#NAISAC On Demand

Video recordings of Featured Workshops and PechaKucha sessions and audio-synced slideshows of some of the conference’s compelling workshops are available for you to purchase for future use. Bring these dynamic, inspiring, and educational sessions back to your school in one of two ways:

12-month Online Access to All On-Demand Sessions
Access the sessions online for one year. 
NAIS Members: $149
Nonmembers: $199
 
USB of All On-Demand Sessions
Take home a USB of the sessions and access the recordings for an unlimited amount of time. 
NAIS Members: $199
Nonmembers: $249

To purchase, visit the NAIS Annual Conference Registration page.

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Title Block Time Summary Track
A Practical Guide to Creating an Outstanding Parent Experience NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: In today’s experience economy, parents are increasingly asserting their role as customers. Their experience at a school builds parent satisfaction and fuels positive word of mouth that drives recruitment and retention results. Schools that focus on the parent experience will realize marketing success and holistic school success. Examine specific and practical initiatives schools have successfully taken to create an outstanding parent experience as well as suggestions for programs and approaches to consider. Take this opportunity to exchange ideas and examples of initiatives you have taken at your school.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine practical initiatives schools can use to create a positive parent experience and impact enrolment results.
    • Learn from and exchange ideas with colleagues about parent experience initiatives.
    • Discover what makes the parent experience critical to enrollment success and overall school success.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Chuck English, English Marketing Works; Steve Freedman, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit (MI)
Communications and Advancement
From “A” to Mastery: Leading School-Wide Change in the Mastery Revolution NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Examine how three schools, in three different stages, are leading strategic change in mastery-based learning. Explore Nueva’s development of a working prototype for the Mastery Transcript Consortium, Wildwood’s emphasis on student health and wellness, as well as mastery learning outside of the traditional classroom, and White Mountain School’s change leadership from research and articulation of essential skills and habits to formally and explicitly assessing them. Then find out how Global Online Academy supports and assists change initiatives focused on mastery learning. Conclude with a moderated panel exploring change leadership focused on mastery learning.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How might we curate and adopt school-wide competencies through a bottom-up leadership approach to support mastery learning?
    • How might we pilot learner experiences and assessment rooted in mission-driven, school-wide competencies to have mission-driven reporting?
    • How might we identify and on-board key stakeholders to generate widescale support for changing to mastery learning?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Michael Peller and Allison Letourneau, The White Mountain School (NH); Bonnie Lathram, Global Online Academy (WA); Stephen Dunn, The Nueva School (CA); Regan Galvan, Wildwood School (CA)
Leadership Development
Help Your Technology Director Become the Strategic Partner You Need NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Effective technology leadership should involve transparency, not mystery. Some schools face challenges when senior administrators struggle to evaluate a technology program or engage in its transformation. In fact, building capacity and designing for the future are interconnected with effective technology leadership—which starts from the top. This hands-on workshop helps heads, assistant heads, CFOs, and other senior administrators become more engaged in strategic decisions involving the technology program and senior technology position. Learn how to assess, design, evaluate, remediate, and hire for the role and department—all critical tasks in reimagining independent schools.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how best to design the strategic elements of a senior technology position that fits your school's needs.
    • Learn how to assess, evaluate, and remediate the tactical and strategic elements of a technology program.
    • Learn how to make tough decisions around transitioning and hiring for the senior technology position.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Sarah Hanawald; Gabriel Lucas, Educational Technology Recruiting
Leadership Development
Enrollment Projections: Dartboard or Data NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Learn how The Shipley School has designed a data-driven projection and budgeting model that combines the resources of our enrollment and business offices in a collaborative and strategic manner. Enrollment projections are used in concert with financial aid budgeting by grade for both new and returning students as a tool to achieve desired enrollment by grade level as well as reach other mission-driven goals around diversity and the breadth and depth of the student body. Review the mechanics behind the work as well as the philosophy behind this combined approach.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to use data to create short- and long-term enrollment projections.
    • Lean how to create a collaborative financial aid budgeting process between the enrollment and business offices.
    • Learn how to utilize a data-driven process for enrollment projections and financial aid to maximize enrollment management opportunities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Amy Clemons and Sylvia Spector, The Shipley School (PA)
Management
More Than a Permission Form: Effective Risk Management for Extra-Curricular Programs NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Extra-curricular activities such as domestic and international trips, community service projects, independent study projects and athletics are valued elements of the school experience. However, by their very nature, extra-curricular activities can create additional liability exposure for any school. Discuss developing an effective risk management plan to limit liability exposure in extra-curricular activities. An effective risk management plan involves more than just a permission form—it looks more broadly at the program as a whole to ensure the school is doing everything practicable to protect the safety and security of the students entrusted to its care.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Reassess and/or identify the risk inherent and avoidable in extra-curricular activities.
    • Develop a risk management plan to limit liability exposure inherent in extra-curricular activities.
    • Re-evaluate best practices in risk management for extra-curricular and understand evolving trends.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Janice Gregerson and Caryn Pass, Venable LLP
Management
Mental Health, Risk to Self, and Risk to Others NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Student mental health is a significant and ever-growing concern for educational institutions nationwide, particularly in today’s time of school shootings and increased student anxiety. A rising number of students are seeking mental health services for a variety of issues—attention deficit, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. As such, schools, faculty, and administrators must approach student mental health issues in a legally compliant and medically supported way that benefits the individual student physically, emotionally, and academically—and also benefits the general school community.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Review recurring mental health issues and how social media has magnified and impacted some of these concerns.
    • Strategize how to approach student mental health issues in a legally compliant and medically supported way.
    • Recognize how mental health can result in dire occurrences that can create immediate harm, heartbreak, longer-term crisis management, and litigation risks.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: James Keller, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Student Experience
Navigating the Role of the Independent School Institutional Researcher: Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Uncover how institutional research at an independent school serves as both a catalyst and support for carrying out tangible objectives of the school. Consider your school’s data, location and systems of data collection and storage, analysis strategies, and interpretation for informed decision making. Get expert perspectives from an administrator and an educational researcher who have shaped the professional pathway of defining goals and objectives of institutional research.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to facilitate a school-wide data inventory and ask questions about the data/data systems to inform the data inventory.
