Countries and cultures are increasingly more networked around the world – economically, environmentally, socially, and politically. Comprehensive Life Prep now requires global consciousness and a fluency between the known and the new.

As opportunities increase for our schools and our students, so do the complexities. With internationalization come new complexities in every aspect of schooling – from marketing, admission and parent communications, to classroom pedagogy, school culture and college advising, to constituency relations and development.

TABS Global Symposium brings together school leaders, experts, colleagues and friends, in an intimate atmosphere to share and explore new and existing programs, best practices, and the current and future landscape of international education in our schools.


Private: Registration

Register by April 10, 2019 to get the discounted Early Bird Rate

Early Bird Rate
Through 4/10
Standard Rate
After 4/10
TABS / NAIS* Members
Member Group Rate
(3+ simultaneously registered)
Presenter & Additional Sponsor Rate*
     Pre-Symposium Sessions
W-1 Think, Act & Influence: Empowering Students to Become Thoughtful, Impactful Global Citizens through Schoolwide Programming
     Special Events
Mainland Screening
Excursion 1: Global Programs at St. George’s School
Excursion 2: Touro Synagogue
*NAIS Members – call TABS office for a code to enter at checkout. TABS Members – it will be automatically added.
* Exhibitor and Premier Sponsorships include one registration. Signature Sponsorships include two registrations. Any additional registrations are at the Presenter & Additional Sponsor Rate of $525. 
To cancel your 2019 Global Symposium registration, please submit your written refund request to Sam Bailey at bailey@tabs.org by March 28, 2019. A $100 processing fee will be applied. No refunds will be made for cancellation requests received after March 28, 2019; however, we are able to transfer your registration to a staff member from your school or other organization upon request. Weather related refunds will not be granted.

Private: Agenda


11:00 am – 5:30pm

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Pre-Symposium Session
Think, Act & Influence: Empowering Students to Become Thoughtful, Impactful Global Citizens through Schoolwide Programming
What does it actually mean to be a global citizen, and how do you develop ambitious programming that enables students to embody this role? Hear from two schools that are supporting students in understanding their responsibility and opportunity as global leaders. In this workshop, you will gain insight into providing funded experiences for every student on and off campus; establishing global connections; and empowering students to proactively generate knowledge, astutely curate information, and make a difference in the world. In addition to learning about the journeys of two different schools, participants will assess their community’s current global initiatives, articulate institution goals, and develop an action plan for next steps with support from workshop facilitators. Come join a conversation about integrated, interdepartmental global programming and how to engage your school community in this essential work!

Amanda Friedman, Assoc. Director of the Institute for Global Education, Miss Porter’s School, CT
Christopher Fortunato, Head of School, Blair Academy, NJ
Susan Martell Jenkin, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Miss Porter’s School, CT
Timothy Patrick McCarthy, PhD, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School & Prog. Dir., Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, MA
Kat Simison, Assoc. Dir. of Admission for Intl Recruitment & Dir. of Summer Programs, Miss Porter’s School, CT
Brenda Vishanoff, Ed. D., Vice Principal, Wheaton Academy & Executive Director, WA Global Network, IL

5:00 pm – 6:30pm
Welcome Reception & Cohort Meeting in Exhibit Hall


7:30 am – 4:30pm

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

9:00am – 10:00am
Featured Session: Living La Dolce Vita
This session will explore how three schools worked together to purchase a villa in Italy and create a permanent overseas campus. Come and hear how these schools created a safe overseas travel opportunity for students that can be both academic and cultural. The villa is also being used for faculty and alumni programming. The leaders of the program will explain how the group hopes to expand programming and participating schools in future years.

