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One-Hour Workshops: Communications and Advancement Track

Designed for heads and trustees as well as communication and advancement practitioners, these workshops address what it takes to ensure effective communication to — and relations with — all key constituencies.

  • Block 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • "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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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. http://prezi.com/12fgflx0krex/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
      Rita Kienle and Rylan Smith, Trinity Preparatory School (FL)
      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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
  • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
      Block2TopDown (PDF, 33 KB)
    • Advancement Solutions for Small Schools and Small Shops

      Asia 3

      You spend a ton of energy wearing all those hats in your small school advancement work: make that energy do your bidding! Join us to focus in equal measure on vision and management for the small school development program. Discover how you can keep that glowing “September image” throughout the year.
      Starr Snead, Advancement Connections (SC); Shelley Reese, The Learning Center for the Deaf (MA)
      Financial Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Day Schools and International Students: New Models

      Asia 4

      More and more day schools are actively recruiting international students, especially from China. The traditional home stay and ESL model may not be the best for schools or students. International Education Opportunities and a group of Philadelphia schools think they have a better idea.
      Tracey Osecki and Christian Brena, International Education Opportunities (PA); Kathleen Tkac, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA)
      Global Sustainability
    • Downsizing to Grow Your School

      Americas Seminar Room

      Examine the decreasing U.S. birth rate, growing family financial aid needs, increasing technology use in learning, parental pressure for higher academic achievement, student entitlement/diminishing patience, and faculty difficulty with educational change and discuss how to think strategically about your school's future using the “Downsizing to Grow” model.  Uncover practical tips to reduce anxiety.
      Rich Odell, IMG Academy (FL)
      Financial Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
      Block2ERM (PPTX, 340 KB)
    • Environmentally Sustainable Schools: Theory and Practice

      Asia 2

      What systemic changes are needed to transform schools all children can attend a green, healthy, and sustainable school? Uncover the leadership and instruction required to create environmentally sustainable schools, and examine the state of environmental sustainability revealed by a series of regional surveys among NAIS schools.
      Paul Chapman, Inverness Associates (CA); Jaimie Cloud, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education (NY)
      Environmental Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Governance and School Sustainability

      Northern Hemisphere E-4

      Examine key current trends in school sustainability and outline specific instability markers that board members, heads, and senior school leaders can use to assess and track the financial health and long-term sustainability of their school. Explore  examples and assessment tools.
      Jim Christopher, Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (CANADA); Hilary LaMonte, NAIS (DC)
      Financial Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • International and Exchange Programs: Managing the Process and Risks

      Oceanic 5

      As schools find more ways to raise revenue, they increasingly look to the financial opportunities that international student programs provide. Unfortunately, without proper planning, many schools have found their programs do not adequately protect them. Learn how to plan and protect your school from liability.
      Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (FL); Sean Murphy, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (TX)
      Global Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      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
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Shakespeare Plays His Part in Global Education

      Europe 1

      In classrooms around the world, teachers dare to explore innovative ways of engaging with old works that encourage cultural, artistic, and personal discovery. Learn how the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon has worked with NAIS schools to create the next generation of Shakespearians around the globe.
      Nick Walton, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (UNITED KINGDOM); Lori Taylor, The Silk Road Project/ Actors' Shakespeare Project (MA); Jennie Israel, International School of Boston (MA)
      Global Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
  • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
      Block3Duty (PDF, 816 KB)
    • A Mobile Social World

      Oceanic 3

      Current fund-raising processes are outdated, data are often inaccurate, and prospect research is time-consuming. Learn how new services and technologies can help independent schools more accurately and efficiently know and connect with their donor base.
      Jesse Bardo, EverTrue (MA); Jeremiah Stevens, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (IL)
      Financial Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Building a Sustainable Campus and Future Through Educationally-Focused Planning

