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55 NAIS Presentations!
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Preconference Workshops

Klingenstein Seminar Series: A Case for Change
Featuring Dr. Todd Jick of Columbia Business School. See more

Creating Mission-Driven Faculty Evaluation and Compensation
Margaret Haviland, John Baird, Heads '00, and Carolyn Hapeman, Westtown School (PA)

From Teacher to Learner and Back: A Blended Learning Design Studio
Eric Hudson, Kristin Daniel, and Emily Hamlin, PSL '13, Global Online Academy (WA)

Infectious Leadership: Developing Leadership Capacity to Move Your Mission and Vision Forward
Christopher Cox, Colleen Ramsden, Aaron Sundstrom, LA '13, and Jennifer Baccus, Ravenscroft School (NC); Marin Burton, Center for Creative Leadership

A Solid Foundation: the Head of School Employment Agreement
Terrence Briggs, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP; Kirk Duncan, Carolina Day School (NC); Arch McIntosh, Heads '92, Charlotte Latin School (NC); Rebekah Jordan, Indian Mountain School (CT)

Tackling the Big Hairy Audacious Changes of Future "Schools"
Grant Lichtman, Future of K–12 Education; John Gulla, Heads '10, The Edward E. Ford Foundation

Values to Vision: Leveraging the Past and Present as Leaders Embolden the Future
Debbie Freed, Debbie Freed & Associates; Katherine Dinh, Prospect Sierra School (CA); Lucinda Lee Katz, Heads '97, Marin Country Day School (CA); Mark McKee, Viewpoint School (CA)

Concurrent Session Workshops

Block 1:

Back from the Brink: Use Your Mission To Transform Enrollment, Governance and Fundraising 
Bob Whelan, Heads '17
, Pete Moore, Judith Arnstein, and Wendy Weil, Lake Forest Country Day School (IL)

Conflicting Priorities: Marrying Stakeholder Vision With College Counseling Mission
Jessica Sant, The Lovett School (GA); Gavin Bradley, PSL '03, Pace Academy (GA); Jenny Byers, Harpeth Hall School (TN)

Green Ribbon Schools: The Sustainability Mission Is Possible
Paul Chapman, Heads '93
, Inverness Associates; Stephen Phelps, Bishop O'Dowd High School (CA); Frank Barros, King School (CT); Brian Kane, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School (VA); Laurie Orsic, Wilmington Montessori School (DE)

Greening Your Mission: High-Impact Environmental Strategic Planning and Partnerships
John Lewis, PSL '03
and Emily Beck, The Gunston School; Tom Ackerman, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Leadership Coaching: A Powerful Practice to Support the New Head of School
Ann Teaff, JKF ’85, certified executive coach; Paul Barton, Heads '12, Holy Innocents Episcopal School (GA); Bill Clarkson, certified executive coach; Lisa Lyle, JKF '96, Mary Institute Country Day School (MI)

Leading to Results: Unconventional Ways to Limit Operating Costs and Bolster Your Budget
Ole Jorgenson, Heads '10
, Almaden Country School (CA); James Wickenden, Wickenden Associates, Inc.; Bernie Noe, Lakeside School (WA)

Mapping the Change From an Operational to a Strategic/Generative Board
David Michelman, Heads '15
and MC Ragsdale, Duke School (NC)

A Tale of Three Schools: A Successful Coordination Program
Ereni Malfa, Roland Park Country School (MD); Jennifer Galambos, PSL '04, Bryn Mawr School (MD); and Rob Heubeck, Gilman School (MD)

Vision and (Di)Visions: Tackling Thorny Issues With Faculty, Students, and School Mission
Barry Gilmore, Hutchison School (TN); Matthew Rush, PSL '03, Allen Academy (TX); Michelle Alexander, Cannon School (NC)

NAIS Aspiring Heads Track - Impact Marketing: Leveraging Faculty
Terry Kung, Brooklyn Friends School (NY); Michael Mallett, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School (VA); Juna McDaid, Drew School (CA); Deborah Monroe, Buckley School (CA); Doug Poskitt, KSI '96, Rocky Hill School (RI); Donna Ruggiero, Albany Academy for Girls (NY)

