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TABS and NAIS Announce New Symposium to Focus on Global Education

ASHEVILLE NC and WASHINGTON DC, September 17, 2013 – The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) are partnering to host a flagship conference on international education.

TABS-NAIS Global Symposium, premiering April 27-29, 2014 in San Francisco, will bring together school leaders, educators, and experts to explore emerging best practices in two distinct but related realms: effectively serving international students and families; and developing global citizenship for all students — across the academic and social domains of school life.

Inspired by TABS original Global Symposium first held in 2012, the new symposium will feature broad content relevant to day and boarding school educators and administrators, as well as tracks and sessions specific to each segment.

“As schools have internationalized, teachers and administrators have encountered new complexities in nearly every aspect of schooling — from admission, parent communications, and classroom pedagogy, to college advising, constituency relations, and development,” notes Pete Upham, Executive Director of TABS. “At the same time, many schools are seeking to enlarge the vision of ‘prep’ schools to inspire global citizenship in an increasingly interconnected world. We are thrilled to be partnering with NAIS in order to help educators and schools thrive in this rapidly changing environment,” he adds.

“The independent school community is committed to global education, believing in the value of helping students grow into committed, active citizens of the world,” says John Chubb, President of the National Association of Independent Schools. “Many schools — day and boarding alike — are already offering their students authentic global learning and experiences, and many have established effective international student programs. Having a symposium dedicated to this important topic will help bring the conversation further forward by encouraging the sharing of ideas and resources, and by bringing professionals together to solidify best practice.”

Both organizations are currently accepting proposals to present at the Symposium, and may be submitted online at until November 22. Future annual symposia will rotate through various cities across the U.S.

About NAIS (Washington, DC)
The National Association of Independent Schools provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 nonprofit, private K-12 schools in the U.S. that are self-determining in mission and program and are governed by independent boards.

About TABS (Asheville, NC)
The Association of Boarding Schools currently serves 286 college-preparatory boarding schools in the U.S., Canada, and around the globe. The Association leads a domestic and international effort to promote awareness and understanding of boarding schools and is the comprehensive, indispensable resource for educators seeking training, research, guidance, and support on all issues pertaining to the residential school experience.