#NAISAC On Demand

Video recordings of 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

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Title Block Time Summary Track
Capital Campaigns: How to Create the Right Strategy and Tools to Ensure Your Success On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: If you are in or planning a capital, endowment, or annual fundraising campaign, this session is for you. Learn why need isn’t enough to stoke donor support and how to strike the right balance between rationale, urgency, and emotion for a campaign that catches fire. We’ll share best practices and case studies for attracting the attention and commitment of your current families and alumni, and we’ll show how your next campaign can benefit from a clear strategy and smart communications. You will leave with new ideas, handy tools, and plenty of inspiration to make your next campaign the best yet.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to balance need with urgency and emotion for the right campaign communications strategy.
    • Why a case statement isn’t enough and how to create the tools to ensure your campaign is a success.
    • The right ingredients for a campaign theme that stokes donor interest.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Patrick Coyle, Georgetown Preparatory School (MD); Jennie Winton, Mission Minded
Communications and Advancement
Building a Community of Inclusion On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Administrators representing three divisions from Lowell School in Washington, DC, will discuss how they have created and retained representation of faculty and staff of color, of LGBTQ identity, and of international identity in their school community. The presentation will feature information and efforts to attract, honor, and retain employees who represent various identities in independent school settings. If you are working to build equity and inclusion in your community or you want to deepen and expand the diversity representation at your school, this workshop is for you!
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will take away ideas for deepening their school's hiring process in relationship to honoring equity and inclusion.
    • Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on how to build a community that upholds inclusion.
    • Participants will gain ideas on retaining diverse candidates once they have been hired and welcomed into your school communities.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jason Novak, Michelle Belton, Stefania Rubino, and Kavan Yee, Lowell School (DC)
Leadership Development
Transforming the Narrative: One School’s Journey From Surviving to Thriving On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Westover School has been the epitome of a storied New England girls’ boarding school—a rich history, beautiful campus, loyal alumnae, and a solid endowment—but in 2015, it was at a crossroads. The school faced a deficit, declining enrollment, a rising discount rate, and $30 million in deferred maintenance. Under the leadership of a new head and senior team, the school undertook an ambitious plan to transform in four years to reach financial equilibrium and establish momentum by all key metrics. In this session, you will explore key decisions, including a paradigm shift from “school as family” to “school as community.”
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Model how a head can unpack a school's narrative to identify underlying problems without alienating loyal to the existing culture.
    • Explain key financial decisions, beginning with how to hire the right CFO for the job at hand.
    • How to frame challenges to the community in a realistic, honest but manageable way to engage support for new initiatives.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Julie Faulstich, Thomas Gorman, and Benjamin Hildebrand, Westover School (CT)
Management
Three Reasons to Replace Department Chairs With Instructional Coaches On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Independent schools typically build middle-management structures in the mold of higher education by separating teachers into departments and hiring a chair to do departmental oversight and general administration. There are three primary reasons to break away from this mold and move from department chairs to instructional coaches. First, the department chair model does little to support faculty growth. Second, there is an effective alternative. And, third, it can save schools money by decreasing administrative costs while increasing faculty morale. In this workshop, you will learn how to start and develop a coaching model in your school and leave with next steps.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will explore reasons for moving to an instructional coaching model, and the research behind such a move.
    • Participants will understand the steps they can take to implement an instructional coaching model in their school.
    • Participants will leave with a framework for coaching that can be applied at their school.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Bradford Rathgeber and Corinne Dedini, One Schoolhouse (DC)
Leadership Development
I’m Coming Out of the Basement! Academic Support in All Spaces for All Students On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Our schools are increasingly attracting neurodiverse learners. The days of isolated academic support in a quiet location of campus are long gone. In this workshop, you will explore current research in supporting students, best practices in ensuring equal access to all learners, and strategies that can be used by all educators for all learners. With the ADA as a guidepost, this session will address the increasing percentage of students requesting and accessing accommodations and how your school can ensure that it is both meeting the needs of its students and maintaining integrity in the accommodation process.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand ADA and it's implications on independent schools
    • Understand issues of access, equity and inclusion and gain concrete strategies to address these issues
    • Develop plan for systematizing academic support in a way that is inclusive for all
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Kate Collins and Jackie Bonenfant, Milton Academy (MA)
The Classroom Experience
Creating a Culture of Sustained Professional Growth and Reflection Within the Evaluation Process On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: By placing professional development at the epicenter of its evaluation system, Loomis Chaffee created a faculty culture in which growth is not only intentional but, more importantly, embraced. Encouraging and supporting faculty to pursue professional growth are at the heart of successful educational institutions. In this session, you will hear how one school overhauled its evaluation system to incorporate and require yearly professional growth opportunities, creating a culture of professional growth in which choice and voice are front and center.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and evaluate the professional growth opportunities that currently exist within their school
    • Learn about professional opportunities at other schools that might fit into the climate and culture of their schools’ systems
    • Identify the roadblocks and possible solutions to implementation of a system that incorporates professional growth within the evaluation process
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Sara Deveaux and Andrew Matlack, The Loomis Chaffee School (CT)
Leadership Development
Grassroots PD: How to Create Programming Around Race and Equity for White Faculty and Staff On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: As educators, we know that the best learning takes place over time. In this session, you will learn how to create a grassroots professional development experience that spans the school year. To spark discussion, this session will use the case study of AWARE, a group for white faculty and staff to educate themselves around race and equity. Through the case study, you will explore structures, strengths, and challenges of the faculty-led PD model. The session will culminate with time to brainstorm and sketch a plan for your own grassroots PD experience around race and equity or another important issue.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Attendees will understand how to design a year long PD experience for their peers.
    • Attendees will understand how to make a PD experience sustainable
    • Attendees will be more reflective about the strengths and challenges of faculty led programming around race and equity
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Meg Johnson, The Klingenstein Center, Columbia University
Leadership Development
Re-Architecting Adolescence: The Case for Play On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Play is essential for the development of the adolescent mind, yet we routinely restrict opportunities for tweens and teens to play when they may need it most. In this groundbreaking session, you will explore what happens when a vanguard team of architects and educational psychologists collaborate to research, design, and execute a new model to meet the deep social and imaginative needs of adolescents at play. You will learn how play can be incorporated into a variety of environments and how one Philadelphia-area independent school is reinventing recess by engineering a megalithic playscape for gifted adolescents.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will develop insight into the developmental imperative of play beyond the early childhood years.