Block 2:

Collaborative Leadership in Action: The Value of Sharing Leadership Roles at Your School
Charles Franklin, Brian Mitchell, KSI '06, PSL '09, and Christopher Post, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (MD)

Critical Decisions
Gary Neils, JFK '96
and Maura Farrell, Winchester Thurston School (PA)

Engaging in Honest Conversations on Race Through Storytelling
John Blumenstein, Heads '06
and Kaliq Hunter Simms, Cambridge School (MD)

From Trend to Traction
Michael Nachbar, PSL ‘07
, Global Online Academy (WA); Monique DeVane, The College Preparatory School (CA)

Healthy Head of School Transitions for Small Schools
Jeffrey Barclay, Amy Panitz, and Fanning Hearon, Maple Street School (VT); Fran Bisselle, Heads '10, Hathaway Brown School (OH)

Block 3:

Leadership Quicksand: Advancing School Mission and Culture in Disruptive Times
Kimberley Roberts, Garrison Forest School (MD); Nanci Kauffman, Castilleja School (CA); Carolyn Chandler, Heads '10, Metairie Park Country Day School (LA); Ann Teaff, JKF '85, Carney, Sandoe, and Associates

Leading With Identity Intact: Life as an LGBT Head of School
Claudia Daggett, Heads '03, Independent Schools Association of the Central States; Travis Brownley, KSI '85, Marin Academy (CA); Michael Roberts, The Catherine Cook School (IL); Eric Temple, KSI '93, JKF '96, Heads '10, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA)

Need Board Education? Join Forces and Find Solutions: The Governance Roundtable
Ole Jorgenson, Heads '10, Almaden Country School (CA); Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise, Sea Crest School (CA)

Success and Sanity: How Not to Die as Division Head
Jenny Rao, PSL '05, Garrison Forest School (MD); Amanda Macomber, The Bryn Mawr School (MD); Joshua Wolf, LA '17, The Park School of Baltimore (MD)

Sustainable Schools: How Utilities Metrics Can Save Money and Reduce Carbon Footprint
Paul Chapman, Heads '93
, Inverness Associates; Robert Oxenburgh, The Athenian School (CA); Liz Zavattero, Marin Country Day School (CA); Frank Barros, King School (CT); Brian Kane, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School (VA)

The Whole Child Not Left Behind: Develop, Implement, and Assess Your School's SEL Program
Maria Arellano, LA '13 and Shanie Israel, Montclair Kimberley Academy (NJ)

NAIS Aspiring Heads Track - Happy Faculty, Vibrant School: Key Considerations Regarding Faculty Wellness
Judith Arnstein, Lake Forest Country Day School (IL); Laurynn Evans, Francis Parker School (CA); Jon Deveaux, LA '07, Westminster School (CT); Mike Drude, The Harvey School (NY); Rose Helm, Hamlin School (CA); Patricia Sasser, Loomis Chaffee School (CT); Jenn Elkin, The Pike School (MA)

NAIS Aspiring Heads Track - Strategic Thinking in Uncertain Financial Times
Rick Abrams, Miss Porter’s School (CT); Marc Addington, Parish Episcopal School (TX); Father Charles Blizzard, Casady School (OK); Cotter Donnell, PSL '09, Polytechnic School (CA); Doug Key, Bosque School, (NM)

Block 4: 

Building Effective Resource Teams to Help Students Reach Their Goals
Jon Cassie; Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School (CA); Shannon Mulholland, and Ken Goleski, KSI '92, Sewickley Academy (PA)

Creating and Managing the Magic: A Design Sprint for Changemakers in Schools
Kim Saxe and Diane Rosenberg, Heads '14, The Nueva School (CA); Scott Swaaley, High Tech High (CA)

Meeting Learners Where They Are
Jane Childers and Charles Baldecchi, KSI '98, The Lexington School (KY); Liz Hofreuter-Landini, Heads '15, Wheeling Country Day School (WV); Lou Salza, Heads '15, Lawrence School (OH)

