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One-Hour Workshops: Daily Work of School Leaders

These workshops address the day-to-day operational work of independent schools, as well as individual development of leadership skills.

  • Block 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • 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)
      Leadership Development
    • 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)
      Leadership Development
    • 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)
      Communications and Advancement
    • 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)
      Management
    • 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)
      Leadership Development
    • 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)
      Leadership Development
  • Block 2 (Thursday, February 27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM)
    • A First-Year Head: Exploring Internal Landscapes Before External Territories

      Northern Hemisphere E-2

      To lead a school to new territories, a first-year head must first explore internal landscapes, securing allies who will join key initiatives and adapting the head’s own leadership habits to new territory. Hear three recently new heads describe year-one internal explorations, and discuss about integrating daring adventures into a head’s first year.
      Don Grace, Thacher Montessori School (MA); Simon Holzapfel, Darrow School (DC); Linda Johnson, Hendricks Day School (FL)
      Leadership Development
    • Dare to Listen: Really Hearing Our Students

      Southern Hemisphere I

      In this fun interactive workshop, explore how to listen so students know we have really heard them. Examine how building closer connections with advisers and teachers will help our students thrive. Deeper listening creates relationships that help students grow. Learn together how to listen well in the service of that growth.
      Ellen Porter Honnet, Stanley H. King Counseling Institute (MA); Jack Creeden, School Year Abroad (MA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Enterprise Risk Management at Your School: Getting Started

      Europe 2

      Rising costs, declining enrollments, sexual assault, or a study abroad program gone wrong —  issues that could cause damage to your school. It’s critical that heads and trustees examine risks that could impede the school’s ability to achieve its mission.   Learn about an enterprise risk management (ERM) model and other strategies to “jump start” a risk management process.
      Constance Neary, United Educators (MD); Debra Wilson, NAIS (DC)
      Management
    • Enterprise Risk Management at Your School: Getting Started

      Europe 2

      Rising costs, declining enrollments, sexual assault, or a study abroad program gone wrong —  issues that could cause damage to your school. It’s critical that heads and trustees examine risks that could impede the school’s ability to achieve its mission.   Learn about an enterprise risk management (ERM) model and other strategies to “jump start” a risk management process.
      Constance Neary, United Educators (MD); Debra Wilson, NAIS (DC)
      Management
      Block2ERM (PPTX, 340 KB)
    • Evaluating Noncognitive Attributes in Admissions

      Northern Hemisphere E-1

      While quantitative cognitive assessment will always be valuable for admissions assessment, it is no longer sufficient (if it ever was).  Explore current research and interesting developments around creativity and so-called "non-cognitive" assessment and the implications for use in admissions and beyond.
      Jonathan Martin, JonathanEMartin Ed Services (AZ); Nancy Hayes, New Canaan Country School (CT); Heather Hoerle and Aimee Gruber, SSATB (NJ)
      Management
    • Is This the Job I Signed Up For? Headship Today

      Southern Hemisphere II

      A veteran school head joins with a renowned school consultant and supervising psychologist to discuss the dramatic rise in demands and complexity of the head’s job over the last 20 years. Rick Melvoin and Michael Thompson discuss the nature of the changes, why the changes have occurred, and offer some ways to address, if not solve, this challenge.
      Rick Melvoin and Michael Thompson, Belmont Hill School (MA)
      Leadership Development
    • Legal Requirements and Best Practices for Online Enrollment Agreements

      Oceanic 3

      Discuss common traps that schools fall into when converting to online enrollment agreements, as well as easy ways to avoid them. Take home helpful checklists for improving your school’s enrollment agreements and online process, provided by experienced legal counsel and author of an NAIS white paper regarding online enrollment agreements will.
      Will Hannum, Schwartz Hannum PC (MA)
      Management
    • Mapping Our Future by Charting Our Past: Celebrating Historic Milestones

      Northern Hemisphere A-3

      Does your school have a major anniversary coming up? The Park School of Buffalo and The Park School of Baltimore both celebrated centennials in 2012. Learn how to leverage a milestone to move your school forward and still respect the occasion. Examine how school leaders will discuss how they approached their respective milestones and talk about lessons learned in the process.
      Carolyn Hoyt Stevens and Christopher Lauricella, The Park School of Buffalo (NY); Dan Paradis and Roger Seidenmann, The Park School of Baltimore (MD)
      Communications and Advancement
    • Stuck in the Middle with You: Finding Joy in the Division Head Role

