2012 NAIS Annual Conference | Seattle | Feb 29 - Mar 2, 2012


One-Hour Workshop Block 1

Thursday, March 1, 2012
10:00 - 11:00 AM


Advancement Solutions: Strategic Programming for Small Development Shops
The challenge: Build and sustain a robust philanthropy program in a highly competitive "post bubble" economy. See what it takes to run top-notch advancement programs in even the smallest offices. Return to school ready to put practical ideas and strategic solutions to work confidently in your own shop.
PRESENTERS: Starr Snead, Advancement Connections (SC); Shelley Reese Cornish, The Learning Center for the Deaf (MA)

Communicating Academic Value Through the Arts: An Innovative Rebranding Process
Longitudinal studies indicate creative thinking has a higher correlation to achievement in life than IQ. Creative thinkers will be in even greater demand in the future. But how do you convince parents who are so tied to SAT and ACT scores that the arts programs you offer will better prepare students for the world they will inherit? Learn how to evaluate internal and external perception, and create a strategic plan based on these neutral third-party assessments, to do just that.
PRESENTERS: Melissa Brookes and Pamela Jordan, The Chicago Academy for the Arts (IL); Mike Connor, Connor Associates (CA)
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QR Codes, Mobile, and More: Connecting Online with Your Community
QR codes. Mobile pages. Mash-ups. Customized portals. Castilleja's Head of School Nanci Kauffman and Website Manager Jamie Sullivan, along with finalsite's President and Founder Jon Moser, share how the school and others are pushing the envelope with online tools that inform and engage. Uncover how to customize and deliver content effectively and much more.
PRESENTERS: Jon Moser, finalsite (CT); Nanci Kauffman and Jamie Sullivan, Castilleja School (CA)
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Building a Better Headship: The Important Role of Board Succession
The head-board relationship is critical to a healthy school. While tremendously impacting his or her success, this relationship is unfamiliar to a new head of school. Examine tactical transition planning, particularly the first three years, including strategies to cultivate trustee leadership, assess needs of a new head of school, and foster board-head partnership.
PRESENTERS: Kim Wargo, The Hockaday School (TX); Reveta Bowers, The Center for Early Education (CA); Peter Folger, Santa Catalina School (CA); Virginia Paik, Live Oak School (CA); Mark Stanek, Shady Hill School (MA); Irvenia Waters, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA)

Donor Incentives: Gift Types and Techniques Most Advantageous to Donors
While tax savings is rarely the sole motivation for making a charitable gift, it plays an important role when determining the appropriate gifting technique. Gain a basic understanding of the current tax laws so you can identify the types of gifts and gifting techniques that offer the greatest economic benefit to your donor base, thus improving your school's program.

Latinos in Independent Schools: We've Found Them, Now How Do We Embrace?
College educated parents show the greatest interest in sending their children to independent schools. By 2015, Latinos are expected to account for 21 percent of U.S. children, but only 13 percent of these Latino children will be raised by college educated parents. Join us to study Latino demographics and cultural habits, then brainstorm ways to market to and retain Latino families.
PRESENTERS: Sandra Chapman, Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (NY); Lillian Imbelli, Loyola School (NY); Zenaida Muslin, Bank Street School for Children (NY)
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  1. Statistics
  2. Important Resources
  3. More Important Resources
  4. Strategic Plan

Planned Giving: Your Approach, Gift Types, and Techniques Most Advantageous to Donors
Effectively approaching donors regarding the best planned gifts in this low-interest rate environment can impact fund-raising. Tax savings play a major role when considering the right giving technique. Join us to identify the types of gifts and giving techniques that encourage giving and offer the greatest
economic benefit to your donors.
PRESENTERS: Doug Rothermich, Christine Kolm, Ero Johnson, and Michael Collins, TIAA-CREF (CO) 
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Strategic Planning for Sustainability: A Future Imperative
According to a recent NAIS survey, "lack of planning" makes it harder to implement environmental stewardship and sustainability. Explore the benefits and challenges of good planning, with case stories from Rye Country Day and Worcester Academy. Learn a step-by-step process for strong sustainability planning on your campus.
PRESENTERS: Wynn Calder, Sustainable Schools, LLC (MA); Catherine Bischoff and Scott Nelson, Rye Country Day School (NY); Michael Carroll, Worcester Academy (MA)
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  1. Sustainability Planning
  2. Sustainability at Rye Country Day School
  3. Strategic Planning for Sustainability: A Future Imperative
  4. Strategic Planning and Sustainability


