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NAIS Virtual Pass

Introducing the NAIS Virtual Pass

The NAIS Virtual Pass is a new way for you to experience the NAIS Annual Conference. Now you can bring the valuable resources and learning from the conference straight to your school.
 
Sign up for the NAIS Virtual Pass here:

 
#NAISAC Live gives you the opportunity to watch some of the general session speakers for free from the comfort of your home or school while the conference is happening in Baltimore.
 
#NAISAC On Demand gets you Featured Workshop sessions, PechaKucha sessions, and 60 of the most compelling workshops. You can view all the workshops offered in this package below.
  • Planning to attend the conference but want to see sessions you couldn't get to? Add the On Demand package to your Annual Conference registration at a discounted rate.
  • Unable to attend the conference? Purchase the On Demand package by itself.
We are pleased to partner with PlaybackNow to bring the NAIS Virtual Pass to you.
 
Pricing:
#NAISAC Live
Live stream some of general session speakers: Onaje X.O. Woodbine, Susan Cain, and Sir Ken Robinson
Member Price: Free*
*This option is available to NAIS members, subscribers, and supporters only.
 
#NAISAC On Demand
• 60 audio workshops (synced with PowerPoints)
• Two video-recorded NAIS workshops
• PechaKucha sessions
• Price option​ for either 12-month streaming or streaming plus additional preloaded USB drive.
Bonus: Featured Workshop sessions at no additional cost! 
Price with Annual Conference Registration: $149
Price with Annual Conference Registration and USB: $199
Price without Annual Conference Registration: $199

Price without Annual Conference Registration and USB: $249​ 

 

 On Demand Workshops

 
  • Block 1 (Thursday, March 2, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • Back From the Brink: Use Your Mission to Transform Enrollment, Governance, and Fundraising

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Discover how Lake Forest Country Day School dramatically increased enrollment, achieved record fundraising, and enhanced morale by re-energizing the school’s mission. Learn practical tools and techniques to reinvigorate your mission from the perspectives of the head of school, admissions director, board chair, and division head.
      Presented ByRobert Whelan, Pete Moore, Judith Arnstein, and Wendy Weil, Lake Forest Country Day School (IL)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore What is one specific strategy I might use immediately to get my community to actively take ownership of my school's mission? How can I gain control or shape word-of-mouth in my community, at little or no financial cost? How can I get the board of trustees to become more actively engaged as standard bearers for the school mission?
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    • Chess with the Press... or Seven Tips for Crisis Communications

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      All schools are liable to confront crises and attract unwanted attention. International schools must cope with an added layer of complexity. They have to stay attuned to global events that might stoke fears locally. The French American School in San Francisco has grappled with study trips to Latin American during a Zika outbreak, requests for perspectives on the Parisian terrorist attacks, and an erroneous report of graffiti that resembled an ISIS flag. Find out how the school has managed the ensuing chaos, internally and externally.
      Presented ByRobert Movradinov and Melinda Bihn, French American International School (CA)
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore How can we be prepared for crises, even though they strike when we least expect them? How do you prioritize communication with your internal constituents vs. the press? How do you deal with zealous reporters, control the story, and use the attention to cast a positive light on your school?
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    • Critical Collaboration: How to Develop Successful Admission and Marketing Partnerships

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      This session focuses on the importance of breaking down silos. Get strategies for achieving admission goals by combining strong recruiting efforts with top-notch marketing plans. Learn how events, travel, inquiry generation, and enrollment can all benefit from coordinated marketing campaigns with targeted email, social media, blogs, SEO, lead nurturing, and more.
      Presented ByStacy Jagodowski, Cheshire Academy (CT); Kristen Mariotti, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (CA)
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore What does an effective admission and marketing partnership look like, and what are the benefits to each office, the school, and its mission? What are some new and innovative tools that can best aid in admission marketing and support the mission of the school? How can we improve our admission marketing efforts now without spending a fortune?
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    • Embedding an International Student Program into the Fabric of Your School Culture

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      International student programs are becoming increasingly popular, but all too often these programs become a school within a school. This session will explore effective ways to successfully integrate international learners into your community so these students can deepen the learning experience for everyone. Come ready to learn, reflect, and develop plans to take back to your school.
      Presented ByBrenda Vishanoff and Kori Hocket, Wheaton Academy (IL)
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      TrackThe Student Experience
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      Explore Why do international students cling together in groups rather than make broader friendships with domestic students? What structures can be developed by teachers and administrators to help these international learners integrate more deeply? What are the rewards of a deeply integrated international student population within your overall school community?
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    • Enough Is Enough: Student Discipline and Expulsion (What Holds Up in Court?)

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      More parents are suing schools for expulsions related to bullying, drug use, cheating, and other inappropriate behaviors. Do independent schools have the right to remove students in these circumstances? What do the courts assess in determining whether the school had legal justification to expel? What steps should your school take to ensure that its decisions will be upheld?
      Presented ByCandice Pinares-Baez, Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Helena Levine, Donna Klein Jewish Academy (FL)
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore What is the proper process to engage in when making disciplinary decisions? What is the concept of fundamental fairness and how can the school know fairness is properly applied? What are the legal risks schools face when taking disciplinary action?
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    • Evolving Expectations of School Responses to Student-on-Student Sexual Assaults

