Fellowship Workshops

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

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Title Block Time Summary Track
Fellowship Workshop: Flexible Tuition Models to Increase Affordability Fellowship Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: To combat declining enrollment or demographics, schools have implemented a variety of flexible and indexed tuition models to increase affordability for families, without undercharging capable full payers. The research team will share case studies and feedback from several participating schools to provide considerations for your own school community.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B407
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Presenters: Tracie Catlett, Louisville Collegiate School (KY); Linda Kern, Creative Minds International Public Charter School (DC); Justin Kleinheider, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (MO); Alicia LaMagdeleine, University High School (IN); James Palmieri, Tri
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Is Change Inevitable? Senior Administrative Team Changes in a Head’s First Year Fellowship Block 2 Thursday, March 8,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: In a 2016 Aspiring Heads Fellowship research project, 81.3% of heads of school in their first year reported significant senior administrative team change in the form of attrition, departure, and/or reorganization. Attendees of this session will learn reasons why this change occurs and leave equipped with strategies to help anticipate changes as well as how to frame the efficacy of such changes.
  • Block: Block 2 (Thursday, March 8, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B407
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Presenters: Robert Begin, Georgetown Preparatory School (MD); John Boger, The Meadowbrook School (MA); Gene Campbell, St. Albans School (DC); Matt Eggert, The First Academy (FL); Tucker Hastings, The Brunswick School (CT); Tom Thorpe, Colorado Academy (CO)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Cultivating Teachers as Leaders Fellowship Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: How are independent schools leveraging distributive leadership models, professional development, and evaluation in an innovative manner to successfully cultivate teachers as leaders? In this workshop, we will share our research and interviews with a wide variety of independent schools across the country and suggest models for the future.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Room number: B407
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Presenters: Sue Belcher, The Downtown School: A Lakeside School (WA); Crissy Cáceres, Georgetown Day School (DC); Malika DeLancey, McDonogh School (MD); Suzie Matthews, Santa Fe Preparatory School (NM); Mya Sullivan, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (GA)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Understanding Millennials’ Educational Perspectives Fellowship Block 3 Thursday, March 8,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: Millennial parents, the nation’s largest living generation, are enrolling fewer of their children in independent schools, often choosing public and charter options. Knowing what the Millennial generation values helps us better understand how they make decisions. This presentation will explore what factors influence a Millennial parents’ school choice and how such factors impact independent schools.
  • Block: Block 3 (Thursday, March 8, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Room number: B407
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Presenters: Roslyn Benjamin, Live Oak School (CA); Stephanie Deitz, Marin Country Day School (CA); Khadija Fredericks, St. Paul's Episcopal School (CA); Jennifer Warren, Town School for Boys (CA); Tresa Wilson, The Hockaday School (TX)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: The Changing Nature of School Crises: Being READY not REACTIVE! Fellowship Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: In light of changing trends in the type and frequency of crises faced by school communities; particularly those related to the use and abuse of technology, this session focuses on independent school crisis plans, crisis plan communication, and crisis preparation. Share results from a survey designed to explore areas where school communities need further updating of their existing crisis plans based on the likelihood of a particular events occurring with the intent of helping school leaders focus on being ready instead of reactive.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: B407
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Presenters: Douglas Allen, Park Tudor School (IN); Cole Carlson, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (Canada); Sean Hamer, Germantown Friends School (PA); David Hanson, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH); Clarke Weatherspoon, Urban School of San Francisco (CA)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: What's Keeping Heads Up At Night? Leading for Long-Term Sustainability Fellowship Block 4 Friday, March 9,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: What if you gathered a group of heads and asked, “As a head, what keeps you up at night?” Would you hear what excites them about the future of independent schools? Would you hear how they plan to lead their schools into a financially strong future? Explore and learn from the shared challenges from heads surveyed and interviewed across the country.
  • Block: Block 4 (Friday, March 9, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Room number: B407
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Presenters: Wendy Butler, Westover School (CT); David Markus, Washington International School (DC) ; Andy North, Episcopal School of Acadiana (LA); Noah Reinhardt, Packer Collegiate Institute (NY); Heather Strube, Cambridge School (MD)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Employee Benefits and the Millennial Workforce Fellowship Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: In the next few years, large numbers of Generation X teachers are going to retire. There is speculation that millennial workers (ages 18-35) may not find teaching an attractive profession because they have different perk/benefit preferences than earlier generations and seek more flexibility in their work environment and more generous paid parental leave. Explore the extent to which independent schools are well-positioned to attract millennial workers to the teaching profession and what independent schools can do to prove more attractive to this emerging workforce.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B407
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Presenters: Josh Budde, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA); Roney Eford, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT); David Dykeman, Cheshire Academy (CT); Matt McGee, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (GA); Jed Silverstein, Latin School of Chicago (IL); Benjamin Tierney, Visitation Schoo
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: Head Start: Pressing Issues and First-Year Challenges Fellowship Block 5 Friday, March 9,
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Summary: To learn more about the challenges facing a new head of school, we surveyed current heads and received over 90 responses across the nation. Learn about our findings regarding challenges and issues in the first year, leadership attributes, and the contrast between a school’s stated challenges and the actual pressing issues faced by a new head of school.
  • Block: Block 5 (Friday, March 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
  • Room number: B407
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Presenters: Natalie Judelson, International School of Brooklyn (NY); Christina Pak, Hillbrook School (CA); Josina Reaves, Poly Prep Country Day School (NY); Michele Spitulnik, Contra Costa Jewish Day School (CA); Alethea White, Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA)
Leadership Development
Fellowship Workshop: How Do Secondary School Suspensions Impact College Placement Fellowship Block 6 Friday, March 9,
1:15 PM-2:15 PM
  • Summary: With parents concerned about how suspensions, expulsions, and other disciplinary processes might impact college placement, many schools have adopted a variety of techniques to deal with major behavioral issues while attempting to limit the negative impact to college placement. Our team surveyed hundreds of schools, colleges, and college counselors to find out what schools are doing to deal with this volatile issue. We will present the realities of how disciplinary processes have impacted college admission results and present what some schools are doing to ensure that student behavior is addressed without negatively impacting their college placement. We explore how student behavior can be addressed in a way that the individual and the community grow and learn.
  • Block: Block 6 (Friday, March 9, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM)
  • Room number: B407
  • Category: Fellowship Workshop
  • Type: Fellowship
  • Presenters: Adam Gaffey, Robert F. Munroe Day School (FL); Eli Goldsmith, Harvard Westward School (CA); Matthew Gerber, Western Reserve Academy (OH); Dave Samson, Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School (UT); Chris Ashbrook, Wichita Collegiate School (KS)
Leadership Development