Workshops

Below you will find a listing of all three-hour and one-hour workshops. Please note that three-hour workshops, offered only on Wednesday, March 7, require registration and cost $95. All one-hour workshops are available to conference registrants and do not require registration.

Click or tap on a workshop to get expanded details, including the workshop summary, presenters, and learning objectives.
 
Title Block Time Summary Track
W15. “What You Permit, You Promote”: Shaping Culture, One Fractal at a Time Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Explicitly and implicitly, leaders give permission for behaviors and actions that either undermine or contribute to living their organization’s authentic mission. In this workshop, three experienced heads will help you understand what this means for your school. They’ll discuss the cultures they inherited, what they sought to preserve, and the ways they contributed to shaping culture through times of transition, crisis, and stability. The session will demonstrate "Freed's Systems Lens on Leadership", applying "fractals" as case studies, emphasizing clarity, alignment and accountability between what you say and what you do!
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Recognize the fact that “what you permit, you promote,” and gain support regarding how this principle manifests itself at your school.
    • Get help practicing what you preach by creating and living shared attitudes, norms, communication, processes, and structures.
    • Emphasize alignment and accountability between what you say and what you do.
  • Presenters: Debbie Freed, Debbie Freed and Associates; Landis Green, Wildwood School (CA); Clair Ward, Shore Country Day School (PA); Kathleen McNamara; Seven Hills School (CA)
Leadership Development
W1. Assessing Student Leadership: Taking the Guesswork Out of Teaching and Assessing Leadership Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Discover ways to encourage student leadership as you find out how the E.E. Ford Foundation can support your school’s efforts to meet its mission more effectively. This case-study-based workshop takes you on an odyssey from vision to implementation. It’s led by veteran educators from Castilleja School and John Gulla, executive director of the E.E. Ford Foundation. Learn about submitting a proposal to the foundation and growing community and faculty support for your proposal goals. Then explore and offer feedback on the artifacts of Castilleja’s leadership development and assessment program.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Envision what leadership development looks like and where it happens at your school.
    • Explore examples of student work that demonstrate leadership skills, and engage with tools to assess those skills.
    • Learn about the framework and resources to apply concepts, processes, and tools to your own school context.
  • Presenters: Karen Strobel, Nanci Kauffman, and Stacey Kertsman, Castilleja School (CA); John Gulla, E.E. Ford Foundation
The Classroom Experience
W2. Create Your School's Future With Customer Insights and Mission/Business Model Mapping Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: To stay relevant, independent schools must build on core strengths to advance programs while monitoring costs, seeking new revenue, and expanding markets. Stakeholders vary in their understanding of external context, and conflicting priorities make it difficult to challenge the status quo. One answer is to bring diverse groups of leaders together to focus on mission- and business-driven imperatives and co-develop ideas. In this design thinking workshop, learn processes to unite faculty, administrators, and trustees in thinking about your context, challenges, and future; understanding customer and stakeholder needs; and developing ideas with mission and business model mapping.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover how one school is bridging programmatic and business model innovation to ensure its long-term financial sustainability.
    • Experiment with a process to bring faculty, administrators, and trustees together to develop and apply customer insights.
    • Learn to use mission and business model mapping to expose or critique your business model and prototype, and to test new ideas.
  • Presenters: Maura Farrell, Winchester Thurston School (PA)
Management
W3. Diversity in Governance: Opportunities, Responsibilities, and Effective Practices Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Although there’s abundant professional development to support teachers’ responsibilities for diversity in the classroom, much less is available for trustees. This workshop offers a governance framework for diversity that’s useful for both trustees and heads of school. You will identify the business case, develop a working vocabulary, learn about effective practices for boards, and explore your board’s responsibilities and opportunities to cultivate diversity and create accountability for equity in education. You will emerge with language, effective practices, and a network of colleagues from other independent schools—all of which can help further your board’s mission-vital diversity work.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the business case for diversity from the trustee’s perspective.
    • Gain greater fluency in the lexicon of diversity.
    • Acquire a framework for institutional responsibilities for diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the board's role.
  • Presenters: Alison Park, Blink Consulting; Barre Fong, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA); Alex Wong, Town School for Boys (CA)
Governance
W4. Ethnographic Research as a Tool for Strategic Leadership and School Management Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Have you ever wondered why a specific family has chosen your school over your competitor's—or vice versa? Have you tried to understand how best to improve your consumer experience? Properly performed qualitative ethnographic research can help you get at what matters most and understand the real reason people are making decisions. This knowledge will allow your school to focus on activities that will have predictive efficacy, saving the staff time and the school money. After an overview and practice with prerecorded research, you will use your new skills with live respondents to uncover insights and develop a plan for effective initiatives.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the process and benefits of properly performed qualitative ethnographic research as it relates to independent schools.
    • Practice first-hand the process of properly performed qualitative ethnographic research.
    • Assess uncovered insights and convert them into actionable and effective initiatives.
  • Presenters: Matthew Abbondanzio, Dan Lenzen, and Brian Murphy; La Jolla Country Day School (CA)
Leadership Development
W5. Foundations of Risk Management: Rising Above Uncertainty Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Independent school leaders often see the value of proactively managing risk but struggle to achieve it. Although significant barriers exist to building risk management programs, United Educators and NAIS have conducted a joint research project that identifies several common practices that independent schools are using successfully. This workshop will introduce you to risk management and provide practical guidance for committing to a sustained process. It will also cover the important role your school leadership and board members play in effective risk management.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and analyze urgent risks at your school.
    • Learn practices, tools, and techniques to advance risk management.
    • Engage your community in risk management.
  • Presenters: Eric Seaborg and Constance Neary, United Educators; Debra Wilson, NAIS
Management
W6. Implementing Your Strategic Plan: How Boards and Leaders Maximize the Odds of Success Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Explore how to make leadership transitions—from strategic planning to executing the plan—in ways that ensure a continuous and dynamic approach to learning, assessment, and adaptation of strategy. Through stories and guided exercises, you’ll explore strategic design and implementation, including the critical roles of leadership and the board in this work. Then you’ll develop a game plan for what you want to do next so you can lead this conversation once you’re back at school. Expect to design and critique solutions with your workshop colleagues. It’s your chance to build your own learning community so you can share insights while moving forward.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore how leaders and trustees create conditions to successfully execute a strategic plan.
    • Build your school’s execution capacity; learn how to inspire, lead, and measure what matters.
    • Assess progress, learn quickly, and adapt strategy in the face of change and unanticipated challenges.
  • Presenters: Stephanie Rogen, Greenwich Leadership Partners; and Randall Dunn, Kirk Greer, and Charlie Gofen, Latin School of Chicago (IL)
Governance
W8. NAIS Innovation Kitchen: Mini-Hack Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Come experience one of the NAIS Innovation Kitchen’s “recipes for innovation”: the Magnetic Mountain (MM). The MM is a framework for how you can think about your school’s innovation journey, and the Summit Backpack toolkit will help you imagine and implement a differentiated “summit” idea. Learn how to bring this framework and toolkit back to your school. This workshop is for NAIS members only.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Leave with a fluency of the Magnetic Mountain framework and how it can be applied at your school.
    • Understand the imperatives for change and begin to articulate your own imperative.
    • Be armed with a set of tools to create a culture of innovation and manage change at your school.
  • Presenters: Tim Fish, Kawai Lai, and Jefferson Burnett NAIS
Leadership Development
W10. School and Leadership in an Age of Acceleration, Augmentation, and The Singularity Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: How can your school and its leaders prepare for an age of acceleration, augmentation, and intelligent machines? To adapt and respond to these new times, you will need a futurist mindset, an optimistic spirit, and an improvisor’s posture. In this hands-on, interactive session, you will think like a futurist by imagining the next decade. Then you’ll consider the possibilities and ponder the big questions that will shape your work. The workshop is your chance to explore and practice the leadership skills that will be necessary to thrive in this new world.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Manage the rapid rate of acceleration and build human capacity to keep pace with change.
    • Identify and practice leaders’ qualities, habits, and mindsets in this new age.
    • Consider the implications of this new age on schools and on how you approach student learning and professional development.
  • Presenters: Carla Silver, Leadership+Design; Christian Long, Sam Chaltain, Wonder by Design; Christian Talbot, Basecamp School (NJ)
Leadership Development
W11. Schools as Laboratories for Leadership Change Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: The teacher-leader model is key to broadening the decision-making platform as well as program evolution in independent schools. In this interactive workshop, you'll explore how to engage a more diverse community of teacher-leaders. You’ll also discover how this model can establish trusting relationships and new creative pathways within your school's shared leadership team and between the core academic team and various departments and curricular teams.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore ways to engage a more diverse community of teacher-leaders in your schools.
    • Consider how you might transition from simple connections to trusting relationships.
    • Find out how to establish creative new teacher-leader pathways.
  • Presenters: Eric Walters, Marymount School of New York (NY); Don Buckley, Tools at Schools
Leadership Development
W12. Schoolwide Innovation: A 12-month Framework Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Students, pedagogical methods, and technology are changing rapidly. Schools that adapt will thrive. The d3 Framework is designed to be a 12- to 18-month program through which schoolwide innovation and paradigm shifts occur. Come to this workshop to learn about one school's journey. You'll leave with an understanding of how to institute a schoolwide evaluation and make your own plans to implement the d3 Framework for a strategic plan refresh for your school.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover clarifying questions and deep dive processes that will serve as the impetus for change.
    • Design student strength-based paradigm shifts that are a catalyst for programmatic disruptive thinking.
    • Deliver a strategic plan refresh by using the d3 Framework.
  • Presenters: Timothy Viands, Grand River Academy (OH); Marc Frankel, Triangle Associates; Rich Odell, Heads Up Educational Consulting 
Management
W13. Supporting Transgender Students Supports All Students: Performing a Full Gender Audit at Your School Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: How can your school support transgender and gender-expansive students and staff? After establishing a common language and understanding of gender-expansive identities, this workshop will walk you through the basics of performing a gender audit at your school. You will cover all areas of school life and share best practices. Then, after an overview of what a gender audit entails, you will take a deep dive into your school’s policies and documents. You can ask specific questions of the presenters, who represent a range of school experience and gender identities. Please bring access to any handbooks or policies you’d like to critically examine.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the unique needs of transgender and gender-expansive students and adults on your campus.
    • Learn how to conduct a gender audit that is specific to your institution.
    • Take away three best practices that will help you and your school better serve all students.
  • Presenters: Mb Duckett Ireland, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT); Alex Myers and Joanne Lembo, Philips Exeter Academy (NH)
Management
W7. The Mentorship Journey: Essential Lessons for the Protégé and Mentor Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Why is effective mentoring noticeably absent at our schools’ leadership levels? What can we do to spur mentoring for school leaders? What does effective mentoring look like for both the mentor and the protégé? These questions loom large for school leaders and those interested in addressing the growing dearth of qualified leaders, particularly among women and people of color. Three school heads who span three generations and have enjoyed mentoring roles with each other will reflect on the value of having and being a mentor. They will draw on their own experience, case studies, and the writings of others.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Acknowledge the importance of mentorship in leadership development, both for the mentor and the protégé.
    • Provide a framework for establishing and sustaining an effective mentorship relationship on both sides.
    • Inspire other leaders to embrace mentorship by providing support and a pathway for prospective heads of school.
  • Presenters: Marifred Cilella, The Howard School (GA); Bob Shirley, Consultant; Kyle Pietrantonio, Holy Spirit Preparatory School (GA); Angela Robertson, Swift School (GA)
Leadership Development
W9. The Professionalization of School Sports: New Challenges, New Strategies Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: School sports grow increasingly complicated. Families are investing in out-of-school athletics. Their children play on club teams and work with special coaches at ever-earlier ages. Parents see athletics as key to college admission. Families are aggressive fans and advocates for their children. As a result, schools feel pressured to hire outside coaches and recruit talented athletes. All this is changing the home-school relationship and threatening the core values of many schools. How can you respond? A school head, a vice principal for athletics, and two psychologists will use case studies, discussion, and role-playing exercises to outline ways to cope.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Get help with macro-level coping, including how to set policies and expectations regarding the role of athletics.
    • Learn how to enlist parents as partners.
    • Get help with micro-level coping, including concrete ways to manage (and help coaches manage) difficult conversations and situations with parents and student athletes.
  • Presenters: Rob Evans, psychologist; Michael Thompson, psychologist; Rick Melvoin, Belmont Hill School (MA); James Kakos, Punahou School (HI)
The Student Experience
W14. Unsafe or Uncomfortable? Encouraging Dialogues Across Differences Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: You have just been on the wrong end of an offensive comment. Or a colleague reports overhearing an insensitive comment about race or sexual orientation. Or you unintentionally say something and notice a colleague's strong, negative reaction. What do you do in the moment? This workshop takes you through the steps to embrace tricky, and potentially uncomfortable, moments in schools through productive, and sometimes difficult, conversation. Join us to take an abbreviated version of Middlesex School's Dialogues Across Differences course.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand personal bias and cultivate openness to the values and stories of others.
    • Embrace and work through discomfort during contentious moments and conversations.
    • Explore pathways to empathy.
  • Presenters: Robert Munro and Pascale Musto, Middlesex School (MA)
The Student Experience
W16. Wild Leadership: Tending Rituals, Setting the Stage, Embodying Play Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 7,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Leadership is a wild ride. It can be invigorating and exciting, or, on occasion, it can feel downright out of control—wild in the most challenging sense. But “wild” is also defined as going beyond the conventional and indicative of strong passion, suggesting ways of leading that push boundaries and do so with inspiration and heart. Explore what it means to lead wildly—from designing great meetings to tending the schoolhouse rituals to making play central to your leadership practice. Leave with a toolkit you can expand throughout the conference.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Reconnect with the larger purpose and passion of your work as a leader.
    • Develop your capacity to tend school culture through assessment of rituals, compelling meeting design, and a playful mindset.
    • Begin your Wild Leadership toolkit, which you can expand throughout the conference.
  • Presenters: Sheryl Chard, Sofia Center for Professional Development at Bosque School (NM); Tamisha Williams, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA); Elsa Menendez, National Hispanic Cultural Center
Leadership Development
Futurewise Leadership: Leveraging Identity and “Tours of Duty” to Think Strategically, Not Traditionally Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: You can summarize this workshop in two words: differences and duty. Walk alongside four facilitators as we explore how the notions of Tours of Duty and leadership identity play an increasingly important role in building futurewise teachers, leaders, and learning communities. Use the Harvard Business Review article “Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Contract” as the foundation to discuss the changing ideas on independent school leadership and developing futurewise schools and school leaders that model adaptability and inclusiveness in entrepreneurial and strategic ways.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore how to better understand your identity/strengths as an educational leader in relation to increasingly diverse, millennial school communities.
    • Rethink how to attract/retain “right fit” faculty/staff in ways that go beyond the traditional independent school contract.
    • Widen your perspective on developing teacher leaders, mentoring midlevel administrators, and solidly leading a 21st century administrative team.
  • Presenters: Megan Howard Nellen, The Walker School (GA); Bill Hulseman, Annie Wright Schools (WA); Jeremy Birk, United Nations International School (NY); Ayisha Karim, The Galloway School (GA)
Management
East Meets West: Local and National Legal Trends to Follow or Avoid Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Fusion is not just a type of cuisine. Local, state, and national trends impact all independent schools and affect the expectations of employees, parents, and students. Which trends should you follow and which should you avoid? Which will make your school more competitive, more compliant, and better able to anticipate and avoid legal claims? Explore evolving legal standards from California to Connecticut and find out what schools in other states can expect. Prepare for a wide-ranging, interactive experience!
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Help manage risk and be more and competitive by anticipating changes to legal obligations.
    • Understand how to be appropriately inspired by, or apprehensive about, regional and national legal trends.
    • Understand when it’s appropriate to have policies in place that comply with, but may differ from, legal requirements in your state.
  • Presenters: Michael Blacher, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (CA); Susan Schorr, McLane Middleton (MA)
Management
Cyber Security Essentials for Heads and Other School Leaders NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Cyber attacks continue to grow in frequency and severity. When hackers turn their attention to independent schools, they frequently start with heads and other leaders. Learn to defend not only yourself but also your school. Leave with concrete, easy-to-understand steps to identify the ways you and your school are targets, understand the pros and cons of different mitigation strategies, and learn how to form a team to comprehensively address cyber security. Our discussion avoids technical jargon, but those looking for more technical detail can follow up with us.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the ways you and other school leaders are targets for cyber crime.
    • Gain an executive understanding of threats, mitigation strategies, and attendant costs.
    • Learn how to form a team at your school and what questions you should ask them to address.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: James Britto, Collegiate School (VA); Bob Olsen, Compass Cyber Security (MD); Sarah Hanawald, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (NC)
Management
Getting Out of Our Own Way: Hacking the Automatic/Unconscious Mind to Build Better Schools NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: There has been much conversation lately about how brains “really work.” We hear about cognitive and implicit biases, group think, and the influence of situation and environment on behavior and choices. While it is tempting to believe these phenomena only plague “other people,” it is clear that no one is immune. Share how this “new” understanding of how brains work has centered a school-wide initiative that has allowed us to “see” several practices and programs with new eyes. Focus on faculty professional development, equity and diversity, and character education.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the model of cognition revealed by Kahneman and emphasize implicit bias, fundamental attribution error, the Ikea effect, and moral licensing.
    • Understand how this model of cognition can help schools differently consider topics such as diversity, character education, hiring, and evaluation.
    • Share a new model of in-house professional development and collaboration.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jennifer Cerny, Josh Pretzer, Kurt Christiansen, and Kevin MacNeil, Culver Academies (IN)
Leadership Development
Growing Together: A Case Study in Faculty Evaluation, Development, and Compensation NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Learn about our school's first-year journey to fundamentally change our annual evaluation and compensation process to one of ongoing faculty development. Through peer observations, informal walkthroughs, student surveys, and a rubric, our faculty receives regular, productive feedback to improve practice. Connected to this process is a fair and transparent compensation model that rewards stellar teaching and moves beyond years of experience, advanced degrees, and backroom bargaining. Get details on the rollout process in order to get both faculty and board buy in since this conversation is fraught with pitfalls — but also possibilities!
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the weaknesses of the standard system of faculty evaluation and compensation, which is often one time and one size fits all.
    • Assess one school's model of faculty development and compensation, which is ongoing, growth focused, and formative in spirit.
    • Formulate a system of faculty development and compensation for your school with a focus on rollout and buy in.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Eric Johnson, Betsy Lewton, and Brooks Fleming, Community School of Naples (FL)
Management
How to Terminate the Popular Teacher or Administrator NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Every school has to deal with the difficult situation of terminating an employee at some point. Those can be difficult situations and, if not handled properly, can affect the good will in your school community into the future. Discuss issues that arise during the employee termination process, from managing the risk of possible litigation to delivering the news to the employee and your school community so as to reduce the negative implications, particularly in the case of a popular teacher or administrator.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Ensure that your documentation supports your decision and reduces the possible risk of litigation.
    • Identify extenuating factors to consider before terminating.
    • Communicate the separation, both to the individual and the school community.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Susan Guerette, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (PA); Cindy Nichols, The Episcopal Academy (PA)
Management
Mission-Driven Data Visualization: Compelling Dashboards That Transform Student Learning in Real Time NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Many schools possess extensive data, but struggle to produce insights that fuel student success. At Avenues: The World School, we have codified our goals by defining the essential skills of a graduate, and use a wide variety of data to measure these goals. Our dashboarding system, co-created with Webster Pacific, is used to report student performance and growth against these goals in real time, allowing us to visually measure success across many years, answer important research questions, and communicate effectively with diverse audiences. See how we use visualization to create actionable insights from our data.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify a student performance question that is answerable with available data.
    • Evaluate whether the available student data would answer the questions and determine whether new data are needed.
    • Sketch a data visualization that would effectively and compellingly communicate student growth with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Julia Higdon and Abby Brody, Avenues: The World School (NY); Daniel Saniski, Webster Pacific (CA)
The Classroom Experience
Multiply Your Trust Factor Within Your Team NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: The most valued characteristic for a team member is trustworthiness, according to several studies. However, most teaching teams don’t bother to develop this vital competence and instead dive into their "arranged" work relationship focused solely on curriculum and classroom management. After years of witnessing talented teachers struggle with interpersonal challenges that would impede their team's progress, administrators Anabel Jensen and Kathleen Gibbons designed an effective program that outlines the pillars and pitfalls of trust. Combining their decades of teaching and team management experience, they offer an easy-to-follow program packed with strategies and tools for creating successful teams.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the key pillars and pitfalls of generating trust within a team. A leader cannot succeed without earning trust.
    • Practice strategies and exercises that foster relational trust or restore it if it has been diminished.
    • Evaluate one's relational trust using Trust Factor Assessment tool.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Kathleen Gibbons, Alta Vista School (CA); Anabel Jensen, Synapse School (CA)
Leadership Development
Using Curiosity, Compassion, and Connection to Embrace Difficult Conversations NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: All of us face difficult conversations. Identify what makes conversations difficult in the first place and the strategies and perspectives you can employ not only to “manage” those interactions but actually embrace them as opportunities to learn, grow, problem solve, and connect with others. Talk about specific examples and work together to expand and practice our approaches to tough discussions.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and develop strategies to address the most challenging aspecs of difficult conversations.
    • Expand your personal communications toolkit.
    • Gain confidence and skill in addressing situations that can trigger anxiety, defensiveness, or other unhelpful responses.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nancy Leaderman, Shalom School (CA)
Leadership Development
Using Mindfulness Practices to Support LD Students and Teachers in the Classroom NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: As our knowledge and understanding of the benefits of bringing mindfulness into the classroom progresses, our ability to support LD and ADHD students increases manifold. Gain the tools and techniques you can use to help students regulate their focus, attention, and emotional well-being in the classroom. Hear an explanation of the research and benefits of mindfulness techniques. Actively engage with colleagues during this hands-on workshop and discover the implementation and effectiveness of strategies utilized to support LD/ADHD students at Delaware Valley Friends School.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Introduce social-emotional as well as academic benefits of mindfulness.
    • Provide teachers mindfulness exercises they can use in any classroom setting.
    • Describe mindfulness practices used to support LD students at Delaware Valley Friends School.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Elizabeth Kriynovich, Carole Chilton, Jackie Middleton, and Joy Paul, Delaware Valley Friends School (PA)
The Classroom Experience
Effective, Enriched Faculty Evaluation by Integrating Peer Coaching NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Faculty is the single most valuable resource for developing outstanding learning experiences. Explore why peer coaching among the faculty is essential to leadership development. How do school leaders bring together faculty with administrators to design and implement an evaluation tool that includes peer coaching? How might we assess and revise the process for improvement? Leave with an outline for designing a mission-appropriate evaluation/coaching plan, with a set of steps for implementation and ongoing assessment. Explore opportunities for energizing the enthusiasm of the “fast horses” all the way to engaging the “entrenched” teachers.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn why a peer coaching protocol is essential for developing outstanding teaching evaluations.
    • Learn how to coordinate the faculty voice and collaboration in the creation of an evaluation and coaching system.
    • Explore best practices to “bring faculty along” on the continuum of the reluctant all the way to the energized.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Matthew Stuart, Tyler Jennings, and Lisa Oberstein, The Caedmon School (NY); Honor Taft, Gill St. Bernard's (NJ)
Leadership Development
Out of Balance: Strategies for Student Well-Being in the Heart of Silicon Valley NAIS On Demand Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Are your high school students sleep deprived? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Depressed? Compromising their integrity or passion out of perceived necessity? Narrowly defining success? Ours were, too. Join us to explore the efficacy of strategies used in our ongoing work to bring mission-appropriate, healthful, and vibrant balance to the lives of our students. Discuss interventions ranging from community time to changing our mission statement, from evolving the daily schedule and eliminating bells to broad explorations of assessment and the purpose of homework. Share best practices and make plans for your school.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Engage in conversation around the idea of balance as vital for the well-being of secondary, independent school students.
    • Report analysis of steps taken to provide balance as a core orienting principle for the holistic student experience.
    • Share research-based best practices for the promotion of student balance in a high-stress, college-prep environment.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Brian Schlaak, Yvonne Faisal, and Matthew Lai, Woodside Priory School (CA)
The Student Experience
A New Pipeline to Leadership Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Explore how individual administrators of color collaborate with their regional independent school associations to support programming and professional development for administrators of color and create new pipelines for heads of schools and senior administrators.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about professional development programs for administrators of color.
    • Learn about partnerships formed between administrators of color and regional independent school associations.
    • Consider ways to mentor and develop school leaders of color.
  • Presenters: Angela Garcia, The Fessenden School (MA); Claire Leheny, Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) (MA); Rodney Glasgow, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD); Jalene Spain Thomas, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School (VA)
Leadership Development
Admissions Practices: Making the Right Choices Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Explore legal mandates, best practices, and practical guidance about the increasingly complex world of independent schools’ admissions policies and practices with experienced counsel. Through real-world scenarios, review best practices for interacting with students and applicants who may be disabled, including how to manage risks associated with interviews and on-campus visits, documenting the process, and delivering the good (or bad) news.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine the legal framework that applies to admissions policies and practices.
    • Review best practices regarding admissions forms and applications.
    • Gain practical strategies and tips for welcoming applicants and students with disabilities on campus.
  • Presenters: Sarah Fay, Schwartz Hannum PC
Management
Beyond In-Service Days: Building a Center for Teaching and Learning Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: What are the best ways to provide ongoing, supportive structures for the improvement of teaching in an independent school? Get an overview of a pilot center for teaching and learning (CTL) for PK-12 teachers. Learn how to launch a CTL, including strategies for encouraging teacher buy in, structuring workflow, setting up site visits, conducting interviews, and reporting findings. Find out how to develop a CTL mission statement, create a roll-out plan, market offerings to faculty, organize teacher cohorts, establish an instructional coach training program, plan a novice teacher mentoring system, and more.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Provide attendees with an independent school model for a center for teaching and learning.
    • Offer attendees a structured and collaborative "study group" research model for faculty and staff.
    • Provide attendees strategies for encouraging faculty of all tenures to take part in ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • Presenters: Grace Limaye, and Allison Schultz, The Episcopal Academy (PA)
Leadership Development
Building an Engaging Middle School Using Transformative Teacher Leadership Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Supported by new research in the connection between extracurricular enrichment activities and school engagement, a division head and her teachers present innovative ways to keep middle school students (and teachers!) engaged in and connected to schools. Learn to help students relieve stress through the use of creative scheduling and so much more. Experience the power of transformative change leadership in a community of learners.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • One of the most important things to remember in leading transformative change is to listen — to teachers and students!
    • Middle school students need social activities to connect, and positives come from mixed-grade-level activities.
    • Find out how to alleviate student stress using extracurricular and enrichment activities.
  • Presenters: Angela Ringley, Steve Mandell, Elise Shelton, and Elizabeth Martin, Pinewood Preparatory School (SC)
The Student Experience
Committing to Inclusive Community in Independent Schools: A Few Building Blocks Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Join us to discuss how to build community through academic learning, personal reflection, and social fun. Our recent Year of Community included inviting culturally aware authors, teacher educators, and other equity champions to engage our faculty and staff in authentic reflection and purposeful collaboration. A summer reading list led to hosting noted speakers and consultants, and participating in cross-school dialogue. We leveraged art making, performance, listening exercises, and community sharing; launched a parent and faculty SEED group; and closed with recommendations for leaning into our school’s mission and carrying out the lessons learned.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How do you build community across social identities in an independent school?
    • How do you build community across discipline and division in an independent school?
    • How do you build community through rigorous self-discovery and fun, group activities?
  • Presenters: Michael Robinson, Françoise Saint-Clair, Shanique Pinnock and Katy Saintil, The School at Columbia University (NY); Eduardo Martinez, Georgetown Day School (DC);
Leadership Development
Dialoguing to Understand: The New England Youth Identity Summit Model Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Authentic dialogue between students is the ultimate desired byproduct of inclusive, engaging classrooms in which divergent opinions can be openly expressed. Unless students learn the basic building blocks of dialogue — curiosity, courage to connect, and civility — campus identity politics can exclude, fragment, and shut down students as easily as they can expand their worldview. The New England Youth Identity Summit created a platform for one school’s student groups to start and lead authentic conversations with each other beyond their own campus walls by collaborating with local high schools and nonprofits serving youth.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How do we capture the energy and optimism of youth to cultivate the skill and habit of dialogue?
    • How do we expand the conversation outside our own schools to include other organizations whose strive to engage youth?
    • How might a school engage student leaders of various on-campus identity groups to host a community-wide, student-led summit?
  • Presenters: James Manyuru and Lydia Maier, Waynflete School (ME)
The Student Experience
Dollars and Change: Leveraging Technology for Financial Strategy Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: $700 billion of annual education spending data are stored in archaic systems, further obscured by complex accounting codes. How can access to real-time school spending trends and transparency of financial data assist in supporting district initiatives and improving outcomes for students? Share how uncovering access to financial data has transformed leadership decision making and planning for systemic change.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Jess Gartner, Allovue
Management
Engage Millennials with Design Teams to Grow the Next Generation of School Leaders Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Find out how to use design thinking to grow the next generation of school leadership. Flint Hill School uses design thinking and design teams to do everything from solving cafeteria congestion to planning the strategic vision for the next five years. In the process, emerging leaders practice facilitating small groups, navigating conflicting needs within the community, developing expertise in strategic areas, and communicating a vision and a process — all while feeling a deep engagement in the outcomes. Leave with several ways to implement this in your school.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the design thinking process as it relates to solving school issues.
    • Identify opportunities for design teams and ways in which these may appeal to a multigeneration workforce.
    • Analyze case studies for using design teams as a way to develop leadership resiliency for emerging leaders.
  • Presenters: Emily Sanderson, Flint Hill School (VA)
Leadership Development
Foster Greater Human Understanding Across Our Planet: Homestay Solutions for International Students Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: A true cultural immersion and U.S. lifestyle experience provided by living with a host family are major elements of a complete and successful international education experience. An international student living with a local host family gains not only an enhanced cultural education but also the warmth and comfort of a true home — much needed while adapting to a new culture. Join a panel of experts to discuss best practices in providing international students with a home, host family, and ongoing support during their international education journey in the U.S.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Highlight challenges that international students from diverse cultures typically face through case studies.
    • Identify differences between high-context and low-context cultures and provide insights on how cross-cultural support ensures homestay experiences are meaningful.
    • Provide best practices and strategies that are easy to implement to help international students achieve cultural adjustment competencies.
  • Presenters: Michelle Campbell and Louise Reaves, The Cambridge Network; James and Michelle Hudgins, host parents; Wenzhe (Charlie) Lu, student
The Student Experience
Global Success Stories Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Learn how one school created campuses and partnerships nationally and internationally that allow students to take classes and network with others from around the globe. Track student, teacher, and administrator successes and failures; discuss best practices; and video conference with faculty and students at global sites to talk about the challenges and rewards of working globally.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn best practices associated with operating global/satellite campuses.
    • Learn from students, faculty, and administrators "on the ground" as they discuss the realities of working abroad.
    • Learn how online learning can and should supplement traditional learning in a global setting.
  • Presenters: Shane Foster, The Barstow School (MO); Bram van Kempen, Knowledge Link
Management
Leading for Innovation — What Really Works Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Leaders are under pressure to keep up with the rapid changes of our century. They are asked to be innovative and creative and ensure their schools are current and relevant. "We need to be more innovative!" is the call. But how? What if you are not an "innovative leader"? There is an answer! Share current global research and best practice highlighting how you can answer this call. A particular mindset and leadership capacity is needed to lead effectively in this environment and can be learned by all.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Highlight new research and international best practices around leading for innovation.
    • Understand how to create a culture of innovation in schools.
    • Understand the mindset of a leader for innovation.
  • Presenters: Peter Dry, The Principia (MO)
Leadership Development
Learning from Corporate America to Maximize Marketing Impact Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Shifting mindsets is an integral part of the leadership journey. Independent schools now fully embrace marketing and are reaching out to leaders from corporate America. Marketing may no longer be a dirty word, but are you ready for the next step? Embark on this journey that applies marketing and leadership principles from corporate America to the independent school world, focusing on the role and structure of marketing and communications within the school, advertising strategy, stakeholder analysis, and school culture.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Which marketing lessons from corporate America apply to independent schools, and which do not?
    • As marketing plays a more prominent role, how should schools redefine their organizational structures and assign responsibilities accordingly?
    • What can you do to shift mentality and culture from “we know best” to “here to serve” across your school?
  • Presenters: Nija Meyer, Woodward Academy (GA)
Communications and Advancement
Preventing the Top-Down Narrative: How to Cultivate Organizational Change as a Grassroots Effort Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Many independent schools are familiar with the top-down narrative of strategic decision making often found at the core of faculty and staff discontent and frustration. While school leaders see a true north for a growing and evolving school, they risk disenfranchising many key practitioners in the community if all stakeholders don't feel they are shaping the institution's progress toward a communal vision. When intentionally organized, driving institutional change and development toward best practices should be embraced as a common goal that is accessible to and driven by the school’s professional community.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn strategies to effectively communicate strategic plans and institutional priorities to the professional independent school community.
    • Identify primary reasons for the top-town narrative and the obstacles to grassroots involvement and buy in.
    • Develop tangible practices authentic to each school culture to begin cultivating a school environment of trust, collaboration, and communal effort.
  • Presenters: Lauren Plant, Kadima Day School (CA); Stephanie Leung and Tessa McKeown, Mirman School (CA);
Leadership Development
Untapped Opportunities: Independent Schools and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: After many years of effort, Congress passed a significant overhaul of the main federal K-12 education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in December 2015. Independent school heads and business officers may not know that there are significant opportunties for private schools to obtain services for their students and teachers through these federal education programs — without becoming recipients of federal funds. Join U.S. Department of Education Office of Nonpublic Education staff for an overview of the department's role, features of federal educatiom law, and opportunities for independent schools.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Better understand the role and responsibilities of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Nonpublic Education.
    • Better understand the main law that governs federal elementary and secondary education programs: the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
    • Better understand the opportunities for independent schools to obtain services for students and teachers through federal education programs.
  • Presenters: Whitney Silverman, NAIS
Management
Vision and Mission: What Are They? And so What? Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Learn the difference between vision and mission statements; peruse highly effective examples of both; share your school’s vision and mission with others for feedback; and uncover the function of these critical tools in the strategic decision making process. Leave with ideas about how you might improve your vision and mission, explore processes for engaging the school community in this work, and grasp the vital importance of a clear, concise vision and mission for a variety of administrative and marketing outcomes (intermediate-level).
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the difference between a vision and mission statement.
    • Explore the components or attributes of effective vision and mission statements.
    • How can these statements be used for strategic decision making?
  • Presenters: Anne-Marie Balzano, George Mason University; Scott Bauer, University of Colorado, Denver
Leadership Development
Hardwiring Safety: How to Attract, Enroll, and Develop Safe Students Block 1 Thursday, March 8,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Student misconduct is a challenge for all schools. A critical part of minimizing harmful student behavior is attracting, admitting, and developing safe students. Participants will explore the liability exposure in failing to properly vet students or failing to create a safe student environment.  Properly designing admissions, enrollment, conduct, and discipline policies can help pave the way to a safe student body. This session will offer practical strategies for vetting and disciplining students, and will review best practices for resolving incidents of misconduct. The participants will engage in discussions about social media, gender identity, and other issues in student safety.