    • Participants will gain a clear understanding of how to apply current research on play to their own schools and classrooms.
    • Participants will be challenged to reflect on whether or not they are preparing their students for the world ahead.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Meredith Hafer, The Grayson School (PA); Brian Housand, University of North Carolina - Wilmington.; Brandon Clifford, MIT
The Student Experience
Educators as First Responders: Mental Health in the Classroom On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Adults who work and live in schools are “on the ground” with students, supporting their wide range of social-emotional needs. In this workshop for teachers, administrators, nurses, coaches, and residence life staff, you will discuss helping students with emotional challenges, including peer or family issues, anxiety, and depression. You will learn how to collaborate effectively with both colleagues and parents. Following a formal presentation, we will shift to participant questions and “case studies” from participants’ experiences in their schools.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how mental health issues affect independent school students and how to recognize signs and symptoms in your students.
    • Learn to support students who seek your guidance re: anxiety, depression, peer conflict, family issues, identity.
    • Learn to collaborate effectively with both colleagues and parents in supporting students with mental health issues.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Deborah Offner, Consulting Psychologist
The Student Experience
Independent Schools in the Times of Tax Reform, Activism, and Budget Cuts On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: It is a complex and ever-changing time for nonprofits—including independent schools. The 2017 tax law resulted in new and unusual taxes for nonprofits. The political environment has prompted increased activism and polarization in equal measure, leading schools to question how they can stay true to their mission and values while following the laws regarding nonprofit political activity. In the face of all this, states and cities are increasingly turning to the nonprofit sector to raise revenue from tax-exempt organizations. In this session, you will learn the basics of independent schools as 501(c)(3) nonprofits and explore the challenges and opportunities in the current climate.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the laws governing independent schools as nonprofits.
    • Learn how schools, faculty, and students can engage in civic life and public policy within the bounds of the law.
    • Explore how laws on the federal and state level are confronting and challenging nonprofits and schools in particular.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Whitney Silverman, NAIS
Management
Yin and Yang: Harnessing the Admissions-Academics Partnership to Build a Solid Future for Your School On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Admissions and academics are yin and yang: inseparable halves that must work in tandem to successfully secure the longevity of our institutions. In this session, you will explore the interdependent dynamics between these departments and how the two can forge a complementary partnership, break down silos, and establish an open and honest platform for critical information exchange. You’ll receive helpful tools for student retention, including ideas for creating a “high-touch” culture that ensures that the experience from prospective student to current student is a positive and cohesive one.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Foster an open and honest environment where admissions counselors and faculty work together to maximize enrollment.
    • Give faculty the tools to understand the heightened importance of retention and their critical role as school ambassadors.
    • Explore ways to create a “high-touch” culture that improves the student experience, minimizes attrition, and positively impacts word-of-mouth.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Nija Meyer and Marcia Spiller, Woodward Academy (GA)
Communications and Advancement
Why Donors Give to Independent Schools On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Using an innovative methodology known as Jobs to Be Done, NAIS has identified the key reasons donors give to independent schools and why they choose to donate to specific campaigns. In this session, you will explore the context, motivations, and outcomes behind donations. This information can be brought back to your school to improve the solicitation process and help you communicate more effectively with prospective donors.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What is a job-to-be-done?
    • What are the jobs-to-be-done that donors to independent schools have?
    • How can school leaders identify and solicit donors in each job?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Joseph Corbett and Davis Taske, NAIS
Communications and Advancement
ERM Is Changing the Game: Values-Based Risk-Taking at The Pingry School On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: In 2016, Pingry identified Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) as a strategic priority and began to build a formal program. Partnering closely with consultants from Arthur J. Gallagher, the school built a robust process that enables it to look beyond the traditional definition of “risk” to identify and address strategic business decisions. In this session, you will learn how Pingry intentionally integrated faculty and staff at every step along the way in order to make ERM more valuable and sustainable. As a result, the process has been driven from the bottom up.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Review the key components of a multi-year ERM implementation plan
    • Listen to examples of ERM in action – in individual plays as well as game strategy
    • Ask the coaches for advice on how to win ERM at your school
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: David Fahey and Olaf Weckesser, The Pingry School (NJ); Dorothy Gjerdrum, Arthur J. Gallagher Co.
Governance
Creating a Trusted Board Chair-Head Partnership to Lead Effective School Transformation On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The relationship between the board chair and the head of school is one of the most critical factors for success in times of leadership transition and institutional change or transformation. Based on the presenters’ three-year real-world partnership as head of school and board chair, this workshop will give you an opportunity to learn practical techniques for immediate application, natural pitfalls to avoid, and strategies for ongoing success. By listening to the presenters’ story and reflecting on your own, you will uncover direct actions that can help you enjoy a positive and supportive partnership based on trust and mutual accountability, whatever the current or anticipated change initiatives or transitions at your school.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Attendees will recognize and normalize the challenges and opportunities inherent in a Board Chair/Head of School relationship
    • Attendees will understand the key components, roles and responsibilities of a successful Board Chair/Head of School relationship
    • Each attendee will commit to one action they will take to improve their Board Chair/Head of School relationship
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Nishant Mehta, The Children’s School (GA); Michele Reiner, Michele M. Reiner Consulting
Governance
Equity and Inclusion: Bringing About Systemic Change From the Inside Out On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Since we know that the culture of a school will trump what’s written in any strategic plan, this workshop focuses on how schools can shift the adult culture. You will learn about the efforts of Lakeside School to shift culture by adopting a distributed leadership model for our DEI work. Members of Lakeside’s DEI team will provide a case study of distributed leadership, examples of teacher-led professional development, and new evaluation methods. You will leave with tangible ideas for how to shift adult culture at your school.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identifying ways to build capacity for doing DEI work among various constituencies and stakeholders.
    • Sharing a model of distributed leadership and identifying the benefits of this model.
