2018 Workshops

Below you will find a listing of all three-hour and one-hour workshops from the 2018 NAIS Annual Conference, March 7-9 in Atlanta, GA.

Click or tap on a workshop to get expanded details, including the workshop summary, presenters, learning objectives, and presentation documents.
 
Title Block Time Summary Track
W3. Essential Considerations for Transforming Educational Learning Spaces Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: How can school leaders embrace design thinking to help guide school initiatives that will transform learning environments? Schools are scrambling to modernize their buildings in light of new knowledge about teaching and learning in the 21st century. As educators think about essential skills for future success, they realize that skills in reading, writing, and arithmetic should be coupled with contemporary skills such as collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving. Learning space transformation can support relevant student engagement to achieve these skills. Explore how edtech and academic leaders can become key catalysts and collaborators when they think beyond technology, makerspaces, and student worksheets.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 102 B
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Study three different case studies for designing educational spaces.
    • Understand the essential considerations and lessons learned when planning space transformations.
    • Work through a design challenge and a thinking flowchart process to apply takeaways to your school.
  • Presenters: Connie White, Woodward Academy (GA); Geoff De Santis and Howard Levin, Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart (CA); Chelle Wabrek, The Episcopal School of Dallas (TX)
Classroom Experience
W4. Foundations of Risk Management: Rise Above Uncertainty Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: In this era of increased uncertainty, independent school leaders see the value of proactively managing risk, but they often struggle to do so. This workshop will introduce participants to a recommended risk management approach for independent schools. It will provide practical guidance for committing to a sustained risk management process, demonstration and practice with available resources, tips for keeping your process manageable, strategies for proactively identifying and prioritizing the risks that keep you up at night, and methods of engaging stakeholders to build a risk-intelligent school culture.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 102 C
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Be able to describe the four-step risk management process.
    • Review tools and techniques to advance risk management.
    • Identify next steps to engage your community in risk management
  • Presenters: Laura Wright, Liza Kabanova, and Melanie Bennett, United Educators Insurance Risk Retention Group
Management
W9. The Beautiful Partnership: A Shared Leadership Framework for Boards and Heads of School Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Management is hard, but governance is harder. Governance in an independent or international school context is harder still. The perpetual issues faced by board members and heads of school are exacerbated today by changing demographics and an increasingly fragmented educational field. To address these complex issues, a framework for shared leadership that maximizes this relationship's positive impact on the school is essential. Through case studies and large- and small-group discussions, participants will understand and develop the leadership framework that ensures that their organization will derive the maximum benefits from a 'beautiful partnership' between the board and the head of school.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 103 A
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the principal-agent problem, the perpetual issues faced by school leaders, and the current factors impacting education and school governance.
    • Explore the concept of shared leadership and why it is critically important for long-term sustainability.
    • Review the elements of the shared leadership framework, and learn how to develop and implement them.
  • Presenters: Abigail DeLessio and Marc Frankel, Triangle Associates; Joel Brand and Landis Green, Wildwood School (CA)
Governance
W13. The Why and How of Well-Being: Cultivating a Connected Community Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Using PERMA—Martin Seligman's positive psychology recipe for how to flourish through positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishments'we will learn, practice, and explore ways to improve our own well-being and that of our students. Designed in part to combat the lack of connection and increased anxiety and depression in our adolescents, this interactive workshop will introduce you to research and practice that will aid you in promoting well-being in your community.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 103 B
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Practice PERMA to increase your own well-being.
    • Create a plan to introduce PERMA to your school to increase community connection and overall well-being.
    • Effect positive change in American culture to combat mental health issues.
  • Presenters: Erin Noviski, The Wellington School (OH)
Classroom Experience
W2. Cultural Competency Training for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators: Starting Courageous Conversations at Your School Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Workshop leaders will take participants through the planning and implementation of voluntary 'Courageous Conversation' lunches at an independent school. This workshop will showcase how to help faculty practice their skills around discussing concepts such as implicit bias, privilege, and microaggressions. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what works in facilitating these difficult conversations and where challenges might arise. They will view samples of the curriculum and have the opportunity to engage in different activities that occur in Courageous Conversations.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 103 C
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand what professional development opportunities centering on equity and justice look like at an independent school.
    • Explore how conversations about difficult topics can change a school's culture as it pertains to equity and justice.
    • Brainstorm topics that might be discussed in Courageous Conversations at your own school.
  • Presenters: Diana Artis and Eva Ostrowsky, The Pingry School (NJ)
Student Experience
W11. The Inclusion Dashboard Consortium Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: This workshop will help participants understand the strategic benefits of measuring inclusion. They will explore the process to create a dashboard for inclusion at their own school and will learn to identify the measurable themes to survey in order to inform those dashboards.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 101 A
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Build an understanding of inclusion dashboards and their programmatic and mission-centered value.
    • Design a process for creating your school's dashboard for inclusion.
    • Identify the themes needed to measure inclusion at your school.
  • Presenters: Kalyan Balaven, The Athenian School (CA); Dori King, Oregon Episcopal School (OR); Anthony Witte, Children's Day School (CA); Rochelle Reodica, Marin Horizon School (CA); Britta Pells, Chinese American International School (CA)
Management
W15. Yes You Can! Reimagining Sexuality Education K-6 Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Engaging young children in conversations about sex, gender, and reproduction significantly impacts the course of healthy sexual development. It is vital, therefore, that families and schools proactively establish themselves in children's lives as the primary reference points around these topics. This interactive workshop provides what teachers and administrators need to confidently integrate human sexuality education into their pre-K/LS curriculum. Participants will audit their current programs, identify obstacles to change, and gain resources for implementing developmentally appropriate programming across pre-K-6. One school will share its process for reimagining health and sexuality education, including ongoing work with faculty and parents.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 201 A
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Know, understand, and communicate the rationale for teaching human sexuality in elementary schools.
    • Evaluate the current status of sexuality education in your school, and identify obstacles to moving forward.
    • Work in collaborative groups to prepare a plan for next steps to take back to your school.
  • Presenters: Deborah Roffman, The Park School of Baltimore (MD); Jill Romans and Holly Fidler, St. Paul Academy and Summit School (MN)
Student Experience
W1. Advancement Strategies and Solutions for Small Schools Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Nurture your inner advancement pro. In a small school, advancement priorities, roles, and resources can get tangled faster than fishing-line on a gusty day. Thoughtful review, evaluation, and planning can quickly be preempted by any combination of the immediate concerns that too often monopolize our time, energy, and talent. Use this workshop to get your head wrapped around strategies to lead your school in developing cutting-edge but scalable advancement initiatives and in confidently nurturing and protecting your vision and your program as you navigate the hazardous shoals of too-much-to-do-and-not-enough-time.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 102 A
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify issues that form the core of successful small school advancement practice.
    • Outline optimal approaches to establishing and evaluating advancement goals that ensure acceptance of and support for advancement priorities.
    • Keep your head focused on 'the important stuff' when things seem crazy!
  • Presenters: Starr Snead, Advancement Connections; Shelley Reese, Esperanza Academy (MA)
Communications and Advancement
W6. Leveraging Mind, Brain, and Education Science to Reimagine Learning at Your School Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Schools are beginning to understand the importance of applying Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) science to classroom practice. In MBE-aligned schools, the goal is for every student to understand the brain, learning, and himself or herself as a learner. When students partner with us in their learning, they are empowered to use their brains well, knowing that they drive structural and functional changes. During this interactive workshop, we will explore MBE, discuss a scope and sequence to teach about learning and the brain, and support you in developing a plan for MBE-aligned professional development to transform learning in your school.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 201 B
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand MBE and how it can improve learning outcomes for students.
    • Explore the importance of critical consumption of MBE research.
    • Begin to develop a plan for MBE-aligned professional development for your school.
  • Presenters: Daisy Pellant, Sky Fauver, and Sarah Flotten, Breck School (MN)
Classroom Experience
W14. Women and Leadership: Patterns, Strategies, and Tools for Navigating Your Leadership Journey Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Learn the four patterns that affect women at work across sectors and that impact their leadership trajectories. Discuss how you've seen those patterns play out in your own career. Then, lay the groundwork for your own development as a school leader by reflecting on the latest research on core strengths and weaknesses, purpose, networking, and mentorship versus sponsorship. This workshop is appropriate for current and aspiring school leaders of all genders who are interested in intentionally navigating their leadership journeys, leveraging the strengths and talents of all their colleagues, and ensuring a robust pipeline of aspiring school leaders.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 101 B
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the four patterns of women at work and how the patterns play out at your own school.
    • Learn the definitions of core strengths, core weaknesses, and purpose, and apply them as you imagine your career trajectory.
    • Review the basics of networking, mentorship, and sponsorship, and create a personal board of directors.
  • Presenters: Amada Torres, NAIS; Liz Duffy, International Schools Services
Leadership Development
W7. NAIS Strategy Lab | Insights-to-Action Workshop Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Are you interested in building insights to find clarity within your mission and market? Do you desire new thinking and frameworks to better align your board and key stakeholders around a future-focused strategy to serve your community? Check out the NAIS Strategy Lab's Insights-to-Action experience, which will cover new 'Jobs to Be Done' parent research and a systems thinking framework. Leave the session with concrete data, tools, and processes to foster strategic innovation planning on your campus.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand NAIS's 'Jobs to Be Done' parent research, and strategically discuss your school's specific parent population and market reality.
    • Use a systems thinking framework to analyze forces inside and outside your school's control, and brainstorm creative inputs that can lead to new and innovative outputs
    • Synthesize your insights on whom you serve and what you offer and how that fits into your school's dynamic environment to build alignment and buy-in among key stakeholders.
  • Presenters: Jackie Wolking and Claire Wescott, NAIS
Leadership Development
W12. The Signals Are Talking. Are We Listening? Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: 'The future doesn't simply arrive fully formed overnight, it emerges step by step.''Amy Webb, The Signals Are Talking. How prepared are schools for our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world? As the pace of change accelerates, how are schools leaders adapting and responding? While schools like to plan in five-year cycles, they often lack the skill to interpret signals, trends, habits, and technologies. In this workshop, we will explore the 'signals' of our exponentially changing world. Participants will build artifacts of the future, learn forecasting strategies, and dialogue about the role and structure of the schools of the future.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 B
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop the skills and mindsets of futurists.
    • Identify and analyze the signals of today's world that will impact the world of tomorrow.
    • Brainstorm ideas about the school of the future.
  • Presenters: Carla Silver, Leadership+Design; Christian Talbot, Basecamp School (NJ)
Leadership Development
W10. The Culture That Got You Here Will Not Get You There Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: While our dynamic operating environment has taught school trustees and leaders the necessity of strategically addressing demographics, affordability, value propositions, and modern learning practices, they often fail to think strategically about the culture of their school. In leading comprehensive change in schools, we have developed valuable insights into the significant differences between school cultures that are change-ready versus those that are change-capable. This workshop will share a culture framework, benchmarking tools, and culture development strategies. Participants will leave with a new strategic understanding of culture and its role, a gap analysis process for assessing culture, and tools for continuing strategic culture development back at their schools.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 C
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the centrality of culture to the success of school strategic initiatives.
    • Understand and apply the concept of 'change-ready.'
    • Understand and apply the concept of 'change-capable.'
  • Presenters: Jamie Feild Baker, Lawrence Academy (MA); Matt Ruby, Ruby Consulting
Leadership Development
W8. Radical Rethinking of the Leadership Pipeline in Independent Education: Rethinking and Redesigning the Model Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: There may be no more urgent need in independent schools than the development of a next generation of school leaders prepared to deal with a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). In this highly interactive workshop, a dream team of leadership change agents will share both challenges and newly evolving practices through which independent schools can develop a new generation of school leaders with the skills to balance critical traditions and disruptive innovation'from the boardroom to the head's office, divisional offices, and the classroom.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 204
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how to empower and support all adults in your school to see themselves as 'leaders.'
    • Learn how to deepen and strengthen your school's pipeline of future divisional and all-school leaders.
    • Explore how to build leadership development into your school as a key element of culture.
  • Presenters: Grant Lichtman, The Future of K-12 Education; John Gulla, Edward E. Ford Foundation; Doreen Kelly, Ravenscroft School (NC); David Monaco, Parish Episcopal School (TX)
Leadership Development
W5. Leading With and Leveraging Polarities: A Both/And Approach to Flourishing Schools Three-Hour workshop Wednesday, February 27,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Take a deep dive into the mechanics of polarity thinking so that you can bring this strategic process back to your school. Polarities are pairs of values, competencies, or strategic objectives that seem to oppose one another but are actually interdependent. Common independent school polarities are Academic Achievement and Whole Person Education; Mission and Margin; and Continuity and Transformation. Participants will learn to identify their school's most strategic polarities. They will brainstorm action steps that will ensure that their school leverages its polarities and achieves desired results. Finally, they will be able to cascade polarity thinking across all school domains.
  • Block: Three-Hour workshop (Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Room number: 104 C
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn to identify the most strategic polarities at your school.
    • Identify those action steps and early warnings that will ensure that your school leverages its polarities to achieve desired results.
    • Develop a capacity to cascade polarity thinking across all school domains.
  • Presenters: John Yeager, Culver Academies (IN)
Management
A Practical Guide to Creating an Outstanding Parent Experience NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: In today's experience economy, parents are increasingly asserting their role as customers. Their experience at a school builds parent satisfaction and fuels positive word of mouth that drives recruitment and retention results. Schools that focus on the parent experience will realize marketing success and holistic school success. Examine specific and practical initiatives schools have successfully taken to create an outstanding parent experience as well as suggestions for programs and approaches to consider. Take this opportunity to exchange ideas and examples of initiatives you have taken at your school.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 104 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine practical initiatives schools can use to create a positive parent experience and impact enrolment results.
    • Learn from and exchange ideas with colleagues about parent experience initiatives.
    • Discover what makes the parent experience critical to enrollment success and overall school success.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Chuck English, English Marketing Works; Steve Freedman, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit (MI)
Communications and Advancement
Thinking Beyond the Norm: New Approaches to Traditional Engagement Strategies Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Traditional prospect and donor engagement strategies are less successful in today's changing philanthropic environment. New communication expectations, increasing international family populations, changing demographics of your parent population, and competing needs in your community can challenge efforts to cultivate support. Look beyond traditional and old-fashioned engagement strategies to connect with prospective donors, volunteers, and community members. Using case studies and group discussion, explore and define new ways to create that critical level of engagement you need for bold and transformational fundraising efforts.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside 4
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify why new and different engagement strategies are needed in today's changing culture of philanthropy.
    • Get examples of unique ways to engage with prospective donors, volunteers, and community members.
    • Explore the potential challenges and opportunities for this shifting engagement paradigm.
