Conference programme

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The 2019 SGIS Conference, at ISB promises to offer something for everyone.

In this 4-part mini-series, taking a closer look at ‘who’ is saying ‘what’, our fourth and final flyer shares the headlines for those aspiring leaders amongst our international schools in Switzerland and beyond.

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The 2019 SGIS Conference, at ISB promises to offer something for everyone.

In this 4-part mini-series, taking a closer look at ‘who’ is saying ‘what’, our second flyer shares the headlines for those teaching and supporting in classrooms, in our international schools in Switzerland and beyond.

Download the PDF file

The 2019 SGIS Conference, at ISB promises to offer something for everyone.

As part of a mini-series, taking a closer look at ‘who’ is saying ‘what’, our first flyer shares the headlines for those leading and managing our international schools in Switzerland and beyond.

Download the PDF file

The 2019 SGIS Conference, at ISB promises to offer something for everyone.

In this 4-part mini-series, taking a closer look at ‘who’ is saying ‘what’, our second flyer shares the headlines for those teaching and supporting in classrooms, in our international schools in Switzerland and beyond.

Download the PDF file

Registration

Closing date for Registration, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2019

Special group rate for Member Schools:  every 4th registration free (must be registered at the same time)

Individual Registration for Member Schools after December 17th, 2018:  CHF 475   

Individual Registration for Non-Member Schools:  CHF 525  
Special group rate for Non-Member Schools:  every 4th registration free (must be registered at the same time)

Registration covers coffee breaks and lunch.

Gala Dinner  

CHF 100 per delegate by registration only.  The Gala Dinner will take place at the Radisson Hotel, Basel on Friday March 1st. There are limited places. Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to attend.  Apero 19.30 & Dinner 20.00.  Dress code – Smart casual.

Terms and conditions

Please pay your registration fee before Feb 28th, 2019 directly to: Swiss Group of International Schools, UBS PO Box, CH1260, Nyon. Account number: 228-E0122617.0.

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Jeff Bradley

Jeff Bradley is Director of the Commission on International Education at NEASC which serves more than 300 international schools around the world. Jeff served as a NEASC Commissioner from 2009-2015, while he was a partner at Educators’ Collaborative, an executive search and consulting firm, assisting schools worldwide with leadership recruiting and development, strategic planning, and governance. Jeff was founding Director of School Year Abroad – Italy and served as Headmaster of TASIS-The American School in Switzerland.

Preparing a school for NEASC International Accreditation – The ACE Protocol
Participants will develop their understanding of the Architecture, Culture and Ecology of Learning and how a school can benefit from this approach.

Preparing a school for CIS/NEASC Synchronized Process – Lessons from effective schools
Participants will understand the integrated approach to synchronized evaluation and how to take advantage of two lenses on a school.

Danny Brassell

Keynote: Bringing Joy Back Into Education

Affectionately known as “Jim Carrey with a Ph.D.,” Dr. Danny Brassell (www.DannyBrassell.com) is an internationally-acclaimed speaker and best-selling author of 15 books, including Read, Lead & Succeed and The Reading Makeover, based on his popular TEDx talk. He is the co-founder of the world’s top reading engagement system for struggling and reluctant readers, www.ReadBetterin67Steps.com.

Teachers are kid-people. They do not teach for the pay or daily accolades from society; they teach because they care about kids. The standardized testing craze has terrified students and led many great teachers to quit. Come join Danny as he reminds teachers of their importance in the everyday development of children. He’ll remind you how to laugh, sing, dance and play in order to bring the joy back into your classroom.

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Chris Durbin

Chris Durbin is an Associate Director for the Council of International Schools [CIS] which has almost 600 Member universities and 750 Member schools worldwide and almost 600 of these schools are accredited or in the accreditation process. He is now responsible for CIS Member schools and the staff that support them, in Africa, Europe and the Americas.  He is an experienced educator, with a lifelong commitment to high quality learning and global citizenship education.  Throughout his career he has worked and volunteered for organisations with a global mindset.  Prior to this role in CIS, he worked for 12 years as School Development Adviser with the English Schools Foundation [ESF], which comprises 22 schools, 17,500 students in Hong Kong.

Preparing a school for CIS International Accreditation – ensuring community-building evaluation is effective
Participants will engage with the revised CIS International Accreditation protocol to understand the fundamental building blocks for an effective international school committed to learning, well-being, global citizenship and enhancing its own purpose and direction.

Preparing a school for CIS/NEASC Synchronized Process – Lessons from effective schools
Participants will understand the integrated approach to synchronized evaluation and how to take advantage of two lenses on a school.

