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One-Hour Workshops: Block 5

Block 5Friday 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Governance
    • A Fine Line: Building Trust While Negotiating a Head of School Contract

      Oceanic 5

      Negotiations on head of school contracts easily lead to tensions between the board and the head. If not handled artfully, the confidence that each side must have in the other can be damaged, sometimes fatally. Discuss principles and processes that can be used to create an environment where differences may be addressed in a positive way. Questions welcomed.
      Terrence Briggs, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP (MA); Ron Cino, Worcester Academy (MA)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • A New World of Data for Independent Schools – Beyond StatsOnline

      Northern Hemisphere A-1

      A new system, Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL), opens in 2014!  Find out how your associations at the national, state, and regional levels are collaborating to share data and provide you with better service.  Find out how you can use DASL (pronounced dazzle) to get the data you need, when you need them, with much less work.  And yes, see how the products you relied on in StatsOnline will be reborn and improved in this new environment.
      Hilary LaMonte, NAIS (DC); Representatives from collaborating associations
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Daring to Govern Strategically: The End Game for a High-Functioning Board

      Asia 5

      Look beyond capacity enrollment demand to robust fund-raising, a transformed campus supporting public/private partnerships, and an annual international student leadership program that reimagines the concept of “work” and human interaction. Join us to examine the role of a daring and strategic board in this kind of success.
      Ralph Davison and Phyllis Palmiero, Collegiate School (VA)
      Global Sustainability
  • Leadership Development
    • Green Ribbon Schools: Innovating for Environmental Sustainability

      Asia 2

      In 2013 the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program recognized seven NAIS schools. Hear several of these pioneering schools present their innovative achievements. Learn the process to apply for Green Ribbon Schools recognition and how this program helps schools develop more sustainable facilities, operations and curriculum.
      Paul Chapman, Inverness Associates (CA); Katherine Dinh, Prospect Sierra School (CA); Frank Barros, Berkshire School (MA); Jill Robinson, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH); Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, The Evergreen School (WA)
      Environmental Sustainability
    • Headship Transitions: Challenges and Opportunities

      Asia 3

      As headship retirements have accelerated in post-recession years, how can independent schools strategically plan for these leadership transitions? Researchers at Columbia’s Teachers College conducted intensive interviews with newly appointed school heads and their board chairs to investigate aspects of the transition process. The results have exciting implications.
      Pearl Kane, Klingenstein Center (NY); Justin Barbaro, Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Leading Schools into the Future: Strategies for 21st Century School Leaders

      Northern Hemisphere B

      Schools of the future must develop genuinely school-wide visions of 21st century learning outcomes. Join Ken Kay of EdLeader21, the national professional learning community (PLC) for 21st century education leaders and NAIS/EdLeader21 school leaders; to learn how schools are integrating the 4Cs school-wide and using "The 7 Steps Toward Becoming a 21st Century School" to lead learning forward.
      Ken Kay, EdLeader21 (AZ); William Taylor, Saint George's Independent School (TN); Elizabeth McGregor, Westridge School (CA); Brett Jacobsen, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (GA)\
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • The Ultimate Question: Does Your School Ask It?

      Asia 1

      A school’s relationship with parents, teachers, and other stakeholders is critical to long-term sustainability. The Net Promoter® System helps realize the full value of these relationships. Learn how Meadowbrook has successfully adopted NPS® and how it can be a powerful tool to drive strategic thinking for your own school.
      Stephen Hinds and Lisa Lebovitz, The Meadowbrook School (MA); Melissa Artabane, Bain & Company (IL)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Yikes, What Have I Gotten Myself Into? A Guide for New Administrators

      Americas Seminar Room

      New to administration? Come learn “commandments” of leadership that will get you off on the right foot, right away. These simple, yet poignant, ideas will allow you to lead with confidence, compassion, and calm. These easy, useable tips will provide the balance needed to ride the rocky waves in the first few years.
      Peggy Campbell-Rush, Gill St. Bernard's School (NJ)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
  • Management
    • From the Desk of the Deans: Considerations for an Ever-Changing Landscape

      Southern Hemisphere 1

      The role of deans has changed drastically with the rise in technology use, educational testing, mental health issues, diversity, and of course, litigations. This interactive workshop, led by current middle and upper school academic deans, deans of students, and deans of multicultural education, will delve deeply into issues that are challenging schools.
      Ara Brown, Nola-rae Cronan, and Erika Hansinger, Cranbrook Schools (MI); James Greenwood, Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA); Kim Evelti, Williston Northampton School (MA)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Independent Schools and Government Regulation