  • Block: Block 1 (Thursday, March 8, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Caryn Pass and Lauren Stocks-Smith, Venable LLP
The Student Experience
Synergy Between Public and Private Persona in an Age of Polarizing Social and Political Climates Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: Families First
  • Presenters: Ken Aldridge, Wilmington Friends School (DE); Rob Evans, psychologist, and Jennie S. Knight, University of Virginia
Data with Personality: See the Person, the Problems, and the Philosophy NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Data have nuances beyond numbers or letters; data have personality. While data can serve a common good, people often use data to affirm a pre-existing agenda. Explore data collection in independent schools and how data mediate interactions between institutions and individuals. Via a design-thinking game, reimagine how and why we collect data. Explore the landscape at the intersection of data, privacy, identity, ethics, and surveillance. Through collaborative reflection, formulate morally-minded philosophies on data.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how the data you collect may affect privacy, ethics, and identities in your community.
    • Apply an empathetic lens to different constituents and their data sets.
    • Develop an intentional mindset about the use of data.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Saber Khan, Browning School (NY); Linda Vasu, Sacred Heart (CT); Alex Ragone, AltSchool Union Square (NY); Don Buckley, Tools at Schools (NY)
Management
Getting Ready to Get Ready: How to Implement a PK-5 Sexuality Curriculum NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Most schools —including independent schools — are at least three years late teaching basic sexuality benchmarks, even about human reproduction. By the time we decide that children (or is it we?) are “ready” for these conversations, kids have already absorbed deeply distorted ways of thinking about sexuality from the default options of peers, older children, and popular culture. Absent the intellectual scaffolding that planned, sequenced instruction provides, their ability to learn and think critically about these topics during adolescence and beyond is compromised. The will to challenge this pedagogical double standard is the first step toward embracing a truly age-appropriate curriculum.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and know how to diffuse misplaced anxieties that lead to pedagogically unsound practices around sexuality education.
    • Describe the essential elements of comprehensive, planned, sequenced PK-5 sexuality education.
    • Identify the necessary steps in implementing a successful PK-5 sexuality education curriculum.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Deborah Roffman, The Park School of Baltimore (MD)
The Classroom Experience
Preparing to Work Collaboratively and Effectively with Your School’s Board When Responding to a Crisis Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: To effectively respond to a crisis, independent school administrators must be able to work collaboratively with the board. Discuss key elements that should be in place in advance of a crisis to facilitate an effective working relationship. First, the trustees and administrators must understand and accept their different, but crucial, roles. Second, both must agree on the values and principles that will guide their decision making. Third, they should establish a process that allows for expeditious decision making and action. Taking these steps initially amid a crisis is extremely difficult and may make the crisis worse.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • The importance of the trustees and the administrators understanding and adhering to their respective roles.
    • The necessity for administrators and trustees to agree on the values and principles that will guide their decision making.
    • How the administration and board can design a process that facilitates expeditious decision making and action in the midst of crisis.
  • Presenters: David Wolowitz, McLane Middleton Professional Association (NH); Aimeclaire Roche, The Bishop's School (CA)
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)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how using a collaborative enrollment management model helps drive enrollment growth.
    • Learn how collaboration between the admissions, marketing, and program teams helps attract and retain families who are a philosophical match.
    • Learn how using research-based NAIS resources, such as DASL, helps to drive marketing efforts.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Joe Connolly, Colleen Schilly, and Christina Pak, Hillbrook School (CA)
Management
Board Governance: The Art of Asking the Right Questions NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: In these data-driven times, board members can be inundated with mounds of data that, if not presented clearly, can lead to confusion or obfuscation. Volunteer board members are responsible for tracking academics, budgets, and school climate, so effective tools are essential. Take this opportunity to evaluate numerous key performance indicators to identify the ones that enlighten your work of oversight. Discuss best practices and share effective dashboards.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the key oversight duties of the board: academics, budget (fiscal), and culture/climate.
    • Identify key performance indicators that inform oversight responsibilities.
    • Identify and understand useful reporting dashboards.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Candace Sorensen and Nicole Sorensen, CS3 Law PLLC (MI)
Governance
Brand and Leadership: Leading Your School Through a Rebrand NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Know what makes your school special, but struggle to describe it in a succinct way? This fun and interactive session is for you. Learn how your school’s brand can become a magnet for right-fit families, and how to use the Minute Message Model to powerfully convey your school’s values to the families you hope to attract. Katherine Dinh, head of Prospect Sierra School, shares the story behind her school’s rebranding, the leadership lessons gained, and how your school can approach rebranding so it results in a happy community and a powerful new way to tell your school’s story.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What the concept of branding really means for independent schools, and why that matters, regardless of the strength of admissions.
    • The relationship between a strong brand and strong leadership, and who is responsible for your school’s brand.
    • How to create a message about your school that is clear, succinct, and compelling.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jennie Winton, Mission Minded (CA); Katherine Dinh, Prospect Sierra School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Leadership Succession Planning: Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail! NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Does your school have a plan in place for what is likely its most important change in the coming years — new leadership? If not, take this opportunity for heads, board chairs, and trustees to develop a succession plan grounded in research and best practices. In the face of a rapidly changing educational environment and a shrinking pool of experienced school leaders, systematic planning for the inevitable change of head has never been more important. A strong succession plan enables the school to act confidently and decisively when the time comes to select its next head.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop a practical understanding of the need for, and the complexities of, successful leadership succession planning.
    • Learn the best practices and common mistakes made before, during, and after both planned and unplanned leadership transitions.
    • Utilize the basic elements of succession planning to create a framework for planning at your school.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Siri Akal Khalsa, Northwest Association of Independent Schools (WA); Michael Murphy, Seattle Country Day School (WA); Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, Evergreen School (WA)
Governance
Long-Range Financial Planning Tools for Trustees and Heads of Schools NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Accreditation and strategic planning are important processes that require boards and school leadership to focus on the long-term future and financial equilibrium of a school. Review sample tools and get templates you can implement in your school, including a five-year NAIS DASL stats comparison with benchmark schools, faculty salary analysis with public schools and benchmark schools, a one-page financial dashboard, and more. Identify questions school leaders should ask in relation to your school's financial health, its recent history, and its future projections.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify financial information schools should have to prepare for accreditation or the strategic planning process.
    • Provide heads and trustees with important financial information they need to fulfil their fiduciary responsibilites.
    • Provide important financial tools to heads and trustees.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Palmer Ball, Palmer Ball Consulting, LLC
Governance
We're All in This Together: Collectively Managing Risk NAIS On Demand Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Schools large and small have risk all over campus and out in the world. No one can manage it alone. Discover the process and tools one school developed to identify and manage those risks. Learn how to build a risk inventory for your school, develop ways to attain buy in from your community, and foster and maintain a "we're all in this together" approach with the board of trustees, faculty, staff, and fellow administrators.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and build a risk inventory.
    • Create a culture of risk management.
    • Communicate effectively with all constituents.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nancy Greene and Dave Farace, The Bolles School (FL)
Management
Authenticity in Listening:Creating Real Relationships in Schools in Times of Stress and Challenge Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Discover a model of listening that when used in schools creates deep value and close interpersonal opportunities for educators to connect with their students and colleagues. A sense of belonging follows when students or colleagues feel seen and attended to by their teachers, deans, or co-workers. Authentic leadership is built on the capacity to listen well, to know when to focus and foster an engaged dialogue that allows the speaker to explore their own world in their own words. Modelling effective listening versus more routine advice giving helps educators use your precious and valuable time well.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Present a model of listening that deepens your connection to students and colleagues, and allows you to be fully present.
    • Through fun, interactive, and engaged practice, will identify your natural listening skills and your blocks to hearing students' stories.
    • In your chance to connect with fellow participants, be reminded of the power of authentic listening.
  • Presenters: Ellen Porter Honnet, Stanley H. King Counseling Institute (MA); Jack Creeden, Chadwick School (CA)
The Student Experience
Employment Contracts, Letters, and Other Options: What’s Best for Your School and Leadership Style? Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: As heads, business officers, and other administrators reexamine who leads and how in a changing world and education landscape, with shifting mindsets and generational expectations, critical and recurring questions surround our longstanding practices and whether to change: key among them, establishing the employment relationship. Should schools use employment contracts/agreements, offer letters, annual letters of appointment, or some combination or alternative? Should the answer vary by role? What are the role and true meaning of “at-will” employment? What common misunderstandings cost schools flexibility, reputation, time, and financial resources? How do your school’s practices match your school’s needs, leadership, and legal strategies?
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop a clear understanding of "employment at will," and overcome common misperceptions about the meaning of "an at-will state."
    • Recognize and eliminate common errors in hiring documents and other communications inadvertently limiting leadership's legal options and weakening legal position.
    • Understand the legal and employee relations implications of different options for how to document the formation of the employment relationship.
  • Presenters: Heather Broadwater, Potomac Law Group
Management
How Transparent Is Your School? New Expectations in School Communications Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: A new era in school communications is upon us. Parents, alumni, and even the public now expect that a school will communicate with full transparency about matters that impact student safety. From educator sexual misconduct to student sexual assaults, "no comment" is no longer tolerated. Hear from the head of Sidwell Friends, experienced school legal counsel, and a nationally recognized communications firm about how schools are handling stakeholder communications and inquiries from the press.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the new expectations of transparency in school communications.
    • Learn the many facets of communications beyond media statements.
    • Hear about one school's approach to transparency in the face of recent sexual assault allegations.
  • Presenters: Linda Johnson, McLane Middleton Professional Association (NH); Bryan Garman, Sidwell Friends School (DC); Sandy Lish, The Castle Group
Communications and Advancement
Innovating from the Top: Essential Strategies of Technology and Innovation Leadership for Today's Heads Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Educational technology and innovation are no longer buzzwords to simply include in marketing and admissions communications. They are major components of a school's academic program and balance sheet. Today's head of school needs to be increasingly hands-on in assuming ultimate ownership of this area of school leadership and strategy. Join this engaging panel discussion for heads of school — particularly those who feel unfamiliar or uncomfortable — to become stronger leaders in this area, to recognize potential challenges ahead of time, and to influence your school's educational technology and innovation vision more confidently.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn why and how you should actively engage in formulating educational technology and innovation strategy.
    • Learn about forward-thinking models for reimagining educational technology and innovation strategy and how to lead a school-wide exploration.
    • Learn how to design, test, and evaluate low-cost, effective ideas for inspiring a culture of innovation.
  • Presenters: Elizabeth Davis, Synapse School (CA); Gabriel Lucas, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (NC); Antonio Viva, Walnut Hill School for the Arts (MA); DuBose Egleston, Porter-Gaud School (SC); Jim Foley, St. Luke's School (CT)
Leadership Development
Leadership Branding in Independent Schools: The Critical Role of Authenticity Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Discover the difference between independent school leadership brand promises vs. independent schoool leadership brand experiences while responding to an adaptation of Tina Turner's lyric, "What's authenticity got to do with it?"
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How do I discover my unique blend of experiences as a leader that will help me enact my leadership brand?
    • What identity contingencies do leaders have to be mindful of and how do these play out in independent school leadership?
    • What role does authenticity play in your leadership brand?
  • Presenters: Gene Batiste, St. John's School (TX); Raymond J. Yu, Blake School (MN)
Leadership Development
Leadership Through Innovative Team Collaboration Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Discover how Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia, breaks open “silos of departmentalism” with “windows of collaboration.” Hear innovators in strategic communications and marketing, academics, and college counseling detail a team approach to achieving academy goals while fostering curiosity and creativity throughout the academic community.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the academy goals and why strategic communications and marketing, innovative learning, and college counseling collaborate to achieve them.
    • Learn specific action plans and diverse skills deployed by these three departments.
    • Learn how these goals are accomplished in ways that foster curiosity, collaboration, and creativity throughout the school community.
  • Presenters: Bryan Rutledge, Nija Meyer, and Connie White, Woodward Academy (GA)
Leadership Development
Navigating the Landscape of International Fundraising 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)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Robert Weston, St. George’s School (RI)
Communications and Advancement
NWAIS Futurist Fellows Explore New Models for Independent Education Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: How might we reimagine independent schools so we sustain, flourish, and thrive into the future? With this question, the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) invited thought leaders from member schools to apply to become Futurist Fellows and together explore new models for independent education. Inquiry methods include design thinking, hybrid thinking, and partnerships beyond independent schools. Hear the fellows describe the process and share preliminary findings.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the landscape of innovation within and adjacent to independent schools.
    • Learn what new models for independent education the NWAIS Futurist Fellows believe have the greatest potential for success.
    • Learn how to apply design thinking to study new models for independent education.
  • Presenters: Richard Kassissieh, University Preparatory Academy (WA); Katie Walters-Krohn, University Child Development School (WA); Cary Kirby, Open Window School (WA); Lina Rose, The Evergreen School (WA)
Management
Perspectives on Leadership: Dynamic Pathways and Shifting School Cultures Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Engage in an exciting opportunity to learn from a group of innovative school leaders sharing their collective wisdom on important issues. Examine incisive questions about how to lead schools to thrive in the future. Hear from a school head, trustee, curriculum specialist, professional development director, dean of faculty, division head, and strategic marketing director. Each brings a fresh perspective and a new dimension to traditional and timely topics. Learn from the expertise of professionals who have led initiatives from inception to execution across the country. Bonus: All panelists have expertise as independent school parents.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Consider innovative and practical approaches to leadership, including adaptations needed to confront and manage current trends and issues.
    • Garner habits, qualities, and skills that assist in various functions, such as communication, organization, collaboration, and engagement.
    • Examine how to harness change, guide shifting cultures, and lead your school on dynamic pathways.
  • Presenters: Irene Mortensen, Gill St. Bernard's School (NJ); Jennifer Phillips, Far Hills Country Day School (NJ); Ayanna Hill-Gill, Atlanta Girls' School (GA); Matt Levinson, University Prep (WA); Chris Cunningham, The Lawrenceville School (NJ); Beth Pride, The Lexington School (KY); Jill Webb, Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) and The Wellington School (OH)
Leadership Development
Rebranding Evaluations: How to Promote Risk Taking and Collaboration in Teacher Assessment Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Evaluations too often generate fear for faculty, causing them to put up guards and minimize risk, thereby inhibiting the potential for honest and direct conversations about growth. Examine one school’s journey in reframing its evaluation system from a traditional evaluation model to a self-directed “research and reflection year,” followed by a “professional development” year. Hear about the process of discernment about making this change, the faculty’s response to a new system, and the success stories of an improved commitment to professional growth that has become a part of faculty culture.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain insight into the reasons why the traditional evaluation model often shuts down meaningful conversations about professional growth.
    • Learn about challenges that arose during this revision process to help troubleshoot in advance problems you may encounter.
    • Understand how to help faculty structure professional development plans to maximize buy in and growth.
  • Presenters: Meredith Alford and Scott Spence, George School (PA)
Leadership Development
Sneak Peak: Preview the New NAIS Strategy Handbook 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. The NAIS Strategy Handbook, available for the first time at this conference, challenges how you think as a leader and equips you to think as a strategist. Its substantive new content introduces game-changing insights and a broad range of frameworks, tools, and techniques to maximize effective strategy making at your school. Join this hands-on tutorial on how to get the most value from this must-have addition to your leadership library. Bring a copy for the best interactive experience.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • 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 to use the NAIS Strategy Handbook as leaders to cultivate cultures of strategic thinking in your school.
  • Presenters: Christina Drouin, Center for Strategic Planning
Leadership Development
Spirituality and the New Science for Thriving Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Let’s dive into the science of spirituality! Spiritual development is crucial for overall health as a factor in reducing the risk of depression and high-risk behaviors, and contributes to high levels of academic success. How can schools consider and support children’s personal relationships to a higher power —nature, God, spirit, or the universe? Using Lisa Miller’s book The Spiritual Child as a foundation, discuss cutting-edge research, reflecting on your own spiritual upbringing and rituals. Guided discussions focus on the meaning of spirituality, as well as strategies that can become a part of school and home life.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand cutting-edge research that illustrates how essential spirituality is to a child’s physical and mental health.
    • Reflect on family and school practices that influence our children’s and students’ spiritual lives — as well as our own.
    • Translate findings on spirituality into practical strategies for parenting and teaching that encourage children’s well-being — and our own.
  • Presenters: Kirk Wheeler, St. Thomas School (WA)
The Student Experience
Student Abuse Prevention and Response: The Task Force Overview Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: NAIS and TABS banded together to create a national task force of educators and experts to focus on preventing student abuse and responding to allegations of abuse in independent schools. This task force resulted in a report of recommendations and additional resources. What should schools focus on first? What resources are available? What were particularly surprising or insightful pieces of the task force work? Join this interactive overview with task force members and associaiton staff.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the objectives of the TABS/NAIS task force directive and report.
    • Understand the fundamentals of preventing abuse.
    • Understand the fundamentals of responding to allegations.
  • Presenters: Debra Wilson, NAIS
Management
Teens, Technology, and Suicide: Understanding Causes, Effects, and "The 'Bullycide' Myth" (TM) Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Debunk "The 'Bullycide' Myth" (TM), the dangerous and oversimplified media narrative that there is a linear connection between bullying (both online and off) and child suicide. Learn about trends in student use of emerging technologies and apps, the efficacy of anti-bullying and suicide prevention measures online and off, how to avoid normalizing suicide as a logical outcome of bullying, and how best to foster peer and community support.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand student use of communication devices and apps and the role each can play in child suicide.
