#NAISAC On Demand

Video recordings of Featured Workshops and PechaKucha sessions and audio-synced slideshows of some of the conference’s compelling workshops are available for you to purchase for future use. Bring these dynamic, inspiring, and educational sessions back to your school in one of two ways:

12-month Online Access to All On-Demand Sessions
Access the sessions online for one year. 
NAIS Members: $149
Nonmembers: $199
 
USB of All On-Demand Sessions
Take home a USB of the sessions and access the recordings for an unlimited amount of time. 
NAIS Members: $199
Nonmembers: $249

To purchase, either with or without an in-person conference registration, simply click on the link to register for the conference, and follow the directions. If you would like to purchase the On Demand programming, simply choose that in the initial registration screen. If you would like to attend the conference and purchase the On Demand package, proceed as an in-person registrant and you will have the option to add the On Demand package to your cart.

Bonus! Share the learning and inspiration of the NAIS Annual Conference with faculty and staff at your school. NAIS members can livestream the General Session speakers from anywhere, free of charge. Not a member? Join today


Title Block Time Summary Track
Cyber Security Essentials for Heads and Other School Leaders NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Cyber attacks continue to grow in frequency and severity. When hackers turn their attention to independent schools, they frequently start with heads and other leaders. Learn to defend not only yourself but also your school. Leave with concrete, easy-to-understand steps to identify the ways you and your school are targets, understand the pros and cons of different mitigation strategies, and learn how to form a team to comprehensively address cyber security. Our discussion avoids technical jargon, but those looking for more technical detail can follow up with us.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the ways you and other school leaders are targets for cyber crime.
    • Gain an executive understanding of threats, mitigation strategies, and attendant costs.
    • Learn how to form a team at your school and what questions you should ask them to address.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: James Britto, Collegiate School (VA); Bob Olsen, Compass Cyber Security (MD); Sarah Hanawald, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (NC)
Management
Getting Out of Our Own Way: Hacking the Automatic/Unconscious Mind to Build Better Schools NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: There has been much conversation lately about how brains “really work.” We hear about cognitive and implicit biases, group think, and the influence of situation and environment on behavior and choices. While it is tempting to believe these phenomena only plague “other people,” it is clear that no one is immune. Share how this “new” understanding of how brains work has centered a school-wide initiative that has allowed us to “see” several practices and programs with new eyes. Focus on faculty professional development, equity and diversity, and character education.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the model of cognition revealed by Kahneman and emphasize implicit bias, fundamental attribution error, the Ikea effect, and moral licensing.
    • Understand how this model of cognition can help schools differently consider topics such as diversity, character education, hiring, and evaluation.
    • Share a new model of in-house professional development and collaboration.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jennifer Cerny, Josh Pretzer, Kurt Christiansen, and Kevin MacNeil, Culver Academies (IN)
Leadership Development
Growing Together: A Case Study in Faculty Evaluation, Development, and Compensation NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Learn about our school's first-year journey to fundamentally change our annual evaluation and compensation process to one of ongoing faculty development. Through peer observations, informal walkthroughs, student surveys, and a rubric, our faculty receives regular, productive feedback to improve practice. Connected to this process is a fair and transparent compensation model that rewards stellar teaching and moves beyond years of experience, advanced degrees, and backroom bargaining. Get details on the rollout process in order to get both faculty and board buy in since this conversation is fraught with pitfalls — but also possibilities!
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the weaknesses of the standard system of faculty evaluation and compensation, which is often one time and one size fits all.
    • Assess one school's model of faculty development and compensation, which is ongoing, growth focused, and formative in spirit.
    • Formulate a system of faculty development and compensation for your school with a focus on rollout and buy in.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Eric Johnson, Betsy Lewton, and Brooks Fleming, Community School of Naples (FL)
Management
How to Terminate the Popular Teacher or Administrator NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Every school has to deal with the difficult situation of terminating an employee at some point. Those can be difficult situations and, if not handled properly, can affect the good will in your school community into the future. Discuss issues that arise during the employee termination process, from managing the risk of possible litigation to delivering the news to the employee and your school community so as to reduce the negative implications, particularly in the case of a popular teacher or administrator.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Ensure that your documentation supports your decision and reduces the possible risk of litigation.
    • Identify extenuating factors to consider before terminating.
    • Communicate the separation, both to the individual and the school community.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Susan Guerette, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (PA); Cindy Nichols, The Episcopal Academy (PA)
Management
Mission-Driven Data Visualization: Compelling Dashboards That Transform Student Learning in Real Time NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Many schools possess extensive data, but struggle to produce insights that fuel student success. At Avenues: The World School, we have codified our goals by defining the essential skills of a graduate, and use a wide variety of data to measure these goals. Our dashboarding system, co-created with Webster Pacific, is used to report student performance and growth against these goals in real time, allowing us to visually measure success across many years, answer important research questions, and communicate effectively with diverse audiences. See how we use visualization to create actionable insights from our data.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify a student performance question that is answerable with available data.
    • Evaluate whether the available student data would answer the questions and determine whether new data are needed.
    • Sketch a data visualization that would effectively and compellingly communicate student growth with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Julia Higdon and Abby Brody, Avenues: The World School (NY); Daniel Saniski, Webster Pacific (CA)
The Classroom Experience
Multiply Your Trust Factor Within Your Team NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: The most valued characteristic for a team member is trustworthiness, according to several studies. However, most teaching teams don’t bother to develop this vital competence and instead dive into their "arranged" work relationship focused solely on curriculum and classroom management. After years of witnessing talented teachers struggle with interpersonal challenges that would impede their team's progress, administrators Anabel Jensen and Kathleen Gibbons designed an effective program that outlines the pillars and pitfalls of trust. Combining their decades of teaching and team management experience, they offer an easy-to-follow program packed with strategies and tools for creating successful teams.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the key pillars and pitfalls of generating trust within a team. A leader cannot succeed without earning trust.
    • Practice strategies and exercises that foster relational trust or restore it if it has been diminished.
