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One-Hour Workshops: Leadership Development Track

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

  • Block 1 (Thursday, March 2, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • Back from the Brink: Use Your Mission to Transform Enrollment, Governance, and Fundraising

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Discover how Lake Forest Country Day School dramatically increased enrollment, achieved record fundraising, and enhanced morale by re-energizing the school’s mission. Learn practical tools and techniques to reinvigorate your mission from the perspectives of the head of school, admissions director, board chair, and division head.
      Presented ByRobert Whelan, Pete Moore, Judith Arnstein, and Wendy Weil, Lake Forest Country Day School (IL)
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      ExploreWhat is one specific strategy I might use immediately to get my community to actively take ownership of my school's mission? How can I gain control or shape word-of-mouth in my community, at little or no financial cost? How can I get the board of trustees to become more actively engaged as standard bearers for the school mission?
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    • Conflicting Priorities: Marrying Stakeholder Vision With College Counseling Mission

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      College counselors are under scrutiny from varied stakeholders — parents, trustees, alumni, heads of school, administrators, and students. Often these parties have differing concerns, which create conflicting priorities. Join in a discussion about these issues and hear suggestions on how to use mission to engage with your college counseling team to help manage admission hysteria.
      Presented ByJessica Sant, The Lovett School (GA); Gavin Bradley, Pace Academy (GA); Jenny Byers, Harpeth Hall School (TN)
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      Explore How can we address stakeholder questions/concerns with integrity, honesty, and collaboration? Which metrics are appropriate in evaluating college counseling process and outcomes? How can you ensure that the quantifiable data points are in line with the mission of the school and the college counseling office? How can and should heads, boards, faculty, and internal stakeholders help manage expectations and assessment/perception of process and outcomes in the college counseling office?
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    • Good Intent vs. Intentional Execution: Establishing a Bona Fide Culture of Equity and Inclusion

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      Many independent schools have well-meaning programs and practices that celebrate difference. However, this approach to diversity does little to facilitate cultural competence and mitigate systemic bias. Asking “What will my school look like when it has successfully created a culture of equity and inclusion?” is useful for moving beyond good intent. Find out the steps you need to take to answer that question as you explore one school’s journey to systematically establish equity and inclusion as school-wide cultural norms.
      Presented ByEric Jones and Jocelyn Hillman, Community Partnership School (PA); Edith Arrington, Consultant
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      Explore How does a school tell if it is stuck at good intent with its equity/inclusion initiative(s) or ready to move to intentional execution? How does a school know if it is actually executing in an intentional manner? What pieces need to be in place to move from good intent to intentional execution?
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    • Green Ribbon Schools: The Sustainability Mission Is Possible

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      In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program recognized five NAIS schools. Leaders from these exemplary schools will present their innovative achievements and the benefits of becoming a Green Ribbon School. You will learn about the Green Ribbon Schools application process and how this program develops more sustainable facilities, operations, and curriculum.
      Presented ByPaul Chapman, Inverness Associates; Stephen Phelps, Bishop O'Dowd High School (CA); Frank Barros, King School (CT); Brian Kane, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School (VA); Laurie Orsic, Wilmington Montessori School (DE)
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      ExploreWhat is the Green Ribbon Schools program?  What are the characteristics of green, environmentally sustainable schools?  And how do the NAIS Green Ribbon Schools exemplify best practices for our member schools to follow?
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    • Impact Marketing: Leveraging Faculty

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      Fellowship Workshop

      Even though your teachers probably don’t see themselves as marketers, they have big impact on how well your school distinguishes itself from its many competitors. This presentation will show you what independent schools are doing to leverage faculty members, how faculty perceive their roles in marketing, and why your marketing efforts benefit when your faculty do what they do well.
      Presented ByTerry Kung, Brooklyn Friends School (NY); Michael Mallett, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School (VA); Juna McDaid, Drew School (CA); Deborah Monroe, Buckley School (CA); Doug Poskitt, Rocky Hill School (RI); Donna Ruggiero, Albany Academy for Girls (NY)
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      Explore How might schools leverage faculty to make an impact in their marketing efforts? In what ways can schools onboard faculty about their role in marketing if they haven't already? How well are you doing in leveraging your faculty to promote your school?
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    • Project 2051: The Future of Canadian Independent Schools: Design Thinking the Findings