    • Ask questions about your own data to inform decision making and how best to utilize institutional research within your school.
    • Engage different departments to collect and use meaningful data.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Denise Uehara and Emily McCarren, Punahou School (HI)
Management
No More Service Hours: A Collaborative Approach to Developing Student Leaders Who Lead Lives of Impact NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Do you wish your students felt immersed in making an impact in the community instead of counting hours for service? Learn how The Hockaday School joined with United to Learn to build collaborative community partnerships that created a student culture that is fully invested in the community. Students from public and private high schools partner in a yearlong program using design thinking skills to co-create change in their community.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how to form sustainable partnerships that deepen students’ opportunities to impact their community.
    • Learn about the program models (tutoring, advocacy, and leadership training) that serve as the backbone of community engagement.
    • Learn about new models to create student leadership opportunities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Laura Day, Hockaday School (TX); Katherine Tagtmeier, United to Learn
Student Experience
Empowering the Authentic Child (in a World with an Identity Crisis) NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Overscheduled and disconnected, today's kids experience increasing rates of anxiety, depression, and risky behaviors. The problem is children lack a fundamental understanding of their own identities and do not have time to explore their purpose. Share examples of programs and practices that emphasize and prioritize authenticity and creativity within the school culture and classrooms and engage in conversation that focuses on the learning experience as a vehicle toward the mastery of skills for the purpose of making meaning now and in the future.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share research around the importance of identity development in adolescents.
    • Share examples of programs and practices that emphasize and prioritize authenticity, Identity, and creativity within the school culture and classrooms.
    • Collect ideas that put identity development at the forefront of their curriculum.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Erin Thomas, Hawken School (OH); Jen Halliday, Friends Academy (NY)
Student Experience
Restorative Justice: Can We Reframe Discipline in the Independent World? NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: At San Francisco Day School, we believe all students have the right to learn in a safe, inclusive environment. Mistakes become opportunities for learning. In order to create a positive, inclusive culture, we use strategies that build on the school’s ethical values, engaging students as positive contributors to their community. Diversity directors work with the upper school head to build empathy, challenge biases, learn about social justice, and embrace diversity. Students learn to repair harm while understanding the impact of their actions. Hear how administrators and faculty reflect on challenges and successes in implementing restorative justice.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Provide a framework for restorative justice as a model for supporting an inclusive culture.
    • Demonstrate how collaboration between teachers, administrators, and diversity directors can help reframe supports for discipline matters.
    • Identify ways that current discipline models may further marginalize or bias variable learners, including students of color.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Ruth Bissell, Loren Moyé, and Betsy Brody, San Francisco Day School (CA)
Student Experience
10 Ideas for Schools in a Postnormal Era NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: As a part of his exhibition Massive Change, designer Bruce Mau asked a question that might inform our work in schools: “What if we looked at the world as a design project—how might we begin to make it better?” Explore the idea that looking at education as a design project will help schools better serve their students and their communities. Using schools from across the United States as case studies, leave the workshop with new ideas and tools to use in your school as you face transformation challenges.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how to apply design thinking to any aspect of a school in order to foster innovation.
    • Examine schools that are doing exemplary work in a variety of areas: project-based learning, creativity, making, equity, and service.
    • Gain insight into the future of learning: self-directed, competency, mastery, purpose, and place-based.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Paul Kim, Colorado Academy (CO); Meghan Cureton, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (GA); Tom Thorpe, Colorado Academy (CO); Kawai Lai, VizLit
Classroom Experience
Learning from Corporate America to Reimagine Marketing NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Independent schools have finally begun to reimagine marketing as we reach out to leaders from corporate America to help with this process. Marketing may no longer be a dirty word, but are you ready for the next step? Embark on this journey that applies principles from corporate America to redesign marketing practices in the independent school world. Learn which lessons transfer well and which do not, with specific focus on identifying a unique value proposition, crafting an optimal advertising and communication strategy, redefining the role and structure of marketing and communications within the organization, and measuring success.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Which marketing lessons from corporate America apply to independent schools and which do not?
    • As marketing plays a more prominent role, how should schools redefine their organizational structures and assign responsibilities accordingly?
    • What can we do to shift mentality and culture from “we know best” to “here to serve” across the organization?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nija Meyer, Woodward Academy (GA)
Communications and Advancement
Making the Case: Understanding Why Parents Choose Your School NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Are your school’s parents more interested in getting their kids into a top college or providing a holistic education for their children? Using an innovative methodology known as jobs-to-be-done, NAIS has identified the four key “jobs” parents are hiring independent schools to accomplish. Examine these jobs and discuss how to best explain your value proposition to parents seeking to accomplish each job.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What is a job-to-be-done?
    • What are the four jobs-to-be-done that independent school parents have?
    • How can school leaders identify and communicate to parents in each job category?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Joseph Corbett and Amada Torres, NAIS
Communications and Advancement
Strategic Planning That Fosters Community, Builds Capacity, and Creates Culture NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Though developing strategy is at the heart of good leadership practice for heads and boards, strategic planning can easily become a predictable exercise or an overblown process that confuses rather than clarifies. Learn how to create a strategic planning process that engages the community, builds leadership capacity, and shapes school culture—while still yielding an inspiring vision and a clear plan. Share guiding principles for an engaging community-wide process, along with specifics that make it work. Hear how the board and head can strengthen their individual capacity and build their partnership through the strategic process.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to structure an effective, engaging strategic planning process for your school community.
    • Understand the different but complementary roles of board and head in the strategic process.