  • Presenters: Jacquie Antoun, Crean Lutheran High School (CA); Jennifer DeGrave, The Pegasus School (CA); Julie Siebel and Blake Reiser, CCS
Communications and Advancement
Designing Our Future with Rapid Financial Prototyping Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Do you want to host productive, generative discussions about your school's future? To ensure ideas don't stray too far from what is financially feasible, trustees should have an intuitive understanding of their school's business model. Typically, financials are treated as a constraint. But using intuitive financial models can enhance discussion productivity by allowing trustees to rapidly test the financial feasibility of ideas. Join us to use interactive financial models to find looming financial prolbems,test solutions, discuss tradeoffs, and experience how intuitive financial models can empower trustees.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 201 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • See how forecasting gives insight to trustees by helping to avoid future problems, catalyze generative "what-if?" discussions, and ground boards in financial reality.
    • Enhance critical thinking with forecasting by rapidly testing ideas/assumptions, allowing boards to better steer schools into the unknown future.
    • Keep forecasting simple; all trustees can do it or understand it.
  • Presenters: Wade Vagle, Schools That Last
Governance
From 'A' to Mastery: Leading School-Wide Change in the Mastery Revolution NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Examine how three schools, in three different stages, are leading strategic change in mastery-based learning. Explore Nueva's development of a working prototype for the Mastery Transcript Consortium, Wildwood's emphasis on student health and wellness, as well as mastery learning outside of the traditional classroom, and White Mountain School's change leadership from research and articulation of essential skills and habits to formally and explicitly assessing them. Then find out how Global Online Academy supports and assists change initiatives focused on mastery learning. Conclude with a moderated panel exploring change leadership focused on mastery learning.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 101 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How might we curate and adopt school-wide competencies through a bottom-up leadership approach to support mastery learning?
    • How might we pilot learner experiences and assessment rooted in mission-driven, school-wide competencies to have mission-driven reporting?
    • How might we identify and on-board key stakeholders to generate widescale support for changing to mastery learning?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Michael Peller and Allison Letourneau, The White Mountain School (NH); Bonnie Lathram, Global Online Academy (WA); Stephen Dunn, The Nueva School (CA); Regan Galvan, Wildwood School (CA)
Leadership Development
The Essential Link Between Leadership and Cultural Competency Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Discover how to connect your cultural and social identities to your leadership at school. How are you challenging and confirming assumptions about who you are, your leadership journey, and your commitment to growing and evolving our school communities? Current events and the climate across our country require us to give more attention to our own cultural competency. Learn to articulate the necessary shift in leadership to support students, families, and school professionals'especially those underrepresented'who deserve to experience full membership within our schools.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 203 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Reflect on personal leadership journeys. How did you become a leader? When did your identity hinder or enhance your journey?
    • Identify the knowledge and skills needed to introduce and sustain diversity initiatives in our schools.
    • Receive strategies to evaluate and evolve programming that support skill development in cultural competence.
  • Presenters: Semeka Smith-Williams and Elizabeth Hastings, The Packer Collegiate Institute (NY)
Leadership Development
Instructional Coaching in Independent Schools: Building Capacity from Within Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Learn about the impact coaching can have within schools, from senior leadership to classroom teachers. Discuss how to leverage school culture to develop a vision and philosophy of instructional coaching within your specific school, as well as talk about coaching across all segments of school life as an optimal form of professional development. See how instructional coaching leads to improved teaching and learning practices and fosters a growth mindset within a school's professional culture.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside 1
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain knowledge of best practices in instructional coaching.
    • Explore models and values associated with instructional coaching.
    • Begin investigating how coaching may evolve at your school.
  • Presenters: Lori Cohen, The Bay School of San Francisco (CA); Lisa Haney, California Teacher Development Collaborative
Leadership Development
It's on Us: How Student-Centered Equity Work Fails Us All Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Who is responsible for equity work in schools? What does the answer to this question tell us about the health of our institutions? Straddle the cognitive dissonance of moving away from student-centered work toward student-supportive equity work that requires adult leadership. As the gatekeepers and caretakers of the institution, adults need to be more aware of our own multiple and intersecting identities in order to better support students through lesson plans, programming, and policy. To make for a rich dialogue and meaningful impact, we encourage those who do not formally practice equity work to participate.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside 5
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify ways equity work needs to be adult-oriented.
    • Evaluate your current equity and justice programs through a new adult-responsible framework.
    • Generate ideas and ways to discuss and then implement structural changes in your school.
  • Presenters: Dwight Vidale, Riverdale Country School (NY); Emily Schorr Lesnick, University Prep (WA)
Leadership Development
Practicing (and Teaching!) the Art (and Science!) of High-Performance Collaboration Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Collaboration is often highlighted as a key 21st century skill, vital for school leaders, teachers, and students we serve. However, what specific tools do we need to teach and practice top-notch collaboration? While there's some 'art' to collaboration, there's also ample science. Find out how to activate both. Get an introduction to key concepts from managerial science, the study of the world's most effective collaborative teams. Via hands-on activities, acquire a structure to identify, practice, and support effective collaboration. Gain concrete tools to become a more effective collaborator yourself and also to improve collaborative work in your school.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside 7
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the importance of collaborative skills in education and how effective collaboration works (via managerial science findings).
    • Explore these concepts, tools, and practices through hands-on experimentation and observation, followed by discussion and reflection.
    • Uncover how to integrate tools into practices and curriculum, via supporting material, small-group discussion, and individual reflection.
  • Presenters: Michelle Haner, French American International School (CA)
Leadership Development
Orienting New Faculty: A Snapshot of the Induction and Mentorship Programs at an Independent School Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: What makes a good induction program? How do you orient new and veteran teachers to the culture of your school? How do ensure proper mentorship? How do you choose your mentors? Attend this interactive workshop'based on practitioner research completed in July 2018 for the University of Pennsylvania master's in education and school leadership program'to explore the elements of induction and mentorship for new faculty at an independent school. The induction program includes elements such as new teacher orientation, new teacher meetings, scheduling matters, print materials, and mentorship, with an emphasis on introducing teachers to the culture of a new school.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside Ballroom B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore a variety of induction processes that can help new faculty adjust to the culture of your school.
    • Discuss the qualities of good mentors and how to choose them at your school.
    • Learn from one another's personal experiences with induction'what is effective? What isn't?
  • Presenters: Nicholas Ponticello, Flintridge Preparatory School (CA)
Leadership Development
'Even a Brick Wants to Be Something': An Architectural Approach to Administrative Writing Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Delve into the topics of administrative composition and institutional advancement as a collaborative schema and learn why a school leader needs an effective approach to professional writing to fully embrace the potential of routine communication. Website blurbs and weekly letters/blogs to school families are underutilized opportunities to grow school identity and culture as well as develop additional venues for strategic messaging and relationship-building. Explore the challenges of administrative writing with an architectural mindset and get a process that underscores the potential to build school relationships using an institutional and individual approach.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 201 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Inventory and determine current practice, purpose, and potential of routine administrative writing.
    • Recognize institutional/individual voice as necessary to administrative writing, acknowledging the adverse effect of a generic administrative voice.
    • Consider an architectural writing approach as a go-to process for administrative writing, especially for weekly blogs/letters.
  • Presenters: Colleen Potocki, Community School of Naples (FL)
Communications and Advancement
Help Your Technology Director Become the Strategic Partner You Need NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Effective technology leadership should involve transparency, not mystery. Some schools face challenges when senior administrators struggle to evaluate a technology program or engage in its transformation. In fact, building capacity and designing for the future are interconnected with effective technology leadership'which starts from the top. This hands-on workshop helps heads, assistant heads, CFOs, and other senior administrators become more engaged in strategic decisions involving the technology program and senior technology position. Learn how to assess, design, evaluate, remediate, and hire for the role and department'all critical tasks in reimagining independent schools.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 103 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how best to design the strategic elements of a senior technology position that fits your school's needs.
    • Learn how to assess, evaluate, and remediate the tactical and strategic elements of a technology program.
    • Learn how to make tough decisions around transitioning and hiring for the senior technology position.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Gabriel Lucas, Educational Technology Recruiting
Leadership Development
Enrollment Projections: Dartboard or Data NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Learn how The Shipley School has designed a data-driven projection and budgeting model that combines the resources of our enrollment and business offices in a collaborative and strategic manner. Enrollment projections are used in concert with financial aid budgeting by grade for both new and returning students as a tool to achieve desired enrollment by grade level as well as reach other mission-driven goals around diversity and the breadth and depth of the student body. Review the mechanics behind the work as well as the philosophy behind this combined approach.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 102 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to use data to create short- and long-term enrollment projections.
    • Lean how to create a collaborative financial aid budgeting process between the enrollment and business offices.
    • Learn how to utilize a data-driven process for enrollment projections and financial aid to maximize enrollment management opportunities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Amy Clemons, Sylvia Spector, and Adam Wojtelwicz, The Shipley School (PA)
Management
Insta-Suspension #detention @expelled; Student Discipline in the Age of Social Media Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: As students increasingly socialize, interact, and learn using social media and electronic communication, schools face a new quandary of when, how, and to what extent they should regulate students' electronic behavior and discipline accordingly. Analyze the legal pitfalls of schools overstepping in this area and the risks of schools neglecting to get involved. Discuss best practices for creating mission-aligned school policies and procedures to address student social media/electronic communication. Together, let's analyze hypothetical situations in the areas of cyberbullying, sexting, catfishing, academic cheating, and more.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 203 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Analyze desired level of involvement in social media issues based on standards of negligence, specific school culture, and state and local laws.
    • Learn best practices for crafting policies and procedures to address social media/electronic communication regulation and procedures for discipline for violations.
    • By exploring crisis management through hypothetical situations, create a game plan for approaching like situations including investigation and remedial action/discipline.
  • Presenters: Donna Lazarus and Mark Brossman, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Tara Christie-Kinsey and Maureen Burgess, The Hewitt School (NY)
Management
More Than a Permission Form: Effective Risk Management for Extra-Curricular Programs NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Extra-curricular activities such as domestic and international trips, community service projects, independent study projects and athletics are valued elements of the school experience. However, by their very nature, extra-curricular activities can create additional liability exposure for any school. Discuss developing an effective risk management plan to limit liability exposure in extra-curricular activities. An effective risk management plan involves more than just a permission form'it looks more broadly at the program as a whole to ensure the school is doing everything practicable to protect the safety and security of the students entrusted to its care.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 102 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Reassess and/or identify the risk inherent and avoidable in extra-curricular activities.
    • Develop a risk management plan to limit liability exposure inherent in extra-curricular activities.
    • Re-evaluate best practices in risk management for extra-curricular and understand evolving trends.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Janice Gregerson and Caryn Pass, Venable LLP
Management
Preventing Rape Culture and Fostering a Culture of Consent Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: The phrase 'rape culture' elicits strong emotions. It describes an environment where rape is prevalent and sexual violence is normalized and excused as part of current culture. Learn steps high schools are taking to address views about rape culture, including policies and educational awareness on consent, dating violence, healthy relationships, sexual assault, bystander intervention, and anonymous reporting. See how schools are providing opportunities for student-led programs that empower students use their voice to promote respect, healthy culture, and a positive school environment.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 204
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about evolving expectations regarding school practices and policies in preventing rape culture.
    • Learn how other schools are addressing this.
    • Learn how to involve students in the school's efforts to prevent sexual assault.
  • Presenters: Linda Johnson, McLane Middleton; Jessica Herbster and Jenny Elliot, Phillips Academy (MA)
Student Experience
Mental Health, Risk to Self, and Risk to Others NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Student mental health is a significant and ever-growing concern for educational institutions nationwide, particularly in today's time of school shootings and increased student anxiety. A rising number of students are seeking mental health services for a variety of issues'attention deficit, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. As such, schools, faculty, and administrators must approach student mental health issues in a legally compliant and medically supported way that benefits the individual student physically, emotionally, and academically'and also benefits the general school community.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 102 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Review recurring mental health issues and how social media has magnified and impacted some of these concerns.
    • Strategize how to approach student mental health issues in a legally compliant and medically supported way.
    • Recognize how mental health can result in dire occurrences that can create immediate harm, heartbreak, longer-term crisis management, and litigation risks.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: James Keller, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Student Experience
Navigating the Role of the Independent School Institutional Researcher: Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Uncover how institutional research at an independent school serves as both a catalyst and support for carrying out tangible objectives of the school. Consider your school's data, location and systems of data collection and storage, analysis strategies, and interpretation for informed decision making. Get expert perspectives from an administrator and an educational researcher who have shaped the professional pathway of defining goals and objectives of institutional research.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 104 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to facilitate a school-wide data inventory and ask questions about the data/data systems to inform the data inventory.
    • Ask questions about your own data to inform decision making and how best to utilize institutional research within your school.
    • Engage different departments to collect and use meaningful data.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Denise Uehara, Paris Priore-Kim, and Emily McCarren, Punahou School (HI)
Management
No More Service Hours: A Collaborative Approach to Developing Student Leaders Who Lead Lives of Impact NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Do you wish your students felt immersed in making an impact in the community instead of counting hours for service? Learn how The Hockaday School joined with United to Learn to build collaborative community partnerships that created a student culture that is fully invested in the community. Students from public and private high schools partner in a yearlong program using design thinking skills to co-create change in their community.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 103 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how to form sustainable partnerships that deepen students' opportunities to impact their community.
    • Learn about the program models (tutoring, advocacy, and leadership training) that serve as the backbone of community engagement.
    • Learn about new models to create student leadership opportunities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Laura Day, Hockaday School (TX); Katherine Tagtmeier, United to Learn
Student Experience
Empowering the Authentic Child (in a World with an Identity Crisis) NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Overscheduled and disconnected, today's kids experience increasing rates of anxiety, depression, and risky behaviors. The problem is children lack a fundamental understanding of their own identities and do not have time to explore their purpose. Share examples of programs and practices that emphasize and prioritize authenticity and creativity within the school culture and classrooms and engage in conversation that focuses on the learning experience as a vehicle toward the mastery of skills for the purpose of making meaning now and in the future.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 103 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share research around the importance of identity development in adolescents.
    • Share examples of programs and practices that emphasize and prioritize authenticity, Identity, and creativity within the school culture and classrooms.
    • Collect ideas that put identity development at the forefront of their curriculum.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Erin Thomas, Hawken School (OH); Jen Halliday, Friends Academy (NY)
Student Experience
Restorative Justice: Can We Reframe Discipline in the Independent World? NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: At San Francisco Day School, we believe all students have the right to learn in a safe, inclusive environment. Mistakes become opportunities for learning. In order to create a positive, inclusive culture, we use strategies that build on the school's ethical values, engaging students as positive contributors to their community. Diversity directors work with the upper school head to build empathy, challenge biases, learn about social justice, and embrace diversity. Students learn to repair harm while understanding the impact of their actions. Hear how administrators and faculty reflect on challenges and successes in implementing restorative justice.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 101 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Provide a framework for restorative justice as a model for supporting an inclusive culture.
    • Demonstrate how collaboration between teachers, administrators, and diversity directors can help reframe supports for discipline matters.
