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SGIS Conference


Understanding the child: the student revisited

At its annual conference this year, SGIS has tried to focus the programme on issues that will be felt by teachers to be directly relevant to their classroom teaching, whatever the age, ability and background of the students they teach.

The conference will be held at the International School Basel, who have assured us of a warm welcome to their excellent facilities.

Through a stimulating programme of speaker-led sessions, a wide-ranging exhibition and great opportunities for networking, participants will be offered the opportunity to reflect on their practice, to explore new ideas, and to find both encouragement and challenge.


  • General
  • Registration
  • Gala
  • Hotel
  • Exhibitor

Conference Venue

International School of Basel (Reinach Campus)
Fleischbachstrasse 2
CH-4153 Reinach
Reception: +41 61 715 33 33

Gala Dinner
A gala dinner will be held at the Radisson Blu on Friday 21st in the evening. The cost is CHF 75. If you wish to attend please make sure you indicate this on your registration form along with payment. In order to attend you must be registered for the conference.
Dress code is smart casual.

Pay attention !The Gala Dinner is now Full.

Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc through Euros may also be used (exchange rates may vary from place to place)

Getting there

Nearest Airports
Zurich International Airport or EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg

  • If you are arriving at EuroAirport there is a bus to Basel main railway station.
    Daily shuttle bus service from the train station SBB to the airport is provided every 20 minutes.
  • If you are arriving at Zurich Airport (KLOTEN), you can catch a train from the airport building to Basel. Please check train times at: . Some trains from Kloten (Zurich) are direct, others require a change.


Basel Info

Registration for the Annual Conference 21ST and 22nd March 2014

Registration by February 28th, 2014 – Member Schools: CHF 450 Non-Member Schools: CHF 475

Please pay your registration fee directly to: Swiss Group of International Schools, UBS PO Box, CH1260, Nyon. Account number: 228-E0122617.0

Registration covers both days, coffee breaks and lunch, but NOT the Gala Dinner.
Gala Dinner will be held at The Radisson Blu Hotel, on Friday, March 21st. Apero 19:00-19.30 & Dinner 19:30, Ticket Price: CHF 75
Gala Dinner tickets are not refundable once booked.

Pay attention !The Gala Dinner is now Full.

**Please note that an administration fee of 75% will be levied on registration fees for any cancellation after January 10th

Pay attention !REGISTRATION Closed

Registration for the full day workshop on Thursday March 20th

attentionRegistration for the Pre-Conference Bill and Ochan Powell workshop day is now closed.

Gala Dinner

will be held at The Radisson Blu Hotel, on Friday, March 21st.

Address: Steinentorstrasse 25, 4051 Basel
Phone: 061 227 27 27

Apero 19:00-19.30 & Dinner 19:30, Ticket Price: CHF 75

Gala Dinner tickets are not refundable once booked.

Pay attention !The Gala Dinner is now Full.


The Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel, has offered a special rate for those attending the conference.

Should you wish to use this hotel please use this link or call the hotel directly.

For further information about other hotel accommodation please contact Basel Tourist Office.

Exhibitor Information

For further information please contact Steven James at ATLAS PROMOTIONS EU

Exhibitor List





3P Learning Ltd

Represented by Donna Pockson and Holly Nicholls


Alpinzentrum Gstaad AG

Represented by Volker Schweinbenz

Alpinzentrum Gstaad AG is committed to safe and secure outdoor education programmes and to the promotion and development of all aspects of outdoor learning. Every course is exciting, inspiring and packed full of adventure. What we teach in our courses cannot be learned in a traditional classroom setting. We believe that the outdoors provide the setting for a unique education based on experiential learning.

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Baumassurance SA

Represented by Heiner Baumgartner, Toni Bachmann, Patrick Feierabend

Knowledge is key when it comes to liability! Baumassurance are independent insurance Brokers. We put25 years of experience, knowledge and expertise in intrnational school’s matters at your service. Contact us!

