Two-Hour Workshops

All times Eastern

These deep-dive, engaging workshops are offered only on Wednesday, February 24. They require pre-registration and cost $30.

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

Title Block Time Summary Track
W06. Technology: Understanding Its Impact Before, During, and After COVID – 19 Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: Technology today is ubiquitous and inescapable. As educators, we must constantly evaluate the role that technology plays in the lives of the students and families in our school community and understand its impact on functioning and wellness. The global pandemic of COVID-19 presented an unwelcome yet necessary increase in technology engagement and dependence to a new generation of learners (and educators), where promoting digital citizenship and student responsibility became a necessary tool in an educator’s toolbox. From preschool to high school, participants will learn developmentally appropriate edcuational strategies where technology serves as an enhancement rather than an intrusion.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the social, psychological and behavioral impact of technology and the myths of "screen time."
    • Identify what we have learned about technology and functioning from the COVID-19 distance-learning experience.
    • Integrate our understanding of technology and functioning into the educational strategy of our school community.
  • Presenters: Eli Shapiro, Lawrence Woodmere Academy (NY).
The Student Experience
W01. Activating Female Leadership to Get Through the Door: Mentors, Sponsors, Role Models Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: Women. Identity. Leadership. With a record number of heads set to retire in the next decade, this workshop will offer women pathways to positions of leadership in schools, including the headship. Showing up as a female in leadership can provide challenge...and opportunity. And showing up as a female of color, even more so. As three women leaders and one organizational consultant, we will share our own stories and our hopes for the legacy of women in leadership to equip other women with advice, wisdom, strategies, and support for their own leadership journeys.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify your leadership style to maximize opportunities to lead in your school and model high quality female leadership for children.
    • Identify your opportunities to mentor and sponsor or be mentored or sponsored by local leaders in your area.
    • Identify the ways that women learn to lead by constituent group: students, faculty, peers, parents, board of trustees.
  • Presenters: Ruth Bissell, San Francisco Day School (CA); Nisa Frank, Prospect Sierra School (CA); Debbie Freed, Debbie Freed & Associates; Kathleen McNamara, The Seven Hills School (CA).
Leadership Development
W07. Wired and Connected: Understanding and Supporting Each Unique Student's Social, Emotional and Behavioral Brain Development Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: This brain-based workshop will help participants understand the three brain areas that make up a student's (Pre-HS) unique social brain. Using easy-to-understand concepts and terminology, participants will be able to apply these in their classroom and counseling offices. By teaching the concepts to students, you increase student ownership and self-efficacy over their emotional and pro-social development. The Child Support System provides guidelines for how to teach and support each child's distinct needs, based on that child's unique social brain configuration. Also included will be a look at these concepts in relation to AD/HD, mood disorders and ASD.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the three key brain areas related to a child's unique social brain.
    • Learn activities and language for teaching these concepts to students.
    • Utilize the Child Support System for planning unique support needs for each student.
  • Presenters: Craig Knippenberg, St. Anne's Episcopal School (CO).
The Student Experience
W02. Big Challenges/Bold Action: Pressing the Accelerator, Not the Brakes on School Change Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: Miss Porter’s School spent two years imagining and designing bold initiatives that fundamentally restructure the learning experience while enhancing the long-term sustainability of their finances and admissions. Then, in the shut-down spring of 2020, rather than retreating to a place of comfort, they accelerated by rapidly converting those initiatives into school-wide changes that reimagine some of the foundational nature and role of “school." Attendees will work with the Miss Porter’s leadership team in order to learn how they, too, can accelerate sustainable, value-rich innovation in their own schools, particularly in times when rapid change is not optional.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • How an independent school community can successfully execute transformative change that will improve education and increase long-term sustainability.
    • How many elements of a traditional school operating system can and should be changed simultaneously rather than over time.
    • Why disruption should be a catalyst for accelerated change rather than a retreat into fear of change.
  • Presenters: Katherine Windsor, Timothy Quinn, Sophie Paris, Miss Porter's School (CT); Grant Lichtman, Consultant.
The Classroom Experience
W05. Strategic Design for Community Activation Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: This session will guide each attendee through a strategic design process that will build on their school's identity and philosophy, as well as the strengths of their community. We will share Winchester Thurston's journey in developing strategic priorities that challenge us to Reimagine Learning, Rethink Time: Space, Strengthen Community, and Support Employees. We will also share details of our City as Our Campus program by providing a toolkit of resources. This session will be a shared learning experience that will result in a community of educators dedicated to the idea of independent schools as active partners in vibrant communities.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn how community-based learning programs can engage students in the community through meaningful and impactful learning experiences.
    • Find strategies to identify strengths and opportunities of your school and community.