Andy Hargreaves

Andy Hargreaves is Research Professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College and holds Visiting Professorships at Hong Kong University and the University of Stavanger in Norway. He is President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Professional Capital and Community, Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario and the First Minister of Scotland, and founder of the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC): a group of 9 nations committed to broadly defined excellence, equity, wellbeing, inclusion, democracy and human rights www.atrico.org

Andy has consulted with the OECD, the World Bank, governments, universities and teacher unions worldwide. Andy’s more than 30 books have attracted multiple Outstanding Writing Awards – including the prestigious 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education for Professional Capital (with Michael Fullan). He has been honored with the 2016 Horace Mann Award in the US and the Robert Owen Award in Scotland for services to public education. Andy has been ranked by Education Week in the top 10 scholars with most influence on US education policy debate. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Education University of Hong Kong and the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Keynote: Collaborative professionalism: when teaching together means learning for all

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Timothy Kelly

Timothy Kelley has been the Director of the International School of Stuttgart, for the past 10 years. He is also the Chair of the Association of German International Schools, an organization that directs essential lobbying and educational initiatives for member schools. He is a member of the Academy for International School Heads, the Association for the Advancement of International Education and the European Council of International Schools. He is also recipient of a Klingenstein Fellowship on Educational Leadership and serves on multiple advisory boards including Rotary Stuttgart, the Carlsbad International School and the German/American Exchange Foundation in Munich. 

A New Perspective on Leadership in Schools: Are Heads of Departments Necessary?
This workshop plans to provoke its attendees to critically evaluate their own school’s leadership journey, face “brutal truths” and provide exemplars and suggestions that can help build a more sustainable and efficient leadership for learning culture in their schools.

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Remy Lamon

After a teaching career in the People’s Republic of China, Switzerland and the UK, as an MYP & DP teacher (for Languages A & B, Theory of Knowledge and Music) in both English- and French-speaking schools, as well as a member of school leadership teams (Head of Modern Languages or Head of IB) or a writer for pedagogical books, Rémy is now working for the International Baccalaureate at the IB Global Centre in The Hague (Netherlands) as IB World Schools Manager. This department, created in 2017, is dedicated to support IB authorised schools in delivering a quality IB education. On top of leading various projects for the IB, Rémy’s two main roles consist in being the voice of schools inside the IB in order to defend their needs and in evaluating schools in a supportive manner that create development opportunities for each school.

IB Evaluation: transforming a frightening process into a way to strengthen your programmes
This session will look at ways on how a school can transform the evaluation from a one-off event to a continuous process of school improvement. We will go through the various standards and practices, and see how to use them as an improvement factor for each school. Criteria are keys to move forward; we must therefore understand them well and look at them through the context of our own school. Each school is different; therefore each evaluation is different. A well-guided self-study is the best journey towards strengthening the implementation of any programme. Let’s start it together!

Ross Morrison McGill

Ross Morrison McGill is the founder of @TeacherToolkit; an experienced teacher and school leader who has worked in some of the most challenging schools in London over the past three decades. He is one of the ‘most followed educators on Twitter in the UK’ and managing director Teacher Toolkit. In December 2015, he was nominated for The Sunday Times ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain 2015‘ and remains the only classroom teacher to have featured … He is currently training teachers across the U.K.; a PGCE tutor and studying for his EdD at Cambridge University.

Specialism

  • Whole-school leadership; teaching and learning; social media
  • Teacher workload, wellbeing, and mental health.

Keynote: Teacher Habits- Dispelling Myths and Bias
Social Media – getting the most out of Media Strategies

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Louise Penrice

Louise was drawn to education by a keen interest in how different approaches around the world impact the motivation and effectiveness of how we learn, coupled with a strong belief that each student is naturally curious, creative and resourceful. A former Head of School of a bilingual school in Switzerland and teacher, she is passionate about creating a sense of self-worth, curiosity and a love of learning at both student and educator levels. She strongly believes that success lies in partnering academic achievement with developing a strong inner compass, fully equipping students to embrace their future. Originally from the UK, Louise has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the USA.  She now leads her own company OpenMinds, based in Zürich, providing coaching, training & leadership development programs to schools. She has an MBA, is an International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialed coach, and serves as a Board Member for ICF Switzerland.

