One-Hour Workshops

All one-hour workshops are available to conference registrants and do not require registration.

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

Conference Tracks:
  • Communications and Advancement: Designed for heads and trustees as well as communication and advancement practitioners, these workshops address what it takes to ensure effective communication to – and relations with – all key constituencies.
  • Governance: Designed for trustees and heads of schools in their role as liaisons with the board, these workshops focus on all aspects of board governance.
  • Leadership Development: Designed for heads and all academic and administrative leaders, these workshops focus on effective school leadership and professional development.
  • Management: Designed primarily for heads, business officers, financial aid directors, division heads, and deans, these workshops focus on the day-to-day management of people, programs, finance, enrollment, the market, and operations.
  • The Classroom Experience: Designed for all educators and academic leaders, these workshops focus on design and implementation of academic programs. These workshops may be of special interest to teachers. 
  • The Student Experience: Designed for all educators and academic leaders, these workshops focus on the student experience, including: equity and justice issues, bullying, student wellness, families, and character development.These workshops may be of special interest to teachers. 


Title Block Time Summary Track
Admissions and Communications: Creating a Dynamic Partnership 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: The working relationship between the communications office and the admissions office is critical. But all too often, these teams are not in sync. In this session, you will learn key skills to build positive team dynamics and effective work-flow processes using NAIS’s Jobs-to-Be-Done research and demographic and psychographic data to build the admissions funnel and achieve revenue goals.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Offer strategies to create positive team dynamics and effective workflow processes
    • Provide implementation examples for NAIS' Jobs To Be Done research
    • Provoke thought to consider niche markets for your independent school
  • Presenters: Lauren Castagnola and David Tuttle, Westover School (CT)
Communications and Advancement
Capital Campaigns: How to Create the Right Strategy and Tools to Ensure Your Success On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: If you are in or planning a capital, endowment, or annual fundraising campaign, this session is for you. Learn why need isn’t enough to stoke donor support and how to strike the right balance between rationale, urgency, and emotion for a campaign that catches fire. We’ll share best practices and case studies for attracting the attention and commitment of your current families and alumni, and we’ll show how your next campaign can benefit from a clear strategy and smart communications. You will leave with new ideas, handy tools, and plenty of inspiration to make your next campaign the best yet.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to balance need with urgency and emotion for the right campaign communications strategy.
    • Why a case statement isn’t enough and how to create the tools to ensure your campaign is a success.
    • The right ingredients for a campaign theme that stokes donor interest.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Patrick Coyle, Georgetown Preparatory School (MD); Jennie Winton, Mission Minded
Communications and Advancement
The Marketing and Communications Student Internship: Incorporating the Student Perspective Into Your Marketing Initiatives 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Who understands your school better than your students? Working with interns to generate marketing content, manage social media, and document school life is a win-win for school marketing professionals and students alike. Students learn the fundamentals of marketing and practice valuable workplace skills, while school marketers benefit from having access to students’ unique perspectives and voices to help them articulate what makes their school special. In this case study, you will examine Sonoma Academy’s successful Marketing and Communications Student Internship, a leadership program that has touched over 30 high school students since the program’s inception four years ago.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to establish an internship program at your school and successfully recruit students
    • Balancing the necessities of teaching students with motivating them to be productive contributors to the department
    • Utilizing students as a mini-focus group and "pulse" of the student community
  • Presenters: Lily Thompson, Janet Durgin, and Megan Malone, Sonoma Academy (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Constituent Boards of Trustees: Faculty, Students, and Parents, Oh My! 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: In this session, you will analyze the challenges of the increasing trend of parent association members, religious organization members, heads of school, faculty, and students serving as trustees. We will discuss the pros and cons and the legal considerations to take under advisement before structuring an independent school board with such constituent trustees. You will consider the complexities of such trustees properly executing their fiduciary duties and the inherent issues of confidentiality and conflicts of interest. You will explore the appropriate limits of such trustee involvement as well as the use of executive sessions to manage sensitive issues.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Analyze the benefits and challenges of constituent trustees based on concerns of fiduciary duties, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, etc.
    • Learn best practices for crafting policies/procedures (confidentiality, conflict of interest, whistleblower, etc) to address the complexities of constituent trustees.
    • Explore hypothetical problems which may arise with regards to faculty (or other constituent) trustees and how best to manage them.
  • Presenters: Donna Lazarus and Mark Brossman, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Governance
Connecting the Dots of Technology Leadership: A Workshop in Leadership Structures 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Technology leadership in independent schools has evolved markedly over time. School leadership itself is changing, and the role that a technology leader should play is critical to the success of the school. In this workshop, you will explore the role that technology now plays in service of a school’s mission. In this workshop, which is geared toward heads and assistant heads of school, CFOs, and COOs, you will participate in a hands-on session to connect and collaborate as you consider your school’s organizational structures and how to leverage the impact of technology leaders.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine the role of technology leadership at your school
    • Identifying and cultivating talents within your administrative team
    • Fostering collaboration within your leadership team
  • Presenters: John Yen, Polytechnic School (CA); Tom Adams, Key School (MD); Eric Karkau, Columbia Academy (TN); Lizbeth Johnson, Professional Children’s School (NY)
Leadership Development
De-Siloing and Design-Thinking: A Pathway to More Integrated Decision-Making 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Interdepartmental design-thinking committees bring together individuals from all parts of the organization. Classroom teachers from all divisions, admissions associates, development team members, business office personnel, athletic directors, technology experts, and facilities managers come together to solve real problems in the school by leveraging the design-thinking process. This program forces the “silos” we often work in to come down and increases empathy across the organization. You will gain an overview of the program (including its merits and the lessons learned from the pilot run), practice with the process via mini-design-thinking challenges, and take some time to reflect on the experience.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To understand the benefits of running an interdepartmental design-thinking committee and embracing a more “fractal” organizational structure
    • To become comfortable implementing design-thinking strategies as a method for decision-making
    • To reflect on the practicality of this process within one’s own organization
  • Presenters: Alli Williams, AIM Academy (PA)
Leadership Development
Building a Community of Inclusion On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Administrators representing three divisions from Lowell School in Washington, DC, will discuss how they have created and retained representation of faculty and staff of color, of LGBTQ identity, and of international identity in their school community. The presentation will feature information and efforts to attract, honor, and retain employees who represent various identities in independent school settings. If you are working to build equity and inclusion in your community or you want to deepen and expand the diversity representation at your school, this workshop is for you!
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will take away ideas for deepening their school's hiring process in relationship to honoring equity and inclusion.
    • Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on how to build a community that upholds inclusion.
    • Participants will gain ideas on retaining diverse candidates once they have been hired and welcomed into your school communities.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jason Novak, Michelle Belton, Stefania Rubino, and Kavan Yee, Lowell School (DC)
Leadership Development
Real Talk With Women Administrators 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Join us for freshly brewed tea and real talk by a panel of women administrators from underrepresented backgrounds who will share their experiences in leadership in independent schools. No woman should feel alone in the difficult yet rewarding work of leadership. You will hear how panel members found their way to leadership, the joys and struggles of being women leaders from underrepresented backgrounds, the challenges and successes of their roles, and the power of having a personal “board of trustees.” Time for questions will be provided.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will understand the importance of building a support network beyond their school as a form of professional development.
    • Participants will learn a variety of ways that women in leadership from underrepresented backgrounds sustain themselves as leaders over time.
    • Participants will understand ways to navigate the complex landscape of leading in independent schools and hear about strategies that work.
  • Presenters: Juna McDaid, The Potomac School (VA); Shoba Farrell, San Francisco University High School (CA); Lori Cohen, Bright Morning Consulting Inc.; Tamisha Williams, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA)
Leadership Development
Tend the Rituals of the Schoolhouse 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: From daily practices to annual celebrations, the rituals we enact play a profound role in defining school culture. They have power greater than words to message what we believe and value. But because of their power, they merit careful review. In this session, you will explore the impact of well-considered rituals and the danger of those we enact without thinking. You will learn which rituals serve learning, which reinforce a status quo that needs disrupting, which serve justice, and how a new ritual—whether small or large, individual or collective—might offer the transformation you and your school are seeking.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand types of rituals and the many ways they shape and define culture
    • Deepen awareness of when and how one's own and the school's rituals operate with regard to the school's mission
    • Create a plan for refining, letting go of, or creating a new ritual that makes space for possibility and transformation
  • Presenters: Sheryl Chard, Sofia Center at Bosque School (NM)
Leadership Development
Building Our Legacy Through Culturally Responsive Leadership: Leveraging the Capacities of Three Administrators of Color 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: What does it mean to be a culturally responsive leader? Independent schools tend to focus on culturally responsive teaching, yet there is little focus on the leadership approach. Using research on culturally responsive school leadership, we will share the components of this framework and the ways we have used it to be culturally responsive leaders in our respective roles as division directors and dean. Through case studies, you will learn how the presenters have begun to shift culture by challenging dominant narratives and assumptions while centering the experiences and perspectives of historically marginalized students and families.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To understand what culturally responsive leadership means and what it looks like.
    • To articulate why this model of leadership is critical in our schools and explore how intersectional identities impact leadership style.
    • To begin identifying how culturally responsive leadership can be implemented at each participants’ school.
  • Presenters: Rochelle Reodica, Danny Scuderi, and Victoria Huerta-Miller, Marin Horizon School (CA)
Leadership Development
Transforming the Narrative: One School’s Journey From Surviving to Thriving On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Westover School has been the epitome of a storied New England girls’ boarding school—a rich history, beautiful campus, loyal alumnae, and a solid endowment—but in 2015, it was at a crossroads. The school faced a deficit, declining enrollment, a rising discount rate, and $30 million in deferred maintenance. Under the leadership of a new head and senior team, the school undertook an ambitious plan to transform in four years to reach financial equilibrium and establish momentum by all key metrics. In this session, you will explore key decisions, including a paradigm shift from “school as family” to “school as community.”
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Model how a head can unpack a school's narrative to identify underlying problems without alienating loyal to the existing culture.
    • Explain key financial decisions, beginning with how to hire the right CFO for the job at hand.
    • How to frame challenges to the community in a realistic, honest but manageable way to engage support for new initiatives.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Julie Faulstich, Thomas Gorman, and Benjamin Hildebrand, Westover School (CT)
Management
What's Your School’s Future—Survive, Thrive, or ...? 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Would you like more qualified applicants, ways for faculty and your school to make more money, better use of your facilities, substantive partnerships with universities and corporations, opportunities to get people over 50 and not affiliated with your school to start sending you checks, and more visibility for your school in the community? If your answer is “yes” to one or more of these questions, this one-hour workshop will be worth considerably more than the cost to attend.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Encourage school leadership to seriously consider developing new offerings to reach more families
    • Be more responsive to student boredom with traditional academic offerings
    • Better prepare graduates for college and life
  • Presenters: Richard Odell, Heads Up Educational Consulting; Tim Viands, The New Grange School of Princeton, Inc. (NJ); Adrianne Finley Odell, Roycemore School (IL)
Management
Three Reasons to Replace Department Chairs With Instructional Coaches On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Independent schools typically build middle-management structures in the mold of higher education by separating teachers into departments and hiring a chair to do departmental oversight and general administration. There are three primary reasons to break away from this mold and move from department chairs to instructional coaches. First, the department chair model does little to support faculty growth. Second, there is an effective alternative. And, third, it can save schools money by decreasing administrative costs while increasing faculty morale. In this workshop, you will learn how to start and develop a coaching model in your school and leave with next steps.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will explore reasons for moving to an instructional coaching model, and the research behind such a move.
    • Participants will understand the steps they can take to implement an instructional coaching model in their school.
    • Participants will leave with a framework for coaching that can be applied at their school.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Bradford Rathgeber and Corinne Dedini, One Schoolhouse (DC)
Leadership Development
I’m Coming Out of the Basement! Academic Support in All Spaces for All Students On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Our schools are increasingly attracting neurodiverse learners. The days of isolated academic support in a quiet location of campus are long gone. In this workshop, you will explore current research in supporting students, best practices in ensuring equal access to all learners, and strategies that can be used by all educators for all learners. With the ADA as a guidepost, this session will address the increasing percentage of students requesting and accessing accommodations and how your school can ensure that it is both meeting the needs of its students and maintaining integrity in the accommodation process.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand ADA and it's implications on independent schools
    • Understand issues of access, equity and inclusion and gain concrete strategies to address these issues
    • Develop plan for systematizing academic support in a way that is inclusive for all
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Kate Collins and Jackie Bonenfant, Milton Academy (MA)
The Classroom Experience
Creating a Culture of Sustained Professional Growth and Reflection Within the Evaluation Process On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: By placing professional development at the epicenter of its evaluation system, Loomis Chaffee created a faculty culture in which growth is not only intentional but, more importantly, embraced. Encouraging and supporting faculty to pursue professional growth are at the heart of successful educational institutions. In this session, you will hear how one school overhauled its evaluation system to incorporate and require yearly professional growth opportunities, creating a culture of professional growth in which choice and voice are front and center.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and evaluate the professional growth opportunities that currently exist within their school
    • Learn about professional opportunities at other schools that might fit into the climate and culture of their schools’ systems
    • Identify the roadblocks and possible solutions to implementation of a system that incorporates professional growth within the evaluation process
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Sara Deveaux and Andrew Matlack, The Loomis Chaffee School (CT)
Leadership Development
Grassroots PD: How to Create Programming Around Race and Equity for White Faculty and Staff On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: As educators, we know that the best learning takes place over time. In this session, you will learn how to create a grassroots professional development experience that spans the school year. To spark discussion, this session will use the case study of AWARE, a group for white faculty and staff to educate themselves around race and equity. Through the case study, you will explore structures, strengths, and challenges of the faculty-led PD model. The session will culminate with time to brainstorm and sketch a plan for your own grassroots PD experience around race and equity or another important issue.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Attendees will understand how to design a year long PD experience for their peers.
    • Attendees will understand how to make a PD experience sustainable
    • Attendees will be more reflective about the strengths and challenges of faculty led programming around race and equity
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Meg Johnson, The Klingenstein Center, Columbia University
Leadership Development
Re-Architecting Adolescence: The Case for Play On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Play is essential for the development of the adolescent mind, yet we routinely restrict opportunities for tweens and teens to play when they may need it most. In this groundbreaking session, you will explore what happens when a vanguard team of architects and educational psychologists collaborate to research, design, and execute a new model to meet the deep social and imaginative needs of adolescents at play. You will learn how play can be incorporated into a variety of environments and how one Philadelphia-area independent school is reinventing recess by engineering a megalithic playscape for gifted adolescents.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will develop insight into the developmental imperative of play beyond the early childhood years.
    • Participants will gain a clear understanding of how to apply current research on play to their own schools and classrooms.