    • Understanding the phenomenon of child suicide (including causes, contagion, and clustering that can occur) and prevention.
    • Gain proactive steps schools and districts can take to minimize the potential harms resulting from student use of communication technologies.
  • Presenters: Frederick Lane, Mathom Enterprises, LLC (NY); Joanne Harpel, Coping After Suicide, LLC (NY)
The Student Experience
Ten Years Later: 2008 New Heads Reflect on a Decade of Leadership and Change Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Several school heads, all of whom were new to the position in the fall of 2008, comment on a decade of leadership. Discuss how expectations changed, processes evolved, and leaders developed habits and skills to effectively sheperd their communities in the wake of the Great Recession. Discuss survey results of the new heads class of 2008.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Several school heads, all new to the position in the fall of 2008, comment on a decade of experience.
    • Speakers reflect and discuss leadership trends and changes over time.
    • Reflective practice encourages discussion and debate about leadership and management priorities.
  • Presenters: Christopher Post, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (MD); Wanda M. Holland Green, Hamlin School (CA); Scott Kennedy, Norfolk Collegiate School (VA); Mark Fader, Williams School (CT)
Leadership Development
The Law of Sacrifice: How Committing to Who You Aren’t Illuminates Who You Are Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: As schools and humans, with every word we say, every phrase we write, intentional or not, we label ourselves and get labeled. Those labels become so much a part of our shared narrative that we stop recognizing them. How do we flip perceptions and find our essence? By contrasting who we are not with who we are. Step inside The Philadelphia School’s branding journey and learn how we discovered we were playful, but not playing around. Jazz but not punk. What are you? What aren’t you? Join us for an unpredictable, unfettered session that is anything but unstructured.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover misnomers and misperceptions that aren’t doing you any favors; and then let go of them.
    • Find out who you are not, and who you are; and how to communicate that in pithy, engaging ways.
    • Find out how to hear and see yourself through another lens; and stay tuned in.
  • Presenters: Frances Hoover, The Philadelphia School (PA); Lisa Clapper, The Yay Collective (CA)
Communications and Advancement
When Boards Go Rogue: Turning Bad Situations into Opportunities 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)
  • 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.
  • Presenters: Robert Cotter, Friends' Central School (PA); Kendall Cameron, Cameron Educational Strategies (FL); Vince Watchorn, Providence Country Day School (RI)
Governance
Character and Admission: The Coming Revolution in Student Selection NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: With growing recognition of the importance of noncognitive factors, including character strengths, in education and life success, college and independent school leaders are developing systematic and valid ways to assess these attributes in the admission process. Discover the work of the Institute on Character and Admission, which includes innovators across educational levels and constituencies. Get a demonstration of the new Character Skills Snapshot, an instrument designed for use in the independent school admissions. Identify the practical challenges of including "soft skills" in making admission decisions.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine the status and complexity of the "character movement" in education and society, with examples from higher and secondary education.
    • Review the assessment of character strengths in college and independent school admissions, including the role of independent schools in devising a measurement instrument.
    • Practice the Character Skills Snapshot, an assessment tool for independent school admissions, with practical implications for its use.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: David Holmes, The Community School (ID); Bob Massa, Drew University (NJ); Meghan Brenneman, The Enrollment Management Association (NJ); Ray Diffley, Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (CT)
Management
Leadership Team: Negotiations on an HOS Contract That Strengthen Bonds Between Board and Head NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Few people, heads included, like to negotiate for themselves. The more important the issue, the harder it is. Often, they'll hire a lawyer to negotiate for them. Heads and trustees should understand the process. Whether you do it yourself or through an agent, you have to be in charge. Negotiations should not be zero-sum games. When the school and the head work together, the goal of the contract should be to benefit both to the same extent. Discuss and practice achieving this best of all results.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand that the negotiation of a contract can and should be a strong building block for building board/head trust.
    • Negotiation has some science and some art that work together well.
    • Negotiation skills can be learned and improve with practice.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Terrence Briggs, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP (MA); Arch McIntosh, Charlotte Latin School (NC)
Governance
Plan for the Unexpected: Top Crises in Our Schools NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Learn what types of crises independent schools are facing today. Look at difficult and tricky situations. Advance planning is important when a crisis occurs. Share strategies as to how your school should approach these issues. Learn five non-negotiables in responding to sexual assault allegations; steps in dealing with a negative blog post; issues that involve a faculty's child; managing a rogue student video; and other situations that require skillful maneuvering to protect students and your school's reputation. Get tips for leading during the crisis, managing with minimal disruption, and recognizing the critical importance of effective communications.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a better understanding of crisis trends in schools and how to manage them.
    • Know what your school can have in place to be prepared.
    • Understand that crises can be opportunities.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jane Hulbert, The Jane Group (IL); Myra McGovern, NAIS (DC)
Communications and Advancement
Working Efficiently and Effectively with Your School's Legal Counsel NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Understanding how to work with legal counsel as a team is vital to reducing and managing risks while also containing costs and focusing on preventive, rather than reactive, measures.  The presenters have deep experience working inside and outside of independent schools on legal and policy issues.  Understanding how best to utilize attorneys is (for better or worse) as skill set that all administrators and board members need to develop.  
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how independent schools can work with legal counsel and management/board to reduce risk while containing costs.
    • Learn advantages of processes to involve counsel, including when to use, limiting access and defining roles.
    • Discuss key issues, i.e., determining who is the client, when to involve the board, how to preserve confidentiality.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
Governance
Educator, Advocate, or Activist: Challenges for Schools, Classroom Teachers, and School Leaders NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Schools may be the only place where civil discourse and the exchange of factual information occur. But how do schools address social justice and equity when divisive factions don't listen or take the time to be heard? If classrom teachers advocate on behalf of a particular position or group, can that create further division? Does activism have a place in the classroom or as part of a school's agenda? Explore the complexities of multiple roles and discuss how schools can prepare students to both listen and be heard, not further divide communities.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Help classroom teachers and staff balance the role of educator, advocate, and activist. Can there be a balance?
    • Help schools, faulty, and staff be inclusive at a time when society is sharply divided on multiple issues of importance.
    • How can we create school environments that teach students to listen and be heard, sharpen arguments, and talk across differences?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jack Creeden, Chadwick School (CA); Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Woodward Academy (GA)
The Student Experience
Managing a Movement: Bringing the Mastery Transcript Consortium to Campus NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: How do you take an innovative idea like the MTC and make it real for students, faculty, and families? Join academic leaders from Mastery Transcript Consortium member schools to share their experiences working with the MTC, each other, and their communities to introduce mastery-based assessment to their schools. Review how the MTC uses in-person and online resources to support these leaders in their work and hear first-person perspectives on the work underway to change culture and practice around student assessment and crediting.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about MTC’s approach that empowers academic leaders to be change agents.
    • Learn how participating site directors (on-campus MTC leaders) are managing change at their schools.
    • Discuss specific strategies and best practices for a networked, multischool approach to professional learning and change management.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Patricia C. Russell, Mastery Transcript Consortium (MA); Eric Hudson, Global Online Academy (WA)
Leadership Development
Policy and Practice: Leading the Way in Supporting Transgender/Nonbinary Students in Independent Schools NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Independent schools have the opportunity to take a leadership role in implementing policies that actively support transgender and nonbinary students. Quaker schools, with their commitment to equity, social justice, and diversity, are quietly leading the way in supporting transgender and nonbinary students as part of their efforts to create supportive educational environments for all students. Considering both policy and practice, educators from four Quaker schools share their experience and expertise, working predominantly with middle school and upper school students and playing a variety of roles in their schools.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about policies to support transgender and gender-expansive students as models for consideration by other independent schools.
    • Learn about specific practices to support transgender and gender-expansive students.
    • Learn about models that exist for educating the full school community around gender identity and gender expression.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Edna-Anne Valdepeñas, George School (PA); Maria Alonso, Westtown School (PA); Jason Craige Harris, Friends Seminary (NY); Rachel Kane, Sidwell Friends School (DC), Betsy Torg, Friends Council on Education
The Student Experience
The Student-Athlete in 2018: High Risk, High Reward NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The student-athlete in 2018 enjoys many privileges, yet is also subject to extra scrutiny and increasing expectations. Address the unique responsibilities and risks associated with our athletes and how they impact our students, athletics programs, and the school's overall reputation. Focus on issues of risk management, communications, legal issues, and, most importantly, steps schools must take to emphasize character development and clear programmatic and individual expectations for community members.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Focus on risk management for heads of school and trustees, character development for athletes, and enhanced collegiality/teamwork for ADs/coaches.
    • Emphasize the centrality of character education and decision-making skills for student-athletes subject to extra scrutiny.
    • Review examples of negative outcomes, some legal, for student-athletes, negative PR for schools, and steps to mitigate these.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: David Lourie, St. Anne's-Belfield School (VA); Timothy Heaphy, Hunton & Williams LLP (VA)
The Student Experience
Toeing the Line with Digital Leadership: Website, Blogs, Social, Inbound Marketing, and More NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: How do you encourage participation while also maintaining control? In the era of "curation," where's the line between letting go and directing? Focus on best practices related to inbound marketing — including discovering the elements of value at your school that you should be capitalizing on but might be neglecting. Learn how you can best help content contributors and the newest technologies and tools to make this essential part of marketing more efficient.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover best practices related to the field of inbound marketing.
    • Learn how to be a "digital leader."
    • Learn how leaders can manage multiple content contributors at a school using the latest technologies.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jon Moser, Finalsite (CT); Pat Basset, Heads Up Educational Consulting (VA)
Communications and Advancement
(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Leading School Change Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: School leaders, explore the key processes and theories of strategic change. Experienced administrators know that even under the most favorable conditions, leading change can be challenging. Uncover change theory and research-proven leadership strategies associated with building capacity to support change (intermediate-level).
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the most effective strategies and theories associated with school change.
    • As a leader, learn how can you build the capacity for change — and leadership capacity — in your school.
    • Ensure your change plans are well developed and that they are ready to move forward with change.
  • Presenters: Anne-Marie Balzano, George Mason University (VA); Scott Bauer, University of Colorado, Denver (CO)
Leadership Development
Better Understand How Well You Meet Your Mission: Calling All (Aspiring) Independent School Researchers Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Independent school mission statements promise to instill specific skills, dispositions, and capacities in their students; however, many schools have not developed the research capacity or the institutional structures to determine if their aspirations are either measurable or true. Join two practitioner-researchers, an independent school leader and a state association leader, to understand how a good question and access to data can change the conversation in your school around mission fulfillment. Share examples of how schools and associations are engaging in research to illuminate trends, gauge the efficacy of programs, and predict educational outcomes.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop a data-informed strategy to evidence what is important to your mission.
    • Understand how a theoretical framework and a good question can lead to significant change at your school.
    • Learn about the growing movement of institutional research at our schools.
  • Presenters: Jennifer de Forest, California Association of Independent Schools (CA); Jeneen Graham, St. Margaret's Episcopal School (CA)
Leadership Development
Blazing the Path: Creating Powerful Professional Development for Emerging Leaders of Color Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Educators of color developing themselves to be leaders in independent schools need finely honed intellectual and management skills, but transformational leaders are also skilled at managing their emotions and their relationships with others. Discuss how heads of school, associate heads, deans of faculty, department chairs, and other school personnel responsible for developing faculty can create powerful professional development experiences — rooted in story, acknowledgment, identity, and relationship — that speak to the specific needs of emerging leaders of color.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the connection between emotional intelligence, leadership development, and transformative professional development.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of what transformative professional development looks like for people of color in independent schools.
    • Learn how to create more transformative professional development experiences for all faculty and staff in your own school.
  • Presenters: Antonio Williams, William Penn Charter School (PA); Noni Thomas Lopez, Ethical Culture Fieldston School (NY); Eric Osorio, Swift School (GA)
Leadership Development
Changing Nature of Volunteerism: Meeting Parents Where They Are and Using Them to Engage Alumni Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Independent schools and families benefit from the home-school partnership and the many opportunities for parents to get involved on campus through volunteerism. With more students coming from two-career families, schools need to be more creative about generating volunteer opportunities that fit the needs, schedules, and skill sets of both the stay-at-home parent and the working professional. Explore strategic initiatives that take advantage of the expertise and talents of the parent community by creating new opportunities for volunteerism that advance the school’s mission and build parent and alumni engagement.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the changing demographics of independent school families and the impact on volunteerism.
    • Expand the definition of volunteerism by exploring new opportunities that meet the needs of two-career families.
    • Expand the opportunities to connect alums by offering networking, mentoring, and sponsorship opportunities with parents in various fields.
  • Presenters: Amy Walters and Kathleen McNamara, The Seven Hills School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Fearless Head Transition Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The search for a new head of school — especially the search for the second head following a founder — is often approached from a place of fear and risk management. Discuss three case studies: The Opportunity of a Long Transition Following a Founding Head, The Internal Candidate, and The Head Search as an Opportunity for the School. Taking full advantage of that opportunity requires a flexible and mission-centered approach, not a one size fits all.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Reframe the search for a new head of school as an opportunity.
    • Provide an expansive view of succession planning.
    • Provide alternative models for the head search process.
  • Presenters: Rafael del Castillo, Bertschi School (WA); Donna Bellew, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (WA)
Governance
Following Our North Star: Mission-Driven Substance-Abuse Risk Management Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The websites and brochures of each unique NAIS school showcase highlight reels. Yet, the real tests of our missions are the day-to-day experiences in our communities that allow our students to thrive. When it comes to sound decision making and critical thinking about student substance-use risk factors, how can the guiding light of our mission support our students’ well-being? Join this case study and data-driven conversation to help your school identify the salient issues that will advance your mission within this crucial student wellness area.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Create an environment for school leaders to test how well their campus life aligns with their school’s stated mission.
    • Explore what substantiated risks students face when schools miss opportunities to celebrate their missions to the fullest.
    • Provide data-driven, effective substance-use prevention and risk management strategies to build a healthy school climate and culture.
  • Presenters: Kiersten Hewitt, FCD Prevention Works (MA); Debra Wilson, NAIS (DC)
The Student Experience
Head/Shrink: Mastering the Psychological Challenges of Leadership 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)
  • 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.
  • Presenters: Laura Konigsberg, Turning Point School (CA); Rob Evans, The Human Relations Service (MA)
Leadership Development
How to Teach Positive Use of Technology and Digital Legacy, and Prevent Digital Abuse Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: This high-energy and multi-award-winning presentation sheds light on new technologies (spectacles, facial recognition, virtual reality, etc.) and trends on the horizon to help you teach and motivate the responsible use of any digital tool — current or future — to students, families, educators, and peers.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Eliminate myths of anonymity, social privacy, and ephemeral technologies (snapchat) to help reduce digital abuse.
    • Discover how to reinforce positive use of technology to open windows of opportunity today and tomorrow.
    • Get tips on how to teach and remind students, friends, and family about the importance of digital reputation and legacy.
  • Presenters: Richard Guerry, The Institute for Responsible Online and Cellphone Communication
The Student Experience
Is an Independent School Education Worth the Tuition? Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Independent schools compete with high-quality public schools. Both models achieve success, but the independent school model achieves success in a broader array of outcomes, both cognitive and noncognitive. Leaders in the independent school community can be respectful of our public school colleagues, but when we describe our schools, we benefit from knowing the impact that the Common Core, No Child Left Behind, ESSA, and other federal initiatives have on the education of the vast majority of U.S. students.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the data on independent school outcomes compared to public school outcomes.
    • Understand the cultural difference between mission-driven independent schools and compliance-driven public schools.
    • Understand the potential lifelong impact precollegiate education can have.
  • Presenters: Douglas Lyons, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CT)
Communications and Advancement
Leading and Learning with Boys Today Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Join leading educators and veteran heads of boys’ schools to uncover the best ways to lead, engage, and support boys in today’s society. Explore effective teaching philosophies to guide boys on their journey to manhood; equip them with the tools to lead lives of achievement, personal fulfillment, compassion, and leadership; and forge healthy relationships. Focus on sharing this knowledge among teaching professionals around the globe. Encourage boys’ growth as citizens and individuals so they are virtuous, kind, and exceptional leaders. Engage in this global conversation to ensure boys’ success in and outside of your school.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss educating the whole boy.
    • Investigate current best practices in educating boys.
    • Identify opportunities to engage with boys to explore their full potential.
  • Presenters: David Armstrong, International Boys' Schools Coalition (CA); Kerry Brennan, The Roxbury Latin School (MA); Brad Gioia, Montgomery Bell Academy (TN); Byron Hulsey, Woodberry Forest School (VA)
The Student Experience
Personalizing the Path to Leadership and Professional Growth Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Can a faculty evaluation framework really cultivate and sustain a culture of professional growth, attract new teachers while supporting veteran educators, and be user friendly for all? Yes it can! Hear about one school's research-based process for restructuring its professional growth and evaluation system to benefit teachers and administrators alike. Using recent data on attracting millennial educators, learn about the role professional growth and development plays in drawing new, exceptional teachers to your school. Two teachers share their personalized professional growth plans, the most useful administrator feedback they received, and the divergent paths they followed as a result.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Highlight NPS's process for retooling and revitalizing its professional growth and evaluation framework to benefit both teachers and the school.
    • Share NAIS cohort data citing PD and professional growth as the most sought after benefit for new millennial hires.
    • Examine the sometimes surprising ramifications of devoting extensive time and resources to faculty growth and development.
  • Presenters: Tara Montague and Sean Nolan, National Presbyterian School (DC); Ben Ketchum, Riverside Presbyterian Day School (FL); Laura Krentel, Westminster Schools (GA)
Leadership Development
Sharing Professional Dialogue in a Department of One Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: School leaders often work alone to achieve change at their institutions. In order to combat the isolation, we created an online PLC in the form of a book group that allowed us to share ideas, discuss concerns, and support each other throughout the journey at our individual schools. Discuss different platforms used, how to pace, and our challenges and successes that arose in planning and implementing our book group. Connect and plan out how to start your own group.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to foster a digital Professional Learning Community.