    • Identify ways that current discipline models may further marginalize or bias variable learners, including students of color.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Ruth Bissell, Loren Moye, and Betsy Brody, San Francisco Day School (CA)
Student Experience
Who Runs the World? Students! Seeking Successful Student-Administration Collaborations Block 1 Thursday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Students are at the center of schools, but too often are the passive recipient of decisions made by people "above them." By breaking down the traditional divide between students and administrators and welcoming students into decisions that affect them directly, Friends Select has created an increase in student satisfaction, a program more aligned with our mission, and policies responsive to the times we live in. Inviting students to the table for decision-making, policy discussion, program planning, and curricular review can sound intimidating. Come discuss how students can participate in the business of school, and walk away with an action plan for engaging students in relevant decision-making in your own school.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside 3
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share successes, failures, and learning from student-administration partnerships.
    • Consider a project at your school that might lend itself to student input.
    • Understand the nuances of culture, power, and hierarchy in schools so student voices are heard and valued.
  • Presenters: Christopher Singler, Friends Select School
Student Experience
10 Ideas for Schools in a Postnormal Era NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: As a part of his exhibition Massive Change, designer Bruce Mau asked a question that might inform our work in schools: 'What if we looked at the world as a design project'how might we begin to make it better?' Explore the idea that looking at education as a design project will help schools better serve their students and their communities. Using schools from across the United States as case studies, leave the workshop with new ideas and tools to use in your school as you face transformation challenges.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 101 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how to apply design thinking to any aspect of a school in order to foster innovation.
    • Examine schools that are doing exemplary work in a variety of areas: project-based learning, creativity, making, equity, and service.
    • Gain insight into the future of learning: self-directed, competency, mastery, purpose, and place-based.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Paul Kim, Colorado Academy (CO); Meghan Cureton, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (GA); Tom Thorpe, Colorado Academy (CO); Kawai Lai, VizLit
Classroom Experience
Learning from Corporate America to Reimagine Marketing NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Independent schools have finally begun to reimagine marketing as we reach out to leaders from corporate America to help with this process. Marketing may no longer be a dirty word, but are you ready for the next step? Embark on this journey that applies principles from corporate America to redesign marketing practices in the independent school world. Learn which lessons transfer well and which do not, with specific focus on identifying a unique value proposition, crafting an optimal advertising and communication strategy, redefining the role and structure of marketing and communications within the organization, and measuring success.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 101 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Which marketing lessons from corporate America apply to independent schools and which do not?
    • As marketing plays a more prominent role, how should schools redefine their organizational structures and assign responsibilities accordingly?
    • What can we do to shift mentality and culture from 'we know best' to 'here to serve' across the organization?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nija Meyer, Woodward Academy (GA)
Communications and Advancement
Making the Case: Understanding Why Parents Choose Your School NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Are your school's parents more interested in getting their kids into a top college or providing a holistic education for their children? Using an innovative methodology known as jobs-to-be-done, NAIS has identified the four key 'jobs' parents are hiring independent schools to accomplish. Examine these jobs and discuss how to best explain your value proposition to parents seeking to accomplish each job.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 104 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What is a job-to-be-done?
    • What are the four jobs-to-be-done that independent school parents have?
    • How can school leaders identify and communicate to parents in each job category?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Joseph Corbett and Amada Torres, NAIS
Communications and Advancement
International School Market Update with U.S. Independent School Overseas Case Study Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: ISC Research will take a look the international school market over the last 20 years, looking at which countries have grown many international schools and why. They will also look at the growing interest in USA Independent school overseas, in particular in having a sister school campus in China.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 201 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Where in the world are the 9,600 international schools?
    • Which countries are the most receptive to NAIS school brands?
    • What are some of the challenges and risks to opening a school overseas?
  • Presenters: Richard Gaskell and Susan Krumrei, ISC Research; Ted Hill, Chadwick School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Solicitation Savvy = Fearless Fundraising Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Help your volunteers and staff learn the positive language and mindset for enjoyable, effective gift solicitation. Design a successful solicitation strategy, identify tips and techniques for training volunteer fundraisers, learn how to address donor objections, and work through a case study that provides an opportunity to put theory into practice.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the key elements and techniques that are part of a solicitation/stewardship plan.
    • Learn proven strategies to reduce the discomfort people often experience when asking for financial support for their school.
    • Understand attitudes and beliefs that shape resistance to financial donations and how staff and volunteers can effectively address them.
  • Presenters: Starr Snead, Advancement Connections; Shelley Reese, Esperanza Academy (MA)
Communications and Advancement
Limit Your Risk: Start Every Decision with a Business Case Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Data-driven decision-making at the governance level made simple. Learn how to develop a business-case template for your school and board that limits risk and is objective, evidence based, and repeatable. Case studies of successful decisions made using a business case illustrate a variety of ways to use this model. Take this opportunity to try using the business case with decisions your leadership team is currently considering in your school.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 201 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the fundamentals of a business-case model.
    • Through examples, analyze how using a business case helps to make effective decisions and limit risk.
    • Apply a business-case model to a decision being considered in your school.
  • Presenters: Brad Weaver and Julia Hochberg, Sonoma Country Day School (CA)
Governance
The Power of the Board-Head Relationship Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The board chair-head partnership has been a frequent topic of workshops, but we have overlooked discussing the key relationship of the head with the board. Find out how to build the key connections the head and chair must make with all other board members. Creating political capital with every member of the board is an investment of time and energy. The payoff is greater trust of the board in the head'and ultimately in the chair.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn why it is important for a head's survival and school stability to cultivate relationships with all board members.
    • Learn the best ways to develop relationships with all board members and keep them onside.
    • Learn from a head who experienced relatively low board turnover throughout his international career.
  • Presenters: John Littleford, Littleford & Associates; Stuart Grainger, Trinity College School (Canada)
Governance
Leaders from Within: How Internal Succession Can Set Up Schools for Success Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Though many schools rely on external candidates for headship, consider a new approach: look internally before immediately assuming the solution for change is on the outside. Former heads Ronni McCaffrey and Stephanie Flanigan detail how they nurtured internal candidates for the job of head of school, ensuring their schools' ability to continue their positive and innovative momentum. Current heads Josh Cobb and Julie Bragdon also tell their stories, explaining the definite benefits and potential challenges of moving vertically through an organization to headship.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 204
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Use long-range institutional planning to prepare for internal succession.
    • Identify and train candidates up to and through the transition year.
    • Encourage a foundation of trust in internal heads as they maintain momentum in the early years.
  • Presenters: Joshua Cobb and Ronni McCaffrey, Graland Country Day School (CO); Stephanie Flanigan and Julie Bragdon, Montessori School of Denver (CO)
Governance
Strategic Planning That Fosters Community, Builds Capacity, and Creates Culture NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Though developing strategy is at the heart of good leadership practice for heads and boards, strategic planning can easily become a predictable exercise or an overblown process that confuses rather than clarifies. Learn how to create a strategic planning process that engages the community, builds leadership capacity, and shapes school culture'while still yielding an inspiring vision and a clear plan. Share guiding principles for an engaging community-wide process, along with specifics that make it work. Hear how the board and head can strengthen their individual capacity and build their partnership through the strategic process.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 102 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to structure an effective, engaging strategic planning process for your school community.
    • Understand the different but complementary roles of board and head in the strategic process.
    • Explore ways to shape school culture as well as the board-head partnership through strategic planning.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Melinda Bihn and Andrea Kennedy, French American International School (CA)
Governance
Reimagining and Redefining Leadership Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: This year's theme is a calling to reimagine independent schools. Tear down walls. Build capacity. Design your future. Join us for an informative and engaging workshop where four heads and an aspiring head respond to these calls. We are challenging the status quo of what independent school leadership often looks and feels like. Hear from diverse leaders (three white, female leaders and two male leaders of color) who are moving from hierarchical to distributive models in their organizations, endeavoring to create school cultures marked by inclusivity and transparent decision-making, and empowering their colleagues to communicate directly across differences.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 1
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share up-to-date research and data on the trends in leadership that counter the more traditional molds and models.
    • Inspire aspiring leaders with stories of our journeys and strategies showing new ways to hold the headship.
    • Reflect on your leadership strengths in the context of the innovative models of leadership presented.
  • Presenters: Melinda Tsapatsaris, Westland School (CA); Phil Gutierrez, Mid-Peninsula High School (CA); Peggy Procter and Roger Bridges, Echo Horizon School (CA); Crystal Land, Head-Royce School (CA)
Leadership Development
Boards Without Boredom: Use Improv and Storytelling to Improve Governance, Communication, and Camaraderie Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: School governance is never a simple affair. An independent school board is tasked with coming together relatively irregularly, with diverse views and communication styles, and working quickly'yet effectively'with high levels of trust and constant idea generation to make crucial decisions. Yet, most professional development for boards is limited in scope, largely discussion based, expensive, and even... boring? Using applied improvisation techniques, boards can learn to collaborate more effectively; build trust, empathy, and open communication; gain cognitive flexibility and active listening skills; and become vibrant, confident storytellers who can convey the school's mission in a compelling, authentic way.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 3
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Build communication and trust.
    • Engage in storytelling.
    • Engage in active listening and mental flexibility.
  • Presenters: Melissa Holman-Kursky, The San Francisco School (CA)
Governance
Passing Batons: How Three Heads Partnered to Create Successful Transitions for Their Schools Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Share the experiences of outgoing and incoming heads of schools and how they created strong partnerships that contributed to successful transitions for their schools. Discuss how they communicated consistently, effectively, and "just enough" as outgoing heads with their successors; took strategic action to set up their successors for success; and navigated expectations and opportunities as incoming heads in their new schools while setting appropriate and respectful boundaries.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 4
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore how an outgoing head might communicate consistently, effectively, and "just enough" with the incoming head.
    • Uncover how outgoing heads can take strategic action to set up the incoming head for success.
    • See how incoming heads might navigate expectations and opportunities in their new schools while setting appropriate and respectful boundaries.
  • Presenters: Karen Eshoo, King School (CT); Chris Bright, Vistamar School (CA); Tom Main, Ridgefield Academy (CT)
Leadership Development
Creating a Mission-Driven Assessment System: Lessons from the CAIS Assessment Think Tank Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Meaningful assessment is a defining challenge for educators, and how a school measures student outcomes reflects a school's core values. The California Association of Independent Schools recently discontinued its requirement that schools administer any specific standardized test, and it created an Assessment Think Tank to challenge member schools to provide credible evidence of student outcomes. Delve into the think tank's analyses of member schools' assessment use and trends in assessment-related major recommendations from the accreditation process. Hear about three school communities' efforts to create and sustain assessment systems that are locally meaningful and universally tenable.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 5
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about assessment-related trends in CAIS schools, including the ways schools struggle to sustain meaningful assessment systems.
    • Learn how a thoughtfully designed assessment system can propel student learning, illuminate equity issues, and fuel school improvement.
    • Learn how three schools created assessment systems that provide tenable evidence of student growth and reinforce student outcomes.
  • Presenters: Mariana Robles, California Association of Independent Schools; Jeneen Graham, Saint Margaret's Episcopal School (CA); Janet Durgin, Sonoma Academy (CA); Steve Barrett, Wildwood School (CA)
Leadership Development
Independent School at Half the Price? Open a Micro-School and Better Serve Your Community at the Same Time Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Two heads of school in Seattle describe the process that led to Lakeside School opening its first micro-school in September 2018. Discuss why Lakeside decided to open a micro-school, the issues they faced in getting the school up and running, and their hopes for the future. If you are considering alternative ways to offer your education to more students in your area and return your tuition to what a family paid in 1965—when tuition was the price of a Ford, not a Porsche—then join us to learn more.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside Ballroom A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the key components of the journey from inception to launch of the micro-school, including timeline, catalysts, research, successes, and challenges.
    • Understand how financial constraints inspired design innovations for The Downtown School: A Lakeside School.
    • Learn about the first semester of the launch and what's next.
  • Presenters: Bernie Noe, Lakeside School (WA); Sue Belcher, The Downtown School (WA)
Leadership Development
Leveling the Playing Field: The Real Cost of Attending Independent Schools Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Offering financial aid to students and families with a demonstrated need has become standard practice in our schools. Explore the places where families are asked to contribute financially beyond tuition so their child or children are able to participate fully in school and discuss what schools should do when they strive for students receiving financial aid to experience inclusion. A case study approach demonstrates that schools should develop clear and manageable policies to support families with additional costs and look specifically at items included and excluded from tuition and how we have addressed them.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside Ballroom B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Consider where we ask families to contribute financially beyond the cost of tuition.
    • Develop policies that address the psychological and financial burden additional costs may impose for families receiving financial aid.
    • Examine what implementing a policy to address ancillary financial aid needs could cost.
  • Presenters: Robert Vitalo, Brandie Melendez, and Arunie Dias, The Berkeley Carroll School (NY)
Management
Current and Coming Legal Issues for Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Cutting edge risk and legal issues are on everyone's mind these days. What kinds of work should schools do on the sexual harassment? What is happening with pay equity? Does it affect the information you can collect? Student anxiety and other mental health issues are readily apparent in teens today, what do you need to be prepared for? And, what does the federal government have in store for us? Wage and hour regulations? More tax reform? Come join NAIS' general counsel for her last Annual Conference to talk about these and other top trends facing independent schools now and in the year ahead!
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 7
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand some of the most pressing legal issues facing schools.
    • Gain an overview of how to manage the crisis elements of these issues.
    • Learn from peers through case studies and discussion.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Debra Wilson, NAIS
Management
Essential Questions: Digging Deeper with Data NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The resources to dig deep to get the most out of your school data are often not available. Find out how to dig deeper, using DASL and constituent survey output, into frequently asked questions. Are we expensive? Do we have too many/too few faculty/staff? What are the best predictors of student academic success? Essential questions like these extend what you ascertain from DASL and constituent survey output and are often asked by curious heads, administrators, and trustees. Learn a process for answering such questions and sharing results with key school constituents.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 102 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Appreciate how to us data from DASL and constituent surveys to probe deeper into a school's essential questions.
    • Ask essential questions about your school data.
    • Learn how to create and implement a process for answering essential questions.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jeffrey Mitchell, Currey Ingram Academy (TN)
Management
Developing Gender Inclusivity in PK-12 Schools NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Join us for a guided conversation around the evolution of gender inclusivity in their PK-12 communities. Cover include key resources, curriculum development, professional development, parent involvement, and trouble-shooting. Engage in this interactive conversation and meet others interested in the work!
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 103 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Hear about the journey of creating more gender-inclusive PK-12 schools from people with variety of roles in independent schools.
    • Join the growing network of NAIS schools doing this work.
    • Learn about key resources and strategies schools have utilized to create more gender-inclusive school communities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: JJ Kahle and Erin Adams, The Blake School (MN)
Student Experience
How the Model Minority Myth Plays Out in Your School Community NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Asian Americans compose the largest growing group of immigrants—and they are sending their children to our schools. People with Asian heritage occupy an interesting space in our society. Labeled as the 'model minority,' they are unfairly generalized and stereotyped, rendering their actual experiences invisible or invalid. This status also pits them against other marginalized groups to prevent solidarity. Explore the complex and authentic aspects of what it means to be Asian American and extend that to better understand our students.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 103 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how the model minority myth affects our community members.
    • Learn strategies to prevent reinforcing stereotypes and marginalization of AAPI community members.
