Families First

Families First is a program for partners and spouses of heads of school. Our thanks to Shauna Betof, Boston University Academy (MA), and John Suitor, Boulder Country Day School (CO), for their work in programming Families First. 

The Journey of Atlanta: From the Depths of Slavery to the Heights of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
Tour: 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Transportation will pick up / drop off at the main entrance on Andrew Young International Boulevard, and will depart promptly at 1:00 PM.
Reception: 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), room B202
Ticket Required: $50
A local historian from Black Mecca of the South Tours will lead this comprehensive tour of historic sites around Atlanta. You will visit the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Sweet Auburn Avenue Historic District, the Alonzo Herndon Museum and Mansion, and much more. The “journey of Atlanta” provides powerful lessons about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Nicole DuFauchard, head of The Advent School (MA), will lead a discussion about the tour and how first families can bring these insights into their school communities and help lead meaningful school change. The afternoon will close with appetizers and cocktails at an hour-long reception. 

Friday, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Families First roundtable discussions are meant for new and experienced heads of school and their spouses, as well as those who will be moving into a headship in the upcoming year.
Location: GWCC, room B202

Thursday, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Synergy Between Public and Private Persona in an Age of Polarizing Social and Political Climate
School leaders and their families often find themselves in the throes of conflict when boards, teachers, and families hold different values. Because the current national climate has exacerbated this issue, heads and their partners or spouses find managing the interplay of their public and private selves increasingly challenging. This workshop explores effective ways for first families to maintain their personal values while leading the school through challenging discourse.
PRESENTERS: Ken Aldridge, Wilmington Friends Schools (DE); Rob Evans, psychologist; Jennie S. Knight, University of Virginia
Location: GWCC, room B202

Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Challenges in Board and Head Relationships
The relationship between the head and the board can be uniquely fulfilling or destined to cause hours of lost sleep. How are you building the board relationship you need to support your leadership? How do your interactions and decisions contribute to either a healthy relationship or one rife with difficulty? How can your spouse support or undermine your efforts? Join this interactive session to talk through scenarios with NAIS’s general counsel and your colleagues. You’ll examine key topics that can derail this relationship, including contract negotiations, salary setting for staff, working with major donors, and more.
Location: GWCC, room B202