VIII NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference

Taking Change to Scale in Education

27-28 October 2016

Welcome to the homepage of the VIII NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference! The conference took place on 27-28 October 2016, at the International School of Astana, Kazakhstan.

Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools is leading educational change in secondary education in Kazakhstan! Since 2008, we have developed innovative educational programmes, assessment systems, teacher education programmes and educational resources, which are in the process of being disseminated throughout the system of education in Kazakhstan in general.
Our international research-to-practice conference has become a key focus point for educational reformers interested in the future of secondary education in Kazakhstan and through Eurasia. Held annually in October, the Conference brings together a global audience of leaders, thinkers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss policy and practice in secondary education, and plays a crucial role in driving forward educational reform in Kazakhstan.


This year, NIS will host a gallery of some of the most highly-respected educationalists from across the world. With speakers from MIT, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, and UCL Institute of Education, the VIII NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference is the place to be this October!

William Schmidt

Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, United States

Miho Taguma

Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD, Japan

Alejandro Adler

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, United States

David Bridges

Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia and Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund’s and Homerton Colleges, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Pavel Luksha

Professor, Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Russian Federation

Colleen McLaughlin

Professor and Director, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Gunter Maris

Professor of Psychological Methods, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Peeter Mehisto

Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom

Iveta Silova

Professor and Director of the Center for the Advanced Studies in Global Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, United States

Ричард Фелпс

Издатель образовательного журнала Nonpartisan Education Review, США

Tom Hsu

Professor, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, United States

Todd Schwartz

Co-CEO,, United States


This year for the first time, contributions to the Conference will be handled by our online submission system. Conference submissions will be handled by two peer reviewers, whose decisions on submissions is final. Submissions are for papers and posters. Abstracts should be between 400 and 600 words in length.
The deadline for submitting papers has now passed.


If you would like to attend the NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference as a participant, then please register via the link below. If your conference submission has been accepted, then you should use the same link, but include the code that you were sent following peer review.
The Conference attendance fee is 50,000 tenge. Participation for residents of CIS countries is available for the reduced rate of 10,000 tenge. Matriculated students regardless of nationality or residency may attend for the 5,000 tenge.
Online registration will open on 1st September 2016 and will close on 22nd October 2016. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, however if there are any places remaining, you may be able to register on the day of the conference.


The Conference will take place at the International School of Astana, Turkestan ul. 32/1, Astana (at the junction of Orenbyr and Khussein ben Talal streets).

Places to Stay

Accommodation options within easy reach of the conference venue.

Grand Park Esil

Historic 4-star hotel on Astana’s right bank

Hilton Garden Inn

Centrally-located international hotel with modern amenities

Radisson Park Inn

Two hotels – one luxury, one budget – on the bank of Ishim River

Duman Hotel

Contemporary 4-star hotel in Astana’s Central Park

IBIS Hotel

Three-star Accor Group hotel on Astana’s Right Bank

Tengri Hotel

Affordable hotel on Astana’s Right Bank

Corporate Participation

If you would like to exhibit at the NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference, please contact us at conference (at)
Stalls at the conference are available for 150,000 tenge for two days, or 85,000 tenge for a single day.
To exhibit, please contact us by 30th September 2016.