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Friday, January 24

10:00 CET

Accounting Pre-Conference
This Pre-conference will include both workshop and round table features to address, among others, the following topics:
• Presenting new accounting software (myfactory) BBIS: myFactory / Docuvita and
LIS: EASY Order und EASY Invoice / JobRouter
• Document handling, document management
• Controlling tools
• 13b service, inner european / third country
• General problems in accounting in international schools, exchange of


Bernd Hashagen

Accounting, Berlin Brandenburg International School

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Best Western Parkhotel Kronsberg

10:00 CET

Administrative Assistants & School Secretaries Working Group
This pre-conference gives Administrative Assistants and School Secretaries a place where ideas and best practices can be exchanged and discussed.
Some of the topics may be, but are not limited to:
- Student attendance
- Cover Lessons
- PD opportunities and recommendations
- Communication (internal/external) + school visits
- Emergency / Evacuation Processes
- Exchange of other ideas / Keeping in touch

If you are unsure whether this pre-conference is right for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

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Claudia Arnold

Assistant to the Director, Berlin Brandenburg International School

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Best Western Parkhotel Kronsberg

10:00 CET

Admission Working Group

10:00 - Session 1:  The many roles of Admissions - biggest challenges and best practices in our daily work
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - Session 2:  Technology and Paper - effective time management, online applications systems, school databases
15:00 - Coffee/Tea Break
15:30 - Session 3:  Developments in International School Admissions - social media and school’s unique selling points
17:00 - End of Day

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Jana Jazic

Admissions, Bonn International School
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Allegra Peruzzi

Admissions officer, Bavarian International School

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Europa 2

10:00 CET

College and Careers Counsellors Working Group
This would be the third pre-conference of the AGIS college counsellors. With many issues affecting all of us as AGIS college counsellors, this pre-conference is a step in bringing all of us together to tackle a few of the issues that we deal with, to develop common strategies and share ideas and experience. Pre-conferences have greatly enhanced collaboration and sharing best practise between AGIS college counsellors.


09:30 - Coffee

10:00 - Session 1: Progress Roundtable on work accomplished since the 2019 pre-conference & September meeting. Focus on Brexit updates (fees, immigration and EU recognition). Discussion of what our focus for 2020 should be.

12:00 - Lunch

13:00 - Session 2: Impact of new IB maths course on college counselling. Sharing experiences and strategies and identifying troubleshooting procedures.

15:00 - Coffee/Tea Break

15:30 - Session 3: Counselling students with special consideration for college counselling. Sharing ideas and strategies for helping students with disabilities, illnesses and students who are transitioning.

17:00 - End of Day

Outcomes of Pre-Conference. Participants will:
1. discuss important professional issues facing college counsellors at German International Schools
2. share their experience and increase their professional knowledge
3. develop strategies for future collaboration
4. have up to date information on developments in higher education in various countries

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Africa 2

10:00 CET

EAL Working Group
Looking for ways to increase authentic Collaboration/CoTeaching between EAL/Mainstream teachers in your school? Join us in the discussion for the day. The aims of the EAL PreConference are to present two current Collaboration/CoTeaching experiences presently happening at the Bavarian International and Frankfurt International Schools. The outcomes of the day will be to highlight successes, challenges, and obstacles of authentic collaboration and discover additional ways to move toward more authentic collaboration/CoTeaching between EAL and mainstream classroom teachers for each participant’s particular school setting for the benefit of all our students, teachers and school community.

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Lionel Munoz

ESL Teacher, Frankfurt International School
Bachelors USMA 1984Masters ESL University of Texas 1999
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Aki Schwan

Teacher, Bavarian International School
Aki Schwan is an EAL teacher and also a Japanese MT teacher who helpsEAL students be successful at both international school curriculums and their MT development.Before teaching at Bavarian international school, Aki spent eleven years as a teacher for Japanese supplementary schools... Read More →

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
America 2

10:00 CET

Early Years Working Group
This preconference is for early years teachers and assistants (preK to 1st grade/3-6 years old) to network, learn with and from each other, and share common challenges with the purpose of brainstorming solutions. Session 1 and Session 2 will focus on the Environment as the Third Teacher using PD workshop activities developed by Margie Carter. We will be exploring our values and beliefs that drive how we set up our learning spaces. Session 3 will be a "What's Working Well" and "What's Challenging Me" sharing session with a solution-based focus.