    • Participate in strategic design activities that serve as a framework to start to identify priorities and continue the work post-conference.
  • Presenters: Adam Nye, Scott Fech, Winchester Thurston School (PA).
Leadership Development
W04. Reflective Structured Dialogue: Designing Conversations for Equity, Complexity and Connection in Classrooms and Online Spaces Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: How do we have conversations that create equity and make space for marginalized voices on campuses and in online classrooms? Reflective Structured Dialogue is an approach to dialogue that provides a trauma-informed container for deeply complex, potentially controversial and possibly emotional conversations to occur in a way that invites understanding and connection. Participants will experience Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD) and learn how the components invite a stronger sense of belonging, more social cohesion and increased trust and understanding in classrooms. You will leave having learned the essential components of RSD and its applications for use in your online classrooms or on your school campuses.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Gain an experiential understanding of Reflective Structured Dialogue.
    • Understand the theory behind and examples of design decisions that disrupt destructive patterns of communication and promote equitable engagement.
    • Tools, practices and structures that contribute to building a dialogue space with equity of voice, deep listening, empathy and reflection.
  • Presenters: Danielle Johnson-Webb, Cary Academy (NC); Nadiya Brock, Essential Partners.
The Student Experience
W03. Bridging the Gap Between the Admission, Retention, and Re-Engagement of Students and Alumni of Color Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: This workshop will explore the significance of creating authentic institutional bonds (virtual and in-person) with students and alumni of color and the value of integrating the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion; admission/enrollment; and advancement. This model is designed to be used as the foundation for a universal approach to relationships with any and all school stakeholders. This workshop will be facilitated in three parts to allow for a deeper dive into the subtopics.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine the role of Enrollment Management in building relationships with students of color.
    • Highlight the benefits of an intersectional relationship between the offices of Enrollment Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Advancement.
    • Demystify the work of Enrollment Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Advancement for students, families, and alumni of color.
  • Presenters: Lauren Lewis, Foxcroft School (VA); Anika Walker-Johnson, Germantown Academy (PA).
Leadership Development
W08. Hopes and Fears: Working with Today’s Independent School Parents Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: For years, schools everywhere have reported growing concern about how to deal with parents, who are more anxious about their children’s achievement, more reluctant for them to encounter any disappointment, and more willing to second-guess, criticize, and pressure teachers and coaches. Drawing on their brand-new NAIS book, Hopes and Fears: Working with Today’s Independent School Parents, Rob Evans and Michael Thompson will offer participants a basic toolkit for managing the majority of parents and an advanced toolkit for the managing the most demanding and difficult ones. The workshop is designed for both for teachers and administrators. Rob and Michael are both psychologists and school consultants, authors, and former teachers and former child and family therapists. Between them, they have consulted to 2,000 schools, including more than 700 independent schools.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Robert Evans, The Human Relations Service; Michael Thompson, consultant, author and psychologist
The Student Experience
W09. MWe The People of New Roads: The Antidote to Institutional Racism and the Climate Crisis Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: New Roads School cultivates a climate and culture that liberates the potential of each student and helps them grow into global citizens who embrace and respect the inherent worth and dignity of the full spectrum of humanity and our earth. New Roads School’s collaboration with Dan Siegel grounded our integrative educational model in interpersonal neuroscience, enabling us to more intentionally actualize and map our empathic and compassionate intellectual habitat. This generative learning community cultivates in young people an awareness of the interconnected nature of reality, their interconnected and emergent identity (MWe) and the tools to disrupt systems of inequality and to build a more just and sustainable future.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Presenters: Luthern Williams, Mark Vickers-Willis, Daniela Pennise, Mario Johonson, New Roads School (CA), Daniel Siegel, Mindsight Institute.
The Student Experience
Klingenstein + NAIS Seminar: The Future of Headship Two-Hour Workshop Wednesday, February 24,
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Summary: In this interactive session hosted by the Klingenstein Center and NAIS, we will explore the forces defining the future of headship and the implications for both current and aspiring school leaders. Data from several NAIS studies, including factors that impact leadership sustainability and why boards hire heads of school will also be presented. Using the OECD Learning Framework 2030, participants will engage in small group activities to examine the behaviors and knowledge needed to lead independent schools in the future. Finally, participants will examine their own leadership practice through this lens and create a professional development plan to address areas of potential growth.
  • Block: Two-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
  • Category: Two-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Use data-informed thinking about leadership, specifically Headship
    • Understand 21st century and current leadership habits that schools and leaders need
    • Explore future thinking and design thinking approaches towards informed action
      Reflect on personal leadership development and areas of growth
  • Presenters: Anne-Marie Balzano, NAIS; Nicole L.B. Furlonge, Klingenstein Center