Visiting Scholar Program

The Visiting Scholar Program was launched in the 2014/15 school year. The program allows distinguished scholars to share their expert insights, collaborate on innovative teaching methods and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the school. It also enables ZIS students at all grade levels, faculty, parents and community members to benefit from the professional expertise of scholars spanning a wide array of topics, ranging from academics to athletics to the Arts.

Expert professionals who participate in this educationally enriching experience will be invited to share their knowledge with the ZIS community for lengths of time spanning a few days to a few weeks, either during a compressed time span or through scheduled visits throughout the school year. As a visiting scholar, local and international subject matter experts will teach classes, host collaborative seminars and workshops, provide professional development for faculty, deliver all-campus lectures and interact with the greater ZIS community.

The school is grateful for the support of individual and corporate donors who provided the core funding for this program. Outright donations to the Annual Fund and proceeds from the Golden Opportunity Gala during the 2013/14 school year jump-started and supported this 50th anniversary legacy project.

Visiting Scholar: Dr Steven Leinwand
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Visiting Scholars 2016/17

Dr. Steven Leinwand (September 26-October 7)

Inspirational speaker, author and internationally recognized mathematics leader, Dr. Steven Leinwand has over 35 years of experience as a leader in mathematics education. He is currently a Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., where he supports a range of mathematics education initiatives and research. Steve served as Mathematics Supervisor in the Connecticut Department of Education for twenty-two years and is a former president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. He is the author of several mathematics textbooks, numerous articles as well as the bestselling books Accessible Mathematics: Ten Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement and of Sensible Mathematics: A Guide for School Leaders in the Era of Common Core State Standards.

During his return visit to ZIS, Dr. Leinwand will work primarily with teachers of students from Grades 2 to 12.  In addition to teacher workshops, he will be offering two parent workshops. 

Dr. Monica Neagoy (September 12-15)

Dr. Monica Neagoy, international mathematics consultant, has a passion for mathematics. Her 25-year mathematics career includes teacher professional development, math specialist training, national/international conference speeches, among other things. Monica’s life-long goal is to infuse people with a fascination for the wonder of mathematics. 

Dr. Neagoy will work primarily with our younger learners from the ECC up to Grade 1. In addition to teacher workshops, she will be offering parent workshops at the ECC and in the Lower School.

Previous Visiting Scholars

Richard Morais (April 20-22, 2015)

The ZIS Visiting Scholar program featured journalist, fiction author and alumnus Richard C. Morais ’77. An American journalist who lives in New York and grew up in Switzerland, Mr. Morais is the editor of Barron’s Penta, a finance and lifestyle magazine. He was previously stationed in London for 17 years as Forbes magazine’s European Bureau Chief, where he was a six-time nominee and three-time winner of the Journalist of the Year Award. He is also a novelist best known for The Hundred-Foot Journey, an international and New York Times bestseller that became a movie last year. Mr. Morais visited the school April 20-22, speaking with classes on most campuses, meeting with teachers, attending an alumni event, and discussing The Hundred-Foot Journey at a community showing of the film at the Upper School.

View photos from Mr. Morais' visit.

View article in the Zurichseezeitung about his visit.


Suzie Boss (October 20-31, 2014)

Ms. Boss focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. She is the author of Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World and co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning and Thinking Through Project-Based Learning. She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and a member of the Buck Institute for Education National Faculty.

A frequent conference presenter and former community college instructor, Ms. Boss has worked with educators around the globe, both face-to-face and virtually. She has developed programs that teach young people and adults how to improve their communities with innovative, sustainable solutions. A recent focus has been introducing project-based learning strategies to out-of-school-time programs. Her wide-ranging interests in education were shaped by several years as a writer, editor, and field researcher for the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (now called Education Northwest).

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