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      Come learn about Project 2051, designed by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), and experience the design-thinking framework that enabled it. You will use design thinking to process and engage with the Project 2051 findings to reveal opportunities for academic and business innovation in your own school.
      Presented ByAnne-Marie Kee, Canadian Accredited Independent Schools; Garth Nichols, Havergal College (Canada); Justin Medved, The York School (Canada)
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      Explore Why do independent schools need to innovate in order to ensure their long term sustainability? What academic and business areas in independent schools are ripe for innovation? What are some example "lighthouse" schools that are already innovating in both the academic and business spaces?
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    • You Can't Get Strategic Unless You Get Strategic

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      How do schools become diverse and inclusive communities? It only happens through the skillful and culturally competent leadership of senior administrative teams. Come learn how to identify this work as being mission critical; communicate frequently and effectively the connection between diversity and inclusion to your core educational operation; and incorporate inclusive and innovative policies and practices into your leadership role.
      Presented ByVeronica Codrington-Cazeau, The Evergreen School (WA); Robert Greene, Jones and Associates Consulting
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      Explore What skills and perspectives are required of 21st century independent school leaders, given the more diverse and multicultural nature of our school populations and increasing pressures for high returns on the value of an independent school education? How can senior administrative teams lead diversity and inclusion initiatives more effectively, leveraging the work as core to the school’s mission? How do we help senior administrators develop the understanding that cultural competency is good leadership, and good leadership is culturally competent?
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  • Block 2 (Thursday, March 2, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM)
    • Aligning Professional Development With Your School's Mission

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      This session tells how to balance the interests of your faculty with the mission of your school while getting the biggest bang for your professional development buck. You will discover ways to leverage the experts in your own building; find sources of outside experts and nontraditional “unconferences”; and take advantage of teacher coaching, action research, professional learning networks, online groups, and more. Throughout, the emphasis will be on prioritizing professional growth plans based on the mission, vision, and goals of your school.
      Presented ByLiz Davis, Synapse School (CA); Kimberly Sivick, professional development consultant; Karen Blumberg, The Brearly School (NY)
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      Explore How does your school's mission support your professional development plan? What types of professional development opportunities match your  school’s mission to your faculty’s needs? How does a school leverage the “experts” in the building?
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    • Beyond the Mission: Inspiring and Igniting the Brand Promise

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      See how authentic and compelling stories can further your efforts to fulfill your school's mission while celebrating and promoting your brand promise. Presenters will share how stories about "Mission Moments" promoted their school brand and became integral parts of the school's family events, faculty meetings, electronic and print communication, social media promotion, and admission events. Learn new and engaging multimedia presentation skills to tell your own story.
      Presented ByRaymond Yu and Joe Silvestri, The Blake School (MN)
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      ExploreIn what specific ways do we further our school mission and fulfill our brand promise? In what authentic and compelling ways do I describe my school to someone who knows nothing about it? If a well-told story is told from multiple perspectives, then where do I begin to capture community stories?
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    • Breaking the Mold: 21st Century Best Practices for Women Leaders

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      The most recent NAIS statistics show that women continue to be underrepresented in headship positions. Be a part of a working session that invites both conversation and examination. Build a deeper understanding of the variables at the intersection of gender and culture in independent school leadership.
      Presented ByAmada Torres, NAIS; Susan Feibelman, educational consultant; Gillian Goodman, Greensboro Day School (NC); Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise, Sea Crest School (CA); Laura Blackburn Reed, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools
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      Explore If we are committed to developing an equitable and inclusive leadership model, what are the principles of best practice that would guide our efforts? What are the five-year benchmarks we are prepared to set that will move us closer to increasing the number of women (women of color and white women) leading our schools? What are the metrics that we should use to measure our progress?
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    • Collaborative Leadership in Action: The Value of Sharing Leadership Roles at Your School

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      Leadership positions have traditionally been the role of one person. Come hear how The Boys’ Latin School reorganized its divisional leadership structure through a collaborative leadership model. The head of school and the two co-heads of the upper school will discuss the rationale, benefits, and implementation of this leadership model and how it might apply at your school for a number of leadership positions.
      Presented ByCharles Franklin, Brian Mitchell, and Christopher Post, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (MD)
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      Explore What are the benefits of sharing a leadership position between two people? How can this principle of shared leadership be applied at a variety of administrative levels? What impact does a successful collaborative leadership relationship have on school culture?
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    • Critical Decisions

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      School leaders are often confronted with difficult decisions — ones that can divide a community. This participatory session will address questions such as, Why are some decisions so difficult? What are the different types of difficult decisions in schools? Where can a school leader turn for help in making difficult decisions? What are the various methods for addressing difficulty?
      Presented ByGary Niels and Maura Farrell, Winchester Thurston School (PA)
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      Explore What is my leadership style? How can I strengthen my position as a school leader by addressing difficult decisions? What new methods of addressing difficult decisions could be useful?
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    • Drug and Alcohol Programs: What’s Legal, What’s Not, What’s Hot?