    • Participants will be challenged to reflect on whether or not they are preparing their students for the world ahead.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Meredith Hafer, The Grayson School (PA); Brian Housand, University of North Carolina - Wilmington.; Brandon Clifford, MIT
The Student Experience
#Metoo to #Howto: Empowering Teens to build healthy intimate relationships 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Calls for consent, warnings, and consequences aren’t working. Research shows that cultures that put forward healthy relationships and caring conversations about sex see a marked reduction in risks and assaults associated with sexual behaviors. Framed by the research of Lisa Wade (American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus) and Gail Dines (Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality), this session will reflect on the way we currently talk about sex and relationships with girls—and how we can do better.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What are the key components to a comprehensive sex education program K-12?
    • What health education skills tie into sex education?
    • How do we maintain appropriate boundaries while teaching authentic sex educations?
  • Presenters: Stephanie Ferri, The Archer School For Girls (CA)
The Student Experience
Educators as First Responders: Mental Health in the Classroom On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Adults who work and live in schools are “on the ground” with students, supporting their wide range of social-emotional needs. In this workshop for teachers, administrators, nurses, coaches, and residence life staff, you will discuss helping students with emotional challenges, including peer or family issues, anxiety, and depression. You will learn how to collaborate effectively with both colleagues and parents. Following a formal presentation, we will shift to participant questions and “case studies” from participants’ experiences in their schools.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how mental health issues affect independent school students and how to recognize signs and symptoms in your students.
    • Learn to support students who seek your guidance re: anxiety, depression, peer conflict, family issues, identity.
    • Learn to collaborate effectively with both colleagues and parents in supporting students with mental health issues.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Deborah Offner, Consulting Psychologist
The Student Experience
Navigating the Haze—How Schools Cope With the Current Cannabis Culture 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: As schools struggle to keep up with current research and trends regarding THC and CBD, along with ensuring that their handbooks are evolving with this exploding industry, the question of legacy and how schools are writing, or perhaps rewriting, their history has become (or should be) a critical focal point. In this session, you will learn about quantitative and qualitative research on current trends in the teen cannabis culture, the impact these trends are having within independent schools, and, most important, what schools can do to educate leaders and faculty on how to deal with this escalating issue.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Define current cannabis trends relevant to independent schools.
    • Awareness of what other schools are encountering.
    • A definitive plan to start or continue this conversation when participants return.
  • Presenters: Jason Gregory, Vistamar School (CA); Charis Denison, Prajna Consulting; Nick Standlea, Test Prep Gurus
The Student Experience
STATE OF THE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL INDUSTRY: Special Report on Enrollment Issues and Trends 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: The goal of The Enrollment Management Association’s bi-annual survey of independent school admission directors is to determine the industry’s current state and future needs and, when applicable, to compare the results across survey years. This trailblazing research has provoked significant national dialogue on the changing conditions of, and expectations for, independent school admission and enrollment professionals. In addition, results have provided illuminating insight into the structure, process, and enrollment operations of the independent school admission office - as well as the significant challenges faced by many schools in their efforts to reach their enrollment goals. This presentation provides enrollment leaders with key findings and themes from our research.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Obtain the most up-to-date research and data for the independent school enrollment management industry.
    • Gain a better understanding of the challenges independent school enrollment professionals are facing.
    • What is the future of independent schools? Learn what matters most to schools.
  • Presenters: Christina Dotchin, The Enrollment Management Association; Kevin Plummer, Tampa Preparatory School (FL)
Management
Building School-Wide Improvement With Long-Term Impact 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: This presentation will give you an overview of a high-impact initiative involving a sample of independent schools. The initiative developed a sustainable approach to instructional leadership by building strong pedagogical knowledge through leveraging existing expertise and networks within school communities. Case studies highlight the key variables in school reform: school leadership, effective teaching, and assessment that drives learning and supports schools to make measurable improvements in student outcomes. You will be provided with a range of strategies and resources for transforming instruction at your school.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How a number of independent schools were supported to raise student outcomes.
    • The critical importance of heads of school and executive staff leading school wide professional learning, coaching and collaboration.
    • Strategies for building instructional leadership across their own schools.
  • Presenters: Lisa Ridings, Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales Ltd
The Classroom Experience
Independent Schools in the Times of Tax Reform, Activism, and Budget Cuts On Demand 1 Thursday, February 27,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: It is a complex and ever-changing time for nonprofits—including independent schools. The 2017 tax law resulted in new and unusual taxes for nonprofits. The political environment has prompted increased activism and polarization in equal measure, leading schools to question how they can stay true to their mission and values while following the laws regarding nonprofit political activity. In the face of all this, states and cities are increasingly turning to the nonprofit sector to raise revenue from tax-exempt organizations. In this session, you will learn the basics of independent schools as 501(c)(3) nonprofits and explore the challenges and opportunities in the current climate.
  • Block: 1 (Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the laws governing independent schools as nonprofits.
    • Learn how schools, faculty, and students can engage in civic life and public policy within the bounds of the law.
    • Explore how laws on the federal and state level are confronting and challenging nonprofits and schools in particular.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Whitney Silverman, NAIS
Management
Yin and Yang: Harnessing the Admissions-Academics Partnership to Build a Solid Future for Your School On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Admissions and academics are yin and yang: inseparable halves that must work in tandem to successfully secure the longevity of our institutions. In this session, you will explore the interdependent dynamics between these departments and how the two can forge a complementary partnership, break down silos, and establish an open and honest platform for critical information exchange. You’ll receive helpful tools for student retention, including ideas for creating a “high-touch” culture that ensures that the experience from prospective student to current student is a positive and cohesive one.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Foster an open and honest environment where admissions counselors and faculty work together to maximize enrollment.
    • Give faculty the tools to understand the heightened importance of retention and their critical role as school ambassadors.
    • Explore ways to create a “high-touch” culture that improves the student experience, minimizes attrition, and positively impacts word-of-mouth.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Nija Meyer and Marcia Spiller, Woodward Academy (GA)
Communications and Advancement
Managing School-Wide Ethical Conflict in the Age of Identity Politics 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: In this workshop, led by a head of school and a member of the board of trustees, you will learn about the development and implementation of best practices in crisis management and communications when a school faces community-polarizing ethical conflicts. Schools offer no shelter from the increasingly divisive national atmosphere, making preparation for such crises imperative. Using a particular event from The Steward School in Richmond, Virginia, as a case study, the session will explore what happens when different values, which at one time coexisted, went unnoticed, or were not articulated, come into conflict with one another.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will receive a model for process and outcomes for dealing with community-wide values clarification and institutional prioritization.
    • Participants will engage in developing anticipatory sets based on a case study fact trail.
    • Participants will reflect on aspects of their own communities where values may be inadequately stated and/or in conflict.
  • Presenters: Dan Frank, The Steward School (VA); Paul Yoon, Virginia Commonwealth University
Communications and Advancement
Why Donors Give to Independent Schools On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Using an innovative methodology known as Jobs to Be Done, NAIS has identified the key reasons donors give to independent schools and why they choose to donate to specific campaigns. In this session, you will explore the context, motivations, and outcomes behind donations. This information can be brought back to your school to improve the solicitation process and help you communicate more effectively with prospective donors.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What is a job-to-be-done?
    • What are the jobs-to-be-done that donors to independent schools have?
    • How can school leaders identify and solicit donors in each job?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Joseph Corbett and Davis Taske, NAIS
Communications and Advancement
The Virtuous Cycle of Branding and School Excellence 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The benefits of branding extend well beyond improvements in enrollment and fundraising results. Branding can have a catalytic impact on the excellence of the educational program and student experience, and that further enhances a school’s brand. Through a number of case studies, you will learn how the relationship between branding and school improvement establishes an upward spiral of excellence.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of branding and the broad impact it can have on a school
    • Through a head’s perspective, gain insight into the importance of bringing a brand to life through educational program and experience.
    • Through practical examples, learn how the relationship between branding and school improvement is in fact an upward spiral of excellence.
  • Presenters: Chuck English, English Marketing Works; Brad Weaver, Sonoma Country Day School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
ERM Is Changing the Game: Values-Based Risk-Taking at The Pingry School On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: In 2016, Pingry identified Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) as a strategic priority and began to build a formal program. Partnering closely with consultants from Arthur J. Gallagher, the school built a robust process that enables it to look beyond the traditional definition of “risk” to identify and address strategic business decisions. In this session, you will learn how Pingry intentionally integrated faculty and staff at every step along the way in order to make ERM more valuable and sustainable. As a result, the process has been driven from the bottom up.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Review the key components of a multi-year ERM implementation plan
    • Listen to examples of ERM in action – in individual plays as well as game strategy
    • Ask the coaches for advice on how to win ERM at your school
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: David Fahey and Olaf Weckesser, The Pingry School (NJ); Dorothy Gjerdrum, Arthur J. Gallagher Co.
Governance
Your Strategic Plan: Visualizing, Operationalizing, and Reporting 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Operationalizing a school’s strategic plan can seem daunting. In today’s competitive climate, boards want and need more information on the progress and completion of strategies and action steps. Harpeth Hall has developed a strategic planning dashboard that serves as a bridge between the administrators and the board of trustees. In this session, you will learn how this tool was developed and how the school uses it. You will leave with a template to adapt and use at your own school. This session is designed for heads and leadership teams.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn how to use a new tool to report on a strategic plan.
    • Participants will gain an understanding of how and why a reporting tool was created and how it has benefited leadership.
    • Participants will learn the benefits and draw-backs of this level of depth of reporting.
  • Presenters: Molly Rumsey and Jess Hill, Harpeth Hall School (TN)
Governance
Position, Population, and Sustainability or Net Tuition Revenue Is Not “the Only Number That Matters” 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Running a school is like running a state: What resources do you consume in the present rather than conserving for the future? Join a panel of heads, trustees, and foundation representatives to discuss challenges and opportunities for crafting a sustainable economic model for your school—and all schools. This session will include an extended Q&A plus a review of performance analytics for 800-plus independent schools.

    Topics covered will include:
    • Program Revenue: fair-market price, full-pay seats and value proposition
    • Program Expense: SG&A expense and labor productivity
    • Grants: Need, merit, remission and socioeconomic diversity
    • Philanthropy Net: Advancement, endowment and asset conservation
    • Physical Plant: Capital maintenance and space utilization
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore with seasoned school leaders and observers the opportunities and constructs of building sustainable economics for their and all schools
    • Understand why net tuition revenue is not "The Only Number That Matters"
    • Examine key findings in performance analytics and institutional economics for 800+ independent schools
  • Presenters: William Kummel, Rational Partners LLC; Penny Evins, Collegiate School (VA); Dana Weeks and Joseph Evans, Germantown Friends School (PA); John Gulla, The Edward E. Ford Foundation
Governance
Creating a Trusted Board Chair-Head Partnership to Lead Effective School Transformation On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The relationship between the board chair and the head of school is one of the most critical factors for success in times of leadership transition and institutional change or transformation. Based on the presenters’ three-year real-world partnership as head of school and board chair, this workshop will give you an opportunity to learn practical techniques for immediate application, natural pitfalls to avoid, and strategies for ongoing success. By listening to the presenters’ story and reflecting on your own, you will uncover direct actions that can help you enjoy a positive and supportive partnership based on trust and mutual accountability, whatever the current or anticipated change initiatives or transitions at your school.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Attendees will recognize and normalize the challenges and opportunities inherent in a Board Chair/Head of School relationship
    • Attendees will understand the key components, roles and responsibilities of a successful Board Chair/Head of School relationship
    • Each attendee will commit to one action they will take to improve their Board Chair/Head of School relationship
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Nishant Mehta, The Children’s School (GA); Michele Reiner, Michele M. Reiner Consulting
Governance
Institutional Decision-Making: Demystifying and Improving an Essential Skill 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Improving the decision-making of your leadership teams can have an immediate impact on the performance of your school. Demystifying how decisions are made based on a research-based rationale for your processes will improve outcomes and create increased support for the decisions you and your teams make. In this session, you will learn how two schools created models to guide and inform the decision-making of their leadership teams. Anchored in the neuroscience of decision-making, this session will provide you with information, tools, and models you can use to guide and make overt how the leadership teams in your school make programmatic, strategic, and complex decisions.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Each participant will reflect on and better understand their personal and team’s decision-making tendencies.
    • Each participant will gain insights into how decision-making can be better understood and improved in their school.
    • Each participant will leave the session with a plan and tools for how to improve decision-making in their school.
  • Presenters: Michael Walker, San Francisco Day School (CA); Wanda Holland Greene, The Hamlin School (CA)
Leadership Development
Making Mastery Matter: Empowering Educators to Learn and Teach in New Ways 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: When it comes to school change, what does it look like to move from vision to action? This workshop features the voices of leaders guiding their communities toward mastery learning. By showcasing work completed by the presenters’ schools, the workshop will introduce you to a variety of practical, effective strategies that empower educators to experiment with new approaches and reimagine the student learning experience. This rapid-fire round of presentations will conclude with a Q&A and a brief strategy design activity.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn the essential concepts and vocabulary of mastery (or competency-based) learning.
    • Participants will absorb four concrete examples of successful work moving educators towards mastery learning.
    • Participants will recognize a variety of practical professional learning strategies that help shift teacher practice.
  • Presenters: Eric Hudson, Global Online Academy; Hannah Nelson, Watershed School (CO); Meghan Cureton, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (GA); Stephen Dunn, The Nueva School (CA)
Leadership Development
Boys and Responsible Sexual Citizenship Today 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Attention all educators of boys! Join us to learn how to make sure that the boys at your school have accurate and current information about sexuality—an essential topic for everyone in society. The workshop will discuss a new global study, “Responsible Sexual Citizenship in Today's World: The Challenges Confronting Boys,” commissioned by IBSC and conducted by Professor Ada L. Sinacore at McGill University. Discover the right message to deliver to students and parents—and the best way to communicate it—so that boys will thrive at your school and into adulthood.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand responsible sexual citizenship and what that means to boys.
    • Determine how boys are learning about information regarding sexual citizenship.
    • Give schools recommendations on programmatic ideas to implement this topic into curriculum.
  • Presenters: David Armstrong, International Boys’ Schools Coalition; Hal Hannaford, Selwyn House School (Canada); Kim Hudson, St. Christopher’s School (VA); Sherry Rusher, St. Albans School (DC)
The Student Experience
The Power of Place in Defining Your School’s Educational Niche 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: In a crowded and competitive marketplace, independent schools are constantly refining their value propositions for families and seeking to strengthen their unique identities. For many schools, the notion of “place” has become central to institutional identity. The Gunston School, Winchester Thurston School, and Friends School of Baltimore have successfully embraced place-based education, community partnerships, and experiential learning to create unique programs within their schools that support educational innovation, promote authentic learning, impact the community, and correlate positively with enrollment. Join us for an interactive and action-oriented session, and leave with a place-based plan for your own school.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Attendees will learn how to leverage community partnerships to enrich the student experience
    • Attendees will consider the feasibility of such a program at their own school
    • Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of the value of a unique identifier in branding the school.
