Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st
Venue: Institut Florimont, Geneva
The 2020 conference will be a bilingual conference.
Preparing the ‘students of today for the challenges of tomorrow’ has long been a central tenet for educators. Yet, it seems to be more crucial now than at any other time.
How can we best support our multilingual learners, and provide for their success?
How can we ensure that our children develop the skills and attitudes to ensure their full and meaningful participation in society?
How can we fully plan for and utilize the range of learning environments to ensure the learning spaces within and beyond our school’s walls are organized, positive and safe?
These questions and many more like them will be addressed at the upcoming SGIS Annual Conference, which takes place at Institut Florimont, in March 2020.
Individual Registration for Member Schools CHF 475
(Closing date for Registration, Monday March 2nd 2020)
Head of School : Registration for the annual conference is free (fee for Gala dinner CHF 100)
Special group rate for Member Schools: every 4th registration free (must be registered at the same time)
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)
Individual registrations: CHF 525
Registration covers coffee breaks and lunch.
Programme may be subject to change
Download the 2-DAY (Draft) Annual conference schedule (further updates forthcoming) - updated 21 Jan. 2020
Peer sessions (may be subject to change - updated 15/01/2019 - new sessions added)
Full programme (Draft)
At the heart of the conference in Geneva - right among the delegates - is an exhibition offering school suppliers the opportunity to engage with educators at SGIS schools. Make new contacts, renew old acquaintances, update existing customers with your developments - the exhibition at the conference is an ideal opportunity to fly your flag.
In addition to exhibiting, school suppliers are invited to sponsor parts of the conference. Sponsor branding will be displayed on conference banners, live TV monitors around the conference, alongside specific elements sponsored (e.g. banner by coffee station for a conference catering sponsor). Sponsors will also receive public thanks by company name at opening and/or plenary session/s.
Sponsors are requested to make their commitments by September 30 2019.
Karen Ardley is a highly successful leadership consultant, and facilitator, specialising in all aspects of leadership.
Drawing on her wide experience as a teacher and leader in all phases of education, Karen designs and delivers outstanding and inspirational leadership programmes focused on change and improvement.
Her previous projects have included working with the education ministries of England, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kenya through NCTL. She is currently designing a leadership and quality assurance programme for United Nations school.
Recent international work has involved teachers and leaders from over sixty countries and KAA work successfully in partnership with several Teaching Schools and Multi Academy Trusts in England, as well as individual schools.
Isabelle est une enseignante innovatrice et inspirante qui a enseigné pendant plus de 20 ans dans une école secondaire du Royaume-Uni, où la majorité des élèves parlent anglais comme langue seconde. Elle développe continuellement son art en tant qu'enseignante en utilisant des stratégies innovatrices très efficaces pour le questionnement, la différenciation, l'évaluation et les corrections. Dans son rôle d’enseignante praticienne principale, elle a partagé ses connaissances et sa passion contagieuse pour l’enseignement et l’apprentissage des langues, en offrant des développements professionnels que les participants trouvent divertissant, informatif et motivant.
Isabelle dirige également un département de langues très performant et a développé une équipe efficace qui se concentre également sur le développement du métier d'enseignant.
Isabelle a également dirigé un projet de diffusion de bonnes pratiques pour les apprenants débutants en anglais comme langue seconde dans un groupe d'écoles secondaires.
Récemment, Isabelle a été nommée responsable de lecture au sein du programme Fresh Start Phonics de Ruth Miskin et collabore avec un formateur afin de diriger une nouvelle équipe dans l'école dans laquelle elle travaille actuellement afin de réduire les écarts d'âge en lecture des apprenants qui entrent au secondaire avec un âge de lecture en dessous de 9,5.
Isabelle a délivré avec succès de nombreux programmes de classe exceptionnels pour KAA à travers l'Europe.
Daphne Bavelier is an internationally-recognized expert on how humans learn. In particular, she studies how the brain adapts to changes in experience, either by nature - for example, deafness - or by training - for example, playing video games. Her lab established that playing fast-paced, action-packed entertainment video games typically thought to be mind-numbing actually benefits several aspects of behavior. Exploiting this counter-intuitive finding, the Cognitive Neuroscience research team she now heads at the University of Geneva, Switzerland investigates how new media, such as video games, can be leveraged to foster learning and brain plasticity.
Bavelier is a co-founding scientific advisor of Akili Interactive, a company which develops clinically-validated cognitive therapeutics that exploit video games, and has contributed as an expert for the World Economic Forum in domains as varied as Education (New Vision for Education: Unlocking the potential of technology) or Human Enhancement (World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Human Enhancement).
