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9:00-10:15: Opening Remarks and morning keynote, Simon Jeynes (see below)
10:30-11:30: Concurrent Sessions A
11:45-12:45: Concurrent sessions B
2:00-3:00: Afternoon Keynote, Steven Pinker (see below) and Book Signing
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Morning Keynote; Simon Jeynes, Senior Consultant, Independent School Management
Already a Decade In: Is Transformation Actually Happening?
In 2012 it is hard to look “forward” to the 21st
century. We are already into the second decade and has anything actually happened? ISM and others anticipate great changes but did anything really happen? Are our schools any different than they were? Have we done anything but put new colors into the same clothing? Are we any more viable than we were? And are we any more competitive than we were? The keynote will be an exploration of these questions. Simon is a Senior Consultant at Independent School Management. His vocation directly in schools lasted 26 years, 10 of them as School Head. He currently writes extensively for ISM including articles on 21st
Century Education, Board Governance, and Leadership. He offers workshops both in the United States and abroad and has presented over the last year in Canada, India, and the United States. He is also invited to speak at conferences across the continent and is a CASE Stellar Speaker. His most recent book is The Strategic Board Series.
He is currently working on the ISM Scheduling Book.
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Concurrent Sessions "A": 10:30-11:30 A.M.
• Trusteeship 101, Bruce Shaw, Bruce Shaw Consulting, former Head of Shady Hill
• Building Leadership Succession in your Board and Committees, Simon Jeynes, ISM
• Marketing for Your Whole Campus: Onsite and Online, Jon Moser, finalsite
• The Importance of Market Research in Strategic and Operational Decision-Making, Pat Horgan, Horgan Marketing LLC
• Building Energy Literacy, Matthew Root, Conservation Services Group
N.B.: Strategic Issues in Financial Aid, Mark Mitchell of NAIS is ill and cannot attend. Kristen Power of NAIS will fill in for Mark.
• Managing Healthcare Costs - Strategies that Work, Carol Peterson, AISNE, et al
Concurrent Sessions "B": 11:45-12:45 P.M.
• Board /Head Relations: An Issue of Character, Simon Jeynes, ISM
• Making Diversity Work: A Whole-School Approach, Ralph Wales et al, Gordon School
• The Importance of Market Research in Strategic and Operational Decision-Making
• Strategic Issues in Financial Aid, Mark Mitchell of NAIS is ill and cannot attend. Kristen Power of NAIS will fill in for Mark.
• The Nuts And Bolts of Contracts with the Head of School, Sara Goldsmith Schwartz, Schwartz and Hannum
• Are You Fulfilling Your Fiduciary Responsibilities?, Tammy Michaud, BerryDunn
• Committees Your Board Should Have and How to Make Them Effective, John Sannella and John Keenan, KAF Financial Group
Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Steven Pinker, Professor, Harvard University, and author:
A History of Violence
Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new talk, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows audiences how all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?
This groundbreaking talk continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives—the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away—and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative talk is sure to be hotly debated, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society. "
is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received six honorary doctorates, several teaching awards, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate.
He is the Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary
, and writes frequently for The New Republic, The New York Times
, and other publications. He has been named Humanist of the Year, and is listed in Foreign Policy
magazine's "The World's Top 100 Public Intellectuals" and in Time
magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today." His latest book is The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.
Professor Pinker will do a book signing immediately following the keynote. Books will be available for sale during the day, cash or check only.