A bilingual conference (English and French)
SGIS MISSION STATEMENT:
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 interest.
the Institut International de Lancy, Geneva
Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Tech and Learning magazine. His writing includes numerous articles and best-selling books. Alan’s most recent book “Who Owns the Learning?” is on the New York Times education best sellers list for 2013.
Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.
Alan November, Charles Fadel, Gini Rojas, Kath Murdoch, Renee Bourgoin, John Littleford, Jelena Godjevac
Laurence Martin, Lilianne Bodenmann, Catherine Leveque
SGIS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015
MARCH 20 AND 21, 2015
“What are you trying to say?”
Language, communications and technology in the 21st century learning environment
Over the years, SGIS has endeavoured to ensure that the Annual SGIS Conference themes and topics are both relevant and stimulating for our members. Also we have been increasingly aware of the importance for the Conference environment to be conducive to provoking reflection, encouraging delegates’ active participation, promoting debate, and generating enquiry. Moreover, it is our firm conviction that it is a unique opportunity to maintain and, even more importantly, to foster interaction between our teaching communities at all levels thus maximizing the benefits for all those in our care.
SGIS is therefore looking forward to March 2015 when the Institut International de Lancy, Geneva will be our host. New ground will be broken as it will be the very first bilingual SGIS Annual Conference and, in that respect, Institut International de Lancy, Geneva is a most appropriate venue. As for the focus of the Conference (“What are you trying to say?” Language, communications and technology in the 21st century learning environment), I am sure that you will concur that it could not be more relevant as we confront the myriad challenges of a communication and learning environment that is constantly changing.
So, then, what better time than in our March 2015 gathering, to be debating and asking ourselves, with some prompting and cajoling from accomplished speakers and facilitators, the following key questions and issues:
How well are we doing, individually and collectively in embracing the new technologies that can enhance communication and learning?
What can we do more, or better, to effectively harness technologies and other means of facilitating communication and learning?
How can we keep pace with the challenges and issues that new communication technologies present?
As educators/teachers are we fully or appropriately attuned and sensitive to the skills and needs of our students -- those most experienced and savvy users of technology par excellence?
What lessons are there to be learnt from our own school communities? How can we share and disseminate these?
Registration for the Annual Conference March 20th and 21st 2015
Registration form (WORD Document | PDF file)
Please return this form no later than February 28th to: Jackie Chan-Kam, Executive Secretary: Jackie.email@example.com
Early Bird Registration by December 30th, 2014 – Member Schools only: CHF 450
Registration by Feb 28th: Member Schools: CHF 475 Non-Member Schools: CHF 500
Please pay your registration fee before conference date 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.
The Gala Dinner is subsidized by SGIS and will be held at The Hotel President Wilson, on Friday, March 20th.
Apero 19:00-19.30 & Dinner 19:30.
Dress code – Smart casual.
Ticket Price: Member Schools - CHF 85, Non-member schools – CHF 95
Gala Dinner tickets are not refundable once booked.
Download the 2 days programme (PDF file)
The Hotel President Wilson is offering a preferential rate for SGIS delegates.
There are of course lots of hotels in Geneva but they can get booked up very early. For people coming by train, there is a direct tram from the Gare Cornavin to Institut International de Lancy (tram 15).
Some hotels in the area are:
Hotel Ramada Encore Genève la Praille
Route des Jeunes 10-12
Hostellerie de la Vendée
Chemin de la Vendée, 28
Hotel IBIS Genève Petit-Lancy
Chemin des Olliquettes 8
Parking at the school is very limited and you are strongly encouraged to use public transport.
From the Gare Cornavin
There is a direct tram from the Gare Cornavin to Institut International de Lancy (tram 15)
From the airport
Bus 23 goes to Institut de Lancy. It takes about 22 minutes. The stop for the school is GRAND LANCY. The school is a few minutes walk from the stop.
Parking (expensive, public transport is advised)
Parking Rambossans (5 mins walk from Institut International de Lancy (IIL))
between Av. Eugène-Lance and Av. Communes-Réunies
Parking de l’Etoile (10 min walk from IIL)
Carrefour de l’Etoile 1
You may now reserve your exhibition space at the SGIS 2015 Conference.
A floor plan will follow and space will be allocated in order of receipt of reservations.
For more information, please contact Steven James firstname.lastname@example.org
- A. November
- L. Bodenmann
- R. Bourgoin
- Ch. Fadel
- J. Godjevac
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.
Audiences enjoy Alan's humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada, and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.
Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Tech and Learning magazine. His writing includes numerous articles and best-selling books. Alan’s most recent book “Who Owns the Learning?” is on the New York Times education best sellers list for 2013. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.
Each summer Alan leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference with world-class presenters and educators from more than 25 countries.
