#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

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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)
  • Room number: B213
  • 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
  • Cyber Security Essentials handout
  • 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 schoolwide 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)
  • Room number: B214
  • 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)
  • Room number: B215
  • 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
  • Growing Together Handout
  • 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)
  • Room number: B216
  • 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
  • How To Terminate The Popular Teacher Or Administrator Slide Deck
  • Presenters: Susan Guerette, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (PA); Thomas Lengel, Holy Child School at Rosemont (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)
  • Room number: B217
  • 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)
  • Room number: B218
  • 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)
  • Room number: B313
  • 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
CANCELED: 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: This workshop has been canceled. 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)
  • Room number: B314
  • 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)
  • Room number: B315
  • 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)
  • Room number: B316
  • 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, Adam Siler and Matthew Lai, Woodside Priory School (CA)
The Student Experience
When Boards Go Rogue: Turning Bad Situations into Opportunities NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: School governing boards are enormously helpful to schools and a well-functioning board makes it possible for all the outstanding work of a school to take place, providing the leadership and resources necessary to improve the lives of children. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, things can go wrong. Join an experienced board president, a veteran head of school, and a long-time advancement director and team to discuss what can go wrong with a governing board and how to turn it around when it goes bad.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B213
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Outline strategies for quickly recognizing signs of trouble on a board of trustees.
    • Identify resources that can be called upon to help solve board problems.
    • Learn how to work with colleagues to repair damage and move forward.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Robert Cotter, Friends' Central School (PA); Kendall Cameron, Cameron Educational Strategies (FL); Vince Watchorn, Providence Country Day School (RI)
Governance
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)
  • Room number: B214
  • 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
  • Getting Ready to Get Ready - Slides
  • Presenters: Deborah Roffman, The Park School of Baltimore (MD)
The Classroom Experience
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)
  • Room number: B215
  • 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
  • Leading Your School Through a Rebrand - Slides
  • Leading Your School Through a Rebrand - Handout
  • Presenters: Jennie Winton, Mission Minded (CA); Katherine Dinh, Prospect Sierra School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
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)
  • Room number: B216
  • 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
  • NAIS The Art of Asking the Right Questions PowerPoint
  • Potential Key Performance Indicators
  • Key Performance Indicators Worksheet
  • Presenters: Candace Sorensen and Nicole Sorensen, CS3 Law PLLC (MI)
Governance
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)
  • Room number: B217
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • 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
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)
  • Room number: B218
  • 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
  • Succession Planning Getting it Right
  • Leader Charter with First 90 Days Conversations
  • SSS Succession Plan
  • 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)
  • Room number: B313
  • 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
  • Workshop PowerPoint Deck
  • Long-Range Financial Planning worksheets
  • DASL Comparative Data Benchmark Schools and Template
  • Cost Effectiveness by Division
  • Salaries, Headcount charts
  • 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)
  • Room number: B314
  • 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
Smart Ways to Set Strategy for Your School NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Strategist and author Christina Drouin introduces a new companion guide for your leadership journey. Based on the forthcoming NAIS Strategy Handbook, this session will challenge how you think as a leader and equip you to think as a strategist. You'll learn game-changing insights and a broad range of frameworks, tools, and techniques to maximize effective strategy making at your school. 
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B315
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a working definition of strategy and an understanding of dominant schools of thought in strategy making.
    • Analyze your current strategy-making approaches and identify ways to improve.
    • Learn how your school’s leaders can cultivate cultures of strategic thinking in your school.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Christina Drouin, Center for Strategic Planning
Leadership Development
Navigating the Landscape of International Fundraising NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: As independent schools become increasingly global in focus and diverse in their student bodies, understanding the scope of opportunities and challenges in international philanthropy is an increasingly critical piece of a comprehensive, strategic fundraising program. Learn to navigate the complexity of culture, language, tax laws, and banking regulations to understand the international landscape more fully and to fundraise more effectively.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B316
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the importance of a school's mission - and articulating that mission - in fundraising with International alumni and parents
    • Understand better the challenges and expectations around fundraising with International alumni and parents
    • Learn more effective ways to engage and to steward our International donors.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Robert Weston, St. George’s School (RI); Tara Inman, Darlington School (GA); Mark Aimone, Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA)
Communications and Advancement
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)
  • Room number: B213
  • 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
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)
  • Room number: B214
  • 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
  • Presenters: David Hanson, Philips Exeter Academy (NH); David Wolowitz, McLand Middleton
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)
  • Room number: B215
  • 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
Communications and Advancement
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)
  • Room number: B216
  • 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; Meghan Brenneman, The Enrollment Management Association; Ray Diffley, Association of Independent School Admission Professionals
Management
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)
  • Room number: B217
  • 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
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)
  • Room number: B218
  • 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; Eric Hudson, Global Online Academy (WA)
Leadership Development
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)
  • Room number: B313
  • 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; Pat Bassett, Heads Up Educational Consulting
Communications and Advancement
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)
  • Room number: B314
  • 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
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)
  • Room number: B315
  • 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
The Student Experience
Head/Shrink: Mastering the Psychological Challenges of Leadership NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: School leaders are not psychotherapists, but their success depends on learning to manage complex psychological dynamics. The range and intensity of the interpersonal challenges leaders encounter can be draining and deeply unsettling. This workshop, led by a head of school with a background as a therapist and by a psychologist who has consulted to hundreds of schools, offers concrete coping strategies to address key, common issues of leading and relating to staff, from straddling the boundary between the personal and the professional to being the object of people’s projections and unrealistic expectations to managing resistance to change.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Room number: B316
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Apply lessons from psychology in order to better navigate common leadership dilemmas.