    • Evaluate one's relational trust using Trust Factor Assessment tool.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Kathleen Gibbons, Alta Vista School (CA); Anabel Jensen, Synapse School (CA)
Leadership Development
Using Curiosity, Compassion, and Connection to Embrace Difficult Conversations NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: All of us face difficult conversations. Identify what makes conversations difficult in the first place and the strategies and perspectives you can employ not only to “manage” those interactions but actually embrace them as opportunities to learn, grow, problem solve, and connect with others. Talk about specific examples and work together to expand and practice our approaches to tough discussions.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and develop strategies to address the most challenging aspecs of difficult conversations.
    • Expand your personal communications toolkit.
    • Gain confidence and skill in addressing situations that can trigger anxiety, defensiveness, or other unhelpful responses.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nancy Leaderman, Shalom School (CA)
Leadership Development
Using Mindfulness Practices to Support LD Students and Teachers in the Classroom NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: As our knowledge and understanding of the benefits of bringing mindfulness into the classroom progresses, our ability to support LD and ADHD students increases manifold. Gain the tools and techniques you can use to help students regulate their focus, attention, and emotional well-being in the classroom. Hear an explanation of the research and benefits of mindfulness techniques. Actively engage with colleagues during this hands-on workshop and discover the implementation and effectiveness of strategies utilized to support LD/ADHD students at Delaware Valley Friends School.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Introduce social-emotional as well as academic benefits of mindfulness.
    • Provide teachers mindfulness exercises they can use in any classroom setting.
    • Describe mindfulness practices used to support LD students at Delaware Valley Friends School.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Elizabeth Kriynovich, Carole Chilton, Jackie Middleton, and Joy Paul, Delaware Valley Friends School (PA)
The Classroom Experience
Effective, Enriched Faculty Evaluation by Integrating Peer Coaching NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Faculty is the single most valuable resource for developing outstanding learning experiences. Explore why peer coaching among the faculty is essential to leadership development. How do school leaders bring together faculty with administrators to design and implement an evaluation tool that includes peer coaching? How might we assess and revise the process for improvement? Leave with an outline for designing a mission-appropriate evaluation/coaching plan, with a set of steps for implementation and ongoing assessment. Explore opportunities for energizing the enthusiasm of the “fast horses” all the way to engaging the “entrenched” teachers.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn why a peer coaching protocol is essential for developing outstanding teaching evaluations.
    • Learn how to coordinate the faculty voice and collaboration in the creation of an evaluation and coaching system.
    • Explore best practices to “bring faculty along” on the continuum of the reluctant all the way to the energized.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Matthew Stuart, Tyler Jennings, and Lisa Oberstein, The Caedmon School (NY); Honor Taft, Gill St. Bernard's (NJ)
Leadership Development
Out of Balance: Strategies for Student Well-Being in the Heart of Silicon Valley NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Are your high school students sleep deprived? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Depressed? Compromising their integrity or passion out of perceived necessity? Narrowly defining success? Ours were, too. Join us to explore the efficacy of strategies used in our ongoing work to bring mission-appropriate, healthful, and vibrant balance to the lives of our students. Discuss interventions ranging from community time to changing our mission statement, from evolving the daily schedule and eliminating bells to broad explorations of assessment and the purpose of homework. Share best practices and make plans for your school.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Engage in conversation around the idea of balance as vital for the well-being of secondary, independent school students.
    • Report analysis of steps taken to provide balance as a core orienting principle for the holistic student experience.
    • Share research-based best practices for the promotion of student balance in a high-stress, college-prep environment.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Brian Schlaak, Yvonne Faisal, and Matthew Lai, Woodside Priory School (CA)
The Student Experience
Data with Personality: See the Person, the Problems, and the Philosophy NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Data have nuances beyond numbers or letters; data have personality. While data can serve a common good, people often use data to affirm a pre-existing agenda. Explore data collection in independent schools and how data mediate interactions between institutions and individuals. Via a design-thinking game, reimagine how and why we collect data. Explore the landscape at the intersection of data, privacy, identity, ethics, and surveillance. Through collaborative reflection, formulate morally-minded philosophies on data.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how the data you collect may affect privacy, ethics, and identities in your community.
    • Apply an empathetic lens to different constituents and their data sets.
    • Develop an intentional mindset about the use of data.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Saber Khan, Browning School (NY); Linda Vasu, Sacred Heart (CT); Alex Ragone, AltSchool Union Square (NY); Don Buckley, Tools at Schools (NY)
Management
Getting Ready to Get Ready: How to Implement a PK-5 Sexuality Curriculum NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Most schools —including independent schools — are at least three years late teaching basic sexuality benchmarks, even about human reproduction. By the time we decide that children (or is it we?) are “ready” for these conversations, kids have already absorbed deeply distorted ways of thinking about sexuality from the default options of peers, older children, and popular culture. Absent the intellectual scaffolding that planned, sequenced instruction provides, their ability to learn and think critically about these topics during adolescence and beyond is compromised. The will to challenge this pedagogical double standard is the first step toward embracing a truly age-appropriate curriculum.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and know how to diffuse misplaced anxieties that lead to pedagogically unsound practices around sexuality education.
    • Describe the essential elements of comprehensive, planned, sequenced PK-5 sexuality education.
    • Identify the necessary steps in implementing a successful PK-5 sexuality education curriculum.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Deborah Roffman, The Park School of Baltimore (MD)
The Classroom Experience
Better Together: Cultivating Admission, Marketing, and Program Collaboration to Foster Unprecedented Enrollment Growth NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Hillbrook School, a JK-8 school in Los Gatos, California, increased enrollment by 14 percent over two years as the first step in a four-year strategic growth plan. We achieved this growth without adding to our marketing budget or increasing personnel. Fueled by our innovative advancement model, we fostered this growth by creating a research-based synergy between admission, marketing, and the program teams, with two-year outcomes including increases in inquiries, applications, enrollment, and retention. Hear lessons learned and approaches to successful collaboration between admissions, marketing, program leadership, and faculty, as well as utilizing accessible NAIS resources.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how using a collaborative enrollment management model helps drive enrollment growth.
    • Learn how collaboration between the admissions, marketing, and program teams helps attract and retain families who are a philosophical match.