Baumassurance - Let's find your way; exclusive service for staff of international schools

Baumassurance - Pepper and Salt


Capita Sims International

Represented by Greg Martin

About Capita SIMS


CES Holdings Ltd

Represented by Terry Johnson

CES Holdings is the largest independent consolidator of UK books and equipment to international schools in Switzerland and worldwide. We offer a very extensive choice of catalogues, rapid delivery times, an acclaimed after-sales service and a sophisticated online order tracking system. A complete selection of catalogues will be on display.


CJM Software

 Represented by Chris Boulton


Collins Learning

 Represented by Thomas Wiltshire


Core Consultants

Represented by John Cannings

The Complete Learning Experience

Core Consultants exist to help schools implement and improve their IB Diploma Core provision. Our team of experienced IB Educators can help you make the IB Diploma a more dynamic and coherent experience for for the students in your school, allowing them to maximise their learning.

Visit our website at:

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EducaTec AG

Represented by Vance Carter

EducaTec AG is working to increase the understanding of technology and engineering in primary and secondary school systems. We have material for the teaching of technology, the sciences, computer science, math, and robotics. Our Primary product lines include: LEGO Educational Division, Vernier, Texas Instruments calculators and National Instruments.


Encyclopædia Britannica

Represented by Brendon Fleming


Endicott College

Represented by Richard Pacheco

M.Ed. degrees in International Education, International Education Administration, in International Education with ESL Specialization, in Athletic Administration,and in Special Needs and Behavioral Studies. 


FCD Educational Services

Represented by Tom Gee and Deirdre Flynn



Represented by Clive Ungless


Findel Education

Represented by Sinead Healy



Represented by Emily Smith

Follett provides educationally relevant content, integrated educational technology solutions, and value-added services to over 65,000 PreK-12 schools and districts in the United States and around the world. We focus on earning our customers’ trust every day and helping you impact over 35,000,000 PreK-12 students every year.


Foundations for Learning

Represented by Sylvia Leck

Foundations for Learning is dedicated to helping people reach their full academic potential.

Based in Zurich, we offer a comprehensive range of services to support academic performance and life skills. These include:

  1. academic support and tutoring for the important educational building blocks (reading and writing, maths and languages) as well as revision for IB, IGCSE and A Level exams.
  2. Assessment of and support for learning difficulties including dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD and other problems
  3. An Extended Learning Centre in association with the Inter-Community School in Zumikon
  4. psychological support for emotional and behavioural difficulties

teacher training courses and workshops on all aspects of learning support and special needs

More information about Foundations for Learning

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Galmar SA

 Represented by Janik Leutloff, Daniel Kluss

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Hodder Education

 Represented by Jo Arnold

Hodder Education is a leading service provider to schools in over 100 countries worldwide, with resources and training available from Primary to A level. We publish for qualifications from the IB, Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel, and also offer a wide range of innovative digital support.

More about Hodder Education

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 Represented by Neil Doherty and Stuart Beaumont


Inspiring Futures Foundation

 Represented by Julia Watson

The Inspiring Futures Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which, for over 70 years, has been working with young people in partnership with schools in the UK and internationally, providing impartial and expert career guidance that includes a personal interview, psychometric profiling, work-related learning and much more.

More about Inspiring Futures


Lovell International Camps

Represented by Bryce Lovell, Victoria Lovell

Lovell International Camps is currently offering exciting winter programs for school groups, providing professional instruction in skiing, ski racing, snowboarding and a variety of other activities. We’ve had 40 years’ experience running an international school and summer camp - and now would love the opportunity to create a special winter program for your students. 

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Oxford University Press

Represented by Thomas Haydon



Represented by Abigail Keys-Clark

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Our education business combines 150 years of experience in publishing with the latest learning technology and online support.
We work in more than 70 countries. Courses are available as books, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose.


Schofield and Sims

Represented by David Nesbitt



Represented by Sjenka Leslie

Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. Scholastic is proud to serve the needs of children, teachers and parents in International and DoDEA schools, as well as indigenous educational markets. For over 85 years, Scholastic has created quality products and services that educate, entertain and motivate children and are designed to enhance their understanding of the world around them.


