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NAIS Fellowship Workshops

The fellows of the 2013-14 cohort of the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads assembled at the 2014 NAIS Annual Conference to present their group action projects. Each project was based on broad issues and challenges faced by an ever-changing and evolving independent school community. The teams presented creative and thoughtful solutions to tough questions facing our schools. Some of the groups submitted their presentations and handouts, so please see below for more information.

If you'd like to learn more about joining the ranks of the next generation of independent school leaders, apply for the 2015-16 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School heads, which starts September 2014. Visit www.nais.org for complete details.

  • Block 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • Assessing Alternatives to Tuition-Driven Revenue

      Asia 5

      Examine non-tuition revenue streams and review practices and policies that have proven successful in a variety of settings. Share concrete ideas that are viable, successful, and mission-appropriate to our schools. Building on a 2008 NAIS study on alternative revenue generation, look at elements that determine success. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      Tom Taylor, Breck School (MN); Barbara Kraemer-Cook; Marin Country Day School (CA); John Stephens, Fort Worth Country Day School (TX); Wendy Horng Brawer, Prospect Sierra School (CA)
      Leadership Development
    • Promising Practices in Creating Collaborative Work Environments

      Asia 5

      What are the common traits of collaborative environments that encourage meaningful and ongoing partnerships between individuals and teams? Using case studies, review three components that promote successful collaboration: time, space, and the desire to work with others. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      Tim Kusserow, Carlthorp School (CA); Sheila Abio, St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School (MO); Heather Gross, UWC Pearson College (CANADA); Rob Short, Trinity Episcopal School (VA)
      Leadership Development
    • Saving Money by Increasing Efficiencies

      Asia 5

      Independent schools operating in isolation suffer from financial volatility in a number of areas (health care, purchasing power, professional development, etc.). Explore the formation of local and national consortiums to help independent schools increase efficiency and financial stability and reduce vulnerability. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      Erik Carlson, Phillips Brook School (CA); Chris Seeley, Church Farm School (PA); Phil Gutierrez, The Branson School (CA); Shelley Lawrence, Sinai Akiba Academy (CA); Ann-Marie White, The Putney School (VT)
      Leadership Development
  • Block 2 (Thursday, February 27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM)
    • From Finalist to February: A Practical Guide to Thriving During the First Year of Headship at an Independent School

      Asia 5

      Using qualitative and quantitative data gathered from new and veteran heads of school, glean common threads of success, lessons learned, and pitfalls to avoid during the first year of headship. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      Matt Rush, Cannon School (NC); Sarah Bakhiet, La Jolla Country Day School (CA); Brendan Schneider, Sewickley Academy (PA)
      Leadership Development
    • Nurturing Growth Through Reflection and Interpersonal Relationships: The Faculty and Student Experience

      Asia 5

      Explore leadership development at both the faculty and student level. Examine faculty evaluation, on-boarding, and mentoring to create tools and structures that will help faculty and students grow and advance. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      Andrew Davis, Crystal Springs Uplands School (CA); Brian Kelly, Ravenscroft School (NC); JJ Morrow, The Roeper School (MI); Dwayne Priester, Mid-Pacific Institute (HI); Christopher Ros, Alexandria Country Day School (VA)
      Leadership Development
    • The Value of Revenue Beyond Tuition

      Asia 5

      Discover a digital research tool schools can use to determine whether a particular source of revenue, beyond tuition, makes sense. This tool helps schools with the overall decision-making process answering questions such as, is this alternative source of revenue mission appropriate? What are the hidden costs? Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      Michele Murphy Gastel, The Spence School (NY); Kyle Armstrong, The Swain School (PA); Robert Ahrens, Andrews Osborne Academy (OH); Greg Armbrister, Viewpoint School (CA); Jeanette James, Seattle Girls’ School (WA)
      Leadership Development
  • Block 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • It’s All About Alignment

      Asia 5

      When a school commits to a vision, how does it ensure alignment across programs, board work, and marketing efforts? Explore evaluating and promoting alignment. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      Jarin Jaffee, Maumee Valley Country Day School (OH); Dave Olson, Convent of the Sacred Heart (CT); Laura Ingoldsby, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (MD); Jeff Kessler, Missoula International School (MT); Julie Galles, The San Francisco School (CA)
      Leadership Development
    • Measuring Your Investment in Technology

      Asia 5

      In the rapidly changing world of technology, schools struggle to measure the success of current initiatives while planning for necessary upgrades and new acquisitions. Discover a series of essential questions designed to assess a school’s investments in technology and to help plan strategically for the future. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      David Chottiner, Shady Side Academy (PA); James Garcia, The Webb School (CA); Susan Kearney, St. Paul’s School (MD); Patricia Marshall, Ranney School (NJ); Matt Sigrist, The Peck School (NJ)
      Leadership Development
  • Block 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • Creating a Culture of Strategic Hiring

      Asia 5

      Examine how a school can cultivate a culture of strategic hiring to better reflect its mission, shape its program, and give it an edge over competitors. Take home a model for strategic hiring and tools to achieve your goals. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      Edwin Gordon, Riverdale Country School (NY) Josh Stern, St. Paul’s Episcopal School (CA); Kelly Pierre, The Hewitt School (NY); Honor Taft, The Caedmon School (NY); Bonita Lea, Browne Academy (VA)
      Leadership Development
    • Fostering a Culture of Belonging

      Asia 5

      Today it is critical to cultivate a sense of belonging at every level of a school. Whether welcoming new members, staying connected to alums, strengthening relationships between current students and faculty or responding to crisis and loss as a community — schools need to intentionally implement creative initiatives to draw constituents together. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      Chris Gunnin, Trinity Valley School (TX); John King, Ransom Everglades School (FL); Lydia Maier, Waynflete School (ME), Carolyn Ronco, Durham Academy (NC)
      Leadership Development
    • Is What We’re Promising the Same As What We’re Delivering?

      Asia 5

      Discuss a process that helps explore the mission, rituals, and culture of an institution to better understand if we truly deliver on the promises we make to various constituencies. Get resources to test promises and measure overall effectiveness in meeting the school mission. Please note that this workshop is one of three that will be presented at this time in room Asia 5.
      James Milford, Darlington School (GA); Tesha Poe, Hillbrook School (CA); Jennifer Blake, Marin Academy (CA); Paul Faber, Heartspring (KS); Steve Rubenacker, Friends Academy (NY)
      Leadership Development
 

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