    • Learn how using research-based NAIS resources, such as DASL, helps to drive marketing efforts.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Joe Connolly, Colleen Schilly, and Christina Pak, Hillbrook School (CA)
Management
Board Governance: The Art of Asking the Right Questions NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: In these data-driven times, board members can be inundated with mounds of data that, if not presented clearly, can lead to confusion or obfuscation. Volunteer board members are responsible for tracking academics, budgets, and school climate, so effective tools are essential. Take this opportunity to evaluate numerous key performance indicators to identify the ones that enlighten your work of oversight. Discuss best practices and share effective dashboards.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the key oversight duties of the board: academics, budget (fiscal), and culture/climate.
    • Identify key performance indicators that inform oversight responsibilities.
    • Identify and understand useful reporting dashboards.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Candace Sorensen and Nicole Sorensen, CS3 Law PLLC (MI)
Governance
Brand and Leadership: Leading Your School Through a Rebrand NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Know what makes your school special, but struggle to describe it in a succinct way? This fun and interactive session is for you. 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. Katherine Dinh, head of Prospect Sierra School, shares the story behind her school’s rebranding, the leadership lessons gained, and 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 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What the concept of branding really means for independent schools, and why that matters, regardless of the strength of admissions.
    • The relationship between a strong brand and strong leadership, and who is responsible for your school’s brand.
    • How to create a message about your school that is clear, succinct, and compelling.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jennie Winton, Mission Minded (CA); Katherine Dinh, Prospect Sierra School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Leadership Succession Planning: Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail! NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Does your school have a plan in place for what is likely its most important change in the coming years — new leadership? If not, take this opportunity for heads, board chairs, and trustees to develop a succession plan grounded in research and best practices. In the face of a rapidly changing educational environment and a shrinking pool of experienced school leaders, systematic planning for the inevitable change of head has never been more important. A strong succession plan enables the school to act confidently and decisively when the time comes to select its next head.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop a practical understanding of the need for, and the complexities of, successful leadership succession planning.
    • Learn the best practices and common mistakes made before, during, and after both planned and unplanned leadership transitions.
    • Utilize the basic elements of succession planning to create a framework for planning at your school.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Siri Akal Khalsa, Northwest Association of Independent Schools (WA); Michael Murphy, Seattle Country Day School (WA); Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, Evergreen School (WA)
Governance
Long-Range Financial Planning Tools for Trustees and Heads of Schools NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Accreditation and strategic planning are important processes that require boards and school leadership to focus on the long-term future and financial equilibrium of a school. Review sample tools and get templates you can implement in your school, including a five-year NAIS DASL stats comparison with benchmark schools, faculty salary analysis with public schools and benchmark schools, a one-page financial dashboard, and more. Identify questions school leaders should ask in relation to your school's financial health, its recent history, and its future projections.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify financial information schools should have to prepare for accreditation or the strategic planning process.
    • Provide heads and trustees with important financial information they need to fulfil their fiduciary responsibilites.
    • Provide important financial tools to heads and trustees.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Palmer Ball, Palmer Ball Consulting, LLC
Governance
We're All in This Together: Collectively Managing Risk NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Schools large and small have risk all over campus and out in the world. No one can manage it alone. Discover the process and tools one school developed to identify and manage those risks. Learn how to build a risk inventory for your school, develop ways to attain buy in from your community, and foster and maintain a "we're all in this together" approach with the board of trustees, faculty, staff, and fellow administrators.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and build a risk inventory.
    • Create a culture of risk management.
    • Communicate effectively with all constituents.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nancy Greene and Dave Farace, The Bolles School (FL)
Management
Character and Admission: The Coming Revolution in Student Selection NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: With growing recognition of the importance of noncognitive factors, including character strengths, in education and life success, college and independent school leaders are developing systematic and valid ways to assess these attributes in the admission process. Discover the work of the Institute on Character and Admission, which includes innovators across educational levels and constituencies. Get a demonstration of the new Character Skills Snapshot, an instrument designed for use in the independent school admissions. Identify the practical challenges of including "soft skills" in making admission decisions.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine the status and complexity of the "character movement" in education and society, with examples from higher and secondary education.
    • Review the assessment of character strengths in college and independent school admissions, including the role of independent schools in devising a measurement instrument.
    • Practice the Character Skills Snapshot, an assessment tool for independent school admissions, with practical implications for its use.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: David Holmes, The Community School (ID); Bob Massa, Drew University (NJ); Meghan Brenneman, The Enrollment Management Association (NJ); Ray Diffley, Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (CT)
Management
Leadership Team: Negotiations on an HOS Contract That Strengthen Bonds Between Board and Head NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Few people, heads included, like to negotiate for themselves. The more important the issue, the harder it is. Often, they'll hire a lawyer to negotiate for them. Heads and trustees should understand the process. Whether you do it yourself or through an agent, you have to be in charge. Negotiations should not be zero-sum games. When the school and the head work together, the goal of the contract should be to benefit both to the same extent. Discuss and practice achieving this best of all results.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand that the negotiation of a contract can and should be a strong building block for building board/head trust.
    • Negotiation has some science and some art that work together well.
    • Negotiation skills can be learned and improve with practice.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Terrence Briggs, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP (MA); Arch McIntosh, Charlotte Latin School (NC)
Governance
Plan for the Unexpected: Top Crises in Our Schools NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Learn what types of crises independent schools are facing today. Look at difficult and tricky situations. Advance planning is important when a crisis occurs. Share strategies as to how your school should approach these issues. Learn five non-negotiables in responding to sexual assault allegations; steps in dealing with a negative blog post; issues that involve a faculty's child; managing a rogue student video; and other situations that require skillful maneuvering to protect students and your school's reputation. Get tips for leading during the crisis, managing with minimal disruption, and recognizing the critical importance of effective communications.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a better understanding of crisis trends in schools and how to manage them.
    • Know what your school can have in place to be prepared.
    • Understand that crises can be opportunities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jane Hulbert, The Jane Group (IL); Myra McGovern, NAIS (DC)
Communications and Advancement
Working Efficiently and Effectively with Your School's Legal Counsel NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Understanding how to work with legal counsel as a team is vital to reducing and managing risks while also containing costs and focusing on preventive, rather than reactive, measures.  The presenters have deep experience working inside and outside of independent schools on legal and policy issues.  Understanding how best to utilize attorneys is (for better or worse) as skill set that all administrators and board members need to develop.  
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how independent schools can work with legal counsel and management/board to reduce risk while containing costs.
