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Online Teaching and Learning

Date: Monday - December 08, 2014
Time: All Day
Location: Mohonk Mountain House

Monday December 8 - Tuesday December 9

New Paltz, NY

Independent schools are increasingly integrating online learning and teaching (OTL) to compliment and expand curricular offerings for enrichment, individualization and global exchange. Providing new paradigms for teaching and learning, OTL transcends the boundaries of the traditional classroom and encourages students, using twenty-first century tools, to work with greater independence and allows schools to provide curricular variety efficiently and economically. This conference will provide the latest information on online learning: models, programs, processes and platforms. Leaders of seven programs will present and answer questions. The flexible schedule will allow time for working in teams and for hands-on experience with online tools and platforms. Considered will be how online learning can be supported through the possibility of sharing classes and resources through a NYSAIS consortium.

The conference is designed for heads of schools, trustees, faculty and educational technologists who are leaders in strategic initiatives and curricular and design planning. We encourage schools to send teams.

Facilitators: NYSAIS Staff (Mark Lauria, Barbara Swanson, Judith Sheridan, George Swain), Michael Gee (Head of School, Allendale-Columbia School), Josie Holford (Head of School, Poughkeepsie Day School)


  • To identify educational trends that the internet can challenge schools to address

  • To identify core values that have not and should be more fully advanced by online teaching and learning  

  • To explore how OTL  supports strategic thinking and organizational learning in schools

  • To explore how OTL can enhance professional learning

  • To leave with action items or areas of focus

 In the schedule below, sessions designated with will be livestreamed. You can watch live, or click the logo to view all of the NYSAIS archived sessions from past conferences.


Monday, December 8


Arrival, Coffee

11:00 - 11:30

Plenary Session (Mark)

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Who are we, why are we here.

11:30 - 12:30

Overview of the purpose and goals of OTL (Marcy)

  • A big picture look at trends, strengths,challenges. Deeper look at goals and expand to include goals of the group.

  • TED talk, intro. of Bright Spots, etc.

  • Intro Comparison Chart

12:30 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:30

Presentation 1 (Mick)

2:30 - 2:50

Q/A and discussion

2:50 - 3:30

Small group discussion 1 (Mick): reaction to presentations, readings, topics, questions, themes for exploration [NAIS article - Leadership; Human Relationships/Ethics]

3:30 - 4:00

Plenary Session (Josie)

  • What have we learned?
  • What do we still need to find out?

4:00 - 4:30

Break - Tea in Lake Lounge
Optional check in with your school team

4:30 - 5:30

Presentation 2 (Judy)

5:30 - 5:50

Q/A and Discussion

5:50 - 6:30

Small group discussion 2: (Judy)  reaction to presentations, readings, topics, questions, themes for exploration [NAIS article - Teaching and Learning; Professional Development]


Drinks and Dinner


Tuesday, December 9

8:00 - 9:00


9:00 - 9:30

Plenary Session (Marcy)

  • Bright Spots
  • Review of yesterday’s work; outline of the day’s goals and work ahead

9:30 - 10:30

Presentation 3  (Barbara)

  • Stanford Online HS
    Ray Ravaglia,

  • United Nations International School Blended Learning Lab
    Jeremy Birk, Sochenda Samreth, and Pascale Vallet

    There’s a giant chasm in traditional professional development models—teachers listen attentively to concepts of educational excellence but do not have the resources (time and on-going support) to implement them. TheBlended Learning Lab brings a practical answer to these challenges. Just as students in a technology supported learning environment should have control over the time, place, path and pace of their learning, teachers when participating in professional learning should have similar freedom. The Blended Learning Lab provides a two-week hands-on experience that engages students, teachers, technologists, and edupreuners in designing innovative learning experiences and blended learning modules (2-3 week units of study) for individual courses. In preparation for the learning module design and building phase, teachers enroll in a blended professional development course that runs before and after the Lab. The blended nature of the professional development course permits learner control over the learning process and provides teachers with extended time to digest theory in reference to their current practice.  As an additional and important activator of student and teacher creativity, this experience is embedded within a co-working space and networked with ed tech companies and eduprenuers in Manhattan. Rather than mere exposure to theory without practical application, the Blended Learning Lab is a coherent, school-based solution for blended learning training that yields dynamic and engaging results for students, teachers, and ed-tech partners.

10:30 - 10:50

Q/A and discussion

10:50 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:45

Tools for Online Learning (Mick)

Dane Ramshaw -
Brian Flannery -

11:45 - 12:00

Q/A and discussion

12:00 - 1:00


1:00 - 1:30

Plenary Session (Josie)

  • What have we learned?
  • What projects or initiatives are coming to mind
  • What do we still need to find out?

1:30 - 3:00

Project Planning: Groups meet.
How might we/What ifs.../Pilot programs & initiatives

3:00 - 4:00

Plenary Session (Mark)

  • Pitch pilot programs
  • What have we learned?
  • What do we still need to find out?
  • Goals and Action Items

4:00 - 4:30

Tea and depart

Transportation and Directions: Mohonk is easily reached from New York City via Adironkack Trailways non-stop bus from Port Authority to New Paltz.

More information will be sent directly to registrants. Should you have questions, contact

Register Here  Registration is a 2-step process.
1. Reserve your room with Mohonk using one of the following.

2. Registration and Credit Card Payment*

Group discount for 3 or more registering together. Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

  • NYSAIS Members - $280.00
  • Non-members - $330.00

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

  • NYSAIS Members - $310.00
  • Non-members - $350.00

A late fee will be charged after December 4.

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