  • Presenters: Emily Beck and John Lewis, The Gunston School (MD); Adam Nye, Winchester Thurston School (PA); Matt Micciche, Friends School of Baltimore (MD)
Leadership Development
Equity and Inclusion: Bringing About Systemic Change From the Inside Out On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Since we know that the culture of a school will trump what’s written in any strategic plan, this workshop focuses on how schools can shift the adult culture. You will learn about the efforts of Lakeside School to shift culture by adopting a distributed leadership model for our DEI work. Members of Lakeside’s DEI team will provide a case study of distributed leadership, examples of teacher-led professional development, and new evaluation methods. You will leave with tangible ideas for how to shift adult culture at your school.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identifying ways to build capacity for doing DEI work among various constituencies and stakeholders.
    • Sharing a model of distributed leadership and identifying the benefits of this model.
    • Identifying ways to support teachers and hold them accountable for creating inclusive classrooms.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Stephanie Wright, Bernie Noe, Debbie Bensadon, and Merissa Reed, Lakeside School (WA)
Leadership Development
Your People Are Your Legacy: Intentionally Crafting School Culture Through Hiring Practices On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Whom you hire is arguably the greatest legacy you leave as a school leader. Families come and go, but independent school teachers frequently stay on for their careers—shaping school culture in their classrooms every day, and carrying that culture from year to year to generations of students. At this session, you will learn about tools and techniques that can help you assess every aspect of your hiring, onboarding, and retention practices for their ability to communicate your school’s values, intentionally shape its culture, create a more equitable and inclusive institution, and leave a lasting legacy.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Every aspect of hiring is an opportunity to communicate your school’s culture and values
    • Your hiring process can be a point of distinction and competitive advantage
    • Improving your diversity pipeline is insufficient - schools must overhaul the process itself in order to become more equitable institutions
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jim Foley, Liz Perry, and Amber Berry, St. Luke's School (CT)
Leadership Development
Leadership for Human Schools 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Schools talk a lot about educating “the whole child,” but when faced with the demands of our national culture of achievement, market competition, and the pressures of the college search process, they often favor the “academic child” when making decisions about how to spend precious time and resources. In this session, you will hear how one school has successfully embarked on the path of being a “human school,” valuing the so-called “soft” skills—dispositions and knowledge having to do with emotions, relationships, and health—and spend some time thinking about how your school could as well.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Think more deeply about what is most important in the development of young people relative to their adult lives.
    • Understand the basic premise of being a “human school.”
    • Apply the examples of one school’s movement toward being a more human school to possibilities for your own.
  • Presenters: Matthew Byrnes and Christopher Pannone, Wooster School (CT)
Leadership Development
Conversations That Replenish: Powerful Protocols for Women Heads of School to Renew Focus and Resolve Dilemmas 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The role of the head of school has never been more demanding, complex, litigious, or lonely, and it is thus increasingly difficult to leave the legacy of which we are capable. The six presenters of this workshop, all current or former heads of school, have formed a group that offers fellowship, support, problem-solving, resource-sharing, and, ultimately, renewal. You will first observe and then use a transformational protocol wherein each head brings a pressing dilemma and comes away with a newfound perspective and clarity. We encourage women heads of school to join us for a taste of the renewal we have discovered.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • A group process and protocol for solving leadership dilemmas
    • How to form trusting relationships with other Heads of School
    • How to find renewal to counterbalance the stress of school leadership
  • Presenters: Laura Danforth, The Masters School (NY); Tara Christie Kinsey, The Hewitt School (NY); Martha Haakmat, Haakmat Consulting LLC; Jenny Rao, Emma Willard School (NY); Allison Gaines Pell, The Wheeler School (RI); Meera Viswanathan, The Ethel Walker School (CT)
Leadership Development
Defying Gravity—The Story of One School Facing the Reality of Its Demise Head-On On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Even more so than their larger counterparts, small schools are at the mercy of fluctuations—in enrollment, voluntary giving, demographics, and the economy—exigencies that demand strategic preparation, adaptive leadership, and tactical response. Just as the continued flight of an airplane depends on the forces holding it aloft being greater than those pulling it down, the survivability of a small school depends on factors ensuring that its sustainability is greater than those that conspire to close it down. In this session, you will learn how one school faced this dilemma.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to establish benchmarks and a timeline for a decision (to close or not);
    • Practical tips for dealing with employee matters, record retention, asset disposal, and regulatory or legal matters related to dissolution
    • The importance of honoring the school’s history, even while mourning and celebrating its final chapter.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Katy Roybal, Trinity School (CA); Sarah Flowers, Ring Mountain School (CA)
Management
How To Create Your Own Feeder School 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Babies are big business. This session will explore the advantages of creating your own feeder school to increase enrollment, improve financial sustainability, and reengage with young alumni in a meaningful way. During this session, we will walk you through the hurdles—both real and perceived—of opening programming for students and infants through three-year-olds to create artistic renderings or a business model of the possibilities. You will leave with real data and a step-by-step process for determining whether your school should capitalize on the safety and security of its campus to invest in these programs. This is a legacy worth exploring!
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will be able to assess the viability of leveraging their school's resources to increase enrollment and revenue.
    • Participants will be able to develop artistic renderings and/or business model for a proposed feeder school on their campus.
    • Participants will be able to predict the impact and legacy this programming would bring to their school's history.
  • Presenters: Samantha Campbell and Katie Sibson, Saint Paul’s School (FL)
Management
What May We Do and What Must We Do? Responding to Common Student/Employee Health Concerns On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: This session is designed to identify the four most common health-related issues that schools need to address—mental health, medical marijuana and CBD products, emotional support animals, and immunizations—and establish a framework that schools can use to analyze each issue. You will review the relevant and current laws on the topics, as well as community and practical considerations that impact how schools address these important concerns.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To assist schools in being able to issue-spot for concerns arising from health-related issues
    • To develop a protocol for responding to issues when they arise
    • To understand the various risks involved in addressing or failing to address health issues
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Janice Gregerson and Grace Lee, Venable LLP
Management
Coaching in Independent Schools: A Roundtable Discussion 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Over the past decade, coaching has gained traction in education because of its positive impact on teaching practice, educator professional growth, student learning, and school culture. Indeed, a recent report calls coaching a “game-changer for schools.” In this workshop, you will attend a roundtable discussion that showcases the ways four independent schools are integrating coaching into their learning communities. Panel members will lead a conversation around the “Why, What, How, and So What” of coaching in schools.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand a range of reasons for why peer schools are adopting coaching
    • Identify concrete ways to implement coaching in their own context
    • Connect with a network of colleagues as part of a community of practice around coaching in independent schools.
  • Presenters: Colleen Worrell, St. Mark’s School (MA); Allison Schultz, The Episcopal Academy (PA); Lou Scerra, Newark Academy (NJ); Chase Mitsuda, Punahou School (HI)
Leadership Development
A Proactive Approach to Student Sexual Misconduct: Policies and Procedures That Empower the Community On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: This session will address how to design student sexual misconduct policies that are legally compliant, consistent, and proactive. You will learn about the laws that should be at the core of such policies, from mandatory reporting to laws on sexting, as well as whether Title IX may apply to your school. And you will consider the risks associated with inconsistent policy implementation. In addition, even with strong, proactive policies, investigations into student sexual misconduct are inevitable; in keeping in line with our positive approach, you will explore trusted techniques for conducting a thorough, compliant investigation.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What are the legal requirements at the core of your policies about sexual misconduct? E.g., Title IX, mandatory reporting, sexting.
    • Legally, what policies must your school have? And what must those policies contain by way of procedure and consequence?
    • Proactive: Creating a culture of compliance through training and education.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Candace McLaren and Kathryn Beaumont Murphy, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
The Student Experience
An Advisory Program for Today's Student: Social-Emotional Learning, Equity, Mindfulness, and Executive Functioning Support On Demand 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Are you looking for ways to update your traditional advisory model to fit the needs of today’s adolescents? Are you curious about how a shift in focus can be more responsive to students’ social-emotional needs? In a world with constant motion, learn how to ground your students for the day by creating a safe time and space for them to gather their thoughts, settle their bodies, reflect on issues beyond the classroom, and feel a sense of connectedness. Reinvigorate your advisory by exploring issues of equity and inclusion, using mIndfulness as a stress management tool, and supporting students’ executive functioning skills.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn about the the key elements of McLean’s unique Middle School advisory program
    • Participants will identify how to incorporate these key elements into their own schools’ existing systems
    • Participants will leave with an action plan to develop an updated program responsive to the needs of their student body
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: David Roth and Molly Love, McLean School (MD)
The Student Experience
Developing Agency and Purpose in Children 2 Thursday, February 27,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: There has been much research around the importance of helping students develop a sense of purpose and agency. How can you integrate teaching a sense of purpose into already busy school days? In this session, you will hear about Compositive Primary’s model to achieve this, and you will learn about developing inquiry arcs that integrate purpose and agency into all facets of the curriculum. A sense of purpose can be instilled at an early age, and even the youngest students can understand their role in the world and how they can make a difference.
  • Block: 2 (Thursday, February 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the value of developing purpose and agency in students.
    • Learn about the Compositive model, focusing on development of four domains and capacities.
    • Be able to design your own inquiry arc that helps instill sense of purpose and agency in students.
  • Presenters: Heather Mock, Meaghan Fitzgerald and Amira Ababio, Compositive Primary (CO)
The Classroom Experience
Getting Strategic About Advancement and Enrollment Goals On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Hillbrook School, a JK-8 school in Los Gatos, California, increased annual giving by more than 60%, increased parent participation to 99%, and increased enrollment by 23% over the last four years. The school fostered this growth by creating strategic plans for enrollment management, development, and marketing. In this session, you will learn how the school implemented action plans that are rooted in the overarching strategy of the enrollment management, development, and marketing teams, including how to identify metrics to measure progress and to pivot in real time to achieve goals. You will explore how to strengthen your own strategic efforts.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how strategy and collaboration between the enrollment management, marketing and development helps to fill and fund the school.
    • Learn the steps to build an Advancement team, implement strategic plans, and project management tools that helped Hillbrook succeed.
    • Learn from the expertise of audience members.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Joe Connolly and Mark Silver, Hillbrook School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Leave a Legacy as Unique as Your School: Powerful Strategies for Alumni Engagement On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: This workshop provides K-12 heads and assistant heads; trustees; and advancement, development, and communications practitioners with strategies for effectively engaging alumni in building and sustaining a positive school community and a lasting legacy. Using quantitative and qualitative data gathered from five NAIS regions (New England, East, Middle Atlantic, Southeast, and the West), the presenters will review trends and successful strategies that encourage alumni volunteerism, donations, and participation in schools with different demographic representations, history, and missions with the ultimate goal of building a lasting legacy.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Measure the success of alumni engagement in five NAIS regions though quantitative and qualitative analysis
    • Identify and describe successful engagement strategies in three key areas and their intersections (volunteerism, participation, donations)
    • Examine how schools with differing geography, history and Mission can create common strategies for effective engagement
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Melissa Myers, Sterne School (CA); Lisa Vardi, Bullis School (MD); Jennifer Landis, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (NJ); Elise London, Moses Brown School (RI); Lisa Oberstein, Hackley School (NY)
Communications and Advancement
Putting Your Brand to Work: How to Keep Your Message Alive in the Marketplace On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: You’ve completed a branding exercise, and you have messaging that authentically represents who you are as an institution. Maybe you’ve even updated your viewbook, ads, and website, but now what? The biggest pitfall after you have participated in a branding exercise is that the work often stops there. In this session, you will learn creative ways to put your brand to work and keep your message alive in the marketplace in order to continually draw right-fit families and fundraising dollars.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify why it’s important to infuse brand messaging throughout an institution.
    • Participants will define ways in which they can treat their brand as one of their hardest working employees.
    • Upon completion, participants will be able to keep their brand alive in the marketplace in creative, strategic and budget-friendly ways.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: George Zeleznik, The Crefeld School (PA); Nancy McDonald, Leapfrog Group
Communications and Advancement
Building Bridges: Practical Tips for a Successful Head’s Transition On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In an era of unprecedented turnover in headship, schools are faced with a significant challenge to help their communities through uncertainty. In this session, you will hear from an outgoing head of school, an incoming head of school, a board chair, and an association leader who will share their insights and practical tips for setting up a head’s transition that is not only successful but energizing for everyone involved. You will reflect on your own school context, as well as explore communication strategies, event ideas, sample timelines, and other considerations for ensuring strong governance before, during, and after a leadership transition.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify the contextual elements in our schools that will help or hinder a successful head transition
    • Consider the organizational structures and steps necessary to support the incoming head of school
    • Discuss how carefully considered entry and clear communication can generate energy and excitement in a school community
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Julia de la Torre, Laurence Van Meter, and Barbara Caldwell, Moorestown Friends School (NJ); Peter Baily, Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools
Governance
From Strategic Planning to Strategic Foresight: A Leaner, More Flexible Process 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The accelerating pace of innovation in this century has given rise to a new oxymoron: permanent change. Strategic plans that are marathons in size, scope, and process will impede responsive and flexible thinking and action. Google manages a three-year financial plan but operates with one-year strategic plans, having replaced traditional multiyear plans with a “culture of ongoing strategic thinking.” What would such a culture of ongoing strategic thinking look like in an independent school setting? In this workshop, you will explore the answers to that question and learn about models of strategic foresight that have been successful in recent years.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understanding the difference between problems and dilemmas in planning for the future
    • Understanding the difference between planning for School Improvement and planning for Long Term Sustainability
    • Understanding the theory behind the process called "Backwards Logic" in planning
  • Presenters: Douglas Lyons, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools; John Fixx, The Country School (CT)
Governance
The Board Chair-Head Partnership: Lessons Learned in a Crisis 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The way in which a board chair and head of school partner in a crisis can mean the difference between success and failure. In this session, you will learn how Branson School managed a historic sex abuse investigation in a manner that achieved the best possible outcome for the survivors, the current school community, and the broader Bay Area community. The partnership between the chair and head was well-established prior to the crisis, and this proved invaluable in decision-making, implementing strategy, and working with the full board when the crisis hit.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Importance of a strong partnership between chair and head (respecting each other's skill sets and trust)
    • Managing expectations from the board and community
    • Importance of flexibility in a crisis when faced with complex facts
  • Presenters: Jim Hulbert, The Jane Group; Chris Mazzola and Claudia Lewis, The Branson School (CA)
Governance
Benefits and Boundaries: Heads of School Serving on Other Schools’ Boards 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: A head’s legacy is not necessarily confined to the school he or she led. Serving as a trustee for another school can create a significant and lasting partnership that benefits all involved. Heads bring unique experience and expertise that can provide vision and a steadying influence in times of crisis, when creating strategic plans, and in general advising. At the same time, those serving in that role need to be cognizant and respectful of appropriate boundaries. In this session, you will join two retired heads and the two active heads on whose boards they serve to participate in a conversation addressing blessings and cautions.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To promote the notion of effective board governance education/training by having active or retired Heads serving on a Board
    • To identify pitfalls and boundaries that must be observed by those serving in such a role
    • To explore scenarios where effective partnerships between boards and administrations are enhanced directly by Head presence on a board
  • Presenters: Ben Pettit and Ruth Glass, Sun Valley Community School (ID); Joan Beauregard, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC; Eric Thuau, French American School of Puget Sound (WA)
Governance
Blowing Up the Model: A New Paradigm for Small School Governance On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Strong governance has been shown to be an important determinant of the success of independent schools. However, the lack of research on governance in small schools prompted the presenters to engage in research to determine whether the model for strong governance is different in small schools. In this session, you will hear about present research that presents a strong case for a redefinition of governance in small schools.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will understand findings from original research and will have a new definition of small school governance.