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      Expectations about how to prevent and respond to sexual assault on college campuses have had a trickle-down effect at independent schools. Using an interactive case student format, learn how schools are responding by developing new policies and procedures, training top administrators and responders, and educating students about rights, responsibilities, and ramifications of their behavior.
      Presented ByLinda Johnson, McLane Middleton Professional Association; Maureen Ferris, Phillips Academy (MA); Eric Seaborg, United Educators Insurance Risk Retention Group; Sandy Lish, The Castle Group
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      TrackThe Student Experience
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      Explore What policies and procedures should schools have on hand when cases of student-on-student sexual assault arise? What preventive measures and training programs should a school implement regarding student-on-student sexual assault? What responsive actions should a school undertake, including such issues as conducting the investigation, hiring an independent investigator, coordinating the school's investigation with the police, disciplinary response, accommodations needed by the student, medical and counseling needs  of the student, insurance issues, and communications?
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    • Mapping the Change From an Operational to a Strategic/Generative Board

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Are your trustees failing to accomplish important long-range work because they spend too much time on day-to-day oversight? Are board meetings dreaded events instead of opportunities for leadership and partnership? This session will explore concrete steps to move your board from being too operational to focusing on strategic and generative questions.
      Presented ByDavid Michelman and MC Ragsdale, Duke School (NC)
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      TrackGovernance
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      Explore What are the practical obstacles to moving your board from overly fiduciary to strategic and generative? What are practical strategies to change the work of the board to more strategic and generative? What is the road map to make such changes?
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    • School as Launch Pad: How Start-Up Schools Are Creating Impact and Change in Education

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      This decade has seen the creation of new independent schools that differentiate themselves with a specific focus, like adaptive and personalized instruction, innovation, and social-emotional learning. Yet, the question is the same: What type of education will best prepare children for the future? Come hear how two schools being built in the iPhone era are answering that question and contending with the challenges they face.
      Presented ByJim Eagen, Synapse School (CA); Alex Ragone, AltSchool (NY)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore How should we educate children and young adults in the 2020s and beyond? What pieces of the 20th century school have been shed and what has been added for the future? Are there best practices that new schools are finding and defining?
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    • Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Effective Communication with Privacy Laws

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      Internal investigations, untimely departures, and public allegations can lead to uncomfortable questions from parents, students, and employees. This session will address how your school can address these legitimate issues with the community, correct misinformation, and deter gossip. Emphasis will be placed on discussion of the most common scenarios faced by schools, and examples of what your school can communicate in those situations.
      Presented ByLinda Adler, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore; Dan Glass, Brandeis School of San Francisco (CA)
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore What are the common scenarios where the school’s communications need to balance the community’s interests with its obligations under privacy laws?  What can schools lawfully communicate in those situations? What are effective strategies for positive messaging, correcting misinformation and deterring gossip and speculation?
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    • You Can't Get Strategic Unless You Get Strategic

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      How do schools become diverse and inclusive communities? It only happens through the skillful and culturally competent leadership of senior administrative teams. Come learn how to identify this work as being mission critical; communicate frequently and effectively the connection between diversity and inclusion to your core educational operation; and incorporate inclusive and innovative policies and practices into your leadership role.
      Presented ByVeronica Codrington-Cazeau, The Evergreen School (WA); Robert Greene, Jones and Associates Consulting
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore What skills and perspectives are required of 21st century independent school leaders, given the more diverse and multicultural nature of our school populations and increasing pressures for high returns on the value of an independent school education? How can senior administrative teams lead diversity and inclusion initiatives more effectively, leveraging the work as core to the school’s mission? How do we help senior administrators develop the understanding that cultural competency is good leadership, and good leadership is culturally competent?
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  • Block 2 (Thursday, March 2, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM)
    • Breaking the Mold: 21st Century Best Practices for Women Leaders

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      The most recent NAIS statistics show that women continue to be underrepresented in headship positions. Be a part of a working session that invites both conversation and examination. Build a deeper understanding of the variables at the intersection of gender and culture in independent school leadership.
      Presented ByAmada Torres, NAIS; Susan Feibelman, educational consultant; Gillian Goodman, Greensboro Day School (NC); Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise, Sea Crest School (CA); Laura Blackburn Reed, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore If we are committed to developing an equitable and inclusive leadership model, what are the principles of best practice that would guide our efforts? What are the five-year benchmarks we are prepared to set that will move us closer to increasing the number of women (women of color and white women) leading our schools? What are the metrics that we should use to measure our progress?
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    • Does Your Market Value Your Values? Aligning Your School’s Brand With Its Identity

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      Although the relevance of your mission, values, and vision statements is usually self-evident to school insiders, too often the way you translate these core ideas leaves prospective families baffled, bored, or — worse — convinced you’re something you’re not! Learn tips from one school that strengthened its value proposition and reframed its “artsy, LD school” reputation while remaining steadfastly grounded in timeless values.
      Presented ByTiffany Hendryx, Firebrand for Education; Sharon Klein, St. George's School of Montreal (Canada)
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore How can my school simultaneously communicate its values and its value proposition — especially if we’re already incorrectly understood by our market? How can we avoid sound-alike, ubiquitous, jargon-filled, co-opted, or stereotype-reinforcing language and imagery in our messaging? How can my school use its founding principles to frame and invigorate current admissions, development, and other marketing campaigns in ways that are both timeless and timely?
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    • Drug and Alcohol Programs: What’s Legal, What’s Not, What’s Hot?