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Schools have done a good job teaching students about the perils of drug and alcohol use. Unfortunately, schools often learn the hard way that their efforts to dismiss employees or students for drug violations may not hold up in court. As the issues become more complicated, this session will help your school understand the best practices for managing a good drug and alcohol program.
      Presented BySuzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Jayme Karolyi, The Shipley School (PA)
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      Explore What types of provisions should be in a school’s drug and alcohol policy?  Is it legal to prohibit an employee from having marijuana in their system in a state where marijuana is legal? What steps does a school need to take to ensure that a dismissal will be upheld?
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    • From Trend to Traction

      Hilton: Billie Holiday 4

      Schools are continually looking to improve, innovate, and initiate new ideas and programs, which are driven by a blend of mission, aspirations, and financial realities. Managing change requires a combination of creative leadership, effective networking, resource allocation, and faculty and board support. Learn from the experiences of school professionals who’ve worked mission-aligned initiatives through from inspiration to reality.
      Presented ByMichael Nachbar, Global Online Academy (WA); Monique DeVane, The College Preparatory School (CA)
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      Explore How do you know when an initiative will stick? How do you engage your school’s various constituencies in moving from trend to traction? How do you sustain momentum for a new venture over the long term?
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    • How International Is Your School?

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      The staggering growth in international student enrollment at NAIS schools shows no sign of abating. The implications for mission and bottom line are significant, providing both challenges and extraordinary opportunities for the independent school community. Explore enrollment trends and engage in a discussion of what it means to be an “international” school.
      Presented ByIoana Wheeler, NAIS; Aimee Gruber, The Enrollment Management Association
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      Explore What are the strategic implications of a growing international student population? How can schools promote an environment that enhances positive interaction between domestic and international students? Why is an “international” school an asset in today’s competitive market?
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  • Block 3 (Thursday, March 2, 1:15 - 2:15 PM)
    • (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Leading School Change

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Designed for school leaders, this interactive session will examine the key processes and theories of strategic change. Experienced administrators know that even under the most favorable conditions, leading change can be challenging. Explore change theory and research-proven leadership strategies associated with building your capacity to support change.
      Presented ByAnne-Marie Balzano and Scott Bauer, George Mason University
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      Explore What are the most effective strategies and theories associated with school change? As a leader, how can I build the capacity for change and leadership capacity in my school? What four questions can leaders use to ensure that their change plans are well developed and that they are ready to move forward with change?
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    • Beyond Leaning In: What It Takes to Thrive as a Female Leader

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      In this workshop, we will share the latest research and successful strategies for developing and supporting women leaders in independent schools. In addition to discussing the key challenges facing women leaders, you will use speed conversations and a quick needs assessment to identify challenges in your own community and create effective prototype models for your school.
      Presented ByPeggy Procter, Windward School (CA); Crystal Land, Head-Royce School (CA)
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      Explore What are the challenges unique to female independent school leaders and how can we begin to tackle these challenges? What is needed to encourage more women to take on challenging roles in our schools including senior administrative and head of school roles? How can schools and cohort groups explicitly support and develop leadership mindsets and skills for women to lead confidently and to thrive in their roles?
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    • Building a School Community in Tune with Your Mission

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Explore how one school uses the admission process, parent education, a common language, three different social-emotional learning (SEL) assessments, and events to ensure that parents and teachers thrive within the school’s social norms and mission. The presenters will show how transparency and intentional culture building through feedback and education have strengthened the school community. More important, presenters will use design thinking to help you find solutions for building your own community.
      Presented ByLiz Davis and Jim Eagen, Synapse School (CA)
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      Explore How is your school’s “why” more important than its “what?” How do you intentionally educate and evaluate all stakeholders within your community? What goes into a communication platform and why does a school’s mission makes each platform different in every community?
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    • Educating the 21st Century Man

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      What does it mean to be a 21st century man? Join leading educators and veteran heads of boys’ schools to learn how best to lead and support boys in today’s society. Encourage their growth as both citizens and individuals so they are engaged, virtuous, and kind. Participate in this global conversation to ensure boys’ success in and outside of your school.
      Presented ByDavid Armstrong, International Boys' Schools Coalition; Kerry Brennan, The Roxbury Latin School (MA); Bradford Gioia, Montgomery Bell Academy (TN); Christopher Post, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (MD); Dave Faus, St. Paul's School (MD)
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      ExploreWhat does it mean to be a 21st Century "gentleman"? What does educating the whole boy look like? What are current best practices in educating boys?  
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    • Families First Workshop: Mindful Leadership: Exploring a Framework for Independent School Leaders and Their Spouses

