Thursday, November 7, 2019
Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Assemble your team and join our annual day devoted to all things critical to great independent school governance, enhanced with more diverse and robust interaction opportunities than ever before!

This is a day for heads, senior administrators, board chairs and trustees to come together with each other outside of your own school's board room, and alongside your peers from independent schools across New England, to advance your own connectivity as stewards of your school and your personal and collective thinking.

Featured Speakers:

Ruha Benjamin and Grant Lichtman

Register Your Group

Traveling far, or simply interested in immersing more in this experience? Reserve overnight rooms on-site at Four Points by Sheraton, using AISNE's preferred rates. Call 781-769-7900 and say you're with AISNE.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Arrive, Register, Enjoy Networking Over Breakfast
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Claire Leheny
, Executive Director, AISNE
8:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote
Ruha Benjamin
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Benjamin studies the social dimensions of science, technology and and medicine. She writes, teaches and speaks widely about the relationships between knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice. She helps leaders and decision makers understand how emerging technologies deepen social inequities and even reinforce white supremacy.

Dr. Benjamin will speak about the relationship between innovation and equity, and work we may all consider towards harnessing science and technology for greater equality.

Together with Dr. Benjamin, we will look at the historical intersections of racial injustice and technology, and where these topics inform possible solutions for the future.

"Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the worlds you cannot live within." — Ruha Benjamin

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Talk I: Governance Fundamentals and Updates
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

  • Legal Updates for Independent Schools: Greg Manousos
  • The Value of Accreditation: Commitment to Continuous Improvement: Sara Wilson
  • Governance Fundamentals: What Every Trustee Needs to Know: Claire Leheny | No one is born a good trustee. It takes time and practice. Learn, or be reminded of, the fundamental practices effective boards use to support school leaders, steward their missions and strengthen their communities. Consider the three levels of governance of high functioning boards: fiduciary, strategic and generative, and how they underpin the work of mission-driven governance.
  • The Role of Governing Boards in Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Schools: YW Boston
  • The Head of School Contracts: Tips and Traps: McLane Middleton
  • The Role of the Board in Enrollment Management: Recruitment, Enrollment & Retention: Jesse Roberts

Talk II: Trends, Applications and Innovations
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

  • The Head of School Search Process: Closed vs. Open
  • Centering Mission, Centering Self: the Essential Work of the Trustee: Lynn Bowman and Noni Thomas López, Gordon School; Kimberly Ridley, Fayerweather Street School | Given their strategic position, trustees play an essential role in ensuring their schools prioritize, support and invest in the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment. This work is mission critical and deeply personal. This workshop will emphasize how identity, socialization and positionality impact how we inhabit our leadership roles and will invite participants to examine how their personal stories and experiences intersect with their role as school fiduciary.
  • Think Strategically About Building Engagement: Make Your Message Resonate: Maria LaTour Kadison
  • Preventing and Managing Litigation: Sara Goldsmith Schwartz
  • Big Data: Grow Your Bottom Line with Enrollment Management Dashboards: Jesse Roberts

Networking Lunch
Gather with Peers, Exchange Insights, Experiences and Aspirations
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Speaker and Facilitator
Grant Lichtman
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Grant Lichtman works with forward-leaning educators to face three really big questions imperative to maintaining relevancy for their schools.

  • Why should schools change? For many, that train has left the station, but some school communities still need to make the case.
  • What will that change look like? For many, it is a transformed, student-centered “deeper learning” system that replaces a very outdated, Industrial Age, teacher-centric system.
  • How will we make the change? We know how good organizations make successful transformation. We have to adapt this knowledge and culture for the unique real-world conditions of schools.

Grant Lichtman will provide a clear paradigm for transforming outmoded schools into schools that will help children to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Be inspired by Grant while also hearing case study examples directly from your peers.

Wrap-Up and Farewell
Becky Biggs, Director, Professional Development, AISNE
3:00 p.m.

Join These Schools

  • Andover School of Montessori
  • Applewild School
  • Austin Preparatory School
  • Bard College at Simon's Rock
  • Bay Farm Montessori Academy
  • Belmont Day School
  • Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School
  • The Common School
  • Dana Hall School
  • The Derryfield School
  • Falmouth Academy
  • Fay School
  • The Fenn School
  • German International School of Boston
  • Gordon School
  • Kingsley Montessori School
  • The Learning Project Elementary School
  • The Meadowbrook School of Weston
  • Moorestown Friends School
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • The Pike School
  • Riverbend School
  • Tenacre Country Day School
  • The Sage School
  • School One
  • Shady Hill School
  • Summit Montessori School
  • Tower School
  • Waldorf School of Lexington
  • Wellan Montessori School
  • The Wheeler School

Governance 2019 is generously sponsored by: