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One-Hour Workshops: Block 3

Block 3Thursday 1:30-2:30 PM
  • Communications and Advancement
    • Adding Oomph to Advancement in Small Schools

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      Making small school advancement make sense requires vision, confidence, collaboration, creativity, and action plans that are both meaningful and practical. Take home a bag of tricks, including approaches to constructing a realistic, sustainable, big picture context for what you do and where you're headed and ways to work on balancing ambitious goals with realistic, manageable practices.
      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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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore What are the key tools needed to build and run a successful advancement program?  What are the essential elements to building a short-term and long-term plan for your advancement efforts?  What measurement tools and benchmarks can be used to measure success??
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    • From Grand Plans to Grand Openings: Realizing the Institutional Strategic Plan

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      "Reengineering education" is the phrase The Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD) used to describe its ambitious and far-reaching strategic plan completed in 2012. Find out how ESD transitioned from the strategic plan to creating a campus master plan based on its principles to constructing a comprehensive campaign to support and fund the people, programs, and facilities needed to realize the school's vision.
      Presented ByRuth Burke, The Episcopal School of Dallas (TX); John Prokos, Gund Partnership (MA)
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How can a stratrgic plan be translated into visionary yet fundable campus planning solutions?  How can an independent school engage the broad cross section of its community to create buy-in and consensus, particularly in the face of difficult and sometimes sensitive decisions? Once the campus master plan is complete, how can the institution then build a successful campaign to realize its strategic, endowment, and physical plant goals?
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    • How Do You Measure Up? Strategies for Engaging Users Online

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      From learning management systems and mobile apps to parallax scrolling and responsive design, independent schools are shifting web strategies to engage an increasingly tech-savvy and mobile community. Uncover tips to organize your school’s web strategy, make data-driven decisions, provide a great brand experience, and get the best return on your techology investments.
      Presented ByJon Moser, finalsite (CT)
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How can I organize and execute a web strategy at my school?   How can my school obtain the best return on investment for our web presence?   What are other independent schools doing--and how can I learn from them?
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    • What You Learn May/Will Shock You: Parents and Students Weigh in on the School Admission Process

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      Two surveys: What do students want in a school?  What about mom and dad? SSATB separately surveyed students and parents seeking insight into the critical elements of school marketing, the application process, and more. Learn the truth about school fairs, campus tours, common apps, and what you need to focus on in your marketing.
      Presented ByAimee Gruber, Secondary School Admission Test Board (NJ); Kevin Plummer, Tampa Preparatory School (FL)
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      TrackCommunications and Advancement
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What are the most valuable marketing messages parents and students are seeking when creating their school selection list? What are the key marketing tactics every admission office should focus on during the year? What student-to-student and parent-to-admission office experiences are most effective in the admission decision process and how can they be enriched to enhance the prospective family’s understanding of your school’s value propositions?
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  • Governance
    • Board Not Bored: Structuring Board Retreats with 21st Century Learning

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      Learn how The Hill School completely overhauled its board meetings to leverage the talent in the room, advance the school's mission, establish true camaraderie, and create a culture of generative governance while simultaneously allowing trustees to experience 21st century teaching and learning first hand. You can do it too!
      Presented ByJonathan Martin, Jonathan E. Martin Ed Services (AZ); Clair Ward, Valley School of Ligonier (PA)
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      TrackGovernance
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How can board meetings and retreats become more engaging, generative, and substantive for all participants? How can trustees become better informed about  and committed to 21st century learning in their schools? What forms of 21st century learning make for better board planning, analysis, and decision-making?
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    • Dynamic Change for a Changing World

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      When is the time right to seize a strategic opportunity that will forever change a school’s course? How does a school handle both the transformational and the daily business at hand? Find out how one school took the leap toward an opportunity of a lifetime and collaborated to manage the biggest project it had ever undertaken to a successful conclusion.
      Presented ByStephanie Flanigan, Julie Bragdon, and Monique Davis, Montessori School of Denver (CO); Andy Rockmore, Shears Adkins + Rockmore (CO)
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      TrackGovernance
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      LevelAdvanced
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      Explore How do you know when the time is right to undertake a big strategic project that will forever impact your school’s future?  How do you successfully collaborate with board members, administrators, and outside experts to organize and manage that project, while at the same time minding the day to day details of school life?  How do you leverage those partnerships to seize new opportunities available to your school once the project is completed?
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    • The Head’s Retirement as Learning and Innovation (Both for the School and the Head!)