      Oceanic 4

      From tax credit scholarships and vouchers to Common Core testing, the interaction between independent schools and government is growing. Certain characteristics of legislation may encourage or discourage participation in a government program. Get advice on how to approach policymakers to advocate on behalf of your schools.
      Dan Dodd, Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OH); Whitney Work, NAIS (DC)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Meeting the Minds of Generation Tech: Making the Move to Online Assessments

      Southern Hemisphere V

      Exploring online assessments and tools, but don't know where to start? Join us as we outline the steps to successfully transition from paper/pencil to computer-based and iPad (or tablet) online assessments and instructional tools. Learn how online assessments provide immediate feedback and support for informed decision making and instruction for the student, class, and/or school.
      Pam Appleton, ERB (NY); Debbie DeLoach, Susan Keogh, Allison Delgado, and Sally O'Brien, Lake Highland Preparatory School (FL)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Safety and Risk Management: Schools of Thought

      Northern Hemisphere A-2

      In this lively and spirited discussion offering different approaches and perspectives, hear an experienced independent school leader and talented education lawyer provide practical, thoughtful, and lawful solutions to planning and conducting safety audits; developing and implementing crisis management plans; and using strategies for creating a threat assessment team on campus.
      Sara Schwartz, Schwartz Hannum PC (MA); Thom Greenlaw, Ethel Walker School (CT)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Synergy in Seattle: Collaborative Admissions Spawns Office Transformation

      Northern Hemisphere A-3

      Through sharing a common vision of improving access, a group of independent schools harnessed the power of technology to accelerate a fundamental change in the way students apply to schools. Learn how two schools built on the momentum of the collaborative effort to leverage online reading to innovate at each step of the admission process.
      Booth Kyle, Lakeside School (WA); Lauren Formo, Eastside Preparatory School (WA); Linda Haitani, Ravenna Solutions (WA)
      Financial Sustainability
      Block5Synergy (PDF, 599 KB)
    • Taking Charge of Your School’s Future: Trends, Markets, and Strategic Planning

      Northern Hemisphere A-4

      Understanding your school’s market and articulating its value to increasingly price-sensitive parents is an important piece of both strategic planning and ongoing board engagement. Learn about which market trends and data to watch and how these can help you plan for a financially sustainable future.
      Jefferson Burnett and Amada Torres, NAIS (DC)
      Financial Sustainability
    • The Flux Generation: A New Model for Enrollment and Budgeting

      Europe 1

      Lifers have been the holy grail in schools but they are increasingly elusive for many. In this workshop we will discuss a new model for thinking about enrollment, budgeting, and staffing in a generation of flux. By changing expectations, we are able to change the dialogue within the school about attrition. Participants will leave with bold new approaches to this concept.
      Judith Schechtman and Marc Frankel, Triangle Associates (MO); Josie Holford, Poughkeepsie Day School (NY); Thad Falkner and Ashley George Gill, Wilson School (MO)
      Financial Sustainability
  • The Classroom Experience
    • A Path to Customized Learning: Adapting to the Learner and Adjusting the Curriculum

      Southern Hemisphere II

      How can you meet the needs of the diverse learners in your school? With the goal of designing a learning environment that would adapt and adjust the curriculum on a daily basis to meet the needs of each learner, PDS embarked on a journey to customize our math and reading programs. Immerse yourself in our customized approach to teaching and learning.
      Susan Droke, Cathy Kyle, Melissa Smith, and Windy May, Presbyterian Day School (TN)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Building Future-Friendly Schools: Educators Who Are Taking It Global

      Northern Hemisphere E-1

      This panel presentation features educators who are passionate about global citizenship, student voice, and environmental stewardship. Join us to explore the meaning of future-friendly education and how technology and project-based learning can help us achieve common goals.
      Tania Rashid, TakingITGlobal (CANADA); Beth Lantz, Moses Brown School (RI); Sarah Dawe, Brookwood School (MA); Geoff Agnor, Berkeley Carroll School (NY); Jennifer Klein, World Leadership School (CO)
      Global Sustainability
    • Challenge 20/20, Global Issues Network and SAGE Collaboration = Synergy and Empowerment