    • Explore ways to shape school culture as well as the board-head partnership through strategic planning.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Melinda Bihn and Andrea Kennedy, French American International School (CA)
Governance
Current and Coming Legal Issues for Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Cutting edge risk and legal issues are on everyone's mind these days. What kinds of work should schools do on the sexual harassment? What is happening with pay equity? Does it affect the information you can collect? Student anxiety and other mental health issues are readily apparent in teens today, what do you need to be prepared for? And, what does the federal government have in store for us? Wage and hour regulations? More tax reform? Come join NAIS' general counsel for her last Annual Conference to talk about these and other top trends facing independent schools now and in the year ahead!
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand some of the most pressing legal issues facing schools.
    • Gain an overview of how to manage the crisis elements of these issues.
    • Learn from peers through case studies and discussion.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Debra Wilson, NAIS
Management
Essential Questions: Digging Deeper with Data NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The resources to dig deep to get the most out of your school data are often not available. Find out how to dig deeper, using DASL and constituent survey output, into frequently asked questions. Are we expensive? Do we have too many/too few faculty/staff? What are the best predictors of student academic success? Essential questions like these extend what you ascertain from DASL and constituent survey output and are often asked by curious heads, administrators, and trustees. Learn a process for answering such questions and sharing results with key school constituents.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Appreciate how to us data from DASL and constituent surveys to probe deeper into a school’s essential questions.
    • Ask essential questions about your school data.
    • Learn how to create and implement a process for answering essential questions.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jeffrey Mitchell, Currey Ingram Academy (TN)
Management
Developing Gender Inclusivity in PK-12 Schools NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Join us for a guided conversation around the evolution of gender inclusivity in their PK-12 communities. Cover include key resources, curriculum development, professional development, parent involvement, and trouble-shooting. Engage in this interactive conversation and meet others interested in the work!
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Hear about the journey of creating more gender-inclusive PK-12 schools from people with variety of roles in independent schools.
    • Join the growing network of NAIS schools doing this work.
    • Learn about key resources and strategies schools have utilized to create more gender-inclusive school communities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: JJ Kahle and Erin Adams, The Blake School (MN)
Student Experience
How the Model Minority Myth Plays Out in Your School Community NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Asian Americans compose the largest growing group of immigrants—and they are sending their children to our schools. People with Asian heritage occupy an interesting space in our society. Labeled as the “model minority,” they are unfairly generalized and stereotyped, rendering their actual experiences invisible or invalid. This status also pits them against other marginalized groups to prevent solidarity. Explore the complex and authentic aspects of what it means to be Asian American and extend that to better understand our students.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how the model minority myth affects our community members.
    • Learn strategies to prevent reinforcing stereotypes and marginalization of AAPI community members.
    • Examine qualitative data collected from independent school student and adult communities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Drew Ishii, Sage Hill School (CA)
Student Experience
Healthy Relationships—A Proactive Approach to Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Education at School NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The viral nature of the #MeToo movement took the public by storm in 2017-18, so it was not surprising that even schools were not immune to its effects. At Princeton Day School, this attention resulted in a call to action spearheaded by the students themselves. Administrative heads, faculty, staff, and students from multiple divisions of the school banded together to address, affect, and change school community and culture to promote safe and healthy relationhips and extinguish practices of sexual harassment and misconduct. Learn how sharing the burden can really make things happen.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss how current events in the greater community and nation affect attitudes and expectations of healthy relationships.
    • Discuss how we have adopted a shared responsibility model to form and affect school culture.
    • Get examples of how we have effected change at school with regard to sexual misconduct, harassment, and healthy relationships.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Maritoni Shah and Lisa Surace, Princeton Day School (NJ)
Student Experience
Use Real Data to Develop Well-Being Interventions in High-Achieving Schools NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Current research suggests that students’ well-being may be most effectively supported by nurturing their perceived emotional connectedness to the school community. Discuss the critical importance of grounding such efforts in deep understanding of the specific challenges faced by individual schools. Learn about an innovative school-based program created in response to state-of-the-art data collection efforts. Explore and offer feedback on programs. Leave with knowledge and tools to create first steps for collecting actionable data toward prioritizing health and wellness strategies at your school.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand cutting-edge research concerning psychological challenges experienced by students in high-achieving schools.
    • Learn how to prioritize intervention goals through case studies.
    • Explore practices and strategies to promote students’ emotional connectedness to their school environment.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Suniya Luthar, Arizona State University
Student Experience
Mosaic Curriculum Breaks Through the Wall of Exclusivity, Beginning a Journey of Inclusivity NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In 2014, St. Philips Episcopal School began to take intentional steps to make the school community more inclusive and tangibly support its mission and Episcopal identity. The cornerstone of the work was the the development and implementation of a school-wide inclusivity curriculum: Mosaic. Partnering with an outside consultant for guidance, the leadership, faculty, and staff engaged in a three-year inclusivity plan with the aim of raising awareness pertaining to inclusive behavior and creating the Mosaic curriculum for students. Discover how to implement Mosaic in your school.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the importance of inclusivity training and reflection as the first step in creating and promoting a more safe, diverse, and inclusive school.
    • Learn how to design and implement a program like Mosaic, grounded in inclusivity and empathy for all students beginning in preschool and moving through high school.
    • Understand why this work is essential for the safety and sustainability of independent schools.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Lili Space, St. Philip's Episcopal School (FL); Koree Hood, THINKCLUSIVE
Classroom Experience
Priority Now: Prepping for the Unanticipated Future Communication Crisis NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: When a crisis suddenly occurs, are you ready to dive in and help leadership strategically think through the right response? Do you know what questions to ask and who best to solicit for answers? Are you savvy enough to juggle competing agendas related to who "needs to know" and when? Learn from two pros who've run the crisis gauntlet a few times how to be Scout-prepared, keep your cool when others can't, and emerge as a true asset to your institution. Plus, get a virtual toolbox full of insider tips to prepare you for the inevitable!
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to create or modify your school's crisis plan.
    • Learn when your school can handle a crisis on your own and when to call in the "big guns."