    • Avoid common pitfalls in management and lead more effectively with a broad range of faculty and staff.
    • Get insight into the dynamics of interpersonal authority relationships and ways to use yourself to further your own growth.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Laura Konigsberg, Turning Point School (CA); Rob Evans, The Human Relations Service
Leadership Development
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)
  • Room number: B213
  • 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
The Student Experience
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)
  • Room number: B214
  • 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
Leading with Data NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: From data dashboards to threaded discussion maps to leveraging learning management systems, the data schools collect and how we use it is critical to understanding how our institutions function — and even how our students learn. Hear from school leaders about how they’re analyzing data to better understand the story their school is telling, and how it’s impacting the decisions they make from systems to students. Explore what data you should track, how to track it, and what to do with it once you have it.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: B215
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a working understanding of the different ways schools are leveraging data to make decisions.
    • Develop an understanding of how to leverage data to impact business and academic decision making across your leadership team.
    • Explore how data is analyzed to impact teaching and learning.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Michael Nachbar, Global Online Academy (WA); T.J. Locke, Episcopal Academy (PA); Cathy Hall, Noble and Greenough (MA); Keith Evans, Westminster Schools (GA)
Leadership Development
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)
  • Room number: B216
  • 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
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)
  • Room number: B217
  • 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
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)
  • Room number: B218
  • 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
  • Engaging Challenging Parents: Tools for Teachers - Handout
  • Workshop Presentation 1
  • Workshop Presentation 2
  • 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)
  • Room number: B313
  • 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
  • How to Win Students and Influence Parents Slides
  • The Yield - Tracking the Stealth Applicant
  • Kings Academy "This Could Be Your School" Video
  • The American School in Bombay Value Proposition Video
  • The Enrollment Management Association - Convincing Mom Presentation
  • Presenters: Aimee Gruber, The Enrollment Management Association; Kevin Plummer, Tampa Preparatory School (FL)
Communications and Advancement
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)
  • Room number: B314
  • 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)
  • Room number: B315
  • 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
  • Workshop Handout
  • Presenters: David Berthold, The Kinkaid School (TX); Charles Kraus, Fort Worth Country Day (TX)
Leadership Development
Get Your Act Together — Body, Mind, and Heart: An Executive Function Curriculum NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Why can some learners maximize their potential while others leave theirs untapped? Are they lazy? Unmotivated? Frequently, the reason is a lack of executive functioning skills: active listening, organizing, planning, advocating, mindfulness, and study strategies. Teachers know that all students — not just those who struggle — need to develop these same skills necessary for success. Examine an innovative “whole school” service-delivery model that has improved executive functioning in our students and helped identify the true outliers. BYOD and engage in activities we use to grow these lifelong skills. 
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: B316
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Acquire a better understanding of developmentally appropriate executive function skills in elementary school-aged students.
    • Leave with resources, samples of interactive games, and a blueprint to replicate this unique program.