      Asia 1

      The roles of the division head and other middle manager positions are essential to the smooth running of schools — and yet few educators train specifically for these positions. Learn tips of the trade, strategies, and wisdom to help you navigate the challenges and find joy in leading from the middle.
      Barbara Kraemer-Cook, Marin Country Day School (CA); Kathleen McNamara, Tuxedo Park School (NY)
      Leadership Development
    • Student Privacy and the School Counselor: How Much Can We Share

      Northern Hemisphere E-3

      The tug between student expectations of confidentiality and parent and school access to information can strain relations with families and expose schools to liability. A school administrator, counselor, and lawyer consider the counselor’s professional obligations, a parent’s right to information, and a school’s legal exposure.
      Caryn Pass, Venable, LLP (DC); Jim Best, The Dalton School (NY); Carlos Prieto, The Packer Collegiate Institute (NY)
      Management
    • The Chair-Head Partnership: No-Holds-Barred Truth of What Works...and Doesn't

      Northern Hemisphere A-4

      Best friends or worst enemies? The head-chair relationship has been called the most important in independent schools. Look at real-life examples of what works and what doesn't led by a seasoned head of school and an experienced board chair. With discussion and humor, explore key success factors that can optimize any head-chair partnership.
      Skip Kotkins, Lakeside School / Carney Sandoe & Associates (WA); Jamie Estill, St. Paul's Academy (WA)
      Governance
    • Triple Transition Tale: Leadership Lessons Learned

      Southern Hemisphere IV

      Kevin, Mark, and Paul were the head, associate head, and dean respectively the same school a year ago and each is in a new role as head of three different independent schools. Join them to hear their experiences and leave with practical tips that the board, administration, and community can use to make a head change a strategic opportunity.
      Kevin Smith, Roycemore School (IL); Mark Twarogowski, Denver Academy (CO); Paul Pressler, Willowwind School (IA)
      Governance
    • What Are They Saying About Us? A Look Inside a Parent Online Forum

      Northern Hemisphere B

      The parents are posting about us – but what are they saying? What lies within one popular online parenting forum with 155,000 posts covering more than 6,500 topics, all on the subject of independent schools? Join us in a critical analysis of such a forum to learn what parents are saying and why heads of schools and senior administrators should be paying attention.
      John Huber and Susanne Johnson, The Barnesville School (MD)
      Communications and Advancement
  • Block 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • "What’s Next?" Strategic Dialogues for Short-Term Goals and Long-Term Benefits

      Northern Hemisphere E-1

      In a world of disruptive innovation and crowdsourcing, Wildwood School has replaced the traditional multi-year strategic plan with a dynamic, ongoing process of strategic thinking, branding the series of dialogues as, “What’s Next?” What’s next for your school? Hear Wildwood trustees and head of school share what they’ve learned thus far.
      Landis Green, Wildwood School (CA); Marc Frankel, Triangle Associates (MO)
      Governance
    • A Duty to the Student? Protecting the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

      Southern Hemisphere II

      The legal tide is changing. Parents are becoming more litigious and new legal theories are emerging. At the forefront is the school’s duty to act “in loco parentis” in all circumstances – even when the student being protected by the school is the accused wrongdoer. Review unique areas of exposure and key strategies to minimize risk.
      Candice Pinares-Baez, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (FL); Diane Jones, Saint Andrew's School (FL)
      Management
      Block3Duty (PDF, 816 KB)
    • A Model for the Head Transiton

      Northern Hemisphere E-2

      The head transition can be both challenging and invigorating. A mission-based transition can unify the community.  From experience and anecdotal data, learn the process from the head-elect year of being attentive to two schools, to the outgoing head’s role as trusted advisor,  to the professional opportunities after the headship.
      Lawrence Sykoff and John Griffith, Ranney School (NJ); John Green, Peddie School (NJ)
      Governance
    • Board-Head Leadership in Changing the Culture of a School

      Northern Hemisphere A-4

      Examine how one board of trustees, working with the school’s head, brought about a significant cultural shift at Lakeside School. Designed for board leaders looking for significant change and for school administrators facing significant change, discuss lessons learned, mistakes made, and progress gained with a formal charge from the board to the head of school.
      Bernie Noe and Skip Kotkins, Lakeside School (WA)
      Governance
    • Culture and Leadership: Shaping Community

