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One-Hour Workshops: Block 1

Block 1Thursday 8:00-9:00 AM

  • Communications and Advancement
    • "I Can't Say No:" The Secret to Successful Solicitations

      Southern Hemisphere I

      As the donor pyramid flattens into a trapezoid, development professionals realize the importance of securing smaller, yet more frequent, gifts. Seasoned development professionals will gain strategies to make their solicitations even more successful.
      Tim Winkler, Winkler Group (SC)
      Financial Sustainability
    • Communicating for Capital Campaign Success: Where Tradition and Technology Meet

      Southern Hemisphere II

      Engaged constituents are the key to campaign success. However, determining the right multi channel approach to communicate with each group is challenging. Discover how a development assessment can shape your strategy for creating content, as well as discuss how you can leverage the power of new communications vehicles to complement traditional platforms.
      John Lewis, The Gunston School (MD); Greg Hagin, CCS (NY)
      Financial Sustainability
    • Growing Greener Independent Schools: Fund-Raising for Triple-Bottom-Line Returns

      Oceanic 1

      Darrow School’s "growing.greener" initiative, the 2012 CASE Gold Award recipient for Overall Campaign Concept, provides a framework for leveraging the return on investment of sustainability efforts, including energy conservation, programmatic enhancements and historic preservation. Explore branding and marketing, cultivation and solicitation, and project implementation in this interactive workshop.
      Craig Westcott, Darrow School (NY); John Gratiot, growing.greener initiative (NY); Wynn Calder, Sustainable Schools, LLC (MA)
      Financial Sustainability
    • How Dr. Seuss Can Help You Rock Digital Storytelling

      Oceanic 4

      Digital storytelling has a fundamental strategy that can be gleaned from popular children's tales. The same literary elements in the simplest forms can apply to your online presence. Learn how to understand and tell your story online to inspire action, get the attention your school deserves, and turn your school’s online presence into a bestseller!
      Jaime Lassman, The Lexington School (KY); Kelley Jarrett, Blackbaud (SC)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • The Applewild Story: “Brand Cooperation” for Challenging Times

      Southern Hemisphere V

      Brand cooperation means reaching your audiences with consistent communications derived from a singular brand promise and message platform. Learn how Applewild School revitalized its admissions, advancement and alumni relations in a challenging market through rediscovery and rebranding.
      Bryan Peterson, Peterson Ray & Company (TX); Emily Bracchitta, Applewild School (MA)
      Financial Sustainability
    • Tweets, Blogs, and Wikis: Connecting with Digital Parents

      Asia 2

      Today’s parents understand the power of technology and expect to see it used in the classroom and in teacher-student-parent communication. The demands of digital parents are causing many schools to rethink assumptions about the role of social networks. Examine the pros and cons of using social networks in school and take home advice.
      Mike Speer, Berkeley Preparatory School (FL)
      Programmatic Sustainability
  • Governance
    • What's in a JAM? Innovative Community Engagement in Planning

      Southern Hemisphere III

      Successful strategic planning depends on community buy-in as much as cogent initiatives. Newark Academy used an innovative online conversation – a JAM – to involve students, faculty, parents, and alumni in weighing challenges and priorities, and generating compelling insights for planners and participants alike. Learn how a JAM can galvanize your planning and boost its impact.
      Laura Dillon and Donald Austin, Newark Academy (NJ); Susan Restler, Knowledge in the Public Interest (NY)
      Demographic Sustainability
      Block1Jam (PDF, 97 KB)
  • Leadership Development
    • Crisis and Leadership: The Art of Bringing Your Whole Self to the Table

      Asia 1

      A teacher, head of school or anyone in a position of responsibility would like to feel that things are under control in the midst of a crisis. Join us to learn strategies for bringing challenging people problems into harmony.
      Carly Andrews, Bosque School (NM); Rick Ackerly, Genius in Children (IL)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Developing a School-Based Training Program for Intercultural Competence