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Carol Breedlove

ES Teacher, International School of Dusseldorf
I am interested in Outdoor Learning, Early Years Education, learning through constructivism and play, PYP and EAL instruction.

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Best Western Parkhotel Kronsberg

10:00 CET

Facilities Manager Working Group
Facility Manager round table discussion with facility related topics


Wolfgang Geuecke

Facilities Manager, International School of Dusseldorf

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET

10:00 CET

German as an integrated part of the POI
Language learning is an integral component of our IB PYP curriculum as it enhances cross-cultural awareness. Where appropriate, German integrates learning with the Program of Inquiry of the respective grade level. This instructional focus enhances student understanding of essential content while developing competences in communicating as well as in reading and writing. Teaching mixed age classes require detailed planning and differentiation.

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Pacific 1

10:00 CET

IB 2020 Standards and Practices as a tool for programme development within a school
Every member of a school community contributes to the environment and culture in which the learning is embedded, which is driven by a shared purpose, aligned with the IB mission of “developing responsible members of local, national, and global communities”. This understanding is at the center of the 2020 Standards and Practices (S&Ps) for implementation from September 2020 and the pre-conference aims to explore how the S&Ps can be used as a tool to support continuous school development that uses the S&Ps to articulate plans for areas of development. 
The pre-conference aims to enable participants to:
a) increase familiarity with the framework of the 2020 S&Ps
b) embrace the 2020 S&Ps as a transformational tool for school development
c) establish confidence to use the 2020 S&Ps within the participants’ own school contexts
Participants will explore the 2020 S&Ps, the impact they can have on whole school strategic planning and their implications for programme implementation.

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Margareth Harris

IB World Schools Manager, IB World Schools
Margareth is currently an IB World Schools Manager, supporting a portfolio of authorised IB World Schools offering one or more of the four programmes in 74 countries, located in all 3 IB regions of the world. Prior to this, Margareth was the MYP school services manager for AEM and... Read More →
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Katrin Fox

Manager International Baccalaureate Organization, IB World Schools
Katrin Fox is currently IBWS Manager after she joined the IB as DP School Services Manager AEM in 2014. She supports a portfolio of authorized IB World Schools offering all four programmes in 41 different countries. Katrin has got extensive experience of IB programme implementation... Read More →

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Europa 1

10:00 CET

International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Pre-Conference
The IPC Pre-Conference is an opportunity for teachers, subject coordinators and other interested professionals to discuss unit based learning across the Primary curriculum. Bringing members from IPC schools together will help create connections between our schools and help develop a support network for staff.

9:30 Coffee

Participants will introduce themselves and their school’s IPC background and progress. Goal is to create a community of educators familiar with unit based learning and how well it is implemented and what deficits are apparent.
Participants share current practice with examples and share their schools struggles and success using the programme.
*Additional topics for discussion to be added once other participants have expressed their ideas

1200 Lunch

13:00 Linking IPC to meet literacy needs/goals
Sharing of resources/ideas how schools have linked IPC to literacy
Addressing EAL and LS needs

15:00 Coffee

Assessment for Learning: What does it look like? How can we improve? What is working, what isn’t?

17:00 End

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Uli Metzler

EAL Teacher/ IPC Coordinator, Leipzig International School

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Pacific 2

10:00 CET

Language A courses in the DP – Experiences with the new guide
The new DP Language and Literature/Literature guides offer us, and in consequence the students, way more freedom in choice of texts and content. Sounds great, doesn't it? But how practical is it really to let the students choose the texts for their oral exams themselves? How can we use the portfolio to support our teaching and the students’ learning? How do we teach Concepts, Areas of Exploration and Global Issues?
In this pre-conference, I will show a possible structure of the German Language and Literature course, examples of the Portfolio and strategies for exam preparation.
Every participant will then also share their experiences and what worked well so far.
Although my examples will focus on German, this pre-conference is also a possible choice for (Language and) Literature teachers of other Languages since the structure is the same.
Also, teachers who currently don’t teach the DP but will in the future and want to start planning ahead are more than welcome!
10:00 - Session 1:
• DP: What’s new?
• Introduction of participants
• Year overview and unit planners for German Language and Literature