    • Learn advantages of processes to involve counsel, including when to use, limiting access and defining roles.
    • Discuss key issues, i.e., determining who is the client, when to involve the board, how to preserve confidentiality.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
Governance
Educator, Advocate, or Activist: Challenges for Schools, Classroom Teachers, and School Leaders NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Schools may be the only place where civil discourse and the exchange of factual information occur. But how do schools address social justice and equity when divisive factions don't listen or take the time to be heard? If classrom teachers advocate on behalf of a particular position or group, can that create further division? Does activism have a place in the classroom or as part of a school's agenda? Explore the complexities of multiple roles and discuss how schools can prepare students to both listen and be heard, not further divide communities.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Help classroom teachers and staff balance the role of educator, advocate, and activist. Can there be a balance?
    • Help schools, faulty, and staff be inclusive at a time when society is sharply divided on multiple issues of importance.
    • How can we create school environments that teach students to listen and be heard, sharpen arguments, and talk across differences?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jack Creeden, Chadwick School (CA); Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Woodward Academy (GA)
The Student Experience
Managing a Movement: Bringing the Mastery Transcript Consortium to Campus NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: How do you take an innovative idea like the MTC and make it real for students, faculty, and families? Join academic leaders from Mastery Transcript Consortium member schools to share their experiences working with the MTC, each other, and their communities to introduce mastery-based assessment to their schools. Review how the MTC uses in-person and online resources to support these leaders in their work and hear first-person perspectives on the work underway to change culture and practice around student assessment and crediting.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about MTC’s approach that empowers academic leaders to be change agents.
    • Learn how participating site directors (on-campus MTC leaders) are managing change at their schools.
    • Discuss specific strategies and best practices for a networked, multischool approach to professional learning and change management.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Patricia C. Russell, Mastery Transcript Consortium (MA); Eric Hudson, Global Online Academy (WA)
Leadership Development
Policy and Practice: Leading the Way in Supporting Transgender/Nonbinary Students in Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Independent schools have the opportunity to take a leadership role in implementing policies that actively support transgender and nonbinary students. Quaker schools, with their commitment to equity, social justice, and diversity, are quietly leading the way in supporting transgender and nonbinary students as part of their efforts to create supportive educational environments for all students. Considering both policy and practice, educators from four Quaker schools share their experience and expertise, working predominantly with middle school and upper school students and playing a variety of roles in their schools.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about policies to support transgender and gender-expansive students as models for consideration by other independent schools.
    • Learn about specific practices to support transgender and gender-expansive students.
    • Learn about models that exist for educating the full school community around gender identity and gender expression.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Edna-Anne Valdepeñas, George School (PA); Maria Alonso, Westtown School (PA); Jason Craige Harris, Friends Seminary (NY); Rachel Kane, Sidwell Friends School (DC), Betsy Torg, Friends Council on Education
The Student Experience
The Student-Athlete in 2018: High Risk, High Reward NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The student-athlete in 2018 enjoys many privileges, yet is also subject to extra scrutiny and increasing expectations. Address the unique responsibilities and risks associated with our athletes and how they impact our students, athletics programs, and the school's overall reputation. Focus on issues of risk management, communications, legal issues, and, most importantly, steps schools must take to emphasize character development and clear programmatic and individual expectations for community members.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Focus on risk management for heads of school and trustees, character development for athletes, and enhanced collegiality/teamwork for ADs/coaches.
    • Emphasize the centrality of character education and decision-making skills for student-athletes subject to extra scrutiny.
    • Review examples of negative outcomes, some legal, for student-athletes, negative PR for schools, and steps to mitigate these.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: David Lourie, St. Anne's-Belfield School (VA); Timothy Heaphy, Hunton & Williams LLP (VA)
The Student Experience
Toeing the Line with Digital Leadership: Website, Blogs, Social, Inbound Marketing, and More NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: How do you encourage participation while also maintaining control? In the era of "curation," where's the line between letting go and directing? Focus on best practices related to inbound marketing — including discovering the elements of value at your school that you should be capitalizing on but might be neglecting. Learn how you can best help content contributors and the newest technologies and tools to make this essential part of marketing more efficient.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover best practices related to the field of inbound marketing.
    • Learn how to be a "digital leader."
    • Learn how leaders can manage multiple content contributors at a school using the latest technologies.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jon Moser, Finalsite (CT); Pat Basset, Heads Up Educational Consulting (VA)
Communications and Advancement
NAIS AC Powered by PechaKucha NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: NAIS has adapted the exciting, rapid-fire format of popular PechaKucha presentations to the Annual Conference stage. All presenters must adhere to the 20 x 20 rule: They're limited to 20 slides that advance automatically at 20 seconds per slide. Whether funny, sad, informative, or inspirational, all presentations are concise and visual.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: William Stribling, The Hill School (VA); Jacob Sargent, Hyde School (ME); Basil Kolani, Ridgefield Academy (CT); Thomas Taylor, Breck School (MN); Emily Lent Hemingway, The Bement School (MA); Justin Cerenzia, St. George's School (RI); Wendy Horng Brawer, 14000hours.org
Aspiring: When the Leadership Flame Flickers NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: A funny, poignant, and currently-in-progress tale of an "aspiring leader" hoping to shed the "aspiring" label. A pithy-leadership-quote-free reflection on the leadership journey.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: William Stribling, The Hill School (VA)
Becoming Leaders in Our Own Lives From the Inside Out NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The Hyde Inner Leadership Model endeavors to give students tools to unearth an authentic vision for their life and then translate that vision into reality.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jacob Sargent, Hyde School (ME)
Blending Old and New: Innovating at a Traditional School NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: How do you take a traditional school and make it innovative? Does innovative even mean anything anymore, or is it just another educational bingo word? 
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Basil Kolani, Ridgefield Academy (CT)
I Love to Laugh: Creating a Culture of Humor in Our Schools NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: What role does and should laughter play in your school? Examine the benefits of creating a culture of laughter in your school.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Thomas Taylor, Breck School (MN)
Mini Term, Maximum Results NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: For three weeks every year, teachers and K-9 students drop everything and collaborate on one topic. It's an annual rebirth of our teaching and learning!