‘Inside-Out Leadership  – What Really Needs to Change for Teens?’
As pupils approach their final years of school, success is increasingly judged on a limited number of purely academic measures, often at the expense of the interests and development needs of the student.   This results in increased stress-levels, a lack of self-belief, uncertainty, and a fear of making wrong choices.  In the session we will explore practical Inside-Out leadership tools that give teens a greater sense of self-worth, life-skills, and ownership of the choices they are making about their future.

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Alison Schofield

Alison Schofield, Master of Teaching BEd, BA Psych
Educator | Author | Bilingual Specialist | Literacy Specialist | Disability Specialist

Alison began her career as a disability specialist and behavioural therapist before becoming a special education teacher. She grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada and taught in the multicultural cities of Calgary and Toronto before moving to the UAE. She has worked with indigenous children and multicultural communities. Alison later worked as a teacher and Learning Support Coordinator within international schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai where she began extensive work and research with bilingual and multilingual learners. After running educational consultancy, IngeniousEd, for 9 years in Dubai, she then co-founded the Centre for Educators of BMLs (a social enterprise) in the UK with Francesca. Alison loves writing, exploring new learning approaches and discovering other cultures.

Keynote: Making a Bigger Impact with our Bilingual & Multilingual Learners
In many schools around the world, bilingual and multilingual learners (BMLs, EAL, ELLs) are educated in English-medium schools and classrooms. In fact, these learners are the fastest-growing student group in the world today.

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Jennifer  Wathall

Jennifer Chang-Wathall is an independent educational consultant, author and part time instructor for the University of Hong Kong.

With over 25 years’ experience in the education field, Jennifer has worked in several international schools including South Island School, Hong Kong and The United Nations International School, New York and Island School, Hong Kong.

In the international arena she has presented numerous keynote addresses and workshops about concept-based mathematics and concept-based curriculum and instruction to K-12 educators. Jennifer holds a degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics from the University of Sydney and completed post graduate studies at the University of Hong Kong. Based on her Masters of Arts in Educational Technology she also facilitates concept-based mathematics online courses, gives talks about innovative uses of digital instructional media and how to effectively integrate a 1:1 program into the classroom.

As a qualified International Baccalaureate workshop leader ("Mathematical Studies, Mathematics Standard and Higher Level, Concepts and Inquiry in the Diploma Program and Approaches to Teaching and Learning") Jennifer has delivered numerous workshops in the Asia Pacific region. Her role as a field representative for the IB Asia Pacific serves as part of the quality assurance framework. She has been invited to give several talks at the IB Asia Pacific and IB Americas annual conferences.

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Kendall Zoller

Kendall Zoller, EdD., is an author, educator, researcher, and international presenter in communicative intelligence, presentation and facilitation skills, leadership and adaptive schools.

One recent co-publication is a graphic novel on leadership, Calming the Chaos, Leading through the Ecotone.  He is also co-author of The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters (Corwin Press, 2010), president of Sierra Training Associates and graduate faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills and The University of Maine. He has authored over three dozen reviewed book chapters and journal articles on topics of communication, community, and leadership for educators and law enforcement. His work on leadership and presentation skills takes him to schools, districts, universities, state agencies, and corporations across the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Europe. His lectures, presentations, and paper presentations include the campuses of Harvard, UC Berkeley, St. Anselm College, Boston University, University of Chicago, and Loyola University Maryland. Kendall has a doctorate in Educational Leadership a Masters in Educational Management. Kendall can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keynote: Communicating with Authenticity when Leading Through Chaos - what   research tells us about communication and leading
Over the past twenty years neuroscience has revealed so much about the brain and the influences of communication on thinking and learning. When leading we are taking people from where they are, to where you want them to be. Along this path, values will be challenged. In this session you will experience communication skills you can use that reroute the neural highways from, as Goleman states, “the low road to the high road.” Think about times you have to deliver news people don’t want to hear whether, in a training or serving as a supervisor? What can you do, what will you do? Learn how to surface values and navigate values conflicts when leading, so you separate your professional relationship from the important issue to be discussed. Using these patterns can shift people’s consciousness so they may be more open to hearing a message that may challenge the way they think.

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Upcoming events

  • Annual Education Conference

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  • EAL Jobalike

    This year's SGIS EAL Job Alike meeting will take place on Friday, 1st February 2019 at the International School Rheintal.

  • Science Job Alike Opportunity

    IS Berne is hosting an MYP Science Job Alike with host speaker, Malcolm Nicholson, former Head of IBMYP on February 7, 2019. This will start at 9am and finish at 3pm.The focus will be on assessment design and pedagogical approaches. With Malcolm is leading...

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