Studio Patrick

Represented by Anne Grobéty and Mikaël Berner


Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH

 Represented by Gerhard Stolz

Texas Instruments works with educators throughout the world in designing and developing classroom technology. As a result, our products, training and support materials are well-researched and tested, providing appropriate solutions for every classroom.


TFL Education Ltd

Represented by Aiden Harper

TFL Education provides a series of fully resourced, interactive courses for inclusion in the primary and secondary school curriculum. The courses encourage young people to recognise the behaviours, attitudes, qualities and skills identified as essential for success in the twenty-first century.

More about TFL Education


TCBC School Tours

Represented by Ben Hornby

TCBC School Tours is a family business based in the UK specialising in customised educational school tours to a handful of select destinations. These include Moscow, St Petersburg, Berlin, Munich, Krakow, WWI & WWII Battlefields, Istanbul, Beijing, Washington DCand New York City.

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TTS Group Ltd

Represented by Scott Topliss

TTS is Europe's leading developer of teacher resources for international primary schools. In the past four years we have won over 35 national awards including 'Product of the Year for the past four years, thus it is we have unparalled credentials as an innovative developer in the primary area.


Travelbound/ Skibound

Represented by Natalie Roberts


Village Camps

Represented by Nick Tranter

Curriculum inspired Outdoor Education Programmes for International Schools take the learning process outside the classroom and into the great outdoors. Innovative and creative Summer Camps in Switzerland, England, France, Austria, Canada and China. Students may focus on language study, sports, adventure or performing arts. Award winning leadership programmes.



Represented by Neil Butcher

Innovative MIS Products for International Schools

WCBS International is a leading supplier of management information systems to over 500 fee-paying schools worldwide.

3Sys Academic - browser-based solution for all academic and administrative requirements

PASS Finance - complete billing and financial management with powerful reporting features

webALUMNUS – Simple hosted alumni management

More about WCBS


World Book,Inc.

Represented by Rob Jamieson

WorldBook, committed to creating educational products that meet the higheststandardsof editorial excellence in print and digital forms. World Book offers a wide range of products including TheWorldBook Encyclopedia; World Book Online, the most comprehensive and authoritative online solution for schools; andWorldBookClassroom, innovative and effective teaching resources for the classroom.


World Challenge

Represented by Tony Burns

Working with students in 23 countries across the globe, World Challenge offers young people the chance to explore the world and experience different cultures while developing valuable life skills. Providing bespoke student travel itineraries to over 65 destinations for over 25 years, World Challenge provide all students and teachers with a level of expedition safety and service second to none. This is our eleventh year working with SGIS schools.



  • Programme
  • Handouts
  • Pre-conference
  • Meeting for Principals
  • Post-Conference

Two Day Schedule and Workshop Descriptors

pdfComplete programme (Updated 4th March 2014)

pdfTwo Day Schedule (Updated 4th March 2014)

pdf Workshop descriptors


pdfPlans ot the building, Lunch menus and time, programme


pdfExhibitor Brochure


Please print out all HANDOUTS before attending the conference. There will be no Handouts available at the conference so it is important you print these out beforehand.

We are adding speaker handouts as they come in.

If you have problems downloading please contact:

Stephen Barkley

powerpoint fileFeedback to students: What do we know about feedback and learning?

powerpoint fileQuestions? A Key Component of Innovating, Educating, and Creating

powerpoint filePeer Coaching- Job-Embedded Professional Learning

powerpoint fileTapping Student Effort Increasing Student Achievement

Dr. Marvin Marshall

Friday, March 21, 2014
11:20 - 12:30
Discipline Without Stress® Punishments, or Rewards:
How to Responsibility & Learning
In this session Marv will share his Discipline Without Stress Teaching Model.