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      ​Mindfulness is being taught and practiced in a growing number of schools and organizations. In this workshop, participants will first explore an overview of the research on mindfulness and learn how these practices are being introduced for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, and leaders. Then participants will gain experience with core skills for a mindful approach to leadership.
      Presented ByIrene McHenry, Friends Council on Education
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    • Happy Faculty, Vibrant School: Key Considerations Regarding Faculty Wellness

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      Fellowship Workshop

      A vibrant school is one that invests in the health and wellness of its teachers. Find out about an action research project that examines how a school establishes and maintains a healthy workforce. You’ll discover how contributing to the health and success of faculty ultimately bolsters the health and success of the institution itself.
      Presented ByJudith Arnstein, Lake Forest Country Day School (IL); Laurynn Evans, Francis Parker School (CA); Jon Deveauz, Westminster School (CT); Mike Drude, The Harvey School (NY); Rose Helm, Hamlin School (CA); Patricia Sasser, Loomis Chaffee School (CT); Jenn Elkin, The Pike School (MA)
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      ExploreIn what ways can a school structure a benefits program that both attracts and retains great teachers, and contributes to their overall health and wellness? How can a school create a competitive compensation plan to assist in hiring and retaining the best faculty? In what ways can a school improve its professional development model to be oriented toward a program that fosters and inspires growth over time and increased job satisfaction?
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    • Leading With Identity Intact: Life as an LGBT Head of School

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      Three school leaders, each identifying as gay or lesbian, will discuss rewards and obstacles on the path to headship and successful service as a head of school. Count on lively interaction among panelists and with the audience and the experienced moderator.
      Presented ByClaudia Daggett, Independent Schools Association of the Central States; A. Travis Brownley, Marin Academy (CA); Michael Roberts, The Catherine Cook School (IL); Eric Temple, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA)
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      Explore At what point in your career did you become open with your school community about your sexual orientation, and, if you were to rewrite history, in what ways, if any, would it be different? In what ways has LGBT identity affected your access to and service in leadership positions? What recommendations would you give to LGBT aspiring heads and their allies?
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    • Sex and Race: Confronting Complex Challenges on Campus

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      Our society is grappling with complex, volatile issues of race and sexual misconduct. Drawing from numerous real-world scenarios, an experienced attorney will facilitate a frank conversation about these challenging developments and how to handle them.
      Presented BySara Schwartz, Schwartz Hannum PC
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      Explore What can schools do to anticipate racial and sexual issues, and act proactively? Which policies are most helpful in protecting the school and the community? What traps should schools avoid?
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    • Strategic Thinking in Uncertain Financial Times

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      Fellowship Workshop

      In the face of increasing financial challenges, independent schools are adopting creative strategies to cut costs, streamline operations, and increase revenue. Explore ways in which schools nationwide are thinking boldly, whether they’re introducing innovative curricular offerings or adjusting enrollments, salaries, and benefit structures.
      Presented ByRick Abrams, Miss Porter’s School (CT); Marc Addington, Parish Episcopal School (TX); Father Charles Blizzard, Casady School (OK); Cotter Donnell, Polytechnic School (CA); Doug Key, Bosque School, (NM)
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      Explore How do factors such as a school’s mission, core values, traditions, brand identity, market competitiveness, and cultural norms influence financial decision-making? What are the fears and reservations that get in the way of bold strategic financial thinking? Does the data suggest that these fears are warranted? If a school wants to maintain its current financial model, how do they increase their perceived value?
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    • Success and Sanity: How Not to Die as Division Head

      Hilton: Billie Holiday 6

      The division head’s role can be the most demanding job in the school. With stakeholders above and below you, it’s easy to lose your sense of calm and confidence as you attempt to manage everything from enrollment pressures to family emergencies. Intentional practice can preserve your sanity and bring joy back to your work. This workshop hopes to offer perspective, concrete strategies, and humor to those on the journey of a division head.
      Presented ByJennifer Rao, Garrison Forest School (MD); Amanda Macomber, The Bryn Mawr School (MD); Joshua Wolf, The Park School of Baltimore (MD)
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      Explore What is the real role of the division head?  What does success look like? How can a division head frame his or her work within the context of me, you, us?  And why is this framework important? What strategies can a division head employ to maintain a healthy life and build a strong division?
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    • The Teaching and Learning Center: An Innovative Model for Professional Development

