2021 Workshops

Below you will find a listing of all three-hour and one-hour workshops from the 2021 NAIS Online Annual Conference, February 24-26.

Click or tap on a workshop to get expanded details, including the workshop summary, presenters, learning objectives, and presentation documents.
Title Block Time Summary Track
Changing School Culture During Times of Distress On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: With society embroiled in divisiveness and social unrest, students are experiencing greater levels of distress and conflict; community bonds are fraying. During challenging times, schools choose to either cling to cultural norms that no longer serve community members, or they take a stand and change the culture to meet the needs of staff and students. Embracing restorative practices can reshape school cultures. In this interactive presentation, participants will explore how relationships impact the culture of their own schools, and they will engage with transformative tools they can use to shape their own school cultures.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how school leaders can transform their school cultures to better ensure the social and emotional well-being of their students.
    • Explore how relationships among adults, among students, and between adults and students impact the culture of a school.
    • Engage with community agreements, fair process, and other transformative tools to shape your own school culture.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Mollie Gambone, Ann Croxson, George Zeleznik, The Crefeld School (PA).
Management
We Can’t Look in the Rearview Mirror. Is Your Website Digital Campus Ready? On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: School leaders must have a flexible environment for academics, community engagement, and admissions that allows you to move between in-person and virtual environments. A well-designed and intentioned Digital Campus, with your website at the core, is just as important as your physical campus. Like your brick-and-mortar schools, your digital campus facilitates person-to-person relationships, learning experiences, community activities, celebrations and more. Join former NAIS President Pat Bassett and Finalsite’s CEO Jon Moser as they discuss how and why planning your Digital Campus is important, including a virtual admissions microsite, a distance/hybrid learning hub, online fundraising programs, and more.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Create alternative solutions to in-person learning, admissions and advancement activities.
    • Deliver tools for schools that will play a role in defining the quality, perception, and value of your institution.
    • Create an online experience that increases donations, engagement and success now and in the future.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jonathan Moser, Finalsite; Pat Bassett, Heads Up Educational Consultants.
Communications and Advancement
An Unlikely Trio: Education + Marketing + Technology On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: A crash course in collaborative leadership during a crisis: Hear a case study and join a discussion about what it takes to collaborate and lead during a crisis, maintain positive morale among faculty, students, and families, and stay true to the mission of the school.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand why it is important to have a strong school mission understood by all constituencies in a school.
    • Identify qualities needed to create a productive and collaborative team.
    • Learn a decision-making process to be used during a crisis.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Julie Porrazzo, Erin Sullivan, Steve Jensen, Fay School (MA).
Leadership Development
Utilizing AIM Findings to Inform Relationships between Head of School and Trustees On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: As a school leader, are you looking to build a more inclusive school climate through improving your schools DEI practice? Come and discover how the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) allows school leaders to gain an understanding of stakeholders’ experiences within your school community so that you can design strategic pathways for enhancing an inclusive school climate.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Introduce the Appreciative Inquiry Framework and how it's integrated into the components of AIM.
    • Utilize AIM findings to inform the governance and leadership relationship between head of school and trustees.
    • Build an infrastructure to set up a continuous cycle of periodic reassessment.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Tony Hernandez, Hilary LaMonte, Wanell Boone, National Association of Independent Schools.
The Student Experience
Legal and Practical Considerations When Taking a Public Stand on Social Issues On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: We are living in tumultuous times in America. In 2020, we witnessed the protests of the Black Lives Matter movement, a historic presidential election, and all the while COVID-19 was a very real threat as schools worked hard to determine the best ways to continue providing quality education to their students during the pandemic. Some schools have chosen to speak out in support of their core values, while others have chosen to thoughtfully abstain. But at what cost? In uncertain times, how can schools effectively take a position, or remain silent, and stay on-brand?
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn about how to develop and implement a communications plan.
    • Participants will learn methods for managing communications during a time of crisis.
    • Understand how to effectively take a position while maintaining the school's brand.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Ilanit Fischler, Fisher Phillips, LLP; Helena Levine, Donna Klein Jewish Academy (FL).
Communications and Advancement
Fords Focus Days: Connecting With Glocal Communities On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: How can educators use concentrated experiential learning opportunities to help students become responsible citizens in their communities? The Haverford School developed a series of nontraditional “Focus Days” for students to discover the roles they play in their local, national, and global communities. During our annual Fords Focus Days, students explore their communities through interactive workshops, experience their communities during local field trips, and impact their communities with service- and project-based learning opportunities. This workshop covers the motives, planning strategies, logistics, and successes of our Fords Focus Days, as well as the lessons we have learned over the past five years.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn an innovative method for using concentrated experiential learning opportunities to introduce students to core character values.
    • Obtain ideas, lesson plans, resources, and tools for implementing and adapting this method to fit different school missions.
    • Discuss best practices for encouraging student-driven inquiry into core character values.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Kori Brown, Mario Masso, Emily Odeh, The Haverford School (PA).
The Student Experience
Igniting Global Conversation Between the Voices of the Next Generation On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: In the rapidly changing face of globalization, we need to be forward thinking with creative ways to empower our students. This means overtaking the obstacles that attempt to fracture the potential cohesive global communities that will advance our youth. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Counterstory methodology to engage students in global conversation. Counterstory encourages youth to embrace those realities that exist beyond their socioeconomic, political, and geographical borders. It dismantles preconceived notions of the “other,” so they learn what is true and good in the human heart no matter the homeland in which it beats.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Teach educators a collaborative option using the power of story to connect their students with others around the world.
    • Empower students to envision themselves as part of a global community grounded in love and respectful of individuality and humanity.
    • Understand how Counterstory methodology is a framework that promotes equity, inclusion, and solidarity.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Cora Antonio, Bellarmine College Preparatory (CA).
The Student Experience
Cybersecurity in the Age of COVID On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to move quickly into virtual learning and remote working for 1000s of students and employees. While we have been challenged with providing continuity in services for our students and faculty, cybercriminals around the world have seized upon opportunites to exploit this crisis by impersonating trusted brands through phishing attacks as well as malware and ransomware attacks using COVID-19 as a cover. This session will explore the impact of COVID-19 on cybersecurity and provide guidance on how to keep your organization secure as we transition in and out of virtual learning/working in the coming year and beyond.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify possible threats.
    • Learn how to educate students and employees.
    • Provide a cybersecurity checklist.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Marsha Maxwell, Atlanta International School (GA).
Management
Using Assessment Data to Understand Students and Customize Instruction in a Hybrid World On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: Pandemic-driven models of blended instruction place a premium on understanding every student as a learner. In this workshop, we will illustrate a means of using assessment data to identify each student’s SEL strengths in relation to their academic skills. The workshop will rely on test results and student engagement data from the presenters’ schools – data that likely already exist in your school as well. We will examine how a student’s SEL strengths can be leveraged for maximum learning effectiveness, and then connect student profiles to a strategy for teaching and learning at home and in the classroom.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • See how to translate assessment results into understanding a student's learning needs and learning style.
    • Participate in discussion with peers on translating learning-style strengths into a division of labor between home and classroom.
    • Experiment with developing an action plan in order to use insights from the data to modify curriculum instruction and/or pedagogy.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Thomas Rochon, Educational Records Bureau; Fran Bisselle, Sharon Brown, Hathaway Brown School (OH).
The Classroom Experience
Beyond Mindfulness: Promoting a Brain in Balance On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: This workshop reviews three vital brain states of being, how they affect us, and what we can do to intentionally engage in each one. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the elements of a brain in balance and the importance of harnessing their knowledge to manage a personalized balance throughout their lives.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the differences between mindfulness, default-mode network, and flow.
    • Make the connection between states of brain being with traits of brain development through neuroplasticity.
    • Consider ways to personalize this understanding to be intentional in supporting our own brain in balance.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Daisy Pellant, Kehillah Jewish High School (CA); Sarah Flotten, Breck School (MN).
The Student Experience
NBOA’s Financial State of the Independent School Industry On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: Since 2011, NBOA has collected and analyzed data from independent schools’ audited financial statements to understand the financial health of the industry. Join us for a look at key financial and operational indicators, drawn from several hundred schools’ 2019-2020 data in NBOA's Business Intelligence for Independent Schools (BIIS) data collection platform. This session offers global analysis, concrete takeaways, and questions for consideration as school leaders turn the page from the pandemic to better operate their schools into the future. This session features powerful resources NBOA offers to support leaders in improving their schools' operational and financial performance.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will hear from NBOA in-house research experts and connect with peers from across the industry.
    • Learn key points from this analysis and how to use the same indicators to facilitate important conversations at your school.
    • Participants will learn the new and updated NBOA tools and resources available to support their work.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: James Palmieri and Elizabeth Dabney, National Business Officers Association; Linda Dennison, Phillips Academy Andover (MA).
Management
Beyond Instructional Coaching: Fostering a Culture of Faculty Inspiration and Innovation On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: In this session, two teaching/learning coaches supporting faculty from PK-12th grade will explore their journey during the 2019-2020 school year moving away from a single professional growth model and instead embracing an ecology of approaches to foster collegial faculty-to-faculty sharing and leadership through a movement called i2: Inspire:Innovate. Presenters will share data gathered with faculty throughout the school year to track the ways in which the i2 teacher as leader model was received by faculty, suggesting implications for future teacher leader opportunities.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will reflect on their school’s system for faculty support and professional growth.
    • Participants will identify tensions that faculty navigate within their own growth systems and collaboratively brainstorm ways to resolve those tensions.
    • Participants will be challenged to rethink existing models of professional structure and leave with innovative ideas grounded in research.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Julie Rust, Shea Egger, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MS).
Leadership Development
A Crash Course in Personalized Learning On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: In an era where more online learning is taking place than ever before, it's important that teachers understand what it means to personalize learning with and without digital technology. Far too many resort to web-based, automated programs that dehumanize the learning process, falling victim to the many myths around personalized learning. In this session, we'll explore five myths of personalized learning and forge a path forward with a new vision for personalized learning that Carol Ann Tomlinson, author of "The Differentiated Classroom," calls "visionary but sane."
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will identify five myths of personalized learning.
    • Participants will be able to identify and explain the three dimensions of personalized learning.
    • Participants will understand the difference between humanized and dehumanized personalization.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Paul France, Paul Emerich France Tutoring and Consulting LLC.
The Classroom Experience
Place-Based Education in These Trying Times On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: Place-based education is as vital as ever in these trying times. In a world where coming to campus is no longer taken for granted, how may fieldwork, community visits, and global travel return? When coronavirus and mass protests arrived, the faculty, staff, and students at University Prep (Seattle) immediately pivoted to keep place-based learning alive within online school. Signature programs such as Intensives, LaunchPad, and Global Link found creative ways to maintain a connection to place, interaction, and learning. Come hear three program directors tell these stories and explore strategies for the future with you.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand contemporary, experiential, place-based education.
    • Learn strategies to maintain place-based education despite limits to gathering and travel in our new world.
