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Curriculum Summit in Europe

5-6 October 2018

CLIP – The Oporto International School | Rua de Vila Nova, 1071, Porto, Portugal, 4100-506

Have a topic, process success or best practice to share?

Submit by May 31st. If your proposal is chosen you will receive free entrance to the Summit-those presenting in a group, one fee will be waived.

Check out a few of the Presenters and their Sessions!

Conversations will be centered on the unique needs of international schools, and will focus on how we can push the boundaries of curriculum work to leverage our global community of educators to meet the needs of our learners. Sessions will be focused on four key themes to support curriculum leaders as well as teacher leaders: Leading the Process Curriculum Development, Data Literacy & Instructional Strategies.

Creating an Authentic Learning Environment
Maggie Sabin, Metropolitan School Frankfurt

Using Constructed Response Items to Assess Student Understanding
Kim Elms, ACS International Schools

Mindfulness-based Intervention in Upper School Students
Raquel  Loureiro, CLIP – The Oporto International School

From Compliance to Ownership: Leveraging Atlas to Drive School Improvement
Kim Rayl, American International School Lagos  

Going Beyond Answer-Getting: Implementing Rich Math Tasks
Megan Holmstrom, Independent Consultant

Be the Change by Leading the Change!
Tara Barton, American International School Johannesburg & Serve Learn Educational Consultants

How to Successfully Deliver a Phenomena-Based Learning Unit?
Viviana Nielsen & Anna Davies, International School of Zug and Luzern

Designing Globally Competent Learners for the 21st Century
Kim Rayl, American International School Lagos  

4 October 2018

Concept Based Learning: going beyond the three dimensions
facilitated by CLIP
Marco Meireles
Amy Reis
Nicholas Austin
Milena Sousa

Departing from Lynn Erickson’s framework for Concept-Based Curriculum (CBC), this workshop aims to provide Leaders and Practitioners with hands-on transferable knowledge and skills on how to design concept-based units that: provide students with real-life learning experiences that focus on deep understandings related to global and local current issues; explicitly target the development of 21st century competencies and provide direct links to the school’s vision and mission. During this session, participants will have the chance to reflect on how Concept-Based Learning may look like in their own schools and will also be provided with the opportunity to observe some of its aspects in a classroom context.

Meet the facilitators

Marco Meireles is currently the manager of CLIP.innovatE and the Senior Deputy for Learning at CLIP – Oporto International School. With a background in Economics, Marco spent his early career as a teaching assistant and researcher in some of the best universities in Portugal and in the UK. Eventually, his passion for teaching led him towards a career and research in Education, focusing on the explicit targeting and development of 21st century competencies in students. Marco also regularly shares his professional learning journeys in international conferences in Europe and Asia. Over the past 10 years, he has been teaching Economics, Mathematics and Global Perspectives at CLIP, where he also served as Head of Humanities, and Deputy for Curriculum.

Amy Reis is presently Deputy for Learning and Leader of the English department at CLIP – Oporto International School. Amy is passionate about promoting literacy in schools and the benefits of developing reading habits. Originally from the U.K. she settled in Portugal where she has gained a wide experience working in education, having taught for over 20 years in a variety of contexts to students from 3 to 80 years old. She is currently researching assessment strategies for the 21st Century Classroom and is helping her school to develop new models of assessment. Her other areas of expertise are curriculum design and collaborative learning.

Nicholas Austin is currently a Deputy for Learning and Integrationist for technology at CLIP – Oporto International School. He works to ensure that the educational project at CLIP is accomplishing its mission through the development of curricula and assessment practices, while team teaching computing across the Lower School. Nicholas has a Doctorate in Education from The Open University. An interest in the use of communication technologies to develop language learning has led him to conduct and publish research on ‘Video conferencing and multimodal expressions of voice: Children’s conversations using Skype for second language development in a telecommunicative setting’ (2017, System). In addition to working with both adult and young learners in a range of educational contexts Nicholas continues to involve himself in as many projects as he can possibly handle.

Born in Canada, Milena Sousa currently teaches Reception at CLIP – Oporto International School.  She received her Honours Degree in Education from University of Minho and pursued her interest in Childhood Education with a focus on Montessori theory.  She has nearly two decades of teaching experience in the Early Years Foundation Stage, as well as the Key Stage 1 department.