Rosan is founder and creative director of Rosan Bosch Studio. She is internationally renowned for her designs and inspiring perspectives on learning spaces for the future. With design as a tool for innovation and change, Rosan challenges established cultures and norms. In close dialogue with the users, she transforms physical spaces into meaningful and significant experiences.
In her book Designing for a Better World Starts at School, she presents her vision for a paradigm shift of the physical framework of schools. Using six principles for learning situations, she creates open, imaginative and dynamic environments that meet the diversity of learning needs and promote modern and flexible teaching methods.
She has worked with local and national authorities to transform education, from the Vittra schools in Sweden and the award-winning Sheikh Zayed Private Academy in Abu Dhabi to the Ministry of Education in Argentina.
Rosan is educated at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona in Spain, and has worked professionally with art, architecture and design for more than 25 years.
A native of New Hampshire, Jeff Bradley served as a NEASC/CIE Commissioner from 2009-2015, chairing accreditation visits to a wide range of international schools. From 2008-2016, he was a partner at Educators’ Collaborative, an executive search and consulting firm, assisting dozens of schools in the US and abroad with leadership recruiting and development, strategic planning, and governance.
From 2001-2007, Jeff and his family lived in Europe – first in Italy, where Jeff was founding Resident Director of School Year Abroad-Italy, and then in Switzerland. As Headmaster at TASIS-The American School in Switzerland, Jeff helped oversee creation of the school’s elementary and early childhood programs. He and his wife have two children.
Frédérique Chessel-Lazzarotto est enseignante collaboratrice pour le Centre LEARN de l’EPFL. Elle coordonne au sein du projet numérique vaudois l’introduction de la science informatique dans les écoles et notamment la formation des enseignant.e.s. Elle a conduit avec l’équipe pédagogique de la circonscription d’Évian la form’action Robots d’Évian de 2015 à 2018.
Frédérique Chessel-Lazzarotto is a collaborating teacher for the LEARN Center at EPFL. She coordinates within the Vaud digital project the introduction of computer science in schools and especially the training of teachers. She led Evian Robots training from 2015 to 2018 with Evian constituency teaching staff.
Child centred learning has been Anne's passion for more than 25 years. Anne has worked in schools in the Netherlands, China, Singapore and Switzerland, where she took on various positions such as team leader, PYP coordinator and director. Anne used to work at the Canadian International School (Singapore) where she was part of the team that took the school to IB authorisation Anne has been an IB workshop leader since 2005, sharing her passion for young children and play with educators in international schools.
Anne joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centred on young children's competencies in making meaning and building relationships. At EtonHouse, she first combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, Anne became the Director of this school.
In August 2011, Anne moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern(ISZL). At ISZL, she supported the development of a new vision for learning and teaching in the early years. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning spaces (both inside and outside) and on making learning visible to others.
Solange DENERVAUD, Doctorante en Neurosciences au Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives à l’Université de Genève.
Après un diplôme Montessori AMI ainsi que 4 années d’enseignement à l’Ecole Montessori Vevey, observer les enfants évoluer dans un environnement Montessori était si fascinant que Solange décida d’entreprendre une formation scientifique afin d'étudier les processus sous-jacents.
Après un diplôme de Bioingénieure à l’EPFL, elle termine actuellement son doctorat en Neurosciences sur l’impact de la pédagogie Montessori sur le développement cérébral des élèves de 5 à 13 ans.
Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London. He does research on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional variables in Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. He is particularly interested in the interface between applied linguistics and psychology. He has published widely on multilingual emotions, including a monograph entitled Emotions in Multiple Languages (2013) and a number of studies with Peter MacIntyre (Cap Breton University) on Foreign Language Enjoyment and Foreign Language Anxiety. He is a keen teacher, walker, karate-ka.
He is former president of the International Association of Multilingualism and the European Second Language Association. He is currently member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of the Psychology of Language Learning. He was General Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (2013-2018) and is now General Editor of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (2019-). He won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013) and the Robert Gardner Award for Excellence in Second Language and Bilingualism Research (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology.
