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Tri-State Conference for Heads of School - CAIS, NJAIS, NYSAIS

Date: Wednesday - November 05, 2014
Time: All Day
Location: Mohonk Mountain House

Wednesday, November 5 - Friday November 7, 2014
Speakers: Ewan McIntosh, danah boyd, Donna Orem, Pasi Sahlberg, Leon Botstein, and others

New Paltz, NY
Phone 845-255-1000

 This conference is made possible by the following Strategic Partners.


 




 

Speakers: Ewan McIntosh, dana boyd, Donna Orem, Pasi Sahlberg, Leon Botstein, and others

Unless otherwise noted:

  • general sessions in red will be in in the Main Parlor
  • concurrent sessions in blue will be in the rooms designated
  • meals will be in the Main Dining Room

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.

Wednesday 11/5/14

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

NYSAIS Board Retreat and Meeting in Azalea (Conference House)

1:00 - 3:00 PM

NJAIS Board Meeting Rose/Dogwood (Conference House)

3:00 - 4:30 PM CAIS Board Meeting in Lilac (Conference House

4:00 PM

Registration Desk opens. Tea in Lake Lounge.

4:30 PM

Parlor

Welcome by the Conference Committee

  • Pamela Fiander,  Chatham Day School, NJ
  • Kate Turley, City and Country School, NY
  • Janet Hartwell, Greens Farms Academy, CT

Session 1 – Personal Computer, Personal Thinking
Ewan McIntosh, CEO, NoTosh Limited

2014 marks the 30th birthday of the personal computer as we know it today, designed to unleash the creative spirit of those in every home who has one. Yet, all too often, the time spent with technology in schools can amount to little more than computational administration, recall and remembering.

How might we create the kind of learning environments where students and teachers harness technology when they really need to, where it serves to help us evaluate, analyse and, above all, create?

Ewan puts his own question to the test by delivering this keynote online, with follow-up workshops led in person by his US colleague, David Bill, and a mass of digital media to explore before, during and after the talk. Fasten your digital seatbelts...

6:30 PM

Cocktails and Dinner  - assigned table # on your nametag

  • Carole Everett, NJAIS
  • Mark Lauria, NYSAIS
  • Doug Lyon, CAIS

Wine at dinner compliments of Austin & Co.

Thursday 11/6/14

8:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast
“Where Will We Be in 2034?”
Donna Orem, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Presider: Josie Holford, Poughkeepsie Day School, NY

The last 20 years have not been the easiest for independent schools. Increasing competition, shifting demographics, changing family values, escalating costs and tuitions, new technologies—these and other developments have challenged independent schools like never before. The next 20 years will not be easy—but they can be better, much better, if we recognize, now, the opportunities that our challenges present.

9:00 AM

Session 2 - Breakouts

Azalea

(Conference House)

2a • How can we address the challenges of the Global Achievement Gap?
Chris Maxey,
Founder of The Island School www.islandschool.org/‎
Presider: Kate Turley, City and Country School, NY

How do we respond to the challenge that school is broken?  What if the most successful way to prepare young people for the real world is as simple as creating real world opportunities in school?  Information is so vast and accessible and experience and creativity is all the more critical.  Let’s share examples of where powerful and authentic problem solving is happening at The Island School and in your schools.  What are the obstacles for creating more space for schools to go to work?

Sunset

2b • The Partnership Paradigm: From Service to Engagement
Claire Leheny,
 National Network of Schools in Partnership
Lorna Smith
, Horizons National
Presiders: Janet Hartwell, Greens Farms Academy, CT
; William Philip, Westminster School, CT

There’s a growing demand among independent school leaders to move beyond a one-directional community service model as a method to express public purpose. With an increased focus on impact and its amplification, many schools are embracing reciprocal partnerships as a way to prioritize outcomes and focus resources. This session outlines how the landscape has changed, how schools are responding and what real-world, sustainable partnerships can look like.

Parlor


2c • The Market
Donna Orem, Chief Operating Officer, NAIS
Presider: Pamela Fiander,  Chatham Day School, NJ

This discussion will delve into changing demographics and economics for the NJ, CT, and NY, and will examine consumer trends in detail.

 Lilac

(Conference House)

2d • EdTech & Learning Spaces: Going beyond the hype and defining powerful learning experiences
David Bill, NoTosh
Presider: Josie Holford, Poughkeepsie Day School, NY

For all the digital gizmos you can buy and tables you can put on wheels, learning environments, and in turn the experiences they create, are only as powerful as the culture and curriculum that determine how you use them.
Building upon Ewan McIntosh's keynote, this workshop will offer participants the opportunity to identify what is beneath the hype and glitz of educational technology and classroom makeovers. They will learn strategies that will ensure their schools are able to take advantage of the available spatial and technological opportunities while ensuring those resources best support dynamic learning cultures. Attendees will be asked to consider each layer of a learning experience and define how they can best support powerful learning opportunities within their schools.    