    • Participants will recognize the differences and identify how to leverage the strengths of small school governance.
    • Participants will explore strategies that may mitigate the challenges of small school governance.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Valaida Wise, Johns Hopkins University, Brooke Carroll, Acies Strategies
Governance
Multi-School Organizing: Distributed Leadership for Impacting School Culture Change, Social Justice, and More 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Professional learning communities are increasingly online, enabling educators to make meaningful connections beyond their locales. Conversations about policies and initiatives have benefited from platforms including Twitter, mailing groups, and Slack communities. In this session, you will hear from the presenters who have achieved gains in social justice initiatives and facilitating school culture change as they share stories and provide practical tips that address the following questions: How can schools participate in discourse that extends beyond their walls? What brings virtual communities together and helps them thrive? How might independent schools leverage shared knowledge to reimagine policy, cultural challenges, and decision-making?
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Locate or create and grow online communities or platforms conducive to soliciting the knowledge you or your school seek.
    • Identify challenges that you have been unable to solve within your institution, while considering where new perspectives may be necessary.
    • Reflect on the value of localized online Professional Learning Communities.
  • Presenters: Matthew Reininger, Trinity School (NY); JP Connolly, Avenues: The World School (NY); Reshan Richards, Columbia University; Saber Khan, The Packer Collegiate Institute (NY); Jeannie Crowley, Ethical Culture Fieldston School (NY)
Leadership Development
Confronting Hate in Our Schools On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In this workshop, you will explore a broad range of scenarios increasingly experienced by schools and reported in the media across the country, including the use of hate symbols, speech, and actions. We will talk about what each of us can do to help strengthen school communities where everyone feels safe and valued. In this session, you will learn about the recent escalation in white nationalist activity, why white nationalists recruit in schools, and how school leaders can help inoculate their communities against hate. You will leave with tangible ideas and action items to take back to your school.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • School leaders feel equipped to navigate their own questions and challenges related to hate symbols, speech or actions.
    • School leaders have a working understanding of white nationalism as it pertains to schools.
    • School leaders walk away with additional tools and best practices to build/increase safe and inclusive school culture.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jessica Acee, St. Mary’s Academy (OR)
The Student Experience
Where Are the Good Administrators? Cultivate Your Garden by Growing Leadership Capacity in Your School On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: There’s a moment of panic when we learn that a beloved school administrator has decided to retire. How will we find someone as capable, who “gets” our culture, who will fit in with the school community and work well with our administrative team? In this workshop, you will explore the development of a leadership pipeline in an independent school that begins the first week a new teacher is on campus. You will learn how one school has built leadership capacity within the community and discuss what could work at your school.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Introduction to initiatives to build leadership capacity at a large independent school
    • Brainstorm ideas that could be adopted at your home school
    • Network with colleagues at other schools as you launch leadership building programs at your school
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Anita Tychsen and Lisa Ockerman, Pine Crest School (FL)
Leadership Development
Disruptive Development: Coaching as a Tool for Culture Change 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Instructional coaching, a practice grounded in improving student learning, is a powerful tool that can also be used to meet myriad needs beyond the classroom, from supporting equity work to helping teacher-leaders reflect on their own leadership practice. Lovett has used instructional coaching as a springboard to shift school culture around how both teachers and leaders grow, quickly moving from the seed of an idea to a full-fledged coaching program that has paid dividends well beyond what was anticipated. In this session, you will hear Lovett’s story and have time to consider ideas to take back to your own school.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand structure of Instructional Coaching at Lovett and the questions to ask when developing an instructional coaching program.
    • Explore how to adapt the instructional coaching model to your school’s equity, team-building, faculty development, and leadership development goals.
    • Identify next steps for this work at your school.
  • Presenters: Teddi Bair and Stacia McFadden, The Lovett School (GA); Marsha Little, Carney, Sandoe & Associates
Leadership Development
Breaking the Bonds of Bias in Hiring Practices 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Our schools commit to being inclusive communities, but how do we reflect this commitment when hiring employees? How do we move beyond the established network to seek a broader pool of candidates? How do we retain employees from marginalized groups once they enter the school community? In this workshop, you will explore examples of tools that help examine your own biases and increase awareness of challenges to this goal. You will learn about resources that lead to hiring for equity and inclusion, engage in activities for reflection on the personal work needed, and review anticipated cultural shifts that help move toward more inclusive schools.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will identify the value of achieving equity and inclusion goals in hiring and retention.
    • Participants will engage with colleagues and share resources that lead to hiring for equity and inclusion.
    • Participants will engage in self-reflective activities to increase cultural awareness skills.
  • Presenters: Deborra Sines Pancoe, Friends Council on Education; Toni Graves Williamson, Friends Select School (PA)
Leadership Development
A Golden Moment for Women’s Leadership in Schools On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: We are on the cusp of unprecedented new opportunities for women to make their mark as independent school leaders. Projections are that nearly 70% of current sitting heads will retire over the next decade, and competition for outstanding school leaders will be increasingly robust. Meanwhile, search committees are already demanding more diverse candidates, and search consultants are eager to bring more women candidates to schools. At this session, you will hear from a distinguished panel of women school heads who will share their leadership journeys and offer practical guidance from their experiences. A search consultant will describe the search and application process.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Make clear to women the opportunities available to them as senior administrators, including as school heads.
    • Inspire women to seek senior administrative positions and head of school positions through stories women will share of their experiences.
    • Shed light on the search and application process through the lens of a seasoned search consultant
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Ann Teaff, Bill Christ, and Karen Whitaker, Carney, Sandoe & Associates; Kimberly Field-Marvin, Louise S. McGehee School (LA); Wanda Holland Greene, The Hamlin School (CA); Marcia Spiller, Woodward Academy (GA)
Leadership Development
Your Leadership Wheel 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Use the Leadership Wheel to discover where you are strong and where you want to grow as a leader. With peers and on your own, you’ll develop a personal plan for building your leadership savvy in a way that is just right for you, your time, and your resources. Come get curious about the leader you can be!
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify where you are strong and where you want to grow as a leader.
    • Create a just right but audacious challenge for your leadership growth in a specific skill area.
    • Identify resources, accountabilities, and advocates to see your self-challenge through.
  • Presenters: Mary Menacho, California Association of Independent Schools
Leadership Development
Data Analysis and Research Tailored to Your School's Size, Budget, and Personnel 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Data analysis and institutional research are increasingly helping schools inform decisions and drive strategy, but you don’t need to hire new staff or purchase new software to get started. In this session, you will learn from a variety of leaders about how they cultivated different data and research programs at their schools. The panelists include a school head, an institutional researcher, a director of data services, and a CIO. They will share their experiences on what motivated their schools to pursue research, the successes and challenges they have faced, and the impact research has had at their schools.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the way people, process, and technology combine to support school research
    • Apply insights to advance current research program at a school
    • Develop strategic thinking and plans for next phases of school research
  • Presenters: Jamie Britto and Louis Fierro, Collegiate School (VA); Eric Temple, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA); Tye Campbell and Rachel Gorsky, Gilman School (MD); Jason Ramsden, Ravenscroft School (NC)
Management
Emerging Trends in Global Education 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: New data from both the Global Education Benchmark Group and NAIS inidcate a number of emerging trends in global education programs at independent schools. Come explore this useful and accesible data, and discuss examples of how schools are tackling the issues highlighted in these trends, including off-campus risk management, international student recruitment, global program administrative structure, and competency-based program design. Toegther we can use these insights to better create, design, structure, manage, and asses our work to prepare students to be engaged citizens in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.New data from both the Global Education Benchmark Group and NAIS identify a number of emerging trends in global education programs at independent schools. In this session, you will explore these useful and accessible data and discuss examples of how schools are tackling the issues highlighted in the trends, including off-campus risk management, international student recruitment, global program administrative structure, and competency-based program design. Together we can use these insights to better create, design, structure, manage, and assess our work to prepare students to be engaged citizens in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will understand a variety of data on global education in independent schools
    • Participants will hear about and discuss emerging trends in schools based on this data, from risk management to language enrollment
    • Participants will engage in dialogue and identify take-aways around the what these trends might mean for their schools
  • Presenters: Clare Sisisky, Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG); Nishad Das, Groton School (MA); Joe Vogel, Old Trail School (OH); Ioana Suciu Wheeler, NAIS
Management
Five Essential Steps for Conducting an Investigation 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Claims of misconduct abound. From allegations of harassment and bullying to cheating and sexual assault, schools are expected to assess and respond effectively to each claim. But more and more investigations themselves are being scrutinized. Rather than address the underlying misconduct, students and employees (and their attorneys) are taking issue with the school’s process. At this presentation, you will review a framework for conducting investigations that will ensure that the process a school follows is appropriate and that the focus remains on the conduct at issue and not the school’s response to it.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • A basic framework for conducting both student and employee complaints of misconduct
    • A method for asking questions and documenting answers that will withstand scrutiny
    • What may and may not be communicated at the conclusion of the investigation
  • Presenters: Michael Blacher, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore; Kimberly Cole, United Educators
Management
Free to Be You and Me AND Competitive for College Admission? 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: As experiential education and mastery-based learning (and possibly transcripts) become more than just ideas and buzzwords, college counselors are tasked with finding the best fit for each student’s academic abilities, interests, and college aspirations in a system that has no established pathway. In this session, you will explore topics related to progressive education and college counseling, including recommendation letters, testing, profiles, and relationships with colleges.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To introduce and discuss issues specific to college counseling in progressive schools
    • To offer participants overviews of three very different progressive schools and how common issues are managed
    • To offer solutions for colleagues from other progressive schools interested in improving how they communicate innovative programs to colleges
  • Presenters: Cristan Harris and Renee Bischoff, Hawken School (OH); Gavin Bradley and Paul Joffe Gallagher, The Nueva School (CA); Dorothy Jones, The Bay School of San Francisco (CA)
The Student Experience
Seven Steps to Building Administrative Teams That Maximize Productivity, Spark Innovation, and Create Joy On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Where do the best ideas come from? How do you create a culture where everyone feels empowered to innovate? In this session, you will get answers to these questions plus an overview of seven actionable strategies that, when consistently applied, become a tour de force for building highly productive administrative teams that find joy in their work, uncover hidden value, and come up with innovative ideas that advance the organization. Walk away with strategies for identifying growth-oriented candidates in the hiring process, accelerating the organizational acculturation process through immersive onboarding, and leveraging technology to promote innovation in creative ways.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn tips for identifying growth-oriented candidates in the hiring process and accelerating the organizational acculturation process through immersive on-boarding.
    • Learn effective strategies for creating professional growth pathways that keep employees happy and motivated while imbuing a sense of purpose.
    • Learn how different technologies can be leveraged to promote innovation.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Tim Schwartz, Whitby School (CT)
Leadership Development
Preparing World- and Workforce-Ready Graduates—Immersion, Experiential, and Workforce Learning in Our Schools 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is radically changing the future of work. How do educators design creative and effective approaches to prepare students for this new world? Western Reserve Academy and Episcopal High School, two historically traditional schools, are meeting the challenges of preparing our students to be agile and continuous learners with innovative immersion, experiential, and workforce learning. In this workshop, you will explore unique approaches to the future of careers and work for today’s students. Two well-established independent school programs will be presented as examples of secondary programming that seeks to prepare students for a dynamic post-collegiate world.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Develop an understanding of new approaches to workforce preparation in independent schools.
    • Introduce vocabulary and key concepts in the current discussion of 4IR teaching and learning.
    • Provide two case studies in approaches to preparing students for the future of work and careers.
  • Presenters: Jeremy Goldstein, Episcopal High School (VA); Matthew Gerber, Western Reserve Academy (OH); Jefferson Burnett, NAIS
The Classroom Experience
Growing Capacity From the Inside Out: Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Into Your School Culture 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: This presentation will outline the intentional steps of one institution to set the priorities that led to a strategic plan with concrete diversity and inclusion goals along with metrics. You will examine how this approach required both top-down and bottom-up support in order to move toward an institutional model of professional development that grows the cultural competency skills of faculty and staff, along with a measured approach to sustain long-term learning and inclusive change.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine institutional and division readiness
    • Create and sustain cultural change
    • Explore different professional learning modules to promote cultural competency skill and capacity
  • Presenters: Christen Tedrow-Harrison and Heather Gray, Francis Parker School (CA)
The Student Experience
School Policies: Aligning Your Documents With Legal Trends, Best Practices, and Your Mission On Demand 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In this session, you will review key considerations when developing, updating, and auditing the universe of your school’s written policies, including employee and student/family handbooks, as well as stand-alone policies, such as those concerning immunization. Such considerations will include developing legal trends, national practice trends, and practical tips for approaching the development or review of your policies. By interweaving legal and practical trends, this session will also touch on some of the developing areas of law impacting NAIS schools nationwide. The session will conclude with a Q&A.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Megan Mann, NAIS
Management
The Challenge of Leadership in Independent Schools: EE Ford Foundation Study and Action Plan 3 Thursday, February 27,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The EE Ford Foundation is extending its efforts to fulfill its mission to improve secondary education and to encourage promising practices beyond making grants to schools and associations to include the examination of challenges identified in the independent school world. The session’s topic, leadership challenges for independent schools, is the initial focus. This workshop will also give you a brief introduction to the Foundation and its work, a description of the results of its efforts to date in this examination, and an opportunity to discuss related areas of interest.
  • Block: 3 (Thursday, February 27, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Introduce the Foundation to those who may not know of it.
    • Communicate the results to date of an effort that will be underway.
    • Elicit other ideas, reactions and advice for additional efforts to address the question.
  • Presenters: John Gulla, The Edward E. Ford Foundation
Leadership Development
Beyond Making Money: The Relationship Between School Culture and the Bottom Line 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Connecticut has fewer students these days. The aging of the baby boomers is coinciding with Connecticut having the third highest rate nationwide of people leaving the state. Despite this, Watkinson School’s star is rising, and this momentum is impacting both admissions and fundraising. Head of School Teri Schrader and Director of Communication Jenni French will share strategies that have fueled Watkinson’s success. Meeting in small groups, you will share how your school culture is—or isn’t—benefiting admissions and fundraising success. The presenters will compare select dilemmas raised in the small groups to Watkinson’s recent success and suggest possible course corrections.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Show how to tie school culture to revenue — both tuition and fundraising — engaging all constituencies as you go.
    • Get all school leaders connected to strategic engagement.