12:00 - Lunch
13:00 – Session 2:
• Example of the portfolio
• Preparation for Paper 1 and 2; Individual Oral
• Sharing of best practice

15:00 – Coffee/Tea Break
15:30 – Session 3:
• Sharing of best practice
• Questions and answers; time for exchange

17:00 – End of Day

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Kristina Eckert

MYP and DP German teacher , Munich International School
I teach the MYP for 7 years and the DP for 8 years now and am excited by the positive changes the new DP guide for Language and Literature/Literature offers. However, there are also challenges. I attended the teacher support material meetings in The Hague and therefore had a head... Read More →

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
America 1

10:00 CET

Learning Assistants Working Group
Sharing of best practices, what works well for you and helping with the overall learning of the students.
Strategies in resolving a conflict
The aim of the conference is to build on last years with feedback for ISS and for us as LA to share and develop our knowledge and experience with each other to help build a good strong workforce of LA across International Schools within Germany.
Review of where we are with the Job Description.


Prisca Chimamiwa

Learning Assistant, International School of Stuttgart e.V.

Louise Hart

PYP Learning Assistant, Intl School of Stuttgart e.V.

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Best Western Parkhotel Kronsberg

10:00 CET

Learning Support Working Group
We would like to offer a round table for Learning Support teachers to discuss pertinent topics central to the running of our programs. Below is a list of some of the topics to be discussed. The agenda and topics will be further developed after feedback from participants.

10:00 – Session 1:
• Differentiation-What does this look like in your school? How does admin support you in this endeavour?
• Pre-referral and referral processes
• Eligibility processes
• IEP’s

12:00 - Lunch

13:00 - Session 2:
• Development of RTI
• Programs and resources
• Data collection
• Program Monitoring

15:00 - Coffee/Tea break

15:30 - Session 3:
• Scheduling secondary learning support students
• Co-teaching
• Professional development
• Job-alike school visits
• Parallel curriculum
• Diagnostic/prescriptive instruction
• question/answer session

17:00 - End of Day


Susan Axenbeck

Learning Enrichment Teacher, International School Hannover Region

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Atlantic 2

10:00 CET

Librarian Working Group
This session will unite librarians across Germany. We will discuss: best practices, participate in sessions about new library software, the use of :ibguides, home language resources (best use & acquisition), use of German resources (inc. the cost trade off considering local library collections), author visits (creating a database of available authors who have proven to be effective), GDPR and its impact on libraries. Each will follow up with a Q&A session. Participating schools will be asked to share and discuss examples of the above.

The provisional agenda:
10:00 Session 1
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Session 2
15:00 Coffee/Tea
15:30 Session 3
17:00 Finish


Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Best Western Parkhotel Kronsberg

10:00 CET

Math Pre-Conference
Session 1: Round Table Discussion
In this session we will discuss themes relevant to Mathematics teachers in the AGIS community. This year, the focus will be upon the implementation of the new DP Programme (Applications and Interpretations, Analysis and Approaches), best practice for inquiry based learning, assessment and resources.

Session 2/3: Inquiry Based Activities Workshop – Major Focus on A&I, MYP
In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to complete activities related to the new DP syllabus that can be introduced within the MYP or alternative middle school Mathematics programme. These relate to areas of discrete mathematics and have an inquiry focus incorporating global contexts. These include tasks about mathematical finance, network theory, ecology and urbanization.

Feedback Session and Brainstorm for Future Sessions


Bryan Landmann

Head of Mathematics, FIS
I am passionate about integrating internationalism, technology and inquiry into all areas of mathematics education.

