SGIS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014
Hosted by the INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BASEL MARCH 21ST AND 22ND
Understanding the child: the student revisited
The sessions below by Bill and Ochan Powell will be presented during the Annual Conference Friday 21 and Saturday 22nd March 2014
FRIDAY (THREE HOURS)
- Knowing your curriculum:
- Teaching at a conceptual level
- Backward design
- Mediating higher order thinking
- Levels of challenge/readiness
SATURDAY (THREE HOURS)
- Learning to keep it simple and social (Professional Collaboration)
- Collaboration lessons from two species of garden birds
- Collaborative skills for differentiation
- Reflection on how we work together
This workshop is suitable for teachers from K – 12.
- Gala dinner
- Exhibitor info
International School of Basel (Reinach Campus)
Reception: +41 61 715 33 33
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.
Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc through Euros may also be used (exchange rates may vary from place to place)
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: http://www.cff.ch/home.html . Some trains from Kloten (Zurich) are direct, others require a change.
Draft Programme and Workshop Descriptors
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PRE-CONFERENCE ALL DAY WORKSHOP Thursday 20th March 2014 at the International School of Basel, AESCH CAMPUS
This workshop will take place on Thursday March 20th in the examination rooms, 2nd floor at the AESCH Campus.
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.
PRE-CONFERENCE ALL DAY WORKSHOP THURSDAY MARCH 20TH, 2014
Hosted by the INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BASEL, AESCH Campus. Time: 9:00-16.00.
DIFFERENTIATION: MAKING INCLUSION HAPPEN -
Presented by Bill and Ochan Powell
- 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
THURSDAY (FULL DAY SESSION)
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
To participate in this workshop you MUST be registered for the full conference.
Registration form : Please return this form no later than February 1st to: Jackie Chan-Kam, Executive Secretary: Jackie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration CLOSES on January 1st for this workshop. Please note that there are very limited places.
Friday, March 21st (8:30-18:00) & Saturday, March 22nd (8:30-15:00)
PRE-CONFERENCE ALL DAY WORKSHOP Registration, Thursday 20th March 2014
Registration for the Annual Conference 21ST and 22nd
Early Bird Registration by December 20th 2013 – Member Schools only CHF 425
Registration by February 1st, 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.
**Please note that an administration fee of 75% will be levied on registration fees for any cancellation after January 10th
Registration for the full day workshop on Thursday March 20th
Registration CLOSES on January 10th for this workshop. Please note that there are limited places.
You must be registered with full registration payment for the Annual Conference in order to attend these workshops.
Compulsory books must be purchased from SGIS at CHF 50
Registration form : Please return this form no later than February 1st to: Jackie Chan-Kam, Executive Secretary: Jackie.email@example.com
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.
For further information please contact Steven James at ATLAS PROMOTIONS EU
- Bill & Ochan Powel
- S. Barkley
- M. Marshall
- J. Deak
- T. Quick
William Powell has served as an international school educator for the past 30 years ied 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 (Bpowell@eduxfrontiers.org). 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 (Okpowell@eduxfrontiers.org). Bill and Ochan are also Associate trainers for the Center for Cognitive Coaching.
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.
Stuart 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.
Dr. Marvin Marshall is an educator, author, and speaker. He is widely known for his approach to discipline, parenting, motivation, and learning from his landmark education and parenting books and having presented in 44 of the United States and in 21 countries on five continents.
He has taught primary and upper grades and every grade 7 - 12 in American schools. 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. His system is totally noncoercive, but not permissive.
JoAnn 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:
- Your Fantastic Elastic Brain for Children
- Your Fantastic Elastic Brain for Adolescents
- Your Fantastic Elastic Brain for Adults
Tina Quick, author of The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition is a cross-cultural trainer, writer and international speaker. She is a well-seasoned traveler and mother of three college-aged daughters. She is an adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) and has raised her own TCKs across four cultures and continents.
She currently serves as Program Chair on the Board of Directors of Families in Global Transition (FIGT). She is a member of the Advisory Board for TCKid.
She is a member of the Overseas Association of College Admissions Counseling. Tina works closely with colleges and universities, domestic and international schools.
The Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) exists to :
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
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.
The International School of Geneva will be holding its Ninth Annual
Ecolint Education conference
on Saturday 18th January 2014.
The theme this year will be
What we really mean by a child-centred education.
Speakers include: Charles Beer, Dr Lynn Erickson and Professeur Luc Ferry.
The Conference website is http://www.ecolint.ch/education-conference
More info (PDF file)
Trading Psychology 2014, the first psychology IB conference in the Alps!
PRE-Conference NEASC Accreditation Visiting Team Member Workshop,
March 19th, International School of Basel 2014
This workshop is designed for those who wish to become visiting team members for NEASC Accreditation visits. This is also an ideal venue for those seeking information on the self-study process as well as for schools that are about to start a self-study.
The workshop will be presented by Richard Pacheco, Dean of Endicott College’s International M.Ed. programs. Rick is an experienced Accreditation Chair and is also a commission member of CAISA – The Commission on American and International Schools Abroad – the arm of NEASC that accredits schools around the world.
This will be a full-day interactive workshop with participants being put into the role of a member of a Visiting Team. At the conclusion of the workshop participants can submit applications to NEASC to be part of a Visiting Team, if they wish to register as a NEASC accreditation team visitor.
You are urged to register for this workshop as soon as possible because participation will be limited. Participants can register for this workshop on the following web page:
SGIS Membership Information
Please remember to pay your membership fees for the 2013/14 school year by June 10th, 2013.
CHF 4 per student with a minimum of CHF 400 per school and a maximum of CHF 3000 per school.
Account: Swiss Group of International Schools
UBS, PO Box CH 1260 Nyon
Account Number: 228-E0122617.0