    • Learn how to anticipate the unanticipated details of a crisis and come out looking like a pro!
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jill Shaw, Viewpoint School (CA); Dana Rakoczy, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (CA)
Communications and Advancement
The Decision Journey: Bridging the Gap Between Data Collection and Personal Connection NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Today’s digital world encourages prospective families to demand access to all relevant information about your school—instantly. But millennial parents don’t want to be “sold to.” By carefully analyzing demographic and psychographic market studies, schools can strategically structure and prioritize content to align their messaging with prospective families’ most deeply held beliefs. Join us for a strategy session on how to leverage data to craft values-driven messaging and ensure authentic connection.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Use demographic and psychographic data to influence outreach strategy.
    • Transform a series of contact points into an individualized journey.
    • Integrate listening and storytelling to personalize every aspect of the process.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Dina Skrumbis, Sierra Canyon School (CA); Christina Albetta, CRANE
Communications and Advancement
Small Schools, Big Campus: Have It All Without Selling Your Soul NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Hear the story of two small schools in Seattle that joined forces to build one modern campus with all the markers of a larger school’s facility: a gym, theater, commons, playfield, makerspaces, and library. This innovative partnership enabled both schools to have the financial capacity to own their own homes; sustain their commitments to small size and robust financial aid programs; and focus on teaching, learning, and building community. Uncover the complex legal and logistical challenges of launching a ground-up construction project to meet the needs of two individual school communities.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about the benefits of the innovative collaboration between two schools, which include financial, environmental, and workload benefits.
    • Hear information that will help you negotiate risks in such a partnership.
    • Understand the cultural and political challenges schools may face as you embark on such a partnership.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Patti Hearn, Lake Washington Girls Middle School (WA); Morva McDonald, Giddens School (WA)
Governance
Navigating Challenges Between Heads and Their Boards NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Consider the dynamics between boards and heads of school and how both can use best practices to operate within their spheres, making the important decisions that face schools while not overstepping into areas where deference should be given to the other’s point of view. Tackle the ever-expanding challenges facing heads and their boards as parents have more access to information, often freely sharing that information and believing they should have a greater role in school affairs.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to navigate disputes between the board and head.
    • Learn how to effectively investigate a claim asserted against the head.
    • Learn steps to address the dissenting board member who may undermine head or board decisions.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Susan Guerette, Fisher Phillips
Governance
Assessing and Reporting on Our Values: Moving from Subject-Based to Competency-Based Reports NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The Children’s School undertook a community-wide design process to create a new student progress report that is completely competency based rather than subject focused, aligning with the school’s key values. Walk through three distinct project phases: a six-month concept-to-launch phase, a first-year implementation phase, and a final phase of faculty and parent feedback and iteration for the following school year. Because the competency-based report doesn't address content standards or specific skill areas, hear about several other types of complementary reporting structures the school developed that better lend themselves to these different types of information.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn approaches for creating a competency-based structure to document and report on student growth.
    • Learn strategies for structuring a major report revision that is inclusive of the broader community.
    • See various reporting structures that lend themselves to different types of student learning data.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Allen Broyles and Nishant Mehta, The Children's School (GA)
Leadership Development
Current Events and Starbucks Moments: Connecting Our School with Its Neighbors to Build Inclusive Communities NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: What if the recent Philadelphia Starbucks incident happened in your town? How would your school community respond? Many independent schools are doing groundbreaking work in addressing race relations, so how do we engage the wider community in these conversations? Hear presenters with experience connecting community organizations and schools share their model for creating a place for ongoing conversation and building skills for cultural competency. Walk away with tools for starting these partnerships and ideas for how to structure community conversations.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the value of community outreach in achieving diversity and inclusion goals and addressing current issues.
    • Learn a model for creating meaningful dialogue across difference.
    • Identify topics, vocabulary, and concepts to increase cultural competency skills.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Deborra Pancoe, Friends Council on Education; Toni Graves Williamson, Friends Select School (PA); Mary Lynn Ellis, Abington Friends School (PA)
Leadership Development
The Price of Independence: Tuition, Financial Aid, Annual Giving, Endowments 2003–13 NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The average NAIS endowment may be only $20MM, but for many NAIS schools that figure seems either out of reach or a dream fulfilled. Come find your where your school fits in the big picture of annual funds, endowments, and financial aid. Learn research methods and findings from an analysis of 11 years’ work of NAIS-collected data from 2003-13, which suggests that prioritizing annual giving over endowments may be better for most schools. Share insights from your experience and make suggestions for future research.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Maximize the ability to offer financial aid, target earning 10% or more of income from annual giving.
    • Are “cheap schools” less equitable? The lower the tuition price, the fewer the number of students on financial aid.
    • How should we continue to analyze these variables? What qualitative data is needed? Tell us what you want to know!
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: William Walton, Shalhevet High School (CA); Richard Pyrczak, Berkeley Preparatory School (FL)
Management
Think Your School Is Safe? Think Again! Conducting a Policies and Procedures Self-Audit NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The recent focus on educator sexual misconduct and reports of student-on-student sexual assault has caused many schools to learn the hard way that their policies and procedures regarding student safety are not what they should be. Learn how to conduct a comprehensive, school-wide, student safety self-audit, including a review of relevant policies and procedures, and what awareness and training is needed so students and employees know the expectations of their behavior, where to go for help, and how the school will handle situations when they occur.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to conduct a student safety self-audit.
    • Learn what policies and procedures need to be updated.
    • Learn how to ensure your school's safety policies and procedures are understood and enforced.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Linda Johnson, McLane Middleton; Matt Micciche, Friends School of Baltimore (MD)
Management
GDPR: E.U. Privacy Law Crosses the Atlantic NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: GDPR went into effect in 2018, yet over 75% of U.S. businesses affected by law are not in compliance. GDPR reaches across the Atlantic to impact independent schools, many of which are unprepared to address the requirements of a broad privacy law. European stakeholders—like alumni, parents, students, and board members—expect us to comply and honor individuals’ rights under GDPR, and many schools are choosing to offer such progressive privacy protections. If your school is not yet GDPR compliant, now is the time to assess the law's impact and implement a plan to come into compliance.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to respond to stakeholders (such as parents, alumni, board members, and regulators) about your school's GDPR compliance.