Ancien instituteur primaire, Pierre Dillenbourg obtient un master en Sciences de l’Education (université de Mons, Belgique). Il commence à Mons ses recherches sur les technologies de formation en 1984 et obtient ensuite une thèse en informatique de l’Université de Lancaster (UK) dans le domaine des applications éducatives de l’intelligence artificielle. Il a été Maître d’Enseignement et de Recherche à l’Université de Genève. Il rejoint l'’EPFL en 2012, Il fut le directeur académique du Centre pour l’'Education à l’'Ere Digitale (CEDE) qui met en oeuvre la stratégie MOOC de l’'EPFL (plus de 2 millions d'inscriptions). Il est actuellement professeur ordinaire en technologies de formation aux sein de la faculté ‘Informatique et Communications’ et dirige laboratoire d’'ergonomie éducative (CHILI). Son livre "‘Orchestration Graphs " propose un language semi-formel pour le design didactique. Il est le directeur de DUAL-T, la 'leading house' dédiée aux technologies pour les systèmes de formation professionnelle duale. En 2017, il a créé avec des collègues le 'Swiss EdTech Collider', un incubateur qui rassemble 70 start-ups dans le domaine des technologies éducatives. En 2018, ils ont lancé LEARN, le centre EPFL pour les sciences de l'apprentissage, lequel regroupe les initiatives locales en innovation éducative.
A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984.
Chris Durbin is an Associate Director of School Support & Evaluation based in Leiden, The Netherlands.
He is currently responsible for development. He recently coordinated the process of revising CIS International Accreditation based on feedback from the first wave of Team Evaluations. Prior to this, he worked as a School Development Adviser for the English Schools Foundation (ESF) in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for quality assurance, strategic curriculum and professional development including the introduction of the IB programmes. He has a lifelong commitment to global citizenship education.
Ayant grandi à Bruxelles et vivant en Suisse depuis plus de 11 ans, Jenny Ebermann est une Leader, Coach et Formatrice internationale, innovatrice et visionnaire. Ayant un bagage en sport, économie et management, Jenny travaille présentement en tant que Directrice Exécutive pour la Suisse d’une ONG mondialement reconnue.
Avec plus de 17 années de gestion efficace d’équipes multiculturelles, diverses et virtuelles, elle possède une expertise variée au sein de différentes entreprises et organisations, notamment dans le secteur public, en Organisations Internationales, ONGs et grandes multinationales (B2B/ B2C) dans différents pays et continents.
En tant que Membre du Conseil d’Administration de l’Association Européenne des Approches basées sur la Pleine Conscience (www.eamba.net) et en tant que Membre active de l’Association MBSR en Suisse (www.mbsr-verband.ch), Jenny est passionnée en ce qui a trait à la pleine conscience, la communication et le leadership au niveau local et international.
Détenant un CAS et un Diplôme en Coaching ainsi qu’ayant des certifications additionnelles en communication interculturelle, leadership, formation et médiation, Jenny apprécie de pouvoir travailler moyennant des outils systémiques et basés sur la pleine conscience.
First and foremost, as a parent and educator, I passionately believe in the power of education to make the world a better place for adults and young people alike.
I have been a teacher and head teacher in some of the world's leading schools before specialising in international professional learning and development. This journey has enabled me to develop and lead one of the UK’s largest education professional learning and development services before founding the International Leadership Academy (ILA), The Hague. This physical and metaphorical centre is the CPD home for international schools across Europe as well as the performance, learning and development arm of the British School in the Netherlands, the largest British international school in Europe with over 800 staff. Overall, we work with around 2500 school staff every year.
Fred Genesee is Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at McGill University, Montreal. He is interested in basic issues related to language learning, representation, and use in bilinguals and in applied issues related to second language teaching, learning, and assessment. He has conducted extensive research on alternative forms of bilingual/ immersion education for language minority and language majority students, the academic development of at-risk students in bilingual programs. language acquisition in typically-developing and at-risk pre-school bilingual children, and internationally-adopted children.
He has published numerous articles in scientific journals, professional books and magazines and is the author of 16 books on bilingualism.
He is the recipient of the Canadian Psychology Association Gold Medal Award, Paul Pimsler Award for Research in Foreign Language Education, Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Community or Public Service, California Association for Bilingual Education Award for Promoting Bilingualism and the le prix Adrien-Pinard.
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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) and a writer for pedagogical books, Rémy is working for the International Baccalaureate at the IB Global Centre in The Hague (Netherlands) as IB World Schools Manager. This department 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 and in supporting their needs to help them progress further.