    • Create cross-institutional collaborations.
    • Discuss different options for asynchronous and synchronous opportunities.
  • Presenters: Katherine Gruzynski, Belmont Day School (MA); Megan Zink, The Pike School (MA); Patricia Kepler, The Greenwich Country Day School (CT); Cheryl Fricchione, Rodeph Sholom School (NY)
Leadership Development
Stewardship with a Human Touch Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Heads, development officers, and trustees, increase your awareness and expertise in cultivating strategic, purposeful, and integrated stewardship for school advancement. How — and how well — does the school’s culture of stewardship serve its mission? What assessments might be relevant?
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the characteristics of stewardship that exist in every independent school.
    • Identify the specific ways stewardship supports your school’s mission.
    • Discover the differences stewardship can make and how that impacts the school’s overall philanthropic efforts.
  • Presenters: Starr Snead, Advancement Connections (SC); Shelley Reese, Esperanza Academy (MA)
Communications and Advancement
The Human Side of Crisis Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Chris Joffe and Wanda Holland Greene share how to cope with stress during emergencies (as a leader!), tactics for maintaining your composure, what your board needs to know, how to manage your personal affairs in the midst of a crisis, and how to lead vulnerably, even in a crisis.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Know and understand how to identify and respond to your internal stressors.
    • Articulate three ways that you personally respond to stress.
    • Commit to conducting one emergency drill that engages your own stress response.
  • Presenters: Chris Joffe, Joffe Emergency Services (CA); Wanda M. Holland Greene, The Hamlin School (CA)
Leadership Development
The Odyssey: The Board Chair's Journey to Transformational Leadership Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: You have just been elected board chair, now what? Half of the most important relationship in any school, the board chair's role runs the gamut from running an effective meeting to providing feedback to the chief executive to enhancing the school's public standing. Through case studies and large-group discussion, get support in your leadership journey and discover how to leverage your unique position as board chair to provide transformational and sustainable leadership to your board. Explore optimizing the work of the board, leveraging relationships, and sucession planning.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the tasks and responsibilities of the board chair, including roles, relationships, and necessary skills.
    • Understand how to optimize the board's work: applying strong leadership, sound governance, and effective board processes and tasks.
    • Understand how to ensure sustainable leadership through succession planning, effective mentoring, and reaching closure.
  • Presenters: Abigail DeLessio, Triangle Associates (China); Marc Frankel, Triangle Associates (MO); _x000D_ Benjamin Robinson, Providence Day School (NC) _x000D_
Governance
The Role of Human Resources in the Development of a Healthy School Culture Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Understand the value of human resources and how to effectively integrate a practice that supports your school’s unique culture. Learn how to proactively manage potential employee situations allowing your leadership team to focus on school management. Hear how HR supports employees at the ground level, ensures policies protect the school and advocate for employees, avoids legal challenges, improves morale, and provides guidance to leadership teams. Get real-time examples of how human resources has positively changed and supported the ongoing development of a healthy school culture.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how HR facilitates the development of a healthy school culture.
    • Learn how you can support the successful integration of a human resources practice.
    • Learn how HR positively impacts hiring and retention through the consolidation of processes and benefits offerings.
  • Presenters: Bernie Noe and Sara Skinner, Lakeside School (WA); Jim Scott and Pauline Bailey, Punahou School (HI)
Management
Understanding and Working with International Student Agents Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Join us to learn about the recently developed ICEF Guide for K-12 Independent Schools: Working with International Student Recruitment Agents. Learn about international student agents and what types of services they can provide schools and international students. Identify current and emerging markets that use agents, share best practices, and inform how best to develop successful relationships with agents.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about international student agents and what types of services they can provide schools and international students.
    • Identify current and emerging markets that use agents.
    • Discover best practices and how best to develop successful relationships with agents.
  • Presenters: Ioana Wheeler, NAIS (DC); Brittany Goodman, ICEF; Kevin Merges, Rutgers Preparatory School (NJ)
Management
Who Needs Meetings? Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Ever sat through a meeting and wanted to be anywhere else? Ever thought there must be a better way to run an organization than to have meeting after useless meeting? It can be done. Come see how to structure your organization and establish a meeting philosophy and plan that work for you.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Determine how to optimize your administrative organizational structure using actual models as examples.
    • Discover how to reduce the number of meetings you hold and still manage to complete all your tasks.
    • Learn how to harness the power of succinct communication so that your message is heard clearly.
  • Presenters: Jay Spencer, John McWilliams, and Ronnie Brown, The Montgomery Academy (AL)
Leadership Development
NAIS AC Powered by PechaKucha NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: NAIS has adapted the exciting, rapid-fire format of popular PechaKucha presentations to the Annual Conference stage. All presenters must adhere to the 20 x 20 rule: They're limited to 20 slides that advance automatically at 20 seconds per slide. Whether funny, sad, informative, or inspirational, all presentations are concise and visual.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: William Stribling, The Hill School (VA); Jacob Sargent, Hyde School (ME); Basil Kolani, Ridgefield Academy (CT); Thomas Taylor, Breck School (MN); Emily Lent Hemingway, The Bement School (MA); Justin Cerenzia, St. George's School (RI); Wendy Horng Brawer, 14000hours.org
Aspiring: When the Leadership Flame Flickers NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: A funny, poignant, and currently-in-progress tale of an "aspiring leader" hoping to shed the "aspiring" label. A pithy-leadership-quote-free reflection on the leadership journey.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: William Stribling, The Hill School (VA)
Becoming Leaders in Our Own Lives From the Inside Out NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The Hyde Inner Leadership Model endeavors to give students tools to unearth an authentic vision for their life and then translate that vision into reality.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jacob Sargent, Hyde School (ME)
Blending Old and New: Innovating at a Traditional School NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: How do you take a traditional school and make it innovative? Does innovative even mean anything anymore, or is it just another educational bingo word? 
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Basil Kolani, Ridgefield Academy (CT)
I Love to Laugh: Creating a Culture of Humor in Our Schools NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: What role does and should laughter play in your school? Examine the benefits of creating a culture of laughter in your school.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Thomas Taylor, Breck School (MN)
Mini Term, Maximum Results NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: For three weeks every year, teachers and K-9 students drop everything and collaborate on one topic. It's an annual rebirth of our teaching and learning!
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Emily Lent Hemingway, The Bement School (MA)
The Scars That You Don't See NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The surface only tells a part of the story. 
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Justin Cerenzia, St. George's School (RI)
Why Forrest Gump Can Change America NAIS On Demand Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Life is complex, like a box of chocolates. But we each hold special gifts. How might each child's gift be given room to grow?
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Wendy Horng Brawer, 14000hours.org
Challenges in Board and Head Relationships Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: Families First
  • Presenters: Debra Wilson, NAIS
Generous Orthodoxy: Organizational Stewardship and Institutional Evolution Framed by Malcolm Gladwell and Hans Wilhelm Frei NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History draws on the work of Hans Wilhelm Frei to offer a framing for schools aspiring to remain true to their core identity while exploring institutional evolution. Generous orthodoxy helps envision a path to protect and cherish the essence of what makes a school remarkable while being open to progress. "To be orthodox is to be committed to tradition. To be generous… is to be open to change. [T]he best way to live our lives is to find the middle ground. Because orthodoxy without generosity leads to blindness. And generosity without orthodoxy is shallow and empty.”
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine how a reassuring framework can enable schools to ask challenging institutional questions about identity and strategic direction.
    • Explore the connection between the concept of generous orthodoxy and the leadership responsibilities of organizational stewardship and financial sustainability.
    • Provide practical opportunities to explore how the concept of generous orthodoxy could be leveraged within your school community.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Ari Betof, Boston University Academy (MA)
Governance
Students and Trustees: Possibilities for Collaboration and Real-World Learning NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: What happens when trustees engage with students about substantive topics important to the mission of the school? Find out how the trustees of one school worked with students who wanted to change the investment policies for the school’s endowment. Look at process and outcomes, including changes in the endowment, curriculum of the school, and student understanding of decision making. Examine your school’s traditions and consider the possibilities in your school for real-world education to spring from trustee-level decision making. Get materials for starting the conversation at your school.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover how schools can use the real-world work of their boards as part of the education of the students.
    • See how trustee-student collaboration builds long-term trust and change.
    • Gain strategies and processes for creating contact and collaboration between boards and students.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Emily Jones, The Putney School (VT); Casey Clark, Glenmede (PA)
The Student Experience
The New Relevance: More Student Engagement, Less Homework NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Concerned about the effects of homework stress on student well-being, Lincoln School began looking for critical intersections between course content and the home and community lives and concerns of students. By embracing “The New Relevance” as a mantra for curriculum and assessment design, the school has begun to liberate students from homework overload while making learning more meaningful. A division director and a consulting educational expert review the process the school uses to change the culture of “She who dies with the most homework wins.”
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Demonstrate how making authentic linkages between students’ lives and schoolwork spurs deeper yet less burdensome learning.
    • Explain how one school harnessed an abstract concept to implement a strategic priority related to both curriculum and wellness.
    • Introduce the “New Relevance” as one pathway to deeper student engagement and more authentic learning experiences.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Peter Gow, Independent Curriculum Group (MA); Peter Brooks, Lincoln School (RI)
The Student Experience
Mission-Based Grading: Assessing and Reporting the Learning That Matters Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Have reformers and researchers like Guskey, O'Connor, Reeves, Wiggins, Wormeli, and others convinced you that traditional grading and reporting may undermine learning? Learn about a middle school’s efforts to reform traditional grading practices by leveraging its mission statement to design a grading system that supports quality teaching, promotes holistic reporting, and enhances student learning. Engage in a conversation with peers about elements of assessment and reporting that encourage learning-oriented mindsets in students. Reflect on your own school’s grading practices, and uncover the challenges of implementing changes that confront deeply ingrained practices within schools.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand about the history of and the limitations and deficiencies inherent in traditional grading schemes.
    • Understand the rationale for our school's initiative and the teacher-led process that sustains it through the challenges that accompany change.
    • Analyze our grading rubric and collaborate with peers to assess students in our three grading categories using case studies.
  • Presenters: Wendell Thomas and Annie Barton, Rowland Hall (UT)
The Classroom Experience
A Friend Is the First to Know: Making Every Student a Leader in Preventing Suicide Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: When a student is at risk or in crisis, who is the first to know? Engage in our interactive classroom curriculum aptly titled “A Friend Is the First to Know.” Address issues facing students who become aware of concerning information about a friend. Learn an experiential model for facilitating this discussion through small- and large-group activities, co-facilitated with student peer helpers. With you in the student role, delve into a curriculum that guides, teaches, and empowers students to be leaders in caring for their friends and accessing support.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Experience this suicide-prevention curriculum as students would, while considering possible modifications for your school culture and environment.
    • Leverage adolescent social connection and enlist their support in caring for students who are in need of support or intervention.
    • Create support connections between students and adults to increase the likelihood of referral for reactive counseling.
  • Presenters: Leilani Ahina, Sarah Slater, and Bennett Valencia, Punahou School (HI)
The Student Experience
Managing Up, Managing Down: How Women Leaders Need to Navigate the Waters in Our Schools NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: There are many opportunities to be a student of leadership at every level in your school. For women, there are unique challenges in leadership, some spoken and some unspoken variables that pave the way or block the path. Come engage in honest conversation about the ways women lead, cultivate a leadership style, and build a team. An experienced head of school and an experienced division head share what has worked and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of women leading in independent schools. Prepare to share and enjoy the cameraderie and kinship of the work we do.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the ways that women learn to lead by constituent group: faculty, peers, parents, and board.
    • Identify your leadership style to maximize opportunities to lead and model high-quality female leadership for children.
    • Identify your local opportunities to mentor and sponsor or be mentored or sponsored by local leaders in your area.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Kathleen McNamara, Seven Hills School (CA); Colleen Schilly, Hillbrook School (CA)
Leadership Development
Engaging Challenging Parents: Tools for Teachers NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Most parents of independent school students are easy to work with and supportive. Some parents, conversations, or topics can still present challenges for teachers. Learn to reframe (most) parental concerns and develop communication and problem-solving skills to help manage challenging parents effectively.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn to use the characteristics of both the teacher and the parent to strengthen your relationship and support the child.
    • Learn communication skills to assist in effectively managing the most challenging parents.
    • Prepare teachers to think differently about working with challenging parents.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Sara Stephenson and Sarah Spannagel, University School (OH); Michelle Bederman, Emory University (GA)
The Student Experience
How to Win Students and Influence Parents NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: You see them when they come on tour. You send personalized emails. You track their visits to your website and invite them to shadow current students. But do you know what really motivates a family to apply? Given the myriad challenges facing enrollment leaders in today’s competitive market — many of which are beyond our control — it is critical that we make the admission process more accessible and family friendly. To aid enrollment leaders, The Enrollment Management Association surveyed thousands of parents following the 2016-17 application season. Consider the practical application this information can have to your work.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Give voice to the customer perspective in admissions.
    • Consider how this information supports your admission process, or whether it motivates you to change your process.
    • Answer the question: How can independent schools make the admission process more family friendly?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Aimee Gruber, The Enrollment Management Association (NJ); Kevin Plummer, Tampa Preparatory School (FL)
Communications and Advancement
Leadership for a Diversity-Responsive Community NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: How can schools cement and realize their commitment to diversity and inclusivity? Once you’ve made a commitment to diversity and inclusivity in your mission statement or strategic plan, where does the work begin? Share our journey and a variety of approaches for becoming a diversity-responsive school, focusing on leadership at various levels of our institutions. Crucial to our growth is an integrated approach to leadership across the school, from the division director or head, through both curricular and co-curricular program leadership.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain concrete strategies for where and how to begin to realize your school’s commitment to diversity.
    • Think holistically in new ways about your school’s approach to leadership throughout the institution.
    • Reflect on, discuss, and consider your current and future approaches to diversity responsiveness.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Meghan Tally and Stella Beale, Windward School (CA); Peggy Procter and Roger Bridges, Echo Horizon (CA)
Leadership Development
Secrets vs. Privacy: Confidentiality Within Schools NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: It’s confidential. No, it’s private. It’s on a need-to-know basis. Who needs what information when and why? Administrators, teachers, counselors, and others may respond differently when information is shared with them. In an effort to increase collaboration and effective communication, teams must know what confidentiality is, when it’s necessary, who can uphold confidentiality, and why it’s helpful. Gain a greater understanding of the difference between confidentiality, privacy, and secrecy; uncover how to collaborate around confidential information; and explore the thorny issues related to sensitive information held on behalf of students.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Better understand confidentiality within a school and how confidentiality can be compared to privacy and confused with secrecy.
    • Identify factors that complicate and create tension with confidentiality, as well as ways to minimize these tensions.
    • Better understand the value of confidentiality and how it fosters a stronger sense of collaboration and student support.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Malikkah Rollins, Lowell School (DC); Amy Killy and Meryl Heyliger, Georgetown Day School (DC)
The Student Experience
You Can Attract Great Teachers, But Can You Keep Them? NAIS On Demand Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Your teachers are the primary points of contact with your students. Do they have the resources, autonomy, and support they need to make students successful? Discover the skills and traits that exceptional leaders maintain, based on amalgamated leadership profiles developed through interviews and observations. Discuss the traps leaders fall into that lead to high teacher turnover. Framed within the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership and Growth mindsets, learn to become more involved in your classrooms and empower your teachers to grow both personally and professionally.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the differences between effective and ineffective leaders from the perspective of teachers.
    • Identify your leadership style and reflect on your ability to work effectively with your teachers.
    • Develop strategies to work more effectively with your teachers.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: David Berthold, The Kinkaid School (TX); Charles Kraus, Fort Worth Country Day (TX)
Leadership Development
Building a Culture of Leadership from the Ground Up Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: What if you could reimagine your school’s leadership structure? The benefits of rethinking the structure of an organization cannot only be financially beneficial to a school but also enable the school to move on a path toward long-term sustainability. Discover our organizational model, discuss what works and what doesn’t, and share how we continue to build a culture that encourages all members of the community to take the lead. Uncover a design process that will allow you to rethink your own model and consider alternate possibilities.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine the benefits and challenges of a variety of organizational structures.
    • Draft an alternative leadership structure for your school.
    • Explore an ideal culture of leadership.
  • Presenters: Elizabeth Davis and Jim Eagen, Synapse School (CA)
Leadership Development
A Car for the Common Man: Assembly Lines in the Elementary Classroom Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Ford’s introduction of the assembly line transformed America. Examine several elementary-level projects that teach children the benefits of specialization and assembly lines, including developing logical sequences, communicating effectively, and efficiently cooperating. Counting, measurement, estimation, visual-spatial awareness, and other mathematical skills are tapped as students work to successfully assemble a range of finished products.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the concept of assembly lines as a vehicle for cooperative learning.
    • Gather ideas for hands-on STEM activities for the K-2 classroom.
    • Build skills to help young students understand efficiency and specialization in service and industrial endeavors.
  • Presenters: Sarah Clark and Susan Schneider, Tower School (MA)
The Classroom Experience
Accio Community: How We Built K-12 Houses That Look Nothing like the British System Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Based on the recommendations and research of Yong Zhao, Vail Mountain School built a successful K-12 house system that increased the number of genuine connections in our school. Each VMS house included one student from every grade and two staff members (34 houses total). House met once a week and then for special events throughout the year, including our holiday breakfast, all school ski day, and field day. Take a candid look at the successes and challenges of supporting teachers and students throughout the process.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the process of supporting teachers and students who were nervous about a new system.