    • Learn the process to become compliant with foreign and domestic privacy and security laws.
    • Learn the most common vulnerabilities that schools face and need to address to avoid breach and become privacy and security law compliant.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Cameron Shilling, McLane Middleton
Management
The City as Your Campus: A How-To Guide NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: In today's interconnected world, schools are one part of a learning ecosystem that includes many other organizations and places. Winchester Thurston School puts our students at the center of Pittsburgh's learning ecosystem through our nationally recognized City as Our Campus program. Established in 2003 and integral to our core academic curriculum, the program helps students engage, utilize, and study the community. Explore the impact of community-based learning and consider effective methods of engaging the community. Take home a toolkit of resources discovered during a recent research study conducted by University of Pittsburgh.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the impact of community-based learning on student learning, teacher practice, and school culture as identified by our research.
    • Learn about examples of community-based learning and understand the best practices associated with their implementation.
    • Identify strategies to engage the community in authentic and meaningful ways for your school and context.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Adam Nye and Amanda Welsh, Winchester Thurston School (PA)
Classroom Experience
Rethinking Classroom Design: What We’ve Been Doing Wrong (and How to Fix It) NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: How would you design a classroom if you had never seen a traditional school environment before? What kind of arrangement would you introduce to foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration among students? Chances are the space you’re envisioning right now does not resemble a classroom with rows of desks and stark hallways lined with lockers. Discuss the need for new and innovative classroom design and explore some of the most most cutting-edge projects changing education today.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Consider how innovation in the education field could improve.
    • Look to the real world to inspire how we design the education experience, both physically and conceptually.
    • Discuss the latest learning environments and explore new approaches to reimagine what modern classrooms might look like.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Peter Hutton, Beaver Country Day School (MA)
Classroom Experience
Brand Reimagined: Leading Your School Through a Brand Refresh NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Know what makes your school special, but struggle to describe it in a succinct way? Join this fun and interactive workshop. Learn how your school’s brand can become a magnet for right-fit families and how to use the Minute Message Model to powerfully convey your school’s values to the families you hope to attract. Hear the story behind his San Francisco Day School’s rebranding, the leadership lessons gained, how your school can approach rebranding so it results in a happy community, and a powerful new way to tell your school’s story.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Find out what the concept of branding really means for independent schools, and why that matters, regardless of the strength of admissions.
    • Explore the relationship between a strong brand and strong leadership, and who is responsible for their school’s brand.
    • Discover how to create a school message that is clear, succinct, and compelling.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jennie Winton, Mission Minded; Michael Walker, San Francisco Day School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Getting Your Trustee Committees out of the Weeds and into Strategic Conversations NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Do you dread having to meet with your trustee committees? Do you spend way too much time preparing, only to have the conversation at the meeting go down a wormhole of details? Or have you developed strategies for working successfully and strategically with your committee? Interact with a head of school, CFO, and facilities director to share your ideas and headaches, starting with some school examples and then breaking into smaller group discussions with common concerns.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn strategies for having high-level conversations at trustee xommittee meetings, especially finance.
    • See examples of data-driven tools you can use, such as benchmarking, multi-year budgets, and other reports.
    • Meet colleagues and learn their suggestions for driving higher-level board conversations.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Gretchen Reed, Mo Copeland, and Jon Von Behren, Oregon Episcopal School (OR)
Governance
Out the Door: What We Can Learn from Abrupt Departures from Headship NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: This year, an unprecedented number of new heads in Independent Schools Association of the Central States schools followed predecessors who departed with notice of less than two months. We saw this abrupt departure phenomenon spike from 14% in recent years to a whopping 38% this year, and the emerging data for next year are trending in the same direction. Why is abrupt leadership transition a concern? What are the factors at play? How might we remedy them? Examine and discuss relevant data, theories, and recommended reading in an effort to answer these questions.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop awareness of a recent increase in abrupt departures from headship and its ramifications.
    • Examine the factors that may be leading to these departures.
    • Consider actions to be taken by those leading and supporting independent schools and in a position to address this trend.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Claudia Daggett, Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Governance
Financial Sustainability: How to Frame the Financial Sustainability Conversation with the Board NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Much is being said about financial sustainability in a world where the cost of private education is rising significantly faster than family incomes. Schools are in the midst of a technology-spurred secular transformation, and innovation is key to surviving and thriving. Yet costs must be contained. How can a head of school identify funds permitting strategic program investments and experimentation? Hear how financial sustainability relates to mission, whose responsibility it is, and practical tips to frame and help lead your conversation with the board.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to engage the board on a financial sustainability journey.
    • Learn how to foster a culture of financial sustainability.
    • Learn how to build internal buy-in while identifying opportunities for savings.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Evelyne Estey, Estey Consulting LLC
Governance
Transition Planning for New Heads of School: It Should Not Feel Like a Blind Date! NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Our schools are going through a period of rapid change in leadership—and this poses incredible opportunities. As change can also be needlessly disruptive, schools must do everything to facilitate a smooth transition process. Each school is unique, but the patterns that emerge during transitions are similar. Through research and practical experience as search consultant, trustee, search chair, senior administrator, and head of school, our team has developed a protocol around intentional transition planning, leveraging resources in creative ways that maximize the uniqueness of a community. Join us to consider how to be thoughtful and proactive in meeting the needs of new heads, setting realistic expectations about what it means to introduce a new leader to a close-knit community.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a deeper understanding about the complexities that surround head of school transitions.
    • Practice taking the perspective of a newcomer to your school community, examining nuanced understandings of school norms.