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Schools have done a good job teaching students about the perils of drug and alcohol use. Unfortunately, schools often learn the hard way that their efforts to dismiss employees or students for drug violations may not hold up in court. As the issues become more complicated, this session will help your school understand the best practices for managing a good drug and alcohol program.
      Presented BySuzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Jayme Karolyi, The Shipley School (PA)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore What types of provisions should be in a school’s drug and alcohol policy?  Is it legal to prohibit an employee from having marijuana in their system in a state where marijuana is legal? What steps does a school need to take to ensure that a dismissal will be upheld?
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    • Engaging in Honest Conversations on Race Through Storytelling

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      After discovering that personal stories within the school community are an untapped treasure, Cambridge School has developed an effective venue for families to share their own life journeys pertaining to racial identity. Hear about Cambridge's experience with storytelling, including how it was developed and implemented, its impact upon ongoing conversations about race, and its potential in other school settings.
      Presented ByJohn Blumenstein and Kaliq Hunter Simms, Cambridge School (MD)
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      TrackThe Student Experience
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      Explore What do we already know about the value of storytelling for shaping the imaginations of children in school communities? How, practically speaking, can the life journeys of families in school communities be told in a way that celebrates the racial diversity and differences that might already exist in school communities? What is the potential for such storytelling as a medium for learning how to talk about race and related issues of social justice and equity?
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    • Eyes Wide Open: Fearless Institutional Risk Management

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      Does thinking about every one of your school's risks keep you up at night? It doesn't have to. NAIS and United Educators teamed up to survey schools and identify the best, most manageable, and most easily implemented and sustained institutional risk management techniques. Join this conversation to hear the results of the survey and practical approaches to risk management that suit even the small schools.
      Presented ByDebra Wilson, NAIS; Constance Neary, United Educators Insurance Risk Retention Group
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore What are the results of the NAIS and United Educators study? How do you manage risk in a school that is not hugely resourced? How do you maintain that management going forward?
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    • Healthy Head of School Transitions for Small Schools

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      The recent head of school transition at Maple Street School went exceptionally smoothly, and this was by no means an accident. It was a result of clear forethought, careful planning, timely communication with everyone involved with or affected by the transition, as well as a set of common goals for all. Find out how Maple Street has set itself up for success heading into the next chapter of its life.
      Presented ByJeffrey Barclay, Amy Panitz, and Fanning Hearon, Maple Street School (VT); Fran M. Bisselle, Hathaway Brown School (OH)
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      TrackGovernance
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      Explore How does our new head of school get integrated into our community? How is communication and a plan of action facilitated between the new head and board? Who should be involved with the head's transition and goal setting?
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    • How to Find and Keep an Exceptional Board Chair (or Mentor a Poor One)

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Most board chairs are loyal, embrace the partnership with the head, build consensus on their boards, and bring passion and time to the position (and money to the school). How does a head (along with the nominating committee) find and encourage a capable chair to serve or continue to serve? And how does a head or board handle a chair either unwilling or unable to learn the role? Both heads and chairs will find the true case studies used in this session enlightening.
      Presented ByJohn Littleford, Littleford & Associates
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      TrackGovernance
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      Explore What options does a board have when it inherits or elects a board chair who does not live up to expectations or performs poorly in a crisis?  What does the head do in this awkward and serious situation? When it finds a “gem” how do the board and head entice them to stay in the role for as long as possible?
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    • Planning a Capital Campaign: Are Your Trustees Ready to Take the Lead?

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Before you begin a capital campaign, look carefully at your board of trustees. Are there major donor prospects and potential campaign leaders on your board? Have you done recent strategic planning? Will your trustees help to cultivate and to steward top donors? And will all of your trustees be the first to give? What can you do if your board is not ready to take the lead in fundraising? Come to discuss these questions and to share your experiences.
      Presented ByHelen Colson, Helen Colson Development Associates; Anne Seltzer, consultant
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore How should the board get ready for a capital campaign? What are the trustees' most important responsibilities during a capital campaign?  What strategies can you use if the board is not yet ready to take the lead?
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    • Technology at Your Service: Building a Mission-Driven Technology Department

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      All too often, technology decisions are focused on efficient management rather than mission-aligned educational objectives. In this session, you will learn how to engage the technology staff in focusing decision making on the mission of the school while supporting what is best for teaching and learning. Come explore how to build a mission-driven technology department that aligns with your school’s core values.
      Presented BySarah Hanawald, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools; Jennifer Carey, Ransom Everglades School (FL); Kelsey Vrooman, NAIS
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore What techniques help leaders make the mission of the school central to the work of the entire technology staff? What kind of support and programming can help build a stronger sense of mission in non-academic staff? What outcomes improve at a school when the technology staff is mission-driven?
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    • Thriving or Barely Surviving? Strategies for School Board Success

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      Why do some boards seem to flourish and others seem to flounder? This session will walk through steps for building a more diversified board and address best practices for focusing on the long-term health and sustainability of your school. Topics include brand member skill sets, strategic planning, and fundraising.
      Presented ByDavid Schriver, Ellin & Tucker
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      TrackGovernance
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      Explore How do you assemble an independent school board with a focus on strategic diversification of members and trustees? What strategies will ensure that all board members take seriously their responsibility to give back financially and introduce the school to new financial partners in the community? What key functions should boards do to help make the school financially sound and viable for the long-term?
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  • Block 3 (Thursday, March 2, 1:15 - 2:15 PM)
    • (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Leading School Change

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Designed for school leaders, this interactive session will examine the key processes and theories of strategic change. Experienced administrators know that even under the most favorable conditions, leading change can be challenging. Explore change theory and research-proven leadership strategies associated with building your capacity to support change.
      Presented ByAnne-Marie Balzano and Scott Bauer, George Mason University
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore What are the most effective strategies and theories associated with school change? As a leader, how can I build the capacity for change and leadership capacity in my school? What four questions can leaders use to ensure that their change plans are well developed and that they are ready to move forward with change?
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    • Beyond the Interview: From Recruiting to Retention

