2021 Business Conference

Monday, January 4 - Thursday, January 7, 2021
 

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It's time for our annual leadership conference, and we're excited to welcome you to this year's event. This is a special opportunity to connect with fellow school leaders across our region. Share experiences, challenges and opportunities, and strategize plans for success during this very extraordinary school year. 

Monday, January 4
Social

Opening Networking Lunch

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

Join together with peers across Northern New England for fellowship and networking.

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Keynote

The Business of Enrollment

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Presented and Facilitated by Chad Tew and Laurel Baker Tew, LearnCollab

It’s never been more important, and yet so difficult, to estimate your school’s future revenue. Getting this right requires teamwork involving the head, CFO, and enrollment director, who might also be called the school’s chief revenue officer. 
 
This interactive keynote session will explore how the skill set for enrollment success is rapidly evolving. To maximize impact, enrollment managers need to learn the language of CFOs, heads, and trustees and be able to express challenges and solutions in a vocabulary these audiences understand. At the same time, CFOs and other school leaders must learn the core success pillars of enrollment management and understand shifting market demand, in order to embrace their roles in reaching tuition revenue targets. 
 
Learn strategies for creating synergy between these critical functions, review case studies, and participate in breakout discussions.

Enjoy engaging with experienced school CFO and consultant, Chad Tew and leading enrollment officer, Laurel Baker Tew. Together, Chad and Laurel have first-hand experience breaking down the silos between the business and admission offices and will share their secrets with you.

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Roundtable

Cracker Barrel #1

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by Tedda LaChance, Director, Member Support and Operations, Northern New England

The cracker barrel is a circle of conversation. Named after informal discussions that took place in the country store around the cracker barrel, a cracker barrel conference presentation format brings together participants for a series of short, intensive conversations.

This tradition has been enjoyed by Northern New England independent school business leaders for well over a decade. With topics generated from within the membership, our goal is to get as many questions answered as possible in rapid succession.

Submit your questions as part of your conference registration or by emailing Tedda LaChance, Director, Member Support and Operations, Northern New England.


Tuesday, January 5

Managing Remote School Teams

Maintaining a Foundation of Trust

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. EST

Presented and Facilitated by Claire Wescott, Director of Project Management, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and Tedda LaChance, Director, Member Support and Operations, Northern New England 

Maintaining trust may come naturally to school leaders while walking school hallways and engaging with community members. Now that many school communities are embedded in the online space, maintaining trust virtually with teams is more critical than ever. So how do you virtually maintain trust with your team?

Learn specific remote management strategies from Claire Wescott who coordinates several full-time remote teams at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and previously served as a public school district leader overseeing a remote team of 75 teachers at 110 schools. Most of these strategies capitalize on a leader’s established toolbox, and when these strategies are scaled effectively, the remote school team will have a solid foundation on which to virtually maintain trust together.

The second half of this presentation will feature a moderated panel discussion with AISNE school leaders sharing personal challenges and opportunities for managing remote school teams.

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HR Trends and Legal Developments

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Presented by Linda Johnson, Director, Litigation Department Co-Chair of Education Law Group, McLane Middleton, Kai McGintee, Co-Chair of Labor and Employment Group, Bernstein Shur, Timothy Copeland and David Harlow, Directors of Labor and Employment Group, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

2020 was certainly the year of COVID-19 ramifications for school operations and it isn’t going to be over when 2021 starts. To stay on campus or go remote, to mask or not to mask, to mandate vaccines or not, and just what are the travel and quarantine restrictions today?

Hear about these issues and others, including the latest in federal and state leave laws, recommended employment and enrollment agreement updates, what’s going on with PPP loan forgiveness, the new obligations imposed under Title IX because of PPP loan acceptance, furloughs and layoffs. We will also address any stat-specific trends and legal developments.

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New AISNE Benchmarking Initiative

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. EST

Presented by Eliza Alexander, Managing Director, Northern New England, AISNE

Join us as we unveil our new benchmarking platform. We look forward to presenting a new method of collecting and presenting data from our schools that will ease data entry while providing more actionable data to inform operating and strategic planning.


Wednesday, January 6

An Election, A New Year and The End of a National Emergency: Looking Ahead to Health Insurance in 2021

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Presented and Facilitated by Bianca Saul and David Shore, Borislow Insurance

With the March 13, 2020 declaration of a national emergency due to the novel coronavirus, schools across the U.S. took action to keep students and employees safe while juggling a plethora of regulations at the federal and state level. Many of the regulatory changes introduced in response to the pandemic impacted health insurance benefits and some include an expiration date based on the end of the national state of emergency. Throw in a presidential election resulting in an administrative shift and you know more change is coming. We will discuss several health and welfare benefits-related issues you should consider for your school as you head into the new year that can give you confidence in enhancing and strengthening your school employee benefits programs.

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Cyber Safety Demystified: During COVID and Beyond 

3:00 - 4:15 p.m. EST

Presented and Facilitated by Susan Davis, Professional Development Director, ATLIS

Once upon a time, cybersecurity was the technology team’s job. Now it’s everyone’s and that includes the business office. The rise of cyber attacks and complications brought on by working from home during the pandemic have only compounded things. In this frank discussion of the very real threats to data safety, we’ll discuss practical steps you can take and how you can partner with others, including the technology team, to tackle this critical problem that is simply not going to go away.

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SOCIAL

Happy Hour Social with Prizes

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EST

Facilitated by Tedda LaChance, Director, Member Support and Operations, Northern New England


Thursday, January 7
Roundtable

Cracker Barrel #2

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. EST

Facilitated by Tedda LaChance, Director, Member Support and Operations, Northern New England

The cracker barrel is a circle of conversation. Named after informal discussions that took place in the country store around the cracker barrel, a cracker barrel conference presentation format brings together participants for a series of short, intensive conversations.

This tradition has been enjoyed by Northern New England independent school business leaders for well over a decade. With topics generated from within the membership, our goal is to get as many questions answered as possible in rapid succession.

Submit your questions as part of your conference registration or by emailing Tedda LaChance, Director, Member Support and Operations, Northern New England.

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Keynote

Addressing Barriers / Creating Opportunities

The role of the business office in diversity, equity, inclusion and justice

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

Presented and Facilitated by Liza Talusan, Ph.D.

Many independent schools have embraced that diversity and inclusion are critical to teaching and learning. We have spent a considerable amount of time examining our curriculum and pedagogy. But where does that leave our business and finance offices and those who do not have direct teaching responsibilities?

Too often, our business practices are not included in critical discussions about diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. Yet, business offices, HR, finance and supplier relations often uphold policies, programs, practices and procedures that can be barriers to moving this work forward.

Join us for this interactive session as we examine the opportunities business offices have to engage in this work and to align our practices with diversity, inclusion, equity and justice. Come with a particular policy or practice that you want to take a deeper look at and begin creating some action items during our session together. 

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Conference Reflections and Farewell

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Join us for an open mic of sorts, sharing conference highlights and personal commitments. Enjoy the opportunity to win special farewell raffle giveaways.


Participating Peer Schools

  • Berwick Academy
  • Cardigan Mountain School
  • Cheverus High School
  • The Derryfield School
  • Dublin School
  • Hebron Academy
  • Holderness School
  • Kents Hill School
  • Kimball Union Academy
  • Lincoln Academy
  • Long Trail School
  • New Hampton School
  • Proctor Academy
  • St. Johnsbury Academy
  • Vermont Academy
  • The White Mountain School
  • Wolfeboro Camp School

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