Friday, March 21, 2014
13:50 -15:00
Tapping into Internal Motivation to Promote Learning
In this session, Marv will share how teachers use his Hierarchy of Social Development to prompt students to WANT to put forth effort in their learning and increase their academic achievement.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
12:10 - 13:20 1 hour, 10 minutes
Staggered lunch
How to Handle Every Day Discipline Problem
Marv will share his approach and resources to handle discipline problems.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
15:00 - 16:10 1 hour, 10 minutes (4 sessions)
Simple Strategies for dealing with difficult Students
In this session Marv will explore specific procedures and techniques to handle every discipline challenge based upon his counseling and administrative experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Bill and Ochan Powell

pdfMaking Inclusion Happen: Differentiation

Tina Quick

pdfTCKs Transitioning Successfully – Repatriation Challenges

pdfTransitions: Survive or Thrive?

pdfThird Culture Kids: Why a Cross-Cultural Childhood Matters

Stuart Stotts

pdfSinging the Words: Lyric Writing in the Classroom

pdfLaying a Foundation : Defining Arts Integration

pdfEverybody Started Out Small: How Music Encourages Learning, Connection, and Joy In Young Children

pdfClose the Book and Tell: Using Folktales to Build Literacy, Listening Skills, and Cultural and Emotional Competence


PRE-CONFERENCE ALL DAY WORKSHOP Thursday 20th March 2014 at the International School of Basel, AESCH CAMPUS

General Information
This workshop will take place on Thursday March 20th in the examination rooms, 2nd floor at the AESCH Campus.
Time: 9.00-16.00
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Specific book/s are needed for this workshop. Books may be ordered through SGIS at the cost of CHF 50.
Parking is very limited at the AESCH campus. It is recommended that public transport be used which stops outside the school.


Hosted by the INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BASEL, AESCH Campus. Time: 9:00-16.00.


  • Please note to attend this workshop you must be registered for the Annual Conference.
  • Compulsory purchase of a book by Bill and Ochan Powell. Cost is CHF 50 per book.
  • Limited places

This is a highly interactive, four part workshop that can be taken as a whole or as four stand alone sessions. It focuses on four keys to differentiation or personalized learning: Knowing your student, Knowing your curriculum, Developing a repertoire of research based instructional strategies and Developing professional collaboration. It is appropriate for teachers -- pre K to Grade 12 and administrators.

  • Knowing your student (and yourself as teacher):
    • Student characteristics, including, cognition, temperament, intelligence preferences and learning style
    • Learning needs: learning disabilities, ESL, ADHD, gifted and talented
    • Methods of data collection, including Cognitive Coachingsm, clinical observation, academic/non-academic grading
    • Using student work/collaborative assessments as a way of knowing our students
    • Developing a repertoire of strategies


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Meeting for SGIS Middle & Secondary School Principals

Saturday afternoon 15.00 - 16:10
Room: Boulanger

An opportunity for Principals in schools with students aged 11 – 18 years to meet to discuss job-related matters and share experiences in a mutually supportive environment.

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  • Dickinson
  • B. & O. Powel
  • S. Barkley
  • S.Stotts
  • M. Marshall
  • J. Deak
  • T. Quick

Keynote SPeaker : Matt Dickinson

dickinsonMotivation/Business Presentations: Matt Dickinson motivational presentations have become a highlight of many corporate conferences and events. Using stunning audio visual images he looks back on more than forty expedition films and asks “What is the difference between teams that win and teams that fail?”

With his dazzling audio visual presentation film adventure specialist Matt Dickinson analyses the performance of the world's top expedition teams and begs the question "what is it that separates those teams who achieve their goals from those who inevitably fail".

Using dramatic and sometimes humorous examples of success and failure, he distils the vital factors that contribute to effective teamwork. His insights are drawn from personal experience of the teams with whom he has worked. His successful ascent of the North face of Mount Everest in 1996 is his most challenging expedition to date and saw him become the first British film-maker to have filmed on the summit and return alive.

