Three-Hour Workshops

All times Eastern


These deep-dive, engaging workshops are offered only on Wednesday, March 2, from 1:30-4:30 PM ET. They require pre-registration and cost $30 for members and $45 for non-members.


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

Title Block Time Summary Track
Students Deserve More: One School's Bold, Systemic Approach to Building a PK-12 Human Sexuality Program Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: Amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic and societal upheaval during the summer of 2020, Philadelphia's William Penn Charter School was reminded that it is not immune, as students and alumni shared critical views regarding the school's programs and practices around race, gender equity, and sexual consent. Determined to grow from these revelations, community members launched an ongoing, school-wide examination of underlying issues and blind spots and have designed a process for building a comprehensive PK-12 Human Sexuality Curriculum. Join us to get a roadmap to begin your own exploratory process and help your school address this unique moment.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Interact with presenters to envision a mission-driven, multilevel approach for genuine, comprehensive curriculum change.
    • Explore engaging and inclusive approaches for gathering meaningful community input to build buy-in and momentum for an initiative.
    • Learn about best practices and essential elements in designing a comprehensive, school-wide, human sexuality curriculum.
  • Presenters: David Brightbill, John Estok, Alyson Goodner, and Emma Cohen Westbrooke, William Penn Charter School (PA); Deborah Roffman, The Park School of Baltimore (MD)
The Classroom Experience
Your Female Leadership Journey in Independent Schools: Find Mentors and Sponsors Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: The legacy of women in independent schools is still being written. There are many opportunities to be a student of leadership at every level in your school. Come for honest conversation about ways women lead, cultivate a leadership style, and build teams. Hear four female administrators at different ages and stages in their careers share insights regarding what keeps us from our seat at the table, where to look for mentors and sponsors, and how to model female leadership for our students. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and kinship of the work we do!
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • 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: faculty and staff, peer administrators, parents, trustees, students.
    • Identify your leadership strengths and what skills you might need to grow for a future leadership role.
  • Presenters: Kathleen McNamara, The Seven Hills School (CA); Ruth Bissell, San Francisco Day School (CA); Stephanie Leung, Mirman School (CA); Colleen Schilly, Hillbrook School (CA)
Leadership Development
Practicing Together: Navigating Conversations About Anti-Racism with Students and Adults Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: Educators, school administrators, or parents engaged in social justice conversations with young people, join us to get a social justice toolkit, an experience through film, and the invaluable wisdom that comes through the experiential practice of vulnerability in difficult conversations. As author Brené Brown reflects, we must be brave, awkward, and kind. Take this opportunity to be brave, awkward, kind, and more. Leave with new insights into talking about race with children and adults, strategies to use in any challenging conversation, and an electronic publication with resources to use back at school.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Practice the framework for having conversations that promote anti-racism with children and adults.
    • Practice how to manage your own blindspots and experiences when engaged in anti-racism.
    • Gain the skills and confidence to continue the work beyond the workshop.
  • Presenters: Carol Swainson, San Francisco Schoolhouse (CA); Jen Cort, Jen Cort Consulting
The Student Experience
Building Teams, Breaking Paradigms: Human-Centered Approaches for Implementing Mastery Learning Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: Are you an educational leader either looking to get started or full steam ahead on the mastery journey? Are you interested in student learning that is grounded in equity, belonging, relevancy, agency, and transferability? Do you seek a team to support your change-management initiatives needed for a mastery-based future? Even though mastery provides schools with a clear system and pathway directed at purposeful, equitable learning, shifting from the current factory-model educational system and breaking an entrenched paradigm requires vigilance. Join our session to build communal efficacy and a cultural stamina for embracing a systemic mastery (r)evolution.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Where is your school in the mastery transition/implementation and what are your next steps for moving your community forward?
    • What strategies for paradigm-shifting and team-building may be most effective given your school, culture, context and role?
    • How does challenged-based/mastery learning implementation intersect with and bolster your school's emphasis on equity?
  • Presenters: Julia Griffin, Hawken School (OH); Regan Galvan, Vista Mar School (CA); Mike Peller, White Mountain School (NH); Derek Kanarek, Catlin Gabel School (OR); Zac Carr, Nueva School (CA)
Leadership Development
Building a Pedagogy of Belonging Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: Belonging is the fact and feeling of being seen, heard, affirmed, respected, appreciated, and supported within a community. Teachers of all subjects and grade levels, join us to learn tools to design personally and culturally affirming learning experiences. Then, learn to create lessons that use four structural elements that foster belonging: (1) eliciting meaningful contributions from every learner, (2) ensuring all learners share their ideas knowing they'll be listened to, (3) fostering learners’ appreciation for themselves and one another, and (4) facilitating the use of the learning for values-consistent action.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Judge whether learning resources will have personal and cultural relevance in students' lives.
    • Use deictic questions to help students connect the content to sources of meaning in their lives.
    • Use protocols to create structural belonging in the classroom.
  • Presenters: Lauren Porosoff, EMPOWER Forwards
The Classroom Experience
Systemic Racial Equity, Not Rhetoric: Examining Strategies for, and Consequences of, Hiring with Cultural Competence Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: Focus on ways to restructure hiring processes to actually build anti-racist equity and retain and reward those working for social justice within the school community. This work is urgent if we intend to teach our students to be ethical leaders. Any façade of “diversity” rhetoric must give way to effective systemic change for racial equity or risk reinforcing a racist climate. Join us for opportunities to identify practices for attracting, hiring, and supporting the best culturally competent candidates for all positions, reinforcing anti-racist equity as both an ongoing institutional imperative and a collective responsibility.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Examine and practice methods to identify relevant culturally competent knowledge and skill sets for a given position.