Designing a Curriculum and Learning for a 21st Century Global Education
facilitated by CLIP
Sarah Plews
Andrea Reis
Clare Rowland
Patricia Mesquita

Through an internationally-minded interactive and hands-on session we will share our leadership challenge for developing an internationalised school. We will explore how to lead and foster a student-centered 21st century internationally-minded curriculum and learning opportunities. Leaders and practitioners will build knowledge of approaches and frameworks: Embedding codes of ethics through LTR (Learning Through Research); Building global citizenship through CBC (Concept-Based Curriculum); Developing 21st century competencies through a contextualised framework and capacity building process; Catalysing curiosity through inquiry-based learning (QFT – Question Formulation Technique). During this session, participants will also have the chance to reflect on how a 21st century curriculum and learning may look like in their own schools and will also be provided with the opportunity to observe some of its aspects in a classroom context.

Meet the facilitators

Sarah Plews currently heads up the PK-12 Professional Development for Learning at CLIP – Oporto International School. She has over two decades of experience working in intercultural and international environments, largely in Japan, UK, and Portugal. Trained in International Educational Senior Leadership and Management, and as a CIS International Accreditation Evaluator, Sarah continues her passionate lead learner journey to create conditions for effective professional learning to impact student learning. She regularly shares at international conferences, focusing on curriculum development, impactful leadership and effective professional learning approaches for improving student learning. Originally from England, Sarah lives with her family in Portugal.

Born in South Africa, where she spent her childhood, Andrea Reis is currently the Learning Through Research (LTR) Area Leader at CLIP – Oporto International School and a team member of CLIP.innovatE. LTR is fundamental to CLIP’s own Middle School Programme, representing an interdisciplinary approach that aims to imbed 21st century learning and teaching methodologies. With a degree and a post-graduation in History, Andrea Reis started her career as a History researcher at the University level. An experienced History teacher for 16 years in the Portuguese public system, she was invited to join CLIP in 2012. History, Geography and LTR teacher since then, she has been fully committed to lead the development of innovative practices and 21st century competencies development in LTR over the past two years.

Clare Rowland started her teaching career in the U.K, teaching Key Stage 2. However, her ambition and drive to succeed pushed her to apply for teaching positions abroad. She has now been living and working in Portugal for almost 10 years. Clare is currently a Form 4 teacher at CLIP – Oporto International School. Five years ago, she became the leader of Mathematics in the Lower School and a member of the Lower School Leadership Team. She has been involved in many projects and incentives during her time at CLIP, including developing 21st Century competencies within the classroom, facilitating PLC’s and supporting teachers in implementing the new National Curriculum.

Patrícia Mesquita is currently the Senior Deputy for Wellbeing at CLIP – Oporto International School, leading the social and emotional wellbeing support systems and liaising with the SEN department in the coordination of the Specific Needs Support Programmes: identifying, tracking and monitoring (RTI programme). Patrícia has a degree in Modern Languages and Literature – Portuguese and French, by the University of Coimbra. With an experience of 23 years as a languages teacher, Patrícia is passionate about the integration of student-centred methodologies in the classroom, mainly differentiation strategies and on the development of social and emotional skills as part of the 21st century competencies. Patrícia also served as Middle School Deputy Director and Middle School Pastoral Care Leader.

Creating a Quality Curriculum Review Process
facilitated by Rubicon
Kelby Zenor
Amy Meyers

Develop a systematic approach for evaluating, reviewing or revising your curriculum on an ongoing basis to ensure it meets the needs of your learning community.  Build or refine your curriculum review process.  Set goals for the review, articulate the steps you will take, and develop guidelines and resources to support your work.

Get Registered

Summit cost is $550 for October 5 & 6 – the optional consulting time on the 7th is free of charge!

  • Early Bird Rate: through June 15th is an additional 10% off.
  • Group Rate: Purchase 3 registrations and the 4th is free.

Pre-Conference Workshops:

  • If you are interested in joining the pre-conference and are registering for the full conference the additional cost is $100.
  • For those interested in only attending one of the pre-conference sessions the costs is $300.