Speak Up, Not Over: Helping White Allies Move Beyond "White Fragility" to Real Solidarity
Candice Powell, KSI '11, Newark Academy (NJ)

Teaching and Learning in an Era of the Polarization Industrial Complex
Marc Alongi, Sequoyah School (CA); Robert Evans, Chadwick School (CA); Sarah Cooper, KSI '02, Flintridge Preparatory School (CA)

NAIS Aspiring Heads Track - Future Foundations: Retaining Millenial Faculty
Justin McLean, Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA); Bill Mulcahy, KSI '08, Fairfield Country Day School (CT); Paul Sanders, International School of Amsterdam (Netherlands); Antonio Williams, The William Penn Charter School (PA); Rick Tony, Solebury School (PA); Ben Ketchum, National Presbyterian School (DC)

Institutional Change and Cultures of Innovation
Richard Kassissieh and Matt Levinson, University Preparatory Academy (WA); Luke Felker and Andrew Shaw, PSL '11, The Bay School of San Francisco (CA)

An "A" Player Who Does Not Share Your Vision Is Not an "A" Player
Steve Chapman, JKF '85, Broad Reach Strategies; Michael Spencer, St. Paul's School (NH); Clair Ward, Valley School of Ligonier (PA)

Block 5:

The 160-Year-Old Startup: How to Grow a (Truly) Mission-Based School
Ryan Kimmet, LA '13
, Erica Snowden, and Jason Sears, Greene Street Friends School (PA)

Global Citizenship at Home: Leveraging the Local as Global
Chai Reddy and Jim Scott, Heads '06, Punahou School (HI); Sophie Halliday and Ruth R. Fletcher, The St. Andrew's Schools (HI)

Is Title IX the New Standard to Sexual Misconduct Investigations?
Michael Blacher, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (CA); Jon Braker, KSI '88, Polytechnic School (CA); James Smith, United Educators

Not Enough or TMI? What the Board Needs to Know and When They Need to Know It
Susan E. Schorr, Tennant Lubell, LLC; Vince Watchorn, Heads '17, The Providence Country Day School (RI)

Block 6:

Family Leave Policies: Challenges and Opportunities for Working Parents
Angela Miklavic, LA '11
, The Episcopal Academy (PA);  Priscilla Morales, LA '17, The Park School (MD)

Fifty Shades of Pluralism: Uncovering the Genius in Every Child in All School Settings
Wendy Horng Brawer, Prospect Sierra School (CA); Joel Pelcyger, Heads '08, PS1 Pluralistic School (CA)

How to Make Your School's Values Visible 
Sumant Bhat, PSL '11
, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Inc. (CO); Heather Mock, Alexander Dawson School (CO)

Leadership Lessons From the Seat of My Bicycle: On Becoming a More Authentic Leader
George Swain, JKF '00, New York State Association of Independent Schools

​Soft Skills and Hard Data: Validating the Character Traits That Matter Most
Josh Cobb, LA '13 and Ben DeVoss, Graland Country Day School (CO)

NAIS Aspiring Heads Track - Exploring Global Opportunities and Their Impact on the Value Proposition of Independent Schools
John Kleiner, University School of Nashville (TN); Brian Mitchell, KSI '06, PSL '09, The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland (MD); Bruce Nkala, Shipley School (PA); Cecil Stodghill, Providence Day School (NC); Christopher Tennyson, Lake Forest Academy (IL); Rick West, Franklin Road Academy (TN)

NAIS Aspiring Heads Track - Hit the Ground Running: Significant Challenges Facing a First-Time Head of School
Jared Harris, Cairo American College, (Egypt); Bryan Oliver, Saint James School (AL); Ryan Pagotto, KSI '04, PSL '08, Blair Academy (NJ); Webster Trenchard, The Loomis Chaffee School (CT); Peter Twadell, Tower School (MA); Joe Viola, St. Albans School (DC)

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