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One-Hour Workshops: Management Track

Designed primarily for business officers, financial aid directors, division heads, deans, and heads, these workshops focus on the day-to-day management of people, programs, and operations.​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Block 1 (Thursday, February 26, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • A Campus Transformed: Successfully Create and Manage Your Campus Master Plan

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      Kent School has achieved notable success during the past 25 years transforming its image, profile, and campus. Much of this success is attributable to the creative, dedicated members of the school's Planning Committee, who have envisioned and implemented a campus master plan that has guided this transformation since1987. Uncover keys to successfully create, manage, and implement a campus master plan..
      Presented BySteven Ansel, The S/L/A/M Collaborative (CT); Richardson Schell, Kent School (CT); Eugene Torone, the S/L/A/M
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What does it mean to transform your campus ? How do you compose and then manage a planning committee? How do you successfully implement a master plan?
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    • From Homeschool to Your School: Attracting, Admitting, and Enrolling Homeschoolers

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      Admissions officers, deans of students, and heads of school, gain valuable information about homeschooled students. Learn how to access and attract these innovative, imaginative, and creative students; demographics / facts about homeschooled students nationwide; their profiles as learners; what to expect during the admissions process; and what to expect when they arrive on your campus.
      Presented BySteven Lorenz and Michelle Simpson-Siegel, Oak Meadow Curriculum and School (VT); Phil Blood, Lawrence Academy (MA); Erin Lyman, Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA)
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore What is the profile of homeschool students and how do you attract them to your school? What should you expect from homeschool students during the admissions process and what types of questions should you ask in order to evaluate them as prospective members of your school community? What can you expect of homeschool students once they arrive on your campus and how can you help and support them?
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    • Is the ADA Making You Mental?

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      In today’s world schools see more and more students and employees with complicated disabilities, from cutting to suicide to violent behavior. Examine recent trends in disability case law and regulations, as well as best practice tips to improve the development and implementation of programs for managing student and employee disabilities.
      Presented BySuzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (TX); Marifred Cilella, The Howard School (GA)
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      LevelAdvanced
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      Explore What are the recent trends in disability case law and regulations? What is best practice for improving the development and implementation of programs that manage student and employee disabilities? What are the legal requirements involving medical inquiries and evaluations, granting and adjusting accommodations, and dealing with mental disabilities?
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    • Letting Go of Lists: Using Theory of the Case to Surge Enrollment

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      Though today’s spreadsheet parents assemble ever-expanding lists of must-haves, only a coherent theory of the case can increase your market share. Engage in a lively discussion to find out how two longstanding Boston schools — just six miles apart — let go of the lists to surge enrollment.
      Presented ByPatti Crane, Crane MetaMarketing Ltd. (GA); Mark Stanek, Shady Hill School (MA); Todd Vincent, Dexter Southfield (MA)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore Is there a way to respond to spreadsheet parents without ignoring their lists or caving in? What qualifies as a theory of the case, and how do youuse it to reframe an argument with spreadsheet parents? How do you use the theory of the case to do marketing that goes beyond informing to persuading?
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    • Seeing the Big Picture: How to Use Process Mapping to Improve School Operations

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      Have you ever heard the expression, "You can't see the forest through the trees?" As school leaders, many times we are so busy getting things done or figuring out why something went wrong that we lose sight of our goal. Discover how to look at your work in a new way – by stepping up, stepping out, and looking at things from the outside in. Process mapping proves a useful tool for managing daily school operations more effectively.
      Presented ByAndrea O'Brian, Princeton Montessori School (NJ)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What changes when I look at school operations in a new and different way?  What is process mapping and how do I start?  What are the benefits to process mapping and how can it help me in my school?
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    • Surf and Turf: Let's Talk About Safety Concerns with Wi-Fi and Artificial Turf

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      Independent schools are confronting many new challenges with respect to demonstrating that the school environment is safe including the presence of Wi-Fi and artificial turf on campus.  In a lively and interactive format, experienced school counsel and a head of school will offer insights and proactive strategies with respect to the safety of Wi-Fi and artificial turf.
      Presented BySara Goldsmith Schwartz, Schwartz Hannum PC (MA); Robert Gustavson, Jr., Fay School (MA)
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore What are safety issues that an independent school should consider and resolve if artificial turf and Wi-Fi are in use on campus? What proactive measures can prepare school leaders to respond to individual inquiries and community-wide concern about these popular products and devices? How can a school manage a concern that has escalated into a disruption?
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    • The Battle over Grit in Independent Schools: A Progress Report from the Field

