Fellowship Workshops

All Fellowship workshops are available to conference registrants and do not require registration.

Click or tap on a workshop to get expanded details, including the workshop summary, presenters, and learning objectives.

Title Block Time Summary Track
Sponsorship: Supporting Women in the Leadership Pipeline Fellowship Workshop 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Schools understand the importance of mentoring future leaders. However, few studies indicate the value of sponsorship in becoming a school leader. This session will provide suggestions for aspiring leaders in acquiring a sponsor and for current school leaders in becoming a sponsor by sharing survey data and common practices.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Cyndy Jean, Hackley School (NY); Meredith Legg, Emma Willard School (NY); Margaret Lofgren, Foothill Country Day School (CA); Amy Torok Mendel, Kentucky Country Day School (KY); Cheryl Nkeba, Gilman School (MD); Johara Tucker, Worcester Academy (MA); Tambi Tyler, Atlanta International School (GA)
Leadership Development
Strategic Board Design For a More Equitable Future Fellowship Workshop 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: When recruiting/considering new trustees, schools often target candidates with an eye towards the three Ts and Ws (time/work, talent/wisdom, treasure/wealth). In order to better align our boards and governance with NAIS’s Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice, we must expand our understanding of what makes a qualified and effective governing body. Join us as we share board composition data from NAIS member schools and offer considerations to build boards that better reflect, represent, and steward our rapidly changing and increasingly diverse school communities.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Krista Demas, Shady Hill School (MA); Lise Goddard, Midland School (CA); Camille Seals, Agnes Irwin School (PA); Cheryl Ting, Redwood Day (CA); Liz Willis, Oakwood School (CA)
Governance
Best Practices for the Use of Non-Need-Based Aid Fellowship Workshop 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: This workshop will present research focused on the effects of schools’ adoption of non-need-based aid as an enrollment management strategy. We will illustrate concerns that emerge from the use of this type of aid and recommend principles of good practice for schools that choose to use non-need based aid.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Kelley Nicholson-Flynn, Riverdale Country School (NY); Craig Cetrulo, St. Andrews School (FL); Carter Abbott, Pingry School (NJ); Amanda Hale, Lexington School (KY); Andy Zimmer, Emerson School (MI); Jennifer Moore, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (GA)
Management
“You’ll figure it out”: Transitioning to Administrative Roles Fellowship Workshop 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Independent school administrators often start their careers as classroom teachers. Identifying and encouraging teachers to apply for administrative roles is a way for schools to acknowledge potential and retain talented faculty members. How can schools best support and mentor promising new administrators to maximize success in their new roles?
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Beth Choiniere, St. Johnsbury Academy (VT); Jonathan Downs, Millbrook School (NY); David Landis, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (GA); Sophie Lau, Shady Side Academy (PA); Joshua LeRoy, Cardigan Mountain School (NH)
Leadership Development
Educator Resilience in Times of Rapid Change Fellowship Workshop 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: What are the implications of bolstering resiliency in educators? We hope to better understand how the capacity to bounce back in the face of change and adversity might impact teachers, staff, and administrators in a variable educational landscape.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Lisa Baker, Bancroft School (MA); Betsy Doss, Keys School (CA); Megan Cover, Tower Hill School (DE); Carrie Steakley, St. Mary's Episcopal School (TN); Hillary Freeman, The Nueva School (CA); Kate Halsey, Phoenix Country Day School (AZ)
Leadership Development
Leader to Leader: Building Relationship at the Top Fellowship Workshop 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: It is vital for an incoming Head of School in their inaugural years to develop effective relationships with the Board Chair and other Trustees in order to successfully lead the school community. We surveyed Heads and Board Chairs to discover effective strategies used to build productive partnerships.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Melinda Zacher Ronayne, Interlochen Center for the Arts (MI); George Russo, The Buckley School (CA); Christina Gwin, Castilleja School (CA); Sharon DuPree, Hope Partnership for Education (PA); Anna Carello, Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School (DC); Nadia Johnson, Providence Day School (NC)
Leadership Development
Culture Is King: Setting up new head success Fellowship Workshop 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Due to the high turnover in heads in recent years, we investigated whether the culture of a board influences the success of a new head of school. We will add to the current research that NAIS is doing concerning this topic to help ensure that new heads find success.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: David Long, The Galloway School (GA); Andrew Bishop, The Alexander Dawson School (NV); Jason Kern, All Saints Episcopal School (TX); Jayme Johnson, St. John's Episcopal School (TX)
Governance
All of Us Here: Welcoming Latinx Families Fellowship Workshop 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Latinx currently represent the largest, youngest, and fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States. This significant demographic shift, however, has yet to manifest fully in independent schools, where Latinx represent one of the smallest ethnic demographics. This presentation will look into the barriers that inhibit Latinx representation in Independent Schools.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Ira Dawson and Rick Holifield, The Walker School (GA); Tim Lear, The Pingry School (NJ); Paris McLean, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (NJ); Jeff Morrison, Trinity School (GA)
The Student Experience
Benefit Models and Faculty Retention and Recruitment Priorities Fellowship Workshop 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Compensation and benefits are the leading costs for employers and, in independent schools, these costs usually account for 75-85% of operating expenses. Our project evaluates the benefit priorities of multiple generations of faculty and how these priorities may influence the structure and cost of benefits for independent schools.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Kerry Adams, The Gregory School (AZ); Peter Behr, The Kinkaid School (TX); Joshua Pretzer, Culver Academies (IN); Christine Saunders, Friends Academy (NY); Jason Smith, Brownell Talbot School (NE); Brian Smith, Steamboat Mountain School (CO)
Management
Change Management in School Leadership Fellowship Workshop 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Independent Schools have differentiated themselves by providing mission-driven programs, student-centered learning initiatives, and competitive salaries and benefits. Is it enough? Through action research, we have gathered data on how school leaders are responding to immediate challenges with an eye on the long-term viability of their schools.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship Workshop
  • Presenters: Ryan Allen, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (IL); Mike Foley, Hilton Head Preparatory School (SC); Michael Hill, The Pembroke Hill School (MO); Marquis Scott, The Lawrenceville School (NJ); Chris Singler, Friends Select School (PA); Aaron Sundstrom, Ravenscroft (NC)
Leadership Development