De langue maternelle espagnole, scolarisée jusqu’au baccalauréat en français, L. Bodenmann, a suivi son parcours universitaire en France, DES Phonétique et Linguistique françaises à Grenoble, en Colombie, Diplôme de Traduction, puis une formation en Théories et Méthodologies de l’enseignement des Langues à Genève et Lausanne.
Des formations complémentaires en «International Leadership and Management», «Curriculum Leadership in the International School», puis en «Dyslexia and Academic Language Learning» lui ont permis de repenser à la politique linguistique en fonction de la réalité des élèves multilingues en milieu scolaire international.
Enseignante de français et espagnol au secondaire à l’école St. George’s School in Switzerland où elle est actuellement Directrice des Etudes, elle base sa réflexion sur une expérience concrète de plus de deux décennies d’observation et de travail avec collègues, élèves et parents.
Renée Bourgoin is a doctoral candidate and a faculty associate at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada at the University of New Brunswick (Faculty of Education).
Her areas of research interest include teaching and intervention strategies needed to support struggling learners in French immersion, second language reading and writing development, and inclusion in second language contexts .
Along with her responsibilities teaching the elementary level French second language methodology course and literacy in second language course, Renée is a member of the Institute’s research team on best teaching practices.
Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader, expert and inventor; founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign; visiting scholar at Harvard GSE; Chair of the education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of best-selling book “21st Century Skills”; founder and president of the Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland); senior fellow, human capital at The Conference Board; senior fellow at P21.org.
He has worked with education systems and institutions in more than thirty countries. He was formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG and UPenn CLO, and angel investor with Beacon Angels. He holds a BSEE, an MBA, and five patents.
Full Bio at: http://curriculumredesign.org/about/team/#charles
Dr. Jelena Godjevac, CEO and founder of Intersection.ch, a company created in partnership with Center for Digital Education - EPFL. Intersection.ch is a place where technology meets education.
Jelena holds a PhD in Computer Science from EPFL and has more than twenty years of experience in the field of education, curriculum creation and teaching, to the furtherance of which she is deeply committed.
Her company helps schools to meaningfully integrate technology in the teaching process and be recognized for their excellence.
- C. Levêque
- J. Littleford
- L. Martin
- K. Murdoch
- G. Rojas
Catherine Leveque a suivi ses études universitaires à Genève et est titulaire d'une licence en Science de l'Education et d'un DEA de l'Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales (IUHEI).
Son parcours de formation s'est poursuivi par des ateliers de l'enseignement PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme), ainsi que des ateliers et sommets Google.
C. Leveque est actuellement professeur de FLE (français comme langue étrangère) et assistante du département d'informatique à l'Ecole Internationale de Genève depuis 2008.
Elle a combiné sa passion pour l'enseignement EMILE / CLIL (Enseignement de matières par intégration d'un langue étrangère /Content and language integrated learning), avec sa passion de l'informatique, en déployant de nouvelles applications sur Ipads dans le cadre de l'enseignement d'une langue étrangère.
John Littleford served as teacher, trustee and head of school for over 25 years.
For the past 18 years he has been a consultant to over 6000 independent and international schools. His clients also include corporations, foundations, universities and a range of other non-profit organizations.
Mr. Littleford's areas of expertise are board governance, strategic planning, executive and faculty compensation and evaluation; executive searches; marketing strategies including admissions; fund raising, managing change; school climate; institutional and financial audits; and team building. His widely read landmark book, “Faculty Salary Systems in Independent Schools” was published by the National Association of Independent Schools for 20 years.
John Littleford speaks, and leads workshops at Conferences for independent and international school and nonprofit leadership all over the world. Littleford & Associates’
Newsletter is published four times a year and is widely read by 25,000 trustees and schools and not for profit leaders.
Professeur des écoles en France pendant 20 ans tous niveaux de classe
Enseignante référente en Haute Savoie pendant 3 ans
Professeur de soutien en français à Ecolint campus des Nations depuis 2011
Certificat de Graphothérapie Approche Plurielle
Formations diverses : précocité,besoins éducatifs particuliers (troubles dys,autisme,...)
Educational consultant, Fellow of the University of Melborne
Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant who has worked for many years in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, America, Africa and Europe. She is widely respected for her work in the field of inquiry based learning in which she has taught, researched and published for three decades. She maintains a strong commitment to supporting teachers in the classroom and regularly teaches children around the world. Her presentations are always practical and directly applicable to the classroom.
Kath began her professional life as a classroom teacher in Melbourne. Her fascination in how students’ constructed their understandings - and her interest in the way questions and big ideas could drive curriculum soon lead to a passion for integrative and inquiry based methodologies. This passion has become a career long focus for teaching, research and writing and the methodologies in which Kath specialises are now central to curriculum frameworks in many parts of the world – including the popular International Baccalaureate, PYP program.