    • Think about addressing the needs of various school constituencies through effective communication strategies.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Amanda Riegel, Carney, Sandoe and Associates; Kimberly Ridley, Fayerweather Street School (MA)
Governance
Leadership Under Fire: Lessons Learned from the 2017 California Wildfires NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Hear heads of school from California share their crisis response efforts to the wildfires, floods, and mudslides that ravaged Sonoma, Napa, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara counties in 2017. Joined by Chris Joffe of Joffe Emergency Services, these leaders impart lessons learned about communication, community engagement, and how to move forward in the face of a natural disaster that causes so much destruction and loss. Participate in a guided exercise to prepare to lead your school in the event of a natural disaster.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What kind of communications are most effective in a natural disaster crisis?
    • How can a school support the broader relief efforts during a community-wide crisis?
    • How can schools establish a business continuity plan before a natural disaster strikes?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Rose Helm, The John Thomas Dye School (CA); Brad Weaver, Sonoma Country Day School (CA); Janet Durgin, Sonoma Academy (CA); Chris Joffe, Joffe Emergency Services; Mike Hall-Mounsey, Ojai Valley School (CA); Dan Schwartz, Blue Oak School (CA); Joel Weiss, Crane Country Day (CA)
Leadership Development
Deep from the Heart of Texas: Reimagining the Head of School-Chief Diversity Officer Partnership NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Let's face it: Times have changed. Independent schools are being battered by today's tumultuous socio-political/cultural climate. As our students struggle to construct meaning from all these mixed messages, particularly those that challenge our schools' intent to raise responsible, respectful citizens, we must be steadfast in our commitment to equity and justice work, and key to the success of this work is the relationship between the head of school and diverity practitioner. Examine the rationality, positionality, and sustainability of the head-chief diversity officer relationhip in building inclusive and equitable school communities at three Texas independent schools.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and share new approaches to relationship-building between the head of school and chief diversity officer.
    • Critically examine elements that affect the relationship between the head and chief diversity officer and explore effective practices to sustain it.
    • Examine the relational and positional power between the head and the chief diversity officer in order to effectively build community.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Gene Batiste and Mark Desjardins, St. John's School (TX); Lee Hark and Karen Bradberry, Greenhill School (TX); Chris Gunnin and Yvonne Adams, St. Stephen's Episcopal School (TX)
Leadership Development
Breaking Down Gender Walls: Designing Trans-Inclusive Policies, Procedures, and Pedagogies NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Get specific, attainable, and relevant practices regarding trans identities and gender inclusivity that you can implement in both the short and long term. Share relevant personal experiences; explore the various implications of gender identity in a student’s life at school—from class curriculum to using the restroom to joining a sports team to applying for college; discuss the relevance and importance of explicit gender inclusivity for all students of all ages; and reflect and brainstorm about how to best support gender-diverse students in their particular school circumstances.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the vast and nuanced ways that marginalized gender identities impact students’ experience in all aspects of school.
    • Critically and creatively evaluate gender inclusivity in your own work, determine areas needing improvement, and explore a variety of solutions.
    • Leave with a gender inclusivity action plan specific to your school circumstances for both the short and long term.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Elijah Thornburg and Laura Docter, Castilleja School (CA)
Student Experience
Athena: How Teachers at 50+ Schools Are Building a Network and Sharing Practices NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The field of education has no professional memory. 10,000 teachers might teach The Great Gatsby, and none have any idea what the others are doing. Athena, an online platform supported by the Edward E. Ford Foundation, including a 2018 leadership grant, addresses this problem, enabling teachers to share practices among schools. Last summer, 50 teachers from over 40 schools in 17 states participated in a summer fellowship in which teachers aggregated classroom practices for the most commonly taught subjects in English, history, and humanities. Learn about what emerged and how to connect your teachers to this growing network.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Get a better understanding of how professional development can extend meaningfully and effectively into virtual space.
    • Find teaching materials and connect with colleagues more easily.
    • Learn about improvement science and how to apply its principles to education, asynchronously and remotely.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Max Gordon, St. Paul's School (NH); Peter Nilsson, Deerfield Academy (MA)
Classroom Experience
Avatars and Altruism: Using Immersive Technology to Build Empathy NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Attend this hands-on workshop to learn about the importance of integrating character-based education into the K-12 curriculum. Using case studies at three different schools, explore how the use of immersive technologies can help students gain empathy. Try several high-tech and low-tech platforms (e.g., Google Cardboard, Oculus Go, HTC Vive) to experience several AR and VR programs firsthand and engage in a design thinking exercise. Develop your own ideas for a lesson and/or program for your school. No prior experience with technology necessary.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine the importance of teaching empathy and how to use emerging technologies like AR/VR to teach empathy with design thinking.
    • Provide various VR experiences and resources related to empathy.
    • Initiate lesson planning for incorporating VR in the classroom.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nola-rae Cronan, Columbus School for Girls (OH); Ara Brown, Whittle Schools (DC); Tracie Hightower, Cranbrook Kingswood Schools (MI)
Classroom Experience
Reboot Your Digital Marketing Strategy: Research-Backed Tips for School-Wide Success NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Find out why your school needs to shake up its marketing strategy in favor of a new inbound marketing plan guided by the latest research in what works. Look at external factors impacting schools—like economic and demographic shifts—and how inbound tools like site personalization, email workflows, and constituent video testimonials can reap the kind of measurable results you need for success. Peer schools inspire with tips you can use now.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Get the fundamentals of inbound marketing for schools.
    • Get a handle on the marketing, demographic, and economic data impacting schools and how schools can adjust their marketing methods for success.
    • Learn how software integrations and inbound tools provide the best constituent and school experience.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jon Moser, Finalsite; Pat Bassett, Head's Up Educational Consulting
Communications and Advancement
Supporting Faculty, Staff, and Parents to Talk About Differences with Young People NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: If we are to reimagine our schools to reflect the just and equitable world we want it to be—not what it is—we need to tear down walls and build capacity, not only with students and teachers, but with parents as well. Participate in training that two schools in Los Angeles did with their faculty and staff—and their parent bodies. Learn about the research and engage in deep personal identity work regarding how to have difficult and honest conversations about differences with young people.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a deeper understanding of important foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusivity work.
