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Saturday, January 25

08:30 CET

The complications and complexity of teaching
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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 →

Saturday January 25, 2020 08:30 - 09:30 CET
Europa 1 + 2

10:00 CET

Organisation to Independence
There are many organisational skills students need in order to experience success in school and beyond - such as planning, prioritising, and recording and organising research. If you have experienced the trend of students struggling to organise themselves, meet deadlines, work for sustained amounts of time and take general responsibility for their learning, this presentation may be for you. We will look at ways to explicitly teach these skills our students so desperately need.

Tips and examples of organisation tools, that will support students in taking greater responsibility of their learning and experience greater success as they move throughout school.

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Faida Williams

Teacher, Heidelberg International School
I've been teaching at IB schools for the last 7 years and have taught Years 3/4 (ages 7-9) split, Grade 4 (ages 9-10) and Grade 5 (ages 10-11). It's been such a joy and a challenge to work with children in ways that engage, stretch and get them excited about their own learning. Teaching... Read More →

Saturday January 25, 2020 10:00 - 11:00 CET
Africa 1

11:15 CET

Happy Teachers Can Change The World- Mindfulness in schools
The presentation will share how participants can learn how to integrate mindfulness into their daily life as well as into their students’ lives. The presentation will explain what mindfulness is according to Jon Kabat Zinn (founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR) as well as the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Practical examples of how mindful breathing, walking or listening benefits teachers and students will be shared.

Participants will have learned how to mindfully breathe, walk and eat. You will get to know mindfulness and its use in school. You understand how you can anchor yourself in stressful situations and stay calm and relaxed. You will learn methods for your own mindfulness practice and you will get a toolkit with exercises and ideas for yourself as well as your students.

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Martina Wohlers

teacher, Teacher

Saturday January 25, 2020 11:15 - 12:15 CET
Europa 2

11:15 CET

Storytelling and music in foreign language lessons: how telling stories can positively affect the emotional dimension in the classroom
Nowadays, the value of stories as a resource for developing skills, such as written expression or reading comprehension in the classroom, is well known. But can we call this source Storytelling or rather, "Story-creating"? Instead of focusing on the writing of stories, we are going to focus on telling stories and using them as a tool that supports the emotional dimension in the classroom. Attendees will experiment storytelling techniques that will enable them, without being a storyteller, to tell stories in the classroom that help reduce anxiety, create a positive atmosphere and include different learning styles. We will also introduce the contemporary tale as a didactic resource that opens the possibility of working on topics such as peace education, environmental education and gender equality. Songs that enrich the story's narrative in Spanish will also be included, as an experience of linguistic immersion and multilingualism, using innovative linguistic mediation strategies, such as the Tandem technique. The presenters have created La Guagua de Cuentos, a group that combines music and stories in Spanish as an experience of linguistic immersion.

-Discover stories and songs as didactic tools that reinforce the emotional dimension in the classroom.
-Access original tasks related to stories and songs that promote a variety of skills in the classroom.
-Become familiar with effective storytelling techniques that enable teachers to work effectively with the story in the classroom.
-Expand classroom teaching resources using stories and songs that deal with cross-cutting issues such as peace education, environmental awareness and gender equality.
-Learn about successful experiences with storytelling and songs in language and drama classes.

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Marcela Caro

Spanish, International School of Bremen
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Jose Caceres

Drama Early Years, International School of Bremen

Saturday January 25, 2020 11:15 - 12:15 CET
Africa 1

11:15 CET

Wellness: Valuing teachers as we value students
Teachers and support staff spend their working lives investing in others. Often, in the busyness of school life it is hard to find space to celebrate our successes. Where is the place for reflecting and sharing what we have invested in others? Teacher wellness is a theme concerning many and continual output without input will lead to burnout. This session is about a simple initiative started this year at ISHR designed to try and redress that balance and add a focus on teacher wellness in school life. Come and hear some positivity as I share what transpired (teacher feedback, photos etc.) and be inspired with ideas you might want to take back to your school.

Many positive reminders and examples of the value of the work teachers do and a simple strategy for finding space for teacher wellness in school life that can have a real impact on teacher wellbeing.


Jamie Thomas

Learning Leader I and S, International School Hannover Region

Saturday January 25, 2020 11:15 - 12:15 CET
Europa 1

13:15 CET

Making Well Being Matter - A Collaborative Teaching Approach for PSHE
During this session, attendees will be exposed to a variety of co-teaching models that can be used in a variety of lesson settings including, but not limited to, PSHE. They will also be introduced to a model for planning a vertically aligned PSHE program from 3-year-old students through to grade 12, including a variety of resources.