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Emily Lent Hemingway, The Bement School (MA)
The Scars That You Don't See NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The surface only tells a part of the story. 
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Justin Cerenzia, St. George's School (RI)
Why Forrest Gump Can Change America NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Life is complex, like a box of chocolates. But we each hold special gifts. How might each child's gift be given room to grow?
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Wendy Horng Brawer, 14000hours.org
Generous Orthodoxy: Organizational Stewardship and Institutional Evolution Framed by Malcolm Gladwell and Hans Wilhelm Frei NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History draws on the work of Hans Wilhelm Frei to offer a framing for schools aspiring to remain true to their core identity while exploring institutional evolution. Generous orthodoxy helps envision a path to protect and cherish the essence of what makes a school remarkable while being open to progress. "To be orthodox is to be committed to tradition. To be generous… is to be open to change. [T]he best way to live our lives is to find the middle ground. Because orthodoxy without generosity leads to blindness. And generosity without orthodoxy is shallow and empty.”
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine how a reassuring framework can enable schools to ask challenging institutional questions about identity and strategic direction.
    • Explore the connection between the concept of generous orthodoxy and the leadership responsibilities of organizational stewardship and financial sustainability.
    • Provide practical opportunities to explore how the concept of generous orthodoxy could be leveraged within your school community.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Ari Betof, Boston University Academy (MA)
Governance
Students and Trustees: Possibilities for Collaboration and Real-World Learning NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: What happens when trustees engage with students about substantive topics important to the mission of the school? Find out how the trustees of one school worked with students who wanted to change the investment policies for the school’s endowment. Look at process and outcomes, including changes in the endowment, curriculum of the school, and student understanding of decision making. Examine your school’s traditions and consider the possibilities in your school for real-world education to spring from trustee-level decision making. Get materials for starting the conversation at your school.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover how schools can use the real-world work of their boards as part of the education of the students.
    • See how trustee-student collaboration builds long-term trust and change.
    • Gain strategies and processes for creating contact and collaboration between boards and students.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Emily Jones, The Putney School (VT); Casey Clark, Glenmede (PA)
The Student Experience
The New Relevance: More Student Engagement, Less Homework NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Concerned about the effects of homework stress on student well-being, Lincoln School began looking for critical intersections between course content and the home and community lives and concerns of students. By embracing “The New Relevance” as a mantra for curriculum and assessment design, the school has begun to liberate students from homework overload while making learning more meaningful. A division director and a consulting educational expert review the process the school uses to change the culture of “She who dies with the most homework wins.”
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Demonstrate how making authentic linkages between students’ lives and schoolwork spurs deeper yet less burdensome learning.
    • Explain how one school harnessed an abstract concept to implement a strategic priority related to both curriculum and wellness.
    • Introduce the “New Relevance” as one pathway to deeper student engagement and more authentic learning experiences.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Peter Gow, Independent Curriculum Group (MA); Peter Brooks, Lincoln School (RI)
The Student Experience
Managing Up, Managing Down: How Women Leaders Need to Navigate the Waters in Our Schools NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: There are many opportunities to be a student of leadership at every level in your school. For women, there are unique challenges in leadership, some spoken and some unspoken variables that pave the way or block the path. Come engage in honest conversation about the ways women lead, cultivate a leadership style, and build a team. An experienced head of school and an experienced division head share what has worked and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of women leading in independent schools. Prepare to share and enjoy the cameraderie and kinship of the work we do.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the ways that women learn to lead by constituent group: faculty, peers, parents, and board.
    • Identify your leadership style to maximize opportunities to lead and model high-quality female leadership for children.
    • Identify your local opportunities to mentor and sponsor or be mentored or sponsored by local leaders in your area.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Kathleen McNamara, Seven Hills School (CA); Colleen Schilly, Hillbrook School (CA)
Leadership Development
Engaging Challenging Parents: Tools for Teachers NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Most parents of independent school students are easy to work with and supportive. Some parents, conversations, or topics can still present challenges for teachers. Learn to reframe (most) parental concerns and develop communication and problem-solving skills to help manage challenging parents effectively.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn to use the characteristics of both the teacher and the parent to strengthen your relationship and support the child.
    • Learn communication skills to assist in effectively managing the most challenging parents.
    • Prepare teachers to think differently about working with challenging parents.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Sara Stephenson and Sarah Spannagel, University School (OH); Michelle Bederman, Emory University (GA)
The Student Experience
How to Win Students and Influence Parents NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: You see them when they come on tour. You send personalized emails. You track their visits to your website and invite them to shadow current students. But do you know what really motivates a family to apply? Given the myriad challenges facing enrollment leaders in today’s competitive market — many of which are beyond our control — it is critical that we make the admission process more accessible and family friendly. To aid enrollment leaders, The Enrollment Management Association surveyed thousands of parents following the 2016-17 application season. Consider the practical application this information can have to your work.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Give voice to the customer perspective in admissions.
    • Consider how this information supports your admission process, or whether it motivates you to change your process.
    • Answer the question: How can independent schools make the admission process more family friendly?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Aimee Gruber, The Enrollment Management Association (NJ); Kevin Plummer, Tampa Preparatory School (FL)
Communications and Advancement
Leadership for a Diversity-Responsive Community NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: How can schools cement and realize their commitment to diversity and inclusivity? Once you’ve made a commitment to diversity and inclusivity in your mission statement or strategic plan, where does the work begin? Share our journey and a variety of approaches for becoming a diversity-responsive school, focusing on leadership at various levels of our institutions. Crucial to our growth is an integrated approach to leadership across the school, from the division director or head, through both curricular and co-curricular program leadership.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain concrete strategies for where and how to begin to realize your school’s commitment to diversity.
    • Think holistically in new ways about your school’s approach to leadership throughout the institution.
    • Reflect on, discuss, and consider your current and future approaches to diversity responsiveness.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Meghan Tally and Stella Beale, Windward School (CA); Peggy Procter and Roger Bridges, Echo Horizon (CA)
Leadership Development
Secrets vs. Privacy: Confidentiality Within Schools NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: It’s confidential. No, it’s private. It’s on a need-to-know basis. Who needs what information when and why? Administrators, teachers, counselors, and others may respond differently when information is shared with them. In an effort to increase collaboration and effective communication, teams must know what confidentiality is, when it’s necessary, who can uphold confidentiality, and why it’s helpful. Gain a greater understanding of the difference between confidentiality, privacy, and secrecy; uncover how to collaborate around confidential information; and explore the thorny issues related to sensitive information held on behalf of students.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Better understand confidentiality within a school and how confidentiality can be compared to privacy and confused with secrecy.