    • Identifying ways to support teachers and hold them accountable for creating inclusive classrooms.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Stephanie Wright, Bernie Noe, Debbie Bensadon, and Merissa Reed, Lakeside School (WA)
Leadership Development
Your People Are Your Legacy: Intentionally Crafting School Culture Through Hiring Practices On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Whom you hire is arguably the greatest legacy you leave as a school leader. Families come and go, but independent school teachers frequently stay on for their careers—shaping school culture in their classrooms every day, and carrying that culture from year to year to generations of students. At this session, you will learn about tools and techniques that can help you assess every aspect of your hiring, onboarding, and retention practices for their ability to communicate your school’s values, intentionally shape its culture, create a more equitable and inclusive institution, and leave a lasting legacy.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Every aspect of hiring is an opportunity to communicate your school’s culture and values
    • Your hiring process can be a point of distinction and competitive advantage
    • Improving your diversity pipeline is insufficient - schools must overhaul the process itself in order to become more equitable institutions
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jim Foley, Liz Perry, and Amber Berry, St. Luke's School (CT)
Leadership Development
Defying Gravity—The Story of One School Facing the Reality of Its Demise Head-On On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Even more so than their larger counterparts, small schools are at the mercy of fluctuations—in enrollment, voluntary giving, demographics, and the economy—exigencies that demand strategic preparation, adaptive leadership, and tactical response. Just as the continued flight of an airplane depends on the forces holding it aloft being greater than those pulling it down, the survivability of a small school depends on factors ensuring that its sustainability is greater than those that conspire to close it down. In this session, you will learn how one school faced this dilemma.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to establish benchmarks and a timeline for a decision (to close or not);
    • Practical tips for dealing with employee matters, record retention, asset disposal, and regulatory or legal matters related to dissolution
    • The importance of honoring the school’s history, even while mourning and celebrating its final chapter.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Katy Roybal, Trinity School (CA); Sarah Flowers, Ring Mountain School (CA)
Management
What May We Do and What Must We Do? Responding to Common Student/Employee Health Concerns On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: This session is designed to identify the four most common health-related issues that schools need to address—mental health, medical marijuana and CBD products, emotional support animals, and immunizations—and establish a framework that schools can use to analyze each issue. You will review the relevant and current laws on the topics, as well as community and practical considerations that impact how schools address these important concerns.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To assist schools in being able to issue-spot for concerns arising from health-related issues
    • To develop a protocol for responding to issues when they arise
    • To understand the various risks involved in addressing or failing to address health issues
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Janice Gregerson and Grace Lee, Venable LLP
Management
A Proactive Approach to Student Sexual Misconduct: Policies and Procedures That Empower the Community On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: This session will address how to design student sexual misconduct policies that are legally compliant, consistent, and proactive. You will learn about the laws that should be at the core of such policies, from mandatory reporting to laws on sexting, as well as whether Title IX may apply to your school. And you will consider the risks associated with inconsistent policy implementation. In addition, even with strong, proactive policies, investigations into student sexual misconduct are inevitable; in keeping in line with our positive approach, you will explore trusted techniques for conducting a thorough, compliant investigation.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What are the legal requirements at the core of your policies about sexual misconduct? E.g., Title IX, mandatory reporting, sexting.
    • Legally, what policies must your school have? And what must those policies contain by way of procedure and consequence?
    • Proactive: Creating a culture of compliance through training and education.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Candace McLaren and Kathryn Beaumont Murphy, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
The Student Experience
An Advisory Program for Today's Student: Social-Emotional Learning, Equity, Mindfulness, and Executive Functioning Support On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Are you looking for ways to update your traditional advisory model to fit the needs of today’s adolescents? Are you curious about how a shift in focus can be more responsive to students’ social-emotional needs? In a world with constant motion, learn how to ground your students for the day by creating a safe time and space for them to gather their thoughts, settle their bodies, reflect on issues beyond the classroom, and feel a sense of connectedness. Reinvigorate your advisory by exploring issues of equity and inclusion, using mIndfulness as a stress management tool, and supporting students’ executive functioning skills.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn about the the key elements of McLean’s unique Middle School advisory program
    • Participants will identify how to incorporate these key elements into their own schools’ existing systems
    • Participants will leave with an action plan to develop an updated program responsive to the needs of their student body
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: David Roth and Molly Love, McLean School (MD)
The Student Experience
Getting Strategic About Advancement and Enrollment Goals On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Hillbrook School, a JK-8 school in Los Gatos, California, increased annual giving by more than 60%, increased parent participation to 99%, and increased enrollment by 23% over the last four years. The school fostered this growth by creating strategic plans for enrollment management, development, and marketing. In this session, you will learn how the school implemented action plans that are rooted in the overarching strategy of the enrollment management, development, and marketing teams, including how to identify metrics to measure progress and to pivot in real time to achieve goals. You will explore how to strengthen your own strategic efforts.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how strategy and collaboration between the enrollment management, marketing and development helps to fill and fund the school.
    • Learn the steps to build an Advancement team, implement strategic plans, and project management tools that helped Hillbrook succeed.
    • Learn from the expertise of audience members.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Joe Connolly and Mark Silver, Hillbrook School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Leave a Legacy as Unique as Your School: Powerful Strategies for Alumni Engagement On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: This workshop provides K-12 heads and assistant heads; trustees; and advancement, development, and communications practitioners with strategies for effectively engaging alumni in building and sustaining a positive school community and a lasting legacy. Using quantitative and qualitative data gathered from five NAIS regions (New England, East, Middle Atlantic, Southeast, and the West), the presenters will review trends and successful strategies that encourage alumni volunteerism, donations, and participation in schools with different demographic representations, history, and missions with the ultimate goal of building a lasting legacy.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Measure the success of alumni engagement in five NAIS regions though quantitative and qualitative analysis
    • Identify and describe successful engagement strategies in three key areas and their intersections (volunteerism, participation, donations)
    • Examine how schools with differing geography, history and Mission can create common strategies for effective engagement
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Melissa Myers, Sterne School (CA); Lisa Vardi, Bullis School (MD); Jennifer Landis, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (NJ); Elise London, Moses Brown School (RI); Lisa Oberstein, Hackley School (NY)
Communications and Advancement
Putting Your Brand to Work: How to Keep Your Message Alive in the Marketplace On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: You’ve completed a branding exercise, and you have messaging that authentically represents who you are as an institution. Maybe you’ve even updated your viewbook, ads, and website, but now what? The biggest pitfall after you have participated in a branding exercise is that the work often stops there. In this session, you will learn creative ways to put your brand to work and keep your message alive in the marketplace in order to continually draw right-fit families and fundraising dollars.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify why it’s important to infuse brand messaging throughout an institution.
