2011 NAIS Annual Conference | National Harbor, MD | Feb 23 - Feb 25, 2011


Three-Hour Workshops

Here are the optional three-hour workshops. Please be sure to select one on your registration form if you wish to attend. The cost is $180.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
1:00 - 4:00 pm

W1. Advancement Essentials for Small Schools
Building and sustaining a robust philanthropy program in a small or new school can be a real challenge. In this session we'll discuss how to establish realistic fundraising expectations and identify strategies to put even the smallest shop at the top of its game. Come away with practical solutions to move your school's fundraising efforts forward with confidence and success.
PRESENTERS: Starr Snead, Advancement Connections (SC); Shelley Cornish, Lexington Christian Academy (MA)

W2. Anatomy of a Hostile Academic Environment Lawsuit: This Could Be Your School
Learn key strategies to protect your school from hostile academic environment claims due to harassment, discrimination, and other misconduct by a faculty member. Led by a lawyer and an educator who served as expert witnesses in a recent lawsuit on behalf of an independent school, this workshop gives a rare opportunity to learn from an actual case that went to trial involving conduct that was unknown to the school. These events could happen at any school. Learn how to be prepared.
PRESENTERS: David Wolowitz, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association (NH); Douglas Dickson, St. Stephen's Episcopal School (TX)
Click on the links below to download the PDFs for this workshop:

  1. Healthy Boundaries Guidelines for Educators
  2. $64,000 Verdict: Hostile Educational Environment
  3. Minimize Liability

W3. Build a Strategic Start: New Trustee Selection, Orientation, and Training
Do you have the right people at your board table? When you bring on new trustees, do they hit the ground running? Do you maximize your trustees' talents and resources? In this highly interactive workshop, we'll explore best-practice methods for identifying and cultivating new trustees, providing them with a power-packed orientation, and structuring ongoing professional development geared to take the entire board to a new level of effectiveness.
PRESENTERS: Ginny Christensen, Strategy for Growth, LLC (PA); Linda Delaney, Sandy Spring Friends School (MD)

W4. Character Education from Good to Great
The absolute "must" elements of great character education programs will be discussed in this workshop, to help schools develop a roadmap from an OK program to one showing measurable results. Participants will review a checklist with their particular schools in mind and leave with expert-backed specific ideas and tools for improvement.
PRESENTERS: David Streight, Council for Spiritual & Ethical Education (OR); Mike Pardee, The Kinkaid School (TX); Jonathan Rosenshine, The Buckley School (NY)

W5. The New Craft of Public Purpose Partnerships
Animate school mission and heighten learning through partnerships in underserved communities. Gain insight into the theory and practice of innovative methods. Experience "Second Life" technology applied to democratic community building. Learn about dialogue techniques from University of Michigan that students use in racially segregated Detroit and about a youth development center in rural, Hispanic New Mexico.
PRESENTERS: Holly Arida, Charles Shaw, and Carla Young, Cranbrook Schools (MI); John Braman, United World College-USA (NM); Roy Wroth, Sana Fe Complex (NM)

W6. Creating a School Filled with Wonder: Active-Learning in the Classroom
An effective active-learning environment is paramount in preparing young minds to succeed in a complex, interconnected, global society. This interactive session will illustrate why this model increases students' participation, retention, and mastery of complex topics. Discover how research-based findings of active-learning can impact the school environment.
PRESENTERS: Thomas Haglund, Jim Bologna, David Boxer, and Daniel Gutierrez, Windward School (CA)

W7. Creating and Sustaining Partnerships Between Public and Private Schools
Partnerships between public and private schools narrow the education gap while benefitting curriculum, faculty, community standing, and finances. Educational leaders will provide examples, tools, and guidelines for successful partnerships. Workshop participants will develop strategies for partnerships specific to their mission and environment.
PRESENTERS: Jacqueline Smethurst and David Drinkwater, Wingspan Partnerships (CA); Ann Klotz, Laurel School (OH); Thomas Little, Park Day School (CA); Felicia Wilks, Friends School of Baltimore (MD); Cynthia Wilson-Shirley, Connexions Community Leadership Academy (MD); M. Burch Ford, Miss Porter's School (MA)
Click on the links below to download the handouts for this workshop:

  1. Middle Grades Partnership
  2. Helpful Hints
  3. Recommended Readings

W8. Creating Connected Teachers: Professional Growth Using Networked Collaborations
Social media offers powerful tools to help educators break free of the isolation that can hamper growth. How can administrators support teachers who have made the leap to professional networking and encourage others to venture into this world? We will highlight resources available to networked teachers and learn how to encourage entire faculties to connect. Bring a laptop!
PRESENTERS: Sarah Hanawald, Cannon School (NC); Peter Gow, Beaver Country Day School (MA); Demetri Orlando, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (MA); Jason Ramsden, Ravenscroft School (NC); Vinnie Vrotny, The North Shore Country Day School (IL); Derrick Willard, Providence Day School (NC)
Click here to link to the online presentation of this workshop.

W9. Crisis Management 101: Implement an Effective Plan at Your School
Get an overview of a comprehensive crisis management plan, as implemented at Albuquerque Academy, and a series of case studies highlighting lessons learned from crises handled at other independent schools. This interactive, engaging workshop includes time for discussion and questions.
PRESENTERS: Jessie Barrie, Albuquerque Academy (NM); Jane Hulbert, The Jane Group (IL)
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation for this workshop.