Anthony Sgro, Head of School, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, GA
Kevin MacNeil, Chief Academic Officer, Culver Academies, IN

Jill Mutti, Head of School, Ashley Hall, SC

10:00 – 10:30am
Meet with Cohort

10:30am – 10:45am
Coffee Break

10:45am – 11:45pm
Choice of Session A

International Programs: A Panel Discussion on How Schools Sustain Growth and Compliance
If Compliance is the Floor, Then How Do Schools Keep Up? How do they sustain needed strategic growth? The latest information coming out of Washington and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is that the number one concern with the International student constituency is properly maintaining status. How much of the responsibility lies with the school and how well prepared are school officials today? A panel discussion including representatives from peer schools and seasoned consultants will review best practices for running a successful and sustainable international student program. In the wake of an unprecedented number of student Visa denials learn how some schools have responded to the myriad of requests to get involved at the Visa application level and understand exactly where the responsibility lies. DHS oversight and the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) compliance has been the industry norm for quite some time now and yet remains an important topic of discussion since schools and students are still navigating the landscape with struggle and angst. How peer schools are responding to these most recent challenges will make for lively discussion.
Jacqueline Yamada, Consultant International Advisory Board, Independent School Management, DE
Twila Perry, Head of School, Lyndon Institute, VT
Richard Angell, Director of Residential Life, Lyndon Institute, VT
Doug Paskitt, Head of Upper School, Cape Cod Academy, MA
Rich Dempsey, Associate Head of School, The Pomfret School, CT
Becky Andreozzi, Director of Admissions, Gould Academy, ME

International Student Orientation: Designing an Online Solution
As international student recruitment grows, how do we prepare students for boarding school life in the United States? How do we keep students engaged throughout the transition process? In this interactive session, we will discuss various transitional challenges for international students, how to translate those topics into an orientation, and the advantages of an online pre-arrival program. The session will include discussions that focus on identifying student needs, developing appropriate content, and some ways that technology can help you!
Kalyn Rabuse, International Student Services Coordinator, Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI
Kristal Long, Educational Technology Specialist, Interlochen , MI

Global Fluency: The Essential Playbook for Global Citizens
Communicating confidently across cultures requires robust content knowledge, discriminate skills, and a global mindset. This session will share the development of our Global Fluency curriculum that combines foreign language study, cultural competency skills development, practice in solving complex global problems, equity and inclusion work with leadership development. Our goal is to prepare our students to recognize and navigate the challenges and nuances of a diverse, interconnected global society.
Jamie Baker, Assistant Head of School, Lawrence Academy, MA
Raquel Majeski, Dean of Equity, Inclusion, and Professional Growth, Lawrence Academy, MA

From Apps to Alums: The Continuum of International Student Engagement
Independent schools have had varied success welcoming international students into their communities and keeping them engaged once they become alumni. By connecting admission, residential life, and advancement offices, and enlisting the help of current and alumni parents, schools can see tremendous increases in international student engagement, strengthening school communities as a whole. Learn more about how this works in practice and take away specific plans to implement at your institution.
Adam Gerber, Director of International Admission, Lake Forest Academy, IL
Chris Dozois, History Department Chair, Lake Forest Academy, IL

Pre-depature Preparation for Educators
For more than 85 years, The Experiment’s immersive programs have allowed participants to explore the world in an authentic and meaningful way, while developing enduring friendships through cultural experiences and homestays worldwide. Brandon Hall School is Atlanta’s global boarding and day school. The Experiment has extensive pre-departure orientation content for our 25+ programs, including: packing instructions, health guidelines, handbooks, and curriculum guides. The Experiment will co-present with Brandon Hall on how their institution is using Experiment materials to prepare educators, students, and parents for global experiences.
Aaron Brazelton, Director of Boarding and Residential Life, Brandon Hall School, GA
Heather Beard, Director of Admissions, The Experiment in International Living, VT

11:45am – 1:30pm
Lunch & Keynote Presentation

Maineland Screening with Director Miao Wang (FREE)
Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Choice of Session B

Fall from Grace: Helping International Students Re-Calibrate their Self-Esteem
More uncomfortable than the acculturation stress every international student feels is the re-calibration of their self-esteem. Surrounded by highly talented peers, saddled with considerable homework, and removed from the praise and guidance of parents, new boarders face the challenge of redefining who they are. This practical session first highlights the common causes and traditional remedies for self-esteem re-calibration. Then, participants will preview an innovative prevention strategy—Prep4School—a bilingual Chinese-American video series designed by psychologists Dr. Chris Thurber and Dr. Szu-Hui Lee.
Christopher Thurber, Psychologist & Instructor, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH

