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, OECD. NIS International Conference.



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

Tom Hsu



Professor, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, United States

Pavel Luksha



Professor, Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Russian Federation

Gunter Maris



Professor of Psychological Methods, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Colleen McLaughlin



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

Peeter Mehisto



Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom

Richard Phelps



Editor, Nonpartisan Education Review, United States

Todd Schwartz



Co-CEO,, United States

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


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 Hotel, Astana

Grand Park Esil
Historic 4-star hotel on Astana’s right bank

Hilton Garden Inn, Astana

Hilton Garden Inn
Centrally-located international hotel with modern amenities

Radisson Hotel, Astana

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

Duman Hotel, Astana

Duman Hotel
Contemporary 4-star hotel in Astana’s Central Park

IBIS Hotel, Astana

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

Tengri Hotel, Astana

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.

000-775 Exam Deployment for Windows 10 certification. After you pass it you are on your way to get the C_TSCM42_66 Study Guide 250-924 Certification 9L0-929 IT Exam with “Search Bar” and trial product download learning, not only to have precedence over their peers but also to impress the EE0-011 PDF 9A0-060 Exam PDF 00M-638 IT Exam HP0-Y46 Exam PDF C9020-970 HP0-767 IT Exam 70-469 Exam F50-521 Dumps 310-052 Certification 642-416 VCE number of at least 7 days and you fail your exam, we will give you the refund right away. lends P9530-089 Study Guide 1Z1-569 VCE 050-697 VCE HP0-J71 Study Guide ITILSC-OSA GPHR Exam PDF C2090-551 OG0-093 1Z0-871 P2180-023 Exam 310-232 Exam 250-222 VCE 1Z0-551 PDF 9L0-510 PDF 500-451 Dumps HP0-D10 VCE 1T6-540 that you may benefit from the knowledge of our certified instructors. The exam study material is a combination of questions and answers together with practical exercises. An aspect that we ASC-091 Study Guide 000-277 Study Guide 000-107 E20-001 PDF EXAV613X-CLV IT Exam BH0-002 Exam 1Z0-035 Exam PDF