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Although numerous schools wish to increase their staff and faculty diversity, many find it difficult to attract diverse candidates. When they do, they often fail to support the individuals, resulting in low retention rates. Learn strategies to recruit and hire diverse candidates and, equally important, to support new hires. You will gain low-cost ideas, samples, and systems that you can take back to your school and use immediately.
      Presented ByEdward Kuh, Fayerweather Street School (MA)
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore What year-round recruitment activities can my school develop that will signal to diverse candidates that our school is a good match for them and will support them over time? What is the role of the board in hiring and recruiting diverse faculty and staff, and what concrete actions can the board take to help in this effort? How does school culture impact retention of a diverse faculty and what can schools do to improve its culture?
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    • Building a School Community in Tune with Your Mission

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Explore how one school uses the admission process, parent education, a common language, three different social-emotional learning (SEL) assessments, and events to ensure that parents and teachers thrive within the school’s social norms and mission. The presenters will show how transparency and intentional culture building through feedback and education have strengthened the school community. More important, presenters will use design thinking to help you find solutions for building your own community.
      Presented ByLiz Davis and Jim Eagen, Synapse School (CA)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore How is your school’s “why” more important than its “what?” How do you intentionally educate and evaluate all stakeholders within your community? What goes into a communication platform and why does a school’s mission makes each platform different in every community?
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    • Change 101: A Narrative for Creating Systemic Equity and Justice Programming

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Many faculty and administrators struggle to develop a collaborative and cohesive approach to implementing systemic equity and justice programming for multiple stakeholders within their schools. You will be able to use this shared experience to brainstorm ways to create systemic equity and justice programming in you school community.
      Presented ByJason Novak and Michelle Belton, Lowell School (DC); Malikkah Rollins, The Barrie School (MD)
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      TrackThe Student Experience
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      Explore How do I bring quality diversity and inclusion programming to my school with a limited budget? How can faculty effectively sequence diversity and inclusion curriculum throughout a program? How and why do we continuously communicate and engage our diversity and inclusion work in our larger school community?
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    • Expanding Enrollment by Identifying and Converting Fence-Sitters

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      As competition for students continues to increase among all types of schools, how does your school expand its pool of potential students? One viable possibility may be to pursue "fence-sitters" — families who are somewhat likely to consider attending an independent school but currently choosing another education option. This session will cover the market research necessary to find and influence this untapped market.
      Presented ByBeruria Novich and Brian Doyle, Pacific Consulting Group
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore As competition increases in the education market, how can schools expand their reach of potential applicants? What are the population segments of fence sitters that may be most likely to consider independent schools? How can market research be leveraged to better understand and market to local families and students who may be on the fence about attending an independent school?
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    • Facebook, Stanford, and NAIS: Moving the Innovation Puck Forward

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      Learn from some of the nation’s premier experts in personalized and blended learning. This session will include an overview of the blended learning world, comments from the high-profile Alt School, and a case study from Impact Schools at Tahoe Expedition Academy. Impact Schools became the first NAIS member to partner with Summit Basecamp, an open-source platform and personalized learning system created with help from Facebook software engineers and validated with Stanford assessments.
      Presented ByRyan Aldrich and Mark Kushner, Tahoe Expedition Academy (CA); Michael Horn, Christensen Institute; Coddy Johnson, ALT Schools (CA)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore Why should independent schools consider blended learning and competency-based education? What were the challenges one school faced and what were some tactical decisions that had to be made? What steps can your school take to move to where the puck is going?
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    • Leadership Quicksand: Advancing School Mission and Culture in Disruptive Times

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Join three school heads for an intimate session on the unexpected moments when school mission is challenged by highly disruptive external events. Whether rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, managing student and faculty grief during the Baltimore uprising, or addressing gender diversity in a single-sex environment, these heads will share lessons learned about crisis, community, and healing.
      Presented ByKimberley Roberts, Garrison Forest School (MD); Nanci Kauffman, Castilleja School (CA); Carolyn Chandler, Metairie Park Country Day School (LA); Ann Teaff, Carney, Sandoe, and Associates
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore How can school leaders build internal and external community relationships and administrative support structures so that they are best prepared to address disruptive events? What are the particular challenges in leading during a disruptive event as a female head? As a new head? As a new community member? As a veteran community member? How can school leaders weather the inevitable conflicts among mission, culture and diverse constituent values and beliefs in the face of disruptive political events?
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    • Make New Friends But Keep the Old: Including "Outside" Trustees on Your Board

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Traditionally, trustees are recruited from the school community. But a new breed of trustees is joining the ranks: the interested outsider. These trustees forge relationships and partnerships. They also provide expertise, diversity, and an outside perspective. The benefits of, and strategies for, finding, recruiting, and embracing these "outside" trustees will be explored.
      Presented ByMike Saxenian and Lynn Friedman, McLean School of Maryland (MD); Valaida Wise, National Child Research Center
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      TrackGovernance
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      Explore What are the benefits of recruiting and integrating outside trustees onto your board? What sorts of expertise, and diversity, might these trustees bring and how might they contribute to the mission, values, and sustainability of the school? What steps can board leaders take to ensure that these trustees, once appointed, are oriented, integrated and embraced?
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    • The Whole Child Not Left Behind: Develop, Implement, and Assess Your School's SEL Program

