Master Class: Hopes and Fears: Leading Schools in A Polarized Climate Presenters: Michael Thompson (left) and Rob Evans (right) Friday, March 4, 1:45-2:45 PM ET Registration not required (included in general conference registration) Two years of a global pandemic would be enough to test even the most stable school systems. But couple a global health crisis with the type of social and political polarization our country hasn’t experienced in decades, and what you’ll find are schools on the brink. School leaders are whipsawed and exhausted, often subjected to sharp and public criticism from parents, students, faculty, and others across the political spectrum. How do these leaders cope? How can they cope and continue to make sound decisions for their schools (especially in crises) when even the decision-making process swiftly devolves into heated political debate? Michael Thompson and Rob Evans will offer some concrete steps that can make a difference. Michael and Rob are both psychologists, former teachers, former child and family therapists, and longtime school consultants. They’ve each worked in more than 700 independent schools, including many NAIS members, and they co-authored the NAIS book Hopes and Fears: Working with Today’s Independent School Parents. Michael is the author of nine other books, including Raising Cain, and Rob of three others, including Seven Secrets of The Savvy School Leader. Sponsored by Proliftic by Sourcewell Master Class Presented by NeuroLeadership Institute Presenter: Jeanine Stewart Thursday, March 3, 1:40-2:40 PM ET Registration not required (included in general conference registration) More details on this Master Class will be coming soon! Jeanine Stewart is a master facilitator and consultant at the NeuroLeadership Institute with doctoral-level background in neural development and brain plasticity, and subject-matter expertise in positive psychology and workplace culture.