    • Be inventive about going public with stories of school culture and excellence in the classroom
  • Presenters: Jenni French and Teri Schrader, Watkinson School (CT)
Communications and Advancement
Head of School Turnover: Insights and Implications From the NAIS–UPenn Research Collaborative On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Over the last 18 months, NAIS has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to better understand the perceived increase in head of school turnover. In this session, you will hear from members of the research team as they share the findings of this multitiered study, as well as potential implications for independent school sustainability, governance, and leadership resources.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn about the contributing factors to head of school turnover
    • Participants will understand the implications of head turnover on the independent school education landscape
    • Participants will explore ways boards can support long-term headships
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Anne-Marie Balzano and Jay Rapp, NAIS; Earl Ball and Michael Johanek, University of Pennsylvania
Governance
Active Assailant Risk Management—Strategies for Managing Your School’s Risk On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: The dramatic increase in school-related shootings and assaults has forced schools to reevaluate and update their risk management policies and procedures. In addition to preventive safety programs, insurance products to support this risk exposure are becoming an integral part of schools’ risk mitigation efforts. In this session, you will hear about best practices methodologies for establishing school safety and prevention programs, as well as how active assailant insurance works and integrates with the school’s insurance and risk management program.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identification of threat assessment exposures
    • Instituting policies, procedures and protocols for managing this type of risk
    • Understanding the newly developed insurance products to address this exposure
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Ronald Wanglin, Jamie Gershon, and Cheryl McDowell, Bolton & Company; Lisa Turchan, The Buckley School (CA); Chris Joffe, Joffe Emergency Services
Management
Up and Down: Two New Heads Talk About Their First Year On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: In this session, you will hear two heads of school discuss the surprises they encountered during their first year of a new headship, addressing these questions: (1) What did you expect; what did you find; why the disconnect; how has it mattered? (2) What were the strengths and weaknesses of the leadership team; what had you been prepared for and how did the reality differ; why, and what have you done about it? (3) What could have been done—by you, by the trustees, by the search consultant—to minimize the surprises? Trustees, search consultants, coaches, and current and aspiring heads are invited to join in the conversation.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Life is full of surprises, how can we be prepared to meet them when we don't know what they are?
    • Not every initiative is a success, how can I move forward while retaining the ability to alter course?
    • You are not alone.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Terrence Briggs, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP; Kimberly Ridley, Fayerweather Street School (MA); Lisa Sun, The Philadelphia School (PA)
Leadership Development
Building Leadership Capacities Within Schools On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Most, if not all, educators harbor strong leadership abilities. Being in front of a classroom requires teachers to draw on strengths and leadership qualities publicly. Over time, many teachers will want to advance in their careers. Newer administrators may also want to take on increased responsibilities. For schools to thrive, senior administrators and heads of school must always build teams of leaders and nurture leadership throughout the faculty and staff. In this session, you will hear from panel members who present research, tell stories, and lead interactive activities, spurring thought and action on how school leaders can cultivate and inspire leadership.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To share research and data on how leaders are cultivating leadership in schools
    • To inspire attendees to engage upcoming leaders at schools
    • To encourage attendees to reflect on their own leadership journey and how that journey can help others
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Philip Gutierrez, Mid-Peninsula High School (CA); Roger Bridges and Peggy Procter, Echo Horizon School (CA); Crystal Land, Head-Royce School (CA); Melinda Tsapatsaris, Westland School (CA)
Leadership Development
Leading Across Schools: Co-Creating a Competency Roadmap On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: How might schools co-create roadmaps to evolve assessment practices that can be scaled and shared? In this session, you will examine how six school leaders joined forces to share best practices. You will learn how schools, in different stages of evolving assessment practices, are leading strategic change initiatives toward mastery-based teaching and learning. Initiatives range from creating competency-based courses and matching competency assessment with traditional letter grades to piloting the Mastery Transcript and even creating a new ungraded high school. The session concludes with a moderated panel exploring change leadership focused on mastery learning. You will leave with protocols for developing cross-school conversations on teaching and learning.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How might we organize and structure effective cross-school conversations to sustain and renew each other’s leadership of change?
    • How might we co-create roadmaps that can be scaled and shared that focus on evolving assessment practices?
    • How might schools, in different stages of mastery/competency conversations and transitions, best learn from one another?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Regan Galvan, Vistamar School (CA); Mike Peller, The White Mountain School (NH); Derek Kanarek, Catlin Gabel School (OR); Julia Griffin, The Mastery School of Hawken (OH); Zac Carr, The Nueva School (CA); Terry Yamamoto-Edwards, Punahou School (HI)
Leadership Development
The Evolution of an Institution’s Engagement With Racism 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: By shifting from intellectual engagement about racism to a more holistic exploration of the ways racism influences our emotions, bodies, and minds, Lick-Wilmerding High School is moving our community toward greater recognition of how racism shows up in our school and in ourselves. Through group dialogue and artistic expression, you will learn strategies for engaging your community in ways that originate within and reverberate outward toward building meaningful relationships. The workshop will give you space for personal reflection and a pathway toward emotional resiliency.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How do we shift from intellectual racial awareness toward embodied and in-the-moment racially attuned and sensitive behavior?
    • How can I implement sustainable and holistic programming around race at my institution?
    • What differentiated strategies are effective for building shared vocabulary and the will to address the affects of racism?
  • Presenters: Eric Temple, Tamisha Williams, and Nikkia Young, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA)
Leadership Development
Leveraging Accreditation to Identify and Advance Strategic Priorities 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: If only this accreditation process could be more strategic! In this session, you will learn how one school masterfully harnessed what was learned through drafting a self-study, analyzing the visiting committee report, and reflecting on the accreditation process as a whole to advance strategic initiatives in the school. You will hear a head of school, a director of strategic initiatives, and a visiting committee chair share their unique perspectives on both the process and the outcomes. As many schools move away from cumbersome, multiyear strategic planning exercises to become more nimble and responsive to rapid cycles of change, the potential for alignment is even greater.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify and advance strategic initiatives in your school.
    • Design a comprehensive and systematic review of strategic priorities through accreditation.
    • Collaborate with all critical stakeholders including trustees, administrators, faculty members, staff, parents and students.
  • Presenters: George Swain, New York State Association of Independent Schools; Paul Burke and Nikki Vivion, The Nightingale-Bamford School (NY); JoAnn Douglass, Buffalo Seminary (NY)
Management
Finding the Balance: Supporting Students With Mental Health Issues While Simultaneously Supporting Everyone Else! On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: This session will help you determine when and how your school can accommodate students, communicate the need for various accommodations to faculty and other members of the community, and reduce the risks of litigation along the way. You will hear about some of the more challenging scenarios that schools have faced and where they might be able to draw the line in cases where resources are limited.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How and when to raise and assess student disabilities, from the application stage through matriculation
    • HHow to assess the accommodation, including when schools may be “religious enough” to be exempt from the need to accommodate
    • How to convey accommodations to the school community, including faculty who may play a role outside of their comfort zone.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Susan Guerette, Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Carrie Kries, Gladwyne Montessori (PA)
Management
Avoiding Teacher Turnover: Using JTBD to Attract and Retain Top Talent On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Using an innovative methodology known as Jobs to Be Done, NAIS has identified the key reasons teachers have for teaching in independent schools and why they choose to teach at specific schools. In this session, you will learn about these reasons, exploring the context, motivations, and outcomes teachers seek within their profession and schools. You can take this information back to your school to improve the hiring process and to help you recruit and retain talented teachers.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What is a job-to-be-done?
    • What are the jobs-to-be-done that teachers have for teaching in independent schools?
    • How can school leaders identify and recruit talented teachers in each job?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Carol Bernate and Amada Torres, NAIS
Management
Engaging Challenging Parents: Tools for Teachers On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Most parents of independent school students are supportive and easy to work with. However, some parents, conversations, and topics can present challenges. At this interactive workshop, you will learn to reframe (most) parental concerns and develop communication and problem-solving skills to help manage challenging parents effectively.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How can we use the characteristics of both the teacher and parent to strengthen the relationship and support the child?
    • Which communication skills can teachers use to manage most challenging parents effectively?
    • How can we prepare teachers to think differently about working with challenging parents?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Sara Stephenson, Grace Jorgensen, and Carrie Singh, Ashley Hall (SC)
The Classroom Experience
Strategies to Develop Global Competence in Students and Educators 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Research shows that global competence is vital for students’ success in a changing world. But what exactly is global competence, and how do we know whether our students are graduating with the skills necessary to thrive and flourish in a globalized society? In this workshop, you will learn about strategies to integrate global education across the curriculum. You will hear from an independent school about its internationalization methods and partnership with McKinsey and Company to develop an assessment tool for global competence.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about strategies on how to intergrate global education in all aspects of the curriculum.
    • Hear examples from member schools.
    • Learn about a new assessment tool for global competence.
  • Presenters: Ioana Wheeler and Jefferson Burnett, NAIS; Trish Anderson, Pace Academy (GA)
The Classroom Experience
Build More Resilient and Gritty Kids by Implementing Growth Mindset 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Do your students give up too easily? Are they afraid to approach a difficult challenge because they are worried that they might not “look smart”? You will learn the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, how process praise can turn “pedestal kids” into gritty kids, and the common language that can be adopted in a classroom to encourage a growth mindset and to teach students that failure is not a permanent condition. You will leave with many no-cost strategies that can be implemented tomorrow and dozens of concrete ways to encourage more effort and build resilience in your students.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn the difference between a Growth Mindset and a Fixed Mindset.
    • Define the term "pedestal kid" and learn how to intentionally turn that student into a "gritty kid".
    • Learn how to teach five mini-lessons that introduce Growth Mindset. All digital lessons will be shared for free.
  • Presenters: Mark Minkus, Community Day School (PA)
The Classroom Experience
Gamification: The Expansion Pack 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: If you’re interested in gamification but have been struggling to make it work, you don’t need to attend another workshop designed to convince you that there is merit in gamification. You want to master design techniques so you can increase classroom engagement on your terms. In this session, you will learn the underlying theories that make games work, taking your gamification to a whole new level. We will explore four basic concepts that can be easily incorporated into lesson planning to increase student engagement with course materials. As part of this presentation, we will evaluate the effect of these principles on participant volunteers.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will be prepared to apply an understanding of gamification theory as it is applicable to curriculum design.
    • At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to design authentic learning environments grounded in game design principles.
    • At the end of this session, participants will know simple tactics for increasing student engagement with informal formative assessment.
  • Presenters: Joe Cox, Lutheran High School South (MO)
The Classroom Experience
Immersive Learning Across Disciplines With Virtual and Augmented Reality 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Augmented and virtual reality are technologies that are innovating teaching and learning by engaging students through immersive experiences, making content accessible, and providing emerging platforms for student-generated content. In this workshop, you will explore digital reality experiences and leave with lessons you can implement immediately, along with a framework for working with faculty through interdisciplinary collaboration. The presenters will share the story of how they’ve integrated these digital realities into the curriculum, reaching across disciplines to create learning experiences for students to access content, visualize complex and abstract ideas, construct knowledge, and generate new content.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will understand the background, limitations, and pros and cons of VR and AR
    • Participants will compare VR and AR through hands-on experience and examine classroom and student examples
    • Participants will identify ways they can incorporate VR and AR into instruction, manage devices, and train faculty.
  • Presenters: Mary Ann Stillerman and Cristi LeBron, The Walker School (GA)
The Classroom Experience
Learning That Sticks: Bringing High-Quality Project-Based Learning Into Your Classroom 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Classroom projects are nothing new, but they are often relegated to the periphery of curricula as extension work or take-home assignments. In contrast, project-based learning (PBL) is a rapidly growing approach to student-centered pedagogy that places projects firmly at the center of units of study. While there are numerous iterations of PBL, the Deeper Learning model provides a simple framework encompassing critical student competencies. In this workshop, you will gain an introduction to the Deeper Learning model of PBL (developed at San Diego’s High Tech High), practice designing a project in collaborative groups, brainstorm ways to apply this model in your own school, and receive resources to start your own Deeper Learning practice.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will be able to describe the philosophy, components and process of the Deeper Learning model.
    • Participants will collaboratively plan a potential Deeper Learning project.
    • Participants will be able to apply the Deeper Learning model to their own classroom instruction.
  • Presenters: Christopher Buonamia, The Town School (NY)
The Classroom Experience
Digital Well-Being: An Innovative and Research-Based Approach for Schools On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Although digital tools hold great promise for transforming education, today’s students face a multitude of challenges, ranging from hate speech and cyberbullying to social comparison, that stem from being “always on.” In this age of unprecedented technological change, schools need an innovative approach such as Digital Well-Being. This session will outline the research and present an innovative framework to help students build the skills and dispositions to manage their personal health, safety, and relationships, as well as build their resilience in digital settings. You will hear workshop leaders present guiding principles on how to implement a sustainable, school-wide approach to Digital Well-Being.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn guiding principles, strategies, and practical guidance on how to implement a sustainable, school-wide digital well-being program.
    • Participants will gain knowledge of the latest research on the impact of technology on students’ well-being.
    • Participants will understand how engaging youth through critical discourse on digital dilemmas builds their well-being, resilience, and SEL skills.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Scott Erickson, Phillips Brooks School (CA); Linda Burch and Rebecca Randall, Common Sense Media
The Student Experience
Courageous Conversations: Creating Brave Spaces to Talk About Challenging Topics On Demand 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Gun control? Race? Gender? Sexuality? Immigration? Students want to talk, and they want to listen. In response to student demand for dialogue skills and a brave space to use those skills, the presenters created Courageous Conversations, an after-school event that gives students an opportunity to discuss challenging topics and current events in a way that fosters active listening and productive participation. This presentation will give you the tools to create a similar space in your own school.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To provide students with the skills needed to engage in thoughtful and reflective dialogue.
    • To provide students with an understanding of their own opinions and how those opinions have been formed.
    • To give students an opportunity to learn alternative perspectives, thus widening their views of the world in which they live.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Kerri Schuster and Kelly Weber, Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr (PA)
The Student Experience
Personal Learning Groups: Identify, Focus, and Build Your School’s EDIJ work 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Schools need help knowing where to go next in their equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice (EDIJ) work. The presenters provide an empowerment model to meet colleagues at their starting point and to develop personal learning networks and the necessary resources to go forward. This workshop will walk you through Part One (know your social identifiers—which garner the most privilege and which bring the most bias) and Part Two (focus on your work at school, create your personal learning network, and receive targeted resources), and it will give you the scaffolding to engage in Part Three (“put your needs in front of the group”—use norms to ask colleagues for support and feedback). You will leave with models and resources for further progress.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Start where you are, identify your next step for your EDIJ work and how to replicate with your school
    • Understand you and your colleagues will create personal learning networks ensuring everyone is working together
    • Receive targeted resources to be used at your school immediately
  • Presenters: Jennifer Adams, Harpeth Hall (TN); Jen Cort, Jen Cort Educational Consulting
The Student Experience
A Legacy for All Students: Reimagining Public, Private, and Community Partnerships and Frameworks 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Grounded in the belief that we are all responsible for educating all children, this workshop session will challege you to rethink and reimagine public/private partnerships. You will hear about a group of educators who work across all educational systems to transform education in Hawai‘i. Facilitators will share examples of different public/private frameworks that leverage community and cultural resources, expertise, and knowledge. After viewing artifacts of Hawai‘i’s collaborative journey, you will have an opportunity to identify potential partnerships and develop strategies to maximize and leverage your community resources and strengths.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To learn of different frameworks to forming public and community partnerships.