      Hilton: Billie Holiday 3

      Have you found it challenging to find the time and resources to provide faculty with the professional development they want and need? Learn how you can easily create and run an in-house teaching and learning center to provide faculty with accessible, meaningful, and cost-effective PD. Through a quietstorming activity and an interactive protocol, this workshop will help you envision how a teaching and learning center can work for your school.
      Presented ByRuth Aichenbaum, David Brightbill, and Marianne Master, William Penn Charter School (PA)
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      Explore What are some of the logistics involved in creating and running an in-house Teaching & Learning Center? How does a Teaching & Learning Center build community, provide leadership opportunities, and help teachers advance their professional practice? What are various types of workshops, one-to-one sessions, class visits, reading groups, Critical Friends Groups, and webinars that a Teaching & Learning Center can offer in the areas of pedagogy, tech, diversity, the arts, your classroom and life, and enrichment?
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    • They’re Back: Parents Who Bully the School

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      At the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference, educators packed a room to talk about the small but ever more challenging minority of parents who are rude, demanding, and disrespectful; who make personal attacks on teachers and administrators; and who repeatedly violate the school’s policies and values. Now let's delve further into the causes and types of bully parents. We'll also present more specific steps for managing confrontation, building faculty skill and confidence, and redesigning the parent partnership. As a bonus, you will walk away with four foolproof things to say that help with even the most hostile parent.
      Presented ByRobert Evans, psychologist and consultant; Michael Thompson, psychologist and consultant
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      Explore What motivates parents who attack the school? What are the key steps in reducing conflict and mediating between bully parents and teachers who feel victimized? How can the school restructure its parent partnership to enhance its authority and maintain tive boundaries for all?
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  • Block 4 (Friday, March 3, 8:00 - 9:00 AM)
    • An “A” Player Who Does Not Share Your Vision Is Not an “A” Player

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      We know we should hire teachers who fit the culture of our school, but we often interpret culture to simply mean "style." The true culture derives from a deeper place, driven by shared assumptions about the very purpose of education. Because these beliefs operate at a subconscious level, we may not even recognize their existence. That is the source of many hiring mistakes. An expert in “best fit hiring” will present a model that addresses these issues, and two current school leaders will discuss real-world experiences.
      Presented BySteve Chapman, Broad Reach Strategies; Michael Spencer, St. Paul's School (NH); Clair Ward, Valley School of Ligonier (PA)
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      ExploreHow can we clarify and articulate our schools' seldom-examined assumptions about the goals of education and the role of the teacher? How can we reduce the influence of interviewers' subconscious biases on the selection process? How can we make more accurate hiring decisions by analyzing the soft-skill demands of the job and then letting those results guide the selection process?
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    • Creating and Managing the Magic: A Design Sprint for Changemakers in Schools

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      How do you balance innovation with the institutional need for predictability and parental buy-in? Drawing on the speakers' own experiences, this presentation will showcase strategies to help program administrators, department heads, and curriculum developers create and sustain the program of their dreams. You will leave with an actionable plan for how to improve your own change leadership strategy.
      Presented ByKim Saxe and Diane Rosenberg, The Nueva School (CA); Scott Swaaley, High Tech High (CA)
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      Explore How do you implement and nurture a common mission and vision with a diversified and/or new faculty while retaining and supporting teacher autonomy and innovation? How do you support and coach teachers to maintain the elusive balance between pedagogical strategies, including: open-ended constructivism vs. academic rigor, process vs. product, action vs. reflection, depth vs. breadth, and inspiration vs. mastery? What support is needed from the head of school and the board of directors to create innovative programs and how can that support be fostered?
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    • Families First Workshop: Building Inner Strength: Contemplative Practices for Calm, Clarity, and Renewed Spirit in the Life of a School’s First Family

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      ​The contemplative mind can be activated through a wide range of practices that quiet the daily chatter.  From poetry to meditation, these practices open the mind to a greater capacity for awareness, concentration, clarity, creativity, and insight. Heads and their spouses will be introduced to practices that can provide space in the midst of a busy day, a fresh lens on daily challenges, and a renewed sense of self and relationships.
      Presented ByIrene McHenry, Friends Council on Education
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    • Future Foundations: Retaining Millennial Faculty