    • Participants will define ways in which they can treat their brand as one of their hardest working employees.
    • Upon completion, participants will be able to keep their brand alive in the marketplace in creative, strategic and budget-friendly ways.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: George Zeleznik, The Crefeld School (PA); Nancy McDonald, Leapfrog Group
Communications and Advancement
Building Bridges: Practical Tips for a Successful Head’s Transition On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In an era of unprecedented turnover in headship, schools are faced with a significant challenge to help their communities through uncertainty. In this session, you will hear from an outgoing head of school, an incoming head of school, a board chair, and an association leader who will share their insights and practical tips for setting up a head’s transition that is not only successful but energizing for everyone involved. You will reflect on your own school context, as well as explore communication strategies, event ideas, sample timelines, and other considerations for ensuring strong governance before, during, and after a leadership transition.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the contextual elements in our schools that will help or hinder a successful head transition
    • Consider the organizational structures and steps necessary to support the incoming head of school
    • Discuss how carefully considered entry and clear communication can generate energy and excitement in a school community
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Julia de la Torre, Laurence Van Meter, and Barbara Caldwell, Moorestown Friends School (NJ); Peter Baily, Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools
Governance
Blowing Up the Model: A New Paradigm for Small School Governance On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Strong governance has been shown to be an important determinant of the success of independent schools. However, the lack of research on governance in small schools prompted the presenters to engage in research to determine whether the model for strong governance is different in small schools. In this session, you will hear about present research that presents a strong case for a redefinition of governance in small schools.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will understand findings from original research and will have a new definition of small school governance.
    • Participants will recognize the differences and identify how to leverage the strengths of small school governance.
    • Participants will explore strategies that may mitigate the challenges of small school governance.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Valaida Wise, Johns Hopkins University, Brooke Carroll, Acies Strategies
Governance
Confronting Hate in Our Schools On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In this workshop, you will explore a broad range of scenarios increasingly experienced by schools and reported in the media across the country, including the use of hate symbols, speech, and actions. We will talk about what each of us can do to help strengthen school communities where everyone feels safe and valued. In this session, you will learn about the recent escalation in white nationalist activity, why white nationalists recruit in schools, and how school leaders can help inoculate their communities against hate. You will leave with tangible ideas and action items to take back to your school.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • School leaders feel equipped to navigate their own questions and challenges related to hate symbols, speech or actions.
    • School leaders have a working understanding of white nationalism as it pertains to schools.
    • School leaders walk away with additional tools and best practices to build/increase safe and inclusive school culture.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jessica Acee, St. Mary’s Academy (OR)
The Student Experience
Where Are the Good Administrators? Cultivate Your Garden by Growing Leadership Capacity in Your School On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: There’s a moment of panic when we learn that a beloved school administrator has decided to retire. How will we find someone as capable, who “gets” our culture, who will fit in with the school community and work well with our administrative team? In this workshop, you will explore the development of a leadership pipeline in an independent school that begins the first week a new teacher is on campus. You will learn how one school has built leadership capacity within the community and discuss what could work at your school.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Introduction to initiatives to build leadership capacity at a large independent school
    • Brainstorm ideas that could be adopted at your home school
    • Network with colleagues at other schools as you launch leadership building programs at your school
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Anita Tychsen and Lisa Ockerman, Pine Crest School (FL)
Leadership Development
A Golden Moment for Women’s Leadership in Schools On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: We are on the cusp of unprecedented new opportunities for women to make their mark as independent school leaders. Projections are that nearly 70% of current sitting heads will retire over the next decade, and competition for outstanding school leaders will be increasingly robust. Meanwhile, search committees are already demanding more diverse candidates, and search consultants are eager to bring more women candidates to schools. At this session, you will hear from a distinguished panel of women school heads who will share their leadership journeys and offer practical guidance from their experiences. A search consultant will describe the search and application process.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Make clear to women the opportunities available to them as senior administrators, including as school heads.
    • Inspire women to seek senior administrative positions and head of school positions through stories women will share of their experiences.
    • Shed light on the search and application process through the lens of a seasoned search consultant
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Ann Teaff, Bill Christ, and Karen Whitaker, Carney, Sandoe & Associates; Kimberly Field-Marvin, Louise S. McGehee School (LA); Wanda Holland Greene, The Hamlin School (CA); Marcia Spiller, Woodward Academy (GA)
Leadership Development
Seven Steps to Building Administrative Teams That Maximize Productivity, Spark Innovation, and Create Joy On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Where do the best ideas come from? How do you create a culture where everyone feels empowered to innovate? In this session, you will get answers to these questions plus an overview of seven actionable strategies that, when consistently applied, become a tour de force for building highly productive administrative teams that find joy in their work, uncover hidden value, and come up with innovative ideas that advance the organization. Walk away with strategies for identifying growth-oriented candidates in the hiring process, accelerating the organizational acculturation process through immersive onboarding, and leveraging technology to promote innovation in creative ways.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn tips for identifying growth-oriented candidates in the hiring process and accelerating the organizational acculturation process through immersive on-boarding.
    • Learn effective strategies for creating professional growth pathways that keep employees happy and motivated while imbuing a sense of purpose.
