Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) Pre-Conference

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March 22, 2017 | World Trade Centre, The Hague | Netherlands
Leaders in supporting & connecting school-based programs that address international mobility

Safe Passage Across Networks is happy to let interested parties know that a few spots remain for our inaugural Pre-Conference on March 22, 2017.

Several people who were initially accepted in the first round were ultimately not able to secure funding, which is why SPAN is welcoming a few last-minute applications for these remaining spots.

Consider joining us, or encouraging a colleague to apply, as we identify, support and connect those who are implementing best practices in addressing mobility at international schools.  Be an integral part of the 2017 SPAN Pre-Conference and share your expertise and excellence in professional practice by submitting an application.


SPAN is grateful to the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Board of Directors for its moral and instrumental support in launching this first SPAN Pre-Conference. SPAN encourages all who are accepted for the 2017 SPAN Pre-Conference to register for the full FIGT Conference in The Hague, Netherlands, from March 23-25, 2017. FIGT is the premier forum for learning about how mobility affects people and what professionals across sectors—education, corporate, research, military, and missionary—are doing to improve how people transition across cultures. No better ‘home’ exists for SPAN to launch its work.

Why an Application Process?

FIGT is an inclusive organization & conference, where all are welcome to attend.  Why, then, does the SPAN Pre-Conference employ an application process?

The SPAN Pre-Conference is envisioned as a “think tank” for 40-50 staff and parents at international schools who are active in addressing the challenges of mobility. In a guided day-long process, we will share our collective expertise with transitions programs; exchange ideas for strengthening programs; and create networks of year-round support across schools.

Achieving the desired dynamic will only be possible with a group size of 40-50 people.  Due to the great interest expressed in the event, SPAN necessarily wishes to safeguard the diversity of participants.  Interested parties are asked to fill out a very simple application. The criteria of selection will be based on diversity of experience, expertise, role in school, and geography. Preference will be given to people who possess the potential to contribute to long-term impacts in this field.


Application acceptances are determined by the SPAN Steering Committee, not by FIGT.

Who Can Submit an Application?

The SPAN Committee encourages submissions from staff and parents at international schools who are active in addressing the challenges of mobility. The SPAN Pre-Conference offers a first-of-its-kind opportunity to showcase best-practice transition programs, learn from others, and develop collaboration to address transitions beyond individual school walls.

What is the Application Process?

Please complete the Application Form to be considered for participation. Remaining spaces will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

What happens next?

Successful applicants will be informed via email about the result of their application.  Accepted individuals/schools will be notified about how to register for the Pre-Conference on the FIGT site at that time.

Registration Cost:

SPAN encourages you to attend both the SPAN Pre-Conference and the FIGT Conference.

  • Cost for the SPAN Pre-Conference (March 22, 2017) is $225 (USD).
  • Pre-Conference cost for those who register for FIGT (March 23-25) is $175 (USD).

Conference Venue:

Conveniently located in the same facilities as the FIGT Conference, the SPAN Pre-Conference will take place at The World Trade Center, The Hague, Netherlands

Location Address

NH Hotels

Prinses Margrietplantsoen 100

2595 BR Den Haag


Tel: +31 70 3812345

Why is SPAN Important to International Schools?

At any school with a high degree of turnover, transitions affect everyone, regardless of a person’s role (staff, parent or student) and regardless of whether a person is moving or being moved away from. People move amongst schools, so the emotional issues of any one individual transcend individual school walls, making it impossible for any one school to fully address these issues alone. Success requires collaboration.

Only a handful of international schools have well-developed transitions programs. Even when these programs exist, they tend to operate in isolation. Part of the reason why is because no forum ever existed to support program development and collaboration. The SPAN Pre-Conference seeks to address this gap by creating a forum for professionals, parents and even students who are leading the development of transition services at their schools.

The SPAN Pre-Conference will create a day of collaboration, all with the goal of helping teachers so they can teach well and helping parents so they can parent well.  We do this with an ultimate goal common to all schools: helping students learn well.

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SPAN Background:

The Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) concept was launched at the 2016 Families in Global Transition Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Steering Committee consists of:



Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN):

  • Bolsters learning and human development at schools with a significant degree of turnover
  • Facilitates the establishment of programs that address the challenges of mobility across school networks
  • Provides continuity and support for the service providers who build such programs and networks

Guiding Principles:

  • SPAN believes that, at any school with a significant degree of turnover, the effective management of mobility is essential to the full realization of the school's educational mission
  • SPAN provides continuity and support for individual school transition teams to grow and interconnect
  • SPAN approaches this work in a fashion that reflects its goals. It seeks to be safe, inclusive, and representative of all the stakeholders involved

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