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Optional Three-Hour Workshops

You may register for one of these optional three-hour workshops during registration for a fee of $180.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 Wednesday, February 25, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

 
  • W1. A Deep Dive into Design Thinking: The NAIS Annual Conference as a Laboratory Experience

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    Can this conference serve as a laboratory for learning and a playground for exploring design thinking? Dive deep into the process of creative problem-solving in this three-hour session, with optional one-hour sessions on Thursday and Friday. Our design challenge: How can we build an optimal professional learning experience for educators? Practice the design thinking cycle and focus on empathy.
    Presented ByGreg Bamford, Watershed School (CO);Matt Glendinning, Moses Brown School (RI); Carla Silver, Leadership+Design (CA)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntroductory
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  • W10. Generative Partnership for Board and Head: Formula for Maximum Productivity

    206

    Successful schools need trustees and heads engaged in visionary partnership at all levels of governance: fiduciary, strategic, and generative. Join us to explore concepts and test practical methods for building the partnership and "thinking upstream," including a five-year budget projection tool you can use back in your school.
    Presented ByGinny Christensen, Strategy for Growth, LLC (PA); Beth Reaves, Friends School Mullica Hill (NJ); Kathryn Davison, Friends' Central School (PA)
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    TrackGovernance
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W11. Head of School Employment Contracts: A Deep Dive

    309

    Head of school contracts are complex documents crucial to creating a predictable relationship between the head and school as represented by the board. Work through a head of school contract section by section. Examine why each provision is in the contract, what it does, and how it operates. Hear a panel of heads discuss how contracts have affected their careers.
    Presented ByTerrence Briggs, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP (MA); Ronald Cino, Worcester Academy (MA); Kirk Duncan, Carolina Day School (NC); Arch McIntosh, Charlotte Latin School (NC); Rebekah Jordan, Indian Mountain School (CT); Elizabeth Miller, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (MO)
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    TrackGovernance
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W13. Makerspaces: Transformative Environments for Learning

    200

    Makerspace and hands-on problem solving foster multidisciplinary exploration to identify and solve challenging problems. Explore how making cultivates discovery, critical thinking, collaboration, grit, and innovation. Study examples, such as NuVu in Cambridge and MIT Media Lab, along with other K-12 unconventional educational environments that support this pedagogy.
    Presented ByCatherine Dalton, Brooke Trivas, and Steven Turckes, Perkins and Will (MA); Saba Ghole and Saeed Arida, NuVu (MA); Stefano Chinosi, Newton Public Schools (MA); Peter Hutton, Beaver Country Day School (MA)
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    TrackThe Classroom Experience
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    LevelIntroductory
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  • W14. Measuring What Matters in Admission and Beyond.

    310

    Nothing changes faster in education than assessment – not even technology. Join members of the SSAT Think Tank on the Future of Assessment to examine the findings of their two-year study. Learn about SSAT’s next steps to support schools in better assessing what’s most important in student learning, admission, and beyond, as well as what your school can do to be more relevant.
    Presented ByAlex Curtis, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT); Jonathan Martin, Jonathan E. Martin Ed Services (AZ); Heather Hoerle, Secondary School Admission Test Board (NJ); Nancy Hayes, New Canaan Country School (CT)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W15. Mindfulness Approaches for School Administrators: Keep Calm and Carry On

    201

    Experience mindfulness meditation, see it used in a variety of educational environments, and load your laptop and mobile device with easy-to-use applications, all of which cultivate a focused awareness on the present moment. Get informed and inspired by learning how mindfulness can help you decrease stress, empathize with others, and use your leadership opportunity to improve school climate.
    Presented ByJulie Faude and Maggie Powers, The Episcopal Academy (PA); Andrea Sarko, Chill Expeditions (PA)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntroductory
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  • W16. Playgrounds, Parents, and Programs – Oh My! The Work of the Division Head

    207

    Learn a theoretical framework for understanding the varied work of the division head and prioritizing the multiple levels of work required. Using case studies submitted in advance of the workshop, apply theory to practice, share strategies, offer support, explore the lighter side of division head work, and develop an action plan to take back to school.
    Presented ByBarbara Kraemer-Cook, Marin Country Day School (CA); Kathleen McNamara and Colleen Schilly, Tuxedo Park School (NY); Alice Moore, Katherine Delmar Burke School (CA)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W17. Preparing Your School for the Future

    210

    As colleges and universities rethink their own models, secondary schools must rethink what it means to be a college preparatory school. What will being a student, teacher, or administrator mean 10 years from now and what is the world for which we should prepare our students? Explore and plan how you can prepare your school, teachers, and students for tomorrow.
    Presented ByMichael Nachbar, Global Online Academy (WA); Bernie Noe, Lakeside School (WA); John Palfrey, Phillips Academy (MA)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntroductory
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  • W18. Risk Mitigation for Sexual Assault and Harassment Cases in Independent Secondary Schools