    • Connect independent school curricula to topics of global health and racial justice.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Richard Kassissieh, Brian Gonzales, Emily Schorr Lesnick, University Preparatory Academy (WA).
The Classroom Experience
By Teachers, With Teachers: Collaborations to Design, Conduct, and Publish School-Based Research Relevant to Practice On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: The gap between educational research and practice is often widened due to limited collaboration with teachers. When teachers and researchers collaborate, we can bridge this gap. This panel presents examples of collaborative, school-based research projects focused on improving argumentative writing and developing compassion. Through these examples and discussion of methods, you will learn how teachers and researchers can design, conduct, and publish research. Learn how to generate and share knowledge about teaching and learning that benefits both your classroom practice and the wider educational community.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Attendees will learn how to think strategically about educational research in their classroom.
    • Attendees will learn what a teacher-driven research project looks like and how it can inform classroom practice.
    • Attendees will learn about the process of conducting empirical research, applying findings to the classroom, and publishing their research.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Tyler Tingley and Julia Higdon, Avenues: The World School (NY); Christina Hinton, Research Schools International; Nascira Ramia, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador); Andrew Sherman, Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador).
The Classroom Experience
Risk Management Lessons Learned During a Global Pandemic On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: More than ever, senior leaders are seeing the value of proactive risk management to take action on managing risks that affect the entire institution. From changes to online learning, classroom safety, extracurriculars and telework, heads of school must adapt school programs and risk management efforts. This presentation will feature heads of school leading holistic risk-management efforts and United Educators Consultant, and will focus on practical examples and risk-management lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about practices, tools, and techniques to advance risk management.
    • Discuss the value of proactive and collaborative risk management given a global pandemic.
    • Engage your community in risk management.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Liza Kabanova, United Educators Insurance Risk Retention Group; Terry Macaluso, Ph.D., Eastside Preparatory School (WA); Penny B. Evins, Collegiate School (VA); Mike Davis, Ph.D., Colorado Academy (CO).
Management
Empowering Authentic Learning and Student Agency as Your SEL Secret Agent On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: Often social-emotional learning is addressed in an advisory program. At All Saints, developing healthy children is embedded into our ethos of providing authentic experiences and student agency. Sustaining a school culture that empowers students leads to not only better prepared, confident learners but also leads to healthier, happier students. We will show numerous examples of how you can provide these experiences and let you hear from students and teachers regarding the positive emotional effects these have in addition to the learning. Just a few examples include our Learning Farm, Entrepreneurial Cafe, Outdoor Learning Center, Science Explorium, and Fabrication Lab.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Demonstrate how SEL is more than just a program in your school but a shift in your school culture.
    • Demonstrate how students doing authentic work for real people gives them a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
    • Demonstrate how agency leads to better prepared and confident students in our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jason Kern, Mike Cobb, All Saints Episcopal School (TX).
The Student Experience
Insights Into Action: How NAIS Strategy Lab Process Focused Our Innovation On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: All independent schools faced the challenge of opening school in the fall of 2020 in the face of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how one small school, Augusta Preparatory Day School (GA), leveraged NAIS Strategy Lab processes and tools to focus innovation within two weeks, and then spent the summer maximizing work time with a distributed leadership model and continuous project tracking.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn a tool to focus innovation design to drive action.
    • Learn a tool to reassess value for customers.
    • Learn a tool to track and manage projects.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Derrick Willard, Andrew Gyves, Monica Messner, Julianne Ingram, Augusta Preparatory Day School (GA).
Management
Survey Optimization: Proven Techniques to Generate Data You Can Use On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: Many schools are using surveys to inform strategy. Whether you want to learn more about constituent satisfaction, the alumni experience, gauge the efficacy of your admission process, or evaluate distance-learning initiatives, survey data is key to making the right decisions for your school. In this session, we'll reveal the four essential elements of strong surveys, how to translate data into actionable steps, and the power of variety when it comes to formulating your strategy. You'll leave armed with the information you need to immediately implement effective surveys that can guide future planning.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to set up strong research.
    • Learn best practices for survey creation and implementation.
    • Learn how to turn data into action.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Dana Nelson-Isaacs, DNI Consulting; Steve Salvo, St. Mary's Episcopal Day School (FL).
Communications and Advancement
Catalyzing Local Change through a Global Conference for Students On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: Imagine a space where students share their responses to local needs with a global audience. Further, through a carefully designed project, students learn about project planning, giving and receiving and applying feedback, and shaping a presentation that could potentially be explored by people from all over the world. This is learning motivated by its focus on real-world problems, which receives an authentic audience. Every year, we see the intrinsic motivation that comes from these conditions and the life changing nature of working hard on something that seems to matter, far beyond a grade or completing requirements.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Demonstrate the meaning that comes with empowering students through their participation in an online global conference for students.
    • Create global citizens through students' identification of authentic needs in their communities and ways to respond with empathy and action.
    • Illuminate how a well-designed project, rooted in inquiry, teaches students what it takes to do work of quality.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Susan Fine, Emily Hamlin, Global Online Academy.
The Student Experience
The Recruitment and Retention of Teachers of Color in NAIS Independent Schools: Research and Recommendations On Demand On Demand -
  • Summary: The benefits of having a diverse faculty are well-founded. With the changing demographics of the school-aged population, which, in turn, affects enrollment projections at independent schools, NAIS schools must consider how they can create environments where every community member is welcomed and can thrive. This workshop shares findings and recommendations from a Vanderbilt University-NAIS 2019-20 research study conducted by school-based researchers on how leadership practices, organizational culture, and social networks impact the recruitment and retention of teachers of color in independent schools.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To share successful practices independent schools utilize to recruit teachers of color
    • To share the kinds of structural features and conditions which might foster an environment where teachers of color might thrive.
    • To demonstrate the use of theory and practice in three areas –leadership practices, organizational culture and social networks
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Lisa Vardi, Bullis School (MD); Blair Munhofen, The Miami Valley School (OH)
Leadership Development
Three Lessons Born Out of Unrelenting Crisis Leadership Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Using international schools around the world as a leadership laboratory, this session will focus on new ways of thinking and doing when it comes to setting strategy, managing change leadership, creating shared purpose, ensuring community commitment to collective efficacy, and supporting social-emotional well-being.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Mark E. Ulfers, Association for the Advancement of International Education 
Leading, Innovating, and Thriving in the Dark Winter of a Global Pandemic: Conversations with International School Heads Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Association for the Advancement of International Education has hosted weekly virtual conversations with its school leaders over the past year, providing them an opportunity to share and learn from one another. In this session, heads from Kenya to Kathmandu will reflect on lessons related to learning and teaching, change leadership, and building community, among others.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Mark E. Ulfers, Association for the Advancement of International Education; Marta Medved Krajnovic, Western Academy of Beijing; Liz Duffy, ISS; Tara Waudby, Riffa Views International School; Michael Adams, American School Foundation of Monterrey A.C.; Wayne Rutherford, American School of Milan; Jamie Otis, American Cooperative School Calvert.
Educational Change and Independent Schools into the Future Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: A panel of distinguished educators will explore the impact and opportunities arising from the disruption of the past 12 months, with a focus on the Australian independent school sector.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Geoff Newcombe, Tiffany Roos, Association of Independent Schools New South Wales; Mark Hemphill, Australian International School (Hong Kong); Tracey Gray, Sapphire Coast Anglican College (Australia); Yong Zhao, University of Kansas (United States). 
Building a Culture of Critical Thinking in an Era of Disruption Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: The structuring effects of culture are powerful, permeating through our development, influencing our behaviors and ways of working, even shaping our perceptions of what is and isn’t possible. Culture is a formidable learning tool, but what type of culture should we be striving for in education? Do we need to maintain the status quo, or should we embrace—and even seek—disruption to enhance student, teacher, and institutional potential? This workshop will explore the idea of critical thinking cultures in schools through the lenses of pedagogical capital, reimagining learning, and enabling and inhibiting factors.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Adam Kuss, University of Queensland (Australia)
Centralizing Pedagogy When Remote Learning Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Recent experiences have amplified the importance of reconnecting with the essence of education, prioritizing relationships, centralizing pedagogy, and reconceptualizing how we know students are learning. This workshop will provide research-based information and practical strategies to support new approaches to learning and teaching.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Rachel Perry, Billie Trkulja, The Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales
International Education: Does It Perpetuate Structural Racism? Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: “I am both a victim of and a beneficiary from structural racism.” Our colleague a former international school student and later a university admission officer, published his personal story in June 2020, and it set the Council of International Schools (CIS) on a path to develop perspective on specific types of discrimination and inequity within international schools around the world. This workshop will look at racism and discrimination through multiple lenses as we learn how to effectively address it within diverse learning institutions, and how CIS as an organization has begun its own self-assessment.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Nico Evers, Jane Larsson, Nunana Nyomi, Ann Straub, Council of International Schools
Learning Unbound and the Future of Schools Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Over the past decade, Global Online Academy (GOA) has been a leader in rethinking the ways it designs learning experiences for students and educators. In the past year, GOA has helped schools, educators, and students navigate the complexities and opportunities of remote learning based on years of action research, insights, and application via a global network of schools. This session will distill 10 years of perspectives on learning and teaching and the power of school networks as we explore Learning Unbound and what that will mean for schools in the future.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Michael Nachbar, Global Online Academy
The Value of Holistic Learning: Wisdom from Ancient Greece Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: Classical Greece has been considered the cradle of Western civilization and the culture from which the modern West inherited its educational and philosophical ideas. This workshop will explore the wisdom of the Greeks and the power of an inquiry-based system that allows for holistic learning.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Madeleine Hewitt, Near East South Asia Council of Overseas School
Mindsets of Change Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: What are the mindsets we need to develop in order to embrace and implement organizational change? This workshop will introduce and unpack three that are essential to school educators’ toolkits both now and post-pandemic. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences with change and change management in their schools.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Madeleine Hewitt, Near East South Asia Council of Overseas School
The Unique Challenges Facing International Schools Global Connections On Demand -
  • Summary: For more than 50 years, the Office of Overseas Schools (OOS) has supported overseas K–12 schools serving U.S. citizens abroad. These institutions are an important part of the global community of independent schools, and while they are similar to their U.S. counterparts, they are also quite different. OOS’s executive director will share insights on international schools, the pandemic’s impact on them, and the challenges they face.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Global Connections
  • Presenters: Thomas Shearer, Rory Gowing, U.S. Department of State
Leading Schools in Times of Crisis: Examining Budgetary Priorities Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: Join a group of aspiring heads as they share their research from about 50 independent schools on how the pandemic has impacted auxiliary revenue streams. With the impact of the virus, increasing costs, and/or local demographic changes challenging enrollment revenue, this workshop will unpack and share information connected to the following questions: How have schools reimagined auxiliary revenue sources or reprioritized spending? What new initiatives have schools piloted to generate alternative sustainable income in a mission-appropriate, nonprofit-compliant manner?