Email us to register your large group or with any questions: pd@rubicon.com

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Curriculum Summit in Europe: October 4-6, 2018 (EB Rate)
+ Pre-Conference: Creating a Quality Curriculum Review Process
Curriculum Summit in Europe: October 4-6, 2018 (EB Rate)
+ Pre-Conference: Concept-based Learning: going beyond the three dimensions
Curriculum Summit in Europe: October 4-6, 2018 (EB Rate)
+ Pre-Conference: Designing a Curriculum and Learning for a 21st Century Global Education
Curriculum Summit in Europe: October 5-6, 2018 (EB Rate) $495.00
Pre-Conference ONLY: October 4, 2018
Concept-based Learning: going beyond the three dimensions
Pre-Conference ONLY: October 4, 2018
Designing a Curriculum and Learning for a 21st Century Global Education
Pre-Conference ONLY: October 4, 2018
Creating a Quality Curriculum Review Process

What’s included with your registration?

Handouts and Resources

Materials will be immediately available during the sessions


Emailed after the Summit for Professional Development (Optional PD Credit for an additional $60)


Network with other educators over lunch

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received in writing by email (pd@rubicon.com), or fax (503-224-7474) no less than 21 days prior to the event for a full refund or credit minus a $25.00 processing fee.  No refunds will be given after that date.

Attendee substitutions can take place up to 48 hours prior to the event without penalty when it is an exact workshop substitution.

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Summit participants will have the chance to forge their own professional development path during the summit, creating a personalized learning experience geared towards developing the tools and resources to support their curricular objectives.  In addition, those who join us will have the opportunity to take advantage of work time built into their Summit schedule to allow for processing and opportunities to apply concepts learned.

4 October 2018

Optional pre-conference sessions. These will be full day workshops.

Topics to be announced shortly!

9:00 – 12:00  | Morning Session
12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 | Afternoon Session

5 October 2018

8:00 – 8:30  | Registration and Coffee
8:30 – 9:00  | Opening Session
9:00 – 11:00  | Break-Out Sessions
11:15 – 12:15  | Mini-Sessions
12:15 – 13:15 | Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 | Break Out Sessions

18:00 – TBD | Optional walking tour and refreshments in historic Porto!

6 October 2018

8:30 – 9:00  | Coffee and Conversation
9:00 – 11:00  | Break-Out Sessions
11:15 – 12:15  | Mini-Sessions
12:15 – 13:15  | Lunch
13:15 – 15:15  | Break Out Sessions
15:30 – 16:00  | Closing

7 October 2018

Optional Consulting Sessions with Rubicon.  Participants can choose a time to connect and talk through process, template changes or any ideas that they have!

What You Need to Know

8:30am-4:00pm, registration begins at 8:00am

Bring a device, materials will be online

Lunch is provided

The host school has secured rates at several hotels.

Please plan to book early, as this is a busy weekend in Porto!

  • Mention “Rubicon European Curriculum Summit” to get access to special prices
  • All prices for single/double use, with breakfast included

Portuscale Hotel

  • Av. Boavista, 1060, Porto
  • www.portuscalehotel.com
  • Book: reservas@portuscalehotel.com, +351 226 083900
  • Single: €75, Double: €84
  • We will transfer to/from the school at this hotel

Porto Palácio

Crowne Plaza

Bessa Hotel

  • R. Dr. Marques de Carvalho 111, Porto
  • www.bessahotel.com
  • Book: groups@bessahotel.com or +351 226 050 000
  • Single: €119, Double: €129
  • We will transfer to/from the school at this hotel

SeaPorto Hotel

  • Av. Dom Afonso Henriques 35, Matosinhos
  • www.seaportohotel.com
  • Book: hotel@seaportohotel.com or +351 227 667 877
  • Single: €72, Double: €82
  • No transport to/from the school

Location and Hotel Details

CLIP – The Oporto International School
Rua de Vila Nova, 1071, Porto, Portugal, 4100-506

Take a day to go in depth on several topics! These will be smaller sessions in which you will get the opportunity to work with a variety of educators on topics that support curriculum and student learning.

Sessions are limited to 24 participants each, register early to secure your seat!

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