    313

    Analyze three scenarios involving sexual misconduct incidents at independent schools to see how stronger policies, procedures, education, and training may have prevented these incidents from occurring. Discover how a prompt, sensitive investigation done by someone with experience and expertise in sexual misconduct investigations best protects the entire school community.
    Presented ByLisa Friel, T&M Protection Resources (NY); Marjory Fisher, T&M Protection Resources (NY); Jane Hulbert, The Jane Group (IL)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W19. Strategy, Faculty Voice, and the Hard Work of Implementation: A Discussion for School Leaders

    312

    Great strategy involves making tough choices about what to pursue and what to abandon, followed by excellent execution. Gain concrete, practical tools for developing and implementing strategy in collaboration with faculty. Study the “how” with examples that generate discussion, interaction, and learning among school leaders interested in maximizing the creative potential of faculty and staff.
    Presented ByStephanie Rogen and Liz Kornheiser, Greenwich Leadership Partners (CT); Robert Hill and Kimberly Evelti, The Williston Northampton School (MA)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W2. A Leader’s Guide to Designing a School Culture Capable of Innovating

    204

    School innovation is less about what to do than how to get it done. Focus on understanding, analyzing, and designing school cultures of innovation. Gain knowledge of school culture and its relationship to innovation, an audit instrument developed specifically for independent schools, written reflections about your school, new ideas to consider, and strategic culture design steps.
    Presented ByJamie Baker, Pomfret School (CT); Susan Droke, Presbyterian Day School (TN)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W20. Tales from the Road: What Two Educators Learned Visiting 200+ Schools

    306

    Two veteran independent school educators visited more than 200 schools in more than 40 states in 18 months. Discover what they learned and the key elements that drive successful school innovation during this active, generative, somewhat noisy design thinking-based workshop. Generate concrete options to amplify innovation at your school and build connectivity with other like-minded colleagues.
    Presented ByGrant Lichtman, Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence (TN); John Gulla, The Edward E. Ford Foundation (NY)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W3. Advancement Essentials for Small Schools

    301

    Finding the handle to guide your small school’s advancement program can save sleepless nights and cut the Tums line item in your budget. What priorities should sustain your advancement program? How can you structure and communicate your program to keep the cart behind the horse?
    Presented ByStarr Snead, Advancement Connections (SC); Shelley Reese, The Learning Center for the Deaf (MA)
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    TrackCommunications and Advancement
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W4. Affordable and Simple Global Education Strategies

    202

    Global citizenship education is diverse, student-centered, innovative, and world-connected. How can schools achieve this with limited resources? Join two schools and three organizations to explore key initiatives to design the revolution in global learning. Focus on curriculum (capstone and diplomas), teacher training, online collaboration, global community engagement, and local intercultural learning.
    Presented ByVicki Weeks, Global Weeks (WA); Sara Mierke, Hawken School (OH); Ross Wehner, World Leadership School (CO); Simon Hart, Where There Be Dragons (CO); Andy Webster, Wardlaw-Hartridge School (NJ)
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    TrackThe Classroom Experience
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W5. Blended Learning Boot Camp: Designing Blended Learning

    302

    Hear a jam-packed overview of the theory behind blended learning, collaborate on design thinking exercises to plan blended learning for your school/classroom, get hands-on practice with popular tools, and leave with a plan to get started. Discuss the future of learning environments and how blended learning can personalize the face-to-face learning experience, including which tools support blended and flipped learning and how you use them.
    Presented ByLisa Palmieri, The Ellis School (PA); Jason Curtis, The Hockaday School (TX)
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    TrackThe Classroom Experience
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    LevelIntroductory
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  • W6. Designing and Leading Effective Teams

    305

    As schools increasingly look for ways to reach out to local and global communities, increase revenue, and create new programs, educators must lead teams to implement strategic plans, strengthen enrollment, and more. Through exercises and examples from our school, learn about team development and essential facilitation techniques that provide the framework for productive teams – and happy team members.
    Presented BySusan Grodman, Mary Carter, and Brent Powell, The Derryfield School (NH)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W7. Designing Change One Critical Conversation at a Time

    203

    Designing intentional and effective change and implementing innovative ideas often require engaging in critical (and often uncomfortable) conversations. Join this highly interactive critical conversations laboratory to explore why, when, and how to have the conversations that move a school forward.
    Presented ByRyan Burke, Allendale Columbia School (NY); Christopher Wilson, Esperanza Academy (MA); Brenda Leaks, The Overlake School (WA)
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    TrackLeadership Development
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    LevelIntermediate
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  • W8. Developing Student Leadership, Maximizing Ethical Growth

    308

    Discover four essential components for success in developing student leaders, including focusing on age-appropriate but realistic leadership goals, integrating leadership training and roles into a variety of facets of school life, assessing progress, and maximizing ethical development. Take home a template for success based on examples from those who have been there and done it!
    Presented ByDavid Streight, Center for Spiritual & Ethical Education (OR); Traci Keller and Jennifer Adams, Harpeth Hall School (TN)
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    TrackThe Student Experience
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    LevelIntroductory
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