Kevin BartlettCo-Founder and Co-Director of The Next Frontier: Inclusion and The Common Ground Collaborative (CGC)

Kevin Bartlett has held leadership positions in the UK, Tanzania, Namibia, Austria and Belgium, where he was most recently Director of the International School of Brussels (ISB), a fully inclusive school with 1550 students from 70 nationalities, from 2001-2015. He has been deeply involved in transforming international education on a number of fronts: He has co-designed accreditation systems for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEAS&C) and was one of the small team that developed ACE, an innovative new accreditation protocol for NEAS&C. He was a member of the Founding Board of CIS and served as Chairman for four years, and a Board Member of the Academy of International School Heads (AISH). He has served on numerous other Boards, include CASE Europe and AMCHAM, Belgium.

Kevin is a regular author, a keynoter/workshop leader at multiple international and national conferences, and a consultant/coach on a wide range of themes, including Leading and Governing on Principle. He enjoys facilitating school communities in the process of creating or refreshing their mission, vision and plans, with a focus on creating shared learning cultures. In this context, he often works with Parent Associations, framing their work for optimum positive impact within the school community. Kevin was a writer and trainer in the field of curriculum design for the Principals’ Training Center (PTC) and a designer/trainer for the series of Experienced Principals’ Summits.

As a curriculum innovator Kevin was the initiator and early leader of the IB Primary Years Programme and is currently the Co-Founder and Co-Director of two successful global initiatives:

  • The Next Frontier: Inclusion, a global network that is supporting schools on the path to inclusion.
  • The Common Ground Collaborative (CGC) a Learning Ecosystem and school transformation system for international and national schools.

His latest publication, The Learning Playbook, provides an overview of the key elements of the CGC in graphic novel style.

Kevin’s achievements have been recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which named ISB as one of six Schools of the Future, and by the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and The Association of American School Administrators (AASA) which named Kevin as International Superintendent of the Year 2014. In April 2015, Kevin received the Award for The Promotion of International Education from The European Council of International Schools. In January 2019, Kevin was inducted into the AAIE Hall of Fame for contributions to international education. Kevin is also an accomplished wildlife photographer. His work can be found at A book of his photographs, Nature for Nurture, was produced as a fund-raising project for COHP, the Children of Haiti Project.

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