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Partnerships with European Schools: A Dialogue in Rome

(July 23-31, 2021)

Delegates to This Program Will …

Meet European Colleagues to Explore Long-Term Sustainable Partnerships & Exchanges with their Schools

Deepen the Relationship-Building by Pairing with an Italian Colleague for a Day of Leisure & Informal Dialogue

Explore the Challenges Facing Europe & Apply this Knowledge to Design Deeper Curriculum-Linked Student Visits

Rotate through 3 Visits to Local NGOs Whose Social Justice Work Applies to Student Service Learning

Enjoy an End-of-Week Picnic in the Borghese Gardens with Your New European Colleagues

Meet European Colleagues To Explore School Partnerships


On Monday, July 26, our first workday in the country, we’ll hold a broad dialogue at one of Rome’s most prestigious secondary schools.  This storied institution is renowned for the rigor of its curriculum, and for its openness to innovation and the application of best practices from abroad. Our Italian colleagues will welcome us, of course – and yet this conference also involves colleagues from throughout Europe.  On this opening day, we’ll hear from British, French, Italian, German, and other European colleagues about their curricula, their school cultures, and their special co-curricular programs – and we’ll share what makes our schools unique.


Deepen The Relationship-Building: Pair With an Italian Colleague


On Tuesday, we’ll deepen the relationship-building. You’ll pair with an Italian colleague for a discovery of Rome together, at your discretion. Your colleague may suggest any number of venues to visit, to include Rome’s museums, parks, and monuments. You may also be joined by a non-Italian European colleague. Today’s value will indeed be “what you make of it”: We anticipate that you will continue discussing precisely what makes your schools special – and that you will dedicate time to discuss new partnerships.


Explore & Apply The Challenges Facing Contemporary Europe


To address contemporary Europe’s challenges and opportunities, we’ll convene on Wednesday at the Rome office of a major multilateral institution with a clutch of journalists, activists, and elected officials. This meeting may include a special guest: We’ve invited the Italian Minister for Integration to discuss with us the changing face of Europe and what it means to be “European” in an era of robust immigration.


We’ll also address new European laws about religious attire in schools, budget crises and the future of the European Union, Europe’s maturing social compact and the continent’s leadership on work-life balance, carbon emissions, and more. We’ll explore what these issues, themes, trends, and perspectives can mean to your students. We’ll explore how their consideration may best be incorporated into curriculum, and what this can mean for the character of your school’s student programs in Europe.


Assess Student Service Opportunities In Europe


We’re familiar with student service in emerging nations. And yet the chance to serve in Europe – meaningfully – is enormous; the human needs are palpable. On Thursday, we’ll rotate through 3 Rome service venues, hearing from program leaders and the clients they serve. We’ll gain insight into the potential for student growth and activism that abounds on this complex continent. We’ll visit a food garden that meets the health, income, and nutritional needs of a low-income Rome neighborhood; a youth visual arts project that elicits creative potential; and an immigrant service center offering hope and comfort to North African refugees.


Enjoy A Picnic With New Friends In The Borghese Gardens


A BBQ with our European colleagues rounds out this eventful week. These 17th century English-style landscape gardens contain the renowned Villa Borghese, now a museum, and nearly 150 acres of recreational green space in the heart of Rome. These peaceful hours of music, sport, and a scrumptious meal, offer us unsurpassed views of Rome’s natural beauty – even as we bid farewell to new colleagues, and plan with them future student collaborations.


Should You Attend?


If you seek a way to develop professionally while broadening your perspectives and those of your colleagues, this program is for you. If you wish to understand a diverse Europe rising to meet a host of 21st century challenges while establishing solid school-to-school relationships, this program will interest you. It is a carefully planned, 9-day experience of purposeful professional development for active and retired educators. It features myriad new insights to apply at your school, association, library, or university campus.


Dates, Pricing & Daily Agendas


DATES: July 23-31, 2021


PRICING is set at $4000 per person. This includes:


Registration for 5 Days of Professional Development

7 Nights’ Shared Accommodation

All Breakfasts, All Lunches, and a Welcome Dinner

Formal & Informal Conversations on Establishing New School Partnerships

Discuss, Observe Meaningful Student Service Options

Confer with Educators, Journalists, and Activists

Enjoy a Picnic with Colleagues in Borghese Park

Luxury Ground Transport & Professional Local Guiding


Pricing excludes air.  You may purchase air travel in tandem with your registration for this GFE, or you may elect to obtain it independently.  If you choose to purchase air in tandem with your registration, kindly indicate this preference to us.  We will offer you the most economical fare prevailing on the date of your registration.


DISTRIBUTION OF DAILY AGENDAS: Registered delegates will receive a detailed draft daily agenda on May 15, 2021.  Delegates will receive a final daily agenda, including times of departure and arrival at each professional activity, specific purpose of each activity, delegate roles and responsibilities, names of Italian host individuals and institutions, links to official hotel accommodations and other logistics, on June 15, 2021.  Final payment is due on June 15, 2021.


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