      Oceanic 1

      Through joining forces at the student-led Global Issues Network (GIN) Younity Conference in Costa Rica, Challenge 20/20 partners and SAGE created a more empowering experience for the students and advisers involved. Hear how it connects to local and global action, inspired and empowered by the ideas and commitment of the keynote and student presentations.
      Linda Sills, Washington International School-Global Issues Network (CA); Cory Stutts, Catherine Cook School (IL); Nathan Scott, Studies Abroad for Global Education/SAGE (CO)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • CIM: Project-Based Collaboration for School Improvement

      Northern Hemisphere E-2

      The ACS Centre for Inspiring Minds (CIM) gives traction to a teacher’s ideas for innovation and school improvement using a collaborative, project – based, action-research approach. Using a case study, explore the benefits of this model for professional development and organizational learning, including the resources needed to support it.
      Tom Lehman, Latifa Hassanali, Jacob Rosch, and Brianna Gray, ACS International Schools (UNITED KINGDOM)
      Global Sustainability
    • Design Thinking for Change: Creating Global Student Leaders

      Southern Hemisphere III

      How do we prepare students to re-imagine ways of working collaboratively across cultures to deal with a rapidly changing world? Learn how one school and EF’s Global Leaders Summit created opportunities for students to connect and collaborate with peers from around the world to develop innovative solutions to our most pressing global issues using design thinking.
      Peggy Procter and Tom Haglund, Windward School (CA); George Stewart and Daniel Paccione, EF Education First (MA)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Diamonds in, Diamonds out? CWRA Longitudinal Study May Prove Otherwise.

      Northern Hemisphere E-3

      The College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA) has seen increasing adoption among independent schools for assessing the crucial skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, and cogent writing. Hear about our experience using longitudinal CWRA results for data analysis, curriculum mapping, faculty development, and the overall improvement of student outcomes.
      Alexander Varghese and Michael Hill, Asheville School (NC); Chris Jackson, Council for Aid to Education (NY)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Going All in: The Ins and Outs of Creating a Digital Curriculum

      Northern Hemisphere E-4

      After years of paper packets and handouts, this team went fully digital with its fourth grade social studies curriculum. No more textbooks, no more copies. Every piece of paper was made available on the iPad in iBooks Author and other digital resources. Examine the strengths and weaknesses of a fully digital curriculum.
      Tim Sheehan, Andrew Schneider, and Amanda Schirmacher, The Latin School of Chicago (IL)
      Environmental Sustainability
    • Kids Need It. How Do You Teach It? Entrepreneurship for the New Economy

      Southern Hemisphere IV

      Follow Hawken's journey developing and implementing a three-credit entrepreneurship program that puts students in the driver’s seat as they acquire the skills, knowledge, and mindset required to succeed in the new economy. Hawken steers clear of the traditional and redefines what school-based learning looks like in this signature program.
      D. Scott Looney and Doris Korda, Hawken School (OH)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Moving Your School to Blended Learning: Engaging and Supporting Faculty

      Northern Hemisphere C

      Blended courses and programs that combine traditional face-to-face instruction with online learning are becoming the new normal in K-12 education. How can you best support faculty as they learn about and develop blended units, courses, and programs? During this session, independent school leaders will share best practices for professional growth around online learning.
      Brad Rathgeber, Online School for Girls (MD); T.J. Locke, Episcopal Academy (PA); Rhonda Durham, Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (TX)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Targeting Less and Expecting More in Schools

      Europe 2

      Every component is a teachable opportunity. This project displays water management, energy use, and incorporates found materials – wood from site trees, leftover stone from yards – contributing to a story that ties to region, reuse, and reduced footprint. Educators have embraced building sustainable strategies for a new curriculum.
      Pauline Souza, WRNS Studio with Sacred Heart Schools (CA)
      Environmental Sustainability
    • The NAIS Teachers of the Future Program

      Asia 4

      The Teachers of the Future community is led by 24 educators recognized for their innovative approaches to learning. They are sharing ideas and expertise in a forum that is open to all. Hear more about the creative work they are doing and find out how you can participate.
      Chase Mitsuda, Punahou School (HI); Stephanie Castle, United Nations International School (NY); David Cutler, Palmer Trinity School (FL); Keith Crowe, Ensworth School (TN); Shannon Montague, Bryn Mawr School (MD)
      Programmatic Sustainability

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