Global Learning for Social Justice: Examining Diversity, Power, Privilege and Identity

Shoshanna Sumka Coordinator of Global Initiatives and Service Learning ~ Sidwell Friends

The world today needs students who are equipped with the skills to actively fight injustice and build community. Global service-learning with a focus on justice can enable students to focus their good intentions and altruistic desires to become active citizens in their communities. A focus on justice means that each travel program has a strong learning component and a social issue as a theme to ground the inquiry and guide direct service work. A focus on justice means acknowledging and addressing power disparities and systems of oppression.

In this workshop, participants will engage in deep conversations around their own identity; with a focus on power and privilege in order to learn techniques to facilitate these conversations with their students to prepare them for ethical engagement with communities outside the classroom. Additionally, participants will come away with concrete ideas on how to move from a charity mentality to a solidarity approach of community engagement or service-learning.


The Networking Breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. Since Friday is a regular attendance day for Holton students, faculty, and staff, we ask that you plan your arrival for no earlier than 9:00 a.m. Welcome remarks by Holton-Arms Head of School, Susanna A. Jones and Gathering Logistics by Director of Diversity and Global Education, Melissa Brown.

Shuttle Service

We encourage you to take advantage of a shuttle service we will be running from the Marriott Suites in Bethesda at the following times:

  • Friday Morning 8:30 a.m.
  • Friday Evening 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday Morning 7:30 a.m.

** Note that there will not be a return shuttle Service on Saturday afternoon. We suggest that you use Taxi, Uber, or Lyft from Holton-Arms following the conference.

Please park in the first two bays in the front of the school (when you enter campus follow the signs to the Upper School, not the Lower School). Holton-Arms facilities staff will be present at 9:00 a.m. to assist you.

Bethesda Marriott

Lodging Information

Holton has reserved a limited number of one bedroom king suites at $109.00 per night at the Bethesda Marriott. This discounted rate is only available until _____________. Please mention the “Holton-Arms School Conference Room Block when booking.

Bethesda Marriott Suites
6711 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20817

Other Bethesda area hotels, at which Holton-Arms does not hold room blocks, include:

American Inn of Bethesda
8130 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Doubletree Hotel
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Bethesda Court Hotel
7740 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Hyatt Regency
One Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-1234

Marriott Bethesda
5151 Pooks Hill Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

Navy Lodge Bethesda
8901 Rockville Pike # 52
Bethesda, MD 20889

Residence Inn by Marriott Bethesda
7335 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

Clarion Hotel Bethesda
8400 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

Courtyard Chevy Chase
5520 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

National 4-H Council
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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