    • Understand what incentives and activities worked well to build a K-12 community.
    • Understand, through survey data, the shift in culture that happened from the initiation of houses through the final activity.
  • Presenters: Kenneth "Kabe" ErkenBrack and Julie Schlossinger, Vail Mountain School (CO)
The Student Experience
Avoiding the Spotlight: Investigating, Addressing, and Eradicating Sexual Misconduct in Independent Schools Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: It is incumbent upon independent school leaders to change the landscape of our schools so that sexual misconduct is investigated, addressed, and prevented. Current heads of school are responsible for leading independent schools into a new generation of thought and action when it comes to sexual misconduct and only through their leadership will it be stopped. Engage in a panel discussion about keeping your school out of the spotlight. Former federal judge Barbara Jones, former federal prosecutor Glen Kopp, and independent school lawyer Kristin Smith share their judicial, criminal, and legal perspectives as well as answer your questions.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Arm heads of school with an action plan for improving their reporting, investigation, response, and management of sexual misconduct.
    • Provide tips for how to deal with law enforcement reviewing a school’s response to sexual misconduct allegations.
    • Recommend steps heads of school can take to help identify red flags and avoid sexual misconduct in their schools.
  • Presenters: Kristin Smith, Barbara Jones, and Glen Kopp, Bracewell LLP
Leadership Development
Business Model Innovation: What This Means for Independent Schools Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Gain a deep understanding of what business model means for independent schools, along with how and why your school should be looking at business model innovation to ensure a sustainable future. During 2017, MISBO teamed with IDEO and 12 cohort schools to experiment and imagine innovative and sustainable business models that may allow independent schools to provide accessible, high-quality education. Learn to take action. Or as IDEO says, create a bias toward action!
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about the MISBO + IDEO project and how the 12 participating schools approached business model innovation.
    • Learn how IDEO approached the challenge to help schools imagine a new sustainable future for independent schools.
    • Take part in one exercise to experience the type of learning that the participating schools experienced during the project.
  • Presenters: Marc Levinson, Independent School Solutions (CO)
Management
Co.Design in the Classroom: Students as Curriculum Leaders Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: The teacher is almost always responsible for curriculum development. But as the active consumers of their education, shouldn't students be central to the design process of that curriculum? Learn effective strategies for empowering students as co-designers of their curriculum. Discuss mechanisms for the successful transition to a co-design model as well as the challenges associated with implementation. Hear from students and teachers actively engaged in a curriculum co-design environment.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How does curricular co-design help promote the development of creative problem solving skills?
    • How do educators transform their current curriculum to a co-design model?
    • What are the implications for curricular co-design on student learning?
  • Presenters: Eric Walters, Marymount School (NY); Don Buckley, Tools at Schools (NY)
The Classroom Experience
Collaborative Internship Cohort: A Pathway to Teaching Excellence Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: For many, internships serve as the gateway to a life of independent school teaching. The Collaborative Internship Cohort (CIC) is a program that brings together interns and fellows from many Boston-area independent schools for a shared professional development and networking experience intended to promote the power of collaboration and professional development as critical skills for success. Learn about the ways the collaboration between schools can strengthen internship programs, model best practices as a critical skill for educators nationwide, and better support the next generation of teacher-leaders.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Show how schools with small internship programs can use local and regional partnerships to bolster their programs.
    • What are the critical themes in education that all beginning teachers need to consider as they begin their careers?
    • Discover why collaboration between internship programs should become best practice in independent schools throughout the country.
  • Presenters: Justin McLean and Alethea White, Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA); Brendan Largay, Belmont Day School (MA); Kathy Coen, The Park School (MA); David Banister, The Fessenden School (MA); ; Michael Coppola, Chesnut Hill School (MA)
Leadership Development
Get Your Act Together — Body, Mind, and Heart: An Executive Function Curriculum 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)
  • 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.
  • Presenters: Shannon Fruge and Paula Majeau, Episcopal School of Acadiana (LA)
The Classroom Experience
GROW: How Teacher-Directed Professional Development Nurtures Growth and Builds Community Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Have you ever wished you could take ownership of your own learning? Voice and choice motivate students and teachers alike. Experience how one school designed a cohort-driven professional development model where teachers design both the content and format of their own learning. Explore how this format might fit with your school’s mission and philosophy. Take home resources and materials.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Consider how professional development can be structured to maximize buy in and ensure active engagement.
    • Examine ways your school can align its professional development with its teaching paradigm, philosophy, and mission.
    • Explore ways to develop camaraderie and deeper relationships among faculty with diverse roles and teaching responsibilities.
  • Presenters: Jennifer Robinson, Matt Micciche, Amy Schmaljohn, and Kelly Causey, Friends School of Baltimore (MD)
Leadership Development
International School Global Developments — Past, Present, and Future Demographics Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Get the latest data on the international schools market, highlighting where all the international schools currently are in the world on a regional, subregional, country, and city perspective. Look at the curriculum and examination trends in the market and note specific countries where enrollment growth is substantial (e.g., China). Touch on the recent research and market intelligence brief done between NAIS and ISC on the phenomenal growth of Chinese students studying in the U.S. over the past 10 years.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about Chinese student enrollment in NAIS member schools in the U.S.
    • Discover new trends in the international schools market.
    • Learn about the newly launched ISC-NAIS Market Intelligence Brief on Chinese K-12 International Students.
  • Presenters: Ioana Wheeler, NAIS (DC); Richard Gaskell, International Schools Consultancy (ISC Research)
Management
Leadership Pathways: Successes, Challenges, and Insights from Four Heads in Their Second Year Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: There are as many different pathways to a headship as there are independent schools. Join members of the 2016 NAIS Institute for New Heads cohort to highlight the pathways of four first-time heads — an internal hire, a head with higher education experience, and two assistant heads — who lead K-8 and K-12 day schools, an all-girls 9-12 boarding school with a day middle school, and a program preparing students for independent schools. Learn about the diversity of pathways, searches, and styles from heads following long-time heads, those leading relatively new schools, and others leading schools with long-established cultures.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Help those considering headships to appreciate leadership pathways through the stories of second-year heads reflecting on year one.
    • Highlight the fellowship and support structures in place for first-year heads, especially the NAIS Institute for New Heads.
    • Demystify headships by providing insight from people who have recently started this phase of their leadership journey.
  • Presenters: Michael Wirtz, Hackley School (NY); Laura Konigsberg, Turning Point School (CA); Meera Viswanathan, The Ethel Walker School (CT); Mervan Osborne, Beacon Academy (MA)
Leadership Development
Leading with Data 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)
  • 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.
  • 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
Mind the Gap: Leading Your School in Closing the Gap Between Aspirations and Current Practice Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Explore how leaders can take an ambitious vision for education and put it into practice in an established school. Using case studies from our experience implementing large-scale, intentional, and rapid change at Hawken, engage in activities designed to help you assess the space between vision and reality at your school and identify some of the pathways that will help bridge those gaps. Share tools that we’ve developed over the last decade and figure out how to prioritize initiatives, shift culture, and generate buy in.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the most pressing gaps between vision and reality in your school community.
    • Brainstorm and assess strategies to manage the change needed at your school.
    • Build capacity and tools for leaders to address and close these gaps.
  • Presenters: Julia Griffin and Kim Samson, Hawken School (OH)
Leadership Development
Private-Public Partnerships: Designing Shared Experiences Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Bruns Academy (public) and Providence Day (private) wondered what might happen if students from both schools learned about leadership together. They asked: What if a diverse group of students were given a collaborative problem-solving prrocess enabling them to enact change? Experience the design thinking used to ignite this partnership.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover the process of how this public-private partnership enabled students to engage, collaborate, and create while forming meaningful relationships.
    • Identify the conditions used to design shared experiences for groups of students from two different schools.
    • Provide exploratory seeds and hints of the improvisation and design skills necessary to reinvent public-private partnership.
  • Presenters: Michael Magno and Ryan Welsh, Providence Day School (NC); Barry Sherman, Bruns Academy (NC)
Leadership Development
The Buck Stops Here — and Here: A Collaborative Approach to School Leadership Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Learn how University Lake School designed and implemented a collaborative approach to school leadership where two individuals share responsibility. This unique model for school leadership has distinct advantages and challenges. Examine this successful model in consideration of your school's approach to employing a head of school.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the strengths of this collaborative leadership model and the impact of those strengths on selecting leaders.
    • Learn of the variables integral to the success of this model of leadership.
    • Learn of the challenges of this model, and how one school has approached them.
  • Presenters: Timothy Horner and Ronald Smyczek, University Lake School (WI)
Governance
Using Creative Communication, Virtual Reality, and Social Media to Amplify Students’ Media Reach Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Discover ExLabs: a program developed by Episcopal School of Acadiana to help bring students and the school's marketing department to the forefront of creative communications. ExLabs introduces students to creative strategies, concepting, script writing, virtual reality, drone filmmaking, visual editing, and social media management. It uses cross-platform strategies to help the communications department exhibit educational experiences through the eyes the students. Delve into brand strategies, technological advancements in communications techniques, social media placement, and student career development in the fields of visual filmmaking. Learn how to create your own ExLabs!
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to effectively communicate your school's brand value through the eyes of students.
    • Get educated on the latest trends and techniques in the field of communications.
    • Experience what it means to be an ExLaber.
  • Presenters: Jennifer Graycheck, Episcopal School of Acadiana (LA); Brett Landry, Episcopal School of Acadiana / DRKHRSE (LA)
The Classroom Experience
The Pathway to Headship: Stories and Strategies from Women and People of Color NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: The 2018 conference beckons those who seek to explore the possibilities of one’s own leadership journey in a changing world. It calls upon us to examine “shifting mindsets about who leads and how we lead.” Join us for an informative, engaging workshop where we challenge the status quo of what leadership looks like. Four school leaders share stories and strategies about their journeys “to the top,” including topics such as the search and interview process, gender/racial expectations, implicit bias, school fit, and how to shape the position to best align with your needs, style, and strengths.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share up-to-date research and data on the current status of leadership in independent schools for women and people of color.
    • Share four different (and possibly unexpected!) paths to headship at different stages, ages, and readiness.
    • Educate and inspire aspiring leaders to pursue leadership and the headship by sharing stories of our journeys, mindsets, and strategies.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Peggy Procter and Roger Bridges, Echo Horizon School (CA); Phil Gutierrez, Mid-Peninsula High School (CA); Crystal Land, Head Royce School (CA); Melinda Tsapatsaris, Westland School (CA)
Leadership Development
Why Can the President Say It, But I Can’t? NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: In the first school year of the Trump presidency, schools have faced heightened tension around race, religion, nationality, and other facets of diversity. In an alarming twist to school bullying, a post-election review of bullying statistics confirms white students have been using the president's words and slogans to harass and taunt their classmates. Examine the extent to which racial and religious intolerance has shaped how kids talk, joke, and bully. How do you explain to students why certain words and phrases are unacceptable without being accused of political partisanship? How do you address bias incidents on campus and social media?
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How do you explain to students why certain words and phrases are unacceptable without being accused of political partisanship?
    • What policies, protocols, and other best practices can be shared to help independent schools address bias-based bullying and intolerance?
    • What are some tools, tips, and strategies on how to make sure every student feels safe at school?
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Shanelle Robinson, Friends Academy (NY)
The Student Experience
Responding to Historical Allegations of Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, and Child Abuse Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Gina, Leslie, and their team have led many high-profile investigations at major public and private K-12 and higher education institutions throughout the country. As former sexual assault and child abuse prosecutors, they bring decades of experience to their practice, which is dedicated to helping schools implement trauma-informed, fair, and impartial prevention and resolution processes. Find out how to plan and implement an effective response to historical allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and child abuse in the independent school context.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine how to evaluate available information and current legal requirements to determine the appropriate course of action.
    • Learn how to provide open, transparent, and sensitive communications to relevant constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.
    • Find out how to incorporate lessons learned into current prevention, education, and resolution policies and practices.
  • Presenters: Leslie Gomez, Gina Maisto Smith, and Maureen Holland, Cozen O'Connor (PA); Darryl Ford, William Penn Charter School (PA)
Governance
Current and Coming Legal Issues NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: The last 30 years or more have not seen a more tumultuous time to be tracking developing legislative, regulatory, or legal issues. What are the federal branches bringing to independent schools this year? What is happening in the states? What new legal challenges have schools around the country been facing? Vouchers, employment regulations, tax reform, antitrust concerns, student discipline, staff discipline, and more are all on the table. Join this interactive dialogue with NAIS's general counsel.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about potential legal issues being raised by federal government branches.
    • Learn about challenges from the courts and the states.
    • Learn about challenges being faced by fellow schools.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Debra Wilson, NAIS
Management
Designing and Improvising Collaborative Leadership NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Undertake a 60-minute design challenge aimed at exploring and applying the skills and mindsets of designers and improvisers. Leave with the “innovation engine” used by the Providence Day School Center for the Art and Science of Teaching, Learning, and Entrepreneurship to empower independent school leaders and teams to address adaptive challenges through creative, collaborative, learning endeavors. Learn to “mind the gap between who we are and who we aspire to be” by observing gaps and aspiring to new possibilities. Establish new relationships that perpetuate innovation and creativity.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Ryan Welsh, Emily Carrara, and Matt Scully, Providence Day School (NC)
Leadership Development
Engagement and Impact: Design Thinking for Social Justice NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Design thinking has been gaining steam in K-12 education as a hands-on opportunity to dive deep. Empathy, engagement, and ideation sit at the core of design thinking. These are also the pillars of social justice work. Join us as we explore how to integrate both social justice and design thinking into your curriculum, special programming, and leadership training. Hear about recent examples and try your hand at equity design. Take back resources to assist you in creating your own design activity you can implement immediately.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand of design thinking and how to implement design thinking in the classroom.
    • Understand the integration of social justice in many forms into design thinking.
    • Create a framework for an activity to use at your school.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Nola-rae Cronan, Columbus School for Girls (OH); Ara Brown, Cranbrook Kingswood Schools (MI)
The Student Experience
Are Your Admissions Processes Compliant with ADA and Similar Laws? What Are the Risks? NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Many independent schools are not in compliance with ADA Title III and similar laws that impact them, especially in the admissions processes. Schools ask questions in the admissions process about disabilities, impairments, special needs, and accommodations, and often require testing to determine a student’s IQ or learning challenges. Although the industry is presently out of compliance, don’t let your school be the test case for a parental challenge over what may be viewed as exclusionary practices for elite schools. Learn where the lines are drawn, potential liability, and how to ensure compliance with these complicated laws.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain familiarity with the guidelines of when a school can inquire about learning differences or employ psychological testing in admissions.
    • Learn about alternative strategies to obtain the same information legally.
    • Learn how to avoid liability in the admissions process.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP (FL); Steve Piltch and Amy Clemons, The Shipley School (PA)
Management
Combating “Fake News” and Misinformation with Information Literacy NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: With the rise of fake news, disinformation, and misinformation, and with people in positions of power questioning the existence of facts and an objective reality, we are challenged to take a step back and work with students to ensure that they become intelligent consumers and ethical users of information. Get practical resources and ideas to teach our students to discern fact from fiction, evaluate sources, and understand the motivation of those who work to manipulate them, so students can become thoughtful consumers and creators of information and ideas.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the difficulty of locating useful, fact-based information and appreciate the struggles students face in navigating ideas and information.
    • Provide a clear methodology and evaluation criteria for teachers to use to guide students as they research on the internet.
    • Provide lessons, tools, and assessments that educators can adapt and use in their schools and classrooms based around internet reliability.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Lindsay Horbatuck and Laurie Sears, Landon School (MD)
The Classroom Experience
Pop-up Courses: Flexible, Modern Learning Design for Digging into Real-World Issues NAIS On Demand Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: How does your school respond when a new, challenging issue emerges locally or globally — a momentous election, an outbreak of disease, an attack, or a new phenomenon such as fake news? What if you could address this topic in a short course akin to a pop-up restaurant? We created a model for doing that: a 2-4-week, online, flex course that teachers can incorporate into existing courses. Hear about our experience offering two such courses to a total of 2,000 students in a global network. Adapt the “recipe” for your own school setting.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Offer nimble and timely programming that inspires teachers to connect to real-world issues across disciplines.
    • Use your school’s network of relationships to extend your teachers’ reach.
    • Develop an understanding of how online learning spaces are ideally suited for this work when leveraged effectively.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jason Cummings, Global Online Academy (WA); Nelson Graves, News-Decoder; Tina Bessias, Durham Academy / Global Online Academy (NC)
The Classroom Experience
Visual Arts at the Intersection of Progressive Education and Future-Facing, Maker Intiatives Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Schools grounded in the tenets of progressive education have long known that children learn by doing and making, not just in the art studio but in every curricular area. Current initiatives in contemporary education such as STEAM, the maker movement, and 21st century schools ask all educators to harness the power of collaboration and creation to make learning come to life. How can teachers become collaborative leaders as they design integrated, hands-on experiences? See examples of integrated units that use the visual arts as a spring board to teach robotics, new technology, science, social studies, and even foreign language.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the intersection of progressive education and visual arts curriculum with future-facing initiatives such as STEAM and the maker movement.
    • Learn specific techniques to become a leader in arts integration without sacrificing the value of the visual arts curriculum.
    • Be inspired by collaborations that integrate the visual arts into subjects such as robotics, 3-D printing, mapping, and Spanish language.
  • Presenters: Cheryl Capezzuti, Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School (PA)
The Classroom Experience
10 Things That Don't Belong in a School of the Future 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)
  • 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.