    • To identify ways in which partnerships are mutually beneficial and culturally relevant to the students schools aim to serve.
    • To identify potential partnerships and develop strategies to strengthen their cultural competence and ability to work with diverse communities.
  • Presenters: Christel McGuigan and Leigh Fitzgerald, Mid-Pacific Institute (HI); Evan Beachy, Kamehameha Schools (HI); Kapono Ciotti, The American International School in Egypt
The Student Experience
Who Are We? Perspectives on Balancing High School and the College Process 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Increasingly, independent schools are expected to “deliver” elite college acceptances for students, often in contradiction of thoughtful, developmentally focused mission statements. The tension between school marketing and expectations about college outcomes has never been a more profound challenge, and students are caught in the middle. How might we begin to extract ourselves from this war of expectations and reframe the conversation? In this workshop, you will interact with experienced professionals to approach the question from different perspectives, hoping to unpack some of the competing variables as you work to serve your students and families thoughtfully and with both personal and institutional integrity.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • For college counselors, address the nexus of school culture, mission, and experience with the college admission process
    • For school leaders, address the nexus of administrative priorities with the college admission process
    • For therapists and school counselors, address the tension between school priorities and developmental necessities
  • Presenters: Archie Douglas, Bentley School (CA); Mark Davis and Sonia Bell, St. Luke’s School (CT); David Gleason, Private Practice
The Student Experience
Real Talk Done Right: Engaging Our School Communities in Critical Conversations to Foster Inclusion 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: The words “equity” and “inclusion” are in many mission statements, but few schools have programming that engages dialogue for equity and inclusion. In this session, diversity practitioners from three independent schools in Seattle—Lakeside, University Prep, and Overlake—discuss their programs for conversations about race, class, and gender that foster cultural competence. You will leave this session with a toolkit of lesson plans, programs, and processes that may engage your community in school programming that promotes inclusion, counters implicit bias and stereotype threat, and empowers the adult community to ensure that each student is seen, heard, and valued.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about programs at our schools and how they’ve improved school culture and engagement from faculty and staff, and students.
    • Examine lesson plans, program structures and processes for implementing them. Also address challenges and mistakes made along the way.
    • Identify ways participants can return to their schools and engage the faculty/staff and students in meaningful conversations and promote inclusion.
  • Presenters: Debbie Bensadon and Stephanie Wright, Lakeside School (WA); E-chieh Lin, University Prep (WA); Mahtab Mahmoodzadeh, The Overlake School (WA)
The Student Experience
Navigating Gender and Sexuality in PreK-12 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: Students naturally explore a range of identities, expressions, and roles as they navigate the social and academic world in PreK-12. This session provides (1) a conceptual model for understanding biological sex, gender, and sexuality and (2) contemporary terminology for exploring these essential parts of human identity. You will be invited to generate questions related to the Why? What? Who? When? and How? of engaging with these issues. You will apply the concepts and language presented to school-based scenarios. Your school mission will be your primary reference point for this work. Bring humility, curiosity, and a sense of humor!
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Accurately define biological sex, gender, sexuality; use contemporary terminology to enhance basic understanding of these parts of students' identities.
    • Clarify the pedagogical rationale for addressing these issues in a PreK-12 setting; use school mission as reference.
    • Apply concepts, language and school values to explore curriculum, practice, programs, and policies.
  • Presenters: Jennifer Bryan, Team Finch Consultants
The Student Experience
Building Bridges for Change by Blending SEL With Academics 4 Friday, February 28,
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
  • Summary: When social-emotional learning (SEL) is integrated into the curriculum, it sets the stage for each child to tap into his or her full potential. In this workshop, you will explore insights into how social-emotional learning and academics can be fully integrated into a project-based learning curriculum. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will hear from presenters who share examples of projects and curricular construction tools from Synapse that reflect and support the goal of building a bridge between SEL and academics.
  • Block: 4 (Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Strategies to integrate SEL and Academics into every day routines
    • Share project-based learning ideas for SEL curriculum
    • Encourage reflection on our best practices as educators
  • Presenters: Katie Morgan, May Duong, and Stephanie Seto, Synapse School (CA)
The Student Experience
Interest Circles: A Tool to Transform Parent Experience 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Over the past decade, schools have experienced a downward trend in parent volunteerism and involvement in traditional parent association activities. This has resulted in burnout for current volunteers and decreased parent investment in the school. Poughkeepsie Day School alleviated this problem by launching Interest Circles, a program based on shared interests that provides an excellent opportunity for parents to dive deep into areas of the school they are passionate about. This session will help you understand how to increase parent involvement at your school, with the added value of enhanced student programs, improved alumni relations, and increased awareness of your school and its mission by the greater community.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to increase retention
    • How to increase connections between parents PreK-12, alumni and the local community
    • Provides an authentic fund raising opportunity
  • Presenters: Christina Powers and Ben Chant, Poughkeepsie Day School (NY)
Communications and Advancement
Timeless and Timely Messaging: How to Honor Where You’ve Been and Celebrate Where You’re Headed On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: While history can serve as a powerful unifier for internal stakeholders who take pride in traditions, external audiences don’t feel the same nostalgic pull. To resonate with prospective families, you must authentically frame history and tradition as powerfully relevant to today’s students. The Peck School of Morristown, New Jersey, melded a proud sense of tradition with vivid, of-the-moment storytelling to meet admissions goals and support a wide array of institutional priorities. Join Andy Delinsky, head of school, and Shelly Peters of CRANE for big-picture strategies and hands-on tips you can deploy to honor your school’s past while ensuring its future.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Consider concrete connections between your school’s past and present, traditions and evolution, or founding ideals and fresh ideas.
    • Envision a strategy that honors where your school has been while simultaneously showing where you are determined to go.
    • Understand the process of engaging an external partner to build upon already-strong foundations and position your school for the future.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Shelly Peters, CRANE | Atlanta; Andy Delinsky, The Peck School (NJ)
Communications and Advancement
Trends in School Crises: What to Expect and How to Prepare 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: What are the challenges most likely to crop up in your school in the next year? Are you prepared? Learn about the latest trends in school crisis work so you can lay the groundwork now to avert disaster and respond appropriately when problems do arise. Discover key warning signs to look for and ways to measure the biggest issues of the coming year. You’ll leave with a framework for managing any crisis and tools to help you address the biggest issues of the coming year. The session will conclude with an interactive tabletop exercise.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Importance of crisis preparation
    • Awareness of issues
    • Managing a crisis
  • Presenters: Jane Hulbert, The Jane Group; Myra McGovern, NAIS
Communications and Advancement
Financial Management for Developing and Enhancing a School’s Endowments 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The endowment is the most important asset in ensuring a school’s financial sustainability. Albert Bellas will discuss a financial management protocol that assists in developing, maintaining, or enhancing a school’s endowment. After a discussion of current endowment misconceptions, you will learn how to create a comprehensive financial protocol that (1) defines the school’s endowments; (2) identifies the basic financial challenges confronting all schools; (3) creates critical ratios necessary to assess the school’s current financial position and its peer group status; (4) integrates the school’s operating budget, new program needs, capital projects, fundraising capacity, financing alternatives, and endowment into a predictive model; (5) assesses financial alternatives for new programs or capital projects; and (6) provides a matrix to evaluate the long-term implications of financial decisions as they impact the school’s endowments to ensure financial sustainability.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • identification of endowment misconceptions
    • the expansion of the concept of a non-profit’s endowment
    • integration of non-profits operating budget, capital budget, fundraising and financing options to optimize financial decision making.
  • Presenters: Albert Bellas, Stephen B. Wells, and Timothy J. Lindsay, The Solaris Group LLC; Mary Carrasco, Sidwell Friends School (DC)
Governance
Howdy, Partner: 10 Tips for a Successful Head-Board Chair Relationship 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The rate of headship transition appears to be on the rise. Often, the head’s exit is the result of a failed relationship between the head and the board chair. In this session, you will hear from two association executives, former heads of school now serving as counsel to heads and boards, about the essential steps to take to maximize the likelihood that the head-chair partnership will be strong and enduring. You will learn about relevant national and regional data, hear wisdom gleaned from experienced heads and independent school consultants, and contribute your own ideas in interaction with presenters and participants. Recommendations for further reading will be provided.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Increase awareness of concrete steps to strengthen the head-board chair partnership.
    • Participate in a period of reflection and analysis of one's own head-board chair relationship.
    • Receive resources on the topic for further reading.
  • Presenters: Claudia Daggett, Independent Schools Association of the Central States; Mark Crotty, Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Governance
The Pathway to a Long-Standing Headship: Transformational Leadership On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Growing data suggest that fewer school heads these days experience a tenure lasting more than 10 years. The average tenure of school heads is decreasing as turnover is increasing. Short tenures limit the ability of heads to be impactful in a consequential way. Schools with long-term heads have more time and opportunity to generate considerable success during their tenure. In this workshop, you will explore data collected from heads and trustees regarding trends, practices, and characteristics that support or detract from transformational tenures. The research will bring fresh perspectives regarding the characteristics that sustain transformational leadership that cannot occur in the short term.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • 1. Understand the practices and characteristics that support transformational leadership in schools.
    • 2. Understand the practices and characteristics that undermine transformational leadership in schools
    • 3. Utilize relevant information necessary to construct a leadership framework that will support a long-term headship
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: James Hickey, Austin Preparatory School (MA); Lawrence Sykoff, Ranney School (NJ)
Governance
Let’s Get Personal: Professional Learning to Support Teacher Growth On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: In a time when our lives continue to become more personalized, our professional learning experiences for educators have not kept pace. In too many schools, teachers continue to participate in one-size-fits-all “sit-and-get” professional development sessions. In this session, you will explore innovative practices in professional learning to design more personalized experiences that empower teachers. Together, we will apply personalized learning principles of voice, co-design, social construction, and self-discovery to design personalized professional learning models. Planning tools, models, and collaborative time will be provided to leave you feeling empowered to put your plan into action.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore strategies to integrate teacher "voice" in the professional learning planning process to build engagement.
    • Learn to incorporate teachers as "co-designers" to identify professional learning success metrics map out action plans to achieve desired results.
    • Consider the role that "social construction" plays in professional learning, including expanding the role of facilitator and definition of engagement.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Jill Cross, TMI Episcopal (TX); Allison Rodman, The Learning Loop
Leadership Development
From Idiosyncratic to Systematic: Architecting a More Disciplined Faculty Hiring Process 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: The hiring process in independent schools—as elsewhere—is often opaque; insufficiently structured; and prone to unintentional redundancies, fruitless interviews, and explicit and implicit biases. This can result in strikingly different experiences for candidates and, more important, problematic hiring outcomes. In this session you will learn the process that The Pingry School undertook to identify and resolve the tensions in its hiring process, and you will take a deep dive into its smarter design, which has accelerated the learning about candidates through a consistent, comprehensive, bias-sensitive, and information-seeking approach.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Audience will reflect on the ways in which the hiring process can support or compete against institutional values and mission.
    • Audience will understand how to interrogate and recognize blind spots in the hiring process.
    • Audience will recognize the importance of alignment and consistency, comprehensiveness, and bias-sensitivity in the hiring process.
  • Presenters: Delvin Dinkins, The Pingry School (NJ)
Leadership Development
Evaluate Your Affordability and Build Your Prospects With NAIS Tools and Resources On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: See how Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL) and MarketView, NAIS’s premier data tools, can assist your school in building, maintaining, and ensuring your affordability. Starting with stories from your peers, you’ll see what issues they have wrestled with around affordability, how they used NAIS tools to get insight, what strategies came from that work, and how those strategies have played out for their schools. Whether affordability is a focus because of concerns about enrollment, inclusivity, or staying competitive, this session will provide practical tools and concrete next steps you can take.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about how other schools wrestle with affordability.
    • Learn how to apply tools and resources from NAIS to build affordability.
    • Network with other schools to learn about their challenges in this area.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Hilary LaMonte, NAIS
Management
You Want to Be a School Head? What You Need to Know NOW About Advancement On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Being a head of school today means being able to cultivate relationships with donors and ask for gifts. These are not necessarily skills you have learned as a teacher or administrator. This session will review the fundamentals of advancement work and provide suggestions about how you can start getting some hands-on experience now, either at your school or through other community organizations. You will leave the session with a professional development plan for gaining advancement experience.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will leave with specific strategies for how to immediately get involved with advancement work in their schools and communities
    • Participants will leave with an understanding of their own blindspots and learning opportunities around advancement work
    • Participants will leave with a personalized professional development plan for becoming savvy at advancement work
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Kendall Cameron, West Nottingham Academy (MD); Christine Jefferson and Michael Gary, Friends Select School (PA)
Leadership Development
Disabilities: Simplifying the Employee and Student Accommodation Process On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Service dogs, emotional support animals, learning differences, diabetes, anxiety, ADHD, seizure disorder, surgeries, and heart problems—today’s environment for understanding and accommodating disabilities can seem daunting. This session will provide you with a workable process to help make sense of how to address these complicated issues.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • An understanding of the legal responsibilities and duties the school faces when dealing with disabilities.
    • How to implement a workable process for dealing with complicated accommodations.
    • How to avoid liability.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Whitney Walters-Sachs, Pine Crest Preparatory School (FL)
Management
No Grades? No Problem! Inside a Gradeless School On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Whether you’re an administrator interested in exploring a gradeless future for your division or school or a classroom teacher looking to pilot a gradeless classroom, in this session, you will learn how the middle school at Poughkeepsie Day uses a multilayered and individualized approach to feedback in order to enhance student agency, increase equity, and support student growth. Through the innovative marriage of time and space, dynamic feedback, narrative reporting, and an emphasis on reflection, PDS has a system that works. The session will also cover the challenges the school faced with this approach and the response to those challenges.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will explore a strategy for an alternate means of assessment in their classrooms or division
    • Participants will engage in discussion around going gradeless as a means to reimagine the future of their institutions.
    • Participants will be able to integrate aspects of the PDS approach into their work, either in their divisions or classrooms
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: JJ Morrissey, Jake Lahey, and Gabe Smiley Poughkeepsie Day School (NY)
The Classroom Experience
Through the Lens of Gender, Identity, and Sexuality Education: Prepare Your PK-8 Students for Their World On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: When is it appropriate to start teaching about sexuality? A family of a kindergartner is talking about their child’s gender identity—what do we do? How do we mediate boy/girl conversations between students? How do we provide gender, identity, and sexuality education consistent with our school’s mission? Belmont Day School has grown a comprehensive, dynamic, responsive Health and Wellness curriculum with a developmentally appropriate PK-8 Gender, Identity, and Sexuality strand. In this session, you will learn about our research, experience, and process. Explore our lessons and walk away with resources. We are happy to help troubleshoot as you build a curriculum to fit your own community!