      Northern Hemisphere E-3

      Student and faculty culture are key building blocks for the success of any school. Explore the experiences of a head of school, director of admissions, and dean of students who sought cultural change. Examine the importance of collaboration in the success of shaping a healthy school culture, including triumphs and missteps along this path.
      Pascale Musto, Peter Saliba, and Kate Saunders, Tilton School (NH)
      Leadership Development
    • Equitably Rewarding Outstanding Teacher-Leaders: A Matrix Approach

      Asia 3

      Does your compensation system advance outstanding teachers for their teaching, school-wide engagement, and professional growth throughout their careers? Learn how the Bullis School devised a competency-based matrix to integrate teaching and learning, promote rigorous reflection and evaluation, and build a broad base of collaborative leadership within the existing budget.
      Natasha Nazareth-Phelps, Betsy Kelly, Gerald Boarman, Andrew Delinsky, and Constance Giles, Bullis School (MD)
      Management
    • Exceptions to the Rule: When Bad Ideas Are Good

      Oceanic 5

      Schools are frequently admonished to abide by the law and follow best practices. Discuss when it is appropriate to deny FMLA leave, forego a harassment investigation, refuse to engage in the interactive process, reject reasonable accommodations, and allow employees to volunteer. Review how the size and type of school, as well as details of the law, make these otherwise bad ideas good.
      Michael Blacher, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (CA)
      Management
    • Faculty Conversations: Grading and Grade Inflation

      Asia 2

      How do fairness, equity, compassion, and integrity relate to grading? Explore a framework for discussing ethical issues of grading with your faculty, including: whether to offer extra credit, how to account for improvement in a system that measures mastery over progress, and how to communicate grade expectations to families.
      Kimberly Coelho and Karen Rezach, The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School (NJ)
      Leadership Development
    • Studio-Based Learning: Teaching Students with Design Thinking

      Northern Hemisphere A-2

      The term "design thinking" has been in use for more than 20 years, but its meaning is still open to interpretation. Learn how design thinking and the studio model can be applied in the classroom by exploring the impact of Beaver Country Day School's groundbreaking external partnerships with NuVu Studio and IDEO, where students are empowered to solve real world challenges.
      Peter Hutton, Kader Adjout, and Rebecca Roberts, Beaver Country Day School (MA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • The Evolution of Admission: Taking Your Seat at the Leadership Table

      Northern Hemisphere A-1

      Admission directors live daily with the pressure to fill seats and meet tuition revenue targets, yet too few have a voice on par with the rest of the senior leadership team. Results of a recent state-of-the-independent-school-admission industry survey spotlight the need for change. See the survey results, examine alternate strategies, and join the conversation.
      Aimee Gruber, SSATB (NJ); Kevin Plummer, Tampa Preparatory Academy (FL)
      Leadership Development
    • The Head of School and Business Officer Partnership

      Southern Hemisphere IV

      Hear best practices for a team-based program to develop a strong partnership that advances the mission and financial sustainability of independent schools. Discuss critical school roles through case studies to create a greater understanding of each others’ perspectives to support working effectively together in this strategic relationship.
      Jeff Shields, National Business Officers Association (DC); Bill Hodgetts and Peter O'Neill, Garrison Forest School (MD)
      Leadership Development
    • What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting It: Dare to Prepare for Unplanned Transitions

      Australia 2

      Vulnerable, isolated from our communities, and uncertain about our futures, school leaders facing unplanned transitions find themselves in unfamiliar personal and professional circumstances. Discuss the contractual, professional, and personal considerations that will help you prepare for a future we hope you won’t have to face.
      Gail and John Suitor, Boulder Country Day School (CO); Laurie Reider Lewis, Gunston School (MD); and Debra Wilson, NAIS (DC)
      Leadership Development
    • What's in the DNA of an Effective Governance Committee?