      Oceanic 1

      Educationally focused master planning positions a school to optimize its investment . Successfully executed, it aligns with the school’s mission, shapes investment decisions, and guides advancement opportunities. Gain an overview of key master planning considerations and process tools to retain, explore, and apply.
      Michael Bergin, Miss Porter's School (CT); Shelley Reese, The Learning Center for the Deaf (MA); James A. Barrett, Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (MA)
      Financial Sustainability
    • Considering Leadership in Independent Schools: Paradoxes Women Face

      Southern Hemisphere III

      Women make up only 31 percent of the population of heads of schools, a statistic unchanged since 2002. What are the variables at play? Three female leaders — a former head, an experienced head, and a newly-appointed head — discuss paradoxes women face in aspiring to and serving in leadership posts in independent schools. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/41743964/Paradoxes%2C%20NAISAC14%20rev%202-27-14%20copy.pdf
      Claudia Daggett, Elementary School Heads Association (MO); Liza Lee, Columbus School for Girls (OH); Melissa Boocock Soderberg, Columbus Academy (OH)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Getting to AND: Building Inclusive Communities with Global Learning Experiences

      Europe 1

      You can integrate inclusivity efforts and global education to strengthen and fortify the goals of both movements. Explore how Town School for Boys is building frameworks for global learning, using strategies that can serve all schools in developing more inclusive classrooms and school communities, particularly at the primary and middle school levels.
      Kristen Goggin and Kristen Zimmer, Town School for Boys (CA); Jennifer Klein, World Leadership School (CO); Homa Tavangar, Growing Up Global (PA)
      Global Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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
    • Protostar: Putting Metrics to Your Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

      Northern Hemisphere A-3

      Thanks to the E.E. Ford Foundation, nine schools have developed Protostar, a mechanism adapted from the higher education sector for measuring progress in many areas of school life related to sustainability. These include curriculum, climate planning, and public engagement; as well as land, water, and energy use. Learn how your school can track its sustainability progress using Protostar.
      Josh Hahn, The Hotchkiss School (CT); Sam Kosoff, The Lawrenceville School (NJ); Frank Barros, The Berkshire School (MA)
      Environmental Sustainability
    • Rocking the Boat Without Tipping It Over

      Northern Hemisphere E-4

      How can schools embrace positive and necessary change without losing their identity? The pace of change in the world is accelerating exponentially. In too many cases, independent schools have slugglishly responded to these changes. The new demands involve knowledge and skills in financial planning, programmatic evolution, demographics, and marketing.
      Marc Levinson, MISBO (GA)
      Financial Sustainability
      Block3Rocking (PDF, 725 KB)
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Transformative Conversations About Race: One School's Story

      Asia 1

      Discover a dynamic model for faculty development around issues of race, equity, and inclusion. Learn best practices for increasing institutional capacity to build relationships across and within race, class, gender, and other forms of difference for the purpose of identifying and eliminating inequitable practices and policies.
      Eliza Alexander and Holly Hinderlie, Maret School (DC)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
      Block3DNA (PDF, 1.65 MB)
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
  • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • A Multisensory Curriculum: Teaching LD Students Well, Teaching All Students Well

      Northern Hemisphere B

      Your school has more different learners than you think! Learning how to teach them effectively enhances the way you reach all your students. Clinical Psychologist Anthony Henley will discuss the research behind multisensory teaching, and Siena staff will share practical approaches to multisensory teaching in order to prepare students for a rigorous college curriculum.
      Clay Kaufman, The Siena School (MD); Anthony Henley, Clinical Psychologist (DC)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • American Education Overseas: Exploring Partnership Schools in China

      Oceanic 5

      Explore the next phase of international education as collaboration between institutions leads to greater educational opportunities for students and educators. Follow two heads of independent schools as they discuss their unique programs and experiences establishing partnership schools in China. Learn about the potential of such programs and the challenges they face.
      Peter Gangemi, Cambridge Institute of International Education (MA); Frank Phillips, St. Mary's School Medford (OR); Shane Foster, The Barstow School (MO)
      Global Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Bringing Your Board “On Board” During a Capital Campaign

      Oceanic 3

      A capital campaign is a transformational moment for your school. Learn how bringing your board “on board” during a campaign will galvanize your school’s community, connect with your volunteer leadership, build a culture of philanthropy, inspire and motivate your donors, and successfully implement your vision for the future.
      Katherine Schantz, The Lab School of Washington (DC); Greg Hagin, CCS (NY)
      Financial Sustainability
    • CANCELLED Sharing Your School’s Story to Increase Enrollment and Raise Your Profile

    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Exploring Gender Diversity: Implications for School Settings

      Northern Hemisphere A-1

      In November 2012 experts gathered to dialogue about gender-independent children within the context of single-sex schools. As states increasingly recognize the rights of transgender youth, all schools will need to arrive at clear stances around their admission, creating an inclusive culture. Join us to begin this complex and critical conversation.
      Sandra Luna, Julia Morgan School for Girls (CA); JoAnn Deak, The Deak Group (OH)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • Financial Sustainability in Tough Times: One School's Success Story

      Northern Hemisphere E-3

      In 2007, Maret sought to break the traditional, non-sustainable tuition model and created a strategic financial model that integrates enrollment management, long-term financial planning, and aggressive fund-raising. Learn how the school consistently lowered tuition increases while increasing salaries, financial aid, and curricular innovation over the past six years.
      Sally Dunkelberger, Darwin Walker, and Mary Zients, Maret School (DC)
      Financial Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Global Programs: What Works and How Can We Improve?

      Asia 1

      International programs and student service-learning experiences often rely on well-accepted assumptions about how students learn while abroad. Learn how one school turned the microscope on its own global programs to identify and quantify the key elements of the transformational student experience, uncovering surprising and challenging results in the process.
      Aric Visser, Universidad de Zaragoza (SPAIN); Jack Creeden and Nelson Chase, School Year Abroad (MA)
      Global Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • More than Food: Secrets to Creating a Sustainable Foodservice

      Oceanic 1

      Discover how your cafeteria can be an alternative revenue source while aligning nutrition, sustainability, curriculum, and community at the same time. Explore Nardin Academy’s experience working with Beyond Green, a sustainable foodservice consultancy, to build a holistic food program that is about more than quality food.
      Greg Christian, Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners (IL); Leslie Johnson, Nardin Academy (NY)
      Environmental Sustainability
    • 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
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Renewal Through Strategic Planning

      Northern Hemisphere A-3

      With a new head of school, a strong board of trustees, and for the first time, ownership of its land, Lamplighter School decided to build on its strengths, identify areas in need of attention, and rededicate itself to its founding principles through a comprehensive strategic planning process. Hear about best practices and specific tools for planning.
      Joan Hill and Catherine Rose, The Lamplighter School (TX); Sam Frank, Synthesis Partnership (MA)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • 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)
      ;#Daily Work of School Leaders;#
    • Sustained and Sustainable Global Partnerships: Building Multi-Year Programs

      Southern Hemisphere I

      What have we learned about building and maintaining successful global partnerships? Join five schools with more than 100 years of collective global experience as we examine our successes and our failures in an attempt to offer helpful advice. After brief presentations discuss best practices and innovative ideas.
      Brad Nicholson, Peddie School (NJ); Raj Mundra, Phillips Academy (MA); Joe Vogel, Hathaway Brown School (OH); Pauline McKean, George School (PA); Nishad Das, Groton School (MA)
      Global Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
  • 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)
      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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 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 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
    • 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
  • Block 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • Assessing Your Past, Utilizing Your Present, and Discovering Your Global Future

      Oceanic 5

      Going global on a shoestring! Pinewood is in its second year of a concentrated transformation into a K–12 global leadership educational institution, operating within a supportive structure with a limited budget. Discover how to assess your school’s established culture and global preparedness and initiate a three year plan to create a globally focused culture. http://prezi.com/jtk8zalyw2he/going-global-on-a-shoestring/
      BJ Ruddy, Hope McIntosh, Elizabeth Kauffman, and Brianne Peters, Pinewood Preparatory School (SC)
      Global Sustainability
    • Beyond Awareness: Global Participation and Experiential Learning

      Northern Hemisphere A-4

      Meadowbrook students experience true global participation, bringing joy to orphanages, solar electricity to remote schools, and free hands to farms and villages throughout Costa Rica. Learn  how to initiate a trip reflective of your school's values in experiential learning, global citizenship, sustainability, leadership, and adventure, complete with a documentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LSkPjkGiAY http://www.meadowbrook-ma.org/academics/costa_rica_exchange
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        http://www.meadowbrook-ma.org/academics/MLI/Costa_Rica
      Matt Molyneux amd David Canfield, Meadowbrook School (MA); Brian Benson, Costa Rican Adventures (COSTA RICA)
      Global Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • CANCELLED Leading a 21st Century School: Going Beyond STEM by Shifting to STEAM

    • Connecting Educators to STEM Through Disney's Global Conservation Efforts

      Southern Hemisphere II

      Connect students to innovative science and technology using conservation stories from Disney's Animal Kingdom® and the Disneynature film Bears. Learn from experts how to develop students' critical problem-solving and science and technology skills. Hands-on wildlife tracking activities provide ways for students to think in new ways about conservation in their own lives.
      Lizabeth Fogel, Disney (CA); Allyson Atkins, Disney's Animal Kingdom (FL)
      Environmental Sustainability
    • Cultural Competence and 21st Century Skills: The Intersections of Learning and Community

      Northern Hemisphere E-1

      In order to support more inclusive communities in our schools, we must shift our focus in diversity work from cultural sensitivity to cultural competency. Join a panel of diversity leaders to explore how cross-cultural competency is essential for all children to collaborate, create, communicate, think critically, and solve problems in our schools of the future. http://bit.ly/CC21C-NAISAC14-SLIDES
      Gene Batiste, Independent Education (DC); Steven Jones, Jones & Associates Consulting (CA); Rosetta Lee, Seattle Girls' School (WA); Alison Park, Blink Consulting (CA); Chris Thinnes, Curtis School (CA); Tim Wise, author and educator (TN)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Funding Diversity: Sliding-Scale Models

      Asia 2

      Sliding-scale tuition ensures economic diversity is a collective investment. Challenges are financial and cultural. Endowment policies integrate school values. Manhattan Country School’s 47 years of sliding-scale tuition is an alternative to scholarship/financial aid funding models. Learn how it works at MCS and has been replicated at St. Elizabeth's.
      Michele Sola, Manhattan Country School (NY); Walter McCoy, St Elizabeth's School (CO)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • How Your Facilities Can Enhance Your Sustainability Leadership

      Europe 1

      Most schools today are making an effort to lower costs and go green, but are you going about it uniquely and efficiently? Exploring your campus through the nuts and bolts can lay the foundation for thoughtful decision-making and pave the way for great innovation. Learn how your facilities can bring your constituents together and lead your campus towards sustainability.
      John Tuke, The Hotchkiss School (CT); Darren Cassel, The Stone House Group (PA)
      Environmental Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Increasing the Pipeline: Supporting Women and People of Color Aspiring to Be Heads

      Asia 1

      Although independent schools are getting closer to becoming inclusive institutions reflective of the mosaic of our country, there’s been difficulty in placing women and people of color as heads. Gain key strategies for aspiring heads as well as current heads, board members, and search firms on your role in this important initiative.
      Ara Brown, Cranbrook Schools (MI); Dennis Bisgaard, Kingswood Oxford School (CT); Joan Hill, The Lamplighter School (TX); Tony Featherston, The Town School (NY); Wanda Holland Greene, The Hamlin School (CA); Sylvia Rodriguez Vargas, Brownell-Talbot School (NE); Karen Eshoo, Vistamar School (CA)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • One School and One Family's Journey

      Northern Hemisphere C

      “Dad, let’s face it— you have a daughter and a son, not identical twin boys.” Learn how one family faced bullying, harassment, and discrimination so severe they had to go into hiding to protect their children. Hear an extraordinary story of our times illustrating the leading role independent schools can take in creating a safer world for transgender youth.
      Lydia Maier, Waynflete School (ME); Wayne Maines, father, storyteller, advocate for change (ME)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Q = Questioning: Reflections on Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth and Families

      Southern Hemisphere V

      A critical component of our job in schools is to create spaces for students to safely express their identities. Review case studies to reflect on the effectiveness of formal programming and institutional policies related to supporting LGBTQ students and families. Examine gender and sexuality expression in students ranging from three years old through high school.
      Rachel Kane, Jason Novak, Tamara Clark, April Tvarok, and Carol Wolf, Abington Friends School (PA)
      Demographic Sustainability
    • Real Teachers: The Art of Intuition

      Southern Hemisphere III

      Hear four restorative stories of inspiration and insight for educators, often trapped in a bureaucratic world, illustrating the nature of epiphany and insight, keeping happiness in and out of the classroom, and more. Return to your community with useful perspectives and outlooks that free you up to restore the sense of joy and play into your work as a teacher.
      Stuart Grauer, The Grauer School (CA)
      Global Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Solicitation Strategies: Not Just a Question of Asking

      Oceanic 4

      A little experience is all you need to learn the positive language and mindset for enjoying gift solicitation and doing it well. Design a successful solicitation strategy, identify tips and techniques for training volunteers, learn how to address donor objections, and work through a case study that provides an opportunity to put theory into practice.
      Starr Snead, Advancement Connections (SC); Shelley Reese, The Learning Center for the Deaf (MA)
      Financial Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Truth in Lending Act: Your Enrollment Agreements Shouldn't Create More Liability

      Northern Hemisphere A-2

      Discuss the legal implications under the federal Truth in Lending Act of various provisions found in standard enrollment agreements. Learn the potential liability for noncompliance with the law and understand how to either “opt out” or comply.
      Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (FL); Jose Chao, Palmer Trinity School (FL)
      Financial Sustainability
  • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • A School-Year, Case-Study Perspective on Employment Law Issues

      Oceanic 2

      Explore employment law through a “year-in the-life” of a school and review employment law issues as school leaders experience them. Engage in hypothetical scenarios to highlight potential legal issues and practical strategies for identifying, addressing, and preventing employment law issues.
      Heather Broadwater and Caryn Pass, Venable LLP (DC); Liane Faermann, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA)
      Financial Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • CANCELLED Maximizing Resources Through Public-Private Partnerships

    • CANCELLED Recognizing Threats: What Should You Do?

    • CANCELLED The Institutional Response to Sexual Misconduct in Our Schools: Past and Present

    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Exploring Auxiliary Programs: Discovering Possibilities in Uncharted Territory

      Northern Hemisphere A-3

      With economic uncertainty, schools seek alternative revenue sources, ways to recruit students, and methods to build community relationships. Auxiliary programs can be your compass.  Start with Auxiliary Programs 101 then move onto mini-sessions on mission-driven programming, budgeting, marketing; and end with "speed consulting" to address your specific needs.
      Karen McCann McClelland, Sidwell Friends School (DC); David Chottiner, Shady Side Academy (PA); Jeffery Malloy, Oak Hall School (FL); Vinita Ahuja, Georgetown Day School (DC)
      Financial Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • Global Circles Update and Looking Forward: Dare to Join!

      Northern Hemisphere E-1

      Meet leaders from global education organizations to discuss essential practices, program evaluation, student assessment, online learning, and overseas partnerships. Learn about our collaborative process and join roundtable discussions to advance the conversation. We welcome your voice and ideas!
      Vicki Weeks, Global Weeks (WA); Willy Fluharty, Cape Henry Collegiate School (VA); Michael Furdyk, TakingITGlobal (CANADA); Matt Nink, Global Youth Leadership Institute (WI); Ross Wehner World Leadership School (CO); David Maher, Chadwick International School (SOUTH KOREA)
      Global Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • 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)
      Programmatic Sustainability
 

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