W10. Got Diversity? Change Your System to Better Support Your Initiatives
Engage in a lively examination and comparison of the organizational structures (roles, procedures, expectations) supporting diversity at participants' schools to assess how those initiatives are currently managed. Identify ways to improve and streamline these efforts and discuss strategies for getting your school's constituents on board so you can enact lasting change.
PRESENTERS: Tony Tanael, Maret School (DC); Kerri Richardson, Brooklyn Friends School (NY); Eduardo Villavicencio, Johns Hopkins University Center for Tech Education (MD)

W11. Gridlock: What It Takes to Break Through and Design Your Future
Whether advancing your public purpose or shifting internally from content pushing to a thinking skills focus, gridlock is likely impeding your progress. Understanding gridlock's source is key to easing its grip. This session will highlight strategies and tools to break through gridlock and develop a school culture capable of and excited about designing its future.
PRESENTERS: Jamie Baker, Reverb Consulting (FL); Lee Burns, Susan Droke, and Steven Hearn, Presbyterian Day School (TN)

CANCELLED W12. How Human Health Depends on Nature: A Fundamental Lesson of Education
Most people feel separate from the environment and believe they can damage it without damaging themselves. This fundamental misunderstanding, at the heart of the environmental crisis, needs to be addressed as early as possible in a young person's education. Review case studies, using the new book Sustaining Life, to illustrate in everyday language how our health depends on the health of the living world.
PRESENTERS: Eric Chivian, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment (MA); Wynn Calder, Sustainable Schools LLC (MA)

CANCELLED W13. Introduction to Education for Sustainability
Delve deeper into the attributes of the Cloud Institute's Framework of Education for Sustainability (EFS). Join us to examine and discuss EFS standards and enduring understandings, and learn how schools, districts, and regions are embedding EFS into curriculum design and mapping, as well as instructional and organizational practices.
PRESENTERS: Jaimie Cloud, Cloud Institue for Sustainability Education (NY); Deborah Black, Trevor Day School (NY);
Alice Moore, Marin Country Day School (CA); Merry Sorrells, St. Paul´s Episcopal School (LA)

W14. Print Is Dead -- Let's Use Social Media! But How? And Wait -- Are We Sure?
Social media has become increasingly important in recruiting students. And print materials have been recruitment stalwarts for decades. How do you decide your marketing strategy? Instead of a zero-sum game, these channels can work in concert so long as they both convey your authentic, relevant, and differentiating brand. Join us to learn more.
PRESENTERS: Patti Crane and Tiffany Hendryx, Crane MetaMarketing Ltd. (GA); Susanna Max

W15. Private School for the Public Good: Developing Values Leading to Action
How does a school address societal needs? How do you build responsible citizens for the 21st century? What are the exact skills students need to be knowledgeable and engaged citizens? We'll provide a framework for addressing these questions through an innovative set of programs across Values, Service, Activism, and Leadership. Get a model with a specific set of ideas, programs, and outcomes.
PRESENTERS: Diego Duran, Stacy Hough, Monica Miracky, and David Shapiro, Edmund Burke School (DC)

W16. Public Purpose "Premium Tastings": Sampling Possibilities
The growing Private Schools with Public Purpose Consortium has surfaced and connected a host of models of independent schools leveraging their knowledge, networks, and resources for the greater good. Explore 12 of these exemplars and "taste" five of your choosing. Plus, we'll provide a broad conceptual frame.
PRESENTERS: Albert Adams, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA); D. Rodney (Rod) Chamberlain, Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i Campus (HI); James Scott, Punahou School (HI)

W17. Re-Thinking Technology Leadership
Join your colleagues and four regional school-site experts to explore the monumental opportunities technology offers today. Explore how schools can successfully manage operations, support academics, re-think data centers, and organize infrastructure to take advantage of the best that today's technology has to offer.
PRESENTERS: Denise Musselwhite, Trinity Preparatory School (FL); Jill Brown, Albuquerque Academy (NM); Howard Levin, The Urban School of San Francisco (CA); Curtis Lieneck, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (IL)
Click here to download the PDF for this workshop.

W18. Schools of the Future: The Conversation Continues
Short live and video "ED Talks" from a variety of presenters and a World Café style series of discussions leading to Action Plans. Bring your vision, ideas and strategies to share with colleagues. Take home a strong rationale for future thinking and programming, examples of models working in schools now, and strategies for implementation in your school.
PRESENTERS: Paul Miller, NAIS; Lou Salza, Lawrence School (OH); Katherine Dinh, Prospect Sierra School (CA); Jean Orvis, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (Seattle Academy) (WA); Robert Witt, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HI)

W19. Creating Resilient Schools: Strategic Marketing, Enrollment, and Budget Management
NAIS calls this time "the new normal." We will evaluate/discuss what this means for enrollment management and financial resilience. We will explore educational, demographic, and marketing trends and their influence on a school's value proposition; how the intersection of policy and operations influences tuition-setting and financial aid; and the discipline that's required to enable your school to capitalize on the unexpected.
PRESENTERS: Vanessa Wassenar, Rockland Country Day School (MA); Mike Connor, Connor Associates (CA)
Click on the links below to download the PDFs for this workshop:

  1. Workshop PowerPoint Presentation
  2. Speaker Bios and Worksheets

W20. The Changing of the Guard
Nearly 50 percent of independent school heads will retire in the next few years. School communities will see this as an opportunity or a crisis. Talk with three experienced heads about the ideal length of the transition, best practices, the critical role of the board chair, timing regarding strategic planning, cultural implications, and lessons learned.
PRESENTERS: Debbie Freed, Debbie Freed and Associates (CA); Mark Stanek, Shady Hill School (NY); Joan Lonergan, The Hewitt School (NY); Stephanie Perrin, Walnut Hill School (MA)
Click here to download the first PDF for this workshop and here to download the second PDF.

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