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Social-emotional intelligence (SEL) is associated with higher cognitive and academic performance. Implementing a program that is well designed, assessed, and marketed is challenging. Explore one school’s several-year journey to create a cornerstone SEL program that led to higher school climate ratings. You will have the opportunity to reflect upon your own school’s needs and determine your next steps.
      Presented ByMaria Arellano and Shanie Israel, Montclair Kimberley Academy (NJ)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore What is the research that supports the development of social-emotional programs in schools? What steps are needed to create a viable plan for the implementation of SEL programming at my school? Have you assessed your own school’s SEL programming and how have you used that data? What structures are or are not already in place that will assist with the development of such curriculum? What research-based resources are available that will help start in the planning of SEL curriculum?
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    • Tuition Trends in Independent Day Schools

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      Explore the results of a study that examines the factors that drive tuition increases, the decisions school leaders make about tuition and spending, and potential interest in cost-cutting measures and alternative business models. You'll emerge with recommendations for making decisions about programmatic changes and tuition and financial policies at your own school.
      Presented ByWilliam Daughtrey, University School (OH); Will Hester, Nashville School of the Arts (TN); Kevin Weatherill, St. Martin's Episcopal School (LA)
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore What drivers influence the total cost to educate an independent school student? How are school leaders making decisions about programs and tuition as they compete for students to enroll? How are school leaders seeking to curb costs, and to utilize alternative income sources or business models to close fiscal gaps?
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  • Block 4 (Friday, March 3, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • Creating and Managing the Magic: A Design Sprint for Changemakers in Schools

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      How do you balance innovation with the institutional need for predictability and parental buy-in? Drawing on the speakers' own experiences, this presentation will showcase strategies to help program administrators, department heads, and curriculum developers create and sustain the program of their dreams. You will leave with an actionable plan for how to improve your own change leadership strategy.
      Presented ByKim Saxe and Diane Rosenberg, The Nueva School (CA); Scott Swaaley, High Tech High (CA)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore How do you implement and nurture a common mission and vision with a diversified and/or new faculty while retaining and supporting teacher autonomy and innovation? How do you support and coach teachers to maintain the elusive balance between pedagogical strategies, including: open-ended constructivism vs. academic rigor, process vs. product, action vs. reflection, depth vs. breadth, and inspiration vs. mastery? What support is needed from the head of school and the board of directors to create innovative programs and how can that support be fostered?
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    • Current and Coming Legal Challenges for Independent Schools

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Video

      How are schools managing wage and hour changes? Do you really need to comply with Title IX for student sexual assaults? What kind of documentation is higher education requesting on that front? What about lawsuits against higher education for unreasonable retirement plan fees? These topics and more are all on the docket for this interactive session with NAIS’s general counsel. We will discuss this year's issues and look ahead to the next iteration of legal conundrums.
      Presented ByDebra Wilson, NAIS
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore What are the most pressing legal issues schools currently face? What are the pending regulatory and legislative concerns schools should be aware of? How do you effectively address these risks?
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    • Grading for Growth: Strategies for Creating Mission-Based Assessment Practices

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Teaching and learning have changed dramatically over the past 20 years, yet grading practices look very similar to those in classrooms of yesterday. Learn why and how you can reimagine assessment and grading practices to put mission and growth at the forefront. Co-led by a science teacher and two English teachers, this presentation will involve both large- and small-group discussion and time to brainstorm how to implement changes. You will leave with a variety of rubrics and cross-disciplinary resources for your future teaching.
      Presented ByRebecca Cook-Dubin, Donna Daigle, and Monica Kirschmann, Miss Hall's School (MA)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore Why and how do I currently assess my students? Why should mission and growth guide assessment and grading strategies? How can I implement mission-based grading strategies and also retain a challenging, rigorous curriculum?
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    • Meeting Learners Where They Are

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      One of the challenges independent schools face is meeting the needs of students who learn differently. Sometimes these students have been identified as dyslexic or are being treated for ADHD. In many instances, up to 10 percent of a school's population will have diverse learning needs. The presentation will discuss how to implement a program that will benefit all students in the independent school setting.
      Presented ByJane Childers and Charles Baldecchi, The Lexington School (KY); Liz Hofreuter-Landini, Wheeling Country Day School (WV); Lou Salza, Lawrence School (OH)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore Who are these students and what are their needs? How can independent school maintain their standards of rigor and learning and provide programs for students with diverse learning needs? How can independent schools create programs within their schools to provide quality learning experiences for students who learn differently?
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    • Message Your Mission: How to Tell Your School’s Story to Capture the Interest of New Families

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      If you know what makes your school special but struggle to describe it in a succinct way, this session is for you. Learn how to use the Minute Message Model to powerfully convey your school’s values to prospective families. You’ll hear from a high school in San Francisco that had so much success with this model that it had its most successful admissions season in history. The school even had to open up new slots to accommodate the incoming ninth grade.
      Presented ByJonathan Herzenberg, Drew School (CA); Jennie Winton, Mission Minded
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore With so much to share, how can I succinctly describe my school’s values and mission in a way that resonates with right-fit families? How can I create messages that everyone at my school, including the head, faculty, staff, board, and parents want to use? How can new messages support our admissions and development efforts, and why is the right message so important when our mission is already clear?
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    • Mission and the Modern Family

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      The structure and function of the family have changed in the last two decades. Anxiety has crept into the fiber of the American psyche, promoting an insatiable pursuit of certainty and happiness. Characteristics of the modern family and its evolving needs will be shared. While considering schools' traditions and values, we will discuss how to adapt to contemporary demands and more effectively connect families to our schools' missions.
      Presented ByArmond Lawson, Gilman School (MD)
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      TrackThe Student Experience
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      Explore What has changed most about families and why? Which changes most impact independent schools? How do schools direct energy to create stronger bonds with family and decrease anxiety and tension?
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    • New NAIS Research Offers Keys to Bolster Opportunity for Headship Among People of Color and Women