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      In the spring of 2014, Valwood School launched a campuswide effort to connect university-supported research, popular press accounts, and the lived experience of stakeholders to engage the entire school community in a conversation on the topic of grit. Explore the broader theme of how school stakeholders respond to extended, intentional challenges to status quo beliefs and expectations on campus.
      Presented ByDarren Pascavage, Valwood School (GA)
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore What are the major challenges of connecting popularized notions of grit with the demands, expectations, and limitations of the college-prep independent school experience? What adjustments can be suggested, challenged, and adopted as your school community engages in a conversation on the presence, or absence, of grit on campus? How do Valwood School’s experiences thus far compare with other schools who have engaged a similar effort?
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    • The Business of Summer Programs: Innovation Generates Income

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      Vibrant and profitable summer programming has become essential for independent schools in search of nontuition revenue. In an increasingly competitive market, the most successful programs intentionally innovate, invest, and continually improve both programs and operations. Design a new strategy to maximize the many potential benefits of your school’s summer programs.
      Presented ByNathaniel Saltonstall, Beaver Country Day School (MA)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How does a school develop a strategy to maximize its summer program potential, both in terms of revenue and other non-financial goals? What are concrete suggestions for immediate steps a school can take to improve its summer programming? In an increasingly competitive summer programming industry, where and how much should a school innovate and invest for ongoing success with its summer programs?
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    • Using Data to Inform Decisions

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      Becoming more disciplined and knowledgeable about gathering and using data to inform decisions is vital for our schools. From creating a comprehensive database to training how to generate and ethically use data, explore the power of data to transform our conversations and give us meaningful tools to meet our missions.
      Presented ByEric Temple and Mariel Triggs, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA)
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore Why should schools consider creating the position of institutional researcher? How can schools use data to inform decisions? What data can schools gather to verify and test the efficacy of delivery of its mission and what are best practices in generating, analyzing, and interpreting data?
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    • Why Online Tools Are Worth the Risk

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      Tools like Google apps, VoiceThread, Facebook, cell phones, cloud storage, etc. have potential for serious misuse. Why do we use these types of risky tools and how do we balance the risks with good policy? Starting from the pedagogy underpinning widespread adoption of one-to-one technology with online tools, discuss policy, process, and PR issues in implementing these tools against a legal backdrop of risk and liability.
      Presented ByDemetri Orlando, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (MA); Jenni Swanson Voorhees, Sidwell Friends School (DC)
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore Why do schools embrace the use of one-to-one online tools? What are the risks to students and the operation of the school posed by these tools? What policies should the school have in place to mitigate the risks?
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  • Block 2 (Thursday, February 26, 12:00 - 1:00 PM)
    • Checking the Box: College Admission and Discipline Reporting from Where We Sit

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      The college admission process is one where relationships between high schools and colleges must rely on trust and candor. Join panelists from both the high school and college side of the desk for an open and honest conversation about discipline reporting policies.
      Presented ByBrennan Barnard and Brentnall Powell, The Derryfield School (NH); Paul Sunde, Dartmouth College (NH)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How do our schools best confront discipline violations? What is our duty in reporting violations to colleges? What impact does this duty have on students, parents, school culture, and relationships with colleges?
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    • Discussion and Q&A with SEVP on F-1 Visa Programs in Private k-12 Schools

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      Join this moderated discussion and Q&A session with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) about procedures, best practices, and resources for private K-12 schools with F-1 visa programs.  
      Presented ByChantal Duke, The Awty International School (TX); John Deziel and Katie Westerlund, Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) (TX)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How does SEVP interact with K-12 schools enrolling F-1 students?  What are new upcoming policies and regulatory trends for private schools?;  Where can private K-12 schools find and share information about best practices and resources specific to their needs and programs?
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    • Innovation Lab:Incremental Revenue Streams

      Ballroom C

      90-Minute Workshop

      NOTE: This workshop begins at 11:30 AM, 30 minutes before Block 2. Non-tuition revenue sources can help independent schools bridge the gap between what exists and what is needed for longer-term financial sustainability. During this highly interactive session, participants will develop a set of “next practices” for generating incremental revenue streams at independent schools across several categories of exploration. Outcomes from this session will be shared across the NAIS community. Session limited to 50 people, first-come, first served.
      Presented ByDan Sundt, CXO Marketing (MI) Donna Orem and Mark Mitchell, NAIS (DC)
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    • Key Findings from the NBOA Financial Position Survey