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Justin Curtis, The Bryn Mawr School (MD); Steven Fletcher, George School (PA); Jean-Pierre (JP) Jacquet,  Riverdale Country School (NY); Jason Novak, Brooklyn Friends School (NY); Alex Shaurette, Professional Children's School (NY); Stewart Tucker, Dexter Southfield (MA)
Modeling Mission and Sustainability in Times of Crisis: Lessons Learned from 10 Heads  Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: Over the past year, independent schools have faced many extraordinary challenges in realizing their missions, providing quality education, and ensuring financial viability. This workshop will share the ways in which 10 schools addressed the challenges of the pandemic, racial injustice, a fraught political climate, and other crises. This workshop will explore how schools adapted and pivoted, revealing lessons that can be applied to crisis management and school sustainability.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Jess Dang, Julia Morgan School for Girls (CA); Cintra Horn, The Agnes Irwin School (PA); Bill McCarthy, The Packer Collegiate Institute (NY); Lara Wulff, St. Catherine's Schoo l(VA)
Supporting Faculty and Staff: A Focus on Self-Care and Well-Being Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: This workshop looks at how school leaders are supporting their faculty and staff through the pandemic. The focus is on learning about the self-care initiatives that schools across North America are offering as it relates to the emotional and physical challenges brought on by the pandemic and the ongoing political and social unrest. A literature review, a summary of the group’s survey findings, and an opportunity to observe a sample of a group self-care technique are part of this session.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Jérémie Bourdon, Lycée Français de New York (NY); Christian Donovan, Head-Royce School (CA); Bill Fiordalis, Lake Highland Preparatory School (FL); Emma Katznelson, The Masters School (NY); Mark Salkeld, Lower Canada College (CANADA)
Socioemotional Learning During Times of Crisis Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: As independent schools navigate the pandemic, the ongoing racial injustices, and other crises, it is important that school leaders use thoughtful decision-making processes and understand social emotional learning (SEL) and well-being of their faculty, staff, and students. As relationships tend to be the focus for independent schools, it is important that SEL is prioritized for faculty. This workshop will analyze collected data using the lens from the CASEL Framework. Regardless of the crisis, the  findings and recommendations can be used by independent schools across the country. 
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Joanne Chatlos, Alcuin School (TX); Brian Corley, Formerly at The Roeper School (MI); Jennifer Phillips, The Webb School (TN); Victor Shin, Maryvale Preparatory School (MD); Jay Tebbens, Austin Prep, (MA); Nathan Wright, Cheshire Academy (CT) 
What to Expect When You’re Expecting…to Be a Head of School Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: Becoming a head of school is a watershed moment in an educator’s career—and an important step in fulfilling the mission, vision, and values of a school. However, the expectations of such a position often diverge from the reality of the role. As aspiring heads, we sought to know what heads of school of various experience levels thought the position to be going in and how those expectations changed over time. This workshop will examine a variety of aspects of the head of school position and the interplay between expectations and reality for heads of various experience levels.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Doug Patterson, St Mary’s School (CA); James Jordan, St. John’s Episcopal School (CA); Marcus Choi, Oaks Christian School (CA); Greg Chalfin, Stanley British Primary School (CO); Jennifer Warren, Nina Otero Community School (NM); Joey Campanella, The Wesley School (CA)
Schools at the Crossroads: Accelerating Toward a Faster Future Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: The global pandemic brought unprecedented and rapid changes to our lives and our economy, changes that will impact the educational landscape for years to come. Our project explores the ways in which the pandemic has necessitated or accelerated change in our schools, especially in the context of existing racial injustice and educational inequities that the crisis exposed. We will share reflections from a range of school leaders about the ways in which they have had to innovate, collaborate, and reflect upon how to drive change in their communities in more intentional ways. 
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Karen Boyle, Science & Arts Academy (IL); Barbara Eghan, Georgetown Day School (DC); Holly Fidler, St. Paul Academy and Summit School (MN); Courtney Martin, Hawken School (OH); Tara Terry, The Howard School (GA); Robert Weltz, St. Mary's School (NC)
Learnings on Leadership and Management During a Pandemic Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: Reckoning with 2020 has caused many school leaders to wrestle with the core of their work: how they lead, what they value, and what their communities need. This workshop presents insights and important commonalities discovered in interviews with heads of school from around the world. Despite the notable losses and ongoing challenges, many have unearthed valuable insights they will carry with them into their future work. Join this cohort to learn the distillation of their collected data and consider its relevance to our work as educational leaders. The workshop promises to be informative, relevant, and possibly entertaining.
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Tim Schwartz, Whitby School (CT); John Kelley, Verde Valley School (AZ); Matt Walter, Portsmouth Abbey School (RI); David Miller, Deerfield Academy (MA); Eric Turner, Leysin American School in Switzerland 
When the Portrait of the Graduate Becomes Unfiltered: [email protected] Movement  as a Mirror of Truth   Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: In the aftermath of the [email protected] Instagram movement, many NAIS schools were forced to publicly confront the truth of the traumatic experiences of current and former students, families, faculty and staff members. Based on research gathered from NAIS member schools, come learn how other schools have tackled policies, systems, and curricula that contributed to the disempowerment, silencing, and harm to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, families, faculty and staff. Learn about specific actions your school can take to recognize and honor the truth that our BIPOC community members have voiced as we strive to create more equity and justice in our schools. 
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Rachel Kane,  Sidwell Friends School (DC); Kimberly Lewis,  Dwight-Englewood School (NJ);  Sandy Lizaire-Duff,  King School (CT); Carrie Smith, The Healdsburg School (CA);  Maati Wafford, The American Montessori Society (NY)
Investigating Indexed Tuition Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: Want to learn more about indexed tuition? In this session, you’ll hear how NAIS schools have developed and supported launching indexed tuition programs. You’ll learn both the how and why for considering this approach as a way to demystify the financial aid landscape in addition to tips and considerations for starting your own school’s indexed tuition process. 
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Sasha Eskelund, Commonwealth School (MA); Aileen Hawkins, Loudoun Country Day School (VA); Debra Otey, Cannon School (NC); Lauren Rogers, St. Mary's Episcopal School (TN); Angie Wenger, University Lake School (WI)
W06. Technology: Understanding Its Impact Before, During, and After COVID – 19 Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: Technology today is ubiquitous and inescapable. As educators, we must constantly evaluate the role that technology plays in the lives of the students and families in our school community and understand its impact on functioning and wellness. The global pandemic of COVID-19 presented an unwelcome yet necessary increase in technology engagement and dependence to a new generation of learners (and educators), where promoting digital citizenship and student responsibility became a necessary tool in an educator’s toolbox. From preschool to high school, participants will learn developmentally appropriate edcuational strategies where technology serves as an enhancement rather than an intrusion.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the social, psychological and behavioral impact of technology and the myths of "screen time."
    • Identify what we have learned about technology and functioning from the COVID-19 distance-learning experience.
    • Integrate our understanding of technology and functioning into the educational strategy of our school community.
  • Presenters: Eli Shapiro, Lawrence Woodmere Academy (NY).
The Student Experience
W01. Activating Female Leadership to Get Through the Door: Mentors, Sponsors, Role Models Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: Women. Identity. Leadership. With a record number of heads set to retire in the next decade, this workshop will offer women pathways to positions of leadership in schools, including the headship. Showing up as a female in leadership can provide challenge...and opportunity. And showing up as a female of color, even more so. As three women leaders and one organizational consultant, we will share our own stories and our hopes for the legacy of women in leadership to equip other women with advice, wisdom, strategies, and support for their own leadership journeys.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify your leadership style to maximize opportunities to lead in your school and model high quality female leadership for children.
    • Identify your opportunities to mentor and sponsor or be mentored or sponsored by local leaders in your area.
    • Identify the ways that women learn to lead by constituent group: students, faculty, peers, parents, board of trustees.
  • Presenters: Ruth Bissell, San Francisco Day School (CA); Nisa Frank, Prospect Sierra School (CA); Debbie Freed, Debbie Freed & Associates; Kathleen McNamara, The Seven Hills School (CA).
Leadership Development
W07. Wired and Connected: Understanding and Supporting Each Unique Student's Social, Emotional and Behavioral Brain Development Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: This brain-based workshop will help participants understand the three brain areas that make up a student's (Pre-HS) unique social brain. Using easy-to-understand concepts and terminology, participants will be able to apply these in their classroom and counseling offices. By teaching the concepts to students, you increase student ownership and self-efficacy over their emotional and pro-social development. The Child Support System provides guidelines for how to teach and support each child's distinct needs, based on that child's unique social brain configuration. Also included will be a look at these concepts in relation to AD/HD, mood disorders and ASD.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the three key brain areas related to a child's unique social brain.
    • Learn activities and language for teaching these concepts to students.
    • Utilize the Child Support System for planning unique support needs for each student.
  • Presenters: Craig Knippenberg, St. Anne's Episcopal School (CO).
The Student Experience
W02. Big Challenges/Bold Action: Pressing the Accelerator, Not the Brakes on School Change Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: Miss Porter’s School spent two years imagining and designing bold initiatives that fundamentally restructure the learning experience while enhancing the long-term sustainability of their finances and admissions. Then, in the shut-down spring of 2020, rather than retreating to a place of comfort, they accelerated by rapidly converting those initiatives into school-wide changes that reimagine some of the foundational nature and role of “school." Attendees will work with the Miss Porter’s leadership team in order to learn how they, too, can accelerate sustainable, value-rich innovation in their own schools, particularly in times when rapid change is not optional.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How an independent school community can successfully execute transformative change that will improve education and increase long-term sustainability.
    • How many elements of a traditional school operating system can and should be changed simultaneously rather than over time.
    • Why disruption should be a catalyst for accelerated change rather than a retreat into fear of change.
  • Presenters: Katherine Windsor, Timothy Quinn, Sophie Paris, Miss Porter's School (CT); Grant Lichtman, Consultant.
The Classroom Experience
W05. Strategic Design for Community Activation Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: This session will guide each attendee through a strategic design process that will build on their school's identity and philosophy, as well as the strengths of their community. We will share Winchester Thurston's journey in developing strategic priorities that challenge us to Reimagine Learning, Rethink Time: Space, Strengthen Community, and Support Employees. We will also share details of our City as Our Campus program by providing a toolkit of resources. This session will be a shared learning experience that will result in a community of educators dedicated to the idea of independent schools as active partners in vibrant communities.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how community-based learning programs can engage students in the community through meaningful and impactful learning experiences.
    • Find strategies to identify strengths and opportunities of your school and community.
    • Participate in strategic design activities that serve as a framework to start to identify priorities and continue the work post-conference.
  • Presenters: Adam Nye, Scott Fech, Winchester Thurston School (PA).
Leadership Development
W04. Reflective Structured Dialogue: Designing Conversations for Equity, Complexity and Connection in Classrooms and Online Spaces Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: How do we have conversations that create equity and make space for marginalized voices on campuses and in online classrooms? Reflective Structured Dialogue is an approach to dialogue that provides a trauma-informed container for deeply complex, potentially controversial and possibly emotional conversations to occur in a way that invites understanding and connection. Participants will experience Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD) and learn how the components invite a stronger sense of belonging, more social cohesion and increased trust and understanding in classrooms. You will leave having learned the essential components of RSD and its applications for use in your online classrooms or on your school campuses.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain an experiential understanding of Reflective Structured Dialogue.
