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One-Hour Workshops: Programmatic Sustainability

Become more focused on the skills and values the marketplace of the 21st century seeks and rewards.

  • Block 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)
      Management
    • 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. http://prezi.com/12fgflx0krex/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
      Rita Kienle and Rylan Smith, Trinity Preparatory School (FL)
      Leadership Development
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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
      Leadership Development
    • 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)
      Communications and Advancement
  • Block 2 (Thursday, February 27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM)
    • A Top-Down Approach to Creating a Culture of Safety at an Independent School

      Southern Hemisphere V

      Get practical advice on creating a healthy school culture starting at the top with trustees and the head of school. Address governance issues, including the roles of the head and trustees; policies and protocols to protect the safety of students; ensuring compliance with mandatory reporting obligations; and encouraging internal upward reporting of safety concerns.
      David Wolowitz, McLane Law Firm (MA); Kevin Hicks, The Hotchkiss School (CT)
      Governance
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    • Exploring Homework: Making It Work

      Southern Hemisphere III

      Homework is a hot topic today. Examine critical questions around the purpose of homework, appropriate amounts, and effective policies. Explore current research, best practices, tensions, and solutions to the homework wars in your community. Dare to rethink homework!
      Lisa Spengler, Katherine Delmar Burke School (CA); Denise Pope, Stanford University (CA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Implementation of Ethics and Mindfulness in the Classroom

      Northern Hemisphere A-1

      Engage in activities of mindfulness for use in the classroom: self-reflection, internal and external awareness, and discussions. Learn how to encourage students to focus in the present to support academic achievement. Discover the importance of the teacher-student relationship in collaboratively creating mindful space.
      Jaclyn Douglass, American School in Japan (JAPAN); Suzanne Jeffrey, The Ross School (NY)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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
      Leadership Development
    • On Your Own: Analysis of a Head of School Contract

      Oceanic 1

      A head may negotiate his or her own contract. Learn how you can succeed. Review examples of key contract provisions, how to do the research on what to expect from your school, strategy, the role of the school’s search consultant, and how to keep the negotiations in perspective with your family. Questions and participation welcome.
      Terrence Briggs, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP (MA); Ron Cino, Worcester Academy (MA)
      Management
    • Thinking About Teaching: Insights from Educational Philosophers

      Northern Hemisphere A-2

      Explore key ideas of educational philosophers—how they can be useful to teachers today; how they connect to contemporary best-selling books on education, such as Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother; and their relevance to current topics in education: charter schools, common core, character education, teacher evaluation, and the standards accountability reform movement.
      Peter Gibbon, Boston University School of Education (MA)
      The Classroom Experience
  • Block 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • How Are We Doing? On Teacher Evaluation and Support

      Oceanic 4

      The research is clear: teachers have the greatest impact on student learning, but supporting and evaluating teachers is a challenge for schools—especially independent schools, where autonomy is highly valued. Continue the conversation as it applies to you and your school with presenters who have written on this topic for Independent School magazine.
      Michael Brosnan, NAIS (DC); Catherine Hall, The Episcopal Academy (PA); Erica Hamlin, University Prep (WA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Makerspaces/Fablabs: Curriculum Integration, Building, Funding, and Managing

      Southern Hemisphere V

      At many schools, STEM-rich learning experiences sit outside the general curriculum in after-school clubs or electives taken by a limited number of students. The development of a school-based makerspace / fablab / Da Vinci studio can be a powerful resource for helping infuse art, design thinking, and STEM with your general curriculum. Come hear our journey.
      Gary Donahue and Shelly Luke Wille, Chadwick School (CA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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
      Leadership Development
    • Short on Time, Long on Impact: Professional Development for Busy Educators.

      Americas Seminar Room

      Given the abundance of relevant professional literature, selecting meaningful resources that make the most of teachers' precious time can be a challenge. Learn how many schools utilize Klingbrief; a free, monthly, peer-reviewed, online publication, specifically focused on independent schools, to target what is most important for educators to know.
      Pearl Rock Kane, Klingenstein Center (NY); Elizabeth Morley, University of Toronto (CANADA); Stephen Valentine, Montclair Kimberley Academy (NJ)
      Leadership Development
    • The NAIS Virtual Science Fair

      Asia 4

      The middle school science fair has gone virtual. Teams of students create online hypotheses and presentations, supported by scientists and academics who serve as e-mentors. E-judges select the top teams in a national competition. They go on to compete against teams from other countries for the world VSF crown. Find out more and how your school can participate.
      Whitney Elmore, Macon State College (GA); Christine Kotik, Marburn Academy (OH); Vinnie Vrotney, Quest Academy (IL); Patrick Ater, Canton Country Day School (OH)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Your School Needs a Director of Educational Design and Innovation