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      Develop a greater understanding of key financial ratios calculated through the Financial Position Survey and how to apply them. Actively engage with the data’s longitudinal value first hand. These data points provide the foundation for key ratios to facilitate financial sustainability conversations among school leadership vital to the health of independent schools.
      Presented ByJeff Shields and Genevieve Madigan, National Business Officers Association (DC)
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore NBOA’s Financial Position Survey takes a look at the balance sheet of independent schools.  This session will discuss key ratios you should be tracking, what these ratios tell you about the financial health of your school and the overall industry, and how you can use them to inform strategic financial conversations at your school.  
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    • Opting In: Voluntary Retirement Plans

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      Providing employees with an opportunity for an incentive to retire early often improves morale by giving them financial security and control over their future, while providing the school with the added benefit of refreshing and rightsizing the workforce.   This workshop providesExamine guidelines for managing the process properly, to avoid the potential of substantial liability.
      Presented BySuzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (FL); Steve Piltch, The Shipley School (PA)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How do we find appropriate incentives for employees choosing retirement? What are good communication techniques to avoid age discrimination claims? What are the necessary documents to ensure all potential claims are waived?
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    • Revolutionary Changes to Faculty Growth, Compensation, and Evaluation

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      How does a school implement teacher evaluation, compensation, and growth processes simultaneously? Come hear three views on the development, design, and integration of an innovative performance-based compensation structure, a teaching evaluation system, and a new professional growth system including peer observation.
      Presented ByMatthew Neely, Anthony McGrann, and Vivian Scheidt, Epiphany School (WA)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How can we best explore faculty compensation changes,performance, and growth? What is the best order to alter these structures at our school? What are the key pitfalls to changes in compensation, evaluation, and growth?
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    • Successful Endowment Management and Investment Challenges for Smaller Organizations

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      Address endowment management and challenges faced by independent schools. Discuss what institutions should expect from their endowments over the next decade and what can be done right now in response to a challenging economic environment. Find out how independent school leaders can protect themselves when making investment decisions regarding institutional funds.
      Presented ByKevin Moultrie, TIAA-CREF (DC); Ero Johnson and Michael Collins, TIAA-CREF (NY)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What is successful endowment management and how can we achieve it? What are the challenges facing smaller non-profit organizations and how do we address them? What is an investment policy statement and why should my institution adopt one?
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    • Two Schools, Two Farms, Two Chefs

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      Discover how the Hotchkiss and the Lawrenceville school farms have been developed and utilized as food-producing, educational resources. Join food service directors and working chefs to explore school-supported agriculture and how to incorporate it into learning, the school program, and menus that offer a new level of local.
      Presented ByGary Giberson, Sustainable Fare at The Lawrenceville School (NJ); Samuel Kosoff, The Lawrenceville School (NJ); Joshua Hahn, The Hotchkiss School (CT); Andrew Cox, Sodexo at The Hotchkiss School (CT)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How can a school develop a garden or farm that serves a function beyond demonstration? How can you integrates curriculum, the community, and real food production?
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    • Why Ph.D.s Are Leaving the University and How to Get Them into Independent Schools

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      For the past decade the number of graduating Ph.D.s has been increaseding while the number of tenured university positions has decreased. In this session, participants lLearn strategies to recruit more Ph.D.s to independent schools, how Ph.D.s can both elevate the level of expertise and increase the number of diverse faculty at a school, and what the increasing number of Ph.D.s coming to independent schools will mean for our schools' future.
      Presented ByStephanie Bramlett and Daniel Budak, St. Luke's School (CT)
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore How can independent schools bolster research and specialized study programs?  How can independent schools boost the number of highly qualified and diverse applicants?  How can independent schools be more attractive to potential applicants with Ph.D.s?
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  • Block 3 (Thursday, February 26, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • 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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      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

      311

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      306

      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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      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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      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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  • Block 4 (Friday, February 27, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • Develop, Market, and Manage Revenue-Enhancing Summer Programming at Your Institution

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      Explore the why and how-to steps, tools, and resources to evaluate and develop successful summer programs. Learn what others are doing and discover how these programs are conceived, launched, marketed, and operated from industry insiders who have done so for private and nonprofit entities in the day camp, sleep-away camp, and education arenas. Evaluate program development using a provided decision matrix.
      Presented ByEric Stein and Jill Tipograph, Everything Summer (NY); Peter Gilbert, Salisbury School (CT); Noah Cooper and Margaret Cooper, Ivy League School (NY)
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore How can you assess alternatives and providers for summer programming?How can you meaningfully compete for summer program enrollment in your first year?  How can you evaluate existing programs, make needed changes, or get started?
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    • How to Simplify Managing Your School’s IT in the Age of 1-to-1, 1+1, BYOD, and BRYD

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      The historical management model of a centrally, fully controlled IT environment is expensive, ineffective, and counter productive. What is your school’s goal for technology use and deployment? Are you meeting that goal? Is your IT management paradigm assisting the institution or impeding its progress? How does the school evaluate if the current technology model being instituted is as effective as it can be for you students? Come find answers.
      Presented ByJames Huffaker and Mark Davies, The Hun School of Princeton (NJ)
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      LevelIntroductory
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      Explore What is your school’s goal for technology use and deployment? - Are you meeting that goal? -Is your IT management paradigm assisting the institution or impeding its progress?
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    • Is Your School Community Prepared for a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan?