  • Presenters: Jason Kern and Mike Cobb, All Saints Episcopal School (TX)
Leadership Development
Building a Faculty Culture of Growth and Innovation Through Coaching and Collaboration Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Join academic leaders at three schools for a conversation about how we might harness teachers’ visions, help them trust their own expertise, and facilitate an amplified faculty voice. At our schools, we have done so by using coaching concepts in broader, more creative ways, through instructional and leadership coaching, faculty think tanks, design thinking, and Folio. Shifting faculty culture also requires that your own leadership style evolves. Using question-storming (an alternative to brainstorming) and case studies, capitalize on the expertise of everyone in the room, identifying structures that can be modified to fit any school size or setting.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Consider the potential for coaching practices to inform a culture of collaboration and team-building.
    • Explore how to adapt this model-in-progress to the team-building work you do or aspire to do.
    • Consider how your own leadership style might need to evolve in order to nurture a more innovative faculty culture.
  • Presenters: Marsha Little, The Lovett School (GA); Connie White, Woodward Academy (GA); Cynthia Sabik, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (GA)
Leadership Development
Eliminating Sidewalk Talk: An Online Parent-Teacher Feedback Form Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Most school leaders have had occasion to lament the "sidewalk talk" or diagonal conversation between parents where a lot of teacher feedback occurs. Our school has developed an online feedback form that provides a conduit for parents to give teachers direct feedback about their child's experience in the class. Share in the lessons we learned about how to generate a feeling of ownership among the faculty, construct questions appropriately, design the electronic portal, market the form to parents, and evaluate the results. This form has the potential to change the culture of your school!
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Evaluate historical and cultural forces that shape feedback patterns in schools.
    • Construct a parent-teacher feedback form.
    • Review lessons learned.
  • Presenters: Lee Hark and Ryan Burton, Durham Academy (NC)
Management
Ethical Choices: Developing 21st Century Leaders Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Social media, peer pressure, global competition — these features increasingly characterize the world our students live in. How do we equip our students to navigate this 21st century landscape and become tomorrow's ethical leaders? Ethical leadership is about the ability to make complex decisions based on self-reflection, clarifying one's values, and a proven step-by-step decision-making process. Learn a values-based approach to ethical decision making and gain the skills necessary to facilitate ethical conversations about relevant 21st century issues in your classroom or advisory group. Receive case studies, sample topics, and a decision-making protocol.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Get tools to help students cultivate the confidence and competence in making ethically thoughtful decisions.
    • Find out how you can help students identify their own values and support student ethical curiosity and leadership.
    • See how the ethical decision-making process can be applied across disciplines.
  • Presenters: Eva Lazar, The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School (NJ); Karen Rezach, Kent Place School (NJ)
The Classroom Experience
Infusing Social and Emotional Education into Daily Instruction: Integrating — Not Adding-On Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: A void in social and emotional programming for PK-12 institutions prompted Pine Crest to develop a tailored plan, using a strategic model. As a school committed to innovation and anchored by our core curriculum, we sought to balance the two while providing our students with the skill set needed for success beyond the classroom. Gain an understanding of how to achieve a cultural shift, integrate social-emotional skills into your curriculum, and improve social and emotional interactions within the broader school community.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore and synthesize the research on the importance of social and emotional education in a 21st century learning environment.
    • Deepen understanding of social-emotional learning and how to uncover these skills in student academic learning.
    • Create “first steps” for bringing social and emotional learning back to your school.
  • Presenters: Krista Promnitz and Lisa Ockerman, Pine Crest School (FL)
The Student Experience
Innovation and Transformation in Challenging Times Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: With rich data and concrete take-aways, McLean School leadership discusses innovations that boosted enrollment by 23 percent over the last three years. Join current and former board chair and the head of school to examine key decision points, actions, and results as this prominent K-12 school strengthened its board, clarified mission, solidified leadership, adjusted program, built culture, and honed markeing messages. Trustees, heads, and other administrators, return to your school with specific examples and quantified results.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover how to balance the need for immediate action with development of a strategic process.
    • Find out why schools need to be clear about their brand and how to get that way.
    • Uncover how to evolve the board during institutional change.
  • Presenters: Michael Saxenian, Steve Anthony, and Eric Greenberg, McLean School (MD)
Governance
Is There a Tuition Bubble? Macroeconomics and Independent Schools 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)
  • 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.
  • Presenters: John Lewis, The Gunston School (MD); Greg Hagin, CCS (PA)
Management
Learning Through Design and Action: Engaging Youth in Redesigning Their School Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Students learn best when they are engaged in an authentic task that they perceive as personally meaningful. Hear how we developed an innovative, two-week course that introduced students to design thinking and culminated in a project where students redesigned their school. The final pitches made to the senior administrative team were impressive and demonstrated how passionate, engaged students not only lead to improved learning but can also spark school-wide change. Explore how student action can drive learning, build a culture of innovation, and transform a school.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • The human-centered design approach is a powerful framework to transform learning in schools.
    • Students learn best when they are engaged in an authentic task that they perceive as personally meaningful.
    • We need new types of programming to transform learning at our schools.
  • Presenters: Gregory Benedis-Grab and Ali Iberraken, Packer Collegiate Insitute (NY)
The Classroom Experience
Marketing Independent Schools 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)
  • 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.
  • Presenters: John Katzman, Noodle Education (NY); Heather Hoerle, The Enrollment Management Association (NJ)
Communications and Advancement
MOOCs for Professional Development: What We Want Every Teacher to Know Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Meet a MOOC (massive online open course) and assess the potential for professional development. Free to users, MOOCs have been an untapped resource for schools seeking to learn from experts in various fields who can inform the work of teachers, parents, and students. Hear about a MOOC on the science of learning and critique the MOOC as a source of professional development for your school. Learn how to engage with educators throughout the world to form a discussion group and exchange ideas on how to apply the learning.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how a MOOC works and take an opportunity to assess the potential for professional devleopment.
    • A MOOC is a vehicle for learning that requires careful planning, similar to any effective professional development effort.
    • Research MOOCs and what you can learn and put into practice to maximize the effectiveness of MOOCs.
  • Presenters: Pearl Kane and Kevin Mattingly, Teachers College, Columbia University
Leadership Development
Parents Who Insist Their Child Is Being Bullied (Despite Evidence to the Contrary) Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Back by popular demand! When parents see their child as a victim of bullying and the child’s teachers do not, the alliance between school and parent can quickly break down. This interactive workshop will provide practice in managing the disconnect between parents pushing a bullying agenda and schools earnestly working to help them understand that providing a “safe” school is not the same as creating an environment where nothing socially challenging, difficult, or negative ever happens to a child.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Better understand the complexities of being “safe” at school.
    • Practice communication that can be applied in real-world parent-teacher-administrator conversations.
    • Begin the process of creating or refining school bullying protocol to implement in your school.
  • Presenters: Daisy Pellant, Breck School (MN); Michael Thompson, psychologist
The Student Experience
Rethinking Compensation: A Community-wide Effort to Improve Agency, Accountability, and Transparency 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)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the relationship between compensation and evaluation.
    • Understand the importance of school-wide 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.
  • Presenters: Christina Gwin, Rebecca Sherouse, and Kyle Barriger, Castilleja School (CA)
Leadership Development
School Climate and SEL Measurements Tools and Trends: A Foundation for Well-Being Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Review the current state of the prosocial measurement field in four realms: school climate surveys that recognize student, parent, and school personnel “voice;” readiness assessments that support school leaders considering strengths and challenges to prepare and plan for the next phase of school improvement; school climate process metrics; and individual SEL informed metrics that can be used to evaluate student learning, strengths, and challenges. Get guidance and support as you consider current measurement practices and how you may want to use new prosocial metrics to foster student engagement and school improvement.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about the range of school climate informed measurement development trends and tools.
    • Learn about the range of social emotional learning (SEL) informed measurement development trends and tools.
    • Consider your own measurement practices and how you may want to include additional school climate and/or SEL measurement practices.
  • Presenters: Jonathan Cohen, National School Climate Center (NY); Scott Beszylko and Elizabeth Mendelsohn, Winston Prep Schools (NY)
Management
Social Justice Through Student-Centered Learning Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Learn from an enthusiastic and informed pair of veteran educators about how to use student-centered practices to explore and promote social justice within varied disciplines.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain confidence facilitating student-driven conversations.
    • Integrate language from cultural studies and racial literacy areas into varied disciplines.
    • Learn discrete roles of coach, mentor, facilitator, and assessor.
  • Presenters: John Bouton and John Daves, The Pennington School (NJ)
The Classroom Experience
Stories from Headship: "Why the Hell Would You Want This Job?" Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: In a lively session that invites a back and forth conversation between panelists and attendees, four experienced school heads share unvarnished leadership stories that offer authentic lessons while revealing the highs and lows, the connectedness and isolation, and the clarity and ambiguity of school leadership. The stories present headship as a deeply human experience, a noble profession worthy of your full self and willingness to learn from experience. They make headship feel real, not simply conceptual, to those considering it and to those — such as teachers and trustees — who want to understand it better.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Better understand the human (as opposed to strategic, management, or visionary) side of headship.
    • Understand the contradictions (e.g., connectedness vs. isolation, clarity vs. ambiguity) inherent in headship.
    • Understand the centrality and sustaining importance of values in headship, and consider your own leadership values.
  • Presenters: Mark Davis, St. Luke's School (CT); Ruth Glass, Lake Tahoe School (NV); Chuck Harmon, York School (CA); Archie Douglas, Bentley School (CA)
Leadership Development
Students, We Want You to Run It: How Do We Get Out of Your Way? Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: Student-centered learning is a buzzword (phrase) in education, yet teachers train for years to be masters of their craft. How can teachers and administrators learn the art of getting out of the way to ensure students have the opportunity to learn, celebrate failure, and develop crucial skills to compete in a global society? Teachers and administrators desire for students to lead, but their instinct to “save the day” can cloud newfound pedagogy. Identify key areas of professional development and the results of that work. Examine case studies to apply the methods we discuss.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify key leadership skills to develop in students.
    • Identify and learn skill-based, facilitation-training activities for faculty.
    • Apply facilitation techniques to case studies.
  • Presenters: Mya Sullivan and Steven Nowack, Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School (GA)
The Classroom Experience
The Digital Experience: Developing 21st Century Leadership Skills in Today’s World Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: While much attention has focused on the educational experiences in the classroom, digital communities in which K-12 students participate have relatively little consideration in recent research and practice. We challenge you to reflect on your school, students, and your own perspectives, usage, and knowledge of social media tools — through session activities and small group conversations — with implications related to how social media can be leveraged in building and rebuilding campus and classroom digital communities. Learn the six digital student leadership education pillars to empower your students.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Be more accurately aware of how current student leaders are using and perceiving social media within schools.
    • Learn four methods to apply digital education to students with implications of diversity and inclusion in digital spaces.
    • Learn the six major findings from the Practical Action Research study for leadership education and social media application.
  • Presenters: Jennifer Dane, The Ohio State University (OH); Josie Ahlquist, Florida State University (FL)
The Student Experience
What Is a B+, Anyway? Replacing Grades with a Mastery Model NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Share the opportunities and challenges of using standards-based assessment (SBA) in both a traditional and nontraditional school setting. See how SBA, or a mastery approach, reframes grades as feedback, creating a classroom culture of learning while painting a more holistic view of the student. Examine concrete examples of how to implement SBA and discuss the challenges we have faced in implementing SBA in our respective schools. Hear how SBA is the logical assessment strategy if your school wants to become a mastery transcript school.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Standards-based assessment (SBA) focuses on learning as an iterative process, naturally allowing the classroom to be differentiated.
    • SBA forces teachers to be intentional in curriculum and instruction; it provides students with frameworks for becoming lifelong learners.
    • SBA is a superior assessment strategy for all classrooms, but especially for schools interested in becoming a mastery transcript school.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Regan Galvan, Polytechnic School (CA); Michael Peller, The Nueva School (CA); Tim Bazemore, Catlin-Gabel (OR)
The Classroom Experience
Incubating and Co-working: Building Innovative School Programs and Partnerships Beyond Your Campus NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: In 2014, Episcopal High School partnered with WeWork and a number of Washington-area incubators to explore the use of co-working spaces to enhance school programs. The school has expanded the use of these innovative environments to support signature programs including experiential education (The Washington Program), student career experiences (The Senior Externship), professional development (faculty retreats), and institutional advancement events (EHS Connect). This network continues to provide endless opportunities for connection to the world beyond the campus. Join us to discuss our journey and hear recommendations for independent schools interested in building your own network of innovative partners.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Get an introduction to future trends in workplace structure and dynamics: incubators, co-working spaces, and a culture of design and innovation.
    • Get recommendations for educators and leaders in building outreach, networks, and connecting with strategic partners in co-working and incubating spaces.
    • Examine models of co-working space and incubator use for independent schools that include expanding curriculum, admissions, advancement, and faculty professional development.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jeremy Goldstein, Episcopal High School (VA)
Management
Neuroscience, the Daily Grind, and College Admission: Redesigning the Upper School Schedule NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Time is not a tuition-driven asset — all schools are given a similar share. What is the best use of this most equitable of resources? While lower and middle schools have moved toward flexible classrooms, constructed around neuroscience and child development, upper schools find themselves tethered to the common currency of the Carnegie Unit, driven by college admission. What information is needed and what challenges do schools face during a schedule retooling process? Most importantly, how can upper schools balance current pedagogy on learning with traditional curriculum and college expectations — all within the constraints of the academic day?
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand neuroscience and other developmentally-centered practices and apply them to curricular and schedule design, with attention to school mission.
    • Explore the complex and interactive systems that impede schedule redesign: transcript/college admissions, expectations of stakeholders, use of space, etc.
    • Create an approach specific to your school by exploring which questions to ask board, students, faculty, and parents.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Kay Betts, Bettstrategic Group; Patty Montague, Marist School (GA); Kelley Lips, Emory University (GA)
The Classroom Experience
Authenticity, Purpose, and Customer Experience: One School’s Journey to Full Enrollment NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Like many young schools, Watershed School once struggled to achieve full enrollment. But over the last three years, we’ve grown by 82 percent. The path wasn’t easy or pain free. A new head of school and admissions director had to hear tough feedback, learn about their market, and grow as marketers and as leaders. They unpacked their customer’s experience and made changes to improve it. Share what they learned and leave with concrete takeaways, as well as the confidence that you can guide your school to growth if you’re willing to embrace the leadership journey.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the connection between growth and authentic leadership.
    • Understand how to embrace the “countercultural truths” of your school as a way to drive differentiation and growth.
    • Learn how to map your customer’s “user roadmap” and translate those insights into concrete marketing and program initiatives.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Greg Bamford and Mishel Gantz, Watershed School (CO)
Communications and Advancement
Engagement, Empathy, and Equity in Action: A Journey to Enact Transformative Vision, Curricula, and Learning NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The Children’s School in Atlanta was highlighted in the spring 2017 edition of NAIS’s Independent School magazine as one of three innovative schools nationwide that is reimagining school design. Tasked with creating a middle grades program, leadership asked faculty, “If you had a blank slate, no preconceptions, no predetermined curriculum, no expectations for schedule or structure, and were simply asked ‘what is an ideal learning environment for this age,’ what would you design?” Follow a group of administrators and teachers designing an immersive project-based learning prototype for a new sixth-grade experience as a model for middle grades.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Design immersive project-based curriculum centered on engagement, empathy, and equity, meeting national standards, developing strong critical thinkers and problem solvers.
    • Gain key strategies for aligning around shared vision, values, successful team relationships, and replicating this work in other environments.
    • Recognize the power of community partners in giving meaning and relevance to learning — engaging the broader community in the vision.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Todd Wass, Allen Broyles, Kelly Lyn, and Sally Wood, The Children's School (GA)
The Classroom Experience
Ever Forward: Upshifting from Allies to Accomplices NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: How can independent schools conceptually and tangibly advance equity and inclusion efforts? One possible answer is by increasing the horizontal buy in of our various constituencies. Explore some structural initiatives that potentially can foster the cultural competencies needed to uphold an antibias educational framework and, thereby, a truly inclusive school community. Learn about shifting from allies to accomplices as a critical component in advancing a school's values, culture, and mission.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Provide an expanded conceptual framework to advance social justice and/or antiracism efforts in your school.
    • Provide examples of structural initiatives that can cultivate the cultural competencies needed to best engender an inclusive school community.
    • Engage in productive dialogue about effectively scaffolding a commitment to equity and social justice work in your school community.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Martha Neubert and Bea Garcia, Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA)
Leadership Development
Let the Kids Do It: From Student Centered to Student Driven NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn" — Benjamin Franklin. As independent school educators and administrators, we hope to send our students into the world prepared to lead. To really help them learn to lead, adults need to let go and let students take on essential projects, mentoring and coaching them rather than assigning tasks. Hear educators and administrators from The Masters School present three specific examples of students taking on school-wide initiatives, discuss what they've learned in the process, and share a roadmap for transforming student leadership.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about the research supporting student-driven processes in schools.
    • Learn from three examples of transformation to student ownership of school-wide processes.
    • Get tools to help you reconstruct activities at your school in a way that promotes student ownership.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Eileen Dieck, Karen Brown, Matthew Ives, and Matthew Kammrath, The Masters School (NY)
Leadership Development
Taming the Homework Monster NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Is homework is getting you and your parents down? Then it's time to tame that homework monster and align your lower school’s practice with the research. Learn how a lower school collaboratively transformed its homework practices. The presenter will share every step of the process and every artifact — from parent input surveys and key talking points to parent letters and class website changes. Now in year two of the change process, hear what has been learned in the early stages, how to anticipate and avoid pitfalls, and how to get everyone on board with what's best for kids.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand key research findings regarding homework's effect on student achievement in grades K-5.