    • Examine qualitative data collected from independent school student and adult communities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Drew Ishii, Sage Hill School (CA)
Student Experience
Healthy Relationships—A Proactive Approach to Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Education at School NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The viral nature of the #MeToo movement took the public by storm in 2017-18, so it was not surprising that even schools were not immune to its effects. At Princeton Day School, this attention resulted in a call to action spearheaded by the students themselves. Administrative heads, faculty, staff, and students from multiple divisions of the school banded together to address, affect, and change school community and culture to promote safe and healthy relationhips and extinguish practices of sexual harassment and misconduct. Learn how sharing the burden can really make things happen.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 104 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss how current events in the greater community and nation affect attitudes and expectations of healthy relationships.
    • Discuss how we have adopted a shared responsibility model to form and affect school culture.
    • Get examples of how we have effected change at school with regard to sexual misconduct, harassment, and healthy relationships.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Maritoni Shah and Lisa Surace, Princeton Day School (NJ)
Student Experience
Use Real Data to Develop Well-Being Interventions in High-Achieving Schools NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Current research suggests that students' well-being may be most effectively supported by nurturing their perceived emotional connectedness to the school community. Discuss the critical importance of grounding such efforts in deep understanding of the specific challenges faced by individual schools. Learn about an innovative school-based program created in response to state-of-the-art data collection efforts. Explore and offer feedback on programs. Leave with knowledge and tools to create first steps for collecting actionable data toward prioritizing health and wellness strategies at your school.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 102 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand cutting-edge research concerning psychological challenges experienced by students in high-achieving schools.
    • Learn how to prioritize intervention goals through case studies.
    • Explore practices and strategies to promote students' emotional connectedness to their school environment.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Suniya Luthar, Arizona State University
Student Experience
Fellowship Workshop: The Gig Economy: What Questions Should Heads Ask? Fellowship Workshop Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The gig economy has transformed how organizations in almost every industry globally manage their human capital. What does this mean for school heads? Explore how to meet the evolving needs of current and emerging families, as well as ways to attract and retain mission-aligned faculty in this shifting climate.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Sue Das, Brunswick School (CT); Michelle Giacotto, Seacrest School (CA); Jasmine B. Harris, The Lamplighter School (TX); Leslie Hosey, The Roeper School (MI); Delphine Michaud, International School of Brooklyn (NY); Pankti Sevak, Friends Seminary (NY); Lisa Shambaugh, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Nontuition Revenue Streams: Pre- vs. Post-Recession Analysis Fellowship Workshop Block 2 Thursday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: As tuition increases continue to outpace inflation, many schools have explored generating revenue from unique and nontraditional sources. In 2006, an NAIS survey analyzed such practices, but what are the post-2008 recession realities? Join us for a comparative analysis and update on nontraditional revenue stream trends and creative models.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Todd Ballaban, Charlotte Latin School (NC); Marek Beck, Whittle School (DC); Will Nord, St. Peter's School (PA); Peter Locke, The American School in Switzerland (Switzerland); Justin Hajj, The Learning Project Elementary School (MA)
Leadership Development
Mosaic Curriculum Breaks Through the Wall of Exclusivity, Beginning a Journey of Inclusivity NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In 2014, St. Philips Episcopal School began to take intentional steps to make the school community more inclusive and tangibly support its mission and Episcopal identity. The cornerstone of the work was the the development and implementation of a school-wide inclusivity curriculum: Mosaic. Partnering with an outside consultant for guidance, the leadership, faculty, and staff engaged in a three-year inclusivity plan with the aim of raising awareness pertaining to inclusive behavior and creating the Mosaic curriculum for students. Discover how to implement Mosaic in your school.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 101 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the importance of inclusivity training and reflection as the first step in creating and promoting a more safe, diverse, and inclusive school.
    • Learn how to design and implement a program like Mosaic, grounded in inclusivity and empathy for all students beginning in preschool and moving through high school.
    • Understand why this work is essential for the safety and sustainability of independent schools.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Lili Space, St. Philip's Episcopal School (FL); Koree Hood, THINKCLUSIVE
Classroom Experience
Priority Now: Prepping for the Unanticipated Future Communication Crisis NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: When a crisis suddenly occurs, are you ready to dive in and help leadership strategically think through the right response? Do you know what questions to ask and who best to solicit for answers? Are you savvy enough to juggle competing agendas related to who "needs to know" and when? Learn from two pros who've run the crisis gauntlet a few times how to be Scout-prepared, keep your cool when others can't, and emerge as a true asset to your institution. Plus, get a virtual toolbox full of insider tips to prepare you for the inevitable!
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 102 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to create or modify your school's crisis plan.
    • Learn when your school can handle a crisis on your own and when to call in the "big guns."
    • Learn how to anticipate the unanticipated details of a crisis and come out looking like a pro!
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jill Shaw, Viewpoint School (CA); Dana Rakoczy, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (CA)
Communications and Advancement
The Decision Journey: Bridging the Gap Between Data Collection and Personal Connection NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Today's digital world encourages prospective families to demand access to all relevant information about your school'instantly. But millennial parents don't want to be 'sold to.' By carefully analyzing demographic and psychographic market studies, schools can strategically structure and prioritize content to align their messaging with prospective families' most deeply held beliefs. Join us for a strategy session on how to leverage data to craft values-driven messaging and ensure authentic connection.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 102 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Use demographic and psychographic data to influence outreach strategy.
    • Transform a series of contact points into an individualized journey.
    • Integrate listening and storytelling to personalize every aspect of the process.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Dina Skrumbis, Sierra Canyon School (CA); Christina Albetta, CRANE
Communications and Advancement
Strategic Initiatives Framed as Essential Questions: Using Inquiry to Raise Our Sights Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: How might schools improve the impact of their strategic planning and goal setting? Is it possible that strategic plans written in the declarative form, as most are, limit aspirational possibilities? How can the strategic aspirations of schools be considered, framed, communicated, and modified to more fully engage constituents and broaden aspirational possibilities? Explore an inquiry-based and neurologically informed approach, influenced by design thinking, to institutional and personal goal setting.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 201 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Improve the strategic planning process of schools through inquiry-based goal setting.
    • Use elements of design thinking to gain practice reframing the format and process most schools employ in their strategic planning.
    • Understand the neurological rationale for an inquiry-based approach to strategic planning.
  • Presenters: Mike Walker, San Francisco Day School (CA)
Governance
Small Schools, Big Campus: Have It All Without Selling Your Soul NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Hear the story of two small schools in Seattle that joined forces to build one modern campus with all the markers of a larger school's facility: a gym, theater, commons, playfield, makerspaces, and library. This innovative partnership enabled both schools to have the financial capacity to own their own homes; sustain their commitments to small size and robust financial aid programs; and focus on teaching, learning, and building community. Uncover the complex legal and logistical challenges of launching a ground-up construction project to meet the needs of two individual school communities.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 102 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about the benefits of the innovative collaboration between two schools, which include financial, environmental, and workload benefits.
    • Hear information that will help you negotiate risks in such a partnership.
    • Understand the cultural and political challenges schools may face as you embark on such a partnership.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Patti Hearn, Lake Washington Girls Middle School (WA); Morva McDonald, Giddens School (WA)
Governance
Navigating Challenges Between Heads and Their Boards NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Consider the dynamics between boards and heads of school and how both can use best practices to operate within their spheres, making the important decisions that face schools while not overstepping into areas where deference should be given to the other's point of view. Tackle the ever-expanding challenges facing heads and their boards as parents have more access to information, often freely sharing that information and believing they should have a greater role in school affairs.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 103 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to navigate disputes between the board and head.
    • Learn how to effectively investigate a claim asserted against the head.
    • Learn steps to address the dissenting board member who may undermine head or board decisions.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Susan Guerette, Fisher Phillips
Governance
Grading Your Bank: How Schools and Banks Can Best Partner Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Explore how your school and its bank can work best together to collaborate with your board, achieve financial milestones, and advance your mission. Leave with an understanding of what to look for in a banking partner, how banks can best serve schools and their communities, and ideas for a successful partnership that promotes financial sustainability at your school. Hear from a local head of school and First Republic Bank, which services more than 275 independent schools nationally.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 201 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Brent Wiblin, First Republic Bank
Governance
Seven Steps to Building Administrative Teams That Maximize Productivity, Spark Innovation, and Create Joy Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Where do the best ideas come from? How do you create a culture where everyone feels empowered to innovate ? Get answers to these questions and an overview of seven actionable strategies that when consistently applied become a tour-de-force for building highly productive administrative teams that find joy in their work, uncover hidden value, and come up with innovative ideas that advance the organization. Walk away with strategies for identifying growth-oriented candidates in the hiring process, accelerating the organizational acculturation process through immersive on-boarding, and leveraging technology to promote innovation in creative ways.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 204
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn tips for identifying growth-oriented candidates in the hiring process and accelerating the organizational acculturation process through immersive on-boarding.
    • Learn effective strategies for creating professional growth pathways that keep employees happy and motivated while imbuing a sense of purpose.
    • Learn how different technologies can be leveraged to promote innovation.
  • Presenters: Tim Schwartz, Whitby School (CT)
Leadership Development
Assessing and Reporting on Our Values: Moving from Subject-Based to Competency-Based Reports NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The Children's School undertook a community-wide design process to create a new student progress report that is completely competency based rather than subject focused, aligning with the school's key values. Walk through three distinct project phases: a six-month concept-to-launch phase, a first-year implementation phase, and a final phase of faculty and parent feedback and iteration for the following school year. Because the competency-based report doesn't address content standards or specific skill areas, hear about several other types of complementary reporting structures the school developed that better lend themselves to these different types of information.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 103 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn approaches for creating a competency-based structure to document and report on student growth.
    • Learn strategies for structuring a major report revision that is inclusive of the broader community.
    • See various reporting structures that lend themselves to different types of student learning data.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Allen Broyles and Nishant Mehta, The Children's School (GA)
Leadership Development
NAIS Strategy Lab: Lessons from the Field Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Hear key learnings from a panel of school heads that have recently gone through NAIS's Strategy Lab. Discuss the insights gleaned and strategic innovations resulting from NAIS's newest research, tools, processes, and frameworks. Join this session if you'd like to learn more about how schools have strategically turned insights into actions, and want more information on NAIS's Strategy Lab's future self-help tools and workshops to support schools in dynamically changing environments.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 203 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about NAIS's strategic innovation framework and supporting experiences: NAIS Strategy Lab.
    • Understand key insights from NAIS's Strategy Lab participants.
    • Take away some resources utilized at NAIS Strategy Lab experiences to start your own strategic innovation journey.
  • Presenters: Mark Mitchell, NAIS; Tommie Adams, Grosse Pointe Academy (MI); Jennifer Danish, Grace Episcopal Day School (MD); Mick Gee, Allendale Columbia School (NY); Vince Watchorn, Providence Country Day School (RI)
Leadership Development
The School Leadership Pipeline: Ensuring Robust Leadership Development at Independent Schools Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The leadership pipeline is a powerful model for understanding leadership development and diagnosing where aspiring leaders of different backgrounds fall behind'and therefore at what stages interventions might be most effective. Learn about the concept of the leadership pipeline and how it applies to independent school leadership. Review data from the corporate, public school, and independent school sectors and discuss what interventions would be most appropriate to ensure aspiring leaders of different backgrounds persist through the pipeline. Finally, use the leadership pipeline lens to analyze leadership development in your school.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 3
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the strengths and limits of the leadership pipeline model.
    • Practice using it to identify effective interventions at the independent school sector level.
    • Analyze your own school's development of leaders through a pipeline lens.
  • Presenters: Amada Torres, NAIS; Liz Duffy, International Schools Services
Leadership Development
Students as Instruments of Policy: Leaders Fostering School Change Through Youth-Participatory Action Research Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Leaders seeking to bring about school change seldom involve students in the work. When it comes to examining school culture, addressing racism or classism, or conducting school re-accreditation, the voices of students are typically left out or included unsystematically. This is problematic; students experience and understand the culture leaders are trying to transform. Leaders at Miss Porter's School, working collaboratively with professors and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, have developed a unique model for helping students conduct research on issues that concern them, enabling the school to set policy grounded in student experience.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside Ballroom B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a clear view of how schools can develop engaged, effective students as researchers.
    • Learn specific examples of ways the findings of such research can help foster effective school change.
    • With the support of presenters, consider ways you may apply YPAR effectively within your own setting.
  • Presenters: Jessica Watkin and Katherine Windsor, Miss Porter's School (CT); Peter Kuriloff and Charlotte Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
Leadership Development
You've Signed Your First Head of School Contract—Now What? Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Congratulations! You've landed your first head of school position, but there are so many questions. How to prepare for July 1? How to make the most of the NAIS Institute for New Heads? How to get to know your new community and help them get to know you? How to survive your first year with humor and joy? Take this opportunity to develop strategies for leading your own transition process. Through conversation and discussion of best practices gleaned from interviews, research, and personal experience, equip yourself to have a fabulous first year.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 1
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop transition strategies to execute during the time between being appointed head of school and July 1.
    • Develop ways to prepare yourself to make the most of the NAIS Institute for New Heads.
    • Gain confidence, tools, and connections to assure a successful first year as head of school.
  • Presenters: Kate Morin, Mayfield Senior School (CA)
Leadership Development
Who Knew We Were Reimagining All Along? Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Join three retired heads, with over a century of experience in independent schools among them, to reflect on opportunities in schools and careers that build or tear down walls. Within each of us is the capacity to reimagine the future and to effect positive change. To do so requires integrity, courage, and the ability to identify and assess critical junctures for individuals and institutions. Hear perspectives on the careers of three successful women leaders and engage in a Q&A session to help you examine opportunities moving forward.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 7
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop skills to identify moments of possible significant change in schools.
    • Identify personal skills to be part of effecting such change and how to develop them.
    • Gain further awareness of real and imagined personal road blocks and how to circumvent them.
  • Presenters: Ruth Glass, Lake Tahoe School (NV); Joan Beauregard, Hamlin Robinson School (WA); Ellen Taussig, The Northwest School (WA)
Leadership Development
Current Events and Starbucks Moments: Connecting Our School with Its Neighbors to Build Inclusive Communities NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: What if the recent Philadelphia Starbucks incident happened in your town? How would your school community respond? Many independent schools are doing groundbreaking work in addressing race relations, so how do we engage the wider community in these conversations? Hear presenters with experience connecting community organizations and schools share their model for creating a place for ongoing conversation and building skills for cultural competency. Walk away with tools for starting these partnerships and ideas for how to structure community conversations.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 101 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the value of community outreach in achieving diversity and inclusion goals and addressing current issues.
    • Learn a model for creating meaningful dialogue across difference.