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      Recent NAIS statistics show that only one-third of school heads are women and just 7 percent are people of color. Gain insights into the root causes for this from a new NAIS study involving search firms, search committees, and potential candidates who are female or people of color. NAIS staff will share findings about the recruitment and selection process, the aspirations of women and people of color, and these candidates’ backgrounds and career paths. You’ll also learn about guidelines and strategies to ensure that your school’s next head search offers all candidates an equal opportunity.
      Presented ByAmada Torres and Caroline Blackwell, NAIS
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore What are the dynamics in the recruiting process that contribute to or hinder the hiring of women and people of color for headship positions? What are the career aspirations, interest in a headship position, barriers, and motivators of the position among current independent school administrators? How can independent school leaders improve the process to ensure women and people of color candidates have an equal opportunity to reach headship roles?
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    • Stop Being the Best-Kept Secret: Amp Up Your Online Presence, Improve Your Impact

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Word of mouth is king when it comes to driving contact-form completion, tours, and admissions. But more and more K-12 schools are amping up their online visibility and making sure they’re findable to their target market, influencers, and referral partners through search and social SEO (search engine optimization). In this workshop we'll pull back the curtain to shed light on the path to modern SEO success.
      Presented ByJenny Munn, The Munn Group
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore Why am I not ranking better? Why are other schools ahead of me? What do I need to do to get started today improving our presence online?
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    • Stressed-Out Students Are the New Normal: How Educators Can Alleviate Anxiety

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      With student anxiety skyrocketing, how do you encourage “submarine parents” to stay below the surface until they are needed while ensuring that students still feel supported? Veteran administrators and counselors will offer practical solutions to alleviate stress for families. Learn how to implement a seminar about the college process in your curriculum, offer targeted parent programming, and effectively counsel to reduce stress.
      Presented ByVirginia Cobb and Jean Cohen, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD); Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow and Denise Key, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (MD)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore What are the trends we are seeing with the increased anxiety in teens and families? How can a comprehensive college seminar program in your school help alleviate the stress? What are the tools that anxious families need to help them navigate the high  school years and beyond?
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    • Teaching and Learning in an Era of the Polarization Industrial Complex

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Living in an increasingly polarized society demands that we reflect on how we tackle important controversies in our classrooms. How do our values and visions reflect the way we think about the partisan cultural landscape? How can these conversations include multiple perspectives and help assuage discomfort? We will introduce research, suggest strategies, and host a forum for you to share ideas.
      Presented ByMarc Alongi, Sequoyah School (CA); Robert Evans, Chadwick School (CA); Sarah Cooper, Flintridge Preparatory School (CA)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore Why should schools foster thoughtful engagement with critical concepts, controversies, issues and topics in the classroom and beyond? What practical strategies can we use to welcome multiple perspectives and engage students and adults in constructive dialogue with difficult issues? What challenges should we be aware of as we bravely engage in this type of dialogue?
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    • Translating the Brain: How to Actually Use Research About Neuroscience in the Classroom

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      This interactive session won’t just explore what neuroscience tells us about how to bring about better learning; it will also show how you can incorporate the research into your teaching. You and your colleagues will break into small groups by grade level, discover how to adapt research findings from other fields, and come away with findings that will help you teach your own students about the brain.
      Presented ByCynthia Belnomi, Indian Creek School (MD)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore What are the latest neuroscience findings? How can this information be applied to education? How can educators translate these pertinent research findings in order to use it to improve their teaching and learning of their students?
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  • Block 5 (Friday, March 3, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM)
    • Brain Science and the Future of Teacher and School Leader Training

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Learn to apply the foundational research behind Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Science, today’s most innovative thinking about how to enhance teacher quality, school leadership, and student achievement. This interactive workshop will convince you that understanding MBE is both vital and not as daunting as many educators believe. You’ll also find out that it’s possible to immediately integrate MBE Science research into the design of your school, your classes, and your work with each student.
      Presented ByGlenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore What research in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Science should inform how teachers and school leaders design their schools, classrooms, and work with each student? How can teachers and school leaders use research from MBE science to improve the learning of all students? How can implementing research from MBE science create professional development that really makes a difference to student learning and teacher satisfaction?
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    • Coming Down the Mountain: The Journey From Innovative Idea to Successful Execution

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Innovation is all the rage in our schools. However, what does innovation actually look like? What needs to be in place for it to succeed? What risks are involved? And how do schools adapt to better support failure and rapid iteration? This session will summarize the latest research, provide insights into process, and highlight school-based examples of messy innovation with impact.
      Presented ByTim Fish, Jefferson Burnett, and Kawai Lai, NAIS
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore How can we execute on great ideas in order to improve learning for our students and differentiate our school? What process is in place in the most innovative schools and organizations that ensures continual evolution while staying true to mission? What immediate next steps can I take to execute on innovation in my school?
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    • Designing Heads' Contracts: Maximizing the Payment of Compensation and Benefits

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      The head of school agreement can serve as an important component of a successful relationship. This session will focus on the range of strategies schools can use to motivate the heads of school to perform at their highest level and to remain at their schools. You'll learn about the benefits boards can provide that are attractive to the head and cost effective for the school. The session will focus on the pitfalls to avoid and approaches to use when drafting language.
      Presented ByCaryn Pass and Harry Atlas, Venable, LLP
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      TrackGovernance
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      Explore How can I draft a head of school contract that meets the needs of the head as well as the school? How can my school incentivize the head to perform at their highest level by building in timed benefits? How can my school design a contract that ensures the head feels motivated and rewarded for the work they perform?
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    • Finding the Right Match: Attracting and Maintaining Mission-Appropriate Teachers

