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Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS)


March 11th and 12th, 2016 at La Côte International School


"Mind if I Learn ?"


  • Robert Eastaway
  • Garfield Gini-Newman
  • Peter Gittins
  • Robert Greenleaf

Robert Eastaway

Rob EastwayAh, Aha and Haha - When maths Meets Creativity

For most people, the expression 'creative maths' sounds like a contradiction in terms. But real maths *is* creative - it's about discovery, serendipity and surprise. In this talk Rob gives some of his favourite examples, many of which can be used in the classroom. The content is tailored depending on whether it is for primary or secondary teachers. Rob has written or co-written eleven books, some of which have appeared in several languages. The majority are about the maths of everyday life, but I've also written books on cricket, memory and creative thinking.

Rob Eastaway is Director of Maths Inspiration, a national programme of interactive lecture shows in theatres that has reached over 100,000 teenagers in the last ten years. I'm closely involved with the UK maths community, from primary schools to universities.


Garfield Gini-Newman

gini-newmanGarfield Gini-Newman blends humour with a deep understanding of effective curriculum design centred around the infusion of critical thinking for all. As an associate professor at OISE/University of Toronto and a senior national consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium, Garfield has worked with thousands of teachers across grades and subjects, helping them to frame learning around engaging and provocative activities and authentic assessments.

Requests for Garfield’s services have taken him from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean and across North America. His interest in effective teaching and learning has led him to actively explore the challenges and opportunities presented by teaching and learning in the digital age. Garfield has spoken across Canada and internationally on critical thinking, brain compatible classrooms, curriculum design and effective assessment practice, and nurturing 21st century skills in a digital world. In addition to his work at the University of Toronto and delivering workshops, Garfield has also authored several articles, chapters in books and seven textbooks and has taught in the faculties of education at York University and the University of British Columbia.

His most recent book co-authored with Roland Case, Creating Thinking Classrooms has received widespread praise from leading educators across Canada and internationally.

Recent Publications

Article: In Search of the Thinking Classroom, May 2014;
Article: Encouraging Digital Technology Integration with Critical Thinking: The Global Teenager Project, June 2014

Works in Progress:
Book: Creating Thinking Classrooms for the 21st Century
Book: Cascading Challenges: A Choreographed Approach to Student Inquiry

Web-based Materials:
Inquiry Pac Grade 6 Social Studies;
Inquiry Pac Grade 8 History;
Inquiry Pac Grade 10 Civics

Peter Gittins

Peter GittinsPeter Gittins is currently engaged by the Council of International Schools as a School Support & Evaluation Officer with the responsibility for providing accreditation and associated support services to approximately seventy schools in Europe, South Asia and South East Asia. He joined CIS in 2009 from the International School Hamburg where he was the Head of School and the Chief Executive Officer of the Board. One of his key achievements in Hamburg was the design, construction and financing of a new purpose built campus located in the city’s green belt and the responsibility for a large fund-raising campaign and associated public relations and marketing initiatives. He also taught Theory of Knowledge and was active in the Association of German International Schools.

From 1998 through to July 2003, he was the Head of the Overseas School of Colombo, Sri Lanka and during his tenure the school became one of the first three Programme IB Schools, a Performing Arts Centre designed and a Preschool for two and three year olds opened in the inner city of Colombo. Before his appointment to the Overseas School of Colombo he was the Founding Head of the International School Ho Chi Minh City and part of the wider project team responsible for the overall planning and establishment of the school. As Head of one of the first proprietary schools in Asia, he was active in developing a workable governance model and in formulating the concept of the Advisory Council which is now featured practice in many schools of this type.

Two main areas of focus for Peter are international school governance and authentic and sustainable community service. In this regard he has conducted numerous Board training workshops on effective governance and initiated a number of ongoing community service projects including the construction of a school for child cancer patients at the National Cancer Hospital in Colombo and the financing and oversight of five Preschools in areas ravaged by the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka.

He currently lives in Lausanne, Switzerland and is married with two children both of whom were educated in international schools and currently reside in Australia.

Dr. Robert K. Greenleaf

robert greenleaf

Father of Two Sons Mark = 36 David = 32

Author of 8 Books

  • Achieving Student Growth: The Powerful IMPACT of micro-feedback Formative Assessment
  • Creating and Changing Mindsets: Movies of the Mind
  • Brain Based Teaching: Making Connections for long-Term Memory
  • Memory, Recall, the Brain and Learning (Bi-modal strategies)
  • A Master Toolkit for Students
  • Coaching Reluctant Learners
  • Engaging Today’s Students (college and 5-12 editions

Author of Numerous Articles


  • Bilingual Brain;
  • Language and Reading and the Brain;
  • It’s Never Too Late to Learn;
  • The Adolescent Brain
  • Motion and Emotion and the Brain; The Alienation of America’s Youth

Current Positions

  • President, Greenleaf Learning
  • Founder: 24 Brain/Learning Institutes in NM, NC, CT, TN, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Ontario, Switzerland, Spain, Lebanon, Portugal, Geneva, & Prague
  • Partner, Greenleaf-Papanek Publications

Former Positions Held

  • Professional Development Specialist, Educational Alliance Department @ Brown University
    Granite State College Coordinator
  • Board member: International Consulting Agency Group, NY, NY.
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum
  • Building Principal
  • 20 Yrs. In Education--Taught at all levels K-17
  • Doctorate in Education - Vanderbilt University


  • Eric Jensen
  • LeAnn Nickelsen
  • Graham Ranger
  • LaVonna Roth

Dr. Eric Jensen

Eric Jensen began his teaching career in San Diego, California, USA as an English teacher at the middle school level. His love of learning has been a lifelong passion. While most of his classroom experience was with middle school students, he has taught at every level, including three universities.