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      Fellowship Workshop

      In the next 10 years, millennials will make up nearly three-fourths of the teachers in independent schools. That means that to survive and thrive, your school must be aware of how to support and retain millennial faculty. At this session, come hear the results of a survey of millennial faculty and learn answers to questions such as these: Why do millennials pursue careers in independent schools? What causes them to stay? And what can schools like yours do to better retain millennial faculty?
      Presented ByJustin McLean, Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA); Bill Mulcahy, Fairfield Country Day School (CT); Paul Sanders, International School of Amsterdam (Netherlands); Antonio Williams, The William Penn Charter School (PA); Rick Tony, Solebury School (PA); Ben Ketchum, National Presbyterian School (DC)
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      Explore Why do millennials pursue careers in independent schools? Why do millennials stay in independent schools? What can schools do to better retain their millennial faculty?
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    • Institutional Change and Cultures of Innovation

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      Presenters from two schools, one relatively young and one more established, will share how they create school cultures centered around innovation and continuous improvement. The key is to honor tradition without being trapped by it. The presentation will focus on valuing process at least as much as outcome; designing fully participatory, strategic change processes that align with mission, culture, governance, and systems; and a description of the leader’s role in upholding the integrity of a change process. You will leave with an understanding of how to activate your community as a hub of innovation, both through change design processes and cultural practices that establish change as a community norm.
      Presented ByRichard Kassissieh and Matt Levinson, University Preparatory Academy (WA); Luke Felker and Andrew Shaw, The Bay School of San Francisco (CA)
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      Explore How can one lead a school community through innovation and school change, using inclusive process as the driver? How can a leader reveal and maximize the full potential of a school community in order to facilitate and foster innovation? Why is teacher collaboration a key investment and a core driver in producing a more innovative school culture?
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    • New NAIS Research Offers Keys to Bolster Opportunity for Headship Among People of Color and Women

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Video

      Recent NAIS statistics show that only one-third of school heads are women and just 7 percent are people of color. Gain insights into the root causes for this from a new NAIS study involving search firms, search committees, and potential candidates who are female or people of color. NAIS staff will share findings about the recruitment and selection process, the aspirations of women and people of color, and these candidates’ backgrounds and career paths. You’ll also learn about guidelines and strategies to ensure that your school’s next head search offers all candidates an equal opportunity.
      Presented ByAmada Torres and Caroline Blackwell, NAIS
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      Explore What are the dynamics in the recruiting process that contribute to or hinder the hiring of women and people of color for headship positions? What are the career aspirations, interest in a headship position, barriers, and motivators of the position among current independent school administrators? How can independent school leaders improve the process to ensure women and people of color candidates have an equal opportunity to reach headship roles?
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    • Why Aren’t We Outraged? Using Moral Leadership to Achieve NAIS Equity & Justice Best Practices

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      Fellowship Workshop

      If you’re familiar with Thomas Sergiovanni’s ideas about leadership by outrage, you know he asserts that leaders should be “driven by a deep sense of ethics, core ideals, and a higher purpose.” Considering this, and given the political and cultural tensions in our world today, the speakers at this session studied leaders who mitigate conflict by successfully incorporating NAIS equity and justice best practices into their schools. Come explore ways in which heads of school can lead and facilitate progress around equity and justice.
      Presented ByAimee Giles, San Francisco Schoolhouse (CA); Julie Harris, John Burroughs School (MO); Nancy Nagramada, The Athenian School (CA); Tamara Schurdak, The Town School (NY); Jabali Stewart, The Bush School (WA)
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      Explore Considering Thomas Sergiovanni’s research on moral leadership, how can school leaders effectively leverage their roles in an effort to create school communities that are more equitable and just? To what extent are schools aware of and operating in consideration of the NAIS best practices on equity and justice, and how are they assessing themselves against these principles? From the perspective of heads of school, what does a school culture that supports and encourages equity and justice look like?
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  • Block 5 (Friday, March 3, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM)
    • Choreographing Leadership Conversations and Relationships

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      This is your chance to discuss and practice deliberately focused conversations in a safe, vibrant, and sympathetic setting. You’ll gain a working knowledge of leadership language frameworks and techniques. And you’ll learn to craft the interplay of context, behavior, positive and negative energy, types of listening, open-ended questions, and action plans. The presenter is a certified leadership coach who will draw on her years in the trenches of school administration to help you choreograph a range of leadership conversations.
      Presented ByAbigail Wiebenson, consultant
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      Explore What are the intertwining facets of leadership tools, techniques, and frameworks that constitute leadership conversations? How do I navigate different types of leadership conversations? What role can/do/should leadership conversations play in developing effective teaching and learning relationships?
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    • Coming Down the Mountain: The Journey from Innovative Idea to Successful Execution