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Independent schools are facing increasing competition to fill positions. A head of school and a teacher will discuss the measures that have helped their small school with limited resources attract, on-board, and maintain high-quality faculty while staying true to its mission of being an innovative school.
      Presented ByTekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise and Emily Travis, Sea Crest School (CA)
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore How can small schools with limited resources compete for and attain top-quality teachers? What are effective ways to on-board new teachers at your school? What are effective ways to maintain top-quality teachers in your school?
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    • Looking East: Diversity, Globalization, and Sustainability

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Gain an overview of why it is important to have educational and cultural exchanges with Chinese schools and students, and find out about the many program options available. Three schools share their programs, lessons learned, and insights into the benefits of looking east.
      Presented ByDaniel Greenwood, Pacific Rim Education and Consulting; David Colon, Wakefield School (VA); Christian Proctor, North Cross School (VA); Clare Sisisky, Collegiate School (VA)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore Why is collaboration with China important and why should our students be literate in Chinese culture? What are the types of programs available and the relative merits and challenges of each? i.e. What is involved with setting up a sister-school relationship with “key-pal” and video conferencing? How do you find a school in China with similar curricular goals and time allocations? How do you setup an exchange program or admit a foreign national? What support systems do you need in both case? How do you begin to develop a program to collaborate with schools and students in China?
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    • Mission Control: Launching Your Small School Marketing Strategy

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Guided by the head of a school with 60 students, this session will show you how marketing a small school requires a paradigm shift away from corporate-style brand awareness and big idea strategies. You will learn how to leverage students, faculty, families, and programs to generate word of mouth and grow enrollment and donor prospects. Find out how to examine your mission, develop mission-based key performance indicators, conduct no-cost market research, and leverage your assets to create powerful direct marketing plans for your school.
      Presented ByAlex Brosowsky, The Quaker School at Horsham (PA)
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore Heads of school know they need to vigorously market their schools with a small budget and with minimal personnel, where do they start?  Now that big time marketing theory has entered the collective vocabulary of independent school leaders, what are small schools to do? How does a school relate all of their marketing efforts back to their mission?
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    • Not Enough or TMI: What the Board Needs To Know and When They Need to Know It

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Using real-world examples involving serious incidents of student or employee misconduct, this session will illustrate when the head should contact the board chair, when the chair should contact the executive committee, and when — if at all — the full board needs to be informed. You’ll see that the situation grows more sensitive when there’s a possibility of scrutiny by the media or the public. The presenters will articulate a baseline structure for communication decisions. They will also explore trustees’ obligations to maintain confidentiality and the particular challenges facing parent-trustees.
      Presented BySusan E. Schorr, Tennant Lubell, LLC; Vince Watchorn, The Providence Country Day School (RI)
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      TrackGovernance
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      Explore How can independent schools strategically build an improved culture of engagement from the moment a student is accepted to their time as an alumnus?
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    • Oh, the Relationships You'll Build: Using Technology to Make Things More Personal

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      This interactive presentation explores how teachers can leverage technology to create and personalize an environment where learning takes center stage. To facilitate this student-centered experience, tech tools provide both a snapshot of individual learners' needs and an overview of how the class is performing as a whole. You will use tools such as EDpuzzle, Pear Deck, and Plickers to actively participate in the session.
      Presented ByStacey Roshan, Bullis School (MD)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore How can teachers shift their classroom to a student-centered learning environment and foster a culture of collaborative learning? How can teachers use technology to personalize, both inside and outside of the classroom? How can teachers use technology to pre-identify individual student and class needs and differentiate the learning experience?
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    • The Homework Dilemma: Achieving the Right Balance With Appropriate Homework Time and Rigor

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      When parents, students, and even some teachers complain about excessive homework, how should a school respond? Follow Pembroke Hill's transformative three-year journey toward achieving a healthy balance for students while maintaining rigorous academic standards. You will be immersed in collaborative breakout discussions, engage in role play, and view media clips of pertinent issues.
      Presented ByMike Hill, David Burke, and Siabhan May-Washington, The Pembroke Hill School - Wornall Campus (MO)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore Why is my school's homework philosophy important? What kind of homework is occurring at my school site? How can I design a survey to help examine my school's homework load?
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    • The State of Financial Aid

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      What are the goals of other schools' financial aid programs? How well funded, trained, and equipped are today's financial aid professionals? How and when do practitioners make financial aid decisions? Using findings from the 2016 SSS State of Financial Aid survey, explore questions like these to help your school meet financial aid goals in today's climate. Consider ways to hone your practices and leverage your resources for better enrollment management.
      Presented ByMark Mitchell, NAIS
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      Explore What are the biggest challenges facing financial aid administrators and how do we address them? How well-prepared are the people handling millions of dollars of investment in economic diversity and what resources do they need to be more successful? As a school leader, how do I ensure that the state of financial aid in our own school is sound?
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  • Block 6 (Friday, March 3, 1:15 - 2:15 PM)
    • “I Can’t Do That…Yet”: Helping Students Cultivate a Learning Disposition

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Too often, students see a lack of immediate mastery as a sign of weakness or, worse, inability. This program will share how our school has engaged both students and faculty in reflection on how to counter that common phenomenon. You will receive a sample curriculum, classroom strategies, and an invitation to engage collaboratively in this work moving forward.
      Presented ByNoah Rachlin, Phillips Academy (MA)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore Why is talking about and explicitly focusing on the cultivation of “learning disposition” an important and meaningful way to support and encourage students? What are some classroom-based strategies based on established research on mindset, motivation, practice, and focus that teachers can employ to positively impact student learning? How might I be able to work collaboratively with others to help teachers and school leaders explicitly frame mistakes and challenge as a natural part of the learning process for students?
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    • Family Leave Policies: Challenges and Opportunities for Working Parents

