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One-Hour Workshops: Leadership Development Track

Designed for heads and all academic and administrative leaders, these workshops focus on effective school leadership. 

  • Block 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • Crisis and Leadership: The Art of Bringing Your Whole Self to the Table

      Asia 1

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

      Americas Seminar Room

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

      Asia 4

      The Internet is a valuable resource, bringing the world into the classroom. In today’s world, how do we protect our students from the negative aspects of the Internet? This session will focus on a series of steps that can be taken at the school level to implement an effective digital citizenship program to educate students, faculty, and parents. http://prezi.com/12fgflx0krex/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
      Rita Kienle and Rylan Smith, Trinity Preparatory School (FL)
      Programmatic Sustainability
    • Families First Gathering

      Australia 2

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

      Northern Hemisphere E-3

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

      Asia 5

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

      Southern Hemisphere IV

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

      Northern Hemisphere E-2

      How will you react when your school is thrust into real-life situations, emergencies, and unexpected crises? Hear sage advice from a panel led by a head of school, associate head of school finance, and legal team about immediate steps to take, explore strategies to help minimize liability risk, and changes to policies and procedures that deal with these difficult situations.
      Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (TX); Nancy Greene, The Bolles School (FL); Steve Piltch, The Shipley School (PA);Debra Wilson, NAIS (DC)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
  • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • Block 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • Block 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
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    • 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)
    • Green Ribbon Schools: Innovating for Environmental Sustainability

      Asia 2

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

      Asia 3

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

      Northern Hemisphere B

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

      Asia 1

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

      Americas Seminar Room

      New to administration? Come learn “commandments” of leadership that will get you off on the right foot, right away. These simple, yet poignant, ideas will allow you to lead with confidence, compassion, and calm. These easy, useable tips will provide the balance needed to ride the rocky waves in the first few years.
      Peggy Campbell-Rush, Gill St. Bernard's School (NJ)
      Daily Work of School Leaders
  • Block 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
 

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