    • Understand the theory behind and examples of design decisions that disrupt destructive patterns of communication and promote equitable engagement.
    • Tools, practices and structures that contribute to building a dialogue space with equity of voice, deep listening, empathy and reflection.
  • Presenters: Danielle Johnson-Webb, Cary Academy (NC); Nadiya Brock, Essential Partners.
The Student Experience
W03. Bridging the Gap Between the Admission, Retention, and Re-Engagement of Students and Alumni of Color Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: This workshop will explore the significance of creating authentic institutional bonds (virtual and in-person) with students and alumni of color and the value of integrating the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion; admission/enrollment; and advancement. This model is designed to be used as the foundation for a universal approach to relationships with any and all school stakeholders. This workshop will be facilitated in three parts to allow for a deeper dive into the subtopics.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine the role of Enrollment Management in building relationships with students of color.
    • Highlight the benefits of an intersectional relationship between the offices of Enrollment Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Advancement.
    • Demystify the work of Enrollment Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Advancement for students, families, and alumni of color.
  • Presenters: Lauren Lewis, Foxcroft School (VA); Anika Walker-Johnson, Germantown Academy (PA).
Leadership Development
W08. Hopes and Fears: Working with Today’s Independent School Parents Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: For years, schools everywhere have reported growing concern about how to deal with parents, who are more anxious about their children’s achievement, more reluctant for them to encounter any disappointment, and more willing to second-guess, criticize, and pressure teachers and coaches. Drawing on their brand-new NAIS book, Hopes and Fears: Working with Today’s Independent School Parents, Rob Evans and Michael Thompson will offer participants a basic toolkit for managing the majority of parents and an advanced toolkit for the managing the most demanding and difficult ones. The workshop is designed for both for teachers and administrators. Rob and Michael are both psychologists and school consultants, authors, and former teachers and former child and family therapists. Between them, they have consulted to 2,000 schools, including more than 700 independent schools.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Robert Evans, The Human Relations Service; Michael Thompson, consultant, author and psychologist
The Student Experience
W09. MWe The People of New Roads: The Antidote to Institutional Racism and the Climate Crisis Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: New Roads School cultivates a climate and culture that liberates the potential of each student and helps them grow into global citizens who embrace and respect the inherent worth and dignity of the full spectrum of humanity and our earth. New Roads School’s collaboration with Dan Siegel grounded our integrative educational model in interpersonal neuroscience, enabling us to more intentionally actualize and map our empathic and compassionate intellectual habitat. This generative learning community cultivates in young people an awareness of the interconnected nature of reality, their interconnected and emergent identity (MWe) and the tools to disrupt systems of inequality and to build a more just and sustainable future.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Luthern Williams, Mark Vickers-Willis, Daniela Pennise, Mario Johonson, New Roads School (CA), Daniel Siegel, Mindsight Institute.
The Student Experience
Klingenstein + NAIS Seminar: The Future of Headship Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: In this interactive session hosted by the Klingenstein Center and NAIS, we will explore the forces defining the future of headship and the implications for both current and aspiring school leaders. Data from several NAIS studies, including factors that impact leadership sustainability and why boards hire heads of school will also be presented. Using the OECD Learning Framework 2030, participants will engage in small group activities to examine the behaviors and knowledge needed to lead independent schools in the future. Finally, participants will examine their own leadership practice through this lens and create a professional development plan to address areas of potential growth.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Use data-informed thinking about leadership, specifically Headship
    • Understand 21st century and current leadership habits that schools and leaders need
    • Explore future thinking and design thinking approaches towards informed action
      Reflect on personal leadership development and areas of growth
  • Presenters: Anne-Marie Balzano, NAIS; Nicole L.B. Furlonge, Klingenstein Center
Beyond These (Invisible) Doors: An Interactive Session to Develop an Inclusive Advancement Program Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Creating a culture of inclusivity and advancement will help schools respond to the most difficult challenges of our time, from racial inequity to COVID-19. When communications and fundraising are integrated into the life of our schools, the organization is able to be proactive, nimble and resilient. Through case studies and breakout sessions, participants in this workshop will learn specific strategies to activate our own communities, increasing meaningful partnerships with volunteers, other nonprofits, and future donors.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn best practices for integrating fundraising and communications throughout the school.
    • Identify strategies for recruiting, working with faculty and boards that result in a more diverse and unified school community.
    • Explore creative ways of expanding the mission of the school into the broader community overcoming exclusive stereotypes
  • Presenters: Beth Crutcher, The American School in London (UK); Karen Cairney, Cairney & Company.
Communications and Advancement
Horn of Plenty or Life Preserver? One School’s Distance-Learning Approach During a Global Reset Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: COVID-19 forced us to ask, What does “school” mean? Through the successful creation of online learning built to serve immediate community needs, we discovered that families and staff reassessed what it means to learn and work at school. In this session, we’ll share how we developed our Distance Learning Program not only as a solution to a temporary shelter-in-place but as a long-term strategic opportunity, yielding new revenue and hiring opportunities. With research informing all that we do, we started to explore a new model of school that is more suitable for the 2020 reset - and beyond.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the development process of a successful and dynamic Distance Learning Program.
    • Gain insight into possible long-term strategic solutions for independent schools.
    • Access strategies for approaching the future as an opportunity to offer the school experience beyond the physical campus.
  • Presenters: Isha Jain, Jim Eagen, Synapse School (CA); Elizabeth Toomarian, Synapse School & Stanford University (CA).
Leadership Development
From Not Racist to Anti-Racist: Transforming Your School's Culture and Systems Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: America is waking up to issues of inequity and institutional racism, and independent school leaders and teachers are being called to transform school culture from one of tolerance and acceptance to a culture that is actively anti-racist. How do schools adopt an anti-racist cultural framework? This workshop examines this through four institutions: a lower school, a middle school, a day high school, and a boarding school; it highlights policies and programs, parent education, SEL programming, equity work, and classroom instruction and curriculum. Four administrators share their vision and experience implementing anti-racist culture in their schools across age range and geography.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will understand the tenets of anti-racist culture and how to create an anti-racist culture in their school.
    • Participants will learn how to overcome cultural and/or political hurdles to transform school cultures.
    • Participants will reflect on the role they can play in doing this work at their school, regardless of position.
  • Presenters: Emily Dutton, Drew School (CA); Jules Greene, Park Day School (CA); Bret Barnett, Brewster Academy (NH); Paris McLean, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (NJ).
The Student Experience
Beyond These Doors: Building Trustworthy Leadership in Uncertain Times Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Leadership during uncertain times requires initiative and agility, built on a foundation of trust. How do school leaders build trust beyond the doors of their offices and extend that trust into their communities? What roles do gender, race, and their intersectionality play in a leader's pathway to establishing trust? Come listen to five leaders' journeys as they illuminate the steps to building trust and the power it provides, as well as the obstacles to trust they faced at the intersection of their gender and race.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Equip women pursuing leadership roles in schools with the skills they need to achieve success.
    • Expose the unspoken factors holding women back as they pursue leadership opportunities in schools.
    • Explore the roles that gender, race, and their intersectionality play in a leader's pathway to establishing trust.
  • Presenters: Lisa Lovering, Educator's Ally; Nanci Kauffman, Castilleja School (CA); Noni López, Gordon School (RI); Aléwa Cooper, The Foote School (CT); Jennifer Zaccara, Vermont Academy (VT).
Leadership Development
Responsibility: Teaching, Learning and Internalizing Justice Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: This interactive workshop will give participants the opportunity to examine their own practices of agency and justice through the lens of internalized responsibility. Presented by two school leaders, a case study for creating a sense of self-driven care and compassion will be shared as a framework for understanding the work of activating communities beyond the doors of the school building. Presenters will guide participants toward deepening their own work inside the classroom as a way of preparing children for their work in the larger world.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will examine a case study of teaching, learning, and internalizing responsibility.
    • Participants will explore ways in which responsibility manifests in children.
    • Participants will develop a vocabulary and toolbox for integrating a student-driven practice of responsibility in their own schools.
  • Presenters: Clare Hammoor, Heather Mock, Compositive Primary (CO).
The Student Experience
The Middle Child: Supporting and Developing Mid-Level Management Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Within each school community, there will be known expectations, goals, and/or initiatives, and it is the role of the department chair to uphold and affirm them. How does the chair meet those stated goals while still achieving their department-specific goals and supporting the department members along the way? This workshop will provide tools, support, and conversation to grow as leaders with the support of school administration.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Provide current and aspiring department chairs tools to improve their leadership.
    • Facilitate effective communication between department chairs and school leaders.
    • Identify ways for school leaders to provide support to current and aspiring department chairs in navigating school culture.
  • Presenters: Elizabeth Zodda, The Shipley School (PA); Kim Harris, The American International School of Abuja (Nigeria).
Leadership Development
Uplifting Engagement in Difficult Times: Using Innovation, Design, and Data to Elevate Meaningful Mission-Driven Outreach Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Join Marin Academy's senior leadership team to learn how one school adapted its innovative learning and enrollment practices in the wake of COVID-19, while still remaining true to its mission, vision, and values.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Crisis management
    • Academic leadership
    • Communications and marketing
  • Presenters: Trent Nutting, Marin Academy (CA).
Management
Legislative and Regulatory Trends and Independent Schools Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: As 2020 comes to a close and 2021 begins, there have been several legislative and regulatory developments critical to independent schools and more are on the horizion. This session will provide an overview of the process, discuss the key developments for independent schools, talk about the pending issues on the docket for 2021, and discuss ways to get involved.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Provide an overview of the legislative and regulatory process.
    • Discuss the key developments for independent schools and talk about the pending issues on the docket for 2021.
    • Discuss ways to get involved.
  • Presenters: Whitney Silverman, National Association of Independent Schools.
Management
Mental Health in a Remote Environment - Risk to Self and Risk to Others Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Student mental health is a significant and ever-growing concern for educational institutions nationwide, particularly in today’s time of remote learning, pandemics, school shootings and increased student anxiety. A rising number of students are seeking out mental health services for a variety of mental health issues (attention-deficit concerns; eating disorders; depression and anxiety; addiction, just to name a few). As such, educational institutions and associated educators, faculty and school administration must approach student mental health issues in a legally compliant and medically supported way that benefits the individual student, as well as the general school community.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the mental health epidemic occurring in the educational industry at present.
    • Learn how to approach student mental health issues in a legally compliant and medically supported way in a remote learning environment.
    • Outline how mental health can result in some dire occurrences that can create a crisis management/reputational hazard.
  • Presenters: James Keller, Patrick Nugent, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.