    • Identify topics, vocabulary, and concepts to increase cultural competency skills.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Deborra Pancoe, Friends Council on Education; Toni Graves Williamson, Friends Select School (PA); Mary Lynn Ellis, Abington Friends School (PA)
Leadership Development
Outside the Statistics: Sustaining a Long-Term Headship Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Stable leadership is about keeping the community focused on mission and vision. Long-term leadership is the greatest factor in facilitating a school's commitment to reach its full potential, establishing the bedrock for growth and success. Through a plethora of experiences and learned practices, illuminate the strategies needed to be an outlier and become a longstanding head with a substantial tenure. Using the first five years of the headship to lay a sturdy foundation, exercising both situational and transformative leadership, the subsequent years can result in strong board relationships, solid constituency alliances, and an abundance of success.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 5
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Provide the strategies for a successful early tenure.
    • Identify challenges and solutions that facilitate long-term, stable leadership.
    • Present a 10-step framework for developing a long-lasting relationship with a school community.
  • Presenters: James Hickey, Austin Preparatory School (MA); Lawrence Sykoff, Ranney School / LSS Consulting Group, LLC (NJ)
Leadership Development
The Price of Independence: Tuition, Financial Aid, Annual Giving, Endowments 2003—2013 NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The average NAIS endowment may be only $20MM, but for many NAIS schools that figure seems either out of reach or a dream fulfilled. Come find your where your school fits in the big picture of annual funds, endowments, and financial aid. Learn research methods and findings from an analysis of 11 years' work of NAIS-collected data from 2003-13, which suggests that prioritizing annual giving over endowments may be better for most schools. Share insights from your experience and make suggestions for future research.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 103 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Maximize the ability to offer financial aid, target earning 10% or more of income from annual giving.
    • Are 'cheap schools' less equitable? The lower the tuition price, the fewer the number of students on financial aid.
    • How should we continue to analyze these variables? What qualitative data is needed? Tell us what you want to know!
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: William Walton, Shalhevet High School (CA); Richard Pyrczak, Berkeley Preparatory School (FL)
Management
Think Your School Is Safe? Think Again! Conducting a Policies and Procedures Self-Audit NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The recent focus on educator sexual misconduct and reports of student-on-student sexual assault has caused many schools to learn the hard way that their policies and procedures regarding student safety are not what they should be. Learn how to conduct a comprehensive, school-wide, student safety self-audit, including a review of relevant policies and procedures, and what awareness and training is needed so students and employees know the expectations of their behavior, where to go for help, and how the school will handle situations when they occur.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to conduct a student safety self-audit.
    • Learn what policies and procedures need to be updated.
    • Learn how to ensure your school's safety policies and procedures are understood and enforced.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Linda Johnson, McLane Middleton; Matt Micciche, Friends School of Baltimore (MD)
Management
Courageous Authenticity—Reimagining Critical Conversations Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: One of the key qualities of a leader is the ability to handle critical conversations. To be effective, communication must be motivated toward the success of others and be delivered in a clear, honest, and direct way that reflects the school's values and standards. But that's easier said than done. Critical conversations test both our ability to communicate and to have a meaningful impact at the school. Go beyond the generalities and explore the elements of courageous authenticity. Get strategies on how to prepare for and deliver critical conversations through specific guidance and case studies.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 4
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Look within yourself and understand why and how you need to have critical communications.
    • Develop strategies for clear, honest, direct communications that reflects the school's values and standards.
    • Create a culture where feedback is meaningful and timely.
  • Presenters: Rose Helm, The John Thomas Dye School (CA); Rebecca Rowland, Campbell Hall Episcopal (CA); Michael Blacher and Elizabeth Arce, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Leadership Development
GDPR: E.U. Privacy Law Crosses the Atlantic NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: GDPR went into effect in 2018, yet over 75% of U.S. businesses affected by law are not in compliance. GDPR reaches across the Atlantic to impact independent schools, many of which are unprepared to address the requirements of a broad privacy law. European stakeholders'like alumni, parents, students, and board members'expect us to comply and honor individuals' rights under GDPR, and many schools are choosing to offer such progressive privacy protections. If your school is not yet GDPR compliant, now is the time to assess the law's impact and implement a plan to come into compliance.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to respond to stakeholders (such as parents, alumni, board members, and regulators) about your school's GDPR compliance.
    • Learn the process to become compliant with foreign and domestic privacy and security laws.
    • Learn the most common vulnerabilities that schools face and need to address to avoid breach and become privacy and security law compliant.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Cameron Shilling, McLane Middleton
Management
Using Mindfulness Practices to Support LD Students and Teachers in the Classroom Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: How can we prepare students to navigate the increasing stresses of their lives, both inside and outside the classroom? As our understanding of the benefits of bringing mindfulness into schools progresses, our ability to support LD and ADHD students increases manifold. Gain strategies to help students regulate their focus, attention, and emotional well-being in the classroom. Learn current research and benefits of mindfulness techniques. In this hands-on session, discuss strategies utilized to support LD and ADHD students at Delaware Valley Friends School and get tools you can use in your school.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 203 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Introduce social-emotional as well as academic benefits of mindfulness to help students with self-regulation and managing stress in the classroom.
    • Provide teachers with mindfulness exercises they can use in any classroom setting to support students' learning as well as themselves.
    • Describe mindfulness practices used to support LD students at Delaware Valley Friends School.
  • Presenters: Elizabeth Kriynovich, Carole Chilton, Jackie Middleton, and Sue Russo, Delaware Valley Friends School (PA)
Classroom Experience
Leadership PROTIP: Listen, Listen, Listen (Three Ways to Get Heard—or Not) PechaKucha Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Use three levels of listening to deepen your professional relationships. Get heard.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Mary Menacho, The Education Group
Blueprint for a More Sustainable School PechaKucha Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: If we don't equip our students with the ability to think critically and proactively about the global concerns of sustainability, who will?
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Denise Yassine, Congressional School (VA)
How Getting Hit by a Car Made Me a Better Leader PechaKucha Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Following a catastrophic accident, the speaker learned a few very important lessons that made him a better independent school leader.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: George Swain, New York State Association of Independent Schools
How to Tie a Turban—and Stand Up for Independent School Values PechaKucha Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Independent schools are "values communities." Identifying and standing up for personal values are powerful tools in helping students grow into good people doing great things.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Siri Akal Khalsa, Northwest Association of Independent Schools
If the Answer Is Googleable, Is the Question Worth Asking? PechaKucha Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Hear one educator's take on why, in a sea of knowledge, preparing our students for the future ahead requires that we teach for understanding.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Mike Matthews, Katherine Delmar Burke School (CA)
Coming Out as Crazy: How Personal Disclosure Can Build Connections PechaKucha Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Hear how being vulnerable with your personal story can allow you to bring your whole self to educate the whole child.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Gretchen Martin, Gilman School (MD)
What's Your Affinity? Creating a Safe Space for Minority Groups in Independent Schools PechaKucha Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: By offering affinity groups, my school allowed students of color a space to be their authentic selves, share their voices, and feel more visible.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Tameka Woodard, Charlotte Country Day School (NC)
Fellowship Workshop: Professional Development: Limitations and Benefits for Faculty Fellowship Workshop Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: How are independent schools successfully leveraging the professional development opportunities and budgets at their individual institutions? We surveyed heads of school and independent school faculty. Join us to share the data that informs what works, what doesn't, and how to improve the model in your school.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Kate Adams, The Awty International School (TX); Kathleen McNary Pillsbury, Ethel Walker School (CT); Devon Davis, Madison Country Day School (WI); Jessica Warren, West Nottingham Academy (MD); Christy Lusk, The Bright School (TN)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Maintaining Healthy Culture in a Divisive Political Climate Fellowship Workshop Block 3 Thursday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Since the 2016 election, what actions have heads of school taken to maintain a healthy school climate? Share research findings from our survey of a wide array of schools to examine possible shifts in school climate and get recommendations and approaches schools might adopt to address these shifts.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Jennifer Landis, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (NJ); Elise London, St. Mark's School (MA); Melissa Myers, Sterne School (CA); Lisa Oberstein, The Caedmon School (NY); Kristen Sheehan, The Benjamin School (FL); Lisa Vardi, Bullis School (MD)
Leadership Development
The City as Your Campus: A How-To Guide NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: In today's interconnected world, schools are one part of a learning ecosystem that includes many other organizations and places. Winchester Thurston School puts our students at the center of Pittsburgh's learning ecosystem through our nationally recognized City as Our Campus program. Established in 2003 and integral to our core academic curriculum, the program helps students engage, utilize, and study the community. Explore the impact of community-based learning and consider effective methods of engaging the community. Take home a toolkit of resources discovered during a recent research study conducted by University of Pittsburgh.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 101 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the impact of community-based learning on student learning, teacher practice, and school culture as identified by our research.
    • Learn about examples of community-based learning and understand the best practices associated with their implementation.
    • Identify strategies to engage the community in authentic and meaningful ways for your school and context.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Adam Nye and Amanda Welsh, Winchester Thurston School (PA)
Classroom Experience
The Mastery Model Sounds Great. So How Do We Get There? Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Intrigued by the promise of the mastery model, but not sure how to get there? You're not alone! While the mastery model offers hope for meaningingfully redefining education in the 21st century, the path between here and there can seem murky at best. Yet, there is an achieveable transitory step that enlightens that path: implementing standards-based grading (SBG) and reporting. Explore one school's transition from traditional grading practices to full implementation of SBG. Leave empowered to move in the right direction regardless of how far along the journey to assessment reform your school currently finds itself.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 201 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the ideas behind standards-based grading and grading reform, including how they differ from the traditional model.
    • Understand the promise of the mastery model and how it can redefine teaching and learning in the 21st century.
    • Create an action plan with achievable next steps for moving toward a mastery model.
  • Presenters: Jason Carmichael, The New Community School (VA)
Classroom Experience
How I Use Skype to Blow out the Walls of My Classroom Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Discover how to use Mystery Skype and virtual field trips to bring the world to your students! Learn how Mystery Skype brings geography to life and allows students to talk with children around the world and learn about each other's country and culture. Find out how to host a virtual field trip through Skype with authors, scientists, park rangers, etc. Engage in either a Mystery Skype or a virtual field trip during our workhsop so you can see how powerful these sessions can be.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 204
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to use Skype to run a Mystery Skype.
    • Learn how to run a virtual field trip on Skype.
    • Learn how to find speakers.
  • Presenters: Mary Catherine Irving, McDonogh School (MD)
Classroom Experience
Homework 2.0: Challenging Conventional Homework Practices Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: How can educators design engaging, relevant, and purposeful homework assignments that support student learning? Too often, when assessing the quality of a homework assignment, we conflate rigor with load. We presume the deepest learning results from the most time-intensive assignments. Cover the latest research on what makes for effective homework and debunk many of the pervading myths that guide our practice. Use case studies and real assignments to explore a deeper understanding of what constitutes effective homework as well as specific strategies to rethink homework policies and increase student learning while avoiding overload.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 203 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the latest research on homework.
    • Explore practical and effective solutions to make homework assignments more effective, meaningful, and relevant.
    • Discuss ideas for effective change of homework practice and policy to increase student learning while avoiding overload.
  • Presenters: Stella Beale, Marin Academy (CA); Margaret Dunlap, Challenge Success
Classroom Experience
Rethinking Classroom Design: What We've Been Doing Wrong (and How to Fix It) NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: How would you design a classroom if you had never seen a traditional school environment before? What kind of arrangement would you introduce to foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration among students? Chances are the space you're envisioning right now does not resemble a classroom with rows of desks and stark hallways lined with lockers. Discuss the need for new and innovative classroom design and explore some of the most most cutting-edge projects changing education today.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 101 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Consider how innovation in the education field could improve.
    • Look to the real world to inspire how we design the education experience, both physically and conceptually.
    • Discuss the latest learning environments and explore new approaches to reimagine what modern classrooms might look like.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Peter Hutton, Beaver Country Day School (MA)
Classroom Experience
Thinking on Your Feet: Recruiting Today's International Student Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Who could have predicted the "Trump effect"? Admission leaders are constantly challenged to pivot in response to forces out of their control. Learn how to calibrate your efforts and appeal to today's international student as you simultaneously confront issues like global nationalism, the strength of the U.S. dollar and its impact on tuition and ROI, aging and declining populations, political changes, and a rising wave of competition.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside 3
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What is the reality of international student flow/enrollments?
    • What are the major factors impacting international recruitment?
    • Be realistic in planning and supporting your program.
  • Presenters: Aimee Gruber, The Enrollment Management Association; Jack Cummings, St. Johnsbury Academy (VT)
Communications and Advancement
Brand Reimagined: Leading Your School Through a Brand Refresh NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Know what makes your school special, but struggle to describe it in a succinct way? Join this fun and interactive workshop. Learn how your school's brand can become a magnet for right-fit families and how to use the Minute Message Model to powerfully convey your school's values to the families you hope to attract. Hear the story behind his San Francisco Day School's rebranding, the leadership lessons gained, how your school can approach rebranding so it results in a happy community, and a powerful new way to tell your school's story.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 102 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Find out what the concept of branding really means for independent schools, and why that matters, regardless of the strength of admissions.
    • Explore the relationship between a strong brand and strong leadership, and who is responsible for their school's brand.
    • Discover how to create a school message that is clear, succinct, and compelling.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jennie Winton, Mission Minded; Michael Walker, San Francisco Day School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Getting Your Trustee Committees out of the Weeds and into Strategic Conversations NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Do you dread having to meet with your trustee committees? Do you spend way too much time preparing, only to have the conversation at the meeting go down a wormhole of details? Or have you developed strategies for working successfully and strategically with your committee? Interact with a head of school, CFO, and facilities director to share your ideas and headaches, starting with some school examples and then breaking into smaller group discussions with common concerns.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 103 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn strategies for having high-level conversations at trustee xommittee meetings, especially finance.
    • See examples of data-driven tools you can use, such as benchmarking, multi-year budgets, and other reports.
    • Meet colleagues and learn their suggestions for driving higher-level board conversations.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Gretchen Reed, Mo Copeland, and Jon Von Behren, Oregon Episcopal School (OR)
Governance
Out the Door: What We Can Learn from Abrupt Departures from Headship NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: This year, an unprecedented number of new heads in Independent Schools Association of the Central States schools followed predecessors who departed with notice of less than two months. We saw this abrupt departure phenomenon spike from 14% in recent years to a whopping 38% this year, and the emerging data for next year are trending in the same direction. Why is abrupt leadership transition a concern? What are the factors at play? How might we remedy them? Examine and discuss relevant data, theories, and recommended reading in an effort to answer these questions.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 102 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop awareness of a recent increase in abrupt departures from headship and its ramifications.
    • Examine the factors that may be leading to these departures.
    • Consider actions to be taken by those leading and supporting independent schools and in a position to address this trend.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Claudia Daggett, Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Governance
Financial Sustainability: How to Frame the Financial Sustainability Conversation with the Board NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Much is being said about financial sustainability in a world where the cost of private education is rising significantly faster than family incomes. Schools are in the midst of a technology-spurred secular transformation, and innovation is key to surviving and thriving. Yet costs must be contained. How can a head of school identify funds permitting strategic program investments and experimentation? Hear how financial sustainability relates to mission, whose responsibility it is, and practical tips to frame and help lead your conversation with the board.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 104 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to engage the board on a financial sustainability journey.