International Fundraising in Uncertain Times
The international market has become an essential fundraising opportunity for many of our schools. Building and maintaining strong connections with international families and alumni is essential for finding success in international fundraising; however, the international market is beginning to shift. As applicants from some countries have begun to plateau, our schools are beginning to face increased competition from schools establishing campuses abroad, home-country proprietary schools, day schools expanding into international boarding, immersion schools, as well as changes in US economic policies and visa requirements. This session will explore how these changes are impacting international fundraising and engagement efforts, and how building the relationships that make these students, families and alumni feel a part of our communities has never been more important.
Mark Aimone, Director of Advancement, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, MA
Bob Weston, Senior Consultant, CCS Fundraising, NY

No exams! Exploring an Innovative School-Wide Assessment Experience: The Presentation of Learning Model
An exploration of the process involved in developing Presentations of Learning for middle school students as a graduation requirement before high school. The goal was to give the students an opportunity to reflect on their growth as learners and present to a panel of peers, parents and faculty about their time in middle school. The first cohort has now graduated from high school and we include their reflections on the process and impact as well.
Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Director of Middle School, Appleby College, ON
Graham Lewis, Director, Learning and Teaching Innovation, Appleby College, ON

EngineerGOOD: Designing Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges
Engineering Design provides an engaging and empowering approach to creating a better future. This workshop highlights the role Engineering Design can play in creating transdisciplinary learning experiences focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The goal is to empower students to see the possibilities for sustainable solutions to global challenges, one village, one region at a time. Hands-on activities will illustrate the value of Engineering Design practices and thinking in modeling real-world approaches. Join us to learn how your students can engineer a better world!
Ann Kaiser, CEO/Founder, ProjectEngin LLC, RI

Assessing Character Skills in Prospective & Current Students
Character skills are increasingly becoming part of the conversation around student selection and success. This session will explore the innovations in assessment that are facilitating the measurement of non-cognitive skills. Since 2012, The Enrollment Management Association has worked with enrollment and school leaders in over 50 independent schools to develop the Character Skills Snapshot, which launched for use in the independent school admission process in Fall 2017 and the Snapshot Benchmark, launched in Fall 2018 for use with currently enrolled students. Join this session to learn more about these assessments and engage in a dialogue about all the ways schools are using these innovative tools to gather valuable data and better know students.
Kate Auger-Campbell, Director of Product Strategy, The Enrollment Management Association, NJ
Meghan Brenneman, Director of Character Programs, The Enrollment Management Association, NJ

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Dessert Break in Exhibit Hall

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Poster Session
During this poster walk, presenters will be on site with their posters to discuss their work and answers questions. 

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Updates for the K-12 Community

Join this session with an SEVP representative, to discuss program hot topics, provide best practices for the management of international students and answer stakeholder questions as part of a session designed for designated school officials at K-12 schools.
Jenifer Hasenfus, Field Representative, Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Residential Life Discussion Group
Join the conversation to learn from your peers and discuss aspects related to International student life. This informal discussion will be moderated by Dr. Chris Thurber and topics may include:
• Mental health and medical leaves for international students
• Academic honesty, plagiarism, and cheating among international students
• Learning differences, disabilities, and accommodations for international students

Moderator: Christopher Thurber, Psychologist & Instructor, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH

5:00pm – 5:45pm
Meet with Cohort

Beginning at 5:45 pm
Reception in Exhibit Hall


7:30am – 11:30am

7:15am – 8:00am

8:00am – 9:00am
Choice of Session C

Can you hear me now? Opening meaningful lines of communication with international families
How do schools best support, communicate with, and engage international parents across time, space, and language barriers? Leveraging their well-established social media platform, WeChat, and a school’s own Mandarin teacher, experience firsthand the power of web-based app group messages and videoconferencing to connect your international families with the Head of School and your directors of college counseling, international programs and, yes, advancement. In this session, experience a live, interpreted WeChat videoconference between one school’s staff, a student, and his family residing in China.
Lance Conrad, Head of School, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, MA
Leslie Jacobson Kaye, Chief Advancement Officer, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, MA
Brooke Fincke, Director of College Counseling, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, MA
Molly Sun, Mandarin Teacher and International Parent Liaison, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, MA 