      Southern Hemisphere I

      A high-functioning governance committee can ensure a high-functioning board. Discuss the responsibilities of the governance committee, including succession planning, selecting, recruiting, and orienting trustees, and board assessment and development. Review processes and tools to ensure peak performance.
      Donna Orem, NAIS (DC)
      Governance
      Block3DNA (PDF, 1.65 MB)
  • Block 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • From the Lunch Room to the Teacher Lounge: Cracking down on Adult Bullying

      Asia 3

      Today's cases of adult-to-adult and adult-to-student bullying in schools are increasing nationwide. If ignored, the school may find itself the target of potential claims for harassment, workers’ compensation, and infliction of emotional distress. Discuss techniques of identifying and managing adult bullying to implementing proper school policies.
      Candice Pinares-Baez, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (FL); Anita Tychsen, Pine Crest School (FL)
      Leadership Development
    • Leading from the Middle: An Opportunity to Guide Change Within Your School

      Southern Hemisphere V

      Managing from the middle successfully significantly impacts a school’s ability to address challenges of all kinds. Hear one school tell a story of success and failure in leading from the middle and how the successes have led to improved collaboration within and between departments in addressing the recruitment and retention challenge.
      Sarah McDonough and Brian Oliver, Wakefield School (VA); Mike Connor, Connor and Associates Strategic Services (CA)
      Leadership Development
    • Research and Practice: Informed Program Design at Vanderbilt University

      Europe 2

      The new master’s degree program in independent school leadership at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University draws upon a rich research and practice base for developing school leaders. Explore these foundational supports, examine features of the new program, and discuss the implications for independent school teacher and leader development.
      Patrick Schuermann, Vanderbilt University (TN)
      Leadership Development
    • The End of Turf Wars: Transcend One-Upping and Become Your Market's One-and-Only

      Northern Hemisphere A-2

      Inquiring families want to know: Who's best? Sadly our culture--and most school marketing - suggests comparing stat sheets and miring schools in a beleaguered battle for "best." Join Patti Crane, president of Crane MetaMarketing, and Edward Kim, head of Breck School, to learn how this Minneapolis flagship rose above the battle for "best" to more fully embrace "best-fit."
      Patti Crane, Crane MetaMarketing Ltd. (GA); Edward Kim, Breck School (MN)
      Communications and Advancement
  • Block 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
    • 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
      Governance
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)
      Management
    • 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)
      Leadership Development
    • 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)
      Management
    • 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)
      Management
    • 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)
      Leadership Development
  • Block 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • Bullying: A Process for Change

      Southern Hemisphere I

      Bullying occurs on a continuum. Educators must identify and address the “little things” before they escalate. Discuss adolescent relationships, school policies, situational conversations with students, and parents. Gain knowledge and strategies to effect change in students and your schools.
      Karen Epstein, Georgetown Day High School (DC)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Current and Coming Legal and Other Issues for Independent Schools

      Americas Seminar Room

      What has happened and what will happen next? Join NAIS's legal counsel to hear more about the legal issues that have been keeping our schools up at night and the ones that are around the corner. Race considerations in admissions? School safety? Employment issues? Come join this interactive session to learn more!
      Debra Wilson, NAIS (DC)
      Management
    • Dealing with Rapidly Changing Standards for Responding to Reports of Past Abuse

      Oceanic 1

      How a school responds to reports of past misconduct impacts all involved. Strategies have recently evolved significantly. Learn to avoid damaging missteps. Discuss investigations and due diligence; reporting; insurance and legal issues; board consultation; transparency in communications; dealing with the parties; community impact; resolution, and moving forward.
      David Wolowitz, McLane Law Firm (MA); Travis Brownley, Marin Academy (CA)
      Management
    • 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, The Gunston School (MD)
      Leadership Development
    • Give, Get, or Get Off

      Asia 3

      A common school mantra, but do your board members really understand their role as fund-raisers? Starting from the beginning, from the importance of advancement within board job descriptions to the traits of effective board members, learn what an effective fund-raising board looks like and how it operates. Gain insider tips to help you turn even the most reluctant board members into power fund-raisers.
      Tim Winkler, Winkler Group (SC)
      Governance
    • If You See Something or Hear Something… Do Something

      Northern Hemisphere A-3

      Making the right decision in a split second is crucial in a crisis. When the stakes are high and time is short, training is essential. A Choate teacher knew what to do when he saw that a threat was beyond "teenage behavior." Examine steps taken and critical follow-up precautions in looking beyond the standard drilling and training.
      Jane Hulbert, The Jane Group (IL); Alex Curtis, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
      Management
    • Leadership Perceptions of Succession Planning at Independent Schools

