ZIS Partners

Zurich International School is more than a school, it is a special community. A community that is tied together by shared experiences. Working in partnership with our stakeholders is key to the successful ZIS experience. During the 2016/17 school year we are launching the ZIS Partners initiative.

Its goals are to:

  • raise levels of understanding of ZIS philosophical drivers;
  • partner and collaborate with various stakeholders;
  • learn about the ZIS experience from the parental and corporate perspective;
  • hear more voices - every voice is important and will be heard;
  • focus on issues that are relevant to the present and the future;
  • deepen relationships and maximize opportunities for connections.

The initiative started with an audit - called Parental Perspectives - during the week of September 19 when three international education consultants met with almost 300 parents in order to better understand the ZIS experience from their perspective. People representing the various constituencies in our community were invited at random, and there was also the possibility for all parents to register to attend a session.

During the week of November 7, the three consultants will return to ZIS to outline the common themes and perceptions that parents shared during these Parental Perspectives sessions. The school's Leadership Team will then look closely at the findings and devise action plans to address identified issues which will be presented to the ZIS Board of Trustees in January 2017 and be incorporated into the school's annual objectives.

Click here to access the progress report.


Meet the Consultants

Chris Bowman

Chris Bowman is a private educational consultant, having retired in 2015 after serving for eight years as the Director of the International School of Luxembourg. He worked previously as the Associate Superintendent with Educational Overseas Services, Ltd. Prior to that, Chris was Director of the Bavarian International School, Copenhagen International School and Port Moresby International School. Chris comes originally from Australia where he served as a school administrator and as a District Superintendent of Education. He served for a number of years on the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Board of Trustees, variously as trustee, vice-chairman and chairman. Chris is a graduate of the PTC Essential Skills Program and has worked as a leadership trainer with the PTC since 1999. He trained with the Conflict Resolution Network and is a trainer with the Covey 7 Habits Program. As a consultant, his specialist areas are leadership training at all levels, board training and development, and conflict management. He has consulted and trained in a wide range of international schools in Europe and Asia.

Darlene Fisher

Darlene has worked for more than 35 years as a teacher and administrator in schools in Australia, Oman, Thailand, India, Turkey, UK and the USA. She is currently a doctoral student at Bath University focusing on educational leadership in an international context. Darlene is currently working at European Council of International Schools (ECIS) with responsibility for developing educational programmes to support teachers and school leaders in international schools. She is also involved designing and presenting professional development courses for the IB Leadership Pathway, for new and experienced Heads of IB schools.  She has experience working with the development of curriculum, and with staff training for the implementation of international mindedness in school communities.

Mike Miller

Mike Miller is a 45-year veteran of independent advancement, now in his 18th year in an international setting. Mike is a frequent speaker at international education organizations (CASE, NAIS, ECIS, EARCOS, AISA) and regional associations around the world and for eight years taught the summer institute (Independent School Management) in educational fundraising for newcomers to development and international schools. He served as chair of both the CASE and ECIS Development Committees and is a CASE Europe advisor for international schools. Mike has chaired both major school advancement conferences in the United States and Europe. He is the recipient of CASE’s Robert Bell Crow Award for Excellence in the Independent Advancement Field, a designated Blue Ribbon Principal (secondary) by the U. S. Department of Education and the inaugural recipient of the new CASE International Award for Distinguished Service to International Schools. Mike retired after ten years as the Director of External Affairs at The American School in London in June 2008 to devote time to consulting with international schools. Mike’s degrees are in history, communications, secondary school administration and international education. Mike has been a teacher, High School Principal, Assistant Head of School, Campus and Interim Head, as well as a practitioner in all areas of advancement. Mike is currently consulting in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and is the CEO/Senior Partner of MLW Consultants, Inc.

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