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: A Full Year Process For Making School Trips Safe, Fun & Intentional
“So, you have a college roommate who is an ornithologist in Peru and you want to take a group of students into the field with her during spring break? Awesome! What an amazing opportunity for our students, but, let me tell you exactly what I need to know about this trip to keep everyone safe”. Both international and domestic trips have become popular in today’s educational climate as invaluable ways to expose students to life beyond school. However, planning these travel experiences doesn’t come without its headaches due to the risks and liabilities associated with student travel. Over the past three years, Berkshire School has refined their system for proposing and vetting trips for their six annual off-campus excursions offered through their Pro Vita program. This session will give you insight into their proposal process as well as the ways in which Berkshire School prepares students and chaperones to consider risks and liabilities that they might experience during their trip. Forms and details will be shared and we look forward to a lively and interactive discussion.
Donald Anselmi, Director of Pro Vita, Spanish & Black Rock Scholars Coordinator, Berkshire School, MA
Amber West, Student Travel Coordinator & Trip Advisory Committee (TAC) Chair, Berkshire School, MA

Creating a Space for Asian American Students (discussion)
At many of our schools today, Asian American and Asian international students outnumber all other students of color, and yet their needs often go unmet. In face of the model minority myth, what can Asian American student leaders and faculty do to create safe spaces? What should these safe spaces look like? How can we build trust and act on the things we talk and complain about? This workshop will focus on why cultural and affinity spaces are so important in independent schools, and participants will share the challenges they have faced and the successes they have experienced in drawing attention to the growing needs of Asian and Asian American students.
Vivian WuWong, History Teacher and Asian Society Advisor, Milton Academy, MA

So, Your High School Wants to Work with International Recruiting Agents
Get the inside scoop on how high schools are working with international recruiting agents and taking advantage of the increase in international students attending US boarding high schools. This panel, moderated by industry experts with years of experience in student recruiting, will offer insights into how to build successful agent relationships from the ground up. Highly useful to institutions just starting on the agent network journey as well as those with a network already in place and trying to scale. Attendees will gain a nuanced understanding of the challenges of establishing and expanding a successful global agent network, current commission and contract structures, effective communication processes, and marketing differentiation basics.
Ben Waxman, CEO, International Education Advantage, MA

Ian Cann, Director, USA, ICEF, CA
Frank Lagrotteria, Headmaster, Bridgeport International Academy

Kevin Merges, Exec Dir of Global Education Programs / Dir of the Innovation Center, Rutgers Preparatory School
Emma Kauffman, Dir of Intl & Domestic Boarding Recruitment, Roanoke Catholic School

9:00am – 9:15am
Coffee Break

9:15am – 10:15am
Choice of Session D

Because We C.A.R.E.: A framework developed to leverage global programs to create an inclusive community.
Yearly, we send students abroad to experience and learn about the world outside of the context of their home and our classrooms. These adventures are most impactful when they come home and then, reflect and react to their own culture. Students are not only impacted by what they experience while outside of our classroom walls but they are also influenced by the students that come to us from around the world to share their perspectives. The St. Paul’s Office of Cultural Competency combines cultural experiential learning with inclusive community building through the four principles of Contact, Action, Reflection, and Experience.
Sarah Walker, Director for Global Programs, St. Paul’s School, MD
Simon Ponce, Director of Inclusive Community, St. Paul’s School, MD

What International Students Want You To Know About Their Admission Experiences
You asked. They answered. We surveyed over fifty 9th grade students from over fifteen countries three times during their year of applying to secondary schools- during fall campus tours and interviews, after submitting applications, and after revisits- and learned valuable information about what they loved and hated about their admission experiences. Find out what teens really think about your marketing materials, application questions, campus tours and interviews, admission events, and social media presence.
Beth Whitney, Director of Admission, Fay School, MA
Erin Sullivan, Director of Marketing and Communications, Fay School, MA