The Student Experience
A Strategic Plan They’ll Never Forget: Creating a Plan That Truly Distinguishes Your School Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Strategic planning can be a long and tedious process that doesn't always yield truly fresh thinking. The moment of truth—when your school makes high-level “commitments”—can make the difference between launching your school forward and simply making incremental improvements. Come learn a new framework for creating a strategic plan that will inspire your existing community and truly distinguish your school, setting you up for enrollment and advancement success. Two distinguished heads of school will share the exciting case studies that led to two truly extraordinary strategic plans, helping you see what’s possible for your school’s next plan.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn why yesterday’s strategic-plan thinking will not serve the schools of today or tomorrow.
    • Understand why a student-outcomes focused plan, rather than an operational priorities plan, is better for students, school leaders, and the community.
    • Understand the 5-step methodology, including whom to involve, your school can use to create an outcomes-focused plan.
  • Presenters: Romayne Levee, Mission Minded; Priscilla Sands, Marlborough School (CA); Meera Ratnesar, Curtis School (CA).
Communications and Advancement
Keeping Teachers Well Block 1 Wednesday, February 24,
3:15 PM-4:00 PM
  • Summary: Teacher well-being has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers report being concerned about their students, worried about their families, and exhausted by having to adapt their teaching strategies to the new realities of both classroom and distance learning. In this session, we will share findings of several NAIS studies on teacher wellness and retention. We will also discuss how schools can support teachers and avoid burnout.
  • Block: Block 1 (Wednesday, February 24, 3:15 PM-4:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand key teacher wellness data.
    • Understand the drivers of workplace dissatisfaction for teachers.
    • Understand effective methods of teacher support.
  • Presenters: Carol Bernate, Amada Torres, Claire Wescott, National Association of Independent Schools.
Management
Brand Bravery in Troubled Times: Refreshing Your Message to Meet the New Moment Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: In this fast-paced session filled with concrete examples, Shelly Peters and Angie Jackson of CRANE | Atlanta explain how your school’s existing messaging, with a few adjustments, can speak most effectively to your audiences during uncertain times. Rather than backing down from marketing, you can lean into your differentiators in ways that not only address families’ immediate concerns but suggest a realistic and exciting path forward for their children’s education. Following a series of short case studies, we’ll lead breakout sessions to help you begin reshaping your school’s messaging—making it more relevant and resonant than ever.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn to adapt your school’s existing language and imagery to speak to families in uncertain times.
    • Learn to infuse and highlight empathy and agility—your most important assets in an unsettled climate—through your branding.
    • Learn to keep your school’s branding relevant during and beyond the current context.
  • Presenters: Shelly Peters, Angie Jackson, CRANE|Atlanta.
Communications and Advancement
Leadership Lessons From Seattle--The First US COVID Epicenter Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: As the 2020 NAIS Annual Conference was wrapping up, the COVID-19 pandemic was just beginning in the United States. Seattle-area heads left the conference and headed home to what rapidly became the initial epicenter of this crisis in America. Now, a year later, the Northwest Association of Independent Schools executive director and three Seattle heads of school will reflect on their experiences during the pandemic and how it has affected them. This will delve much deeper than considering emergency plans and communications protocols and scenario development. We intend to plumb the inner landscape of school leadership.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share examples of extreme, effective leadership.
    • Provoke reflection on audience members’ own leadership.
    • Explore how headship is changing.
  • Presenters: Mark Crotty, Northwest Association of Independent Schools; Rob Phillips, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (WA); Kim Zaidberg, Seattle Country Day School (WA); Kirk Wheeler, St. Thomas School (WA).
Leadership Development
Solicitation Savvy as a Virtual Reality Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: Help your volunteers and staff learn the positive language and mindset for enjoyable, effective gift solicitation. We’ll design a successful gift solicitation strategy, identify tips and techniques for training volunteer fundraisers, learn how to address donor objections, and work through a case study that provides an opportunity to put theory into practice. Can it be done on Zoom? Absolutely!
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the key elements that are part of a solicitation/stewardship plan.
    • Learn proven strategies to reduce the discomfort people often experience when asking for financial support for their school.
    • Understand attitudes and beliefs that shape resistance to financial donations and how staff and volunteers can address them effectively.
  • Presenters: Starr Snead, Advancement Connections; Shelley Reese, Park Street School (MA).
Communications and Advancement
Reimagining the Grammar of Schooling: The Workshop at Andover Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: In the words of Stanford professor Denise Pope, students are "overloaded and underprepared." To rethink schooling, we need new models, not modest adjustments to the status quo.The Workshop at Andover is one effort to rethink the "grammar of schooling": grades, assessment, feedback, time, space, learning itself. In this interdisciplinary, term-contained learning experience, students stop all of their traditional courses to dedicate their time fully to a series of linked interdisciplinary research projects. This session will situate the Workshop in educational research, and then discuss lessons we learned from our first year. Presenters will include faculty members and a student.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will engage with research around deeper learning as it pertains to school redesign.
    • Participants will analyze a case study of school redesign -- the Workshop at Andover.
    • Participants will articulate and further develop their own theories of school change.
  • Presenters: Andrew Housiaux, Corrie Martin, Tessa Conrardy, Phillips Academy (MA).
The Classroom Experience
Creating Online Space for Student Activism Education Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: In response to the rapid shift to online learning and the necessary cancellation of student service learning experiences brought on by the global pandemic, One Schoolhouse developed an online activism seminar. The activism course gives students a space to learn the hows, whats, and whys of activism and the important steps to take to effect change within their schools and communities. This workshop addresses how schools can mitigate the limitations of the school schedule by using a virtual learning environment for activism education.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Create online content and activities that challenge students to think deeply and critically about activism in their communities.
    • Mitigate the limitations of the school schedule by using a virtual learning environment for activism education.
    • Gather ideas and resources to use in activism education and/or social science courses.
  • Presenters: Amanda Rosas, One Schoolhouse (MN); Corinne Dedini, One Schoolhouse (DC).
The Classroom Experience
“Hey, Jake, How’d Your MRI Come Out?” Privacy, HIPAA, Unauthorized Disclosures – Who Cares? Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: In today’s school environment, privacy has taken on a large role. Employees, parents, and students have an expectation of privacy over numerous issues, ranging from compensation/financial status to grades/discipline, medical status and more. Although privacy over one’s medical information was highlighted in the COVID-19 crisis, privacy concerns have always existed and are a growth area for claims. Improper disclosure of private information can result in claims against the school or individual employees. Participants will learn the many ways disclosures occur (accidental or otherwise), how to best protect the school, train the community, and monitor likely areas of concern.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn the many ways disclosures occur (accidental or otherwise).
    • Participants will be able to help craft policies and training.
    • Address potential concerns relating to privacy issues before they develop into claims.
  • Presenters: Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher Phillips LLP; Whitney Walters-Sachs, Pine Crest School (FL).
Leadership Development
Technology and the School Community: Legal Strategies for Managing Risky Business Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: In today’s ever-changing digital world, school leadership faces a growing number of crises and challenges stemming from student online conduct. Particularly in the wake of COVID-19, schools must make difficult decisions to protect students, employees, and the institution from the myriad risks associated with technology. What can a school do when an anonymous individual sends racist emails to an entire class? How should a school respond to a post of a student holding a bullet? In a lively, interactive session, experienced school counsel will explore these hot topics and more, offering practical solutions for risk management of students and technology.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss the infrastructure schools can implement to promote appropriate online conduct while reserving flexibility to act as novel situations arise.
    • Appreciate the nuances of drafting policies that address online misconduct while still allowing for teachable moments in appropriate circumstances.
    • Strategize the best methods to inform students, parents, and employees about community expectations for electronic behavior and consequences.
  • Presenters: Sarah Fay, Brian Garrett, Schwartz Hannum PC.
Management
It’s Your Fight, Too: Building Your Decolonization Toolkit Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: In this time of heightened racial unrest, schools call on faculty of color to lead conversations about race, share their personal experiences, and create the path of change. This is a tiring process that often leaves educators feeling "othered" and distracted from their job. Thankfully, technology can lighten the load educators of color feel; opportunities to de-colonize curriculum exist - if you know where to find them. This workshop will explore: finding and using the work of people who have already spoken; contending with a curriculum that is set in stone; and using technology to embrace a more global approach.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Find, explore, and use resources that amplify the personal experiences and untold history of People of Color.
    • Master methods for when curricular texts, units, or guides do not provide space for major changes.
    • Use technology to aid in de-colonizing curriculum and embracing a global perspective.
  • Presenters: Candace Crawford, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School (VA).
The Classroom Experience
Engaged Governance: How Boards and Stakeholders Connect Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: Independent school board members struggle with how to engage appropriately with stakeholders. Individual members who are also part of the community are torn between good practice and their personal connections to stakeholder peers. Boards, as a whole, regularly receive low ratings from stakeholders on surveys, especially in terms of communication and engagement with the community. This panel discussion will explore healthy and useful ways boards can communicate and engage, while still operating within the parameters of good practice. Join Triangle consultants and three board chairs of very different types of schools in discussing this important topic.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how boards can engage with the community while conforming to good practice.
    • Learn what role the board chair plays in setting the tone for board/community interaction.
    • Understand how to use board transparency as a tactic toward enhancing community support for the school.
  • Presenters: Marc Frankel, Triangle Associates; Melanie Harris, Professional Children's School (NY); Chris Mullis, Providence Day School (NC); James Harris, Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (NY); Judith Schechtman, Triangle Associates.
Governance
The School Health Audit: What Every School Needs to Know to Prepare for the Future Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: What did we learn regarding COVID-19 when it comes to student health and wellness? Beyond that question, what do schools need to do or continue doing on a consistent basis in order to further integrate health and wellness into the overall framework of the school? Join a multidisciplinary team of two boarding school doctors, a school psychologist, and health and wellness program expert to understand how a health and wellness audit can help schools prepare not only for future pandemics, but also advance a school’s commitment to the health and wellness of its community.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine high-level learnings and best practices from schools’ responses to COVID-19.
    • Introduce the school health audit as a framework for how to review health and wellness in the school setting.
    • Provide ideas on audit activities, planning, timeline, and expected outcomes.
  • Presenters: Miguel Marshall, Elevate Health Consulting LLC; Amy Patel, Phillips Academy (MA); John Bassi, St. Paul's School (NH); Michele Grethel, The Spence School (NY).
Management
"What a Time to Start!”: Two New Heads Talk About Their First Year Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: Two first-year heads will share stories and lessons learned from their transition into new schools in “interesting times.” What early groundwork on the head’s part was most helpful? What steps did the search consultants, board, and school administration take that worked? What were the surprises along the way and how could they have been avoided? What role did coaching play? How did the race and gender of the new head impact the experience? How did COVID change the transition? Aspiring, rising, and sitting heads, trustees, coaches, and members of school communities in a leadership transition will leave with practical tips.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share lessons learned from the experience of first-year headship.
    • Connect theoretical leadership frameworks to practice.
    • Review innovations in headship transition brought on by COVID.
  • Presenters: Aléwa Cooper, The Foote School (CT); Chris Kolovos, Boston University Academy (MA).