Matt's account of these dramatic events "Summit Fever" has already been seen by more than 20 million people worldwide. It is widely acclaimed as one of the most compelling stories of human triumph and disaster ever told.

Selecting clips from his films, Matt illustrates that it is cohesive, adaptable teams, who have highly developed communication skills and who passionately share in an overall goal, that are the teams who achieve ultimate success.

Drawing on his experiences at the hard end of adventure filming for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and National Geographic TV in the US, he is able to reveal not just the strategies but also the human factors that enable teams to attain peak performance against overwhelming odds.

Matt Dickinson's recent journeys have included a sea voyage by yacht to Antarctica, the first descent of the perilous rapids of the Brahmaputra River, the world hang gliding altitude record at over 40,000ft, and a walk across the inhospitable Namib Desert. His programs have been shown in more than thirty five countries and won more than 20 international film festival awards.

His lasting impression on business audiences is to create new attitudes essential for teams to succeed in today's ever-changing environment.

PowelWilliam Powell has served as an international school educator for the past 30 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Malaysia. From 1991 to 1999, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and from 2000 – 2006 as Headmaster of the International School of Kuala Lumpur. He is the co-author, with his wife Ochan, of Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000), Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools (2007), Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2010) and How to teach now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (2011). Bill’s most recent book is entitled The OIQ Factor: How teachers can raise the Organizational Intelligence of Schools (2013).

Bill and Ochan are currently working on a project, The Next Frontier: Inclusion to support the inclusion of special needs children in international schools. They are focusing their attention on teacher professional development, school leadership and governance training and serve as consultants for Education Across Frontiers ( When he is not facilitating teacher workshops or speaking at conferences, Bill can be found in the French Pyrenees where he fights (together with a handful of sheep) an annual battle with the European bramble.

Ochan Kusuma-Powell received her doctorate from Columbia University and has developed and implemented inclusive special education programs in the United States, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tanzania. Together with her husband, Bill, she co-authored an OSAC publications entitled Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000),and Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools (2007). Ochan is also the co-author of Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2010) and How to teach now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (2011). She is an associate trainer for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and adjunct faculty at Buffalo State and Lehigh Universities.

Bill and Ochan are currently working on a project to support the inclusion of special needs children in international schools, supported by a grant from the US Department of State. They are focusing their attention on teacher professional development, school leadership and governance training and serve as consultants for Education Across Frontiers ( Bill and Ochan are also Associate trainers for the Center for Cognitive Coaching.

BrkleySteve Barkley

Executive Vice President
Performance Learning Systems, Inc.

Steve Barkley is internationally recognized for his ability to facilitate change. He has more than 30 years of experience working in classrooms, schools and universities building teacher capacity for heightened student success and is well-known for guiding school improvement through coaching, mentoring and professional development. Steve has worked with teachers at the International School Basel in Switzerland, Florence International School in Italy, the Enka Schools, Hisar School, Uskudar American Academy and Robert College in Turkey, the ABA School and the Al Sawha School in Oman and the United Nations International School in Hanoi. He has also served as the facilitator of coaching workshops for Lead Turkey and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). Steve has presented at a variety of international conferences including the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS), the Alliance for International Education (AIE), and the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA). Steve’s dynamic energy and captivating style translate his extraordinary knowledge about life in the classroom and provide the necessary skills for effective change in individual teachers, teams and schools.

StottsStuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller and author from Madison, Wisconsin. He’s worked as a full-time performer since 1986, and he gives over 200 shows a year for kids, families and adults around the United States, and sometimes farther. He has worked at a variety of international schools in Greece, Costa Rica, England, Egypt, and Switzerland.

Stuart is also a Kennedy Center teaching artist, and he works with schools and educational institutions around the United States through the Partners in Education program, focusing on connections between literacy, music, storytelling, and arts integration. His training sessions are interactive and grounded in practice, providing strategies and approaches that teachers can implement with students immediately.

