Schools are busy preparing students for all the known and unknown challenges that face us all. But what do we clearly see ahead of us? So many changes, and so many diverging tracks, so many choices to be made. How to make sense of it all? It is time to bring things into focus.
The 2020 SGIS Conference seeks to delve into the complexity and offer clarity around these questions and provide insights into the initiatives that are helping our schools to look forward. With an impressive roster of experts, we will delve into the topics that are urgently relevant now, and offer a foundation for tomorrow.
Plurilingualism - How can we best embrace all our multilingual learners, and provide for their success in our schools? How can we ensure language competency is included in their personal tool kit?
Mindfulness - How can this revitalized practice help our students and staff find a solid foundation for their personal and collective search for meaning in a chaotic world?
Social Life of Children- How can we ensure that our children develop the skills and attitudes to ensure their full participation in society?
Early Years- The foundation for all that follows. How can we ensure these formative years are truly a rock solid foundation for our students’ future?
Our experienced educators and speakers are poised to share their research and experience to challenge, and inspire your work with your students. Thank you to our gracious hosts, Institut Florimont, who have conspired to provide a warm, friendly and bilingual welcome to all. We look forward to seeing you there!
Les écoles s'affairent à préparer les élèves à tous les défis connus et inconnus auxquels nous sommes tous confrontés. Mais que voyons-nous clairement devant nous? Tant de changements, tant de pistes divergentes, tant de choix à faire. Comment donner un sens à tout cela? Il est temps de mettre les choses au point.
La Conférence SGIS 2020 cherche à approfondir la complexité et la clarté de ces questions et à donner un aperçu des initiatives qui aident nos écoles à aller de l'avant. Avec une liste impressionnante d'experts, nous allons nous pencher sur les sujets qui sont urgemment pertinents aujourd'hui, et offrir une base pour demain.
Plurilinguisme - Comment pouvons-nous accueillir au mieux tous nos apprenants multilingues et assurer leur réussite dans nos écoles ? Comment pouvons-nous nous assurer que les compétences linguistiques sont incluses dans leur trousse d'outils personnelle ?
La pleine conscience - Comment cette pratique revitalisée peut-elle aider nos élèves et notre personnel à trouver une base solide pour leur recherche personnelle et collective de sens dans un monde chaotique ?
Vie sociale des enfants - Comment pouvons-nous nous assurer que nos enfants développent les compétences et les attitudes nécessaires pour assurer leur pleine participation à la société ?
Les premières années - Le fondement de tout ce qui suit. Comment pouvons-nous nous assurer que ces années de formation constituent vraiment une base solide pour l'avenir de nos élèves ?
Nos éducateurs et conférenciers chevronnés sont prêts à partager leurs recherches et leur expérience pour stimuler et inspirer votre travail avec vos élèves. Merci à nos aimables hôtes, l'Institut Florimont, qui ont conspiré pour offrir un accueil chaleureux, amical et bilingue à tous. Au plaisir de vous y rencontrer !
Venue: Institute Florimont, Geneva
Date: March 20th and 21st
More information coming soon. The 2020 conference will be a bilingual conference.
Closing date for Registration, Monday March 2nd 2020
Registration covers coffee breaks and lunch.
CHF 100 per delegate by registration only. The Gala Dinner will take place at the President Wilson Hotel, Geneva on Friday March 20th, 2020. 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.
Please pay your registration fee before March 10th 2020 directly to: Swiss Group of International Schools, UBS PO Box, CH1260, Nyon. Account number: 228-E0122617.0.
Important information on cancellation of conference fees – Please read carefully
Disclaimer: please be aware that by taking part in this conference, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in films and photos for exploitation in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, for eternity, and you release the swiss group of international schools, their successors, assigns and licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature.
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.
Par ailleurs, elle est formée en pleine conscience pour adultes par l’Université de Bangor, UK et adhère aux Standards de Qualité anglais. Pour les enfants/adolescents, Jenny s’est formée auprès de mindfulschools.org (États-Unis) et est certifiée Eline Snel (“Mindfulness matters”) aux Pays-Bas.
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.
A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR's "Morning Edition" with Susan Stamberg, "Talk of the Nation" with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He wrote, narrated and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled "Raising Cain" that was broadcast nationally in 2006.
Dr. Thompson is a past member of the American Camping Association and is on the Advisory Board of Parent Magazine. Dr. Thompson lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. He is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist, is the father of two grown children and the grandfather to Aubrey, Brynlee and Kalen.
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.
About Karen Ardley Associates
KAA is a dynamic, creative leadership, training and development consultancy.
We design and deliver professional training and development programmes for leaders and people involved with providing or supporting learning, worldwide.
Our inspirational leadership programmes and consultancy have proven success and organisational impact.
Our outstanding classroom practice programmes impact positively and directly on student engagement and progress.
‘I truly learned so much and believe I have grown tremendously as an educator, leader, and person! I am confident that I am going to use all that I have learned continuously--I am very excited!’ Gianna Viola, The British International School of New York, New York
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.
More info here: http://svjnet.com/index.php?q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=2
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.
When March 20th, 2020 9:00 AM through March 21st, 2020 4:00 PM
Avenue du Petit-Lancy 37
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.