Leadership Development
Rethinking Tuition: A Decision-Making Process for School Leaders Block 2 Thursday, February 25,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: Taking stock of your tuition strategy requires an intentional approach driven by your school’s mission, resources, and market realities. The pandemic environment has exacerbated dynamics around affordability and value that have been at play in many schools since the 2008 recession (or before). If these shifting market forces are causing you to rethink your current pricing approach, view this session to explore a decision-making process your leadership team or board can follow to identify an effective pathway forward.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, February 25, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Determine the internal and external affordability-related data you should track and analyze.
    • Identify and examine key parent perceptions about price, sacrifice, and value.
    • Gain insights and examples of innovative approaches to affordability schools are employing.
  • Presenters: Mark Mitchell, National Association of Independent Schools.
Management
DEI and MBE: The Science of Teaching and Learning for Equity Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: The fields of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Mind, Brain and Education (MBE) both hold powerful promise to improve every child's whole school experiences, and particularly for students who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. People are only just starting to explore the potential for powerful impact that lies at their intersection. But for students, this intersection is their everyday lived experience. School climate, identity, belonging, racist and antiracist practices are entwined with teaching, studying and assessment practices. In this workshop, you will learn about the intersection of DEI and MBE and strategies to apply in your school.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Know core principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Mind, Brain and Education (MBE).
    • Understand the intersection of DEI and MBE and be able to describe practices that lie at that intersection at your school.
    • Be able to apply DEI+MBE strategies in your class or school to examine your practices and make change steps.
  • Presenters: Eva Shultis, Lorraine Martinez Hanley, Stephanie Tellis, St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD).
The Classroom Experience
Building a Better Dashboard for School Financial Health Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Many schools and boards use dashboards to evaluate the operational and financial health of their schools. Recently, the Gunston School (MD) developed a "dashboard triangle" in an attempt to capture the nuanced relationship between external economic and demographic forces and their relation to our internal trends and performance. This presentation will outline the key elements of this dashboard triangle, and we will pay special attention to macroeconomic factors, showing how schools can employ publicly available data from the Federal Reserve to improve the monitoring of key economic forces impacting our schools.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Provide an innovative tool for schools to monitor economic trends.
    • Introduce schools to FRED, economic research provided by the Federal Reserve.
    • Offer a more nuanced approach to the use of school dashboards.
  • Presenters: John Lewis, The Gunston School (MD).
Governance
Fundraising As We Know It: What Has Changed, What Hasn’t, and How to Move Forward Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: While there is no way to know what the future of fundraising looks like, this workshop will feature an open conversation between three heads of school from across the United States about how they have navigated various crises in the past year and the steps they have taken to become better, more thoughtful fundraisers. Attendees will be invited to participate in focused breakout rooms where a guided conversation will allow for the opportunity to learn from fellow independent schools and fundraising experts.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share fundraising strategies that have helped independent schools from across the United States cope with COVID-19 and the uncertainty of 2020.
    • Understand the state of fundraising, from annual funds to giving trends, at independent schools across the United States.
    • Reflect on the first half of the school year and how to make the most of the second semester.
  • Presenters: Monique DeVane, College Preparatory School (CA); Scott Looney, Hawken School (OH); Peter Becker, The Frederick Gunn School (CT); Rick Happy, Barri Kass, CCS Fundraising.
Communications and Advancement
Honoring Intersectional Identities: The Path to Building a Legacy of True Inclusion Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: As schools become increasingly diverse and our communities demand greater equity and justice, the role of identity becomes of paramount importance throughout all constituencies. Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students bring their whole selves to school each day, including their cultural and social identities, and their educations and histories. Understanding the role and impact of these identities is critical for leaders as they seek to create a genuinely inclusive and equitable organization and culture. Participants will engage in reflective and proactive practice to identify their intersectional identities, examine how these identities impact how they engage with others, and influence culture.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the impact of unpacking intersectional identities for institutional leaders.
    • Identify and practice approaches to engaging in reflective intersectional identity practice in leadership.
    • Examine the impact on school culture, legacy, faculty, staff and students when leadership engages in the work.
  • Presenters: Patricia Matos, Ethical Culture Fieldston School (NY); Roderick Fludd, Shorecrest Preparatory School (FL); Motoko Maegawa, Catherine Cook School (IL).
Leadership Development
Beyond Synchronous and Asynchronous: Elastic Proximity Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: The words synchronous and asynchronous are confining to describe best online and hybrid teaching practices, and the limits they create may limit teachers from developing the range of tools and approaches they will need to be most effective in online/hybrid classes. We can better describe ideal online/hybrid teaching as elastic proximity, an approach to teaching in which the teacher makes decisions about delivery, student guidance, and student skill development based on the ideal proximity of the teacher to students, of the students to other students, and of the individual student to the teacher.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants approach hybrid/online learning with a perception of a greater range of teaching strategies.
    • Participants see the value of visual representation/diagramming of individual teaching strategies.
    • Participants are invigorated to revisit and reinvent keys aspects of their teaching practices.
  • Presenters: Ross Peters, Dave Hamilton, EXPLO Elevate; Indu Singh, Milton Academy (MA).
The Classroom Experience
Advancing Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools Using Data Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Over the past year, prioritizing and addressing mental health concerns has become a primary focus at independent schools; to be effective, interventions must be guided by rigorous data on challenges and opportunities within each school, specifically. Learn more about the most important, modifiable aspects of life that can be used to foster well-being, and understand how to promote best practices within your own community. Glean insights from a case study example from a leading independent school that used data to drive improvements in mental health, and discuss how to address the potential challenges of program implementation.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand cutting-edge research on resilience, or the science of doing well in the face of stressors.
    • Learn how one school has used data to foster well-being and a sense of community.
    • Explore best practices and strategies to identify and prioritize well-being programs.
  • Presenters: Suniya Luthar, Nina Kumar, Authentic Connections; Anna Moore, The Westminster Schools (GA).
The Student Experience
A Case Study: Developing a Brand Strategy to Attract Families Outside the Independent School Bubble Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: In today’s world, a worthy mission is no longer enough. Families are more discerning than ever when it comes to paying independent school tuition and are looking more closely than ever at the value proposition of the schools they are considering for their child. Learn how to identify and activate the right brand for your school that allows you to appeal to more families by replacing jargon, history, and legacy with benefits that matter. Join us for an exciting case study and learn how to take beloved school features and turn them into benefits that families truly value.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to align your school’s brand with the values that will attract and retain millennial parents, faculty, and staff.
    • How to evaluate the benefit your school offers students and families, so you can communicate that more effectively.
    • What the concept of brand really means in today’s new world order and why it's critical for your school’s stability.
  • Presenters: Romayne Levee, Mission Minded; John Thomas, Flint Hill School (VA).
Communications and Advancement
Accelerating Through Crisis: Building Community Through Competency-Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: White Mountain School leaders share how they seized the opportunities presented in 2020 to accelerate efforts in embedding competency learning and social justice curriculum throughout its programs. 2020 has been a year of crises: COVID-19; the police murders of Black Americans; protests around the country; a crashing economy; unemployment; political turmoil. Rather than operating from a place of fear during crises, schools need to lead from their mission and find opportunities to actualize their vision. This is a session on leadership as much as it is one on competency learning and social justice curriculum.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How might we engage faculty in change during a time of crisis?
    • How might we create a student-driven assessment structure that is culturally responsive?
    • How might we design courses to meet the needs of the current climate?
  • Presenters: Mike Peller, Allison Letourneau, Kim Cooper, James Cromer, The White Mountain School (NH).
Leadership Development
Promoting Dignity and Restorative Practices Across a Community by Practicing Empathy, Equity, and Inclusion Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: This workshop will take you through our journey to promote the concept of Dignity to our community including lessons learned and how to get leadership support. The goal of our program, which includes both a student and adult experience, is to increase inclusive language and support diversity, equity and inclusion through an experiential and scientific approach. Students, educators, and leaders will learn to increase their empathic skills, learn more about restorative practices, and also have the opportunity to engage meaningfully in challenging conversations as we build a stronger community of dignity agents.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn how to develop a program that supports both SEL and DEI goals.
    • Participants will learn the importance of integrating a scientific approach in delivering this material.
    • Participants will learn how to structure the rollout of a campus-wide initiative to include educators/leadership as well as students.
  • Presenters: Michelle Hirschy, Hadley Zeavin, La Jolla Country Day School (CA).
The Student Experience
Why Are We Doing That?: Collaborative Design for Faculty-Wide Curriculum Review Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Former Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of Lower School will present a process designed to engage faculty across disciplines in an inclusive and mission-driven curriculum evaluation. A case study of a lower school math materials review highlights the dynamics of collaboration and mission-aligned teaching. This process supported a division-wide conversation about pedagogy and the school’s vision of a student, while providing a collaborative model for teachers to use when considering curriculum. Participants will leave with an understanding of this process and ideas about how it might be modified to apply to a range of disciplines and faculties.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Design a collaborative process that empowers faculty in curriculum matters.
    • Align curriculum with mission and vision.
    • Engage with colleagues in independent school networks to support professional development.
  • Presenters: Bevan Koch, The Westview School, Inc. (TX); Cricket Mikheev, Maple Street School (VT).
The Classroom Experience
Healthy Sexuality Education: Consent in the Digital and Physical Classroom Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Whether our classrooms are digital or physical, teaching and modeling consent is an essential element for safe and effective learning. This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of healthy sexuality and relationship education for middle and high school students. Attendees will experience synchronous activities for classroom engagement and dynamic learning as well as be provided with asynchronous resources to promote a blended education model for critical thinking and decision-making as it relates to consensual relationships in digital and physical school environments.Topics will include: consent, gender socialization, love, hookup culture vs. authentic connection, safe sexuality practices, and sexual harassment and assault.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain strategies for creating safe digital and physical learning environments about healthy sexuality and relationships.
    • Experience synchronous activities that may also be used in a physical classroom to cultivate a deeper understanding of consent/effective communication.
    • Acquire resources for asynchronous learning that will inform synchronous activities and in-classroom instruction.
  • Presenters: Shafia Zaloom, The Urban School of San Francisco (CA).
The Classroom Experience
The Roadmap to Independent School Prosperity After COVID-19 Block 3 Thursday, February 25,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Independent schools faced significant sustainability challenges before COVID-19. As an independent school alumnus, parent, trustee, and the President and GM of Blackbaud K–12 Solutions, Travis Warren has a unique perspective on the state of the industry and how schools can forge their best paths forward in the wake of the pandemic. Join him for this discussion on data-driven decision-making, reaffirming the school's value proposition amidst evolving parent expectations, and the long-lasting impact of distance learning on K–12 education.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine ways to move forward after COVID-19.
    • Understand data-driven decision-making.
    • Position your school's value proposition.
  • Presenters: Travis Warren, Trip Kucera, Blackbaud.
Leadership Development
Physically Apart, Socially Connected: Designing Virtual Events for Meaningful Community Engagement and Support Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: This session is for administrators who are tasked with maintaining a well-acclaimed school culture during a time of crisis and making the unthinkable happen under the context of social distancing. This workshop will feature strategies and guidelines for creating momentum, creatively leveraging Zoom as a venue, and delivering virtual events that exceed the expectations of various school constituencies. Utilizing several case studies including our fundraising gala, Film Festival, and graduation, we will demonstrate how a vision is realized through design thinking, teamwork, ingenuity, and ambition. You will leave with actionable strategies for running engaging and inspiring virtual events seamlessly.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain strategies and techniques for developing and executing online events that maintain and increase community engagement.