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will experience research based developmentally appropriate gender, identity and sexuality curriculum.
    • Participants will discuss benefits and pitfalls of gender, identity and sexuality education.
    • Participants will know how to access additional resources for gender, identity and sexuality curriculum development.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Liz LaRocque, Kate Oznick, Leesa Mercedes, Nancy Fell, and Blair Fross, Belmont Day School (MA)
The Student Experience
Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into a New Kind of Classroom 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: How do you make every class real-world relevant? Learn how one school thrust 400 students and 100 faculty into a new frontier of experiential learning. More than a travel program, The Hun School’s new three-week intensive semester took students out of the classroom and into the origins of the hottest cultural debates and global problems—in places like Arizona, Montana, Memphis, France, and Ghana. In this session, you will hear from the brave visionaries who launched NextTerm as well as the faculty and students who went from skeptics to believers in year one.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will think critically about the opportunities and obstacles of an experiential, inter-disciplinary program at their schools
    • Participants will apply concepts learned in the workshop in a simulated course design activity
    • Participants (leaders and teachers) will engage in a conversation about the logistics of managing change for a complex school-wide initiative
  • Presenters: Ryan Hews, Davirah Timm-Dinkins, Ted Shaffner, and Devon Pasieka, The Hun School of Princeton (NJ)
The Classroom Experience
Looking to Enhance Your Curriculum? Take a Walk Through Your School’s Neighborhood With Us 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Are you an educator who strives to create more experiential learning? Do you enjoy finding ways to make content more relevant? If so, you are like us—two educators at Friends Select School— who enjoy pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning. Over the years, we have discovered a plentiful and priceless resource that your school also has—a neighborhood. Whether urban, suburban, or rural, your neighborhood provides powerful lenses through which you can teach. We have found our lens in the city of Philadelphia, and we’d like to help you find yours too.

    This workshop will take attendees outside, weather permitting. 
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Explore concrete examples of how neighborhoods can be valuable additions to your curricula.
    • Gather solutions to logistical and pedagogical challenges through examples of success and failure.
    • Find curricular opportunities in your own neighborhoods and initiate communication.
  • Presenters: Natalie Mayer and Margaret Smith, Friends Select School (PA)
The Classroom Experience
Increase Student Engagement ... With a Question! On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Learn how an inquiry learning model is being used to focus on the types of questions teachers ask in the classroom and how they are enhancing teaching and learning at a Philadelphia independent school. In this session, you will learn how Catalyst@PennGSE and St. Peter’s School are teaming up to share the ways that questioning in the classroom can challenge, increase engagement, and drive students toward deeper-level thinking and learning.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn about a Inquiry Learning Model
    • Learn five different types of questions you can ask students in the classroom that will directly effect student learning
    • Learn how to challenge and differentiate your students just by the questions you ask them
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Will Nord, St. Peter’s School (PA); Rachel Ebby-Rosin, University of Pennsylvania
The Classroom Experience
How Innovative Schools Address Social-Emotional Health and Social Media 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Bring your device to this interactive talk as you navigate the do’s and don’ts of complex social situations facing students. You will learn actionable takeaways for empowering students, parents, and educators to navigate social media and technology positively. After three years of working with 60 independent schools, The Social Institute’s Laura Tierney will share a digitized, gamified social media curriculum, created with 40,000 students, that is reshaping the way students learn social-emotional skills. Co-presenters Doreen Kelly (Head of School at Ravenscroft), Colleen Ramsden (Associate Head of School at Ravenscroft), and Kim Perlman (Head of Upper School at Gaston Day) lead this sustainable program at their respective schools.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Describe five growth-minded ways to approach social emotional learning and social media education.
    • Define "positive social media education" and explain how its differs from emphasizing negatives and "don'ts".
    • Explain how to structure a sustainable program that empowers students, parents, and educators.
  • Presenters: Laura Tierney, The Social Institute; Doreen Kelly, Ravenscroft School (NC); Colleen Ramsden, Ravenscroft School (NC); Kim Perlman, Gaston Day School (NC)
The Student Experience
Wonder Workshops: An Opportunity for Students of All Ages to Learn Together 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: What do you wonder about? This simple question is the driving force for learners. Using the most compelling evidence in Mind Brain Education , Wonder Workshops were created to provide students of all ages the opportunity to work together collaboratively and actively on a variety of creative themes. At this workshop, you will learn about one school’s journey toward living the “Think, Make, Improve” philosophy. Student work will be on hand to celebrate the challenges and joys of growing such a program. Resources will be provided and time given for a whole-group share of ideas, plans, and best methods in multiage, multigenerational learning.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Attendees will participate in a short, hands-on collaborative project that mimics a Wonder Workshop.
    • Attendees will receive resources and tips for creating a Wonder Workshop in their own schools.
    • Attendees will leave with new ideas and contacts with the intent of sparking curiosity in multi-age creation.
  • Presenters: Hilarie Hall, Jordan Love, and Justin Pyles, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (MD)
The Classroom Experience
What’s Your Story? Teaching Power, Privilege, and Poverty Through Counterstory 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: In this workshop, you will learn how to help students examine positions of power derived from privilege in order to understand that passivity and complacency are equivalent to active oppression. One way to effect change is through the application of Counterstory methodology in education; this is a tool for exposing, analyzing, and challenging the privilege and dominance subsumed by normative, socially dominant narratives—narratives of race, class, gender, and other core categories that underlie the exercise and maintenance of social power relations. You will explore the concept of Counterstory as a framework for liberation and to promote equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will understand the importance of individual experiences as historical testimonies that our students bring into our schools.
    • Participants will examine the complicated intersections of privilege and marginalization by reviewing dominant narratives that systemically oppress non-dominant groups.
    • Participants will learn to teach students that Counterstory is a vehicle to promote equity and inclusion.
  • Presenters: Cora Antonio, Bellarmine College Preparatory (CA)
The Student Experience
Supporting Student Advocacy on Generational Justice Issues: A Case Study on Climate Action 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Have you been inspired by the School Strike for Climate/March for Our Lives events but want to do more with students than protest? Join two high school climate advocates and their sustainability educators as they outline a case study that examines a process through which student passion can be channeled to make a real and lasting impact on generational justice issues. In this workshop, you will learn how to empower students to make an authentic appeal to state and national elected officials.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • What is the role of Independent Schools in speaking out about national issues?
    • How do you engage the important constituent groups within an independent school in order to speak in one non-partisan voice?
    • How do you support students to channel their passion using authentic methods and placing students in the central leadership role?
  • Presenters: Kelly Castañeda and Nancy Metzger-Carter, Sonoma Academy (CA)
The Student Experience
Listen Up: Using Student Voice to Improve Well-Being and Increase Engagement in Learning 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: What are your students saying that you haven’t heard (yet)? In this session, you will learn how to listen more deeply to students’ experiences in order to make data-driven changes that increase well-being and academic engagement. This interactive workshop highlights one school’s journey to elevate student voice and authentically include students in the change process. You will explore multiple methods for collecting student voice data and using it to engage all stakeholders to identify and implement meaningful changes to school culture and instructional practices. The session will be led by students and administrators from Kent Denver School and their partners from Stanford’s Challenge Success.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn why incorporating student experience data greatly improves any practice or policy changes through a school case study.
    • Through an interactive process, participants will explore how to collect and apply data reflecting student experience to address identified problems.
    • Participants will hear directly from students how to include students at their schools for meaningful engagement.
  • Presenters: Eric Chandler, Emerson Damiano, and Vanessa Chavez, Kent Denver School (CO); Jennifer Villeneuve and Jon Kleiman, Challenge Success, Stanford University
The Student Experience
Approaching Resilience in Independent Schools With Data On Demand 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Students at high-achieving schools are often particularly successful, but they may also experience the negative effects of stress, anxiety, and depression. At this session, you will learn about the modifiable aspects of student life that can be used to improve well-being and how evidence-based methods of data collection have been used to inform school programs. You will explore a case study example of how school administrators have used data to improve student health, consider the benefits of taking a data-driven approach, and discuss the potential challenges of program implementation.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the psychological challenges faced by students at high achieving schools.
    • Learn how one school has used data to inform and design well-being programs.
    • Explore practices and strategies used to identify and prioritize the modifiable aspects of student life.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Suniya Luthar and Nina Kumar, Authentic Connections; Lars Kuelling, The Harley School (NY)
The Student Experience
We Admitted a Diverse Student Body, Now What? Addressing the Needs of African American Students 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: Independent schools have worked to increase the representation of students of color; yet less attention has been devoted to creating culturally inclusive schoool contexts. In this multimodal presentation, you will learn about findings from a qualitative study that examined the social and cultural experiences of African American students and families in independent school settings. You will explore the implications for working more effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families. This session will include a PowerPoint presentation, a detailed model for promoting the socio-emotional and academic functioning of African American students, and relevant resources.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will be able to identify the socio-emotional and educational experiences of students matriculating in independent schools.
    • Participants will be able to articulate strategies for creating socially just and inclusive school climates.
    • Participants will be able to identify strategies for engaging students and families of color.
  • Presenters: Norma Day-Vines and Valaida Wise, Johns Hopkins University
The Student Experience
Trumped? When Culture and Strategy Conflict, Which Trumps? 5 Friday, February 28,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Summary: All of us—heads, trustees, administrators, and faculty leaders—have seen our carefully thought-through plans wrecked when they came into contact and conflict with a culture within our school that sees every idea as a challenge. At this session, we will unpack the elements of planning to see what we can do to address these cultural issues effectively.
  • Block: 5 (Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Creating a planning process that acknowledges and respects the fear that change also means loss for someone.
    • Each situation will need objective analysis because the same approach is certain to fail at least some of the time.
    • We need to learn how to define what it means to succeed when we are planning.
  • Presenters: Terrence Briggs, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP; Michael Walker, San Francisco Day School (CA); Debra Wilson, Southern Association of Independent Schools
Management
A Healthy Approach to College Admissions: What Administrators, Educators, and Trustees Need to Know On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The college admissions process can be a major source of stress and anxiety for students and may contribute to overload and exhaustion. How can administrators, educators, and trustees support the work of the college counseling office to debunk unhealthy myths about college outcomes? In this research-based workshop, you will examine whether your current school mission, values, and practices align with the school’s messages about college success. You will learn strategies to create a unified school culture that values student health, engagement, and a balanced approach to the college search process that supports student readiness for life in college and beyond.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn research-based findings on the relationship between college selectivity and future outcomes including learning, job satisfaction, and well-being.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of the value and meaning of engagement in college and high school.
    • Learn practical strategies to align school culture with a balanced college counseling philosophy to support student well-being and readiness.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Gabrielle McColgan, Castilleja School (CA); Denise Pope, Stanford University
The Student Experience
Revive ... Don’t Reinvent: Revitalize Your School’s Brand Without Revamping Its Culture 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Branding is about making emotional connections and telling compelling stories. It doesn’t have to feel like a blind leap from a cliff that requires you to leave behind the values, culture, and history of your school. It is entirely possible to redefine your unique school in a fresh, exciting, and distinctive way while remaining authentic to who you are and what you stand for. This workshop is not a step-by-step rebranding “how-to” but rather a collaborative approach to determining what your school expects from your rebranding and how to galvanize your community as ambassadors in the process.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Determine your school’s goals for rebranding and create a blueprint for success, including a strategy to build consensus for change.
    • Find ways to strategically and creatively “re-imagine” what is valued and honored in your community to tell a powerful story.
    • Look beyond competing schools to help you develop your brand, and create an implementation plan to cultivate buy-in and enthusiasm.
  • Presenters: Laura Konigsberg and Courtney Baker, Turning Point School (CA)
Communications and Advancement
Sustaining Independent Schools Online and On Campus in 2020 and Beyond 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Demographic changes, affordability challenges, and evolving family expectations mean that independent schools need to streamline their marketing strategies on- and off-line to stay competitive. At this session, you will join Pat Bassett and Jon Moser to learn the tools you need for success with a look at trends driving changes in the classroom, in hiring, and in parent engagement. You will explore innovative ideas for growing revenue; new ways to share your value online with right-fit families; how personalizing the family experience can set you apart; and how marketing tools like inbound marketing and artificial intelligence can boost productivity and save your budget.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how to overcome challenges facing independent schools
    • Gain tips for marketing actions to drive enrollment and parent, staff and alumni engagement
    • Discover tools and methodologies to boost marketing efficiency and effectiveness and Learn ways to grow revenue besides tuition/advancement
  • Presenters: Jon Moser, Finalsite; Pat Bassett, Heads Up Educational Consulting
Communications and Advancement
Interim Head of School: An Emerging Need for Independent Schools 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Transitions in the leadership of independent schools seem to be occurring with a regularity that invites consideration of engaging an interim head of school. An experienced interim head of 12 engagements will target two groups: trustees considering an interim head and heads of schools considering taking on the role. In this session, you will explore the challenges and benefits of having or being an interim head, with the takeaway of understanding how a year of interim leadership can provide an opportunity to inventory practices, personnel, and procedures in preparation for naming a permanent head of school.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Familiarize Trustees with the unique aspects of the role of an Interim Head.
    • Share experiences, observations from having served as Interim Head in 11 different schools.
    • Providing resource information for Heads of School who might consider taking the position.
  • Presenters: Timothy Burns, The Tatnall School (DE)
Governance
Creating an Effective Support and Evaluation Process for a New Head of School On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: In this interactive workshop, you will hear about the journey of The Philadelphia School (TPS) to create a formal head of school evaluation process. In anticipation of the arrival of a new head, TPS spent a year creating a process focused on the support, growth, and development of a new head. Learn how the board governance committee led the work in creating this evaluation process that includes creation of a head of school support and evaluation committee, interviews of direct reports, use of BoardSource’s Head of School Assessment for Independent Schools, and a head of school self-reflection.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to create a successful support system for a new head of school
    • How to create a formal evaluation process for a head of school
    • How to include the head of school in an evaluative process
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Lisa Sun and Derek Jokelson, The Philadelphia School (PA)
Governance
The Educator as Learner: Teaching and Leading in a School That LEARNS 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: How do adults learn best? How does this learning impact how they develop as teachers? How do schools need to change in order to support educator-learners more effectively? In this session, you will learn how to cultivate and actively design a school that LEARNS. This workshop shifts from professional development to a focus on professional learning.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How might schools function as “organizations that build in continuous learning” for faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and Board members?
    • How can school leaders cultivate a school learning culture that is as educator-centered in service of educator and student learning?
    • How might DEI and anti-oppression work be embedded in such continuous professional learning?
  • Presenters: Nicole Furlonge, The Klingenstein Center, Columbia University
Leadership Development
Am I Lost, or Am I Searching? Reflective Exercises for Journeys of Transition 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: If you’re embarking on a transition or just dreaming of “what ifs,” this workshop will help change those moments of doubt into fertile, life-changing reflection when you ask searching questions that really matter: Who do I want to be? What is my authentic voice? What truly calls to me? Drawing on the work and wisdom of educators and poets Parker Palmer, Judy Brown, David Whyte, and even Confucius, this workshop will use guided, personal reflection in partnership with thoughtful, small-group conversation to help you listen carefully to your inner self and shift your mindset from “lost” to “searching.”