Attendees can expect to come away with an understanding of a variety of co-teaching models and their benefits to PSHE and other programs for both students and teachers.
Attendees can expect to come away with a list of potential resources and topics for their own PSHE planning.

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Jessica Morgan

3rd grade teacher, International School Ulm/Neu-Ulm
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Angela Collins

Social and College Counsellor, International School of Ulm/Neu-Ulm

Saturday January 25, 2020 13:15 - 14:15 CET
Atlantic 2

13:15 CET

The Unreliability of Teaching: a TOK Presentation
This presentation will be illustrating the common biases that influence our teaching and why these can make knowledge acquired through our educational system unreliable. It will address the personal biases that we have as teachers, as well as the partiality of the books that we use.

Done in the format of a TOK Presentation, this talk also aims at being a good example of what students are expected to produce in this course, and how TOK can be introduced in daily lessons from a younger age. No TOK experience necessary to join, and the presentation will be followed by a group discussion on how we can make our teaching more reliable and meaningful.

By reflecting on their biases as teachers, participants will be able to identify their strengths as well as areas to improve to make their teaching more reliable. The goal of the group discussion is to find strategies to go beyond the traditional education system in order to help students reflect on their own biases and how it affects them.

In addition, this presentation aims at introducing what TOK is about and how its principles can be used in all classes.


Maude Robitaille

Head of Department, Languages / TOK Coordinator, Berlin Metropolitan School

Saturday January 25, 2020 13:15 - 14:15 CET

14:30 CET

CIS: Evolving the Standards of International Accreditation
The session will focus on how CIS continues to be flexible and responsive to the needs of 21st century schools and education. CIS School Support & Evaluation Officer, Jenni Thompson, will focus on pertinent examples of how the organisation has used a nimble approach to listen to the voice of its constituents and engage with best practice research to evolve its protocol and practice to help shape the future of international education in schools across the world. There will be a particular emphasis on the evolution of standards in relation to student learning and student well-being and how these can drive change in the classroom and beyond.

Attendees will have a clear understanding of not only how CIS is evolving the standards of international accreditation, but also what this will look like for schools moving forwards.


Saturday January 25, 2020 14:30 - 15:30 CET
Africa 2

14:30 CET

Successfully supporting innovation through STEAM in the PYP/MYP
STEAM (or MINT) is becoming a focus in many schools. ISS have used this focus to support or students in strengthening their approaches to learning and innovative mindset. An approach has been created to systematically embed STEAM activities throughout the curriculum and outside of classes, and opportunities have been scaffolded for natural and spontaneous implementation of STEAM too.
In order to do this successfully many key issues needed to be addressed:
  • A clear scope and sequence across the school.
  • STEAM extra-curricular clubs, including robotics
  • Regular off-time table STEAM days, including student choice
  • Sharing STEAM/Tech ideas at staff meetings
  • Visiting external STEAM experts 
  • Showing students inspirational examples of STEAM happening outside of school
  • PYP: providing some meaningful,  transdisciplinary time within the units of inquiry for students to have these opportunities
  • MYP: providing meaningful interdisciplinary units between Design and other subjects
  • Providing support for teachers to enable them to easily embed STEAM in their curriculum - taking the fear out of STEAM!
  • Making sure that STEAM has meaningful impact, and we are not just ticking a box!

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Lenny Dutton

MYP Coordinator, International School of Stuttgart e.V.
MYP Coordinator at International School of StuttgartMYP Consultant for ToddleAuthor at Hodder EducationIBEN

Robin Karnatz

Digital Learning Integration Coach & PYP Teacher, Intl School of Stuttgart e.V.

Saturday January 25, 2020 14:30 - 15:30 CET
Atlantic 2

15:45 CET

Learning for Action & Impact through Global Citizenship
We live in an increasingly globalized world that interconnects us instantly. What are the implications of this paradigm shift for our students as we aspire to nurture them as global citizens? How can we educate, engage and empower students to see the world through a global lens and help them develop as global citizens?

This presentation will provide useful and practical examples for how you can teach students to develop a broader view of their world through positive learning experiences, including community service for action and impact. Furthermore, this presentation will share the value of teaching empathy, leading to development of social entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and dispositions through an understanding and sense of global citizenship to make a difference in the world.

This presentation will provide and share:
• a range of useful insights, resources and tips to develop an impactful global citizenship program
• practical examples on how you can teach students to develop a broader view of their world through community outreach and service
• strategies to empower students through voice and choice to create and shape their future
• the value of teaching empathy and social entrepreneurship
• methods to enhance student skills through development of critical and creative thinking, reasoning, cooperation, questioning and communication
• approaches to foster and nurture students as positive ‘agents of change’
experiences for how you can engage and empower students to make a difference in the world.