    • Understand how to apply key strategies in ways that are relevant to each school’s unique environment.
    • Develop an integrated approach between events, communications, programs, and other aspects of the school for a more comprehensive approach.
  • Presenters: Quyen Ngo, Xiaorong Li, The Archer School for Girls (CA); Victor Borachuk, JupiterReturn.
Communications and Advancement
Cultivating Compassion: The Antithesis to Burnout Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: Compassion is a skill that can be practiced to cultivate resiliency and prevent burnout. This session invites all school personnel to learn about current trends in the science of compassion and outcomes from empirical studies that suggest that compassion training programs may enhance prosocial behavior, attenuate mood disorders, and increase job satisfaction. Participants will draw from the research and identify opportunities to implement these practices in the school setting. Participants will practice with the mechanisms of change involved in the direct and deliberate training of compassion.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the latest research in the science of compassion.
    • Introduce and discuss how to implement compassion-based practices in a school setting to increase teacher resiliency and connection with students.
    • Practice the mechanisms of change involved in the direct and deliberate training of compassion.
  • Presenters: Jude Wolf, Kehillah Jewish High School (CA); Kathleen Lorentz, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (CA).
The Classroom Experience
Structures That Support Leading Through Difficult Change Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: The sprng of 2020 brought the convergence of three crises to our shores: heatlh, moral and financial. In times of crisis, schools leaders are inundated with a nonstop stream of information, queries and concerns from all constituent groups. Balancing the need to respond to urgent tasks with the need to remain mission- and vision-focused is a tall order. With care and learning front and present, we implemented a few strategic structures for planning, data gathering/analysis, curricular revisions and communication that helped us to naviagate the dynamic challenge presented. We are happy to tell our story and share our learning.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine leadership structures that support crisis management.
    • Consider how these leadership structures might apply to their context.
  • Presenters: Elizabeth Rossini, Diane Rosenberg, The Nueva School (CA).
Leadership Development
Discourse in Our Schools: Equity, Inclusion, and Conflicts Over Speech Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: School leaders have struggled to reconcile a commitment to open discourse and the imperative to promote equity and inclusion in our school communities. Classroom teachers feel uncertainty about how to best educate students about the nature and harms of hateful speech, as well as the practical steps students can take to facilitate constructive dialogue with one another. This one-hour workshop will offer specific examples of how schools across the country have tackled these challenges. Workshop organizers Dominic Randolph, Blair Parker, and Darius Weil will also share the central principles in Riverdale Country School’s newly published statement on campus discourse.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will reflect on the ways in which open discourse can affirm or conflict with our equity and inclusion goals.
    • Participants will examine programming at a variety of schools that promote open discourse.
    • Participants will draft principles related to discourse that they might use to initiate conversations in their schools.
  • Presenters: Blair Parker, Dominic Randolph, Darius Weil, Riverdale Country School (NY).
The Student Experience
Level the Playing Field: Reduce Bias and Hire Better With Structured Interviews Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: As every school leader knows, hiring decisions are crucial. Making the right hire can make a huge positive difference for a school community - and the wrong hire can be downright harmful. What's more, typical approaches to hiring are rife with biases. By thoughtfully implementing a structured hiring approach, schools can both improve results and de-bias their processes, whether in person or virtual. This session will explain structured hiring, present a case study of hiring a diverse team, and offer a candidate's perspective on being hired. Throughout, participants will reflect on their schools' hiring approaches and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how structured hiring works to improve results and reduce bias.
    • Identify common hiring mistakes or deficiencies in typical hiring approaches.
    • Generate initial ideas around opportunities for improvement in their school's hiring.
  • Presenters: Matt Lai, Avenues Silicon Valley (CA); Diego Merino, Avenues: The World School (NY).
Management
Take a Deep Breath: Manage Leadership Transition and Not Have It Be a Crisis! Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: There is no more important decision that a board makes than the hiring of the head of school. The increase in turnover of these positions gives heads and trustees pause to consider how best to manage the hiring process. To attract highly qualified leaders, schools need to be flexible, transparent and open to change. What has worked in the past may not be suited for the future. There are important issues around communication, timing, and inclusion that play a critical role in the search process. The unexpected happens; leadership transition doesn’t have to be a crisis!
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Recognize that there are productive and positive models for conducting a search that will lead to success..
    • Use case studies to better understand specifically how effective communications and finely tuned timelines can result in success.
    • Understand that flexibility and openness to new kinds of leaders will lead to a richer and more diverse candidate pool.
  • Presenters: Robert Vitalo, Bruce Dennis, Burke Zalosh, Carney, Sandoe & Associates (NY).
Governance
2-5-10--Change Management for a Rapidly Changing World Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: 2-5-10 Change Management has demonstrated the characteristics to help align a school's strategic and practical priorities within a tight timeline. COCID-19 revealed in the most stark way yet that change is going to come without an invitation, and it is going to come fast. This requires that we stop imagining that the world will reach a new normal, and instead that we create a new normal regarding how we respond to a changing world. 2-5-10, which centers on creating tiered objectives and garnering representative feedback from different constituents, is well built for the school world we have entered.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants gain a helpful perspective on the elements of school culture that support healthy change processes.
    • Participants will build the confidence to break away from often unsuccessful but habitual approaches to change management.
    • Participants will gain resources to support their work in the area of change management.
  • Presenters: Ross Peters, EXPLO Elevate; Tracie Mastronicola, San Francisco Friends School (CA); Jim Justice, The Westminster Schools (GA).
Management
A Fighting Chance: Combating the Enrollment Decline Epidemic One School at a Time Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: Nearly half of NAIS member schools now contend with enrollment decline; more than a fourth of these schools have reached a critical level (with attrition greater than 10 percent since 2013). Each year, the percentage of under-enrolled schools increases. There's no sign of this epidemic slowing, and there's no antidote. In this workshop, two heads of school dealing with profound enrollment shortfalls describe their successes in managing the crisis, using drastically different approaches. Audience participation is encouraged; the session ends with a call to action introducing a new initiative inviting heads and trustees nationwide to collaborate and combat epidemic enrollment decline.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Recognize the scale of the enrollment decline epidemic and some reasons why it is growing in NAIS schools.
    • Recognize the relationship between school culture and effective action steps (what works at one school won't necessarily work at another).
    • Explore two drastically different paths for restoring financial health; consider joining a grassroots effort to combat the enrollment decline epidemic
  • Presenters: Olaf Jorgenson, Almaden Country Day School (CA); Zachary Roberts, Gateway School (CA).
Leadership Development
You're the GOATS, or Creating a School Culture That Embraces Feedback Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: In the fall of 2019, Crossroads Upper School convened a task force to examine how faculty invite, receive, process, and act on feedback from students. Our workshop offers our process and findings as a case study in disrupting inconsistent systems and practices and embracing equitable, growth-oriented communication. Our school traditionally grants faculty a great deal of autonomy to many positive ends. A pitfall of this freedom is inconsistent oversight and a discomfort with evaluation systems and communication norms. The goal of our work was to generate a bottom-up culture that saw the feedback as central to faculty growth and student success.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how Crossroads shifted from collecting student responses to using feedback to promote a culture of faculty reflection and growth.
    • Understand the process used by our task force to gain trust in communication and shift perceptions within faculty and students.
    • Inspire peer schools to develop a culture that values feedback as critical to faculty growth and student success.
  • Presenters: Rika Drea, Drew Devore, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences (CA).
Management
Effective Financial Governance for Independent School Trustees Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: Every independent school trustee must effectively steward the school by fulfilling their fiduciary role, and the board’s partnerships with the head of school and business officer are critical. This dynamic program, supported by a new publication from NBOA and authors, Ron Salluzzo and Phil Tahey, will foster a deeper level of fiduciary stewardship and financial governance. Trustees will enhance their understanding of the multifaceted independent school business model and complex drivers impacting it to ask the right questions to inform more strategic discussion. School leaders will learn how best to report information to ensure financial stewardship and long-term sustainability.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn the key questions to ask to help them understand their school’s current financial health.
    • Participants will understand the difference between data and information and the importance of information to boards and trustees.
    • Participants will learn what resources will allow them to carry out their fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Presenters: Mary Markunas, Jennifer Hillen, National Business Officers Association; Ron Salluzo, Attain, LLC; Rick Branson, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.
Governance
Social Media and the School Community: Navigating Disruptive and Threatening Communications Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: A parent sends you an urgent message about kids playing an interactive game online in which they are killing kids at the school. A teacher forwards you messages from a school review platform labeling teachers of the school racist. Has this become the new normal? Social media platforms have given a voice to those within and outside our communities that affect educators. This workshop will discuss how to navigate disruptive and threatening communications on social media, including the reaction of students, fear from parents, and demand for action by the community.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how students and parents use social media and electronic methods to make disruptive and threatening communications.
    • Explain how to properly identify, assess and investigate disruptive and threatening communications.
    • Navigate scenarios that your school might encounter when faced with these types of communications, including the school’s legal obligations.
  • Presenters: Jennifer Carroll, Fisher Phillips, LLP; Dr. Tammy Ferguson, The Weiss School (FL)
Management
Creating a Comprehensive, Curated Resource of Technology Tools for Your Learning Community Block 4 Friday, February 26,
1:15 PM-2:00 PM
  • Summary: Instructional technologists, integrationists and coaches can do anything … except be everywhere all at once. Learn how to create a digital curated library of educational technology tools that can be accessed by teachers, students and families, and that are personalized for your school or district.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, February 26, 1:15 PM-2:00 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Attendees will come away with a clear picture of the benefits of a community-specific, curated collection of digital resources
    • Attendees will gain baseline knowledge of embedding, template-based web design, and basic features within a user dashboard.
    • Attendees will gain awareness of new platforms across all subjects and grade levels along the way.
  • Presenters: Thomas Corbin, OunceIT.
Management
Effective Decision-Making: The Key to Unlocking the Power of Diversity and Equity in Governance Practices Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: While boards make many decisions, few boards pay attention to the conditions that support effective decision-making. These conditions include an intentional focus on diversity and equity that boards frequently consider an “add-on” to their processes. Evidence shows that when groups of decision-makers pay attention to several factors--including the diversity of thought on the team and the equal inclusion of all perspectives--they make better decisions. This workshop presents specific information regarding effective decision-making practices including addressing bias, increasing the diversity of thinking, and enhancing equity and inclusion that will ultimately strengthen board culture.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn the conditions for effective decision-making.
    • Participants will learn how to identify and address biases.
    • Participants will understand the steps needed to increase the diversity of thought and equity on their boards.
  • Presenters: Brooke Carroll, Acies Strategies; Valaida Wise, Dr. Valaida Wise Consulting.