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      Few people really like change, but it can bring new life. When a head of school decides to retire, everybody feels nervous. However this change can bring important and life-giving opportunities for the head and the school if both plan carefully for it. Examine retirement from the head’s and school’s perspectives, including valuable context and questions that both need to ask.
      Presented ByD. Ralph Davison, Carney, Sandoe & Associates (NC); Phyllis Palmiero, Collegiate School (VA)
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      TrackGovernance
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore How can the head retire "successfully" from a personal point of view?  How can the head retire "successfully" from the school's point of view?  How can the school ensure a smooth transition to new leadership?
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  • Leadership Development
    • Creating Culture: The Evolution of Independent School Leadership

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      Fellowship Workshop

      This presentation is part of our NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads workshop series, presented by the current cohort. Any attendees are welcome to join.
      Presented ByChristopher Chesley, Interlochen Arts Academy (MI); Henry Fairfax, The Haverford School (PA); John Hoye, The Awty International School (TX); Paul Keller, Wayland Academy (WI); John Newman, Idyllwild Arts Academy (CA); Eric Osorio, Worcester Academy (MA)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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    • Does Your Mission Match Your Market? An Examination of Market Appeal and Mission Fidelity

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      Mission statements capture the core focus of schools, proving invaluable when creating curriculum plans, assessing student performance, and communicating the value-add to the community. Explore trends in independent school missions and markets. Learn how to strengthen your school’s market appeal by speaking to your value-add. Discover new features of DASL to assist in this effort.
      Presented ByConstance Clark and Hilary LaMonte, NAIS (DC)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore Why are mission statements important?  How can a missions statement (or marketing message) stand out in specific educational markets? How do I create a quality mission statement?
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    • Enrollment Management Planning- The Head of School and Director of Admission Partnership

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      Enrollment management is not a quick fix to successfully enroll a school. The planning process requires schools to cut across traditional boundaries of office functions in order to enroll and retain students. It demands a strong partnership between the head of school and director of admission. Examine the importance of trust and collaboration in planning for a shift from admissions to enrollment management.
      Presented BySusanne Carpenter and Antonio Viva, Walnut Hill School for the Arts (MA)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore Why is enrollment management planning crucial for long-term success?  What ways must the head of school and director of admission work together as they consider this work?  How can the head of school and director of admission champion the enrollment management plan on campus?
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    • Independent School Leadership Transitions: Is Your School Prepared?

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      The commitment of time and resources required to search for a new head of school has become staggering. Yet many times these are unsuccessful. Most schools do not consider succession planning in their strategic thinking – either for the head or other key leaders. Explore the challenges schools face in leadership transitions for the head of school and other key leaders.
      Presented ByMarc Levinson, Mid-South Independent School Business Officers (GA)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What does a search process involve for the head of school and other school leaders?   What are the steps that are required and what is the typical investment?   What are some alternative solutions?
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    • Mission Advancement Incubator (MAI)

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      Fellowship Workshop

      This presentation is part of our NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads workshop series, presented by the current cohort. Any attendees are welcome to join.
      Presented ByEric Barber, The Evergreen School (WA); James Carroll, Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School (DC); Ryan Grady, Pilgrim School (CA); Danny Karpf, The Gordon School (RI); Howard Levin, Schools of the Sacred Heart (CA); Ben Dougherty, The Derryfield School (NH)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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    • Team Diversity: Creating Institutional Change Through a Diversity Team

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      How do schools create effective methods to implement diversity education in each division on campus? Learn how Hathaway Brown School's Center for Multicultural Affairs has implemented a diversity team with the goal of engaging the school in the work of creating an inclusive and informed community. Hear our approach to encouraging leadership and action around topics of diversity and multiculturalism across a PK – 12 school.
      Presented ByCamille Seals, LaVona Carpenter, and Olivia Geaghan, Hathaway Brown School (OH)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore Why do we need to establish a diversity team?  How do I get the administration to understand the value of a diversity team?  What will the team look like in my school if and when it is implemented?
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    • The Head of School and Business Officer Partnership

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      You need a team-based program to develop a strong partnership that advances the mission and financial sustainability of independent schools. Hear best practices from a team modeling this strategic relationship. Discuss critical school roles through case studies to create a greater understanding of each others’ perspectives to support working effectively together.
      Presented ByJeff Shields, National Business Officers Association (DC); Kimberley Roberts and William Hodgetts, Garrison Forest School (MD)
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      TrackLeadership Development
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore Why is the relationship between the head of school and the business officer uniquely important to the long-term financial health of your independent school?   What characteristics building a trusting relationship between these two strategic roles?   How do these roles effectively navigate financial stewardship, governance issues and management responsibilities collaboratively for the success of your independent school?  
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  • Management
    • Education Rethink 2020: Are You There Yet?