    • Learn how different technologies can be leveraged to promote innovation.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Tim Schwartz, Whitby School (CT)
Leadership Development
School Policies: Aligning Your Documents With Legal Trends, Best Practices, and Your Mission On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In this session, you will review key considerations when developing, updating, and auditing the universe of your school’s written policies, including employee and student/family handbooks, as well as stand-alone policies, such as those concerning immunization. Such considerations will include developing legal trends, national practice trends, and practical tips for approaching the development or review of your policies. By interweaving legal and practical trends, this session will also touch on some of the developing areas of law impacting NAIS schools nationwide. The session will conclude with a Q&A.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Megan Mann, NAIS
Management
Head of School Turnover: Insights and Implications From the NAIS–UPenn Research Collaborative On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Over the last 18 months, NAIS has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to better understand the perceived increase in head of school turnover. In this session, you will hear from members of the research team as they share the findings of this multitiered study, as well as potential implications for independent school sustainability, governance, and leadership resources.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn about the contributing factors to head of school turnover
    • Participants will understand the implications of head turnover on the independent school education landscape
    • Participants will explore ways boards can support long-term headships
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Anne-Marie Balzano and Jay Rapp, NAIS; Earl Ball and Michael Johanek, University of Pennsylvania
Governance
Active Assailant Risk Management—Strategies for Managing Your School’s Risk On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: The dramatic increase in school-related shootings and assaults has forced schools to reevaluate and update their risk management policies and procedures. In addition to preventive safety programs, insurance products to support this risk exposure are becoming an integral part of schools’ risk mitigation efforts. In this session, you will hear about best practices methodologies for establishing school safety and prevention programs, as well as how active assailant insurance works and integrates with the school’s insurance and risk management program.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identification of threat assessment exposures
    • Instituting policies, procedures and protocols for managing this type of risk
    • Understanding the newly developed insurance products to address this exposure
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Ronald Wanglin, Jamie Gershon, and Cheryl McDowell, Bolton & Company; Lisa Turchan, The Buckley School (CA); Chris Joffe, Joffe Emergency Services
Management
Up and Down: Two New Heads Talk About Their First Year On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: In this session, you will hear two heads of school discuss the surprises they encountered during their first year of a new headship, addressing these questions: (1) What did you expect; what did you find; why the disconnect; how has it mattered? (2) What were the strengths and weaknesses of the leadership team; what had you been prepared for and how did the reality differ; why, and what have you done about it? (3) What could have been done—by you, by the trustees, by the search consultant—to minimize the surprises? Trustees, search consultants, coaches, and current and aspiring heads are invited to join in the conversation.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Life is full of surprises, how can we be prepared to meet them when we don't know what they are?
    • Not every initiative is a success, how can I move forward while retaining the ability to alter course?
    • You are not alone.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Terrence Briggs, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP; Kimberly Ridley, Fayerweather Street School (MA); Lisa Sun, The Philadelphia School (PA)
Leadership Development
Building Leadership Capacities Within Schools On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Most, if not all, educators harbor strong leadership abilities. Being in front of a classroom requires teachers to draw on strengths and leadership qualities publicly. Over time, many teachers will want to advance in their careers. Newer administrators may also want to take on increased responsibilities. For schools to thrive, senior administrators and heads of school must always build teams of leaders and nurture leadership throughout the faculty and staff. In this session, you will hear from panel members who present research, tell stories, and lead interactive activities, spurring thought and action on how school leaders can cultivate and inspire leadership.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To share research and data on how leaders are cultivating leadership in schools
    • To inspire attendees to engage upcoming leaders at schools
    • To encourage attendees to reflect on their own leadership journey and how that journey can help others
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Philip Gutierrez, Mid-Peninsula High School (CA); Roger Bridges and Peggy Procter, Echo Horizon School (CA); Crystal Land, Head-Royce School (CA); Melinda Tsapatsaris, Westland School (CA)
Leadership Development
Leading Across Schools: Co-Creating a Competency Roadmap On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: How might schools co-create roadmaps to evolve assessment practices that can be scaled and shared? In this session, you will examine how six school leaders joined forces to share best practices. You will learn how schools, in different stages of evolving assessment practices, are leading strategic change initiatives toward mastery-based teaching and learning. Initiatives range from creating competency-based courses and matching competency assessment with traditional letter grades to piloting the Mastery Transcript and even creating a new ungraded high school. The session concludes with a moderated panel exploring change leadership focused on mastery learning. You will leave with protocols for developing cross-school conversations on teaching and learning.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How might we organize and structure effective cross-school conversations to sustain and renew each other’s leadership of change?
    • How might we co-create roadmaps that can be scaled and shared that focus on evolving assessment practices?
    • How might schools, in different stages of mastery/competency conversations and transitions, best learn from one another?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Regan Galvan, Vistamar School (CA); Mike Peller, The White Mountain School (NH); Derek Kanarek, Catlin Gabel School (OR); Julia Griffin, The Mastery School of Hawken (OH); Zac Carr, The Nueva School (CA); Terry Yamamoto-Edwards, Punahou School (HI)
Leadership Development
Finding the Balance: Supporting Students With Mental Health Issues While Simultaneously Supporting Everyone Else! On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: This session will help you determine when and how your school can accommodate students, communicate the need for various accommodations to faculty and other members of the community, and reduce the risks of litigation along the way. You will hear about some of the more challenging scenarios that schools have faced and where they might be able to draw the line in cases where resources are limited.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How and when to raise and assess student disabilities, from the application stage through matriculation
    • HHow to assess the accommodation, including when schools may be “religious enough” to be exempt from the need to accommodate
    • How to convey accommodations to the school community, including faculty who may play a role outside of their comfort zone.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Susan Guerette, Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Carrie Kries, Gladwyne Montessori (PA)
Management
Avoiding Teacher Turnover: Using JTBD to Attract and Retain Top Talent On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Using an innovative methodology known as Jobs to Be Done, NAIS has identified the key reasons teachers have for teaching in independent schools and why they choose to teach at specific schools. In this session, you will learn about these reasons, exploring the context, motivations, and outcomes teachers seek within their profession and schools. You can take this information back to your school to improve the hiring process and to help you recruit and retain talented teachers.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What is a job-to-be-done?
    • What are the jobs-to-be-done that teachers have for teaching in independent schools?
    • How can school leaders identify and recruit talented teachers in each job?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Carol Bernate and Amada Torres, NAIS
Management
Engaging Challenging Parents: Tools for Teachers On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Most parents of independent school students are supportive and easy to work with. However, some parents, conversations, and topics can present challenges. At this interactive workshop, you will learn to reframe (most) parental concerns and develop communication and problem-solving skills to help manage challenging parents effectively.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How can we use the characteristics of both the teacher and parent to strengthen the relationship and support the child?
    • Which communication skills can teachers use to manage most challenging parents effectively?