Spécialiste de l’éducation des enfants et des adolescents à haut potentiel, dipl. ECHA (European Council for High Ability)
Responsable de regroupement d’élèves talentueux pendant de nombreuses années
Coach d’études pour des élèves HPI avec ou sans difficultés scolaires
Conseillère pour des projets d’accompagnement d’élèves HPI dans différents établissements
Formatrice des enseignants dans les Hautes Ecoles Pédagogiques en Suisse romande
Conférences et ateliers de formation en Suisse et à l’étranger
Auteure : Et si elle était surdouée ? Ed. SZH/CSPS, 2015, Douée ? Moi ? Ed. ASEHP, 2018
Co-Auteure avec O. Revol et R. Poulin : 100 idées pour accompagner les enfants à haut potentiel, Ed. Tom Pousse, 2015
Specialist in Gifted Education, dipl. ECHA (European Council for High Ability)
Coach for gifted and talented students with or without learning difficulties.
Responsible for pull-out-programs for gifted students.
Counselor for gifted programs in various schools
Sean Power is the Director General of Institut Florimont, a francophone bilingual school in Geneva.
Sean arrived in Switzerland in 1986 following his university studies in London and Lyon, and has lived there ever since. He has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, inspector, school manager and leader in a number of educational institutions and contexts. He is passionate about leading schools through cycles of change and transition in international and multi-cultural environments and developing and leading bilingual programmes.
He has over 20 years’ experience in the training and development of school managers and leaders in main stream and adult educational settings.
He serves as a governor of a primary school, as a member of the academic board of the Swiss International School in Dubai and is currently President of the Geneva Association of Private schools.
Melissa Skweres is a collaborating teacher for the LEARN Center at EPFL. She coordinates with the LEARN’s flagship digital projects of ‘One Thymio per Class’ and teacher trainings. She is a seasoned international educator and taught in Swiss international schools.
Melissa Skweres est une enseignante collaboratrice du centre LEARN de l'EPFL. Elle coordonne avec les projets numériques phares de LEARN «One Thymio per Class» et les formations d’enseignants. Elle est une éducatrice internationale chevronnée et a enseigné dans des écoles internationales suisses.
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O'Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.) About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, "Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children." The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. His third book on the psychology of boys, entitled, It's a Boy!: Understanding Your Son's Development from Birth to Eighteen, was published in 2008. It focuses on the importance of undirected, free play in the lives of boys. Dr. Thompson’s newest book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, was published by Ballantine Books in May of 2012.
The Annual Conference on Friday 20th March and Saturday 21st March will take place at the Institut Florimont, Lancy, Geneva.
+41 22 879 00 00
Geneva amazing experiences map available at the Institut Florimont for people who want a longer stay in Geneva.
There are a great number of hotels in Geneva to fit all purse strings. However, Geneva hosts many conferences and seminars/meetings so accommodation can fill up very quickly. I would suggest you book your hotel as soon as you can.
The Gala dinner will be held at the President Wilson Hotel
SGIS will host a gala dinner on Friday 20th March for those who register to attend Places are limited so to avoid disappointment please book early.
Dress code is smart casual.
Badges must be worn at all times at the Gala Dinner, entrance to the Gala dinner will be denied to those not wearing their badge.
Other hotels near the school that may be of interest (recommended by the school):
Chemin des Olliquettes 8
+41 22 709 02 00
Hotel Ibis Budget
Chemin des Olliquettes 6
+41 22 709 02 20
The nearest airport is Cointrin (Geneva)
On arrival you will find a ticket machine in the luggage area which you may collect a ticket for free travel in Geneva for a limited time.
Transport Network Mobility Ticket:
Visitors staying at a hotel in Geneva receive a Mobility Ticket when checking in. Some hotels issue a room reservation confirmation stamped with “Mobility Ticket.”
From Geneva take Bus 19, 2 (Les Marbriers), Bus 22, 23 (Chemin du Bac) ,Tram 14 or bus 21 (Petit-Lancy-place)*
From the airport take Bus 28, 23 (Chemin du Bac)*
(*There will be guides at the bus stops who will direct people towards the school for 45mn before the beginning of the conference and 30mn after the start).
Here you will find all transport information and local transport maps.
The link for Geneva public transport is http://www.tpg.ch/en/web/site-international
Taxis: Taxiphone +41 22 33 141 33 (credit cards and cash).
There is no parking at the school. The nearest parking is;
Parking Louis Bertrand (500 meters) * (*There will be guides to indicate the way to school)
At this time of the year Geneva can be changeable. Please check the Swiss Meteo for weather conditions before you travel.
For those traveling from outside Switzerland the currency is Swiss Francs.
Recommended by Institut Florimont: (more info on the web sites)
Other places: Les Armures and the Old Town.