Eric’s academic background is in English, Master’s in Organizational Development and PhD in Human Development. He is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Eric co-founded the first international brain-compatible learning program in 1982, now with over 50,000 graduates and has authored over 30 books on the brain and learning including Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Deeper Learning, Enriching the Brain and Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain.


LeAnn Nickelsen

Leann NickelsenLeAnn Nickelsen, M.Ed. in support of staff development, founder and CEO LeAnn Nickelsen delivers presentations on: Differentiation, Common Core State Standards, Student Engagement, Poverty, Brain Research, Assessment & Grading, Literacy and many more - all based on cognitive theory, best practices, and current research.

She has taught in numerous states and received a Teacher of the Year award. LeAnn’s enthusiastic energy, practical ideas, engaging processing opportunities, and use of the latest research, all have made her a popular presenter at numerous state, national, and international conferences and for school districts.

She is known for presenting a wealth of information in an active, fun format with very specific, practical examples. Participants consistently rate LeAnn's presentations as top quality based on her engaging style and the easy-to-implement classroom strategy.



Graham Ranger

Graham RangerGraham Ranger is Director of School Support & Evaluation at The Council of International Schools (CIS), where he has overall responsibility for the support, development, evaluation and accreditation of CIS member schools, around 80% of which are accredited or in the process of accreditation.

He joined CIS in August 2012 from The British School, New Delhi where he was Head of School for five years. There he taught on the IB Diploma Programme (Theory of Knowledge), and was an IB Examiner. In Delhi, he helped design and implement a new school campus, bringing the school’s capacity from 700 to a planned 1350. He joined the school in July 07 after five years as Director of Education for the English Schools Foundation (ESF) in Hong Kong, a group of 21 schools. Whilst there, he oversaw the introduction of the IB programmes (PYP and DP) across the Foundation and helped develop two new K-12 schools, Renaissance College and Discovery College, offering PYP/MYP and the Diploma Programme. These two new schools were developed by ESF in partnership with the Hong Kong SAR government. As Director of Education, he moved the external quality assurance model away from school inspection to CIS evaluation/accreditation, and helped develop a systematic professional development programme for the 2000 teachers, including a developmental programme for middle leaders in partnership with a local university. This programme, Leading Upstream, has since been accredited by universities in Britain, Australia and in Hong Kong.

He also led the development of a performance development model, based on a model of defining standards in teaching and learning and target-setting. At its core is effective lesson observation and simultaneous support and challenge for teachers. This re-focuses the role of a school leader to one centred on making sure that every lesson counts. His doctorate, awarded by The University of Durham (England) in 2012, focuses on the professional development needs of Heads of international schools. His fieldwork, spread over a three year period, took place across India.

From 2002-07 he was one of Her Majesty’s Inspector’s of Schools, in England, with national responsibility for helping to improve some of the most dysfunctional schools in inner city areas. In England, he was a member of the Dearing Commission to reformulate the National Curriculum in geography. Formerly a teacher-educator at The University of Oxford, he is a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, a former (Honorary) Education Secretary of The Geographical Association and a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts. He has worked for four years as a teacher-educator in rainforest environments of Cameroon, West Africa. Before joining CIS as Director of Accreditation, he was a Team Chair for CIS Accreditation and Evaluation exercises. Graham Ranger was made CIS Director of School Support & Evaluation in 2013. This wider role encompasses all aspects of the quality assurance of schools from their application to join CIS as members, and onwards throughout the accreditation process. He also oversees the new service area focused on working with schools to co-evaluate the extent to which the school is developing their students’ global citizenship, (CIS International Certification) and is currently engaged in developing a new research-based CIS International Accreditation Protocol in consultation with CIS member schools and volunteers.

Before his appointment to CIS in August 2012, he was an active member of the Board of The Association of International Schools of India (TAISI) and remains a Board member of Sushant School of Design in New Delhi and of an international school in Vietnam He lives in Leiden, The Netherlands and is married with three daughters

LaVonna Roth

lavonna rothLaVonna Roth is an internationally known author, keynote speaker and consultant. Her passion is bridging how the brain learns with education. Thousands of educators, parents and students have profited from her wealth of practical, applicable and down-to-earth strategies to the most common and frustrating issues. These strategies are a direct result from years of research, as well as, classroom and consulting experiences. LaVonna presents very interactive and engaging seminars and has done so across three continents.

She is the energetic author of Brain-Powered Strategies to Engage All Learners and a seven book series, Brain-Powered Lessons to Engage All Learners.

As a teacher she was recognized as Teacher of the Year in the United States at regional and state levels. Her sessions are a do-not-miss opportunity!





  • Where ?

La Côte International School

Chemin de Clamogne 8

1170 Aubonne


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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.

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SGIS Membership Information

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




The SGIS Annual AGM 2015 will be held at

on Friday September 25th.

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WAS HELD ON MARCH 20 AND 21, 2015 at the Institut International de Lancy, Geneva

Theme :

“What are you trying to say?”
Language, communications and technology in the 21st century learning environment

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EAL Job Alike February 5th, 2016


The theme of the job-alike at the Inter Community School of Zurich will be

“Empowering EAL Students for Academic Success’’.

The EAL departments at ICS cordially invite you to attend this event.

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