    • Learn how to foster a culture of financial sustainability.
    • Learn how to build internal buy-in while identifying opportunities for savings.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Evelyne Estey, Estey Consulting LLC
Governance
Transition Planning for New Heads of School: It Should Not Feel Like a Blind Date! NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Our schools are going through a period of rapid change in leadership'and this poses incredible opportunities. As change can also be needlessly disruptive, schools must do everything to facilitate a smooth transition process. Each school is unique, but the patterns that emerge during transitions are similar. Through research and practical experience as search consultant, trustee, search chair, senior administrator, and head of school, our team has developed a protocol around intentional transition planning, leveraging resources in creative ways that maximize the uniqueness of a community. Join us to consider how to be thoughtful and proactive in meeting the needs of new heads, setting realistic expectations about what it means to introduce a new leader to a close-knit community.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 104 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a deeper understanding about the complexities that surround head of school transitions.
    • Practice taking the perspective of a newcomer to your school community, examining nuanced understandings of school norms.
    • Think about addressing the needs of various school constituencies through effective communication strategies.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Amanda Riegel, Carney, Sandoe and Associates; Kimberly Ridley, Fayerweather Street School (MA)
Governance
Accessible Innovation Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: From the story of this nine-year journey at Mount Vernon, discover how innovation is accessible to each and every school regardless of school environment, size, location, or financial position. Ranging from incremental to transformational innovation, gain practical to disruptive examples within the education sector. Discuss key components to navigate the turbulent waters of change while employing innovative strategies.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside Ballroom B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Distinguish different types of innovation, ranging from incremental to transformational.
    • Reflect on current reality and apply different types of innovation to your school.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of how to lead through change.
  • Presenters: Brett Jacobsen, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (GA)
Leadership Development
Leadership Under Fire: Lessons Learned from the 2017 California Wildfires NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Hear heads of school from California share their crisis response efforts to the wildfires, floods, and mudslides that ravaged Sonoma, Napa, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara counties in 2017. Joined by Chris Joffe of Joffe Emergency Services, these leaders impart lessons learned about communication, community engagement, and how to move forward in the face of a natural disaster that causes so much destruction and loss. Participate in a guided exercise to prepare to lead your school in the event of a natural disaster.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 102 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What kind of communications are most effective in a natural disaster crisis?
    • How can a school support the broader relief efforts during a community-wide crisis?
    • How can schools establish a business continuity plan before a natural disaster strikes?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Rose Helm, The John Thomas Dye School (CA); Brad Weaver, Sonoma Country Day School (CA); Janet Durgin, Sonoma Academy (CA); Chris Joffe, Joffe Emergency Services; Mike Hall-Mounsey, Ojai Valley School (CA); Dan Schwartz, Blue Oak School (CA); Joel Weiss, Crane Country Day (CA)
Leadership Development
Deep from the Heart of Texas: Reimagining the Head of School-Chief Diversity Officer Partnership NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Let's face it: Times have changed. Independent schools are being battered by today's tumultuous socio-political/cultural climate. As our students struggle to construct meaning from all these mixed messages, particularly those that challenge our schools' intent to raise responsible, respectful citizens, we must be steadfast in our commitment to equity and justice work, and key to the success of this work is the relationship between the head of school and diverity practitioner. Examine the rationality, positionality, and sustainability of the head-chief diversity officer relationhip in building inclusive and equitable school communities at three Texas independent schools.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 103 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and share new approaches to relationship-building between the head of school and chief diversity officer.
    • Critically examine elements that affect the relationship between the head and chief diversity officer and explore effective practices to sustain it.
    • Examine the relational and positional power between the head and the chief diversity officer in order to effectively build community.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Gene Batiste and Mark Desjardins, St. John's School (TX); Lee Hark and Karen Bradberry, Greenhill School (TX); Chris Gunnin and Yvonne Adams, St. Stephen's Episcopal School (TX)
Leadership Development
Tearing Down Walls: Building Leadership Capacity for Women Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Designing for the future requires tearing down the walls that hold women back from leadership. Attend this panel discussion to reveal the unspoken factors holding back women, and gain best practices for building women's capacity to lead. Explore topics such as unspoken bias, perceptions about women as visionaries, and the distinctive qualities women bring to leadership.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside 5
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Equip women pursuing leadership roles in schools with the skills they need to achieve success.
    • Expose the unspoken factors holding women back as they pursue leadership opportunities in schools.
    • Elevate the conversation around best practices for building women's capacity to lead and spotlight key challenges.
  • Presenters: Lisa Lovering, Educator's Ally; Nanci Kauffman, Castilleja School (CA); Jennifer Zaccara, Vermont Academy (VT); Al'wa Cooper, Greens Farms Academy (CT)
Leadership Development
10 Lessons Learned from 10 Years in Online Education Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Ten years ago at the NAIS Annual Conference in Chicago, four schools hatched the idea of creating the first independent school online. In those 10 years, more than 7,500 semesters of students and more than 3,000 educators have taken courses. And, importantly, we've learned a lot about innovation in the independent school community, the place of online education in financial sustainability of independent schools, and what face-to-face schools can learn from what works well online. Delve into our experience to help your school translate findings into action for both academic and finance/operations of your school.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside 4
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Bradford Rathgeber, One Schoolhouse; Susanna Jones, Holton-Arms School (MD); Kathryn Purcell, Laurel School (OH)
Leadership Development
Running Game Based and Gamified Schools and Classrooms Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Kids show high engagement and resilience in games. In fact, research shows students can read grade levels above what they normally test when reading text in a game. Learn the core ingredients that make game-based learning and gamification elements work. Leave able to evaluate the quality of game designs and create your own digital game mechanics to nondigital experiences like school-wide Harry Potter houses. Explore the role of a playful narrative, like recasting school itself as a hero's journey, narrative being the most important game dynamic in creating magical classroom and school-wide experiences.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: Seaside 1
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Master the fundamentals of game design in order to evaluate and create games in school.
    • Examine the nation's best examples for games in schools in order to expand your view of what's possible.
    • Take time to use gamified routines and tools to explore possible methods to employ back at school.
  • Presenters: Christopher Chiang, Kehillah Jewish High School (CA)
Classroom Experience
Breaking Down Gender Walls: Designing Trans-Inclusive Policies, Procedures, and Pedagogies NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Get specific, attainable, and relevant practices regarding trans identities and gender inclusivity that you can implement in both the short and long term. Share relevant personal experiences; explore the various implications of gender identity in a student's life at school'from class curriculum to using the restroom to joining a sports team to applying for college; discuss the relevance and importance of explicit gender inclusivity for all students of all ages; and reflect and brainstorm about how to best support gender-diverse students in their particular school circumstances.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 103 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the vast and nuanced ways that marginalized gender identities impact students' experience in all aspects of school.
    • Critically and creatively evaluate gender inclusivity in your own work, determine areas needing improvement, and explore a variety of solutions.
    • Leave with a gender inclusivity action plan specific to your school circumstances for both the short and long term.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Elijah Thornburg and Laura Docter, Castilleja School (CA)
Student Experience
Fellowship Workshop: Next Generation Employee: Hiring for Cultural Competency Fellowship Workshop Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: To succeed in a diverse and agile future, independent schools must hire employees who are not only knowledgeable and skilled in their specific job area but also culturally competent. Review instruments for assessing cultural competence and gain resources to help enhance your school's hiring practices.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Christie Checovich, Bentley School (CA); Erin Harper, Providence Day School (NC); Netra Fitzgerald, Greenhill School (TX); Laura Fitzpatrick, Sandia Preparatory School (NM); Adriana Murphy, Friends Community School (MD); Kate Walsh, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (MD)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Got Diversity? Recruitment and Retention Models for Faculty of Color Fellowship Workshop Block 4 Friday, March 1,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Schools spend a great deal of time working to diversify their student populations. Can the same be said about their faculties? Examine research into policies and practices of NAIS schools and their success with recruiting and retaining faculty of color. Learn about schools that use equitable and inclusive practices to achieve a diverse and thriving adult community.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 1, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Chris Cunningham, The Lawrenceville School (NJ); Rich Dempsey, Pomfret School (CT); Matt Johns, Commonwealth Academy (VA); Oscar King, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA); Joe Kruetziger, Birch Wathen Lenox School (NY)
Leadership Development
Creating the Ecology for Creativity, DesignThinking, and Innovation Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Great minds are born not simply of rote knowledge but from the continuous habit of curiosity and wonder. The world needs creativity and innovation to progress. Design thinking and problem-solving are the nexus between learning, feeling, and making. All of this happens in a connected ecology of spaces, technologies, mindset, programs, and instruction. Explore the instructional philosophy, tools, and technologies that nurture essential innovative thinking. Delve into strategies for building the creative, collaborative, and design-minded classrooms and design thinking spaces'offering teachers of all ages and experience a powerful and persuasive perspective about thinking deeply and differently.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand and apply the ways the connective ecology of space, program, process, and mindset energize innovative design thinking programs.
    • Apply the mindset of design thinking to a need and for an empathic purpose.
    • Produce strategies and practical plans for a school's shift toward design thinking programs.
  • Presenters: Charles James, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD)
Classroom Experience
Athena: How Teachers at 50+ Schools Are Building a Network and Sharing Practices NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The field of education has no professional memory. 10,000 teachers might teach The Great Gatsby, and none have any idea what the others are doing. Athena, an online platform supported by the Edward E. Ford Foundation, including a 2018 leadership grant, addresses this problem, enabling teachers to share practices among schools. Last summer, 50 teachers from over 40 schools in 17 states participated in a summer fellowship in which teachers aggregated classroom practices for the most commonly taught subjects in English, history, and humanities. Learn about what emerged and how to connect your teachers to this growing network.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 101 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Get a better understanding of how professional development can extend meaningfully and effectively into virtual space.
    • Find teaching materials and connect with colleagues more easily.
    • Learn about improvement science and how to apply its principles to education, asynchronously and remotely.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Max Gordon, St. Paul's School (NH); Peter Nilsson, Deerfield Academy (MA)
Classroom Experience
Avatars and Altruism: Using Immersive Technology to Build Empathy NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Attend this hands-on workshop to learn about the importance of integrating character-based education into the K-12 curriculum. Using case studies at three different schools, explore how the use of immersive technologies can help students gain empathy. Try several high-tech and low-tech platforms (e.g., Google Cardboard, Oculus Go, HTC Vive) to experience several AR and VR programs firsthand and engage in a design thinking exercise. Develop your own ideas for a lesson and/or program for your school. No prior experience with technology necessary.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 104 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine the importance of teaching empathy and how to use emerging technologies like AR/VR to teach empathy with design thinking.
    • Provide various VR experiences and resources related to empathy.
    • Initiate lesson planning for incorporating VR in the classroom.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nola-rae Cronan, Columbus School for Girls (OH); Ara Brown, Whittle Schools (DC); Tracie Hightower, Cranbrook Kingswood Schools (MI)
Classroom Experience
Reboot Your Digital Marketing Strategy: Research-Backed Tips for School-Wide Success NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Find out why your school needs to shake up its marketing strategy in favor of a new inbound marketing plan guided by the latest research in what works. Look at external factors impacting schools'like economic and demographic shifts'and how inbound tools like site personalization, email workflows, and constituent video testimonials can reap the kind of measurable results you need for success. Peer schools inspire with tips you can use now.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 104 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Get the fundamentals of inbound marketing for schools.
    • Get a handle on the marketing, demographic, and economic data impacting schools and how schools can adjust their marketing methods for success.
    • Learn how software integrations and inbound tools provide the best constituent and school experience.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jon Moser, Finalsite; Pat Bassett, Head's Up Educational Consulting
Communications and Advancement
Governance and School Sustainability: How to Recognize and Counter Instability Markers in Your School Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Boards and heads need information to ensure the ongoing sustainability of their school. High-performing boards (and their heads) have well-established and actively monitored key performance indicators on such significant markers as enrollment trends, inquiry-application-acceptance ratios, faculty and staff turnover, pupil-teacher ratios, and pupil-administration ratios. These numbers often open a window to the health of the school. Identify key data you must track to recognize the instability markers that could lead to disaster.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 201 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the key data schools need to track to ensure ongoing sustainability.
    • Understand the nature of the instability markers that appear in school data and the warning signs they provide.
    • Develop a series of KPI measures to track and address areas of concern.
  • Presenters: Jim Christopher, Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School/Maplewood Alternative High School (Canada)
Governance
Our Teaching and Learning Center: Five-Plus Years of Innovation, Learning, and Community Building Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Have you found it challenging to find the time and resources to provide faculty with the professional development they want and need? Are you interested in offering your teachers, staff, families, and students a vibrant, joyful place to learn from and with one another? If so, an in-house teaching and learning center would be a wonderful addition to your school. Learn how you can easily create and run a teaching and learning center and its many benefits. Engage in discussion and interactive protocols to envision how a teaching and learning center can work for your school.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 201 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover the many possible benefits that can come through the creation of an in-house teaching and learning center.
    • Learn about best practices for creating and running an in-house teaching and learning center.
    • Interact with session participants to envision specific ideas to make a teaching and learning center work at your school.
  • Presenters: Ruth Aichenbaum and David Brightbill, William Penn Charter School (PA)
Leadership Development
Supporting Faculty, Staff, and Parents to Talk About Differences with Young People NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: If we are to reimagine our schools to reflect the just and equitable world we want it to be'not what it is'we need to tear down walls and build capacity, not only with students and teachers, but with parents as well. Participate in training that two schools in Los Angeles did with their faculty and staff'and their parent bodies. Learn about the research and engage in deep personal identity work regarding how to have difficult and honest conversations about differences with young people.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 101 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a deeper understanding of important foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusivity work.
    • Learn the power of engaging parents and faculty in training about communicating across differences and target/nontarget location.
    • Reflect on'and have difficult conversations about'differences.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Melinda Tsapatsaris and Min Pai, Westland School (CA); Rasheda Carroll, Wildwood School (CA)
Leadership Development
Reimagine Your Strategic Plan Implementation with Design Thinking Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: A strategic plan communicates what your school values most, and so should the process for its implementation. Discover how one school used design thinking and its inherent focus on developing empathy for end users (the students) as a reimagined approach to implementing a strategic plan. From ethnographic interviews and shadow days to ideation and prototype testing, learn the process for creating innovative action steps that achieve strategic goals. Find out how applying design thinking in your school deepens relationships with students, builds buy-in across your school community, and centers strategic plan implementation on what truly matters most'your students.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the five steps of the design thinking process and how they apply to strategic plan implementation.
    • Identify an aspect of your school's strategic plan ripe for the application of design thinking.
    • Recognize the byproducts of design thinking, including deepened relationships with students and school-wide buy-in for new initiatives.