Saturday January 25, 2020 15:45 - 16:45 CET
Atlantic 2

17:00 CET

Creating discourse in the mathematics classroom
This course will be focused on how to ask effective questions and prompt students to create discourse among themselves in a mathematics classroom. Different depths of questioning will also be discussed during this session.

To create more meaningful discourse (as a teacher) through questioning and prompts within a mathematics classroom.


Paul Anderson

Secondary Math Teacher, Berlin Brandenburg International School

Saturday January 25, 2020 17:00 - 18:00 CET
Pacific 1

17:00 CET

Movement and Yoga in the Classroom
Do you want better relationships, better health, better learning, better self-confidence, better focus and an overall better sense of well-being? If you're nodding your head yes, you're welcome to come and investigate how yoga, mindfulness, and kinesthetic learning can have excellent benefits for you and your students! Come learn how to set guidelines, how to get students invested, get easy to follow resources for implementation, what the research states, and we will try some movements together so you can evaluate the effectiveness for yourself. No experience is needed. I look forward to mind, body, and spirit growth for you and your students with this practice.

• Examine what the research states about yoga, mindfulness, and kinesthetic learning benefits for students and staff
• Learn how to set classroom guidelines and routines
• Learn how to get students invested
• Understand and practice the easy to follow resources for implementation together
• Practice together so you can evaluate the effectiveness

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Jeannette Luther

Primary Class Teacher, Berlin Metropolitan School

Saturday January 25, 2020 17:00 - 18:00 CET
Africa 1
Sunday, January 26

09:30 CET

Effective use of YouTube in your classrooms
In this presentation, I will be sharing and demonstrating how YouTube can be used effectively in your classroom. This presentation is based on my experience as a secondary school teacher, but the ideas can be used for primary classrooms as well.

Here is a link to my presentation

Some of the skills I will be demonstrating are:

Creating custom playlists on YouTube
Embedding a YouTube video onto a webpage
Creating custom quizzes based on the content of a YouTube video and
overlaying it on the video using a third-party service.
How to create a custom resource list of youtube videos with student participation

A document with links to all the tools discussed will be provided and I will be demonstrating the use of most of these tools discussed. This is a hands-on session and participants are encouraged to bring their devices.

I am going to present ideas on how to use YouTube effectively for classroom instruction.

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Vinu Cyrus

MYP Design Teacher, Dresden International School

Sunday January 26, 2020 09:30 - 11:00 CET
Atlantic 1

09:30 CET

Gender Bias, Behaviours and Safeguarding for all
The Council of International Schools (CIS) discovered through their research that there is a
gender gap when it comes to women in senior leadership positions in schools and that it also
takes women longer to be appointed and that they are also paid less.* Jane Larsson says that “A
majority of the issues we discuss with schools can be attributed to (cultural) differences.”
So, what are the biases when it comes to women in education? What behaviours reinforce
perceptions/stereotypes about women in the workplace that become barriers for aspiring
leaders. How can we ensure that our schools are places that promote equity, and healthy and safe
learning environments for all educators – that in turn impacts our students.
Jane Larsson (CIS) and Angeline Aow (@WomenEdDE) will provide an overview of Gender Bias
and Behaviours (unconscious/conscious) and examples of how to challenge behaviours that
reinforce negative beliefs and cultures. We will also share an overview of behaviours that
constitute harassment, bullying, discrimination, abuse and neglect. Some anonymised scenarios
that we can learn from and what needs to be put in place to ensure that all of us in schools are
safeguarded will also be shared.
We encourage everyone to attend to learn about how your action – and inaction – contributes to
gender parity, safety and security in our educational institutions.
additional information
* https://www.cois.org/about-cis/perspectives-blog/blog-post/~board/perspectivesblog/post/asking-the-right-questions-gender-gap-revealed-in-pay-for-international-schoolleaders
CIS has made great progress with their child protection focus and initiatives. This session
expands upon these same principles to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the adults in
our learning communities.

Session take-aways:
• an understanding of the relationship between perceptions/bias and attitudes. How these
attitudes influence behaviours and the rationalisations we make that become self-fulling
prophesies that, in turn, become our biases.
• overview of behaviours that constitute harassment, bullying, discrimination, abuse and
• an understanding that our international school communities are not immune to bad
behaviours and considerations and strategies to take back to your schools.
Underreporting in our institutions exists.
• strategies to ensure that we are building cultures of care and respect that safeguards our
whole learning community. Prevention is better than cure!

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Angeline Aow

Professional Learning & Development Coordinator, Berlin International School
Educator, trainer and regional leader of @WomenEdDE

Sunday January 26, 2020 09:30 - 11:00 CET
Atlantic 2
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