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2013 NAIS Annual Conference | Philadelphia | Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2013

Three-Hour Workshops

W01. 300 Years of Quaker-Based Decision Making: Lessons for Good Governance Today

Since before the founding of our democratic nation, Quakers have made decisions in a manner much like consensus. Join this highly interactive workshop to explore a variety of processes for building consensus in any decision-making context – and bring home new techniques for generative discussion and innovative solutions.  300 Years of Quaker-Based Decision Making (PDF)

PRESENTER(S): Ginny Christensen, Strategy for Growth, LLC (PA); Michelle Holland, Friends School of Baltimore (MD); Irene McHenry, Friends Council on Education (PA); Laurence Van Meter, Moorestown Friends School (NJ)

W02. Aligning Your School Culture for Online Learning

Gain the knowledge and tools you need to align your school’s culture with blended and fully online learning initiatives. Explore best practices for communication, parental involvement, student success, and teacher support. Take home strategies to help you manage expectations, engage your community, and build a solid foundation for online learning. Optional online course component.

PRESENTER(S): Susan Booth, NAIS (DC); Michael Nachbar, Global Online Academy (WA); Bradford Rathgeber, Online School for Girls (DC); Kevin Ruth, Tower Hill School (DE)

W03. Creative Learning Environments: Rethinking the Classroom

Examine the most fundamental learning space – the “classroom.” In this hands-on, interactive workshop, we’ll identify a more descriptive and appropriate way to refer to this space, then develop prototypical spaces that capture  21st century learning, in order to develop more creative and relevant learning environments.

PRESENTER(S): Peter Winebrenner and Chester Bartels, Hord Coplan Macht (MD); Charlie Abelmann and Tim Schaffer, Barrie School (MD)

W04. Experiential Education: Revolutionizing from the Outside In

If we aspire to "Think Big, Think Great" regarding experiential education, we must move beyond the traditional model of episodic experiences that take students away from campus, and work to integrate programs that enhance the day to day curriculum, culture, and community of our schools. Join th ISEEN board of directors for a dynamic dialogue about experiential education.

PRESENTER(S): Vicki Weeks, Global Weeks (WA); Jessie Barrie, Albuquerque Academy (NM); Meghan James, Westminster Schools (GA); Brian Michaels, The Key School (MD)

W05. Flipped Learning: Who, What, Why, When, How?

What is flipped learning? What does a flipped classroom look like? Who benefits from flipped learning – can it apply to all grades and disciplines? How is flipped learning different than a traditional classroom? How do you make the flip? Get a broad overview of flipped learning and answers to these questions from two perspectives: classroom teacher and technology specialist.

PRESENTER(S): Kimberly Duncan and Scott Lieberman, Flint Hill School (VA)

W06. Gravitas: A Hidden Dimension of Women Leading

A “glass ceiling” still seems to exist for women seeking and winning senior leadership positions. Join three women heads of school to focus on the subtle and powerful concept of gravitas. Explore how and why women can develop it as they lead, inspire, and create successful school headships. We’ll share stories, insights, and strategies.

PRESENTER(S): Debbie Freed, Debbie Freed and Associates (CA); Lucinda Lee Katz, Marin Country Day School (CA); Amy Richards, Crystal Springs Uplands School (CA); Clair Ward, Valley School of Ligonier (PA)

W07. I Do; We Do! Jumping the Broom into Headship

Modern-day school headship is a way of life as much as a job, requiring entire families to make lifestyle choices. Success in headship demands partnership and support in the office – and at home. Learn from successful heads and their significant others as they share the stories of the journey they have taken together, even if only one name is on the letterhead.

PRESENTER(S): Wanda Holland Greene and Robert Greene, The Hamlin School (CA); Dennis and Monica Bisgaard, Kingswood Oxford School (CT); Travis Brownley and Elizabeth Katz, Marin Academy (CA); Richard and Barbara Melvoin, Belmont Hill School (MA)

W08. Leading Schools Forward with High-Quality, 21st Century, Project-Based Learning

High-quality, technologically accelerated, project-based learning is a key pedagogical tool for schools of the future. Join us for an interactive session with the author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning, an experienced PBL-T teacher, and a school leader to uncover how to lead your school toward a more effective, rigorous, and engaging project-based learning program.