    • Identify the steps used in the homework policy/practice change process, including research, input, collaboration, communication, and implementation.
    • Understand and anticipate objections and identify strategies for moving a community through the homework policy change process.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Kelley King, San Diego Jewish Academy (CA)
The Classroom Experience
The Future of Social Media Education NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: At a time when students spend eight hours each day on digital devices and, simultaneously, cyber-bullying and reputation-damaging posts are running rampant, few schools have found a feasible solution. Social networks are only becoming more complicated, yet parents and educators cannot keep up. Ravenscroft School and The Social Institute have filled that growing void by providing the first-ever social media curriculum designed to guide students to positive, productive uses of social media and technology. Learn how we empower students to win at social media and do so with a positive approach.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how we teach students the skill of navigating one of the most powerful influences on their development.
    • Learn how schools are not equipped to teach students positive ways to navigate social media and technology.
    • Learn how Ravenscroft provides a social media curriculum designed to guide students to positive/productive uses of social media.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Jason Ramsden, Susan Perry, and Colleen Ramsden, Ravenscroft School (NC); Laura Tierney, The Social Institute (NC)
The Student Experience
The Neurology of Decision Making: Understanding and Improving an Essential Skill Set NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The decisions we make are at the root of all of our work and are the most significant determinants of our success. Surprisingly, educators, unlike other professions, receive little if any formal training on how to put into practice identifiable skills that can polish and improve our decision making, much of it grounded in neurological research. Engage in case study analysis to better understand our decision-making tendencies as a way of improving how we go about making both the routine and strategic decisions we make in our schools.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand research-based principles of decision making anchored in neuroscience.
    • Gain insight into our individual decision-making tendencies.
    • Aquire skills and techniques that can improve our personal and professional decision making.
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Michael Walker, San Francisco Day School (CA)
Leadership Development
Activating Inquiry-Based Leadership: Practices for Change and Empowerment Across School Constituencies Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Leadership incubators rest on three grounding principles: an inquiry mindset, a culture of accessibility, and practical frameworks that foster leadership at all levels. Our respective Silicon Valley schools integrate these principles to empower agency within, between, and across constituencies. Hear about cultural, curricular, and structural practices that activate leadership potentials across our school communities. Acquire practical tools you can apply to cultivate conditions for leadership within your school.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the role of inquiry in growing leadership capacity.
    • Explore practical tools for leadership development across constituencies.
    • Generate ways these insights can be applied within your school community.
  • Presenters: Noa Mendelevitch, Synapse School (CA); Mike Orlando, Helios School (CA) 
Leadership Development
Coming Down the Mountain: Moving from Idea to Identity Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: The Innovation Kitchen team at NAIS has the opportunity to work with small and large schools that are moving strategic innovation forward. They have studied the NextGen Thrivabilities that need to be present and the processes that help schools refine and advance their own Summit ideas. Delve into their latest discoveries and examine the NAIS Innovation Backpack, a toolkit of resources that schools can use to continue your unique journey on the magnetic mountain.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Tim Fish, NAIS
Leadership Development
Constructing Servant Leaders: A Blueprint for Developing Transformative Service Learning Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Over the last six years, four independent schools in the Asheville area have partnered on an innovative and significant service program to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. The relationship between each of the schools has moved beyond a traditional rivalry and transitioned to a relationship grounded in better communication and strengthened camaraderie, sharing a common goal of building a house. Most importantly, however, each build has provided a single mother and her family with a new home and the opportunities that come with affordable housing. Inside the school communities, the program has developed motivated and skilled student leaders.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore the history and structure of the Habitat Student Build.
    • Break down the ways the Habitat Student Build develops student leadership and enhances the student experience in an independent school.
    • How might a Habitat build or other major service partnership fit with your school’s mission and provide opportunities for synergy?
  • Presenters: Isaac Rankin, Christ School (NC); Margot Moses, Carolina Day School (NC)
The Student Experience
Diversity Coaching Model: A Tool for Reshaping Curriculum and Practice Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Hear about a diversity coaching model used within two independent schools. The model is an effective method to examine and expand curriculum while simultaneously embedding antibias principles across content areas. Focus on the application of the diversity coaching model, including how it was developed and implemented in a preschool and lower school setting and is now used from PK-12. Explore how to utilize the diversity coaching model at your school and put theory into practice.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the strengths and challenges of diversity and equity work within NAIS schools.
    • Understand the potential of the diversity coaching model in supporting educators as they build capacity for diversity and inclusion work.
    • Undertake action planning to engage community members in mission-based work.
  • Presenters: Joseph McCauley and Semeka Smith-Williams, Packer Collegiate Institute (NY); Ramón Javier, The Trinity School (NY)
The Classroom Experience
Finding Common Ground Through Differences: Building Relationships and Authenticity Through Asynchronous Relationships Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Often educators ask students to focus on how they are similar to their peers — but what if we used cultural differences as a bridge for building more authentic student-teacher and peer relationships? Discover how to leverage student differences, design an environment that creates and fosters productive relationships outside of the classroom, and walk away with a plethora of teacher hacks. Learn from three school counselors who also teach in different states and build asynchronous relationships with their students at Global Online Academy.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand what research tells us about relationships in the online space and how to connect with people who are different.
    • Learn best practices for building authenticity and leveraging out-of-classroom time.
    • Build a community that can communicate and empathize with people who are culturally different from their own.
  • Presenters: Priya Singhvi, Greenhill School (TX); Leilani Ahina, Punahou School and Global Online Academy (HI); Lauren Gehman, Metairie Park Country Day School and Global Online Academy (LA)
The Student Experience
Genders and Sexualities Alliances (GSAs): Sites for Social Justice and Facilitating Equity-Minded Student Allies Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Genders and Sexualities Alliances (GSAs) foster a sense of community, safety, and activism among participants. They are also sites where students gain a heightened sense for social justice, where equity-mindedness becomes reality for all who participate in them. Join two diverse, LGBT, long-time educators as they describe and model the specific pedagogy that results in these outcomes. Get a nuanced understanding of gender and sexuality, access to current LGBT resources, and equipped to support all students at your school.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Reflect on personal experiences and memories that help you locate your current understanding of gender and sexuality.
    • Actively engage in small-group discussions about specific pedagogy within GSAs that leads to equity mindsets among students.
    • Analyze presenters’ classroom experiences, applying them to your school setting with the hope of promoting social justice.
  • Presenters: J.B. Mayo, Jr., University of Minnesota (MN); JJ Kahle, The Blake School (MN)
The Student Experience
Honoring the Student Experience: The Power and Potency of Student-Centered Practitioner Research Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: As educators, we often discuss student-centered classrooms, but rarely do we use research practices to understand our students’ unique experiences of school. Explore how four independent school teachers designed and executed practitioner research projects focused on the student experience. Discuss research questions, design, methodology, and ethics, as well as how to manage researcher biases and the politics of conducting research in your place of practice. Join this conversation to learn how you can engage in practitioner research on your campus to better understand and serve your school community.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to craft high-quality research questions.
    • Learn how to conduct research in your school.
    • Learn how to use qualitative data about the student experience to inform practice.
  • Presenters: Kelsey Schroeder, Roland Park Country School (MD); Brendan McGrail, Dwight-Englewood School (NJ); Cara Henderson, The Emery/Weiner School (TX); Jackson Collins, Prep for Prep (NY)
The Student Experience
Inspire Your Leadership Journey: Optimize Growth Through Reflective Practice and E-portfolios Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Delve into the value of a growth mindset and discover how reflective practice can optimize growth, transforming you into an innovative leader within your school community. Using visible-thinking routines from Harvard's Project Zero, push your imagination, focus on your why, and discover ways to document your professional growth. Get familiar with how to use specific platforms where you can host professional e-portfolios, growth portfolios, video reflections, and digital resumes to motivate and inspire your practice.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discover growth e-portfolios and engage in a reflective journey to identify your inner why.
    • Apply growth mindset research to frame your goals, learning opportunities, and development.
    • Establish connections between your personal brand and culture and the story your current practice tells.
  • Presenters: Priscila Torres and Genevieve Hoppe, The North Broward Preparatory Schools (FL)
Leadership Development
Lab Atlanta: Designing, Disrupting, and Changing Lives Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Lab Atlanta is a 10th-grade, semester school for honors-level students from across public and independent schools in Atlanta. Funded in part by a Leadership Challenge Grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation, Lab Atlanta opened it doors in January 2017 with a mission to develop civically engaged, design­minded leaders focused on building a vibrant, sustainable future for themselves and the city of Atlanta. Get an overview of the model, explore its challenges and learning, and celebrate some truly transformative student experiences.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the Lab semester school model and its unique value proposition for 10th grade students.
    • Explore and discuss the challenges and learnings from the disruptive model.
    • Celebrate the transformations experienced by students in their semester at Lab.
  • Presenters: Laura Deisley, The Lovett School (GA); Mike Pardee, Lab Atlanta (GA)
The Classroom Experience
Leadership That Delivers: The Power of Financial Aid, Institutional Sustainability, and Inclusion Thinking Strategically/Acting Tactically Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Strong leaders can guide a skeptical board of trustees and business office in understanding how the strategic use of need-based financial aid and merit scholarships can set a school on a mission-driven path to enrollment growth, financial sustainability, and inclusion. Data-informed leaders can guide their schools toward a mindset recognizing financial aid and scholarships as a means to generate essential revenue, rather than the traditional mindset of an expense that must be curtailed. Illustrated by professional experience and informative case studies, learn how net-tuition revenue, strategic thinking, tactical implimentation, and partnerships enhance mission-appropriate enrollment management and budgeting.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explain the implementation of net-tuition revenue (NTR) and demonstrating NTR budgeting to reluctant trustees and business office.
    • Understand how to apply various tactics to achieve goals as defined by board of trustees and head of school.
    • Understand the potential pitfalls to the methodology and how to prepare and react to them.
  • Presenters: DaRel Christiansen and Jennifer Moore, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (GA); Christopher Tompkins, The Tatnall School (DE)
Management
Measuring and Communicating the Classroom Experience with Evidence-Based Dashboards Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: High-quality teaching and an excellent program have the greatest impact on the classroom experience. Yet it is difficult to design an evidence-based methodology to measure these key areas. Hear how one school designed dashboards to measure program quality and how well it recruits, develops, and retains teaching talent. Find out how to identify key metrics, balance quantitative and qualitative data, use leading and lagging success indicators, and communicate effectively with parents using language familiar to noneducators.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Create a strategic, evidenced-based dashboard to inform decision making and resource allocation strengthening the classroom experience.
    • Get a handle on quantitative data, qualitative information, trends, gaps, and vulnerabilities to actively address teaching and curriculum issues.
    • Evaluate factors crucial to school success and communicate how effectively it's achieving objectives impacting the classroom experience.
  • Presenters: Scott Erickson, Phillips Brooks School (CA)
The Classroom Experience
Peer Mentors: Creating a Wellness Leadership Program of Students for Students Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Learning how to create a student-centered, sustainable wellness program can be challenging. Learn about a part of Chadwick School's wellness program, Peer Mentors. Peer Mentors is a group of 10th through 12th grade students that aims to create a support system of students for students. This program is designed around a three-year curriculum that teaches students concrete strategies that empower them to help themselves and others. Peer Mentors is a model that other schools can build on to promote student wellness, ultimately helping students strengthen character, foster courage, and shape healthier cultural norms in a school community.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about a student-centered wellness curriculum that teaches strategies for how students can help themselves and others.
    • Explore how a program can inspire character development and help students hold each other accountable for healthy decision making.
    • Uncover strategies for teaching students how to mentor younger students in order to create a healthier community.
  • Presenters: Erin Nordlund, Chadwick School (CA)
The Student Experience
Resilience: Avoiding Victimization Through Social Problem Solving and Emotional Self-Regulation Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: As critical as it is to shape and improve the external around a child (e.g., school climate, staff training, policies), it is equally essential to focus on the internal — the learned ability of youth to personally handle bullying and other forms of conflict in a way that leads to positive outcomes. Through research-based best practices, we seek to help you develop emotionally-healthy and resilient students who understand and embrace their own agency to deal with social and relational adversity. These include strategies such as social referencing, community involvement, improvisation, cognitive dissonance, scaffolding, connective activities, and much more.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Help youth understand the power of their own agency in dealing with peer conflict offline and online.
    • Tap into the strengths and competencies of students, instead of harping on their risks and deficiencies.
    • Implement research-based solutions like social referencing, community involvement, improvisation, connective activities, cognitive dissonance, scaffolding, and more.
  • Presenters: Sameer Hinduja, Florida Atlantic University
The Student Experience
Study Abroad: Model Practices for Independent Schools Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Overseas programming in K-12 schools is growing in popularity, prompting important discussions on developing and managing programs that are supportive, engaging, and safe for our students. Examine critical issues in developing and managing overseas trips, review established safety protocols, explore a variety of program models, and discuss how those models can complement the curriculum and co-curriculum at your school. This workshop is for professionals who want to expand or improve a current portfolio of programs.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Employ varied program models to achieve curricular and co-curricular goals.
    • Describe key issues in preparation and support for overseas travel.
    • Identify resources to support your work in sending students abroad.
  • Presenters: Caroline White, NAFSA: Association of International Educators (DC); Laurie Black, CET Academic Programs (DC); Liz Gregor, Webb School (TN); Melissa Brown, Holton-Arms School (MD)
Management
The Journey Toward an Engaged and Generative Board Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: As an accrediting association, the Virginia Association of Independent Schools inspires its schools to develop and maintain best practices in governance. A stumbling block is often encountered by boards that find themselves too bogged down in operational agendas and less able to enter into generative and strategic oversight and partnership with the head of school. Gain insight into lessons we have learned, how we are modeling best practices ourselves in association governance, and ways board members can be inspired and led to be more engaged and generative thought leaders.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about an intentional process to develop and strengthen the partnership between the head of school and board.
    • Understand how to transition a board toward more efficient and effective governance through process and practices.
    • Identify those best practices in governance that will allow the board to be both generative and strategic.
  • Presenters: Betsy Hunroe, Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VA); David Lourie, St. Anne's-Belfield School (VA); Tommy Battle, Virginia Episcopal School (VA); Hank Berg, Highland School (VA); Michael Groves, Oak Hill Academy (VA); Scott Kennedy, Norfolk Collegiate School (VA); Elinor Scully, The Langley School (VA)
Governance
Turning the Tide on the Student-Leadership Experience Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Harvard University’s Turning the Tide report recommended ways colleges and universities could change the college admissions culture, which empowered The Hill School to make changes to its own student-leadership culture. An admissions and financial aid officer from Harvard joins The Hill School’s Director of College Counseling and Student Leadership Programs Coordinator to share how Turning the Tide is being implemented at Harvard, how The Hill School’s college counselors are changing the ways they work with families, and how the school is teaching students to value the quality of their experiences, not the number of titles they hold.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how the recommendations of the Turning the Tide report are being implemented.
    • Reconsider alignment at your school among school programs, college counseling, and college admissions.
    • Share strategies for changing students’ and families’ perspectives on the college admissions process and the student-leadership experience.
  • Presenters: Jason Coady and Ellen Deitrich, The Hill School (PA); Debra E. Johns, Yale University (CT)
The Student Experience
What’s Next in DASL: From Data and Analysis to Insights and Action Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Learn how your leadership team and board can get the most out of DASL, the independent school benchmarking system used by every state and regional association and hosted by NAIS. Get a sneak peek at the new features and tools designed to give your team actionable information and insights. Help shape the future by giving NAIS staff your input for future DASL development.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Hilary LaMonte, Joy Bodycomb, and Wanell Boone, NAIS
Management
NAIS AC Powered by PechaKucha NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: NAIS has adapted the exciting, rapid-fire format of popular PechaKucha presentations to the Annual Conference stage. All presenters must adhere to the 20 x 20 rule: They're limited to 20 slides that advance automatically at 20 seconds per slide. Whether funny, sad, informative, or inspirational, all presentations are concise and visual.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Vernice Veranga-Mulcahy, Church Farm School (PA); Le'Aqua Shoates, The Alexander Dawson School (NV); Mike Matthews, Katherine Delmar Burke School (CA); Tashon McKeithan, The Center for Early Education (CA); Hilarie Hall, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD); Christopher Mullis, The Hybrid Learning Consortium; David Cutler, Brimmer and May School (MA)
But You Don't "Look" Like a Leader? NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: What does a school leader look like?  Follow along the leadership struggles and triumphs of a woman of color working in an all-male school environment.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Vernice Veranga-Mulcahy, Church Farm School (PA)
Color Outside the Curriculum NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Learn the importance of authentically incorporating multiculturalism in the classroom for children of color as well as those who are not. 
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Le'Aqua Shoates, The Alexander Dawson School (NV)
Does Making Matter? NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Are maker spaces a fad or the future of hands-on learning? Hear one educator's take on why "making" will stand the test of time.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Mike Matthews, Katherine Delmar Burke School (CA)
Ish: Breaking Through the Binary NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Take a personal journey to understanding heteronormativity and how I came to begin to think about gender as more expansive.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Tashon McKeithan, The Center for Early Education (CA)
Learning from the Leaders: It's Elementary NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Focus on the lessons we can all learn each day from our youngest leaders.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Hilarie Hall, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD)
The World Is Our Classroom; The Kitchen Is Our Lab NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: With online education, we have the opportunity to help our students step outside the classroom and learn about the world by engaging with the world.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: Christopher Mullis, The Hybrid Learning Consortium
Why All Teachers Should Blog NAIS On Demand Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Learn about the professional and personal rewards of interviewing and writing about education experts, policy makers, and changemakers. Take command of your passion and career.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Category: PechaKucha
  • Type: NAIS On Demand
  • Presenters: David Cutler, Brimmer and May School (MA)