A Two-Day Virtual Experience

For heads of school, board chairs, trustees, and senior administrative team members

Thursday, November 5 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday, December 8 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Note:
We welcome you to register to attend our live sessions on 12/8 and to access 11/5 content and recordings (available soon). Register Here


Registration Options
  • Member Schools: $199 per person: 1-2 participants, $149 per person: 3-4 participants, $129 per person: 5+ participants
  • Non-Member Schools: $299 per person: 1-2 participants, $249 per person: 3+ participants

Please name a coordinator and assemble a group of participants from your school.

Please be sure each participant's email address is entered accurately for conference access.

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Thursday, November 5


Governance

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. EST

We Need to Talk: The Trifecta of Factors Influencing Current Times and Future Planning

Facilitated by:

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording. 

The future is not what you thought it would be. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis will have a long tail with consequences for schools far into the future. The shape of what comes next is beginning to emerge from the fog, and this session will explore the ten most important factors boards and heads of school must keep in mind as you adapt to governing and leading in a changed world.

Learn how smart boards use the governance tools at their disposal—financial stewardship, partnership with the head of school, and strategizing for a preferable future—to keep their schools on a sound footing and emerge stronger.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. EST

Unpack Student of Color Experiences Through Data: Build a More Inclusive Community and Strengthen Your School for Long Term Health and Success

Facilitated by:

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording. 

Examine how quantitative and qualitative data can inform strategic support for students of color and strengthen your community. Explore the findings of a mixed-method research study of 525 participants in grades 6-12 from 74 independent school communities across the Northeast. See first-hand how this form of research yields statistical and narrative data for making the case to reexamine how schools support students of color and how school leaders may engage their broader community in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism work.

Learn about the primary pain points expressed by students of color at predominantly white institutions and the specific areas of support which the data shows would be most effective in improving students' experiences. Central themes covered will include sense of belonging, emotional well-being, and self-efficacy.

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Admissions & Enrollment Management

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. EST

Reimagine Enrollment: For Applicant Families in 2020-2021 and Beyond

Facilitated by:

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording. 

The foundation of a modern admissions system includes targeting key student characteristics, triangulating across measures to get the best information, and transforming tools to reduce bias and improve accuracy. In doing so, we can make the best possible decisions based on high-quality information about cognitive and non-cognitive characteristics. But should that be the end? In this dynamic session Professor Kuncel will present a framework for reimagining enrollment as a full partner in child development by using our hard-earned information to create a development plan, inform developmental experiences, and develop an application and admission process that is truly child-centered.

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Risk Management

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. EST

Top Ten Risk Management Topics for Trustees and Heads in 2020

Facilitated by:

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording, available by email request to Sara Goldsmith Schwartz (sschwartz@shpclaw.com).

In this lively and interactive session, experienced education and employment lawyer Sara Schwartz will facilitate a conversation about this year’s top legal issues facing independent school trustees and heads. Sara will discuss current hot topics such as: enterprise risk management; governance best practices; head of school hiring, management and separation; foundational documents before, during and after COVID-19; Black Lives Matter; PPP and other federal funding; tuition disputes; and community unrest.

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Strategic Planning & Innovation

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. EST

Strategic Innovation in the Age of COVID-19: Take Informed Risks, Innovate and Lead Forward: Part 1 of 2

Facilitated by:

  • Tim Fish | Chief Innovation Officer, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording. 

We are living in unprecedented times. While day-to-day challenges seem to consume every waking moment for school leaders, there is also an imperative to look beyond the current crisis and plan for the future. In these two sessions (11/5 and 12/8) Tim will provide a high-level look at emerging industry trends and frameworks schools can use to clarify your differentiated value and emerge from this crisis with an enhanced capacity to innovate.  

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Day 1: Reflections, Prompts and Farewell

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. EST


Tuesday, December 8


Governance

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. EST

The Board as the Emotional Anchor of the School

Facilitated by:

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording. 

Boards think of themselves as having strategic and fiduciary responsibilities, but in a crisis like the pandemic, the board's most important role may be in supporting the head of school and in displaying the emotional stability your community requires.

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Staffing & Recruiting

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. EST

Inclusive Recruitment and Retention: Attract and Retain People of Color

Facilitated by:

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording. 