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Asia 2

10:00 CET

Purchasing Working Group
Änderungen / Neuerungen in den einzelnen Schulen/Business Partner - Lehmanns Media (Rahmenvertrag Einkaufsgemeinschaft] zu Gast: Thomas Flentge und Thorsten Jahn/Papierbestellung Lieferanten: IGEPA, Bürobedarfshändler - Zusammenfassen von Konditionen/Möbellieferanten Rahmenvertrag VS Möbel > Details und Fragen Unternehmensvorstellung ASS Bildungseinrichtungen mit Silke Stegner/cloudbasiertes Arbeiten - Einschränkungen, Entwicklungen und Möglichkeiten/webbasierte Systeme - be "future ready" to make the students "future ready"/Bürobedarf - Unternehmensvorstellung Kaut Bullinger gerne Empfehlungen von weiteren Lieferanten von Bürobedarf /Thema Urheberrecht (Lizenzen für Filme, Bücher und Medien] /Fortbildungen für Einkäufer - was sind die Möglichkeiten /Policies / Procedures für den Einkauf (für Einkäufer und für Lehrer)

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET

10:00 CET

Reframe conflict as positive energy – skills and strategies to embrace
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Fran Prolman

The Learning Collaborative
Dr. Fran Prolman is an internationally recognized consultant specializing in educational leadership, school improvement and instructional strategies as well as communication skills, critical thinking and organizational development.  Fran earned her doctorate in teacher training and... Read More →

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Asia 1

10:00 CET

School Counsellors Working Group
9:30 - 12:00 Getting to the Heart of Social-Emotional Learning: Enhancing Counsellors’ Tools for Building Effective Frameworks (PART 1)

Facilitator: Dr. Elke Paul

12:00 Lunch

13:00 - 15:00 (PART 2)

15:00 - 17:00 Working group general meeting

· Updates and next steps:

o Building the Online Forum

o Recommended Standards and Practices for AGIS School Counsellors

o Regional Teams

· Proposal: enriching AGIS Counsellor professional learning

· Planning the September meeting

· AoB


Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Africa 1

10:00 CET

School Nurses Working Group
10:00 - Session 1: Welcome and introductions. Any other topics brought to the table for discussion. Professional development opportunities, child protection, data protection, sharing and updating documents

12:00 - Lunch
13:00 – Session 2: Guest speaker tba. Last year’s speaker not yet confirmed, topics tbd. This will be a school nurse related, professional session

15:00 – Coffee/Tea Break
15:30 – Session 3: Q&A, Feedback from the German School Nurse project, evaluation and feedback to management, next AGIS meeting

17:00 – End of Day


Uta Crisimer

Nurse, Bonn international school

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Best Western Parkhotel Kronsberg

10:00 CET

Storytelling Techniques in the Language Classroom
Storytelling is a very powerful tool to teach and learn languages. This conference aims at practical activities you can use in your classroom through telling or creating “a good story” in order to captivate and immerse your audience in the process of learning any language. From elementary to the new DP language B and ab initio program, we will learn how to use all types of storytelling techniques.

All aspects of foreign languages will be tackled (reading, writing, speaking and listening) with many cultural and practical examples that can easily be used in the classroom, and there will be time to share creative resources and innovative best practices, so do bring your brand new idea that has worked well in your language classroom to the pre-conference! Time to be creative!

From books, to drama but also digital devices, free online tools, presentation platforms and the latest trends in gamification, Storytelling Techniques in the Language Classroom is a workshop aimed at boosting the creative imagination of your students through inventive pedagogical language resources that will change the way you teach languages forever.

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Emmanuelle Tessier

MYP/DP Language Acquisition Teacher, Intl School of Stuttgart e.V.
Language acquisitionFrench BMYPDP
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Victor González

Spanish Upper School, International School of Bremen
I have been teaching Modern Languages and IT for over 20 years conducting workshops and seminars for language and IT teachers at international level.My interests lie in the fields of language curriculum and materials design through innovative digital tools. I have closely worked with... Read More →

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Best Western Parkhotel Kronsberg

