Spring is here and it is time to gather with your AISNE member school peers for our Spring Northern New England Heads' Conference. We have a vibrant and engaging two days planned for you.

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Wednesday, April 28

Welcome | 1:00 p.m. EST

Claire Leheny
Executive Director

Eliza Alexander
Managing Director, Northern New England

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

Opening Keynote Address | 1:00 p.m.

Leading with Listening 

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge
Professor and Director
Klingenstein Center, Teachers College Columbia University

This session will focus on this question: How might listening play a transformative role in leadership practices? For this session, we will tune in to equity, inclusion, social action, and belonging work in our schools and our educational practices. Drawing from Zora Neale Hurston's notion of the power of "hungry listening," Nicole will explore this ethical mode of engagement and its potential for creating enduring change in schools.

Perspectives on Institutional Sustainability of Independent Schools | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Each participating head of school is invited to bring one board member to be a collaboration partner for this working session.

William Kummel
Rational Partners

Part One:

Is your school’s current trajectory sustainable long-term? In 15 years will your choices be: more + better, as many + as good, or fewer + worse. What actions can you take in the next five years to ensure future choices? 

Employing John Gulla's heuristic model of three buckets of school sustainability: secure, changing, and intransigent, examine the culture and indicia of sustainable and unsustainable schools. Identify critical dimensions schools should investigate with depth, data, and honesty to assume a long-term economically sustainable school with an honorable purpose and reasonable expectation of success. Finally, explore how heads and boards may operate as long-term owners of their institution. 

Building from this primer, investigate an integrated quantitative model of institutional sustainability to assess and manage strategy and economics. Examine 10 vital signs of an independent school's general health and how these vital signs offer insight into a school's life sustainability and how to change it. Explore novel strategies to improve long-term economic sustainability.

During the second part of this session, hear from a panel of head of school peers how they are approaching these opportunities and challenges.

Part Two:

Panel on Market Position, Student Population and Financial Sustainability: Three Case Studies in Institutional Sustainability

Clifford Haugen
Trustee, Meadowbrook School (PA)
President, BLBB Charitable 

Dan Marchetti
Head of School
Hebron Academy (ME)

William Kummel
Rational Partners (NY)

Running a school is like running a state: What resources do you consume in the present rather than conserve for the future? Join a Panel of Two heads and a foundation chair to discuss challenges and opportunities in crafting a sustainable economic model for their schools- day, boarding and town- and all schools. 

Happy Hour & Celebration of Peers | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun social hour reflecting on a remarkable school year and looking ahead to continued partnership and collaboration. Celebrate Mike Henriques of Proctor Academy and Mel MacKay of John Bapst Memorial High School as they retire from headship.

Thursday, April 29

Morning Meditation and Wellness | 7:15 - 8:00 a.m. EST

Ian Ramsey
Kauffmann Program Chair
Upper School Instrumental Music and Studio Band
North Yarmouth Academy

Shift your state into alertness, focus, and clarity. Using breath work, reflection and visualization, you’ll let go of some of the past year’s challenges and reconnect to your purpose and passion for education. Ian will weave in emerging research in neurobiology, performance psychology and flow science in a fun, relaxing way.

New Heads and Mentors Reunion Coffee | 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

What a year to step into headship! Regroup as a cohort of first year heads and mentors to reflect and celebrate a leadership year like no other. 

The Vaccine is Here! Understand the Road Ahead for Your School | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Michael Klingshirn
Board-Certified Epidemiologist and COVID-19 Planning Consultant
Fusion Cell

Matthew Morrissey
Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Fusion Cell

The COVID-19 pandemic created a new normal for independent schools in terms of navigating the complexities of community health. With the advent of widespread vaccinations, school leaders are once again recalibrating for summer and fall programming. Whether you are a boarding, day-school or a combination of both, you are invited to join your peers in conversation to discuss how the widespread vaccinations will and will not shift your strategies for ensuring a safe school environment.

  • What are the key considerations, paths, and options at this point in the pandemic?
  • When and where can you let your guard down, and when and where must you remain vigilant?

Fusion Cell's team of health experts and epidemiologists will share their findings on successful school protocols from the past year and advice for continued risk mitigation efforts going forward.

Expect to learn:

  • How mRNA and Johnson and Johnson vaccines work
  • Currently known vaccine limitations of the vaccine 
  • How to leverage vaccinated individuals to increase offerings

Fostering Resiliency through COVID and Stressful Times: Using a Trauma and Resiliency-Informed Approach | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Arabella Pérez
Clinical Faculty
University of New England

COVID 19 has presented significant personal, professional, and community toxic stress that qualifies as a community trauma. The impact will be felt for years and will shape our systems and our communities. The principles of trauma and resiliency informed care can serve as guidance as we approach healing and recovery.

Trauma and resiliency-informed care provides a framework to understand and effectively come to terms with organizational stress. Healthy and resilient organizations are aware of toxic and traumatic stress experienced by staff and community members. Trauma and resiliency-informed care is grounded in brain science and recognizes the connection between toxic stress and organizational work culture. Using this framework, organizations can navigate the layers of harm, find organizational strengths, and persist in efforts that build resiliency. 

Together we'll:

  • Review the concepts of organizational trauma and stress
  • Reflect on the connection between self and work
  • Identify how you, as an individual and a leader, respond to stress
  • Describe and identify individual and team strategies that can be used to respond to trauma, stress, and build resiliency
  • Review the essential ingredients of trauma-informed leadership with a focus on safety, trust, and mindful compassion

Closing Reflections | 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Claire Leheny
Executive Director

Eliza Alexander
Managing Director, Northern New England

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

Come together to share reflections and exchange next steps as we move forward from the year's conference.

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