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


Speed Innovating

Leadership, Innovation, and Technology
Thursday, February 24, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Join independent school movers and shakers at the new Speed Innovating session! Maximize information and idea gathering when you attend three mini-sessions in one. The new NAIS Speed Innovating format allows you to choose the three topics that meet your needs best. Twenty presenters will sit at their own tables, leaving room for nine attendees to sit down and learn from the experience of an independent school colleague. Designed for school leaders, these intimate, 10-minute, information-packed "dates" will dispense with the small talk and background of an issue, and instead focus on the important themes, details, problems -- and solutions. After 10 minutes of inspiring ideas, you'll move on to a second speaker who will share insight on your next favorite topic. You'll get to sit down with a total of three innovative speakers who can address your most pressing needs. The cutting-edge ideas you'll take back to school will prove invaluable.

NAIS Speed Innovating is free to registered attendees, but space is limited to the first 200 people. After you register for the Annual Conference, you will receive a link in your confirmation letter to register for this new program. It is first come, first served. Be prepared to rank your top five choices and you will receive your assignments when you arrive at the conference. Cut to the chase with the new NAIS Speed Innovating!

Table leaders and topics will include:

  1. Blended Learning and Digital Resource Grants
    Sam Morris and Meredith Stewart, Cary Academy (NC)
  2. Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Using Twitter
    Jim Foley, St. Luke's School (CT)
  3. Essential Tech Leadership Skills: What Every Head of School Needs to Know
    Geoff Wagg, The Episcopal Academy (PA)
  4. Female Leaders and Technology: Friends or Foes?
    Wanda Holland Greene, Hamlin School (CA)
  5. For Better or Worse, Innovation Pays off - No Wobbling Allowed. Be a Leader, Not a Follower.
    Meg Moulton, ASSIST (CT)
  6. iDiscover21C: 1 to 1 iPad Initiative That Launched a Small Technologically Challenged PK-12 School into the 21st Century in 100 Days
    Pete Smith, St. Andrew's School (GA)
  7. In Schools We Tweet: Harnessing the Power of Twitter in Independent Schools
    John Rison and Roseanne Sessa, Abington Friends School (PA)
  8. Leadership and Social Media
    Antonio Viva, Walnut Hill School for the Arts (MA)
  9. Millions of Ideas in 600 Seconds: Google Apps @YourSchool
    Vinnie Vrotny, The North Shore Country Day School (IL)
  10. Minimize Risk with Social Media Acceptable Usage Policies
    Doreen C. Kelly, Ravenscroft School (NC); Lorrie Jackson, finalsite (CT)
  11. Painless and Paperless Faculty Evaluation
    Tim Fish, McDonogh School (MD)
  12. Print v. Digital: Do School Libraries Need Books?
    Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School (TX); Bill Bayer, American University (DC)
    Click here to download the PDF for this table's talk.
  13. School Change Hitting the Pavement: Real World Examples of Technologies Empowering School Constituents
    Arvind Grover, The Hewitt School (NY); Alex Ragone, Collegiate School (NY)
  14. Stay Ahead of the Curve with StatsOnline and NAIS Demographic Data
    Monique Rush, NAIS (DC)
  15. Strategic Planning and Disruptive Innovation
    Jamie Britto and David Colon, Collegiate School (VA)
  16. Student-Constructed Knowledge
    Howard Levin, The Urban School (CA)
  17. Stumbling upon 21st Century Teaching: Lessons in Nonlinear Learning
    Martin Hoban, The Hun School (NJ)
    Click on the following link to access presentation materials:
  18. Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems
    Karen Fierst and Patrick Murray, Riverdale Country School (NY)
  19. Working Together on the Big Idea: Schools Working Together
    Albert Throckmorton, St. Mary's Episcopal School (TN); Brad Rathgeber, Holton-Arms School (MD)
  20. World in the Clouds: Legal Implications
    Debra Wilson, NAIS (DC)

NAIS wishes to thank these technology pioneers who generously gave their time and brilliant ideas to plan the Speed Innovating session at the Annual Conference.

Speed Innovating Planning Committee

  • Tim Fish, McDonogh School (MD), Chair
  • Caroline Blackwell, University School of Nashville (TN)
  • Susan Booth, NAIS (DC)
  • Wendy Drexler, Shorecrest Preparatory School (FL)
  • Demetri Orlando, Buckingham Browne & Nichols (MA)
  • Jason Ramsden, Ravenscroft School (NC)
  • Monique Rush, NAIS (DC)
  • Albert Throckmorton, St. Mary's Episcopal School (TN)
  • Jenni Voorhees, Sidwell Friends School (DC)

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