    • Examine and discuss ways to attract the best culturally competent candidates and to build application rubrics to evaluate these skills.
    • Identify effective questions for providing comparable candidate data on relevant culturally competent knowledge and skills, and methods for response evaluation.
  • Presenters: Cris Cullinan, Actual Leadership in Vital Equity (ALIVE); Amani Reed, The School at Columbia University (NY); Kalyan Balaven, The Dunn School (CA); Emma Coddington, Willamette University; Ruth Jurgensen, Prep for Prep
Leadership Development
The Long Walk: Lasting Change in an Insta Culture Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: Join this hands-on opportunity to engage closely with a series of case studies that highlight contemporary controversies in efforts toward justice in independent schools. Through challenging interactivity with these materials, collaboratively explore the hard and vulnerable work of the long walk to freedom. The case studies offer an array of understandings to stimulate multimodal discussions of curriculum that grows over time, conversations that enact change, the ways we can all rise together, and how we confront alternative truths and advantageous fabrications.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Closely examine a series of issues and work collaboratively to present possible solutions.
    • Reflect on your collaboration to better understand change and the micro-goals necessary to make lasting impact.
    • Walk away with clear, pragmatic interventions for your community and classroom developed in the workshop.
  • Presenters: Clare Hammoor and Heather Mock, Compositive Primary (CO)
The Classroom Experience
A Design Team Approach: Facilitating Systems Change from Within Our Schools Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: A design team approach can help you tackle big school challenges and increase buy-in, create leadership opportunities, and grow relational trust. Join this high-energy workshop as the innovation team from The Breck School shares how a design team approach can transform change in schools and how you can use this in your own context. Learn the key features of a co-design process, gain practical strategies for leading design from within, and connect with people, ideas, and resources to grow your professional network for systems change.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand the theoretical and practical foundations of a co-design process.
    • Learn practical strategies for leading co-design from within the system.
    • Connect with other attendees, new ideas, and co-design resources to build capacity for systems change.
  • Presenters: Julie Kallio, Mark Garrison, Ben Friesen, A.J. Colianni, and Sarah Flotten, The Breck School (MN)
Leadership Development
Nine Big Questions Schools Must Answer to Avoid Going Back to "Normal" Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: After pandemic disruption, the pull to go "back to normal" has been intense. But "normal" is what caused many of the challenges that we face today, like racial disparities and climate change. To go forward to create schools that are more relevant, equitable, and just for all children requires a deep interrogation of the fundamentals. Join this highly interactive and engaging workshop that offers you frameworks to inquire courageously, audit empathetically and honestly, and gain capacities to look forward with radical candor and hope.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Understand how the "normals" we have accepted in schools no longer serve students or the wider world.
    • Deeply inquire as individuals, institutions, and communities through a framework of the new 3 Rs: Reflect, Reset, Reinvent.
    • Lead with "fearless inquiry" and gain tools for your school community to engage with the nine big questions
  • Presenters: Homa Tavangar, Growing Up Global Advisory Services; Will Richardson, Big Questions Institute
Leadership Development
Advancement Strategies and Solutions for Small Schools and Small Shops Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: In small schools, advancement priorities and resources can get tangled faster than fishing lines on a gusty day. Thoughtful review, evaluation, and planning can quickly get preempted by any combination of the immediate concerns that too often monopolize our time, energy, and talent. Use this workshop to get your head better wrapped around strategies to lead your school in developing cutting-edge but scalable advancement initiatives and in confidently nurturing and protecting your vision and your program as you navigate the hazardous shoals of too-much-to-do-and-not-enough-time.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Identify practices that form the core of successful small school advancement programs.
    • Outline optimal approaches for establishing and evaluating advancement goals, ensuring acceptance of and support for advancement priorities.
    • Keep your head focused on "the important stuff" when all this seems overwhelming!
  • Presenters: Starr Snead, Advancement Connections; Shelley Reese, Park Street School (MA)
Communications and Advancement
Klingenstein Seminar: Listening for Data: [email protected] Instagram Text Mining and Evidence-Informed DEI Work in Independent Schools Klingenstein Seminar Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: In the summer of 2020, the Klingenstein Center launched a research initiative focused on text-mining public [email protected] Instagram accounts. We wondered: How might these stories–across schools, within and across regions–allow us to make more informed decisions about how we approach diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work in schools? How can we know that what we do in our schools works–and for whom? In this seminar, we will share how we designed and approached this original research initiative, our findings from analyzing over 250 Instagram accounts, and resources to help expand your capacity for evidence-informed leadership.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Type: Klingenstein Seminar
  • Presenters: Nicole Furlonge and Kenny Graves, Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)
Leadership Development
Grading for Equity Three-Hour Workshop Wednesday, March 2,
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Summary: Despite schools' deepest commitment to effective pedagogy and equity, many current grading practices actually undermine effective teaching and perpetuate achievement disparities. This interactive presentation, led by Joe Feldman, author of Grading for Equity, and Mark Boswell, former teacher and assistant head at Marin Country Day School (CA), will introduce the history and impact of our traditional grading practices, the framework of equitable grading, and the effect of more equitable grading on teachers and students. The content draws upon educational history, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and psychology, as well as work with hundreds of teachers and thousands of students.
  • Block: Three-Hour Workshop (Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
  • Category: Three-Hour Workshop
  • Learning objectives:
    • Learn key concepts embedded in century-old grading practices and the impact of continuing to use those inherited practices.
    • Become familiar with more equitable grading pillars and learn about some example practices.
    • Recognize the challenges and possibilities of improving grading to be more equitable.
  • Presenters: Joe Feldman and Mark Boswell, Crescendo Education Group
The Classroom Experience