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      What will education look like in 2020? Will private schools as we know them today continue to be successful? What new learning tools will parents expect? How will we measure academic success? Who will be the faculty? What facilities will parents expect? Where do colleges, universities, and businesses fit in our future? What will parents be like in 2020? Join us to rethink education.
      Presented ByRichard Odell, IMG Academy (FL)
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      TrackManagement
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      LevelAdvanced
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      Explore How do you tackle preparing your school for a successful future?  How do you build confidence in the ability to design and direct educational change? . How can you help school leaders realize change is what education should be about?
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    • Effective Analysis of Your Technology Department

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      The operation, staffing, and inner workings of IT can be difficult to probe for school leaders. Avoiding all acronyms and geek-speak, gain a detailed framework for evaluating technology department personnel, infrastructure, risk management, and academic impact by cataloging real-world examples of the policy and details behind best practices.
      Presented ByDemetri Orlando, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (MA)
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      TrackManagement
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What are the right questions to ask to assess the IT department's educational and infrastructure operations? What IT policies, safeguards, and protocols should every school have in place to protect itself? What IT documentation and system admin accounts should be accessible to the school’s executive leadership?
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    • Greening Together: Sustainable Public and Private Schools

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      Traditional public and charter schools have made great strides in becoming green and environmentally sustainable, especially in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green purchasing plans. Learn from findings from recent surveys of green public and private schools, present best practices from public schools, and explore opportunities for public-private collaboration.   
      Presented ByPaul Chapman, Inverness Associates (CA); Maureen Aylward, Project Green Schools (MA)
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      TrackManagement
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What are the characteristics of green public schools?  How do their successes and challenges compare with independent schools?  What are the possibilities for public and private schools to learn from one another’s best practices?
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    • Managing Custody Issues: What to Do When Mom and Dad Disagree?

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      Today's family relationships are increasingly complex and student issues related to custody and divorce often arise at independent schools. Does one parent have the right to approve his or her child's application to the school over the objection of the other parent? What happens when one parent approves the child's participation in a foreign study program and the other parent says no? How should court orders be handled? Learn this and more.
      Presented ByLinda Johnson, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association (NH); Peter Saliba, Tilton School (NH)
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      TrackManagement
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore  What terminology should a school know about custody and divorce rights?  What policies and procedures should the school have in place to deal with these issues?  How should a school handle the many issues that arise?
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    • Parents Who Bully the School: The Compleat Guide to Coping

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      Schools everywhere report rising concerns about parents who bully educators, insist on getting their way, are disrespectful and demeaning, demand, and threaten. They cause fear and frustration and leave educators at a real loss. Discover the Magic Six simple, effective strategies to empower educators, defuse conflict, build trust, and strengthen partnership.
      Presented ByRobert Evans, The Human Relations Service (MA); Michael Thompson, clinical psychologist (MA)
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      TrackManagement
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What is causing the changes among parents? How can the school as an institution restructure its partnership with parents to better promote the school's values? What strategies can educators apply that will reduce boundary-breaking behavior by parents and resolve confrontation?
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    • SSS School and Family Portals

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      Join SSS for a breakout session devoted to introducing its new financial aid technology: the SSS School and Family Portals. Get an overview of the new SSS features and capabilities and learn how they can make financial aid management more efficient, strategic, and successful.
      Presented ByKristen Power, NAIS (DC)
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      TrackManagement
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore How will the SSS School Portal make it easier to decide awards and track financial aid data?  How will the SSS Family Portal make it easier for families to complete the PFS and send documents accurately and on time?  What are the key differences between the new SSS School Portal and Comp*Assist Online?
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    • What Is Your R&D Budget?

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      Find out how to use innovation to develop new programs and generate revenue. Leverage the strength and the talent of your faculty, parents, and alumni to create new programs. In an environment where public schools offer excellent academic alternatives, it is increasingly important to adapt and improve programs to show a distinct advantage and value of an independent school education.
      Presented ByKevin Merges and Mythili Lahiri, Rutgers Preparatory School (NJ)
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      TrackManagement
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How can schools leverage current resources to offer exciting new programs? How can schools innovate programs and introduce exciting events? How can schools develop a budget for researching potential offerings and developing successful new programs?
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  • The Classroom Experience
    • A Blended Learning Model for Enrichment, Intervention, and College Readiness

