Fellowship Workshops

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

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Title Block Time Summary Track
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: Black@ Movement  as a Mirror of Truth   Fellowship Workshop On Demand -
  • Summary: In the aftermath of the Black@ 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)