    • Identify factors that complicate and create tension with confidentiality, as well as ways to minimize these tensions.
    • Better understand the value of confidentiality and how it fosters a stronger sense of collaboration and student support.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Malikkah Rollins, Lowell School (DC); Amy Killy and Meryl Heyliger, Georgetown Day School (DC)
The Student Experience
You Can Attract Great Teachers, But Can You Keep Them? NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Your teachers are the primary points of contact with your students. Do they have the resources, autonomy, and support they need to make students successful? Discover the skills and traits that exceptional leaders maintain, based on amalgamated leadership profiles developed through interviews and observations. Discuss the traps leaders fall into that lead to high teacher turnover. Framed within the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership and Growth mindsets, learn to become more involved in your classrooms and empower your teachers to grow both personally and professionally.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the differences between effective and ineffective leaders from the perspective of teachers.
    • Identify your leadership style and reflect on your ability to work effectively with your teachers.
    • Develop strategies to work more effectively with your teachers.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: David Berthold, The Kinkaid School (TX); Charles Kraus, Fort Worth Country Day (TX)
Leadership Development
The Pathway to Headship: Stories and Strategies from Women and People of Color NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: The 2018 conference beckons those who seek to explore the possibilities of one’s own leadership journey in a changing world. It calls upon us to examine “shifting mindsets about who leads and how we lead.” Join us for an informative, engaging workshop where we challenge the status quo of what leadership looks like. Four school leaders share stories and strategies about their journeys “to the top,” including topics such as the search and interview process, gender/racial expectations, implicit bias, school fit, and how to shape the position to best align with your needs, style, and strengths.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share up-to-date research and data on the current status of leadership in independent schools for women and people of color.
    • Share four different (and possibly unexpected!) paths to headship at different stages, ages, and readiness.
    • Educate and inspire aspiring leaders to pursue leadership and the headship by sharing stories of our journeys, mindsets, and strategies.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Peggy Procter and Roger Bridges, Echo Horizon School (CA); Phil Gutierrez, Mid-Peninsula High School (CA); Crystal Land, Head Royce School (CA); Melinda Tsapatsaris, Westland School (CA)
Leadership Development
Why Can the President Say It, But I Can’t? NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: In the first school year of the Trump presidency, schools have faced heightened tension around race, religion, nationality, and other facets of diversity. In an alarming twist to school bullying, a post-election review of bullying statistics confirms white students have been using the president's words and slogans to harass and taunt their classmates. Examine the extent to which racial and religious intolerance has shaped how kids talk, joke, and bully. How do you explain to students why certain words and phrases are unacceptable without being accused of political partisanship? How do you address bias incidents on campus and social media?
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How do you explain to students why certain words and phrases are unacceptable without being accused of political partisanship?
    • What policies, protocols, and other best practices can be shared to help independent schools address bias-based bullying and intolerance?
    • What are some tools, tips, and strategies on how to make sure every student feels safe at school?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Shanelle Robinson, Friends Academy (NY)
The Student Experience
Current and Coming Legal Issues NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: The last 30 years or more have not seen a more tumultuous time to be tracking developing legislative, regulatory, or legal issues. What are the federal branches bringing to independent schools this year? What is happening in the states? What new legal challenges have schools around the country been facing? Vouchers, employment regulations, tax reform, antitrust concerns, student discipline, staff discipline, and more are all on the table. Join this interactive dialogue with NAIS's general counsel.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about potential legal issues being raised by federal government branches.
    • Learn about challenges from the courts and the states.
    • Learn about challenges being faced by fellow schools.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Debra Wilson, NAIS
Management
Designing and Improvising Collaborative Leadership NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Undertake a 60-minute design challenge aimed at exploring and applying the skills and mindsets of designers and improvisers. Leave with the “innovation engine” used by the Providence Day School Center for the Art and Science of Teaching, Learning, and Entrepreneurship to empower independent school leaders and teams to address adaptive challenges through creative, collaborative, learning endeavors. Learn to “mind the gap between who we are and who we aspire to be” by observing gaps and aspiring to new possibilities. Establish new relationships that perpetuate innovation and creativity.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Ryan Welsh, Emily Carrara, and Matt Scully, Providence Day School (NC)
Leadership Development
Engagement and Impact: Design Thinking for Social Justice NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Design thinking has been gaining steam in K-12 education as a hands-on opportunity to dive deep. Empathy, engagement, and ideation sit at the core of design thinking. These are also the pillars of social justice work. Join us as we explore how to integrate both social justice and design thinking into your curriculum, special programming, and leadership training. Hear about recent examples and try your hand at equity design. Take back resources to assist you in creating your own design activity you can implement immediately.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand of design thinking and how to implement design thinking in the classroom.
    • Understand the integration of social justice in many forms into design thinking.
    • Create a framework for an activity to use at your school.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nola-rae Cronan, Columbus School for Girls (OH); Ara Brown, Cranbrook Kingswood Schools (MI)
The Student Experience
Are Your Admissions Processes Compliant with ADA and Similar Laws? What Are the Risks? NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Many independent schools are not in compliance with ADA Title III and similar laws that impact them, especially in the admissions processes. Schools ask questions in the admissions process about disabilities, impairments, special needs, and accommodations, and often require testing to determine a student’s IQ or learning challenges. Although the industry is presently out of compliance, don’t let your school be the test case for a parental challenge over what may be viewed as exclusionary practices for elite schools. Learn where the lines are drawn, potential liability, and how to ensure compliance with these complicated laws.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain familiarity with the guidelines of when a school can inquire about learning differences or employ psychological testing in admissions.
    • Learn about alternative strategies to obtain the same information legally.