      Americas Seminar Room

      Plagued by a lack of momentum and follow-through in your school’s “diversity” efforts? Not even sure where to start? Oregon Episcopal School has trained a cohort of our own faculty and staff to facilitate conversations on culture, identity, communication styles, and privilege to build intercultural competence in all of our school employees.
      Martin Jones and Jordan Elliott, Oregon Episcopal School (OR); Janet Bennet, The Intercultural Communication Institute (OR)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • Digital Citizenship

      Asia 4

      The Internet is a valuable resource, bringing the world into the classroom. In today’s world, how do we protect our students from the negative aspects of the Internet? This session will focus on a series of steps that can be taken at the school level to implement an effective digital citizenship program to educate students, faculty, and parents.
      Rita Kienle and Rylan Smith, Trinity Preparatory School (FL)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Families First Gathering

      Australia 2

      Join fellow head of school partners and spouses to connect and reflect on the rewards and challenges of your public positions.
      Gail Suitor, Boulder Country Day School (CO); Laurie Reider Lewis, Gunston School (MD)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Leveraging INclusive Leadership for Business Growth and Personal Success

      Northern Hemisphere E-3

      In an ever changing world with four generations in the workplace, it is imperative we lead with INclusion. Whether you manage a small or large team or a member of a team, gain thought-provoking guidance for your growth journey as an effective and INclusive leader. Courageous leadership takes work.  Are you ready and willing?  
      Denis Ammaccapane, Sodexo (TX); Jim Bartlett, Lake Highland Preparatory School (FL)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads

      Asia 5

      Join the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads fellows as they share their group projects to explore a variety of global issues facing the independent school community.  The fellows will present answers to some of the toughest questions facing our schools.  
      NAIS Fellowship Cohort 2013-14
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Ready, Set, AIM: Maximizing Your School's Use of AIM

      Southern Hemisphere IV

      Learn about three stages of AIM: before, during, and after. Hear ideas for setting up the AIM team, prepping the discovery groups for authentic conversations, and survey logistics. Examine steps for identifying key strengths/opportunities and for developing goals for inclusivity as you hone in on your school's needs.
      Asako Kurosaka-Jost and Dawn Cunnion, Brentwood School (CA)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • What Would You Do? Preparing Your School for Real-Life Situations

      Northern Hemisphere E-2

      How will you react when your school is thrust into real-life situations, emergencies, and unexpected crises? Hear sage advice from a panel led by a head of school, associate head of school finance, and legal team about immediate steps to take, explore strategies to help minimize liability risk, and changes to policies and procedures that deal with these difficult situations.
      Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (TX); Nancy Greene, The Bolles School (FL); Steve Piltch, The Shipley School (PA);Debra Wilson, NAIS (DC)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
  • Management
    • Dare to Explore Beyond the Campus Bubble: Leveraging the Community for Learning

      Northern Hemisphere E-1

      How can you foster meaningful community relationships? Discover how to leverage public, private, and non-profit expertise to create powerful service learning, PBL, and design thinking. Learn how to cultivate partners, build sustainable networks, articulate your school’s value, and identify community needs. Leave with a guide for next steps.
      Chad Faber and George Zaninovich, Catlin Gabel (OR); Greg Bamford, Leading is Learning (WA)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Is Your School in Employment Law Jeopardy?

      Northern Hemisphere A-1

      Taking a "quiz show" style approach, this interactive session will invite participants to test their knowledge of independent school employment law issues. Designed to be engaging and informative, the session also will address common areas of confusion and mistakes regarding employment law in the independent school workplace.
      Heather Broadwater and Caryn Pass, Venable LLP (DC); Liane Faermann, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • The Next Step in Embracing Diversity: The Transgender Student

      Northern Hemisphere A-2

      If your school has not dealt with this issue yet: be prepared, it’s coming. Discuss the many practical and legal issues that can arise in handling gender identity issues. Examine considerations about use of restrooms; modifying policies, rules and practices;  confidentiality and student records; facilities planning; physical education classes; and intramural and interscholastic athletic activities.  
      Linda Johnson, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton (NH); Mary Carter, The Derryfield School (NH)
      Demographic Sustainability
  • The Classroom Experience
    • Assessing the 4Cs in Schools of the Future: Independent and Public School Panel

