X NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference

Next Generation Schools

25-26 October 2018
Welcome to the X NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference! The conference took place on 25-26 October 2018.
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.



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2018 Conference Video



In 2018, the NIS International Conference will feature some of the leading educational thinkers from around the world.
Kai-ming Cheng



Chair Professor of Education, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Michael Young



Emeritus Professor, UCL Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom

Shalva Amonashvili



Professor, Moscow City Pedagogical University, Russia/Rector, Academy of Pedagogical Art and Socialisation, Georgia




Director of Innovation and Outreach, EduCluster, Finland




CEO, Dasco Consulting Group, Kazakhstan




Professor of Sociology of Education, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom




Chief Product Officer, PASCO Scientific




Head of International Projects, RTI International


In 2018, contributions to the Conference will be handled by our online submission system. Conference submissions are reviewed by two members of the Academic Review Committee, whose decisions on submissions were final. Submissions are for papers and poster sessions. Abstracts should be between 600 and 1000 words in length.
The deadline for submitting papers is 31 July 2018.

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Registration for the X NIS International Conference will be open until 1 October 2018.


1. The cost of the conference is for one participant and includes VAT.
2. If you wish to claim student rate, you should bring proof of student status with you to the conference.
3. Group rate is only available local education authorities.



The Conference will take place at Nazarbayev University.


Places to stay

Accommodation options within easy reach of the Conference venue

NIS Hotel is the closest to the Conference venue (1 km)


Wyndham Garden
Modern hotel within a walking distance to the Conference venue (2 km)


Hilton Astana
Modern hotel within a walking distance to the Conference venue (2 km)

Hilton Garden Inn, Astana

Hilton Garden Inn
Centrally-located international hotel (6 km)

Radisson Hotel, Astana

Radisson, Park Inn
Two hotels – one luxury, one budget – on the bank of the Ishim River (9 km)

Grand Park Esil Hotel, Astana

Grand Park Esil
Historic 4-star hotel on Astana’s right bank (10 km)

Corporate Participation

Around 1500 participants will take part in this year’s conference: this is a great opportunity for educational organisations to raise their profile! You can support the work of the conference either by providing corporate sponsorship, or by exhibiting at our conference exhibition. Exhibition space costs 200,000 tenge.
If you have any questions about either sponsoring us or exhibiting at the NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference, please contact us at altaiuly_n@nis.edu.kz and aytbaeva_d@nis.edu.kz.


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