    • Learn how to avoid liability in the admissions process.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (FL); Steve Piltch and Amy Clemons, The Shipley School (PA)
Management
Combating “Fake News” and Misinformation with Information Literacy NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: With the rise of fake news, disinformation, and misinformation, and with people in positions of power questioning the existence of facts and an objective reality, we are challenged to take a step back and work with students to ensure that they become intelligent consumers and ethical users of information. Get practical resources and ideas to teach our students to discern fact from fiction, evaluate sources, and understand the motivation of those who work to manipulate them, so students can become thoughtful consumers and creators of information and ideas.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the difficulty of locating useful, fact-based information and appreciate the struggles students face in navigating ideas and information.
    • Provide a clear methodology and evaluation criteria for teachers to use to guide students as they research on the internet.
    • Provide lessons, tools, and assessments that educators can adapt and use in their schools and classrooms based around internet reliability.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Lindsay Horbatuck and Laurie Sears, Landon School (MD)
The Classroom Experience
Pop-up Courses: Flexible, Modern Learning Design for Digging into Real-World Issues NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: How does your school respond when a new, challenging issue emerges locally or globally — a momentous election, an outbreak of disease, an attack, or a new phenomenon such as fake news? What if you could address this topic in a short course akin to a pop-up restaurant? We created a model for doing that: a 2-4-week, online, flex course that teachers can incorporate into existing courses. Hear about our experience offering two such courses to a total of 2,000 students in a global network. Adapt the “recipe” for your own school setting.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Offer nimble and timely programming that inspires teachers to connect to real-world issues across disciplines.
    • Use your school’s network of relationships to extend your teachers’ reach.
    • Develop an understanding of how online learning spaces are ideally suited for this work when leveraged effectively.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jason Cummings, Global Online Academy (WA); Nelson Graves, News-Decoder; Tina Bessias, Durham Academy / Global Online Academy (NC)
The Classroom Experience
What Is a B+, Anyway? Replacing Grades with a Mastery Model NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Share the opportunities and challenges of using standards-based assessment (SBA) in both a traditional and nontraditional school setting. See how SBA, or a mastery approach, reframes grades as feedback, creating a classroom culture of learning while painting a more holistic view of the student. Examine concrete examples of how to implement SBA and discuss the challenges we have faced in implementing SBA in our respective schools. Hear how SBA is the logical assessment strategy if your school wants to become a mastery transcript school.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Standards-based assessment (SBA) focuses on learning as an iterative process, naturally allowing the classroom to be differentiated.
    • SBA forces teachers to be intentional in curriculum and instruction; it provides students with frameworks for becoming lifelong learners.
    • SBA is a superior assessment strategy for all classrooms, but especially for schools interested in becoming a mastery transcript school.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Regan Galvan, Polytechnic School (CA); Michael Peller, The Nueva School (CA); Tim Bazemore, Catlin-Gabel (OR)
The Classroom Experience
Incubating and Co-working: Building Innovative School Programs and Partnerships Beyond Your Campus NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: In 2014, Episcopal High School partnered with WeWork and a number of Washington-area incubators to explore the use of co-working spaces to enhance school programs. The school has expanded the use of these innovative environments to support signature programs including experiential education (The Washington Program), student career experiences (The Senior Externship), professional development (faculty retreats), and institutional advancement events (EHS Connect). This network continues to provide endless opportunities for connection to the world beyond the campus. Join us to discuss our journey and hear recommendations for independent schools interested in building your own network of innovative partners.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Get an introduction to future trends in workplace structure and dynamics: incubators, co-working spaces, and a culture of design and innovation.
    • Get recommendations for educators and leaders in building outreach, networks, and connecting with strategic partners in co-working and incubating spaces.
    • Examine models of co-working space and incubator use for independent schools that include expanding curriculum, admissions, advancement, and faculty professional development.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jeremy Goldstein, Episcopal High School (VA)
Management
Neuroscience, the Daily Grind, and College Admission: Redesigning the Upper School Schedule NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Time is not a tuition-driven asset — all schools are given a similar share. What is the best use of this most equitable of resources? While lower and middle schools have moved toward flexible classrooms, constructed around neuroscience and child development, upper schools find themselves tethered to the common currency of the Carnegie Unit, driven by college admission. What information is needed and what challenges do schools face during a schedule retooling process? Most importantly, how can upper schools balance current pedagogy on learning with traditional curriculum and college expectations — all within the constraints of the academic day?
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand neuroscience and other developmentally-centered practices and apply them to curricular and schedule design, with attention to school mission.
    • Explore the complex and interactive systems that impede schedule redesign: transcript/college admissions, expectations of stakeholders, use of space, etc.
    • Create an approach specific to your school by exploring which questions to ask board, students, faculty, and parents.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Kay Betts, Bettstrategic Group; Patty Montague, Marist School (GA); Kelley Lips, Emory University (GA)
The Classroom Experience
Authenticity, Purpose, and Customer Experience: One School’s Journey to Full Enrollment NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Like many young schools, Watershed School once struggled to achieve full enrollment. But over the last three years, we’ve grown by 82 percent. The path wasn’t easy or pain free. A new head of school and admissions director had to hear tough feedback, learn about their market, and grow as marketers and as leaders. They unpacked their customer’s experience and made changes to improve it. Share what they learned and leave with concrete takeaways, as well as the confidence that you can guide your school to growth if you’re willing to embrace the leadership journey.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the connection between growth and authentic leadership.
    • Understand how to embrace the “countercultural truths” of your school as a way to drive differentiation and growth.
    • Learn how to map your customer’s “user roadmap” and translate those insights into concrete marketing and program initiatives.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Greg Bamford and Mishel Gantz, Watershed School (CO)
Communications and Advancement
Engagement, Empathy, and Equity in Action: A Journey to Enact Transformative Vision, Curricula, and Learning NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The Children’s School in Atlanta was highlighted in the spring 2017 edition of NAIS’s Independent School magazine as one of three innovative schools nationwide that is reimagining school design. Tasked with creating a middle grades program, leadership asked faculty, “If you had a blank slate, no preconceptions, no predetermined curriculum, no expectations for schedule or structure, and were simply asked ‘what is an ideal learning environment for this age,’ what would you design?” Follow a group of administrators and teachers designing an immersive project-based learning prototype for a new sixth-grade experience as a model for middle grades.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Design immersive project-based curriculum centered on engagement, empathy, and equity, meeting national standards, developing strong critical thinkers and problem solvers.
