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Visiting Scholar Program

Globally minded with a sense of local community
Students in a group high-fiving

The Visiting Scholar Program, which was launched in the 2014/15 school year, allows distinguished scholars to:

  • share their expert insights;
  • collaborate on innovative teaching methods;
  • 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 professional expertise on 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;
  • 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 Scholars 2018/19

Lower School - October 8, 2018

Visiting Scholar, Will Richardson

Will Richardson

ZIS Visiting Scholar Will Richardson helped us examine new ways to think about our students’ learning at a community workshop on October 8.

Will Richardson is an education leader and author of (among other books) “Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere.” He is a frequent speaker and works with schools, teachers and parents on how to help students thrive in our networked, connected world of learning. Said one educator who recently heard him speak: “Will may just be the most dynamic and invigorating education speaker I’ve seen.”

Will believes that “our mission should be to teach everything that anyone wants to learn. His messages focus on how we should view the future of learning and what school should be doing to helps students get the most from their schooling. Our challenge is how we make schools amazing places to learn for kids.” In this workshop, he will help attendees examine new ways to think about our students’ learning.

Visiting Scholar: Will Richardson

Visiting Scholars 2016/17

Dr. Steven Leinwand (September/October 2016)

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 22 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, Steve worked primarily with teachers of students from Grades 2 to 12. In addition to teacher workshops, he offered two parent workshops.

Visiting Scholar: Dr Steven Leinwand

Dr. Monica Neagoy (September 2016)

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

Monica worked primarily with our younger learners from the ECC up to Grade 1. In addition to teacher workshops, she ran parent workshops at the Early Childhood Center and Lower School.

Previous Visiting Scholars

Richard Morais (April 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, Richard 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 starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri.

During his visit to ZIS, Richard spoke with students on most campuses, met with teachers, attended an alumni event, and discussed The Hundred-Foot Journey at a community showing of the film.

View photos from Richard's visit.

View article in the Zurichseezeitung about his visit.

Suzie Boss (October 2014)

Suzie 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, Suzie 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).