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Thursday Early Bird Forums
March 23, 2017 | 8:15-9:45 am

Early Bird Research Forum
Led by Ann Baker Cottrell

The FIGT Research Network’s annual meeting (open to any interested individuals). The Research Network and its activities will be reviewed and directions for the future discussed.
Empty Nest and Parenting Adult Kids Early Bird Forum
Tough Love, Tough Choices: How to Cope with an Empty Nest
Led by Jo Parfitt

When our expat kids leave home many leave the country too. Instead of things getting easier many unforeseen issues arise. So, what happens to your identity now? How do you care for your parents, ATCKs and your partner while still making time for yourself? What should you do when your kids drop out, get depressed or get lonely? You're getting older too, so how do you stay positive when problems rear their heads and you feel compelled to jump on a plane to sort things out?

Come listen to the wisdom of our specialist panel of mentors, educators, psychologists and parents who feel that the paragraph above describes their life. Ask your questions and help us to start an open discussion about what matters most.

This session will kick-off research into what will later become a book published by Summertime Publishing in time for FIGT 2018.

Let's start the conversation.

Panel members: Ruth van Reken, Ellen Mahoney, Becky Grappo, Katherine Fortier, Terry Anne Wilson and Jo Parfitt

Re-defining School Admissions as a Learning Experience for Families in Transition

Led by Sorcha Dempsey, Sara Sulaimani, Robin Berting, David Willows, International School of Brussels

As an international school admissions office, we are building a tribe - telling the story of our school and helping families to find their place in this story. One day we woke up and (collectively) realised that we might have been doing school admissions all wrong. Or at least part of it. So we began to imagine a very different kind of admissions experience for families in transition. This highly interactive workshop will tell the story ​of ​what happened next and actively engage participants in a range of connected ideas; from how to manage different expectations of what good learning looks like, to thinking about how a better understanding of the brain can help us appreciate the way in which families in transition make important life choices.  



Friday Early Bird Forums
March 24, 2017 | 8:15-9:45 am


Early Bird Writers Forum
Led by Valerie Besanceney

Our conference theme, Building on the Basics: Creating Your Tribe on the Move, lends itself to a Writers Forum on how we connect with our tribes on the move through our writing. Story telling and writing have always connected us with our tribes. The internet and has allowed for us to create our tribes and connect with our tribes, through writing, in a unique way. 

During our Early Bird Writers Forum, you will have the opportunity to attend one of four different sessions led by accomplished and talented authors and online experts: Reaching Your Tribe through Articles Published in Global Online Newspapers (Annebet van Mameren and Birgit Kuschel), Connecting with Your Online Tribe Through Blogging When You Are 'Abroad' (Terry Anne Wilson and Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore), Connecting with Your Online Tribe Through Blogging When You Are 'Repatriating' (Jane Barron and Sarah Stoner) and How To Bring A Whole Tribe Together In One Book (Lisa Ferland)

Early Bird Research Forum
Led by Ann Baker Cottrell

A panel of researchers will share their experiences researching globally mobile families including, for example, methods, difficulties and strategies for success, as well as the kinds of research needed. Audience participation encouraged.


Friday Evening Forum
March 24, 2017 | 6:00-7:30 pm at the Bookstore

Millennials Forum
Led by Amanda Bate and Amy Clare Tasker

Young people! Teenagers, twenty-somethings, thirty-somethings! People who hate being called ‘Millennials!’ This is for you. Let’s get together to share our experiences, get to know each other, and think about what the cross-cultural members of our generation have to offer at FIGT and in the wider world. Please join Amanda and Amy for the second annual Millennials Forum, a fun and informal gathering where we can meet other cross-cultural young professionals and find peer support for our dreams and ideas.


Saturday Early Bird Forums
March 25, 2017 | 8:15-9:45 am

Early Bird Digital Living Forum
Led by Elizabeth Douet 

Global connectivity is making expat and cross-border living easier and more flexible than ever before.

Easy-to-use online tools, platforms and apps are revolutionizing the ways expat workers and their families live, work, learn, earn, manage finances, get around, receive medical care, leverage assets, get advice, plan retirement … and so much more.

With so many options, technology has put an end to ‘trailing’ status - empowering everyone with opportunities to create a global living experience that meets their own terms.

Want to find out how technology is making this possible? Come to the digital living forum and discover tools and tips that make international living simpler, supportive and more personally rewarding.

This forum is both for people living internationally, and for organizations responsible for supporting a globally mobile workforce. Technology is no longer an add-on to global living, but rather an enabler of successful, flexible global living options.

Early Bird SPAN Forum
Led by Ellen Mahoney

Join Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) as we discuss the major themes that emerged from the first SPAN Pre-Conference. Hear what schools and universities have to say about how they support their communities in transition, what the obstacles are and what they hope to achieve in the future. You will also hear about Council of International School’s new accreditation standards, which include supporting students impacted by mobility. Join this global conversation and share your own thoughts on the work that SPAN is doing!


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