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • To embrace the periods of doubt that accompany a life or job transition as periods of fertile and critical reflection.
    • To utilize and receive powerful reflective tools to harness your own inner narrative or yearnings.
    • To use open and honest conversation to glean personal essential questions and self-discovery.
  • Presenters: Shu Shu Costa, Moorestown Friends School (NJ); Deborra Sines Pancoe, Friends Council on Education
Leadership Development
Equity and Inclusion Leadership for the 21st Century On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The conversation about diversity in schools has changed over the past two decades. It is no longer just about food, fabric, and festivals—it is about sustaining communities that value inclusion, equity, and justice. This shift also means that the skills required of diversity leaders have changed to be more data-driven, scholarship-based, and managerial. In this session, you will learn about the skills that are needed for effective equity and inclusion leadership and those that are needed to support equity and inclusion leadership.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Cultural competency skills for administrators
    • how to support equity and inclusion leaders
    • understanding current skills needed for effective equity and inclusion work
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Stephanie Bramlett, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
Leadership Development
The Planning Is Finished, Now What? Aligning Strategy and Practice On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: So much energy and capital are expended by boards and school heads on the creation of a strategic plan. Yet, many plans then languish under their own weight, the daunting task of implementation falling prey to the day-to-day challenges in schools. In this workshop, you will focus on the management of plan implementation once the governance work is largely finished. Using case studies, participants’ anecdotes, and research on best practices, this workshop will provide you with approaches for ensuring that aspirational strategic priorities in your school are realized.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • to leave participants with concrete strategies for ensuring successful implementation of strategic plan goals
    • to empower school leadership and personnel to keep strategic priorities in the daily conversations in their schools
    • to leave participants with a fresh perspective on aligning strategic thinking and implementation of goals in daily practice
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Kendall Cameron, West Nottingham Academy (MD); Vince Watchorn, The Providence Country Day School (RI)
Management
Learning Walks—Connecting Teachers and Advancing Your Mission 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Do your teachers feel disconnected from their colleagues? Are you trying to find ways to align your curriculum and community expectations school-wide? Learn how to implement a Learning Walk or Educational Rounds program at your school. This workshop will give you an opportunity to imagine how connecting teachers and administrators across divisions, content areas, and grade levels can develop a culture of unity, transparency, and alignment. You will be provided with templates, examples, and the logistical overview of a program that can be developed to meet the specific needs of your school.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to imagine a Learning Walk program
    • How to implement a Learning Walk program
    • Potential outcomes for Learning Walks
  • Presenters: Amanda Carter, Noble Academy (NC)
Leadership Development
The Enrollment Experience Reimagined: From Admissions to Ex-Missions and Beyond On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Enrollment extends well beyond signing a contract and sending in a deposit. Are you mindful of your families’ “enrollment experience”? What strategies do you employ to ensure that families feel valued throughout the process, from admissions to ex-missions and beyond? How do you convey to your families that they are authentically important to you? In this interactive session, you will receive specific tools, all grounded in “customer service” and best practices, that will make a lasting impact on your families, increasing retention across grade levels in a sustainable way.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain a concrete and working understanding of the value of adding an explicit “service” component to the entire enrollment process.
    • Comprehensive toolkit that can be implemented immediately upon return, enhancing the “customer experience” from start to finish and beyond.
    • Core components of a robust alumni program will also be explored.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Carrie Kries and Audra Walsh, Gladwyne Montessori (PA)
Management
After the Diversity Training: Assessing, Supporting, and Sustaining Instructional Fidelity in the Culturally Responsive Classroom On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: How do we bridge the gap between professional development offerings and the meaningful translation of theory and research into innovative curriculum planning and inclusive pedagogy? In this session, you will learn how one instructional leadership team is developing tools to formally establish cultural competency as a critical instructional component, describe ideal practitioner implementation, and offer a framework to strategically document observable teacher behaviors and deepen emerging proficiencies. You will gain familiarity with assessment tools and implementation strategies, engage in self-reflection to identify both personal and institutional strengths/growth areas, and work collaboratively to explore the potential impact of instructional fidelity frameworks on your school community.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will: Identify markers of culturally responsive praxis and create action plans to support equitable instruction skills and cultural literacy,
    • Discover fidelity tools and frameworks designed to support instructional leaders and classroom teachers invested in ensuring cultural competency, and
    • Engage in guided self-reflection and collaborative discussion to explicitly connect workshop content to individual and institutional needs and growth plans
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Penn Pritchard, AIM Academy (PA)
The Classroom Experience
Design Thinking in Early Childhood: They Can Do It, Too! 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: The idea of tackling Design Thinking with young children can make even a seasoned teacher sweat. But early childhood is a natural time to encourage Design Thinking and innovation. This hands-on workshop will help you guide young students through design challenges to develop perseverance and problem-solving skills. Takeaways include sample lessons that offer an easy way to get started, with opportunities for expansion and different pathways for solutions.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Describe the five-stage Design Thinking model proposed by the Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school).
    • Prepare learning opportunities for young children to use the Design Thinking model.
    • Design and construct a prototype for a given design challenge.
  • Presenters: Leigh Keener, Episcopal Collegiate School (AR)
The Classroom Experience
Improv Comedy in the Classroom: The Transformative Power of “Yes, And” On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: This session is an immersive, hands-on workshop demonstrating how the techniques used in improv comedy can aid in classroom management, relationship building, project brainstorming, and much more. You’ll leave this high-energy session with a toolbox of new ideas that you can bring into your classroom or office right away.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the basics of improv comedy and why it belongs in your school.
    • Practice some basic improv exercises that you can bring into your classroom or office.
    • Imagine how improv fits on your campus through design thinking-inspired protocols.
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Tyler Benedict, The Miami Valley School (OH)
The Classroom Experience
The Whole Child for the Whole Arc: Seven Years From Skills to Mastery 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Believing that students learn and perform best when they work toward public demonstrations of what they know and what they love, Watkinson School has constructed a program of interlocking, developmentally appropriate exhibitions at grades 8, 10, and 12. In this workshop, you will learn about the school’s logical progression from middle school through high school graduation, in which students practice and hone their mastery of written self-reflection, digital design and execution, and verbal and nonverbal presentation skills. This arc moves students through skills-based demonstrations in eighth grade; metacognitive self-reflection in 10th grade; and individually designed, juried, hour-long senior exhibitions.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will learn about Watkinson’s seven year Exhibitions arc.
    • Participants will break down and consider developmentally appropriate steps towards public demonstration of personal passions and 21st-century skills.
    • Participants will begin to apply these ideas and structures to their own students and schools.
  • Presenters: Christina Bernbach and Ryan Reese, Watkinson School (CT)
The Classroom Experience
Fostering Civic Engagement in a New Generation of Students 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Many schools have recognized the critical need to foster a sense of civic engagement in our students. The Seven Hills School has introduced a series of annual Civic Engagement Seminars that will immerse students in exploring root causes and potential solutions to some of the most challenging issues facing our world today. This collaborative, hands-on workshop will give you a better understanding of the landscape of civic engagement initiatives in independent schools. You will leave with a toolkit of ways to effect programmatic change at your own school.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Participants will better understand why and how to foster civic engagement among their students.
    • Participants will understand our model for promoting civic engagement and will develop a model for their own schools.
    • Participants will better understand how to lead others in effecting a programmatic change in their schools.
  • Presenters: Matthew Bolton and Nick Francis, The Seven Hills School (OH)
The Classroom Experience
Digital Humanities Are the New STEM: The Marriage of Liberal Arts, Technology, and Educational Design 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: As the STEM trend slowly plateaus, humanities teachers are the marshals of the new economy. The liberal arts are in demand for college and careers because Digital Humanities blend the best of publishing, dialogue, and transliteracy. Do schools really need a “tech integrator” or “computer instructor” anymore? Those titles rely on last-decade understandings of how teachers actually use technology. A digital framework of English and social studies sees integration, feedback, and sharing as interwoven in student learning. In this session, you will explore 20 examples of coding, social media, and technological tools that reimagine what liberal arts looks like in an always-on world.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How to rethink the traditional framework of student skills in Humanities, and how that impacts the notion of separate “departments”
    • How to implement a new learning matrix that combines digital practice with contemporary curricula, up-to-date tools, and desired outcomes
    • How to refocus the centers of learning in terms of access and availability for students’ self-directed productivity
  • Presenters: Mercer Hall, Patricia Russac, and Natasha Chadha, Buckley Country Day School (NY)
The Classroom Experience
Somebody Else’s Shoes: Promoting Empathy in a Disconnected Age On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: A substantial and growing body of research suggests that a child’s emotional intelligence (EQ), the ability to accurately identify emotions and adroitly navigate emotion-governed interactions, strongly predicts success in a number of life areas, notably including school. In this session, you will participate in a lively dialogue about what every educator should know about the “anchor” EQ disposition of empathy—the ability to feel with another—and its development, expression, and viability in the digital age. You’ll leave with a renewed commitment to carefully tend to the empathic lives of learners and to employ empathic responses to strengthen relationships and improve academic and socio-emotional outcomes.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understanding of the cognitive and affective bases for empathy and the accompanying neuroscience
    • Appreciation for the pro-social benefits of strong empathy and the anti-social drawbacks of low empathy
    • Modeling empathic response and organizing curriculum and pedagogy to support empathic development
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Bart Bronk, University Liggett School (MI)
The Student Experience
Stories Matter: Using Literature as the Catalyst for Meaningful and Mindful Student Activism On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: What if students read and analyzed their local communities the same way they read and analyze Shakespeare? What if they leveraged this critical analysis to brainstorm, develop, and execute purposeful solutions to neighborhood challenges? In this workshop, you will learn about the New Community Project, a year-long social impact course that uses the study of literature as the foundation for social activism. Along with reading traditional texts, students partner with a local nonprofit organization, which they analyze as a “living text.” By juxtaposing “living texts” with traditional texts, the New Community Project inspires students to learn, practice, and build solutions around the language of empathy.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Discuss how to create safe spaces for students to wrestle with and build tangible solutions for pressing local challenges.
    • Explore how to leverage traditional pedagogical structures to create innovative 21st century learning opportunities
    • Brainstorm how independent schools be more of a community resource for local non-profit organizations?
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Chidi Asoluka, Horace Mann School (NY)
The Student Experience
Scaffolding Leadership Development in High Schools 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Student leadership plays a critical role in our high school programs, but how do you cultivate this skillset/mindset among students? In this session, you will discover how carefully scaffolded experiences in the ninth through 12th grades can foster critical skills and student self-awareness. Come ready to assume the role of student and engage in self-assessment, interactive simulations, and thoughtful reflection. Together we’ll explore the ways we can teach leadership to high school students of all ages. We will model activities and programming from our ninth and 12th grade Peer Leadership Program and 10th grade leadership course.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the benefits of implementing a multi-year leadership program that focuses on personal reflection.
    • Develop ideas for activities that promote student self awareness that faculty can facilitate with their own students.
    • Share leadership development programs and ideas that have worked with colleagues.
  • Presenters: Meredith Godley and Christopher Kimberly, Moorestown Friends School (NJ)
The Student Experience
Creating Inclusive Environments for Transgender and Non-Binary Students in Middle and Lower School On Demand 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: You consider your school to be an inclusive space, but you want to do better with supporting transgender and non-binary students in your lower and middle schools. Where do you start, and what can your school do to include students of all gender identities? What are the first steps, how do you educate your faculty and community, and what role can students play in these efforts? How can you respond effectively to resistance and pushback? In this workshop, the Friends Council on Education brings you a panel of experienced Friends school educators to share their extensive work in creating safe and supportive environments.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Review and understand the steps and models for introducing supportive policy and practice into elementary and middle schools
    • Learn techniques for 1)educating faculty and school community; 2) student engagement in GSAs, student action groups and curricular elements.
    • Learn techniques for responding to pushback and resistance effectively
  • Type: On Demand
  • Presenters: Betsy Torg, Friends Council on Education; Kiri Harris, Greene Street Friends School (PA); Kimberly Clarkson, Moorestown Friends School (NJ); Rachel Kane, Sidwell Friends School (DC); Jason Craige Harris, Friends Seminary (NY)
The Student Experience
Tech With Heart: Using Technology to Bring Compassion Back Into the Classroom 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Academic-related anxiety is common in high-achieving and struggling classrooms alike. How can teachers calm students’ fears and empower them as learners? In this session, you will learn how to leverage technology to empower student voice, ease anxiety, and create compassionate classrooms. By intentionally integrating technology into lessons, teachers can create more time for one-on-one interaction, quickly see where students are struggling, and give all students (even the introverts and those who need more time to process) the opportunity to share their voice. This session will highlight how to embrace edtech to humanize modern learning and help all learners thrive.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How can teachers leverage technology to reduce stress in the most rigorous classes, both in the classroom and in homework?
    • How can teachers give all students (the introverts, those who need time to process) the opportunity to share their voice?
    • How can teachers open up the time and space in their classroom for one-on-one interactions to deepen the teacher-student relationship?
  • Presenters: Stacey Roshan, Bullis School (MD)
The Student Experience
How to Prevent (or Prevail in) Litigation With Difficult Parents: Head’s and Legal Counsel’s Tips and Traps 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Experienced school counsel Sara Schwartz and Fay School Head Robert Gustavson will facilitate a lively, interactive session about lessons learned from successfully prevailing in a multiple-year federal court litigation involving a student’s alleged “wi-fi allergy.” Using a case study approach, the presenters will outline strategies for preventing (or prevailing in) litigation—whether based on a challenging student/family complaint, alleged environmental hazard, demand for ADA accommodations, or alleged violations of the student handbook. You will learn the tips and traps for fostering a collaborative approach among the board, head, and counsel to engage in effective risk management.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Preventing (and prevailing in) litigation with challenging parents
    • (1) Board, Head of School, and legal counsel collaboration in risk management
    • (1) Infrastructure Tips and Traps: Student Handbook, Enrollment Agreement, and more
  • Presenters: Sara Goldsmith Schwartz, Schwartz Hannum PC; Robert J. Gustavson, Jr., Fay School (MA)
Management
Finally! Faculty Growth and Evaluation That Works 6 Friday, February 28,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Summary: Every school must be able to answer the question, “How do we ensure that we have a great faculty to deliver our mission with excellence and ultimately increase student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm?” Many schools use traditional teacher evaluation systems to accomplish this goal, but these methods often fail to accurately identify effectiveness in the classroom or drive professional development. In this session, you will learn about a new paradigm of evaluation and professional growth and leave with a new way to enhance student performance.
  • Block: 6 (Friday, February 28, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
  • Category: One-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand why traditional teacher evaluation hasn’t worked.
    • Discover what is needed now to stay ahead in today’s competitive market.
    • Learn the fundamental principles of a new Faculty Growth and Evaluation Framework.
  • Presenters: Mike Gwaltney, Rocky Hill School (RI); Barbara Beachley, ISM
Management