      Northern Hemisphere A-3

      Join Ken Kay, founder of P21 and CEO of EdLeader21, along with school leaders from independent and public school members of EdLeader21, to explore how schools are embedding the 4Cs school-wide and using rubrics, performance tasks, and other exciting tools to assess students’ creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thought.
      Ken Kay, EdLeader21 (AZ); Josh Brody, Sequoyah School (CA); Kim Dockery, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA); Laura Deisley, the Lovett School (GA)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Discovering Where Boys Are Thriving in Coed Settings

      Northern Hemisphere A-4

      Explore where boys are thriving in coed schools despite the data of lower boys’ performance. Discuss strategies for engaging middle and upper school boys. Explore the role of digital devices in schools, leadership opportunities in and outside of class, and curricular practice that involves choice, relevance, performance and competition.
      Melissa Soderberg, Columbus Academy (OH); AJ Colianni and Sarah Flotten, Breck School (MN)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Exploring Glocal Identities and Nurturing Diversity, Inclusivity, and Community

      Asia 3

      For school stakeholders interested in nurturing diversity and working with neighbors near and far, come examine a Mississippi school’s recent experience with the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) to unpack the notion of diversity and identify “glocal” steps fostering inclusivity in your own communities.
      Chris Harth, Leanna Range, Adam Mangana, and Omar Rachid, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MS)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • From Treetop to Robot: Frontiers in Student Directed Learning

      Northern Hemisphere E-4

      Discover ways schools are learning from museums and businesses.  Explore how schools are experimenting with collaborative learning, outdoor classrooms, and museum-like settings in broad-based interdisciplinary formats that emphasize “gamification” and student-directed learning.
      Alan Metcalfe and Aaron Goldblatt, Metcalfe Architecture & Design (PA); Frank Aloise, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA); Rich Nourie, Abington Friends School (PA)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Global Programs: Evaluation and Assessment

      Europe 1

      Do you know if your global programs are achieving the learning outcomes you desire? It is critical for schools to develop program measures that go beyond “satisfaction.” Using the backwards design process, Charlotte Blessing and Matt Nink—two experts in global education programs—will share key principles of the science of program evaluation.
      Charlotte Blessing, Lakeside School (WA); Matt Nink, Global Youth Leadership Institute (WI)
      Global Sustainability
    • How Does Your School Demonstrate Commitment to Global Citizenship?

      Europe 2

      What impact do a school’s values and beliefs have on the achievement of global education goals? What global citizenship goals should be part of a school’s strategy? Discover standards that promote student growth and learn practices you can use to develop your school’s global perspectives and programs.
      Graham Ranger and John Heard, Council of International Schools (THE NETHERLANDS)
      Global Sustainability
    • MSA: A Tool to Alter the Way Schools Think About Education

      Oceanic 3

      The MSA is a scientific assessment of six character traits that have proven essential for academic and life success. With 19,000 students participating, INDEX is using the data to show correlations to valued outcomes, to facilitate a network on how to teach these skills, and to demonstrate the value our schools provide. Highlights lessons learned and compelling insights.
      Lisa Pullman, INDEX (MA); Tim Bazemore, New Canaan Country School (CT); Richard Roberts and Kevin Petway, ETS (NJ); Jennifer Phillips, Far Hills Country Day School (NJ); Chuck Baldecchi, The Lexington School (KY); Dave Michelman, Duke School (NC); Ned Murray, Episcopal Day School (GA); Allison Webster, Shady Hill School (MA)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Start a School-Wide Green Movement to Reduce Waste

      Oceanic 5

      Learn how Stuff-ology, a multidisciplinary sixth grade unit, uses concepts in physical science, math, technology, and social movements to engage students in developing sustainable solutions for their community. Identify the tools and timelines that can empower students to lead a large scale coordinated movement across multiple school divisions.
      Carlos Charriez, Wilmington Friends School (DE)
      Environmental Sustainability
      Block1Start (PDF, 815 KB)

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