10:00 CET

Teaching/Learning Science Through Modeling Instruction
Modeling Instruction is a pedagogy specific for the teaching/learning of science in all subject specific areas (Physics, Biology, Chemistry). It works effectively across the spectrum of grade levels (K-12) and this workshop will offer a sampling of mini units, that can be adapted to various grade bands. The session will begin with a brief introduction to Modeling Instruction and will then ask teachers to wear “student hats” as we progress through the sample lessons. In Modeling, we begin by eliciting the current conceptual model that students come to school with. This takes place through the use of a probe or phenomena where we ask students to draw a model of what they are thinking. We then take them through a sequence of experiments where they gather evidence and decide if this evidence supports or refutes their original model. This gives students the opportunity to reconstruct their model, and in the process, dispel any misconceptions they might have had. This pedagogy uses a Claim, Evidence, Reasoning structure and incorporates the key skill strands that are well aligned with both Next Generation Science Standards and the International Baccalaureate (PYP, MYP and Diploma) programs.

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET

10:00 CET

The mindful classroom
Over the last several years, the word, “mindfulness” has become commonplace. More and more people are attending MBSR and yoga classes in hopes of reducing their stress levels and increase their sense of overall well-being. As adults have experienced the benefits of mindfulness for themselves, they’ve naturally experimented with sharing it with their own children and/or students. This has led to the development of numerous programs, projects, and businesses worldwide. Without dampening the excitement stemming from this development, we must recognize that if we are going to teach effectively to our students and communities, conceptual clarity is important. This involves having an open conversation between practitioners, scientists, and scholars in which we can share a definition that has been productive in our practice and teaching, and supported by scientific research on mindfulness.

In this pre-conference we will:

• Discuss the differences between mindfulness as a state, a trait, or a practice.
• Discuss how each of these are beneficial.
• Discuss how to form healthy, mindful habits in the classroom.
• Learn how to identify what is going well right now in our classrooms. (And what needs improvement.)
• Develop routines and procedures that work for you and your students.
• If time allows, provide a time to exchange ideas for calm corners or peace centers in the classroom


Traci Mausolf

Grade 4 Teacher/English Coordinator, Leipzig International School

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Atlantic 1

10:00 CET

Voice and Presence: Strengthening your message
The workshop explores the impact of voice and physicality within an education setting. It takes a practical and theoretical approach that allows participants to reflect on their strengths and anxieties as individuals who work In group settings. The workshop gives insights into how voice and body can be used to improve your message in an education environment. The skills explored have practical application whether your role is as an administrator, teacher or classroom assistant.

The aims are:
• To give insights into what constitutes effective communication
• To develop an understanding of physical presence and body language
• To Improve use of voice and breathing in a classroom setting
• To foster an environment that supports team building and manage relationships within an education setting.

Session 1 10-12
Voice and Presence in the classroom
OBJECTIVE To increase engagement, open the body and release energy. To engage attention.

Lunch 12:00 -13:00

Session 2 13:00- 15:00
OBJECTIVE To work on physicality, voice production and clear communication.

Session 3 15:30 -17
3 –Demonstration performance and inspiration

OBJECTIVE: To use personality, presence and purpose to affect the listener.


Eugene Collins

Drama Teacher, Berlin Metropolitan School
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Sarah Hübner

German Teacher (MYP, DP), Munich International School
Sarah is a passionate educator and theatre practitioner. She currently teaches German in secondary school at Munich International School. Alongside her teaching background, Sarah holds several theatre degrees, is a qualified speaker, and trains with world renowned improvisors. She... Read More →

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Best Western Parkhotel Kronsberg

10:00 CET

Works Councils and International Schools
The aim of the preconference will be to strengthen and widen the links between the existing AGIS schools works councils. In order to achieve this aim we would like to focus mainly on three specific areas: 1) Sharing information on how to organise the changeover of works councils; 2) Share ideas, approaches and solutions to teachers’ working time; 3) Create a bank of works agreements to enable an effective resource to be shared by all participants.

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Angel Antoranz

Secondary Teacher - Spanish, Leipzig International School
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Natascha Gaim-Marsoner

PYP Teacher / Works Council Chair, Munich International School
Mindfulness practice in the lower elementary classes

Friday January 24, 2020 10:00 - 17:00 CET
Best Western Parkhotel Kronsberg