      Ballroom C

      Blended Learning Workshop

      Blended learning is a smart way for schools to teach college readiness skills while maximizing school flexibility and resources. Blended courses provide anytime access, but require students to demonstrate a great deal of independence – crucial for college success. Experience an effective model developed at AIM Academy, a school for bright children who learn differently.
      Presented ByJesse Korff and Chris Herman, AIM Academy (PA)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore Why is blended learning smart for schools and for students? Why is effective blended learning among the critical college readiness skills? What research supports the use of and best practices for blended learning?
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    • Balancing Tradition and Innovation: The Case for a New Model in Global Programs

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      After conducting an in-depth study of the student experience abroad, School Year Abroad was confronted with results that challenged accepted assumptions of what students learn by participating in global programs. Learn how this reflection helped SYA create innovative new initiatives aimed at improving student intercultural competence and creativity and how your school can do the same.
      Presented ByAric Visser, School Year Abroad (SPAIN); Jack Creeden, School Year Abroad (MA)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What does current research say about how and what students are learning when they participate in global programs?  What can my school do to ensure that our own programs are as efficient and impactful as possible?  What types of program elements in global programs help students gain cognitive skills that transfer to the rest of their subjects at home?
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    • In the Trenches with K – 12 Design Thinking

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      Design thinking is human-centered problem solving. One size does not fit all and it's not a step-by-step blueprint. Instead the modes and methods of design thinking can be adapted to meet unique needs. Meet a panel of design thinking leaders who came together via Twitter to start and moderate #dtk12chat – a weekly conversation about design thinking in K – 12. Gain key take-aways and trends from a year of talking about design thinking.
      Presented ByLisa Palmieri, The Ellis School (PA); Mary Cantwell and Trey Boden, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (GA); Shelley Paul, Woodward Academy (GA)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore How is design thinking being integrated in K12 globally and by independent schools nationally?  What are the biggest takeaways from leading a weekly conversation on design thinking via Twitter and Google hangouts for over a year?  How can teachers and schools get started and what are some simple design thinking methods that both teachers and students can use?
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    • The Classroom and Beyond: Using Project-Based Learning to Develop Global Leaders

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      As the world becomes more accessible, teachers must help students make global connections through curriculum and travel. Project-based learning helps students become future global leaders and interact with the world around them. While not all teachers can travel to distant lands, they can help students connect their projects with the world through various methods.
      Presented ByKelly Neely, Brimmer and May School (MA); George Stewart, Education First (MA)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How do you create a student interest-oriented global project? How do you teach students to relate empathically with world? How can you incorporate a service agenda into the curriculum of a school?
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    • The Exeter-Noble Network Project: A Model for Public Private School Collaboration

      108

      Hear about the innovative new collaboration designed to introduce student centered learning into a new Noble school. Exeter and Noble will work together to do initial and ongoing teacher training, curriculum development, and assessment with the goal of creating a new paradigm in urban public education.
      Presented ByEthan Shapiro, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH); Pablo Sierra, Pritzker College Prep (IL)
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      TrackThe Classroom Experience
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore How can public and private schools collaborate effectively?  What role can independent schools play in the world of education reform in the US?  What are the main challenges and opportunities facing such collaborative work?
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  • The Student Experience
    • Empowering Youth to Engage in Smart, Sustainable Change Through Global Service Learning

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      For 23 years buildOn has worked with thousands of students to train them in advocacy, fund-raising, and leadership skills, as well as the in-depth knowledge necessary to effect long-lasting change in the developing world by building schools and improving access to education. Explore the journey from igniting a passion for sustainable change in our youth to empowering them with the tools to accomplish and assess their impact.
      Presented ByJennifer Lishansky and Tom Silverman, buildOn (CT); Paul Benney, St. Ann's School (NY)
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      TrackThe Student Experience
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How can we harness the passion, enthusiasm, and idealism of youth into creating smart, sustainable change around the world? How do we engage young people in critical service learning:,looking at sustainability, utility, and effectiveness as essential components of meaningful service? What tools do young people need to successfully galvanize their peers and communities around sustainable development?
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    • Social Media and the Middle School Student : How to Navigate and Educate

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      It is inescapable that social networking sites are a significant part of the middle school student’s life. It is incumbent on schools to both recognize that this medium of communication is here to stay, and to work with students and parents on educating appropriate and respectful use. This workshop will share our approach to opening up dialogue and partnering with families in creating a community of responsible and respectful users.
      Presented ByJason Lewis, Gus Haracopos, and Melissa Medeiros, Chase Collegiate School (CT)
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      TrackThe Student Experience
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore How can schools create a culture of digital citizenship so that technology and mobile devices can be fully utilized as learning tools?  How can schools and families partner to educate children about digital citizenship and the acceptable use of social media both in and out of school?  Should schools hold students accountable for behaviors that take place on social media sites outside of school hours?
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