Critical to Kath’s success is her continued involvement in classroom teaching. Whether it is to demonstrate techniques, coach teachers or build her own repertoire of practices, Kath is committed to regular and ongoing work with students. Her classroom work and research feeds a dynamic and ever-evolving expertise in the area of integrative and inquiry-based learning.
Kath’s professional development offerings are diverse. They range from intensive partnerships with schools to develop inquiry programs and practices over several years through to one-day workshops for beginning or experienced inquiry teachers. Whether in her home town of Melbourne or on the other side of the world, working with a team or speaking to a packed auditorium Kath’s style is refreshingly practical, inclusive and always connected to the real world of teaching.
Dr. Rojas conducts professional training on effective programs and strategies for English learners from pre-school through grade 12 for ESL and classroom teachers alike. As an ASCD faculty member Dr. Rojas uses the backwards design curriculum model to work help teachers design ‘high-challenge, high-support’ learning experiences for strengthening English learners' second language proficiency and academic achievement. She provides professional development trainings, job-embedded coaching and demonstration lessons, and conducts linguistic audits of EAL (English as an Additional Language) program.
She has worked in over 200 international schools throughout the world as well as with school districts in the US and Canada. Dr. Rojas is the author of Strategies for Success with English Language Learners: An Action Toolkit for Classroom and ESL Teachers published by ASCD (2007) and of Educating English Language Learners: Connecting Language, Literacy, and Culture (2010), ASCD DVD Series.
Dr. Rojas teaches summer the graduate course EAL for Mainstream Teachers for the Teacher's Training Center in Miami and London and Translating Brian Research into Effective Language Education for the Association for the Advancement of International Education. She is also working with International School Services with the WLI EAL Initiative (World Language Initiative for English as an Additional Language).
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.
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
The 4 Pillars of Mastering Maths
An SGIS sponsored one-day free CPD course!
A rare one-off international visit by Maths specialist Ruth Merttens!
Friday 20th February 2015
La Côte International School, 1170 Aubonne, Vaud
Ruth Merttens is a prominent ‘thought leader’ in numeracy. Based in the UK, Ruth has written maths programmes and text books as well as being a government advisor and key consultant in developing 21st century numeracy skills for our 21st Century students.
Ruth talks about the 4 pillars of numeracy – the central skills and understanding necessary for developing essential numeracy and problem solving skills.
NEASC Accreditation Workshop March 2015
NEASC Accreditation Visiting Team Member
Training Workshop, 8th Edition
Institut International de Lancy
Avenue Eugène Lance 24
Geneva, Switzerland (map)
(Preceding the SGIS Conference)
Thursday March 19, 2015
Workshop Session 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Workshop Leader: Richard Pacheco, NEASC/CIE Commission Member, Dean Endicott College
This day long workshop is designed for administrators and teachers who:
- wish to become familiar with the 8th Edition NEASC Accreditation protocol, "Journey to Excellence in International Education"
- wish to be considered for membership on a Visiting Team
Participants will develop an understanding of the accreditation process, become familiar with the Visiting Team Report format, and gain hands-on experience in writing report sections and conducting an effective visit to a school seeking accreditation.
Participation is limited to 25. There is no cost associated with attending the workshop.
Morning coffee and lunch will be available for purchase from the school canteen.
To register for the workshop please go to:
and click on the workshop tab in the right hand column:
Visiting Team Member Workshop
Institut International de Lancy
Preceding the SGIS Conference
First ever psychology IB conference in the Alps!
Dear IB Psychology teachers,
I am the psychology IB teacher at the Leysin American School in Switzerland and will be organizing the second yearly
Trading Psychology Conference
here at the Swiss Alps, in the beginning of January 2015, which is open to any psychology IB teacher, in order to establish a network for psychology IB teachers, as well as a fix yearly opportunity to meet.
More information and inscription
This year we will have the special participation of a Workshop IB leader (Oxford & Berlin) and Examiner, co-authored the Pearson IB Psychology textbook: Christos Halkiopoulos!
Raphael Aschenbrenner, M. Ed.
Tribute to Peggy Templeton Strong
It was with great sadness that we learned that Peggy passed away on Friday 18th July 2014 at the grand age of 102 years. The funeral took place in the small alpine village of Gryon, where she had lived for over 50 years and was attended by close family, friends and colleagues.
On Thursday 12th June 2014, at the Walterswil campus, of the International School of Zug and Luzern, Antonia, the widow of the late Director and owner of the School, Martin Latter, and his daughter, Sophie, were guests of honour at an emotional ceremony to unveil a statue of Martin.