      Oceanic 3

      Learn the extent to which leaders at independent schools are engaging in succession planning and how this practice is critical in ensuring the long-term viability of our schools. Hear first-hand research about components of a succession plan and the conditions that contribute or inhibit this critical practice within the independent school setting.
      Peter Mason, The Governor's Academy (MA)
      Governance
    • NEASC School-Based Teacher Certification

      Southern Hemisphere IV

      Examine the teacher certification program recently launched by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and gain a full explanation of one school’s experience. Receive materials related to the organization of the program, policies, and procedures adopted by the school, and samples of a teacher’s work in qualifying for certification.
      William Bennett, NEASC Commission on Independent Schools (MA); Jeffrey Burroughs, St. Johnsbury Academy (VT)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Parents As Advocates, Ambassadors and Word of Mouth Marketers

      Europe 2

      Your parents are your best advocates, ambassadors, and word of mouth marketers for your school. Take an inside look at The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, FL, to learn how it harneses the power of these key influencers to experience growth through its successful ambassador program and “Pass It On” word of mouth campaign.
      Rick Newberry, Enrollment Catalyst (FL); Laura Murphy and Shannon Drosky, The Out-of-Door Academy (FL)
      Communications and Advancement
  • Three-Hour Workshops (Wednesday, Feburary 26, 1:00 - 4:00 PM)
    • 1,000 Voices, One Vision: Uniting a School Through Strategic Planning

      Asia 2

      Diverse perspectives drive innovation, but it can be daunting to engage all of your constituencies. Join us for an experiential session to explore how we strengthened commitment to a new strategic vision with a streamlined and collaborative planning process. Gain concrete tools and creative exercises to kickstart a dynamic and inclusive process at your school.
      Stephanie Rogen, Greenwich Leadership Partners (CT); Kirk Greer, Randall Dunn, and Charlie Gofen, The Latin School of Chicago (IL); Liane Faermann, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA)
      Leadership Development
    • Ages and Stages of the Head of School

      Northern Hemisphere A-1

      Join a diverse panel of heads to discuss the challenges and joys of headship, in small groups and together. Workshop leaders represent heads in years one to five; six to 10; 11 to 15; 16 to 20; and 21+. Aspiring and current heads, experience camaraderie and gain perspective on these different career stages. Trustees and consultants, gain insight into retaining and recruiting heads.
      Reveta Bowers, Center for Early Education (CA); Katherine Dinh, Prospect Sierra School (CA); Bernie Noe, Lakeside School (WA); Lou Salza, Lawrence School (OH); Anne Stavney, Blake School (MN)
      Leadership Development
    • Generative Partnership: Board and Head Engaged for the Future

      Northern Hemisphere A-4

      Successful schools need trustees and heads engaged in visionary partnership at all three levels of governance: fiduciary, strategic, and generative. But getting to this level of discourse isn’t so easy.  Join us in this highly interactive workshop, where we’ll explore practical ideas for building that partnership and try out exercises you can take back to school.
      Ginny Christensen, Strategy for Growth, LLC (PA); Beth Reaves and Bill Carrigan, Friends School Mullica Hill (NJ)
      Governance
    • Here There Be Dragons: Navigating School Innovation

      Northern Hemisphere E-3

      The case for change has been well-made, but there's no map.  Leading our schools into the future requires the courage to navigate uncharted territory.  Hear strategies for developing a clear and actionable school vision, fostering a culture capable of innovating, removing obstacles that are grounded in fear, and building on successes and failures along the voyage.
      Jamie Baker, Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence (TN); Lee Burns, Presbyterian Day School (TN); Brett Jacobsen, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (GA); Greg Bamford, Leading is Learning (WA)
      Leadership Development
    • Hiring the Best: The New NAIS Independent School Guide to Hiring

      Northern Hemisphere E-4

      Hiring the best candidate for your school is the ultimate goal of the hiring process.  Review best practices and get guidelines, samples, and checklists intended to help schools understand, develop, and adopt policies and procedures that support a legally compliant and effective hiring process.
      Linda Johnson, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton (NH); Jada Hebra, St. Paul’s School (NH)
      Management
    • Making the Most of Difficult Conversations

      Oceanic 3

      Following the book Making the Most of Difficult Conversations, review the theoretical underpinnings of these conversations, identify the skills and attitudes necessary to navigate these conversations, and engage in exercises to pinpoint your strengths and challenges in having these conversations.
      Michael Riera and Dawn Cunnion, Brentwood School (CA)
      Leadership Development
 

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