Stuart is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops for teachers, parents and librarians. A major area of focus is on early education. Stuart works with early childhood teachers in the areas of current brain research, music, and professionalism. In 2009, he cooperated with the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association to develop a program called “I’m a Teacher Not a Babysitter,” which incorporates stories and experiences of teachers to give a portrait of the daily life, challenges, and joys of work with young children.

Stuart has also worked extensively as an artist-in-residence in elementary, middle and high schools. He has released several award-winning recordings including Celebrate, Everybody Started Out Small, Are We There Yet? and One Big Dance. He is also the author of The Bookcase Ghost: A Collection of Wisconsin ghost stories, Books in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin, Curly Lambeau and the Green Bay Packers, and We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World. We Shall Overcome was named an American Library Association Notable Book for 2011. His newest book, due for publication in 2013, is a biography of civil rights leader James Groppi, a central figure in Milwaukee in the 1960s.

Stuart is married and lives in Deforest, Wi.

marshallDr. Marvin Marshall is an author, staff developer, and international speaker who disagrees with most traditional educational practices used today.

He is widely known for his noncoercive (but not permissive) approach to discipline, parenting, motivation, and learning from his landmark education and parenting books and the comprehensive information on his website:

He presented in 44 of the United States and in 21 countries on five (5) continents.

He has taught primary and upper grades and every grade 7 - 12. He has also served as a counselor; elementary, middle, and high school principal; and district director of education. While serving for 24 years in these various positions, he witnessed many counterproductive approaches. He returned to the classroom and focused on promoting responsibility and learning without rewards or punishment.

The result: "Discipline without Stress," a behavior and learning system used around the world from Nepal in the north to New Zealand in the south.

More about his background can be viewed at

oAnn Deak, PhDJoAnn Deak, Ph.D., has spent more than thirty years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. The latter half of that period has also focused on working with adults, parents and teachers in their roles as guides or ‘neurosculptors’ of children. On her website is a quote that best describes her perspective on her work: “Every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become.”

Dr. Deak began her career as an elementary teacher and head of the science department. She soon learned the complexity of dealing with the many brain and motivational patterns represented by the diverse students in her classes. This led to her work at Kent State University, one of only three universities in the United States to have a specialty in Preventive Psychology at that time. Her doctoral work focused on how to assess those environmental, school and family patterns that lead to the healthy development of children and, conversely, those patterns that cause issues, problems and disabilities.

After several years in private practice, Dr. Deak began consulting with schools in Ohio. In the 1980′s she worked with the Laurel School as a consulting psychologist, where she participated in a six-year study with Harvard and a team of researchers lead by Carol Gilligan. Following that study, Dr. Deak joined Laurel School as the Director of the Lower School and Director of the Middle School. She also was the founding Director of Early Childhood. She left Laurel in 1999 to expand her consulting role with parents, schools and other organizations nationwide and internationally.

Dr. Deak has been an advisor to Outward Bound, a past chair of the National Committee for Girls and Women in Independent Schools, on the advisory board for the Center on Research for Girls [Laurel School], for the Seattle Girls’ School, Bromley Brook School, the Red Oak School, Power Play and GOAL. She consults with organizations and schools across the United States. Most recently, she has worked internationally with schools, organizations, associations and parent groups in every continent [except Antarctica!]. This includes: Argentina, Australia, Borneo, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, France, India, Kenya, the Philippines, Morocco, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. She has been awarded the Woman of Achievement Award by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, was given the first Female Educator of the Year Award by Orchard House School, and the Outstanding Partner for Girls Award from Clemson University. She has been named the Visiting Scholar in New Zealand, the Visiting Scholar for Montessori Children’s House and has been the Resident Scholar for the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute in Colorado Springs for the past five years.

Dr Deak has written three books:

  • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, Little Pickle Press, 2011. [also available in Mandarin, 2012, from The DEAK Group or Jiangxi Universities and Colleges Press]
  • How Girls Thrive, Green Blanket Press, 2010. Spanish Version: Assi alcanzan el exito las ninas, Green Blanket Press, 2011.
  • Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, Hyperion, 2002. [now available on ebooks]

Co-edited one book:

  • The Book of Hopes and Dreams, 1999.