    • How can we prepare teachers to think differently about working with challenging parents?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Sara Stephenson, Grace Jorgensen, and Carrie Singh, Ashley Hall (SC)
The Classroom Experience
Digital Well-Being: An Innovative and Research-Based Approach for Schools On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Although digital tools hold great promise for transforming education, today’s students face a multitude of challenges, ranging from hate speech and cyberbullying to social comparison, that stem from being “always on.” In this age of unprecedented technological change, schools need an innovative approach such as Digital Well-Being. This session will outline the research and present an innovative framework to help students build the skills and dispositions to manage their personal health, safety, and relationships, as well as build their resilience in digital settings. You will hear workshop leaders present guiding principles on how to implement a sustainable, school-wide approach to Digital Well-Being.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn guiding principles, strategies, and practical guidance on how to implement a sustainable, school-wide digital well-being program.
    • Participants will gain knowledge of the latest research on the impact of technology on students’ well-being.
    • Participants will understand how engaging youth through critical discourse on digital dilemmas builds their well-being, resilience, and SEL skills.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Scott Erickson, Phillips Brooks School (CA); Linda Burch and Rebecca Randall, Common Sense Media
The Student Experience
Courageous Conversations: Creating Brave Spaces to Talk About Challenging Topics On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Gun control? Race? Gender? Sexuality? Immigration? Students want to talk, and they want to listen. In response to student demand for dialogue skills and a brave space to use those skills, the presenters created Courageous Conversations, an after-school event that gives students an opportunity to discuss challenging topics and current events in a way that fosters active listening and productive participation. This presentation will give you the tools to create a similar space in your own school.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To provide students with the skills needed to engage in thoughtful and reflective dialogue.
    • To provide students with an understanding of their own opinions and how those opinions have been formed.
    • To give students an opportunity to learn alternative perspectives, thus widening their views of the world in which they live.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Kerri Schuster and Kelly Weber, Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr (PA)
The Student Experience
Timeless and Timely Messaging: How to Honor Where You’ve Been and Celebrate Where You’re Headed On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: While history can serve as a powerful unifier for internal stakeholders who take pride in traditions, external audiences don’t feel the same nostalgic pull. To resonate with prospective families, you must authentically frame history and tradition as powerfully relevant to today’s students. The Peck School of Morristown, New Jersey, melded a proud sense of tradition with vivid, of-the-moment storytelling to meet admissions goals and support a wide array of institutional priorities. Join Andy Delinsky, head of school, and Shelly Peters of CRANE for big-picture strategies and hands-on tips you can deploy to honor your school’s past while ensuring its future.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Consider concrete connections between your school’s past and present, traditions and evolution, or founding ideals and fresh ideas.
    • Envision a strategy that honors where your school has been while simultaneously showing where you are determined to go.
    • Understand the process of engaging an external partner to build upon already-strong foundations and position your school for the future.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Shelly Peters, CRANE | Atlanta; Andy Delinsky, The Peck School (NJ)
Communications and Advancement
The Pathway to a Long-Standing Headship: Transformational Leadership On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Growing data suggest that fewer school heads these days experience a tenure lasting more than 10 years. The average tenure of school heads is decreasing as turnover is increasing. Short tenures limit the ability of heads to be impactful in a consequential way. Schools with long-term heads have more time and opportunity to generate considerable success during their tenure. In this workshop, you will explore data collected from heads and trustees regarding trends, practices, and characteristics that support or detract from transformational tenures. The research will bring fresh perspectives regarding the characteristics that sustain transformational leadership that cannot occur in the short term.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • 1. Understand the practices and characteristics that support transformational leadership in schools.
    • 2. Understand the practices and characteristics that undermine transformational leadership in schools
    • 3. Utilize relevant information necessary to construct a leadership framework that will support a long-term headship
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: James Hickey, Austin Preparatory School (MA); Lawrence Sykoff, Ranney School (NJ)
Governance
Let’s Get Personal: Professional Learning to Support Teacher Growth On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: In a time when our lives continue to become more personalized, our professional learning experiences for educators have not kept pace. In too many schools, teachers continue to participate in one-size-fits-all “sit-and-get” professional development sessions. In this session, you will explore innovative practices in professional learning to design more personalized experiences that empower teachers. Together, we will apply personalized learning principles of voice, co-design, social construction, and self-discovery to design personalized professional learning models. Planning tools, models, and collaborative time will be provided to leave you feeling empowered to put your plan into action.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore strategies to integrate teacher "voice" in the professional learning planning process to build engagement.
    • Learn to incorporate teachers as "co-designers" to identify professional learning success metrics map out action plans to achieve desired results.
    • Consider the role that "social construction" plays in professional learning, including expanding the role of facilitator and definition of engagement.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jill Cross, TMI Episcopal (TX); Allison Rodman, The Learning Loop
Leadership Development
Evaluate Your Affordability and Build Your Prospects With NAIS Tools and Resources On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: See how Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL) and MarketView, NAIS’s premier data tools, can assist your school in building, maintaining, and ensuring your affordability. Starting with stories from your peers, you’ll see what issues they have wrestled with around affordability, how they used NAIS tools to get insight, what strategies came from that work, and how those strategies have played out for their schools. Whether affordability is a focus because of concerns about enrollment, inclusivity, or staying competitive, this session will provide practical tools and concrete next steps you can take.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about how other schools wrestle with affordability.
    • Learn how to apply tools and resources from NAIS to build affordability.
    • Network with other schools to learn about their challenges in this area.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Hilary LaMonte, NAIS
Management
You Want to Be a School Head? What You Need to Know NOW About Advancement On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Being a head of school today means being able to cultivate relationships with donors and ask for gifts. These are not necessarily skills you have learned as a teacher or administrator. This session will review the fundamentals of advancement work and provide suggestions about how you can start getting some hands-on experience now, either at your school or through other community organizations. You will leave the session with a professional development plan for gaining advancement experience.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will leave with specific strategies for how to immediately get involved with advancement work in their schools and communities
    • Participants will leave with an understanding of their own blindspots and learning opportunities around advancement work
    • Participants will leave with a personalized professional development plan for becoming savvy at advancement work
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Kendall Cameron, West Nottingham Academy (MD); Christine Jefferson and Michael Gary, Friends Select School (PA)
Leadership Development
Disabilities: Simplifying the Employee and Student Accommodation Process On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Service dogs, emotional support animals, learning differences, diabetes, anxiety, ADHD, seizure disorder, surgeries, and heart problems—today’s environment for understanding and accommodating disabilities can seem daunting. This session will provide you with a workable process to help make sense of how to address these complicated issues.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • An understanding of the legal responsibilities and duties the school faces when dealing with disabilities.
