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.
Meet the Consultants
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.