From Outside to Inside: International Student Engagement
International Students are a central piece of secondary schools’ efforts to build a global mindset. How can an international student population with different backgrounds learn from and help to lead global outreach in our schools? How do these interactions help us to embrace empathy, vulnerability, and cross-cultural resilience with confidence? We see these challenges through three phases of International Student adjustment and growth: first, pre-orientation through admission, travel, and networking; second, global partners and curricular in-reach; third, leadership initiatives that enhance student-led global initiatives.
Stephen Downes, Director, International Center, Tabor Academy, MA
Richard DaSilva, Assoc. Director, International Center, Tabor Academy, MA
Dan Petrocelli, Director of Counseling, Tabor Academy, MA

Recruiting Internationally: Trends and Tips
As international students have become a significant part of the enrollment picture, many schools would like to diversify the countries represented in their school communities. However, it is difficult to know how to enter new and interesting markets and build a pool of qualified candidates. In this session, we will draw upon ASSIST’s 50 years of experience and expertise in recruiting international students for independent schools to help you identify strategies for entering new markets, how to employ efficient recruitment practices, and effectively screen and evaluate applicants.
Martin Milne, Vice President, ASSIST, CT
Anne Stanley, Director of School & Family Relations, ASSIST, CT

10:30am – 11:30am
“Two Foot” Discussion Groups

11:30am – 11:40am

11:40pm – 12:15pm
Meet with Cohort

Grab & Go Lunch

1:15pm – 3:30pm
Local Global Excursions (attendance requires an extra fee) 

Excursion 1: Global Programs at St. George’s School ($45)– buses depart at 1:00pm
The Global Programs Offerings at St. George’s School seek to fulfill the mission of the school by helping students and faculty experience cultures beyond the campus and develop a more connected understanding of the world in which they live. The offerings include school exchange programs for both students and faculty, a senior seminar in Global Studies, a service-learning program to South Africa, an internship program in Paris and Madrid, and a science research program in Costa Rica. We welcome you to visit St. George’s to not only visit our school but also learn about our programs and goals for the department.
Capacity: 25

Transportation is provided for this excursion by St. George’s School. Buses will pick up attendees at the Newport Marriott at and return to the Newport Marriott at the conclusion of the tour.

Excursion 2: Touro Synagogue ($45)– Tour Time 2:00pm 
Dedicated in 1763, Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue building in the United States. A structure of exquisite beauty and design, steeped in history and ideals, the synagogue is considered one of the ten most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th century America and the most historically significant Jewish building in the United States. The congregation was founded in 1658, and stands as a symbol of religious freedom for all Americans. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1946. The Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Visitors Center opened in 2009 with exhibits to further explore the history of Newport’s early Jewish community and the origins of First Amendment rights. Each year, over 30,000 visitors cross the synagogue threshold to pray, to see its magnificent interior and to hear its remarkable story.
Capacity: 25

Transportation will not be provided for this excursion, as it is within walking distance of the Newport Marriott. If you are in need of special assistance, please contact the TABS and we will make proper arrangements. We will depart from the Newport Marriott at 1:30pm and will arrive back at approximately 3:30pm.


NOTE: Times subject to change

Private: Hotel & Transportation

Newport Marriott

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the reduced rate of $224 USD a night at the Newport Marriott, which is located in the historic downtown district of Newport.

The reduced room rate will be available until April 10, 2019. We suggest booking early to ensure your reservation.


Newport Marriott
25 America’s Cup Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 USA

Electric car charging stations: 2, For a fee
Off-site parking, fee: 26 USD daily
On-site parking, fee: 35 USD daily
Valet parking, fee: 35 USD daily
Valet parking per day USD 35 May-October, USD 20 November-April. Garage height clearance 6 feet 2 inches
Nearby Airports

T F Green Airport (PVD)

Hotel direction: 27 miles SE
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
Hotel direction: 74 miles SW
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Bradley International Airport (BDL)
Hotel direction: 101 miles SE
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Hotel direction: 180 miles NE
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Bus Station

Gateway Visitor Center/Bonaza Bus Lines  0.1 miles NW from Hotel

Rhode Island Public Transit 0.1 miles NW from Hotel


Train Station

Kingston Amtrak Station  19 miles NW from Hotel