    • Gain key strategies for aligning around shared vision, values, successful team relationships, and replicating this work in other environments.
    • Recognize the power of community partners in giving meaning and relevance to learning — engaging the broader community in the vision.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Todd Wass, Allen Broyles, Kelly Lyn, and Sally Wood, The Children's School (GA)
The Classroom Experience
Ever Forward: Upshifting from Allies to Accomplices NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: How can independent schools conceptually and tangibly advance equity and inclusion efforts? One possible answer is by increasing the horizontal buy in of our various constituencies. Explore some structural initiatives that potentially can foster the cultural competencies needed to uphold an antibias educational framework and, thereby, a truly inclusive school community. Learn about shifting from allies to accomplices as a critical component in advancing a school's values, culture, and mission.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Provide an expanded conceptual framework to advance social justice and/or antiracism efforts in your school.
    • Provide examples of structural initiatives that can cultivate the cultural competencies needed to best engender an inclusive school community.
    • Engage in productive dialogue about effectively scaffolding a commitment to equity and social justice work in your school community.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Martha Neubert and Bea Garcia, Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA)
Leadership Development
Let the Kids Do It: From Student Centered to Student Driven NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn" — Benjamin Franklin. As independent school educators and administrators, we hope to send our students into the world prepared to lead. To really help them learn to lead, adults need to let go and let students take on essential projects, mentoring and coaching them rather than assigning tasks. Hear educators and administrators from The Masters School present three specific examples of students taking on school-wide initiatives, discuss what they've learned in the process, and share a roadmap for transforming student leadership.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about the research supporting student-driven processes in schools.
    • Learn from three examples of transformation to student ownership of school-wide processes.
    • Get tools to help you reconstruct activities at your school in a way that promotes student ownership.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Eileen Dieck, Karen Brown, Matthew Ives, and Matthew Kammrath, The Masters School (NY)
Leadership Development
Taming the Homework Monster NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Is homework is getting you and your parents down? Then it's time to tame that homework monster and align your lower school’s practice with the research. Learn how a lower school collaboratively transformed its homework practices. The presenter will share every step of the process and every artifact — from parent input surveys and key talking points to parent letters and class website changes. Now in year two of the change process, hear what has been learned in the early stages, how to anticipate and avoid pitfalls, and how to get everyone on board with what's best for kids.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand key research findings regarding homework's effect on student achievement in grades K-5.
    • Identify the steps used in the homework policy/practice change process, including research, input, collaboration, communication, and implementation.
    • Understand and anticipate objections and identify strategies for moving a community through the homework policy change process.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Kelley King, San Diego Jewish Academy (CA)
The Classroom Experience
The Future of Social Media Education NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: At a time when students spend eight hours each day on digital devices and, simultaneously, cyber-bullying and reputation-damaging posts are running rampant, few schools have found a feasible solution. Social networks are only becoming more complicated, yet parents and educators cannot keep up. Ravenscroft School and The Social Institute have filled that growing void by providing the first-ever social media curriculum designed to guide students to positive, productive uses of social media and technology. Learn how we empower students to win at social media and do so with a positive approach.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how we teach students the skill of navigating one of the most powerful influences on their development.
    • Learn how schools are not equipped to teach students positive ways to navigate social media and technology.
    • Learn how Ravenscroft provides a social media curriculum designed to guide students to positive/productive uses of social media.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jason Ramsden, Susan Perry, and Colleen Ramsden, Ravenscroft School (NC); Laura Tierney, The Social Institute (NC)
The Student Experience
The Neurology of Decision Making: Understanding and Improving an Essential Skill Set NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The decisions we make are at the root of all of our work and are the most significant determinants of our success. Surprisingly, educators, unlike other professions, receive little if any formal training on how to put into practice identifiable skills that can polish and improve our decision making, much of it grounded in neurological research. Engage in case study analysis to better understand our decision-making tendencies as a way of improving how we go about making both the routine and strategic decisions we make in our schools.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand research-based principles of decision making anchored in neuroscience.
    • Gain insight into our individual decision-making tendencies.
    • Aquire skills and techniques that can improve our personal and professional decision making.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Michael Walker, San Francisco Day School (CA)
Leadership Development
NAIS AC Powered by PechaKucha NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: NAIS has adapted the exciting, rapid-fire format of popular PechaKucha presentations to the Annual Conference stage. All presenters must adhere to the 20 x 20 rule: They're limited to 20 slides that advance automatically at 20 seconds per slide. Whether funny, sad, informative, or inspirational, all presentations are concise and visual.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Vernice Veranga-Mulcahy, Church Farm School (PA); Le'Aqua Shoates, The Alexander Dawson School (NV); Mike Matthews, Katherine Delmar Burke School (CA); Tashon McKeithan, The Center for Early Education (CA); Hilarie Hall, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD); Christopher Mullis, The Hybrid Learning Consortium; David Cutler, Brimmer and May School (MA)
But You Don't "Look" Like a Leader? NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: What does a school leader look like?  Follow along the leadership struggles and triumphs of a woman of color working in an all-male school environment.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Vernice Veranga-Mulcahy, Church Farm School (PA)
Color Outside the Curriculum NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Learn the importance of authentically incorporating multiculturalism in the classroom for children of color as well as those who are not. 
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Le'Aqua Shoates, The Alexander Dawson School (NV)
Does Making Matter? NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Are maker spaces a fad or the future of hands-on learning? Hear one educator's take on why "making" will stand the test of time.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Mike Matthews, Katherine Delmar Burke School (CA)
Ish: Breaking Through the Binary NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Take a personal journey to understanding heteronormativity and how I came to begin to think about gender as more expansive.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Tashon McKeithan, The Center for Early Education (CA)
Learning from the Leaders: It's Elementary NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Focus on the lessons we can all learn each day from our youngest leaders.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Hilarie Hall, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD)
The World Is Our Classroom; The Kitchen Is Our Lab NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: With online education, we have the opportunity to help our students step outside the classroom and learn about the world by engaging with the world.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Christopher Mullis, The Hybrid Learning Consortium
Why All Teachers Should Blog NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Learn about the professional and personal rewards of interviewing and writing about education experts, policy makers, and changemakers. Take command of your passion and career.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: David Cutler, Brimmer and May School (MA)
    Close