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      As conversations regarding childcare and paid leave move forward in the national dialogue, how can family leave policies in independent schools create a more equitable climate for faculty and staff? At this presentation, you'll learn about current data on practices and policies in independent schools relevant to working parents. This session will offer a safe forum for sharing resources and conducting affinity group conversations.
      Presented ByAngela Miklavcic, The Episcopal Academy (PA); Priscilla Morales, The Park School (MD)
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      TrackManagement
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      Explore What leave policies are offered by independent schools? How can we offer support for working parents in our school communities? What are the specific challenges faced by working parents of color?
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    • Honoring Parentless Students: Addressing Equity Through Family and Non-Family Programming

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      The landscape of families is changing, and “Muffins with Mom,” “Dad’s Day,” and Parent/Teacher Associations are no longer relevant to all students. This workshop will focus on a change in how we think and speak about parents, guardians, and families. You will come away with a shift in how you think about students' family status and new ideas for addressing your campus's traditions and programs that lead with a bias lens.
      Presented ByMichael Goodman, University of Maryland
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      TrackThe Student Experience
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      Explore How do I better include students who have a "non-traditional" family or parenting structure? What does this look like on my campus, how does language play into how we include/exclude, and "what could possibly go wrong?" When we talk about identity development for students, are we considering students who are developing their identity within walls of exclusion that are preset by the institution itself (specifically re: campus programming)?
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    • How to Make Your School's Values Visible

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Most schools pride themselves on having core values. But possessing a list does not guarantee that the values are being taught, learned, or practiced among students and faculty. This presentation’s goal is for you to reflect on and share your school’s values; consider how you inculcate them; and then walk away with specific resources, activities, and a mindset to take back to your school. Discover ways to move your values from page 5 of your school handbook to your classrooms, hallways, and fields.
      Presented BySumant Bhat, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Inc. (CO); Heather Mock, Alexander Dawson School (CO)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore How do you make your core values visible in all aspects of your school rather than merely living in your handbook? What are formal and informal ways you can allow your core values to be practiced among teachers and students? How can your discipline system be used to support your core values?
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    • Leading IT All: The Role of the Chief Information Officer in Independent Schools

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      While most schools do not currently have a CIO, chances are they may in the future. The session will examine what prompts the addition of a CIO and what happens when the role evolves from tech director to strategic school leader. This presentation will inform school leaders, particularly heads and associate heads, about an emerging trend in independent school leadership.
      Presented ByJason Ramsden, Ravenscroft School (NC); Jamie Britto, Collegiate School (VA); John Hardcastle, McDonogh School (MD); Barry Kallmeyer, Hathaway Brown (OH)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      Explore What is the role of a CIO and how does it differ from traditional director of technology roles? What career path leads to a CIO position? How can CIOs inform and help direct business strategy?
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    • Passing the Torch: Effective and Successful Head of School Transition

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      The most important task for any school may well be to select and then ensure a smooth transition for a new head. In this session, learn about how a school with a long-tenured head handled the search, selection, and plan for transition. While paying careful attention to all aspects of the process but emphasizing successful transition, presenters will discuss the process, offer strategies, and welcome your questions.
      Presented ByLinda Gibbs, Resource Group 175; Jean Brune, retired head; Ashley Thayer and Catherine McDonnell, Roland Park Country School (MD)
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      TrackGovernance
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      Explore What is the process for effective transition in a search? What are practical strategies to make it work successfully? Why is this transition important for the outgoing head, the incoming head and the board of trustees as well as the entire school community?
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    • Return on Investment: Why an Independent School Education Is Worth the Cost

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Although independent schools operate under a variety of organizing principles, they all share one thing: a mission-driven, student-centered, culture-rich, non-bureaucratic model. This model has distinct advantages over the increasingly standardized, compliance-driven model that characterizes public education today. Is an independent school education worth the cost? Come to this session for well-researched data and provocative information that will support the independent school value proposition.
      Presented ByDouglas Lyons, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools; Andrew Niblock, Greenwich Country Day School (CT)
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore How does the limbic system influence memory retrieval? What components of a school experience advance both learning and attitudes toward learning? How can schools market the independent school advantage?
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    • The New Realities in Crisis Management

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      The fallout from a poorly managed crisis can have very significant consequences. However, if prepared, a school can get through a tough situation and emerge even stronger. This session will help you be crisis ready. Get an up-to-date list of issues to be aware of, learn the elements of crisis planning, and receive a crisis checklist to take back to school with you.
      Presented ByJane Maxwell Hulbert and Jim Hulbert, The Jane Group
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      Explore What are the trending crisis topics? What are the best strategies for preparing for a crisis? What are the pitfalls to avoid in protecting the reputation of the school.
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    • The Power of Teacher Language

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Learn how teachers can use language — words, tone, and pace — to increase student engagement, build a positive classroom community, create a growth mindset, and teach pro-social behavior by helping children develop confidence, competence, and self-control. This interactive session will provide you with many practical tips and samples of effective teacher language to take back to your school.
      Presented ByEarl Hunter, Oakwood School - Elementary School Campus (CA); Sarah Fillion, Responsive Classroom
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      Explore How is positive teacher language defined and how does it shape students’ learning? What are the tools to help teachers use language to increase student engagement, build a positive classroom community, create a growth mindset, and teach pro-social behavior? What are some examples of language teachers can use to support students’ learning and positive behavior?
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