      Northern Hemisphere B

      The director of educational design and innovation can lead the way in exploring partnerships with other learning organizations, breaking down the walls between academic departments, using online learning capabilities, and expanding the classroom to be more democratic and global. Learn how change is exciting and can bring your school to new heights.
      Robert Vitalo, David Egolf, and Suzanne Fogarty, The Berkeley Carroll School (NY)
      The Classroom Experience
  • Block 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • 20 Percent Time in the Classroom

      Northern Hemisphere E-4

      How do we create an innovative classroom when motivators like grades undermine creativity? The answer is to provide autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Explore how Google’s 20 percent time model provides the perfect classroom environment to supercharge innovation and creativity.
      Kevin Brookhouser, York School (CA); Juan De Luca, The Langley School (VA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Breaking the Classroom Mold: Online Learning Across Campus Boundaries

      Southern Hemisphere III

      Schools are rapidly realizing the potential of online learning. From web-facilitated and blended learning courses to multi school consortiums, online learning provides opportunities to expand the ways students learn and share. Learn how St. Luke's School and The Lovett School came together to offer a unique, team-taught learning opportunity for their students.
      Travis Warren, WhippleHill (NH); Elizabeth Preston, St. Luke's School (CT); Laura Deisley, The Lovett School (GA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Challenge 20/20: Engaging Students as Global Citizens

      Asia 4

      NAIS's Challenge 20/20 program engages students in a solutions-oriented, globally collaborative approach to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Join us to explore how this free, internet-based program can support your school in implementing the priorities of the 21st Century education model and developing student leaders and innovative global citizens.
      Mark Cline Lucey, Vermont Commons School (VT); Priscila Torres, North Broward Preparatory (FL)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Connecting Learning and Value: Zero-Based Strategic Transformation

      Northern Hemisphere A-4

      Is your school innovating at the margins or at the systems level? Learn how to leverage results from a report on work with hundreds of educational leaders in 2012-13. It results in a new zero-based model for strategic transformation that integrates design thinking, focusing on the teaching and learning core and a school’s value proposition.
      Grant Lichtman, Martin Institute/Presbyterian Day School (TN); Bo Adams, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School (GA)
      Leadership Development
    • Creating the Next Generation of Leaders: Three Schools, Three Programs and the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute (gcLi)

      Asia 2

      Teachers, administrators, and heads who want to create, tweak, or transform a student leadership program will learn three design, implementation, and planning models - framed by core principles of the gcLi.  Discover how student leadership programs can be part of every transformative 21st century independent school.
      Ted Fish, Gardner Carney Leadership Institute @ FVS of CO (CO); Samantha Brennan, The Rivers School (MA); Robert Franz, Fredericksburg Academy (VA); Caroline Blatti, Hutchison School (TN)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Debating Across the Curriculum

      Europe 1

      Debate offers unique benefits as a classroom activity, including motivation and engagement, active learning, listening and advocacy skills, appreciation for depth and detail, and immediate feedback. Learn to construct debate activities that are easy to plan, implement, and grade — and try one out yourself — with teachers from a variety of disciplines and grade levels.
      Kevin McCaffrey, Michael Speer, Tim Torkilsen, and Nicole Ackerson, Berkeley Preparatory School (FL)
      The Classroom Experience
    • How to Integrate Summer Programs into Your Risk Management Plan

      Oceanic 4

      Summer programs are an important source of revenue but should not be overlooked as source of potential serious risk. Learn how to integrate risk management procedures into a summer program. Programs with limited schedules and budgets can address key student safety issues on a limited scale. Learn which policies, procedures and training are crucial for summer programs.
       
      David Wolowitz, McLane Law Firm (MA); Ethan Shapiro, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
      Management
    • International Assessments: Using Public Domain Resources/Data from TIMSS

      Southern Hemisphere IV

      The vast inventory of public domain resources /data gathered by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) organization can  help educators who seek to compare both American teaching practices and student performance data with international peers. Get suggestions on how to access and use the data to improve teaching and  benchmark student performance.
      Doug Lyons, CAIS (CT); Andrew Niblock, Greenwich Country Day School (CT)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Into the Future

      Americas Seminar Room

      Hear how two seasoned and dedicated instructors create an educational community that rethinks curriculum, physical space, and social development in a project-based, sustainable program. Breaking the barriers of traditional curriculum, student work focuses on passion, innovation, creativity, and the world around them.
      Jill Robert and Paul DeAngelis, Miami Country Day School (FL)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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
      Leadership Development
    • Partnership 2.0: From Moral Imperative to Real-World Results