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      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Innovation is all the rage in our schools. However, what does innovation actually look like? What needs to be in place for it to succeed? What risks are involved? And how do schools adapt to better support failure and rapid iteration? This session will summarize the latest research, provide insights into process, and highlight school-based examples of messy innovation with impact.
      Presented ByTim Fish, Jefferson Burnett, and Kawai Lai, NAIS
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      ExploreHow can we execute on great ideas in order to improve learning for our students and differentiate our school? What process is in place in the most innovative schools and organizations that ensures continual evolution while staying true to mission? What immediate next steps can I take to execute on innovation in my school?
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    • Congratulations, You’re the New Head! Now, How Do You Establish Yourself as the New Leader?

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      As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. If you may soon take on a new leadership role in your school or division, find out what you need to do to launch into a smooth transition and long-term success. This session examines what prompts faculty and staff to get on board with a new leader and outlines a plan for the summer before you start. You’ll also get examples of great first-meeting agendas and tips for adapting them to your personal style.
      Presented ByRobert Windham, Carney, Sandoe and Associates
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      Explore What do I need to do to establish myself as the new leader now that I have the job? What messages do I need to send to my new faculty/staff from the very beginning? How can I be assured my actions and message match the leader I am going to be?
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    • Designing Compensation Systems for Mission Congruence and Financial Sustainability

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      Most boards have little knowledge of whether their schools' salary and benefit system is mission specific and driven. Many school heads have neither the time nor the inclination to examine the message that the salary and benefit structure sends about how teachers are compensated and rewarded. This workshop's goal is to promote discussion of an important question: If we could start with a clean slate, what system would we build that would embody and serve our schools' mission and be financially sustainable?
      Presented ByJohn Littleford, Littleford & Associates
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      Explore What are the latest trends in faculty compensation and benefits worldwide according to Littleford & Associates' experience and research?  What questions should boards and heads ask about their school’s current system of attracting, paying, rewarding and retaining quality teachers? How does teacher evaluation relate to this (and it does and should)?
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    • Do You Have What It Takes?

      313

      Fellowship Workshop

      If you aspire to become a head of school, you may wonder if you possess the background knowledge, experience, and qualities you need to succeed. Come learn about a study that examines the attributes and behavior of successful school leaders. You’ll get fresh insights from an analysis of effective leadership frameworks, experiences of school heads and board chairs, and search firms’ employment materials.
      Presented ByAnthony Bowes, Greenwich Country Day School (CT); Carolyn Clark, The Brearley School (NY); Kristin Eisenhardt, The Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA); Kathy Trammell, The Williams School (CT); Lisa Bianco, Shorecrest Preparatory School (FL); Debby McLean, Friends Academy (NY)
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      Explore According to a review of leadership literature, what are the qualities and behaviors of successful leaders? Does the research on effective leadership align with the qualities identified by heads of school and board chairs as successful leadership? Is the research on effective leadership and reports from heads of school and board chairs aligned with what search firms post as qualities schools are searching for in new school heads?
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    • Ideal to Real: Deployment of Resources on Faculty Development and Diversity Initiatives

      313

      Fellowship Workshop

      Hear about the findings from a survey sent to heads of schools who recommended personnel to the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads for the past three years. The findings shed light on how heads of school navigate and negotiate through the complexities of institutional priorities and the varying degrees to which schools value the importance, impact, and commitment of multicultural programs and professional development opportunities.
      Presented ByTheresa Jespersen, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (GA); Ereni Malfa, Roland Park Country Day School (MD); Gary McPhail, Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA); Heather Moore, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater (VA); Elizabeth Pleshette, Latin School of Chicago (IL); Dan Courcey, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
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      ExploreIs there congruity or disconnect between school leaders and frontline teachers on to how multicultural issues can be applied to everyday teaching? Are there ways to introduce low-cost, high-impact multicultural programs/outreach initiatives that allow schools to adjust to a changing landscape?  Growing societal inequality and the quest for equity in education are compelling independent schools to pay close attention to who, how, what and where they teach.  As such, can we find viable examples for how to best prepare students/teachers for operating in an increasingly complex world?
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  • Block 6 (Friday, March 3, 1:15 - 2:15 PM)
    • Exploring Global Opportunities & Their Impact on the Value Proposition of Independent Schools

