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Pedagogies & Passports


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 October 15-16, 2020, at Holton-Arms School, in Bethesda, MD for our annual Pedagogies & Passports for classroom teachers! This conference is designed to bring educators together to share approaches for integrating exciting opportunities for global learning into the curriculum.

Target Audience: Department Chairs, Classroom Teachers, Teacher Leaders, and Instructional Teams

Registration Fee Per Person: $275 (early bird $195)

Join us to:

  1. Explore and share
  2. Discover technological tools which can bring innovative classrooms to life.
  3. Discuss how to connect social justice and social emotional learning with global learning.
  4. Network and share approaches to global teaching and learning with fellow educators in lower, middle, and upper school.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

8:30 a.m. Registration opens

9:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast

9:30-10:00 a.m. Welcome

10:00-11:00 a.m. Community Partnership Workshops* Track I

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Community Partnership Workshops* Track II

*Community Partner Workshops are explorations of the rich resources available to teachers from community partners like the United Nations Association, the Diplomacy Center, and The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Response. These session will go beyond the website and discover how to implement programs, services, and teaching tools that support students development and learning.

Each participant will be able to experience two of these interactive workshops.

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m. Explore Workshops* Track I

2:30-3:30 p.m. Explore Workshops* Track II

*Explore Workshops are sessions facilitated by classroom teacher participants who have integrated opportunities for students to develop cultural literacy and global competence throughout their curriculum (K-12).

3:45-5:00 p.m. UnConference Conversations*

*UnConference Conversations focus on hot topics/swirling questions that interest conference participants. Any participants can post a topic in the morning at sign-up, so that throughout the day, interested fellow participants can sign up to join the conversation.

5:00-5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Networking

5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner

6:15-6:55 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Clara Brillembourg
Holton Alumna ‘97 and International Lawyer

6:55-7:10 p.m. Closing Remarks

7:15 p.m. Shuttle Departure

Friday, October 18, 2019

8:00-8:45 a.m. Breakfast

8:45-9:30 a.m. “Preparing Students for the World of Tomorrow”
Keynote Speaker
Clare Sisisky, Executive Director
Global Education Benchmark Group

9:30-10:30 a.m. Tech Slam

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Explore Workshops Track III

12:10-12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Get Involved: Learn, Share, Network!

Pedagogies & Passports is designed for classroom teachers. We want and need your participation to make it a success. Please consider submitting a proposal to share the exciting global teaching and learning happening at your school! Participants are not required to present or lead sessions. Please feel free to join us and just participate in the rich conversations that arise during Pedagogies & Passports.

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

  • Global Courses in all divisions
  • Ideas on how to connect and align school-wide initiatives of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Well-being, Global Education, and Community Engagement
  • Division Specific Curriculum Development: Integrating Opportunities for Developing Global Competence
  • Social Justice and Global Learning
  • Taking Action and Applying Knowledge beyond the classroom

Please submit your proposal no later than Friday, September 18. We will review and respond to your proposal by Friday, October 2.

Proposal options below:

Engage in the Tech Slam

Tech Slam is a short demo (5 minutes), led by conference 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 your laptop! All materials will be collected to be shared with conference participants.

Present an Explore Workshop

Facilitate a 60 minute workshop in which participants learn how you have integrated opportunities for students to develop cultural literacy and global competence through your discipline.


The Networking Lunch will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Since Thursday is a regular attendance day for Holton students, faculty, and staff, we ask that you plan your arrival for no earlier than 11:45 a.m. Welcome remarks by Holton-Arms Head of School, Susanna A. Jones and Conference 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:

  • Thursday 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday Evening 7:05 p.m.
  • Friday Morning 8:00 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 8:15 a.m. to assist you.

Bethesda Marriott

Lodging Information

Bethesda Marriott Suites*
6711 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20817

*shuttle service provided to/from Holton

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