A 21st Century Global Leadership Model: International Emerging Leaders
Collegiate School hosted the International Emerging Leaders Conference in Richmond and Washington, DC. Students and teachers from around the world worked with internationally known scholars and business leaders. Discover the potential of this model for teaching 21st century leadership skills and significantly expanding a school's global vision and footprint.
PRESENTERS: Ralph Davison, Carney, Sandoe & Associates (NC); Keith Evans and Clare Sisisky, Collegiate School (VA)

Schools of the Future: Bringing Ethical Excellence to Your School
In 2010, NAIS published A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future, featuring seven sets of "essential capacities." Under the guidance of leaders from two national organizations, gain practical steps your school can take to meet Schools of the Future standards in the area of Integrity and Ethical Decision Making.
PRESENTERS: David Streight, Center for Spiritual & Ethical Education (OR); Paula Mirk, Institute For Global Ethics (ME)
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Strategic Directions Reframed: Five Goals, Five Teams, Five Years
Hear how Sewickley Academy leaders are shifting their community from a successful traditional school model to a dynamic, inquiry-based model. Learn how the process impacts board leadership, mission-driven academic program, pedagogy, assessment, professional development, and college admission. Return to school with multiple resources.
PRESENTERS: Claudia Gallant, Kolia O'Connor, and Lisa Giusti, Sewickley Academy (PA)
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  1. A Sketch of the Backward Design Framework
  2. Strategic Directions Reframed

Stress Reduction Through Mindfulness
Discover what mindfulness is and how you can use it both personally and professionally to reduce stress. Through discussion and practical exercises, experience simple techniques for increasing mindfulness, while exploring the physiological responses of the body to both stress and relaxation.
PRESENTERS: Teresa Dean, Swedish Health Services (WA); Diane Hetrick, Swedish Medical Center (WA); Gail Suitor, Long Trail School (VT); Lisa Zeller, The Community School of Naples (FL)
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  1. Book: Teaching Mindfulness: A practical guide for clinicians and educators. Reibel, Micozzi, McCown, Springer Science & Business Media, 2010
  2. Essay: "Teaching and Learning the Way of Awareness," Richard Brady, 2011
  3. Website: www.Mindfulschools.org
  4. Website for the Mindfulness in Education Network, www.mindfuled.org
  5. Website for the Association for Mindfulness in Education, www.mindfuleducation.org

The Changing Model of Head Evaluation: Building a Useful Process
While good practice dictates that heads receive a thoughtful yearly evaluation from at least the board of trustees, in reality there is a very broad spectrum of evaluation methods. Discuss how to maximize the usefulness of this process and explore new models emerging from higher education.
PRESENTERS: Judith Schechtman and Marc Frankel, Triangle Associates (MO); Michael Davis, Colorado Academy (CO)

The Tip of the Iceberg: Lessons from the First Year in Administration
Hear five new administrators reflect on their first year out of graduate school and return to questions essential to leadership: How do our philosophies shape our practice? How do our experiences continue to influence our philosophies? How does critical reflection energize and stimulate an educational leader's commitment to 21st century education and school mission and vision?
PRESENTERS: Megan Howard, Trinity School (GA); Annemarie Bacich, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (CA); Jeremy Birk, United Nations International School (NY); Bill Hulseman, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (MD); Belinda Nicholson, The School at Columbia University (NY)

Trends in Independent Schools 2012
Explore the latest trends in independent schools as identified by NAIS staff and featured in the new 2011-2012 NAIS Trendbook.
PRESENTERS: Donna Orem, Susan Booth and Amada Torres, NAIS (DC)
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Who's Really Teaching Our Kids? The Importance of Intentional School Cultures
Good schools create intentional cultures within their student communities. However, educators increasingly feel challenged by the power of the general culture transmitted to our kids through the Internet, media, and other influences. Join us to share examples of intentional cultures in our schools and in yours.
PRESENTERS: Ellen Taussig, The Northwest School (WA); Lucinda Lee Katz, Marin Country Day School (CA)