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      Those of us entrenched in schools are currently seeing a paradigm shift in admissions. Schools are transitioning in how they attract prospective students by moving from the traditional admission process to strategic enrollment management. Learn how to fill seats and become solvent and resilient against any economic downturn that may affect enrollment. The answer is strategic enrollment management.
      Presented ByChris Pryor and Fred McGaughan, Gowan Group (NY); John Barrengos, The Putney School (VT)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What are the essential elements to a comprehensive strategic enrollment management plan? How can trustees and the head of school play a supportive and active role in enrollment management? How would YOUR school benefit from a comprehensive plan?
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    • Measuring Best Practices in Institutional Sustainability

      108

      Explore Protostar, a robust tool to measure sustainability initiatives at independent schools, using three case studies. Discuss how you can use Protostar to spur intraschool collaboration, as well as your school’s sustainability efforts.
      Presented ByFrank Barros, King Low-Heywood Thomas (MA); James Bentley, St. Johnsbury Academy (VT); Katrina Linthorst Homan, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore Why and how does Protostar reflect "best practices" in sustainability? What are some good examples that justify the time used to gather sustainability data?    How can schools contribute to the evolution of Protostar metrics?  
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    • Outside-the-Box Thinking in Independent School Admission

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      Traditional admission funnel tactics are failing. NAIS schools must communicate hard-to-quantify benefits to busy, financially nervous, and inconsistently informed families. A set of novel outside-the-box tactics delivered a 110 percent increase in applications for one school through the recession. The tactics are transportable and offer a path for enrollment health nationally.
      Presented ByPeter Anderson, The Episcopal Academy (PA)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore Why are traditional admission funnel tactics failing? What set of novel tactics successfully addresses the key marketing constraints of independent schools? How can these tactics be successfully absorbed and employed by any independent school?
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    • Private for All to See: The Limits and Lessons of Confidentiality in an Online World

      204

      Social media presents independent school employees and students with both opportunities and hazards. Develop a framework for discussing how to navigate the issues that arise when technology catapults private lives into the public eye.
      Presented ByMichael Blacher, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (CA)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How can students and staff best minimize the risk of having their personal information become public information in their school community?  What best practices can you implement to prevent and address social media that may negatively affect your school community?  What recent relevant cases have other independent schools dealt with that can provide crucial insights?
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  • Block 5 (Friday, February 27, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
    • Current and Coming Legal Issues for Independent Schools

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      Legal issues continue to fascinate and horrify schools leaders of all kinds. This year's round-up of the most pressing and pressuring promises to keep you on your toes. Enterprise risk management? National Labor Relations Board? Teachers with tape? Come join this exciting session with NAIS's legal counsel to discuss the current and coming legal issues for independent schools!
      Presented ByDebra Wilson, NAIS (DC)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What are the potential cases, regulations, and legislation that might impact the independent school world?  What are some of the biggest legal issues that schools should be aware of from this past year?  What are some risk management approaches they should consider in light of the every day risks in schools and the hot legal topics?
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    • Developing Strategic Partnerships to Raise Reputation, Revenue, and Enrollment

      108

      Using strategic planning theory and exploring The Gunston School’s unique partnerships with the YMCA, the USTA, Horizons, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, learn how to conceptualize and develop strategic partnerships that can diversify a school’s revenue sources, enhance a school’s brand value, and cultivate new enrollment candidates.
      Presented ByJohn Lewis, The Gunston School (MD); Gregory Hagin, CCS (NJ)
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      LevelAdvanced
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      Explore How can strategic planning theory be utilized to promote a school's sustainability? How can a school create partnerships that diversify revenue sources? How can a school create partnerships that promote the school's brand value, and attract new enrollees?
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    • I Don't Want to Make the Sausage Anymore: Candid Insights from the World of College Admission