PRESENTER(S): Jonathan Martin, JonathanEMartin Ed. Services; Suzie Boss, National Faculty of Buck Institute for Education (OR); Mike Gwaltney, Oregon Episcopal School (OR)

W10. Navigating Schools’ Bermuda Triangle: Mission, Experience, and Message

Successful schools tightly align mission, messaging, and community members’ actual experiences. Three facilitators with diverse perspectives will offer school leaders a practical framework for triangulating these elements to build self-reinforcing cultures, programs, and messaging that truly deliver on the promises already embedded in their schools’ ideals and ambitions. Attendee Mission Statement (PDF) Demonstrating Beliefs (PDF) Here Be Dragons (PDF)  Know Thyself (PDF)  Your School in Context (PDF)

PRESENTER(S): Peter Gow, Beaver Country Day School (MA); Tiffany Hendryx, Crane MetaMarketing Ltd. (GA); Phillip Petru, Cape Cod Academy (MA)

W11. Public-Private Partnerships for Systemic Educational Change

Join us to develop strategies to transform our "schools of the future," strengthen our public-private partnerships, and leverage the vital intersections between these efforts. Facilitators represent partnerships promoting transformational learning and leadership. Participants will be asked to view material before the workshop.Handouts and Additional Resources (link)

PRESENTER(S): Ken Kay, EdLeader21 (AZ); Clif Mims, The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence (TN); Christopher Thinnes, Curtis School (CA); Paul Miller, NAIS (DC)

W12. REV Talks (Revolutionary Education Videos): Stories Worth Sharing

In the spirit of sharing stories that others might take up, incorporate, and even improve, we offer a collection of Revolutionary Education Videos – or REV Talks. We’ll share examples captured on video of programs and approaches that are revolutionary and emulate-able and discuss how to design successful projects and lead innovation from brainstorm to reality.

PRESENTER(S): Jason Ramsden, Ravenscroft School (NC); Jamie Baker, Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence (TN); Grant Lichtman, Francis Parker School (CA); Don Buckley, The School at Columbia University (NY)

W13. Revolutionizing Schools Through the New Literacy – Ethical Literacy

Learn firsthand how to transform culture through Ethical Literacy. While maintaining academic rigor, its student work, faculty input, and administrative support have combined to provide a creative, meaningful approach to the ethical development of young people at the school, based on the NAIS-partnered Schools of Integrity research.

PRESENTER(S): Doug Magee, The Church Farm School (PA); Paula Mirk, Institute For Global Ethics (ME); Donald Proffit, Don Proffit Projects, LLC (NJ)

W14. Selective College Admission in the 21st Century and Its Impact on School Life

Two admission deans at selective colleges and two heads of school will lead this panel discussion. Explore topics of increasing selectivity and the independent school; college admission and school curriculum; and admission selectivity and its impact on school climate. Share how these issues appear in your own schools. Selective College Admission (PDF)

PRESENTER(S): Carl Ahlgreen, Gilman School (MD); Chris Gruber, Davidson College (NC); Logan Powell, Princeton University (NJ); Matthew DeGreeff and Kathleen Giles, Middlesex School (MA)

W15. 10 Steps to Effective Crisis Response

The middle of a crisis is not the right time to figure out how to respond to a crisis. Join this interactive session to examine a case study involving a student sexting situation from rumor to final resolution. Learn how to methodically move step by step to carefully and objectively manage the school’s response. 10 Steps Presentation (PDF)  10 Steps Workbook (PDF)

PRESENTER(S): Linda Johnson, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association (NH); Stephen Solberg, Holderness School (NH)

W16. The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age

A revolution in technology has transformed the way we find each other, interact, and collaborate to create knowledge as connected learners. Learning is now an anytime, anywhere experience. To fully understand the implications of an interconnected, networked world for our students, we must see ourselves as part of a global community of learners. The Connected Educator (PDF)

PRESENTER(S): Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Powerful Learning Practice LLC (VA); Larry Kahn, The Kinkaid School (TX)

W17. The Role of the School Head in Board Development

As the CEO of the organization, the head is charged not only with the success of the operational side of the school but also the success of governance, working with a volunteer board and board leadership. This workshop will explore and emphasize the role of the school head in board leadership.

PRESENTER(S): Michael Eanes, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (TX)

W19. Writing the Constitution: Drafting the Employee Handbook

Worried about your employee handbook? Looking to make certain your policies are legally compliant and consistent with best practices? Participate in an interactive working session to learn the hot legal issues and how to apply them to your school’s handbook. Walk away with practical solutions to policy concerns and strategies that provide flexibility.

PRESENTER(S): Caryn Pass, Venable, LLP (DC); Liane Faermann, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA)



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