  • Presenters: Ryan Dahlem and Will Moseley, St. Margaret's Episcopal School (CA)
Leadership Development
Leaders of Other: Diversifying School Leadership for Success Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Diversifying leadership is critical to school success, yet women, people of color, LGBTQ educators, single parents, and other nontraditional candidates continue to struggle to find their places as heads of school, trustees, and board chairs. Join us to combine the insights of five successful 'leaders of other' with the growing research on how to overcome the barriers that nontraditional leaders face. Cover topics including leveraging personal difference into professional distinction, building strength through resilience, managing change through authenticity, and preserving personal health and well-being every step of your career path.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside Ballroom B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the benefits of diverse leadership and the skills/qualities for success from current school leaders of other.
    • Identify the distinctive talents and strengths you can leverage for success as a school leader.
    • Frame the next steps for your path to success as a leader of other.
  • Presenters: Siri Akal Khalsa, Northwest Association of Independent Schools; Kirk Wheeler, St. Thomas School (WA); Patti Hearn, Lake Washington Girls Middle School (WA); Morva McDonald, Giddens School (WA); Brenda Leaks, Seattle Girls' School (WA)
Leadership Development
Driving School Change Through Faculty Committees: Two Case Studies Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Most school leaders understand that effective and sustainable school reform relies on faculty leadership and buy-in. Empowering faculty committees to devise and lead school change efforts can generate positive outcomes and a democratic school culture. Hear how one K-12 school leveraged faculty committees for school change. Discover the committee's process of problem framing and solution options. Discuss committee composition, the committee charge, and how to create time for committees to meet. Hear about obstacles to progress and share your stories. Leave with tangible examples of faculty committee success, a network of faculty leaders, and energy.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 4
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Hear tangible examples of powerful and productive faculty committees.
    • Hear and discuss potential obstacles to faculty committee success.
    • Build a network of energetic faculty and administrative leaders.
  • Presenters: Matt Neely, Jen Sciortino, and Mike Miley, Metairie Park Country Day School (LA)
Leadership Development
Faculty as First Responders: Keeping Students Safe in an Unpredictable World NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: As reported by CNN, the first 21 weeks of 2018 brought with it 23 school shootings in which someone was hurt or killed in the United States. This averages to more than one shooting a week and is both unacceptable and avoidable. Join us in learning about the pitfalls of common active shooter protocols while gaining strategies and resources to implement the most effective procedures immediately.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 102 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the pitfalls of current active shooter models such as the standard lockdown protocol used in most schools.
    • Become familiar with best practices in active shooter protocol.
    • Leave with strategies and resources to begin implementing ALICE protocol, keeping up with national standard of care.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Mandy Stepanovsky and Meg Hansen, Friends School (CO)
Student Experience
Vaping, Binging, and Baking'Addressing Student Substance Use and Abuse NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The federal government reports the number of students using e-cigarettes has increased substantially. The District of Columbia and 23 states currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Given this, schools must know their options when responding to these widespread risks. How do you address a student with a substance abuse problem or a positive test result? How do you regulate e-cigarettes and marijuana if use is not restricted by current laws? How do you handle alcohol use at extracurricular events? Explore best practices and legal risks schools face in addressing student vaping and drug and alcohol use.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 102 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn your options and best practices in addressing student vaping and drug and alcohol use.
    • Learn best practices for implementing a vaping and drug and alcohol program.
    • Understand the legal risks independent schools face in addressing drug and alcohol use by students.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher Phillips; Whitney Walters-Sachs, Pine Crest School (FL)
Management
California's Social-Emotional Learning Assessment Pilot: Generating Shared Data to Improve Student Competencies and School Environments Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: In partnership with Panorama Education in 2018-19, the California Association of Independent Schools launched a statewide social-emotional learning (SEL) assessment pilot. Together, 38 schools worked as a networked improvement community to survey eight shared indicators of students' SEL competencies (growth mindset, self-efficacy, learning strategies, grit) and students' perceptions of supports in the school environment for their growth and well-being (teacher-student relationship, sense of belonging, engagement, rigorous expectations). Get insight into the pilot's impetus and organization, and how schools used their SEL survey data to fuel school improvement.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 204
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the importance of assessing students' perceptions to improve student SEL competencies and strengthen school supports for those competencies.
    • Understand how and why CAIS launched a pilot networked improvement community of 38 schools to administer a shared SEL assessment.
    • Understand how three pilot schools used SEL data as a tool to improve supports for their students' social-emotional learning.
  • Presenters: Jennifer de Forest, California Association of Independent Schools; Joseph Harvey, Mark Day School (CA); Karen Strobel, Castilleja School (CA); Mitch Bostian, The Berkeley School (CA)
Classroom Experience
Responding to Complaints of Student and Employee Misconduct in the #MeToo Era Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The #MeToo movement has broad-reaching effects for schools in both the employment and student context. As schools strive to tear down barriers, they face challenges in navigating the competing interests of conducting fair investigations of complaints, respecting privacy and other individual rights, responding to community demands for transparency and accountability, and fostering open dialogue around inclusivity. Discuss best practices for balancing these competing interests, including investigation techniques and common hurdles, respecting the rights of and being sensitive to the needs of all parties, and effectively managing school community expectations in the #MeToo climate.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 1
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to conduct lawful investigations thoroughly and with sensitivity.
    • Learn how to handle complaints, including those alleging conduct dating many years ago.
    • Learn how to respond to community demands for transparency, accountability, and action while respecting privacy rights.
  • Presenters: Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise, Sea Crest School (CA); Linda Adler and Grace Chan, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Management
Breaking Down Barriers: The Marriage of Admissions, Student Support, and College Counseling Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Poly Prep Country Day School, an N-12 school in Brooklyn, increased net tuition revenue by 21% over two years while simultaneously increasing the number of students of color enrolled by 22% and sending a higher percentage of students to top 25 colleges and universities than any time in the past decade. Learn how Poly's innovative enrollment management model eliminates traditional silos and leverages data and people to create a powerful feedback loop between admissions and financial aid, advancement, student support, and college counseling.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 3
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the weaknesses of the traditional models of admissions and college counseling.
    • Identify ways to leverage data to reimagine how we support students academically.
    • Appreciate opportunities to collaborate with offices and personnel at your school that historically do not partner with one another.
  • Presenters: Kyle Graham, Nat Smitobol, and Jamie Nestor, Poly Prep Country Day School (NY)
Management
Reimagining Campus Master Planning NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: If the physical environment is a child's third teacher, as Reggio-Emilia founder Loris Malaguzzi proposed more than 70 years ago, what sort of built ecosystem best supports 21st century learning? And even assuming you have clarity on that question, how can you take transformative ideas about your campus from vision to reality? Explore practices used by a 230-year-old school to transform its physical infrastructure to create spaces that are flexible in usage, where students work collaboratively to construct knowledge, technology provides a portal to the world, and the outdoors is an extension of the classroom.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 102 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share specific examples for how to create a physical, architectural expression of a vision or concept.
    • Explore so-called 21st century skills and how a built environment can foster them (or not).
    • Articulate some of the mundane but important aspects of campus planning (e.g., using an owner's rep as construction manager).
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Matt Glendinning, Moses Brown School (RI); Ray Bourcier, DEC Consulting Company
Management
Love Is Love—One Elementary School's Commitment to Celebrating the LGBTQ Community NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: How can your school address traditional elementary school concerns regarding teaching about the LGBTQ community and the pride movement? Get an outline of our approach to teaching LGBTQ and gender spectrum vocabulary, and hear how our school's diversity committee leads colleagues in a highly visible unit of study. Learn about the intentional ways teachers connect learning to social justice movements, personal connections within the community, and local and national LGBTQ changemakers and their allies. Gain insight into embracing tricky, difficult conversations at the elementary level about what it looks like to be a welcoming, inclusive community.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 103 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn models of how to explicitly teach LGBTQ and gender spectrum vocabulary at the elementary level.
    • Learn how to bring visibility and personal connection to the learning about LGBTQ people in the community (ours and beyond).
    • Learn from our experience navigating relationships with community members expressing typical elementary school concerns regarding the teaching of this topic.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Britt Anderson, Abby Guinn, and Maria Montes Clemens, Prospect Sierra School (CA)
Student Experience
Sink or Swim: Why Black Children in Independent Schools Need Our Awareness and Support Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Many black families send their children to independent schools in the belief we can offer high-quality education, yet black children often encounter greater odds of emotional discord and academic failure in our predominantly white institutions. Candidly discuss the multidimensional challenges facing black children in independent schools: ubiquitous stereotyping, racial dissonance, and disproportionate disciplinary measures. Explore how adminstrators and teachers can better support the needs of black children and their families within independent school communities and, ultimately, clear pathways to opportunity and success for black children in our schools.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 5
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how the context of whiteness and privilege in independent schools compromises the academic achievement and well-being of black students.
    • Recognize how an independent school's ambivalence toward racial and cultural diversity is harmful to all members of its community.
    • Explore how educators can build cultural competence and support the well-being of black students through relationship-building with their families.
  • Presenters: Candice Powell-Caldwell, Horace Mann School (NY)
Student Experience
Political Classrooms and Student Groups: Possible or Restricted in Today's Schools? NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: If we believe education can help change society for the better, how can classroom discussions and student groups function as learning experiences without dissolving into ideological and divisive forces in schools? In today's highy charged political environment, can teachers and club advisers equip students with the skills needed to analyze complex and sometimes conflicting perspectives without alientating those who disagree? Explore current research, school policies, and real practices designed to promote civic discussions and ideological diversity using Hess & McAvoy's (2015) model for the political classroom.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 103 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss strategies that promote schools as places that educate students about the democratic process.
    • Teach students how to engage in civic conversations that address political, economic, religious, and cultural differences in our society.
    • Provide teachers with strategies that promote and protect their students' right to hold diverse opinions and perspectives.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jack Creeden, independent consultant; Pete Nordlund, Chadwick School (CA)
Student Experience
Peer First Responders: Training and Supporting Students to Promote Mental Health and Well-Being NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Join school counselors and a student leader from Castilleja School to learn how and why we developed a program to increase open discussions about student mental health with the goal of promoting well-being and destigmatizing mental health issues. Share how the school's counseling and wellness departments partnered with students to create a program jointly owned by student leaders and staff. Get the nuts and bolts of starting such a program at your school, including training and supervision of students.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 103 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand why a peer mental health program is critical to reaching more students.
    • Get the basic tools to start a peer mental health program at your school.
    • Learn how to recruit the best of your student population to participate in this program.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Terese Brennan-Marquez, Eva Tuschman, and Sophie Nevle-Levoy, Castilleja School (CA)
Student Experience
Fellowship Workshop: Diversifying the Head of School Pipeline Fellowship Workshop Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: If most senior administrators are white, how can we diversify the head of school pipeline? Currently, people of Color account for less than 15% of of senior administrators. Identify and examine schools that have found ways to build diverse senior administrative teams.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Nathalio Gray, The Branson School (CA); Mike Boyer, The Miami Valley School (OH); Brian Oliver, Maumee Valley Country Day School (OH)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Taking the Pulse on Homework Fellowship Workshop Block 5 Friday, March 1,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: What does the latest research on the effectiveness of homework tell us? Are schools considering their philosophies and practices on homework? Study survey data regarding independent school attitudes toward homework and review case studies of schools that have made shifts in their homework policies.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Eric Augustin, Colorado Academy (CO); Paul Bonnel, French American International School (CA); Matthew Cutler, Harvard-Westlake School (CA); Ford Dieth, St. Martin's Episcopal School (LA); Brian Ogden, The Bishop's School (CA)
Leadership Development
Bring Reggio Emilia-Inspired and Emergent Inquiry Approach to the Junior Years Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: For teachers considering bringing inquiry, emergent curriculum and the principles of a Reggio Emilia-inspired teaching approach to grades 5-7, find out how to apply values such as the image of the child, working with documentation, the classroom environment as a third teacher, student voice and autonomy, and materials and multiple languages with a rigorous academic program that engages with big ideas and authentic, real-world problems.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 7
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Get practical strategies to take back to classroom spaces aligned with an inquiry approach.
    • Take a critical look at teaching through the lens of values as practice.
    • Inspire possibilities for working in the older grades with expressive languages and emergent content.
  • Presenters: Bart van Veghel, Kerri Embrey, and Kathleen Grzybowski, The Bishop Strachan School (Canada)
Classroom Experience
Practical Advice for All Teachers Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Executive Dysfunction NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: While it's unrealistic to believe every independent school classroom can meet the needs of every student, teachers can be better informed, strategize well, communicate effectively with other professionals, and execute academic programs that support an increased array of dynamic learners. Through simulations and discussions, hone your understanding of learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, and ADHD by exploring technical and operational definitions. These new understandings aid in a thorough discussion of practical advice aimed at identifying, teaching, and supporting impacted students, families, and faculty.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 101 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Help teachers relate to those challenged by learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, and ADHD through experiential exercises.
    • Give teachers a usable and understandable definition of learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, and ADHD.
    • Provide advice to teachers supporting students and families impacted by learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, and ADHD.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Eldrich Carr, Springer School and Center (OH)
Classroom Experience
Developing a Gender Identity Curriculum in the Primary Grades: Designing Proactive and Responsive Collaborations NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Explore the collaborative curriculum development that led 15 primary classrooms (age 3-9) to a better age-appropriate understanding of gender identity. Learn about possible challenges, pitfalls, and successes as you explore the relationships built between the upper division students and their younger "buddies" because of new understandings. Learn how leadership and collaboration can create buy-in among parents, support teachers' growing comfort when leading conversations or lessons about gender identity, and eventually lead to cultural change in a school community.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 102 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore age-appropriate approaches to teaching about the gender identity spectrum, from preschool through grade three.
    • Develop an understanding of how collaborative leadership (teacher, counselor, diversity practitioner) supports success with gender identity curriculum.
    • Leave with tools, resources, and ideas to use in your leadership journey into gender identity curriculum.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Margaret Bradford and Pamela Atteberry, The Evergreen School (WA)
Classroom Experience
Reimagining Curriculum: Valuing Depth over Breadth Through a Transition to Semester-Long Courses NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: We dreamed of a school where our students were engaged by exciting and innovative courses relevant in an age of automation and search engines. However, the road from British literature, American history, and art to voices on the fringe, politics and the media, and graphic design required tons of structure-building, schedule modifications, partner-building, parent communication, and assessment of academic regulations. Walk through the strategies we used to build this curricular model and where we hope to go from here, with student curiosity as our compass and a four-dimensional education as our mission.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 102 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Value the obligation we have as schools to provide a four-dimensional, relevant curricular experience to students.
    • Understand the systems-level processes required to enact an elective-based curriculum across half of our academic departments.
    • Be inspired to learn from our successes and challenges to build your school's curricular strategy!
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Robert Taylor, Austin Preparatory School (MA)
Classroom Experience
Reimagining Your Differentiated Value: Disruption and the Fourth Industrial Revolution Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Using a strategic thinking framework, look at how artificial intelligence, robotics, and other disruptors are reshaping the education and workplace ecosystem, creating an opportunity for independent schools to prepare future-ready students while reimagining their differentiated value, business, and education models along the way.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 201 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain awareness of the changing market driven by the fourth industrial revolution.
    • Get an introduction to a framework to enable boards and heads to engage in strategic conversation.