Seven Years Later: Lawrenceville Sustainability 2.0
Reflect on the experience guiding Lawrenceville's Green Campus Initiative and hear suggestions as Lawrenceville moves into a new phase of campus sustainability that includes enhanced campus systems, stronger academic links, and innovative solutions to campus problems. Use sustainability as the frame to discuss land, waste, and energy management.
PRESENTERS: Samuel Kosoff, The Lawrenceville School (NJ); Gary Giberson, Sustainable Fare at The Lawrenceville School (NJ)
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Financial Aid and the Recession: How Did We Do?
Schools have weathered the storm of an unprecedented economic recession. So how did we do? Let's look back at several years of data and share the stories of schools that took noteworthy steps in the face of the economic crisis.
PRESENTER: Mark Mitchell, NAIS (DC)
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Institutional Citizenship: A New Look at Diversified Leadership
Diversified leadership based on a culture of institutional citizenship and interpersonal relationships, integrated into important decision-making settings, can create a more dynamic community that echoes our increasingly global existence. Join us as we explore how St. James' Episcopal School has sustained a vibrant community with diversity on multiple levels.
PRESENTER: Angelina Arrington, Saint James' Episcopal School (CA)

Smart Hiring: What Every School Head Should Know and Do Pre- and Post-Hiring
In today's tough economic climate, all independent schools face an increased likelihood that they will deal with all manner of employment-related claims. Find out how to design and implement policies and procedures that lead to effective hiring, and after hire detection and effective handling of issues to minimize costly employment litigation.
PRESENTER: Howard Kurman, Offit Kurman (MD)
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Tread Lightly! Create a Sustainability Plan for Your School and Campus
While sustainability is not a new concept, many schools don't know where to start. Discover how to integrate sustainable practices into the culture and operations of your school, looking at capital projects, operations, and curriculum. Using a school in Washington, DC, as a model, learn how to reduce your school's footprint.
PRESENTERS: Wirt Winebrenner and Tom Spies, Hord Coplan Macht (MD); Clayton Lewis, Washington International School (DC)


1:1 iPad Program for Elementary Students
Saint Mark's School launched a successful 1:1 iPad program for elementary students. Hear how the school financed and implemented the program. Faculty will share apps that easily integrate and fold into the curriculum, offer project-based learning techniques, and lead "hands-on" exploratory tablet time.
PRESENTERS: Doreen Oleson and Richard Harris, Saint Mark´s School, Altadena (CA)
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  1. Presentation PowerPoint
  2. iPad Contract
  3. Applications Used
  4. Parent/Student iPad Handbook
  5. Sixth Grade Greek Play - iPad Integration

Disruptive Innovations: Lessons Learned from Mobile Learning Devices
Michael Horn dared the NAIS community to prepare for "disruptive innovations" in the classroom and how they will change how the world learns. Cloud-based mobile computing devices - powered by Apple's iOS and Google's ChromeOS - can create student-centered classrooms. Discover how four schools leveraged the opportunities and challenges to meet the needs of their communities.
PRESENTERS: Jim Bologna, Eryn Hoffman, and Larisa Showalter, Windward School (CA); Matthew Peskay, KIPP LA Schools (CA); Eric Walters, Marymount School (NY)
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Global Studies: Critical Thinking, Civic Understanding, and Economic Dynamism
Using Naussbaum's Not For Profit: Why Democracies Need the Humanities (2010), we'll connect global education and the liberal arts to President Obama's call for more STEM training to promote economic growth. Review examples from classes and student trips that demonstrate how study in the humanities prepares students to optimize training in science and technology.
PRESENTERS: John Creeden, School Year Abroad (MA); Susan Carrese, Fountain Valley School of Colorado (CO); Paul Kim, Colorado Academy (CO)

Rethinking Schedules by Engaging in New Modes of Learning
As online tools become more useful for teaching and learning outside of the classrooms, schools can start to leverage them to create more flexible schedules. Explore how offering reverse, blended, and/or online courses can affect school schedules and offer more flexibility for teachers and students, as well as more open classrooms for face-to-face learning.
PRESENTERS: Molly Rumsey, Harpeth Hall School (TN); Barbara Fishel and Cathy Murphree, The Hockaday School (TX)
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Tools at Schools: Teaching Design Thinking in Schools
The classroom for kids. Designed by kids. Tools at Schools is an initiative to teach students the value of design as a problem-solving tool. Students were immersed in the entire design process, from research to ideation to 3-D modeling and ultimately launch - eventually producing prototypes of a desk, chair, and locker of the future. Join us to investigate this imaginative innovation.
PRESENTERS: Don Buckley, Rinat Aruh, and Kim Lane, The School at Columbia University (NY); Johan Liden, Aruliden (NY)

Conference Program
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