Recruitment, retention and support for diversity, equity and inclusion are achieved when a community understands why it is important, when structures are created to reduce bias, and when leaders understand how to hold others accountable to inclusive processes. Examine key areas of success for recruitment, retention and support and demystify the process of finding great candidates and great places to work.

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Advancement & Development

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. EST

Move Forward with Confidence and Clarity: Campaign Planning During COVID

Facilitated by:

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording. 

Were you on the cusp of a major campaign before COVID-19 struck? In the middle of a quiet phase? About to go public? The COVID-19 pandemic may have caused the world to take a collective pause, but fundraising efforts must continue to help your organization serve its community and fulfill its mission.
 
In this interactive session, gain tools to steer your organization toward an ambitious campaign with confidence and clarity. Engage with your peers across New England in breakout groups to share, reflect and brainstorm practical strategies for maintaining campaign momentum amid the ups and downs of the present moment.
 
Acquire language to communicate most effectively to your leadership and stakeholders, including consideration of audiences, goals and benchmarks, the resources required, and the return on investment.

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Risk Management

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. EST

Tips and Traps for Foundational Documents: In General and in This COVID-19 Climate

Facilitated by:

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording, available by email request to Sara Goldsmith Schwartz (sschwartz@shpclaw.com).

In this lively and interactive session, experienced education and employment lawyer Sara
Schwartz will facilitate a conversation about best practices for Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, 990 Policies, Trustee Code of Ethics and more. Using real-life hypotheticals, and drawing on her nearly 30 years of legal experience, Sara will guide participants through the significant responsibilities trustees have in ensuring a school’s governance documents comply with legal requirements and best practices.

Sara will also address several of the unique issues arising in the COVID-19 climate, such as establishing a focused and confident leadership approach to the pandemic; bylaw
considerations for remote meetings; accessing the endowment; head of school employment agreements in this climate; and interim leadership for the head of school and the board chair.

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Strategic Planning & Innovation

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. EST

Strategic Innovation in the Age of COVID-19: Take Informed Risks, Innovate and Lead Forward: Part 2 of 2

Facilitated by:

  • Tim Fish | Chief Innovation Officer, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Open to All Conference Participants
This session will be available as an on-demand recording. 

We are living in unprecedented times. While day-to-day challenges seem to consume every waking moment for school leaders, there is also an imperative to look beyond the current crisis and plan for the future. In these two sessions (11/5 and 12/8) Tim will provide a high-level look at emerging industry trends and frameworks schools can use to clarify your differentiated value and emerge from this crisis with an enhanced capacity to innovate.  

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Day 2: Reflections and Farewell

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. EST


On-Demand, Pre-Recorded Resources

  • Head Compensation: Contracts, Trends, Needs & Best Practices
  • Economic Market Update: Many Bumps, No Big Dips
  • The Ten Sacred Cows: The Trade-offs of Income and Expenses

Plus additional offerings


Participating Schools
  • Andover School of Montessori
  • Applewild School
  • Atrium School
  • Bancroft School
  • Belmont Day School
  • Belmont Hill School
  • Berkshire Country Day School
  • Cambridge Montessori School
  • The Cambridge School of Weston
  • Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School
  • Charlestown Nursery School
  • The Chestnut Hill School
  • Chewonki Foundation
  • Dedham Country Day School
  • The Derryfield School
  • Esperanza Academy
  • Fayerweather Street School
  • The Fenn School
  • Glen Urquhart School
  • Gordon School
  • Inly School
  • Kingsley Montessori School
  • The Learning Project Elementary School
  • The Meadowbrook School of Weston
  • Nashoba Brooks School
  • North Yarmouth Academy
  • Oak Meadow School
  • Park Street School
  • Pike School
  • Pingree School
  • The Putney School
  • The Rashi School
  • Riverbend School
  • Rocky Hill Country Day School
  • The Roxbury Latin School
  • The Sage School
  • School One
  • Shady Hill School
  • St. John's Prep
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School
  • Summit Montessori School
  • Tenacre Country Day School
  • Touchstone Community School
  • Tower School
  • Vermont Commons School
  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts
  • The Wheeler School

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