    • Provide attendees an opportunity to consider their current mission and value in light of the the fourth industrial revolution.
  • Presenters: Jefferson Burnett, NAIS; Kawai Lai, VizLit
Governance
A Primer on Crisis Management and Business Continuity for Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: As more schools adopt an enterprise risk management approach, principal areas of focus are crisis management and business continuity. Explore the various components of this complex subject: identifying and managing risk, governance, enterprise-wide risk analysis, business continuity planning, insurance and risk management considerations, and an example of plan design schools can adopt to begin their own analysis. Get strateiges for implementation, the recovery and resumption phase of the school's operations, and validation of the school's plan.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 102 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Employ a process for identifying and managing crisis/disaster risk.
    • Find out how to address business continuity management for your school.
    • Learn how to conduct an enterprise-wide risk analysis for your school.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Ronald Wanglin, Cheryl McDowell, and Jamie Gershon, Bolton & Company; Lisa Turchan, The Buckley School (CA)
Governance
Leading Planned Change: How to Build Leadership Capacity Across Your School Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: School leaders and administrative teams, examine the key processes and theories of effective collaboration, decision-making, and action planning. Experienced administrators know that while not all change is planned, much of it can and should be. Explore research-proven leadership strategies associated with building leadership capacity to support school change and improvement
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside Ballroom A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to build leadership capacity across faculty and administrative teams.
    • Learn effective models for collaboration, decision-making, and action planning.
    • Learn proactive leadership strategies to support change.
  • Presenters: Scott Bauer, University of Colorado, Denver; Anne-Marie Balzano, NAIS
Governance
Designing Your Female Leadership Journey in Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Many opportunities exist to be a student of leadership at every level in your school, but women face unique challenges. Come for honest conversation about ways women lead, cultivate a leadership style, and build teams. Hear insight from an experienced head of school and division head on tearing down the barriers that keep us from our seat at the table, building new paradigms for school leadership, and designing a future for students where models of female leadership are the norm rather than the exception. Come enjoy the camaraderie and kinship of the work we do!
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 103 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the ways women learn to lead by constituent group: faculty, peers, parents, board.
    • Identify your leadership style to maximize opportunities to lead at any level and model quality female leadership for children.
    • Identify your opportunities to mentor and sponsor or be mentored or sponsored by local leaders in your area.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Colleen Schilly, Hillbrook School (CA); Kathleen McNamara, The Seven Hills School (CA)
Leadership Development
Schools That Thrive: How Great Strategic Design Focuses on Learners! Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Reinvent how you design strategy by focusing on exceptional quality and outcomes for the learner experience. Explore how two schools repositioned themselves and developed a winning value proposition with a strategic design process focused on the user experience. By engaging in the process as learners, they made bold choices that focused their people, programs, and resources on what matters most'and now reap the rewards.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 1
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand why and how a strategic design process must focus on an exceptional learner experience.
    • Explore how all people in schools'adults and students'must be learners for schools to thrive.
    • Demonstrate how student, teacher, and community voices in strategic design are essential to a successful process.
  • Presenters: Stephanie Rogen, Greenwich Leadership Partners; Jody Soja, Indian Mountain School (CT); Diana Owen, Pine Point School (CT)
Leadership Development
Why Guess If You Don't Have to? Measuring Student Leadership in K-12 Settings Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Student leadership matters. But how does a third, seventh, or 11th grader define leadership? What skills are relevant and valued at different ages? To date, there have been no validated leadership assessments for K-12 students, so student leadership development has been a patchwork of assumptions and educated guesses. Learn about the new Leadership Indicator for Students (LIS) and the positive relationship between student leadership and student engagement outcomes. See how to use data-driven leadership development methods in an independent school and learn how to use the LIS to inform student leadership development planning in your school.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 201 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about the Student Leadership Indicator (SLI) and how it helps identify leadership development opportunities in a school.
    • Learn how independent schools might use leadership frameworks and assessments to develop young leaders more effectively.
    • Learn how to use a student leadership assessment to have meaningful student leadership development conversations with faculty and administrators.
  • Presenters: Preston Yarborough and Micela Leis, Center For Creative Leadership; Ann Brock, Charlotte Latin School (NC)
Leadership Development
Changing Admissions and Financial Aid Focus from Student Headcount to Net Tuition Revenue NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Learn from a 21-year former business officer about the value and importance of shifting from a student headcount focus for admissions and financial aid to a net-tuition revenue (NTR) focus. Receive and review templates that allow a school to annually monitor and track its NTR, both per student and grade. Identify important financial aid metrics you should track and monitor year by year, with recommendations on how to identify and slow down or turn around negative trends.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 103 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Schools should change their financial aid goals and budget from student headcount to NTR.
    • Get templates to track key NTR metrics.
    • Get real-life examples that demonstrate the value of making the recommended changes.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Palmer Ball, Palmer Ball Consulting, LLC
Management
The Times They Are a Changin': State Trends and National Impacts NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: While the focus tends to center on policies coming out of Washington, states and cities around the country are changing the game. There are many trends to follow, including laws prohibiting salary history inquries, requiring paid leave, combating sexual harrasment, and changing how background checks are conducted. With these developments, independent schools face new challenges and obligations as well as opportunities to bring greater transparency, equality, and safety to staff and students alike. Whether these changes have come to a state near you or are on the horizion, there is much to learn from our laboratories of democracy.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 103 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about top state and local employment law trends and how they affect independent schools.
    • Learn about opportunities to increase diversity and combat issues such as pay inequity.
    • Learn about challenges you face when two ideals such as background check reform and protecting student safety collide.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Whitney Silverman, NAIS
Management
Dig Deep. Be Brave. Unearth the Greatness That Lies Within Your School! Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Every independent school has one very special thing in common'children. But we are not always willing to see is the other thing our schools share in common'flaws! Stellar school options surround us, and parents question whether or not to sign their enrollment contracts. Take a deep dive into your school's operations, policies, and procedures and be willing to truly see those aspects of your school that are begging to be examined. Fill your toolbox with strategies you can put to immediate use upon return!
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 203 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Launch, foster, and develop a growth mindset among stakeholders.
    • Authentically improve the health of your school.
    • Re-examine policies, procedures, professional development, parent education, and school culture, and begin to develop a plan to address each.
  • Presenters: Carrie Kries, Gladwyne Montessori School (PA)
Management
Unpacking "Rape Culture" in the Aftermath of #MeToo Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Only recently has U.S. society begun to treat sexual harassment/assault with the utmost seriousness it deserves. Three significant developments prompting this change provide unparalleled opportunites for vital discussions in our classrooms: high-profile cases of sexual assault within high school and college populations; a crucial shift in the standard for determining sexual consent, from the absence of "no" to the presence of an unequivocal verbal "yes"; and the systematic unmasking, in the wake of #MeToo, of each of the toxic beliefs that underpin, reinforce, and provide justification for rape culture. Get exercises for use in grades 5-12.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 203 B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explain the new standard for determining consent and contrast it with the old.
    • Identify six beliefs that underpin and reinforce rape culture.
    • Demonstrate skills in using various classroom activities.
  • Presenters: Deborah Roffman, The Park School of Baltimore (MD)
Student Experience
Letting Their Lives Speak: Harnessing Student Activism and Amplifying Their Movement NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: A better world tomorrow starts in schools today. To do this it is imperative that independent schools develop active citizens as well as engaged scholars. Study various models for how to inform, support, and inspire students to find their voice and strengthen their role in the community. With examples from independent and public middle and high schools that leverage strategic partnerships as a backbone, learn to develop your own strategy to teach and develop youth citizenship.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss and define the opportunities and challenges of student activism in independent schools.
    • Get examples of specific projects at the middle and upper school levels in both independent and charter schools.
    • Discuss a model for partnership that supports this work and advances future steps.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Guybe Slangen, San Francisco Friends School (CA); Blake Kohn, National Network of Schools in Partnership; Diego Duran-Medina, Shorecrest Preparatory School (FL); Monique Daviss, El Sol Science and Arts Academy (CA)
Student Experience
An Approach to Student Wellness Where Students Thrive and Rigor Deepens NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: With mounting evidence that our students are managing greater stress, anxiety, and mental health challenges, we all seek solutions to improve student wellness in our schools. With a tendency in schools to assume there is a fixed choice between rigor and wellness, we propose a different way of looking at a solution'one where 'smart rigor' can deepen and students can thrive. Learn from research-based findings that broaden the definition of student success from Stanford's Challenge Success and a case study from an independent school exploring how student wellness can be enhanced within a rigorous school setting.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 101 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Leave this session with research-based information and strategies to promote student well-being and a broader definition of success.
    • Learn how these strategies can be practically implemented in a rigorous independent school.
    • Explore your school's efforts to promote student wellness to identify opportunities to take advantage of these strategies.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Catherine Hall, Noble and Greenough School (MA); Denise Pope, Stanford University
Student Experience
Anxiety in the Classroom: Developing a Toolbox of Practical Interventions NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Often we send students out of the classroom when they become flooded with anxiety, unable to focus and work. From test anxiety to a resistance to engage in the work, students create maladaptive habits to manage the intensity of their emotions. Uncover interventions and strategies to use in the classroom to effectively decrease anxiety in the moment, so students can refocus on classroom content. Leaning on the biological, cognitive, and sociocultural perspectives, apply interventions to case studies of students struggling with poor performance due to emotional dysregulation.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 C
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the ways anxiety hijacks a learner's brain.
    • Develop strategies to help manage anxiety in the moment it manifests.
    • Personalize strategies to fit the needs of individual students.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jen Sciortino and Lauren Gehman, Metairie Park Country Day School (LA)
Student Experience
Developing Self-Sufficient Teenagers Through Academic Coaching Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Are we raising a generation of dependent teens who over-rely on adults to structure their time, hold them accountable, and reward their efforts? Through academic coaching, educators foster growth of self-sufficient teenagers by pairing adults with struggling teens. Using active listening and open-ended, powerful questions, academic coaches guide students to identify obstacles, envision goals, initiate action steps toward goals, and be accountable. Coaches partner with students to develop strategies to address disorganization, weak study skills, and poor time management. Learn coaching basics and then role-play using these skills.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 3
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify adults and students who are good fits for academic coaching.
    • Use open-ended, powerful questions to help students identify obstacles, envision goals, initiate action steps toward goals, and hold themselves accountable.
    • Emphasize students' strengths to build personalized toolboxes of strategies to manage disorganization, weak study skills, and poor time management.
  • Presenters: Susan Biggs, Flint Hill School (VA)
Student Experience
Engage with an Innovative, Dynamic, Developmentally-Appropriate Health and Wellness Curriculum'Bring It to Your School! Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: As health and wellness educators, there is much we want students to know! We use our limited time to cover as many bases as possible, only to find there is more we want to do. Come hear about our experience building a nationally recognized, developmentally appropriate PK-8 health and wellness curriculum. As reflective practitioners, we develop curriculum to meet student needs across a variety of areas, innovative in anticipating coming trends and challenges students will face. Through shared experience, thoughtful discussion, and targeted resources, get the tools to develop an excellent health and wellness program tailored for your students.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside 5
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Engage with the components of a dynamic health and wellness curriculum.
    • Understand how to assess, anticipate, and respond to student needs for health and wellness curriculum.
    • Explore available resources for planning and implementing responsive health and wellness lessons.
  • Presenters: Liz LaRocque, Kate Oznick, Tina Fox, John O'Neill, and Leesa Mercedes, Belmont Day School (MA)
Student Experience
A Case for Belonging: Anti-Bias Education to Create Belonging and Equity in the Classroom Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: A student will walk into a classroom and assess: Will my identity and my efforts be seen? Do I belong here? When the answer is no, a student's ability to learn and succeed are negatively impacted because their basic needs are not being met. This can manifest as identity-based exclusion and disruptive, mean, and teasing behavior and lead to a school failure identity for the student. How do we create belonging and equity in the classroom? Learn about anti-bias education theory and practices as tools to create belonging and equity in the classroom.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: Seaside Ballroom B
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine how identity affects a child's sense of belonging.
    • Examine the impact bias, prejudice, and stereotypes have on educators' ability to meet their students' needs.
    • Learn how anti-bias education theory and practices reduce barriers to equity, boost belonging, and increase learning.
  • Presenters: Rebecca Slaby, AMAZE
Student Experience
Sharing the Wealth PechaKucha Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Being the difference in the community is what sets independent schools apart from the rest. See how we do it at Dawson.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Le'Aqua Shoates, The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain (NV)
Flipped Classroom: Creating a Deep Learning Culture in the Secondary School Math Classroom PechaKucha Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Explore the flipped classroom from a deep learning perspective and practical activities teachers can bring into your teaching practice.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Daniel Lumsden, St. Michael's College School (Canada)
Innovative Ways to Bring Joy into an Inclusive Classroom Environment PechaKucha Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: A joyful and inclusive class culture is vital in the growth of a whole child. Thinking outside the box can create a highly creative environment.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Annie Errickson, San Domenico School (CA)
Why Every Course Should Integrate Social Media PechaKucha Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Schools must embrace social media instruction to teach digital citizenship, media literacy, and digital portfolios—skills our students need to succeed beyond school.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Nate Green, Flint Hill School (VA)
Puppetry as Interdisciplinary Connector PechaKucha Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The art of puppetry connects the humanties and the arts to new technology initiatives as it helps students understand what it means to be human.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Cheryl Capezzuti, Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School (PA)
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Adages as Translated into a Visual Representation PechaKucha Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Discover how this concept-based art and English class lesson enriched the student experience in understanding Shakespeare's adages in Romeo and Juliet.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Lorna La Riviere, Brunswick Middle School (CT)
A Little Louder Now: Finding Strength in Our Mission—Making the Inclusive School Our Community Needs PechaKucha Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Echo Horizon School is a mainstreaming environment for deaf and hard of hearing students. Learn how all of our mission goals come to life in our makerspace.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 104 B
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Sam Patterson, Echo Horizon School (CA)
Fellowship Workshop: Walking the Talk: Leading Strategically with a DEI Lens Fellowship Workshop Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Come learn about the key characteristics and best practices used by boards of trustees that effectively prioritize, support, and invest in diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Charlotte Brownlee, Cate School (CA); Paola V. Clark, Notre Dame de Sion School (MO); Chia-Chee Chiu, Ethical Culture Fieldston School (NY); Mahtab Mahmoodzadeh, The Overlake School (WA); Melissa Mischke, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH); Katy Roybal, Trinity School (CA)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Faculty Wellness Programs: Survey of Scope and Impact Fellowship Workshop Block 6 Friday, March 1,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration describes eight dimensions of wellness: physical, social, emotional, environmental, occupational, intellectual, spiritual, and financial. Discuss the scope and effectiveness of wellness programs offered by independent schools and identify elements common to successful programs.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 1, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Room number: 203 A
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Ryan Dahlem, St. Margaret's Episcopal School (CA); Ken Mills, Ransom Everglades School (FL); Mike Montgomery, Open Window School (WA); Matthew Peer, Darlington School (GA); Julian Taylor, Chadwick International School (Republic of Korea)
Leadership Development