    • Learn the power of engaging parents and faculty in training about communicating across differences and target/nontarget location.
    • Reflect on—and have difficult conversations about—differences.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Melinda Tsapatsaris and Min Pai, Westland School (CA); Rasheda Carroll, Wildwood School (CA)
Leadership Development
Faculty as First Responders: Keeping Students Safe in an Unpredictable World NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: As reported by CNN, the first 21 weeks of 2018 brought with it 23 school shootings in which someone was hurt or killed in the United States. This averages to more than one shooting a week and is both unacceptable and avoidable. Join us in learning about the pitfalls of common active shooter protocols while gaining strategies and resources to implement the most effective procedures immediately.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the pitfalls of current active shooter models such as the standard lockdown protocol used in most schools.
    • Become familiar with best practices in active shooter protocol.
    • Leave with strategies and resources to begin implementing ALICE protocol, keeping up with national standard of care.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Mandy Stepanovsky and Meg Hansen, Friends School (CO)
Student Experience
Vaping, Binging, and Baking—Addressing Student Substance Use and Abuse NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The federal government reports the number of students using e-cigarettes has increased substantially. The District of Columbia and 23 states currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Given this, schools must know their options when responding to these widespread risks. How do you address a student with a substance abuse problem or a positive test result? How do you regulate e-cigarettes and marijuana if use is not restricted by current laws? How do you handle alcohol use at extracurricular events? Explore best practices and legal risks schools face in addressing student vaping and drug and alcohol use.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn your options and best practices in addressing student vaping and drug and alcohol use.
    • Learn best practices for implementing a vaping and drug and alcohol program.
    • Understand the legal risks independent schools face in addressing drug and alcohol use by students.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher Phillips; Whitney Walters-Sachs, Pine Crest School (FL)
Management
Reimagining Campus Master Planning NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: If the physical environment is a child's third teacher, as Reggio-Emilia founder Loris Malaguzzi proposed more than 70 years ago, what sort of built ecosystem best supports 21st century learning? And even assuming you have clarity on that question, how can you take transformative ideas about your campus from vision to reality? Explore practices used by a 230-year-old school to transform its physical infrastructure to create spaces that are flexible in usage, where students work collaboratively to construct knowledge, technology provides a portal to the world, and the outdoors is an extension of the classroom.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share specific examples for how to create a physical, architectural expression of a vision or concept.
    • Explore so-called 21st century skills and how a built environment can foster them (or not).
    • Articulate some of the mundane but important aspects of campus planning (e.g., using an owner's rep as construction manager).
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Matt Glendinning, Moses Brown School (RI); Ray Bourcier, DEC Consulting Company
Management
Love Is Love—One Elementary School’s Commitment to Celebrating the LGBTQ Community NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: How can your school address traditional elementary school concerns regarding teaching about the LGBTQ community and the pride movement? Get an outline of our approach to teaching LGBTQ and gender spectrum vocabulary, and hear how our school’s diversity committee leads colleagues in a highly visible unit of study. Learn about the intentional ways teachers connect learning to social justice movements, personal connections within the community, and local and national LGBTQ changemakers and their allies. Gain insight into embracing tricky, difficult conversations at the elementary level about what it looks like to be a welcoming, inclusive community.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn models of how to explicitly teach LGBTQ and gender spectrum vocabulary at the elementary level.
    • Learn how to bring visibility and personal connection to the learning about LGBTQ people in the community (ours and beyond).
    • Learn from our experience navigating relationships with community members expressing typical elementary school concerns regarding the teaching of this topic.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Britt Anderson, Abby Guinn, and Maria Montes Clemens, Prospect Sierra School (CA)
Student Experience
Political Classrooms and Student Groups: Possible or Restricted in Today's Schools? NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: If we believe education can help change society for the better, how can classroom discussions and student groups function as learning experiences without dissolving into ideological and divisive forces in schools? In today's highy charged political environment, can teachers and club advisers equip students with the skills needed to analyze complex and sometimes conflicting perspectives without alientating those who disagree? Explore current research, school policies, and real practices designed to promote civic discussions and ideological diversity using Hess & McAvoy's (2015) model for the political classroom.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss strategies that promote schools as places that educate students about the democratic process.
    • Teach students how to engage in civic conversations that address political, economic, religious, and cultural differences in our society.
    • Provide teachers with strategies that promote and protect their students' right to hold diverse opinions and perspectives.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jack Creeden, independent consultant; Pete Nordlund, Chadwick School (CA)
Student Experience
Peer First Responders: Training and Supporting Students to Promote Mental Health and Well-Being NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Join school counselors and a student leader from Castilleja School to learn how and why we developed a program to increase open discussions about student mental health with the goal of promoting well-being and destigmatizing mental health issues. Share how the school’s counseling and wellness departments partnered with students to create a program jointly owned by student leaders and staff. Get the nuts and bolts of starting such a program at your school, including training and supervision of students.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand why a peer mental health program is critical to reaching more students.
    • Get the basic tools to start a peer mental health program at your school.
    • Learn how to recruit the best of your student population to participate in this program.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Terese Brennan-Marquez, Eva Tuschman, and Sophie Nevle-Levoy, Castilleja School (CA)
Student Experience
Practical Advice for All Teachers Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Executive Dysfunction NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: While it’s unrealistic to believe every independent school classroom can meet the needs of every student, teachers can be better informed, strategize well, communicate effectively with other professionals, and execute academic programs that support an increased array of dynamic learners. Through simulations and discussions, hone your understanding of learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, and ADHD by exploring technical and operational definitions. These new understandings aid in a thorough discussion of practical advice aimed at identifying, teaching, and supporting impacted students, families, and faculty.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Help teachers relate to those challenged by learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, and ADHD through experiential exercises.