      313

      Fellowship Workshop

      Today’s schools must prepare each student to be a global leader while ensuring their own sustainability and validating their value propositions. Drawing on interviews with school administrators, faculty, and students, this session examines the impact global programs are having on independent schools and students like yours.
      Presented ByJohn Kleiner, University School of Nashville (TN); Brian Mitchell, The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland (MD); Bruce Nkala, Shipley School (PA); Cecil Stodghill, Providence Day School (NC); Christopher Tennyson, Lake Forest Academy (IL); Rick West, Franklin Road Academy (TN)
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      Explore How is the cultivation of global programming through curricular and co-curricular opportunities leading to more marketable and sustainable independent schools? What are schools doing to create more global environments on their campus? What positive and negative impacts has global programming had on sustainability of individual schools?
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    • Hit the Ground Running: Significant Challenges Facing a First Time Head of School

      313

      Fellowship Workshop

      Because independent schools face increasingly complex problems, first-time heads need to arrive on day one with a clear sense of how to successfully navigate their initial year. At this session, you’ll learn about common challenges identified through a study conducted as part of the 2016 NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads.
      Presented ByJared Harris, Cairo American College, (Egypt); Bryan Oliver, Saint James School (AL); Ryan Pagotto, Blair Academy (NJ); Webster Trenchard, The Loomis Chaffee School (CT); Peter Twadell, Tower School (MA); Joe Viola, St. Albans School (DC)
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      Explore What are the changes in demographics for first-time headships in 2015 compared to 2002? How accurately did first time heads of school predict the challenges facing the respective school, and to what extent did first-time heads of school change the administrative team and implement new initiatives during the first year? To what extent do "position papers" accurately describe the strengths and needs of the respective school?
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    • How to Make Your School's Values Visible

      339

      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      Most schools pride themselves on having core values. But possessing a list does not guarantee that the values are being taught, learned, or practiced among students and faculty. This presentation’s goal is for you to reflect on and share your school’s values; consider how you inculcate them; and then walk away with specific resources, activities, and a mindset to take back to your school. Discover ways to move your values from page 5 of your school handbook to your classrooms, hallways, and fields.
      Presented BySumant Bhat, St. Anne's Episcopal School (CO); Heather Mock, Alexander Dawson School (CO)
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      ExploreHow do you make your core values visible in all aspects of your school rather than merely living in your handbook? What are formal and informal ways you can allow your core values to be practiced among teachers and students? How can your discipline system be used to support your core values?
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    • Leadership Lessons from the Seat of My Bicycle: On Becoming a More Authentic Leader

      Hilton: Billie Holiday 1

      This workshop will explore ways you can learn to become a more effective school leader by carefully mining your own interests, passions, and experiences outside of school. Specifically, the facilitator will tell how his own personal leadership and work with emerging school leaders have been influenced by endurance cycling as well as his recovery from a devastating accident.
      Presented ByGeorge Swain, New York State Association of Independent Schools
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      ExploreHow can school leaders find and model balance between their personal and professional lives? In what concrete ways can my own personal interests and passions influence my success as a leader? What steps can I take to achieve better balance in my life while also increasing my effectiveness in meeting the needs of others?
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    • Leading IT All: The Role of the Chief Information Officer in Independent Schools

      340

      NAIS Virtual Pass Audio

      While most schools do not currently have a CIO, chances are they may in the future. The session will examine what prompts the addition of a CIO and what happens when the role evolves from tech director to strategic school leader. This presentation will inform school leaders, particularly heads and associate heads, about an emerging trend in independent school leadership.
      Presented ByJason Ramsden, Ravenscroft School (NC); Jamie Britto, Collegiate School (VA); John Hardcastle, McDonogh School (MD); Barry Kallmeyer, Hathaway Brown (OH)
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      Explore What is the role of a CIO and how does it differ from traditional director of technology roles? What career path leads to a CIO position? How can CIOs inform and help direct business strategy?
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    • Protecting the Student and the School Amidst Allegations of Sexual Assault

      Hilton: Billie Holiday 3

      An experienced school counsel will explore the deluge of sexual assault allegations that are affecting independent schools. How does your independent school know if it is covered by Title IX? What does Title IX compliance mean? If your school is not subject to Title IX, what are the school’s obligations and risks? How do you protect the alleged victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and your school?
      Presented ByWilliam Hannum, Schwartz Hannum PC
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      ExploreHow can you help faculty and administrators be prepared for when an allegation does arise? Which policies, protocols and educational programming are recommended and/or essential? What traps exist and how can the leadership avoid them?
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