Contributed to three books:

  • What I Wish You Knew: Letters from Our Daughters’ Lives, and Expert Advice on Staying Connected. American Girl. 2001
  • Instructor’s Guide to Managing Adolescents in the Field. Outward Bound. 2003
  • Raising an American Girl: Parenting Advice, American Girl, 2010

Additional material for the Fantastic Elastic Brain is available from the App Store. Lesson plans for this book are available from the website of Little Pickle Press.

Has written numerous articles, and is working on a series of books:
A Trilogy:

  • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain for Children
  • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain for Adolescents
  • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain for Adults

tina-quickTina Quick is a cross-cultural trainer, international speaker, and author of “The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition.” This popular guidebook is the only resource written specifically for students who have been living outside their passport countries (third culture kids / global nomads) to help them successfully manage the double transition to college / university.

Tina is the founder of International Family Transitions (IFT), a comprehensive service that specializes in serving the needs of globally mobile students and their families. Often billed by international schools as “The Transition or Third Culture Kid (TCK) Expert,” she has worked closely with international schools in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Witnessing the struggles of students who haven’t learned how to live out the differences their international upbringing has created in them in a positive and fulfilling way has inspired her to create specialized training to suit their individual needs. Her latest passion is to share her knowledge, expertise, and complete set of training materials with counselors and others who work with expat students so they can create individualized trainings for their own school communities.

She is a popular speaker in US universities such as Lewis and Clark, University of Virginia, Northeastern University and University of Texas. She has presented for The Association of Boarding Schools, ECIS, Families in Global Transition (FIGT), OACAC, Society for Intercultural Education and Research, Mental Health and Missions, American University’s Intercultural Management Institute, NAFSA and the USA Girls Scouts Overseas. She has been featured in Global Living Magazine and regularly writes a range of articles for several expatriate online magazines and newsletters. She has enjoyed holding several radio interviews with stations such as World Radio Switzerland and Trans World Radio.

Tina has served as the Health Officer for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for six years at their Geneva, Switzerland Headquarters. She has served on the Board of Directors of FIGT and was Chair Person of the Program Committee for their annual conference. She is a member of OACAC and served on the Advisory Board of TCKid, an active global community of TCK adults and youth across geographical boundaries.

Tina is a well-seasoned traveler who has raised her own TCKs across four cultures and continents including Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. She is an adult TCK who, having made 29 moves (15 of them by the sixth grade) understands well the cycle of loss and grief involved in a cross-cultural lifestyle. Her family’s re-entry back to the US after 15 years of living abroad sparked her passion for addressing the challenges and benefits that stemmed from her own children’s rich multi-cultural background.



About SGIS

The Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) exists to :

  • support international schools in Switzerland and neighbouring countries in achieving their educational goals

  • and to provide representation on issues of common in terest.

The SGIS is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to:

  • promote closer links among teachers, administrators, and students of its member schools;

  • promote professional development for teachers and administrators;

  • provide opportunities for arranging educational, cultural, and sporting activities among member schools;

  • provide a forum for the sharing of educational resources;

  • represent the concerns of international schools in Switzerland to local or federal authorities;

  • cooperate and maintain professional contacts with other regional and international educational bodies and associations.

More info

Next Events

Write Dance Training


May 19th, 2014, 9am-3:30pm

Write Dance creator Ragnhild Oussoren will hold a full-day Write Dance training for Early Years, Lower Primary and Specialist teachers on May 19th, 2014 at the Zurich International School, Baden Campus.

More info


SGIS Membership Information

Please remember to pay your membership fees for the 2013/14 school year by June 10th, 2013.

Membership Fees:
CHF 4 per student with a minimum of CHF 400 per school and a maximum of CHF 3000 per school.

Bank Details:
Account: Swiss Group of International Schools
UBS, PO Box CH 1260 Nyon
Account Number: 228-E0122617.0



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