XI NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference

Teachers changing the world of schooling

24-25 October 2019

Welcome to the XI NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference! The conference will take place on 24-25 October 2019.


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.

Conference Venue: Congress Center (44 Sauran Str., Nur-Sultan)

2019 Conference Video


In 2019, the NIS International Conference will feature some of the leading educational thinkers from around the world.

Philippa Cordingley

Chief Executive of Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE), UK

Theo Wubbels

Professor Emeritus of Educational Sciences at Utrecht University, Netherlands

Ger Graus

Global Director of Education at KidZania, UK

Eldar Zhumagaziyev

National chamber of entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken”

Dana Sherry

Director of Storytelling Programs, Silk Road House, USA

Colleen McLaughlin

Director of Education Innovation at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK

Yoram Harpaz

Senior Lecturer in Beit Berl College, Israel

Marit Hoveid

Professor at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

John Elliott

Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia, UK

Karine Tremblay

TALIS Project Manager and Senior Analyst, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, France

Rick Sommer

Director of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, USA

Abdul Rashid

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Pegasus Education Group

Lorraine Els

Supervisory Principal, Singapore International Schools (Hanoi) under KinderWorld International Group

John Yan

Co-founder and CEO of Inknoe, Singapore

Catherine Chan

Professor of Practice, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Sergey Kosaretsky

Higher School of Economics National Research University, Russia

Conference Venue
The Conference will take place in the Congress Center (44 Sauran Str., Nur-Sultan city).

Places to Stay

Accommodation options within easy reach of the conference venue

NIS Hotel

Wyndham Garden

Modern hotel within a walking distance to the Conference venue