    • How to implement a workable process for dealing with complicated accommodations.
    • How to avoid liability.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Whitney Walters-Sachs, Pine Crest Preparatory School (FL)
Management
No Grades? No Problem! Inside a Gradeless School On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Whether you’re an administrator interested in exploring a gradeless future for your division or school or a classroom teacher looking to pilot a gradeless classroom, in this session, you will learn how the middle school at Poughkeepsie Day uses a multilayered and individualized approach to feedback in order to enhance student agency, increase equity, and support student growth. Through the innovative marriage of time and space, dynamic feedback, narrative reporting, and an emphasis on reflection, PDS has a system that works. The session will also cover the challenges the school faced with this approach and the response to those challenges.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will explore a strategy for an alternate means of assessment in their classrooms or division
    • Participants will engage in discussion around going gradeless as a means to reimagine the future of their institutions.
    • Participants will be able to integrate aspects of the PDS approach into their work, either in their divisions or classrooms
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: JJ Morrissey, Jake Lahey, and Gabe Smiley Poughkeepsie Day School (NY)
The Classroom Experience
Through the Lens of Gender, Identity, and Sexuality Education: Prepare Your PK-8 Students for Their World On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: When is it appropriate to start teaching about sexuality? A family of a kindergartner is talking about their child’s gender identity—what do we do? How do we mediate boy/girl conversations between students? How do we provide gender, identity, and sexuality education consistent with our school’s mission? Belmont Day School has grown a comprehensive, dynamic, responsive Health and Wellness curriculum with a developmentally appropriate PK-8 Gender, Identity, and Sexuality strand. In this session, you will learn about our research, experience, and process. Explore our lessons and walk away with resources. We are happy to help troubleshoot as you build a curriculum to fit your own community!
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will experience research based developmentally appropriate gender, identity and sexuality curriculum.
    • Participants will discuss benefits and pitfalls of gender, identity and sexuality education.
    • Participants will know how to access additional resources for gender, identity and sexuality curriculum development.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Liz LaRocque, Kate Oznick, Leesa Mercedes, Nancy Fell, and Blair Fross, Belmont Day School (MA)
The Student Experience
Increase Student Engagement ... With a Question! On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Learn how an inquiry learning model is being used to focus on the types of questions teachers ask in the classroom and how they are enhancing teaching and learning at a Philadelphia independent school. In this session, you will learn how Catalyst@PennGSE and St. Peter’s School are teaming up to share the ways that questioning in the classroom can challenge, increase engagement, and drive students toward deeper-level thinking and learning.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about a Inquiry Learning Model
    • Learn five different types of questions you can ask students in the classroom that will directly effect student learning
    • Learn how to challenge and differentiate your students just by the questions you ask them
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Will Nord, St. Peter’s School (PA); Rachel Ebby-Rosin, University of Pennsylvania
The Classroom Experience
Approaching Resilience in Independent Schools With Data On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Students at high-achieving schools are often particularly successful, but they may also experience the negative effects of stress, anxiety, and depression. At this session, you will learn about the modifiable aspects of student life that can be used to improve well-being and how evidence-based methods of data collection have been used to inform school programs. You will explore a case study example of how school administrators have used data to improve student health, consider the benefits of taking a data-driven approach, and discuss the potential challenges of program implementation.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the psychological challenges faced by students at high achieving schools.
    • Learn how one school has used data to inform and design well-being programs.
    • Explore practices and strategies used to identify and prioritize the modifiable aspects of student life.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Suniya Luthar and Nina Kumar, Authentic Connections; Lars Kuelling, The Harley School (NY)
The Student Experience
A Healthy Approach to College Admissions: What Administrators, Educators, and Trustees Need to Know On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The college admissions process can be a major source of stress and anxiety for students and may contribute to overload and exhaustion. How can administrators, educators, and trustees support the work of the college counseling office to debunk unhealthy myths about college outcomes? In this research-based workshop, you will examine whether your current school mission, values, and practices align with the school’s messages about college success. You will learn strategies to create a unified school culture that values student health, engagement, and a balanced approach to the college search process that supports student readiness for life in college and beyond.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn research-based findings on the relationship between college selectivity and future outcomes including learning, job satisfaction, and well-being.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of the value and meaning of engagement in college and high school.
    • Learn practical strategies to align school culture with a balanced college counseling philosophy to support student well-being and readiness.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Gabrielle McColgan, Castilleja School (CA); Denise Pope, Stanford University
The Student Experience
Creating an Effective Support and Evaluation Process for a New Head of School On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In this interactive workshop, you will hear about the journey of The Philadelphia School (TPS) to create a formal head of school evaluation process. In anticipation of the arrival of a new head, TPS spent a year creating a process focused on the support, growth, and development of a new head. Learn how the board governance committee led the work in creating this evaluation process that includes creation of a head of school support and evaluation committee, interviews of direct reports, use of BoardSource’s Head of School Assessment for Independent Schools, and a head of school self-reflection.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to create a successful support system for a new head of school
    • How to create a formal evaluation process for a head of school
    • How to include the head of school in an evaluative process
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Lisa Sun and Derek Jokelson, The Philadelphia School (PA)
Governance
Equity and Inclusion Leadership for the 21st Century On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The conversation about diversity in schools has changed over the past two decades. It is no longer just about food, fabric, and festivals—it is about sustaining communities that value inclusion, equity, and justice. This shift also means that the skills required of diversity leaders have changed to be more data-driven, scholarship-based, and managerial. In this session, you will learn about the skills that are needed for effective equity and inclusion leadership and those that are needed to support equity and inclusion leadership.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Cultural competency skills for administrators
    • how to support equity and inclusion leaders
    • understanding current skills needed for effective equity and inclusion work
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Stephanie Bramlett, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
Leadership Development
The Planning Is Finished, Now What? Aligning Strategy and Practice On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: So much energy and capital are expended by boards and school heads on the creation of a strategic plan. Yet, many plans then languish under their own weight, the daunting task of implementation falling prey to the day-to-day challenges in schools. In this workshop, you will focus on the management of plan implementation once the governance work is largely finished. Using case studies, participants’ anecdotes, and research on best practices, this workshop will provide you with approaches for ensuring that aspirational strategic priorities in your school are realized.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • to leave participants with concrete strategies for ensuring successful implementation of strategic plan goals
    • to empower school leadership and personnel to keep strategic priorities in the daily conversations in their schools
    • to leave participants with a fresh perspective on aligning strategic thinking and implementation of goals in daily practice
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Kendall Cameron, West Nottingham Academy (MD); Vince Watchorn, The Providence Country Day School (RI)
Management
The Enrollment Experience Reimagined: From Admissions to Ex-Missions and Beyond On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Enrollment extends well beyond signing a contract and sending in a deposit. Are you mindful of your families’ “enrollment experience”? What strategies do you employ to ensure that families feel valued throughout the process, from admissions to ex-missions and beyond? How do you convey to your families that they are authentically important to you? In this interactive session, you will receive specific tools, all grounded in “customer service” and best practices, that will make a lasting impact on your families, increasing retention across grade levels in a sustainable way.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a concrete and working understanding of the value of adding an explicit “service” component to the entire enrollment process.