    • Gain knowledge of ways to teach, support, and assist all students in meeting their individual potential.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • SS&P newsletter Spring 2016
  • Winter 2016 Newsletter SS&P Network
  • Presentation PowerPoint
  • References
  • Lesson Plan and Tale of Two Backpacks
  • Presenters: Shannon Fruge and Paula Majeau, Episcopal School of Acadiana (LA)
The Classroom Experience
Is There a Tuition Bubble? Macroeconomics and Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Is there an independent school tuition bubble? What is the current outlook for inflation, employment, and wages? What is the income, debt, housing, and health-care picture for the U.S. consumer? What key philanthropic trends should schools be aware of? How are colleges and universities navigating the "financial aid gold rush"? What spending, saving, and investment choices are millennials making? Derived from a unique research partnership between The Gunston School, CCS, and Dow Jones, this visually dynamic presentation weaves a vivid macroeconomic tapestry for our schools.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B213
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Review specific themes outlined in the NAIS article "Is there a Tuition Bubble? Pushing the Limits on Pricing."
    • Explore macroeconomic trends for independent schools using the 2017 CCS Philanthropic Landscape survey and data from Dow Jones.
    • Present on-time data for schools to use for decision making.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Is There a Tuition Bubble? Handout
  • Presenters: John Lewis, The Gunston School (MD); Greg Hagin, CCS (PA)
Management
Marketing Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: To create demand for what we do, NAIS schools need to act jointly, and address the entire process by which parents think about their children's education. We cannot wait until they've decided to go to an independent school and then compete with one another for their attention. We need to reach them in the press, engage with them at the top of the funnel, and make the process friendly and informative. Discuss and craft a proposal to create the right front door to independent schools, and the logistics and prerequisites to that sort of action.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B214
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how to grow independent school enrollment.
    • Understand charter schools and educations savings accounts.
    • Connect an overall approach to each school's admissions and marketing process.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: John Katzman, Noodle Education; Heather Hoerle, The Enrollment Management Association
Communications and Advancement
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)
  • Room number: B215
  • 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)
  • Room number: B216
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and apply habits and mindsets of improvisers and designers.
    • Understand leadership practice as a balance between improvisation and design.
    • Practice skills necessary to lead innovation.
  • 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)
  • Room number: B217
  • 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 and Tracie Hightower, Cranbrook 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)
  • Room number: B218
  • 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
  • Are Your Admissions Processes Compliant with ADA Workshop Slide Deck
  • 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)
  • Room number: B313
  • 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
  • Workshop presentation
  • 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)
  • Room number: B314
  • 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
Rethinking Compensation: A Community-Wide Effort to Improve Agency, Accountability, and Transparency NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: In 2013, we began to rethink our seniority-based compensation structure. An independent school consultant conducted a review of our current evaluation and compensation structure and generated questions for us to consider. Five years later, we have completed one full cycle in a promotional compensation structure. This structure aligns program and practice and will to continue to respond and evolve. Examine the challenges and rewards of this work, and its effects on the members of our community.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B315
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the relationship between compensation and evaluation.
    • Understand the importance of schoolwide participation in aligning a compensation philosophy with the school’s mission and values.
    • Understand the concrete steps a school can take toward a new compensation philosophy.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Christina Gwin, Rebecca Sherouse, and Kyle Barriger, Castilleja School (CA)
Leadership Development
10 Things That Don't Belong in a School of the Future NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: As schools transition into 21st century learning environments, we must maintain and continue several things. However, as important as the things we must keep, the recognition of what must go may prove even more valuable. Simply adding more things to our physical spaces and teaching toolkit can lead to overwhelmed students and teachers. Let's get together to discuss and debate what the most important things are that we must let go of physically, pedagogically, and psychologically to be successful not only today but also in the future.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B316
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the current landscape of 21st century learning.
    • Align your time, energy, and effort with your school's mission.
    • Create an implementation method that commits to your vision and values.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jason Kern and Mike Cobb, All Saints Episcopal School (TX)
Leadership Development
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, and 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)
  • Room number: B213
  • 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
The Student Experience
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)
  • Room number: B214
  • 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
  • Taming the Homework Monster Handout
  • Presenters: Kelley King, San Diego Jewish Academy (CA)
The Classroom Experience
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 schoolwide 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)
  • Room number: B215
  • 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 schoolwide 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
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)
  • Room number: B216
  • 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
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)
  • Room number: B305
  • 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
  • Engagement, Empathy, and Equity in Action - Handout
  • Presenters: Todd Wass, Allen Broyles, Kelly Lyn, Katie Jefferies and Sally Wood, The Children's School (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)
  • Room number: B306
  • 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
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)
  • Room number: B313
  • 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
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)
  • Room number: B314
  • 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
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)
  • Room number: B315
  • 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
  • What is a B+ Anyways Handout
  • Presenters: Regan Galvan, Polytechnic School (CA); Michael Peller, The Nueva School (CA); Tim Bazemore, Catlin-Gabel (OR)
The Classroom 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)
  • Room number: B316
  • 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
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