    • Give teachers a usable and understandable definition of learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, and ADHD.
    • Provide advice to teachers supporting students and families impacted by learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, and ADHD.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Eldrich Carr, Springer School and Center (OH)
Classroom Experience
Developing a Gender Identity Curriculum in the Primary Grades: Designing Proactive and Responsive Collaborations NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Explore the collaborative curriculum development that led 15 primary classrooms (age 3-9) to a better age-appropriate understanding of gender identity. Learn about possible challenges, pitfalls, and successes as you explore the relationships built between the upper division students and their younger "buddies" because of new understandings. Learn how leadership and collaboration can create buy-in among parents, support teachers' growing comfort when leading conversations or lessons about gender identity, and eventually lead to cultural change in a school community.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore age-appropriate approaches to teaching about the gender identity spectrum, from preschool through grade three.
    • Develop an understanding of how collaborative leadership (teacher, counselor, diversity practitioner) supports success with gender identity curriculum.
    • Leave with tools, resources, and ideas to use in your leadership journey into gender identity curriculum.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Margaret Bradford and Pamela Atteberry, The Evergreen School (WA)
Classroom Experience
Reimagining Curriculum: Valuing Depth over Breadth Through a Transition to Semester-Long Courses NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: We dreamt of a school where our students were engaged by exciting and innovative courses relevant in an age of automation and search engines. However, the road from British literature, American history, and art to voices on the fringe, politics and the media, and graphic design required tons of structure-building, schedule modifications, partner-building, parent communication, and assessment of academic regulations. Walk through the strategies we used to build this curricular model and where we hope to go from here, with student curiosity as our compass and a four-dimensional education as our mission.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Value the obligation we have as schools to provide a four-dimensional, relevant curricular experience to students.
    • Understand the systems-level processes required to enact an elective-based curriculum across half of our academic departments.
    • Be inspired to learn from our successes and challenges to build your school’s curricular strategy!
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Robert Taylor, Austin Preparatory School (MA)
Classroom Experience
A Primer on Crisis Management and Business Continuity for Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: As more schools adopt an enterprise risk management approach, principal areas of focus are crisis management and business continuity. Explore the various components of this complex subject: identifying and managing risk, governance, enterprise-wide risk analysis, business continuity planning, insurance and risk management considerations, and an example of plan design schools can adopt to begin their own analysis. Get strateiges for implementation, the recovery and resumption phase of the school's operations, and validation of the school's plan.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Employ a process for identifying and managing crisis/disaster risk.
    • Find out how to address business continuity management for your school.
    • Learn how to conduct an enterprise-wide risk analysis for your school.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Ronald Wanglin, Cheryl McDowell, and Jamie Gershon, Bolton & Company; Lisa Turchan, The Buckley School (CA)
Governance
Designing Your Female Leadership Journey in Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Many opportunities exist to be a student of leadership at every level in your school, but women face unique challenges. Come for honest conversation about ways women lead, cultivate a leadership style, and build teams. Hear insight from an experienced head of school and division head on tearing down the barriers that keep us from our seat at the table, building new paradigms for school leadership, and designing a future for students where models of female leadership are the norm rather than the exception. Come enjoy the camaraderie and kinship of the work we do!
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the ways women learn to lead by constituent group: faculty, peers, parents, board.
    • Identify your leadership style to maximize opportunities to lead at any level and model quality female leadership for children.
    • Identify your opportunities to mentor and sponsor or be mentored or sponsored by local leaders in your area.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Colleen Schilly, Hillbrook School (CA); Kathleen McNamara, The Seven Hills School (CA)
Leadership Development
Changing Admissions and Financial Aid Focus from Student Headcount to Net Tuition Revenue NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Learn from a 21-year former business officer about the value and importance of shifting from a student headcount focus for admissions and financial aid to a net-tuition revenue (NTR) focus. Receive and review templates that allow a school to annually monitor and track its NTR, both per student and grade. Identify important financial aid metrics you should track and monitor year by year, with recommendations on how to identify and slow down or turn around negative trends.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Schools should change their financial aid goals and budget from student headcount to NTR.
    • Get templates to track key NTR metrics.
    • Get real-life examples that demonstrate the value of making the recommended changes.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Palmer Ball, Palmer Ball Consulting, LLC
Management
The Times They Are a Changin': State Trends and National Impacts NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: While the focus tends to center on policies coming out of Washington, states and cities around the country are changing the game. There are many trends to follow, including laws prohibiting salary history inquries, requiring paid leave, combating sexual harrasment, and changing how background checks are conducted. With these developments, independent schools face new challenges and obligations as well as opportunities to bring greater transparency, equality, and safety to staff and students alike. Whether these changes have come to a state near you or are on the horizion, there is much to learn from our laboratories of democracy.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about top state and local employment law trends and how they affect independent schools.
    • Learn about opportunities to increase diversity and combat issues such as pay inequity.
    • Learn about challenges you face when two ideals such as background check reform and protecting student safety collide.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Whitney Silverman, NAIS
Management
An Approach to Student Wellness Where Students Thrive and Rigor Deepens NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: With mounting evidence that our students are managing greater stress, anxiety, and mental health challenges, we all seek solutions to improve student wellness in our schools. With a tendency in schools to assume there is a fixed choice between rigor and wellness, we propose a different way of looking at a solution—one where “smart rigor” can deepen and students can thrive. Learn from research-based findings that broaden the definition of student success from Stanford’s Challenge Success and a case study from an independent school exploring how student wellness can be enhanced within a rigorous school setting.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Leave this session with research-based information and strategies to promote student well-being and a broader definition of success.
    • Learn how these strategies can be practically implemented in a rigorous independent school.
    • Explore your school’s efforts to promote student wellness to identify opportunities to take advantage of these strategies.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Catherine Hall, Noble and Greenough School (MA); Denise Pope, Stanford University
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