    • Comprehensive toolkit that can be implemented immediately upon return, enhancing the “customer experience” from start to finish and beyond.
    • Core components of a robust alumni program will also be explored.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Carrie Kries and Audra Walsh, Gladwyne Montessori (PA)
Management
After the Diversity Training: Assessing, Supporting, and Sustaining Instructional Fidelity in the Culturally Responsive Classroom On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: How do we bridge the gap between professional development offerings and the meaningful translation of theory and research into innovative curriculum planning and inclusive pedagogy? In this session, you will learn how one instructional leadership team is developing tools to formally establish cultural competency as a critical instructional component, describe ideal practitioner implementation, and offer a framework to strategically document observable teacher behaviors and deepen emerging proficiencies. You will gain familiarity with assessment tools and implementation strategies, engage in self-reflection to identify both personal and institutional strengths/growth areas, and work collaboratively to explore the potential impact of instructional fidelity frameworks on your school community.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will: Identify markers of culturally responsive praxis and create action plans to support equitable instruction skills and cultural literacy,
    • Discover fidelity tools and frameworks designed to support instructional leaders and classroom teachers invested in ensuring cultural competency, and
    • Engage in guided self-reflection and collaborative discussion to explicitly connect workshop content to individual and institutional needs and growth plans
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Penn Pritchard, AIM Academy (PA)
The Classroom Experience
Improv Comedy in the Classroom: The Transformative Power of “Yes, And” On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: This session is an immersive, hands-on workshop demonstrating how the techniques used in improv comedy can aid in classroom management, relationship building, project brainstorming, and much more. You’ll leave this high-energy session with a toolbox of new ideas that you can bring into your classroom or office right away.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the basics of improv comedy and why it belongs in your school.
    • Practice some basic improv exercises that you can bring into your classroom or office.
    • Imagine how improv fits on your campus through design thinking-inspired protocols.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Tyler Benedict, The Miami Valley School (OH)
The Classroom Experience
Somebody Else’s Shoes: Promoting Empathy in a Disconnected Age On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: A substantial and growing body of research suggests that a child’s emotional intelligence (EQ), the ability to accurately identify emotions and adroitly navigate emotion-governed interactions, strongly predicts success in a number of life areas, notably including school. In this session, you will participate in a lively dialogue about what every educator should know about the “anchor” EQ disposition of empathy—the ability to feel with another—and its development, expression, and viability in the digital age. You’ll leave with a renewed commitment to carefully tend to the empathic lives of learners and to employ empathic responses to strengthen relationships and improve academic and socio-emotional outcomes.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understanding of the cognitive and affective bases for empathy and the accompanying neuroscience
    • Appreciation for the pro-social benefits of strong empathy and the anti-social drawbacks of low empathy
    • Modeling empathic response and organizing curriculum and pedagogy to support empathic development
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Bart Bronk, University Liggett School (MI)
The Student Experience
Stories Matter: Using Literature as the Catalyst for Meaningful and Mindful Student Activism On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: What if students read and analyzed their local communities the same way they read and analyze Shakespeare? What if they leveraged this critical analysis to brainstorm, develop, and execute purposeful solutions to neighborhood challenges? In this workshop, you will learn about the New Community Project, a year-long social impact course that uses the study of literature as the foundation for social activism. Along with reading traditional texts, students partner with a local nonprofit organization, which they analyze as a “living text.” By juxtaposing “living texts” with traditional texts, the New Community Project inspires students to learn, practice, and build solutions around the language of empathy.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss how to create safe spaces for students to wrestle with and build tangible solutions for pressing local challenges.
    • Explore how to leverage traditional pedagogical structures to create innovative 21st century learning opportunities
    • Brainstorm how independent schools be more of a community resource for local non-profit organizations?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Chidi Asoluka, Horace Mann School (NY)
The Student Experience
Creating Inclusive Environments for Transgender and Non-Binary Students in Middle and Lower School On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: You consider your school to be an inclusive space, but you want to do better with supporting transgender and non-binary students in your lower and middle schools. Where do you start, and what can your school do to include students of all gender identities? What are the first steps, how do you educate your faculty and community, and what role can students play in these efforts? How can you respond effectively to resistance and pushback? In this workshop, the Friends Council on Education brings you a panel of experienced Friends school educators to share their extensive work in creating safe and supportive environments.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Review and understand the steps and models for introducing supportive policy and practice into elementary and middle schools
    • Learn techniques for 1)educating faculty and school community; 2) student engagement in GSAs, student action groups and curricular elements.
    • Learn techniques for responding to pushback and resistance effectively
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Betsy Torg, Friends Council on Education; Kiri Harris, Greene Street Friends School (PA); Kimberly Clarkson, Moorestown Friends School (NJ); Rachel Kane, Sidwell Friends School (DC); Jason Craige Harris, Friends Seminary (NY)
The Student Experience
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