Governance
Enhancing School Culture as a Critical Function of Enrollment Management Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Enrollment managers as school culture experts? Yes! By having a data-informed finger on the pulse of the parent, faculty, and student experience, enrollment managers can effect change inside their schools, which, in turn, impacts recruitment and retention. The modern day enrollment management professional must be empowered to work alongside the head of school and other leaders in creating a culture that promotes powerful marketing messages that resonate. We’ll discuss how to assess school culture, what data is available to support your assessment, share tips for “influencing from the middle,” and you’ll leave with short- and long-term action items.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn to assess school culture.
    • Understand the impact of school culture on enrollment efforts.
    • Learn tools to lead "from the middle."
  • Presenters: Dana Nelson-Isaacs, DNI Consulting; Steve Salvo, St. Mary's Episcopal Day School (FL).
Management
Expecting the Unexpected in Headship and How Legal Counsel Can Help Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Expecting the unexpected – natural disasters, sex scandals, infectious disease, public relations nightmares, and more -- becomes a way of life for heads of school. Join engaging panelists Meshea Matthews (St. John’s Dallas) who is in her 2nd year, Autumn Graves (St. Anne’s Belfield) who is in her 10th year, Ned Smith (Episcopal Houston) who is in his 14th year as a head of school, and independent school lawyer, Kristin Smith (Fisher Phillips LLP), as they share their wisdom, experience and advice for handling these unexpected situations and how a school’s legal counsel can help.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to handle unexpected issues that arise in headships from heads who are rookies all the way to veterans.
    • Learn how to manage your school’s legal counsel and get the most bang for your buck from them.
    • Prepare aspiring heads of school for what being a head is really like.
  • Presenters: Kristin Smith, Fisher Phillips LLP; Meshea Matthews, St. John’s Episcopal School Dallas (TX); Dr. Autumn Graves, St. Anne's-Belfield School (VA); Ned Smith, Episcopal High School - Houston (TX).
Leadership Development
When Institutions Must Atone for Past Sins: A Legal and Public Relations Perspetive Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Increasingly, school leaders are being called upon to address the actions and omissions of their predecessors, sometimes from the distant past. In today's world of social media, divisive politics, and the 24-hour news cycle, institutions finding themselves in the crosshairs of such criticism often face an existential crisis. In this program, experienced education counsel and a public relations executive will join a tenured, former head of school to guide a discussion on best practices for communicating to a diverse community in a crisis, finding and embracing the school's moral compass, and charting a meaningful path forward for future students and leaders.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Attendees will be presented with examples of schools that responded well to criticism and others that did not.
    • Attendees will learn about the legal risks, both criminal and civil, associated with past injustices on campus and responding thereto.
    • Attendees will gain an appreciation for strategies to thoughtfully respond to public cricism in real time.
  • Presenters: Matthew Batastini, Schwartz Hannum PC; Diana Pisciotta, Denterlein; Muddy Waters, The Pike School (MA).
Leadership Development
The "Me" You Don't See: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy and Practice in Independent Schools Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: "The 'Me' You Don’t See" is a humble acknowledgement that independent schools can do more to ensure we are engaging in humanizing and inclusive educational practices within our diverse school communities. This one-hour workshop is designed for participants who have a basic level of understanding regarding trauma-informed pedagogy, as well as the impact of traumatic experiences on individuals within our school communities (and those who wish to learn more). This work is incredibly timely and deeply important; if you haven’t heard the phrase “trauma-informed pedagogy” on your school campus, get in here and develop the language and tools to cultivate change.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the definition of trauma-informed pedagogy and praxis.
    • Delve into best practices and suggestions for attending to the multiple forms of dysregulation that frequently accompany trauma.
    • Cultivate openness to what survivors of trauma (both children and adults) need to feel safe in our schools.
  • Presenters: Casey Quirarte, Westerly School (CA).
The Student Experience
The 2021 Crisis Trend Report - Where We Have Been and Where We're Going Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: This session will look at the crises that dominated 2020, COVID, and the anti-racism movement, as well as other crises that we are anticipating for 2021. Schools faced unprecedented challenges that impacted every aspect of the instituion for which there was no playbook or plan. We will share key learnings and best communications practices for responding to these crises. We will help participants with updatng their crisis plan to include the strategy for pandemics and the anti-racism movement. We will touch on crisis leadership. There will be a short topic specific group conversation.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss unprecedented crises and crisis planning around those issues.
    • Share effective communications strategies in global crises.
    • Effectiveness of existing plans and importance of keeping plans current
  • Presenters: Jim Hulbert, The Jane Group; Myra McGovern, National Association of Independent Schools.
Communications and Advancement
Never Waste a Crisis: Results of Collaborative Long-Range Disruption Planning by Independent School Leaders Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: During the pandemic shutdown, the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) turned our collective vision toward mid- to long-range lessons for sustainability for a less certain future. We will share key findings of 110 independent school leaders representing 85 schools across the country. Our report covers themes that include pedagogy, virtual learning strategies, uses of time and physical space, managing school culture, student and adult well-being, finance and operations, and community engagement. Many of the lessons learned during the pandemic will lead to better learning experiences, whether our schools are operating face-to-face, virtually, or in hybrid modes.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Share key results of the collaborative work of 100+ independent school leaders on future major disruptions.
    • Discuss lessons learned during the spring 2020 shutdown that all schools should consider for future sustainability.
    • Examine the process of massive, rapid real-time collaboration across many schools over areas of shared interest.
  • Presenters: Patti MacDonald, Canadian Accredited Independent Schools; Grant Lichtman, Consultant.
Leadership Development
From Global Warming to George Floyd: Current Events in the Classroom Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Educators from three young schools that frame their curriculum with issues from the headlines articulate models of experiential, interdisciplinary, deep engagement with timely and pressing issues. Administrators and teachers at Global Citizenship Experience Lab School (Chicago), The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (Washington), and Mastery School of Hawken (Cleveland) facilitate a conversation about how to teach with current events.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how attention to current events can counter student disengagement and encourage student voice.
    • Consider strategies and school models for incorporating timely material in high school curriculum without ignoring necessary skills and content.
    • Give educators mindset and confidence to model learning and teach material that is new to students and teachers alike.
  • Presenters: Cabell King, GCE - Lab School (IL); Noah Bopp, The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (DC); Ashley Waldorf, Mastery School of Hawken (OH).
The Classroom Experience
Knowing Your Why: How Schools Can Improve the Head Search Process Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: When faced with replacing a head of school, search committees often rely on incomplete assessments of school climate, culture, and short- and long-term needs. Building on NAIS’ prior research on factors affecting head of school turnover, we will present recent findings on how boards choose a new head of school, their motivations for hiring specific candidates, and recommendations for search committees, boards of trustees, and current and prospective heads.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn both the stated and unstated criteria boards use when hiring specific candidates.
    • Participants will understand how search committees can better leverage data and resources when determining short- and long-term leadership needs.
    • Participants will explore the implications of this research for preparing leadership candidates for the independent school job market.
  • Presenters: Anne-Marie Balzano, Margaret Anne Rowe, National Association of Independent Schools.
Governance
Designing Collaborative Professional Development: Enriching Faculty Learning Experiences to Benefit Student Outcomes Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Winston Preparatory School considers professional development to be the foundation of a successful learning experience for each individual student. Our ongoing and integrative professional development programs are designed to promote creative problem-solving, innovation and collaboration among instructors and campus leaders so that each student’s program is continually meeting their individual academic, social and emotional needs and our faculty grows professionally. We will share descriptions of programs, analytics and faculty feedback, hoping to inspire participants to enrich their professional development experience in their own environments, whether that is in the virtual world or a brick-and-mortar school building.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn specific ways in which to develop a continually collaborative learning environment among instructors and leaders.
    • Discover research-supported approaches to deepen the adult learning experience.
    • Begin developing ideas of how to implement enriched learning initiatives for oneself or for faculty at large.
  • Presenters: Michele Heimbauer, Elizabeth Mendelsohn, Winston Preparatory School (NY).
Leadership Development
Reading and Engaging Social Energy in Any Classroom: An Analysis of Introversion, Extroversion and Ambiversion Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Learn to read and engage social energy in your classroom. Specifically, learn how to recognize qualities of introversion, extroversion, ambiversion in yourself and your students and how to distinguish them from shyness or anxiety. Leave with strategies for how to differentiate instruction across these emotional constructs and consider the implications of the physical environment. An added focus of these differences in the virtual classroom will also be included.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Read and engage social energy in the classroom.
    • Recognize qualities of introversion, extroversion, and ambiversion.
    • Differentiate instruction and create inclusive learning spaces for all types of social energy.
  • Presenters: Amy Cuddy, Jessica Douglass, Tower Hill School (DE).
The Student Experience
Imagining the Post-Pandemic School PechaKucha Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: The pandemic has rapidly accelerated changes in independent schools. How can we use what we have learned from this crisis to transform our schools?
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Matthew Bolton, The Seven Hills School (OH).
Unpacking “I’m Afraid”: Confronting Colleagues Who Avoid Teaching and Talking About Race PechaKucha Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: The excuse “I’m afraid to teach X text” needs an expiration date: right now. Get prepped to challenge the convenient “fear defense” at your institution.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Reanna Ursin, The Westminster Schools (GA).
Dismantling Homophobia and Transphobia in Schools PechaKucha Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: In order to dismantle homophobia and transphobia in our schools, teachers need to be able identify LGBTQ+ microaggressions. We'll explore five microaggresions in this session.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Paul France, Paul Emerich France Tutoring and Consulting LLC.
Flattening the (Other) Curve PechaKucha Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: During the most turbulent time of our careers, it was imperative children knew the adults were in charge. Here's to responsibility beautifully masquerading as control.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Luke Hladek, Wheeling Country Day School (WV).
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education: Alexa, Can You Teach Me? PechaKucha Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: Explore why Artificial Intelligence (AI) matters and how we as educators can actively shape its impact in our own educational communities.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Type: PechaKucha
  • Presenters: Tracie Yorke, One Schoolhouse.
Parent Jobs-To-Be-Done and COVID-19: What’s Changed? Block 5 Friday, February 26,
3:30 PM-4:15 PM
  • Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education—forcing students online, limiting interactions with friends and classmates, and more. But has it altered the reasons parents send their children to independent schools? Has it altered the decision-making process for parents seeking to change schools for their children? In this session, members of NAIS’s research team will explore how parent Jobs-to-Be-Done* have been affected by the COVID pandemic. Drawing from parent interviews and survey data collected throughout the pandemic, the session will help attendees understand how parents view distance learning, reopening, and more. We will also explore whether these changes are temporary, or if COVID has permanently changed parent expectations. *This session is best suited for attendees with a basic understanding of NAIS’s research on parent Jobs-To-Be-Done.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, February 26, 3:30 PM-4:15 PM)
  • Category: General Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how the COVID pandemic has altered parent JTBD and the school search process.
    • Learn how parents in different Jobs view distance learning, reopening, and more.
    • Learn how you can leverage these insights to better recruit and retain parents.
  • Presenters: Joe Corbett, Amada Torres, National Association of Independent Schools.
Communications and Advancement