      Northern Hemisphere E-1

      What do sustainable, high-impact partnerships look like? Find out when the National Network of Schools in Partnership unveils its Framework for Effective Partnerships. While possessing common qualities, effective partnerships can be expressed through various models. Learn from school leaders about how they arrived at the right model to match their schools and communities.
      Claire Leheny, National Network of Schools in Partnership (DC); Randall Dunn, Latin School of Chicago (IL); Jean Brune, Roland Park Country School (MD); Clayton Lewis, Washington International School (DC)
      Leadership Development
    • Teachers Unplugged: Explore and Discover

      Northern Hemisphere C

      Join innovative conversations in this participant-driven session, based on the “unconference” format.  Share knowledge and passions, problem solve, and ideate.  Learn from colleagues and share your expertise with others in this open format.
      Jenni Swanson Voorhees, Sidwell Friends School (DC); Chris Bigenho, Greenhill School (TX); Jill Brown, Albuquerque Academy (NM); Liz Davis, Belmont Hill School (MA); Sophie Halliday, St. Andrews Priory School (HI); Linda Swarlis, Columbus School for Girls (OH)
      The Classroom Experience
    • The Creative Brain: Design Thinking to Develop Executive Functioning

      Southern Hemisphere II

      Uncover how 21st century students benefit from learning design thinking (a creative approach to problem-solving) as a means to strengthening executive function (the highest-level thinking skills necessary for academic, social, and emotional learning). Take home tools your can apply to your own curriculum and classrooms.
      Patricia Hearn and Charito Sotero de Menezes, Lake Washington Girls Middle School (WA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • The Role of the Head of School in Empowering Bold Initiatives

      Northern Hemisphere E-2

      How do you take an innovative idea from germination to reality? What is the role of the head of school in the process? Those are the central questions for this panel of heads of school and campus innovators. Explore roles for campus constituent groups: boards, students, faculty and staff, alumnae/i, parents, and friends of the school.
      Michael Nachbar, Global Online Academy (WA); Brad Rathgeber, Online School For Girls (DC); Bernie Noe, Lakeside School (WA); Susanna Jones, Holton-Arms School (MD)
      Leadership Development
  • Block 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
    • 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)
      Governance
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)\
      Leadership Development
    • 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)
      Management
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)
      The Classroom Experience
    • 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)
      Leadership Development
  • Block 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • Launching an Online Consortium: Lessons Learned from MSON

      Northern Hemisphere E-2

      Join us in a lively dialogue about the lessons learned from the first year of online courses in the MSON, a consortium of 11 independent schools and the Stanford Online High School, offering rich curricular options in a synchronous, "virtual seminar" model.
      Marjo Talbott, Maret School (DC); Evan Peterson, Fort Worth Country Day School (TX); Craig Maughan, Trinity Preparatory School (FL)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Learn Outside the Box: A World of Professional Development Opportunities

      Northern Hemisphere A-1

      Learn outside the box! Discover and experience a variety of models to actively take control of your professional development. Twitter chats, unconferences, webinars, PLNs, digital spaces, and Google hangouts are just a few of the ways to propel and sustain your faculty’s personal growth and develop a participatory culture of learners.
      Karen Blumberg, The School at Columbia University (NY); Kim Sivick, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PA); Hadley Ferguson, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA); Don Buckley, Tools at Schools (NY)
      Leadership Development
    • Learning, the Brain, and Technology: A New Approach to Assessment

      Northern Hemisphere E-4

      Discover new diagnostic assessments that will measure conceptual understanding, help teachers customize instruction, and combine the benefits of formative and summative assessment. Capable of being embedded in regular classroom curricula, these tests reduce student stress and provide teachers (and colleges) with rich insights into student learning.
      Theo Dawson, Lectica, Inc. (MA); Steven Dear, Long Trail School (VT)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Maker Culture in Schools: Join the Movement

      Asia 4

      Makers know that they can change the world just by designing and making the world that they want to see. Explore the maker movement and demonstrate what it means to have a maker culture in your school. Three maker teachers will showcase their programs and share resources, tips, and advice on starting similar programs in your school.
      Jaymes Dec, Marymount School (NY); Lindsey Own, The Evergreen School (WA); Andrew Carle, Flint Hill School (VA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Risk Taking and Moonshot Thinking: A New Vision of Strategic Planning

      Northern Hemisphere B

      Hear heads from two schools - a large PS-12 outside of Atlanta and a small JK–8 in Silicon Valley - share how they followed similar routes to place their schools on a pathway toward transformational change. Willing to take risks, cultivate curiosity, and establish audacious goals, these two leaders have been willing to push their communities to think big and dare to explore.
      Mark Silver, Hillbrook School (CA); Brett Jacobsen, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (GA)
      Leadership Development
    • Teaching Empathy: Cultivating Communities of Kindness in a Digital Age