      310

      Over the past 20 years, the attention in the media and in our schools on college admission has grown. Join  two former directors of college admissions (University of Pennsylvania and Dickinson College) who have recently moved into independent school administration to discuss the changing landscape of higher education, realities of selective college admission, and how this topic challenges our schools and missions.
      Presented ByGavin Bradley, Pace Academy (GA); Stephanie Balmer, Harpeth Hall School (TN); Quenby Mott, The Kinkaid School (TX); John Mahoney, Boston College (MA)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore  What are the pressures and realities of selective college admission that have changed over the past 20 years?  How do those changes affect the way different student populations (public vs. independent, first generation, international, high need, legacy, development, etc.) are considered?  What do heads and boards need to know in order to honor their school’s mission while still providing support for their college counselors and opportunities for their families?
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    • Knowing What Really Matters: Creating a Campus Master Plan for Students and School Culture

      105

      St. Paul’s Episcopal School has always had a clarity of mission but until recently that mission was not always articulated. First through a campus master plan, then a branding exercise, the school is now embarking on building a new student center, which will be the physical manifestation of its brand “Knowing What REALLY Matters.” Explore this highly inclusive and collaborative process.
      Presented ByPeter Winebrenner, Hord Coplan Macht (MD); Marty Lester, St. Paul's Episcopal School (AL)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How can a school best utilize a broad and comprehensive approach to first articulate then reinforce their mission?  How can the mission be fully realized in all aspects of school life, including campus improvements?  How can participants apply the elements from this session to their campus improvement projects?
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    • Revolutionizing Parent Education

      202

      One of the keys to an engaged parent community is an effective parent education program. In today’s ever-changing world, it’s not enough to offer an educational program that gives students the tools for a new age without thinking about the tools parents need as well. Find out how to design a new and effective approach to parent education.
      Presented ByStephanie Flanigan and Julie Bragdon, Montessori School of Denver (CO)
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore How does a school design a new, forward-thinking, and successful mission-driven parent education program that reflects the dynamic nature of today’s world?  What role does the faculty play in the design and execution of a successful mission-driven parent education program?  How do you measure the impact of an effective parent education program on partnership between school and home, retention, and philanthropic support?
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    • The Blank Slate of New

      107

      A new boarding-day school is being created. It aims to produce the outstanding results of the best schools at under half the tuition usually charged. Examine the key decisions that have been made to make this possible – and likely!
      Presented ByGraham Baldwin, The Westside School (CANADA)
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      LevelAdvanced
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      Explore Can true excellence be truly affordable? Do changes in program delivery help or hinder financial viability? Why will  the independent school world will watch us with interest?
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    • You Have How Many International Students? The Importance of Community Buy-in

      204

      More than 290,000 degree-seeking Chinese students currently study in the U.S. Despite providing irrefutable benefits to schools, misperceptions about the students’ impact remain a problem in American education. Analyze the phenomenon in higher education to discover how community buy-in, professional development, and student support can overcome stereotypes in independent schools.
      Presented ByRobert Graves, Palm Valley School (CA); Peter BergThe Cambridge Institute of International Education (MA); Jacob Mobley, Gphomestay (MA); Radhika Pillai, Cambridge Institute of International Education
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      LevelIntermediate
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      Explore What have higher education institutions with established international student programs done to counter misperceptions and how can independent schools learn from this at the secondary level?  How can community buy-in of students, parents, faculty, staff, and trustees shape how international student programs are received and sustained?  What role can academic support (professional development and student support) play in supporting positive outcomes for the entire school community?
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  • Block 6 (Friday, February 27, 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
    • A Transformative Approach: Student Achievement from Admission to Graduation

      104

      The Bishop’s School examined entrance scores as a predictor of academic success to better manage risk decisions and strategically allocate financial aid. The longitudinal study of six graduating classes included ISEE scores, academic program, GPA, and graduation deciles. Results showed those entering grade nine have far less mobility than in seven or eight. The study led to change in student support, allocation of financial aid, and admission policy.
      Presented ByKim Peckham and Binney Caffrey, The Bishop's School (CA)
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      LevelAdvanced
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      Explore How can key statistics and data be used to guide admissions and financial aid decisions?  What can trend analysis tell a school about student learning outcomes?  How can a school work with a long-term vision to transform student achievement outcomes and measure change?
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    • Buckle up, Here We Go! Navigating the Legal Issues for Field Trips

      201

      Whether a visit to the local museum or a long excursion to Europe, field trips are essential for today’s students. However such an experience could result in a lawsuit if something unexpected happens. Discuss the variables that are most vulnerable, the measures to reduce risks, and the foundation to create policies, procedures, and documentation.
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