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Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS)


A bilingual conference (English and French)

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.

Hosted by the Institut International de Lancy, Geneva

Alan November

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

Featured Speakers

Alan November, Charles Fadel, Gini Rojas, Kath Murdoch, Renee Bourgoin, John Littleford, Jelena Godjevac

Guest Speakers

Laurence Martin, Lilianne Bodenmann, Catherine Leveque


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?



  • Feedback form
  • Registration
  • Programme
  • Accommodation
  • Transport

Conference Feedback form

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Registration for the Annual Conference March 20th and 21st 2015

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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.


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

  • Cancellation after Feb 28th – no reimbursement of registration fees

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Hotel Accommodation

The Hotel President Wilson is offering a preferential rate for SGIS delegates.

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Other hotels

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
1227 Genève

Hostellerie de la Vendée
Chemin de la Vendée, 28
1213 Petit-Lancy

Hotel IBIS Genève Petit-Lancy
Chemin des Olliquettes 8
1213 Petit-Lancy


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
    1227 Genève



  • Exhibitor Registration
  • Exhibitors attending the conference

Exhibitor Registration

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.

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For more information, please contact Steven James


Exhibitors attending the conference

Select links below for more information about individual exhibitors. Some have submitted leaflets that can be downloaded from the links. These include special conference offers and invitations.

Exhibitor List



  • A. November
  • L. Bodenmann
  • R. Bourgoin
  • Ch. Fadel

NovemberAlan November

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.

Liliana Bodenmann

Liliana BodenmannDe 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.

BourgoinRenée Bourgoin

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

fadelCharles 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

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:



  • C. Levêque
  • J. Littleford
  • L. Martin
  • K. Murdoch
  • G. Rojas
  • Y. Zieba

Catherine Levêque

Catherine LevêqueCatherine 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.

littlefordJohn Littleford

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.

Laurence MArtinLaurence Martin

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,...)

MurdochKath Murdoch

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.

RojasGini Rojas

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).

Yves ZiebaYves Zieba

Executive Bio

Yves Zieba studied Strategy, Organization Management and Information System at ESCP Europe in Paris, Marketing in HEC Montreal. He also studied at the London Business School and at IMD in Executive Program.
Yves worked for Arthur D. Little, Mannesmann, Degussa, Safran, Total and Thomson Reuters. During his 13 years with Thomson Reuters, he has advised clients in banking, media and education.
Yves experienced different clusters and lifestyles, in Berlin, Paris, Montreal, Casablanca, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and London, hence developing specific strength in cross-cultural strategic programs.
Since 2011, Yves focuses on providing strategic, technology and marketing advice for education institutions.


Yves is one of the co-authors of the book Open Models ( He authored the chapter on education new business models.

Awards and recognition

Yves received the Customer Excellence Award for the worldwide roll out of the instant messaging products. He is the mentor of several project groups with professors and students from MIT Sloan, INSEAD, HEG and SDA Bocconi. He advise startups for EPFL Innovation Park.
He is the President of Pangloss, a Swiss and French non profit association actively promoting Open Innovation.
He is also the ESCP Europe alumni network delegate for Switzerland (650 alumni)
He is the founder of the MOOC – DOCC – SPOC Think Tank focusing on new online propositions for education.
He is a regular speaker in education conferences.

Extra curriculum

Whenever he can, Yves spends time with his family, he likes winter sports, golf, and invests time in his own lifelong education and encourages others to do the same.





SGIS Gala Dinner - Photos of some of the Honorary Members

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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



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Certified Agile Classrooms
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Friday April 21st 2015

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Early Learning Meeting

The next Early Learning Meeting will take place on Saturday 25th April in Bern and will begin at 10.30 am and end at approx. 3.00 pm.

The workshop is entitled:

" Fostering self - awareness, independence and personal safety through empowerment" and will be run by Stacey Mitry.

Stacey Mitry is an extremely competent workshop presenter.

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