      Asia 5

      How can we update our SEL goals and values education to foster empowered digital citizens rather than confining our kids behind firewalls? Explore how schools can cultivate and model respect and empathy in digital practice. Consider how entire learning communities, including parents, can collaborate to cultivate kindness in digital practices.
      Devorah Heitner, Raising Digital Natives (IL); Andrea Hernandez, Martin J Gottlieb Day School (FL); Mike Kirchberg, Sacred Heart Schools (IL); Vinnie Vrotny, Quest Academy (IL)
      The Classroom Experience
  • Three-Hour Workshops (Wednesday, Feburary 26, 1:00 - 4:00 PM)
    • Dealing with "Access Everywhere" Academic Integrity in the 21st Century

      Asia 3

      If your school provides an innovative curriculum with an emphasis on 21st century skills, then you must consider how students will develop ethical and effective approaches to learning. Find out how to lead this process from educators who worked with a university partner to revitalize their school’s approach to collaboration, use of technology, and student research.
      Daniel Gutierrez, Peggy Procter, and Ernie Levroney, Windward School (CA); Bradley Zakarin, BZ Educational Consulting (IL)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Explore the Power of Experiential Education

      Northern Hemisphere A-2

      Recent educational innovations continue to position experiential education at the forefront of school change. Join board members of the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN) for a dynamic dialogue. Dare to explore how you can capitalize on the power of experiential education and innovation in your school!
      Jessie Barrie, Albuquerque Academy (NM); Meghan James, Westminster Schools (GA); Sara Mierke, Hawken School (OH)
      Leadership Development
    • Grit, Resilience, and Moral Agency: Strive for Worthwhile Goals

      Oceanic 1

      Uncover the relevant wisdom and current research concerning grit, resilience, and the self-regulated behavior involved with both.  Examine great practices in those areas. Come prepared to engage with presenters and colleagues to develop strategies to bring back to your school cultures.
      Jonathan Rosenshine, The Buckley School (NY); David Streight, Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (OR)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Harnessing Our Best Energy: Becoming Catalysts for Change in Independent Schools

      Northern Hemisphere E-2

      Join us to screen clips from the documentary, Education in the Works, a follow-up to Vicki Abeles’ Race to Nowhere, featuring stories of educators committed to transforming education. A panel discussion will follow on: engaging stakeholders, identifying and leveraging opportunities for change, and innovative approaches to educating children.
      Kristie Haskell, Pivot-Point Strategy & Solutions (MA); Scott Reisinger, Bancroft School (MA); Vicki Abeles, Reel Link Films (CA); Christopher Tompkins, The Perkiomen School (PA)
      Leadership Development
    • Learn Outside the Box: A World of Professional Development Opportunities

      Southern Hemisphere IV

      Learn outside the box! Discover and experience a variety of models to actively take control of your professional development. Twitter chats, unconferences, webinars, PLNs, digital spaces, and Google hangouts are just a few of the ways to propel and sustain your faculty’s personal growth and develop a participatory culture of learners.
      Karen Blumberg, The School at Columbia University (NY); Kim Sivick, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PA); Hadley Ferguson, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA); Liz Davis, Belmont Hill School (MA)
      Leadership Development
    • STEAM (Science Tinkering Engineering Aesthetics Math): Creating a Maker Culture

      Asia 5

      Explore the background and research on why creating a makerspace and mindset can provide your school a framework to implement a true 21st century learning space. Enter this pop-up makerspace to work with the tools that comprise these types of spaces as you learn how to implement solutions, from cardboard and tape to higher-end equipment.
      Vinnie Vrotny, Quest Academy (IL); Jaymes Dec, Marymount School (NY); Andrew Carle, Flint Hill School (VA); Lindsey Own, The Evergreen School (WA)
      The Classroom Experience
    • Why School? A Framework for Rethinking School

      Europe 1

      In his book, Why School?, Will Richardson offers a framework for school that meets the demands of real learning anytime, anywhere. Gain a deep understanding of Richardson’s framework, including lessons learned from one school’s decade of successful reinvention, and share insights gathered from more than 65 schools visited in the fall of 2012.
      Cathy Kyle and Susan Droke, Presbyterian Day School (TN); Will Richardson, Connected Learning (NJ); Grant Lichtman, Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence (TN)
      Leadership Development
    • You Can’t Measure That! Emerging Assessment Tools for Improving Learning

      Southern Hemisphere V

      How can we measure the success of our schools? Fast-changing times and new accreditation standards demand we do. We will explore the history, limitations, and opportunities of learning outcome assessment, consider new and emerging tools to measure mission meaningfully, and share best practices from the field in using assessment to guide instructional improvement.
      Jonathan Martin, JonathanEMartin Ed. Services (AZ); Olaf Jorgenson, Almaden Country School (CA); John Gulla, Edward E. Ford Foundation (ME)
      The Classroom Experience
 

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