10:30 AM

Break

11:00 AM

Session 3 – Breakouts

Azalea

(Conference House)


3a • How can we address the challenges of the Global Achievement Gap?
Chris Maxey,
Founder of The Island School www.islandschool.org/‎
Presider: Josie Holford, Poughkeepsie Day School, NY

How do we respond to the challenge that school is broken?  What if the most successful way to prepare young people for the real world is as simple as creating real world opportunities in school?  Information is so vast and accessible and experience and creativity is all the more critical.  Let’s share examples of where powerful and authentic problem solving is happening at The Island School and in your schools.  What are the obstacles for creating more space for schools to go to work?

Sunset


3b • The Partnership Paradigm: From service to engagement
Claire Leheny,
 National Network of Schools in Partnership
Lorna Smith,
Horizons National
Presiders: Janet Hartwell, Greens Farms Academy, CT; William Philip, Westminster School, CT

There’s a growing demand among independent school leaders to move beyond a one-directional community service model as a method to express public purpose. With an increased focus on impact and its amplification, many schools are embracing reciprocal partnerships as a way to prioritize outcomes and focus resources. This session outlines how the landscape has changed, how schools are responding and what real-world, sustainable partnerships can look like.

Parlor

3c • Governance
Donna Orem, Chief Operating Officer, NAIS

Presider: Kate Turley, City and Country, NY

This discussion will cover the changing role of boards and what they need to be doing to better serve schools in this time of great change.

Lilac

(Conference House)

3d • EdTech & Learning Spaces: Going beyond the hype and defining powerful learning experiences
David Bill, NoTosh

For all the digital gizmos you can buy and tables you can put on wheels, learning environments, and in turn the experiences they create, are only as powerful as the culture and curriculum that determine how you use them.
Building upon Ewan McIntosh's keynote, this workshop will offer participants the opportunity to identify what is beneath the hype and glitz of educational technology and classroom makeovers. They will learn strategies that will ensure their schools are able to take advantage of the available spatial and technological opportunities while ensuring those resources best support dynamic learning cultures. Attendees will be asked to consider each layer of a learning experience and define how they can best support powerful learning opportunities within their schools.    

12:30 PM

Buffet Lunch and Association Meetings

Main Dining Room

NYSAIS Annual Meeting – Scott Gaynor, Stephen Gaynor School, presiding
Mark Lauria, NYSAIS Executive Director

East Dining Room 1

CAIS Annual Meeting - Tom Main, King, presiding
Doug Lyons, Executive Director

East Dining Room 2

NJAIS Heads Meeting - Peter Lewis, The Winston School, presding
Carole Everett, Executive Director

2:00 PM

Parlor

Session 4 – Continuities and Discontinuities: Educating the Adolescent
Speaker: Leon Botstein

Presider:Kate Turley, City and Country School, NY

This talk will explore the impact of technology and politics on the way we approach the education of adolescents. The place of the humanities in the arts and the way we teach science will be considered.

3:00 PM

Free Time

4:00 PM

Tea in Lake Lounge

5:00 PM

Parlor

Session 5 – Understanding Everyday Youth Practices: Privacy and Bullying in a Networked World
Speaker: danah boyd
Presider: William Philip, Westminster School, CT

Youth turn to social media to socialize with their friends.  In the process, they engage in practices that often confound adults. They share information broadly, prompting parents and educators to think that teens don't care about privacy. And they navigate interpersonal conflict and status in front of broad audiences, prompting many adults to believe that online bullying is a novel scourge.  Drawing on a decade of ethnographic work with American youth, this talk will examine the dynamics of privacy and bullying and offer a new way of thinking about each. In short, it's complicated.

6:30 PM

Strategic Partners Reception and Dinner

Friday 11/7/14

8:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast

9:00 AM

Parlor

Session 6  – Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?
Speaker: Pasi Sahlberg
Presider: Josie Holford, Poughkeepsie Day School, NY

Finland’s education has become a benchmark for other countries in building better performing school systems. But people still too often think that the Finnish model can be transferred to the United States or other countries. Can we  understand better how educational ideas can or cannot be transferred, and what would be the global rules of change in education. Sahlberg will focus our attention on international education policies, educational change, and classroom teaching around the world. What can our schools learn from these policies and changes.

10:30 AM

Break

10:45 AM

Parlor

Session 5 – Continued

12:30 PM

Buffet luncheon
Trail lunches available upon request


Register Here

Featured Speakers

David Bill directs NoTosh Inc., a consultancy based in San Francisco that bridges the worlds of learning and innovation.  A teacher, coach, and school administrator turned design strategist, David works with clients to design strategies and solutions that address an organization's particular learning need. Having taught, led educator professional development, worked alongside various designers and architects, and run many community and school design workshops, David brings a deep understanding of and experience within the worlds of education and design.  Forever a teacher at heart, David thrives when using design as a means of empowering individuals and groups to think differently and in turn reach their potential.  Using various creative principles and practices, he helps organizations to execute change, develop creative strategies, curricula, experiences, and learning spaces.

Leon Botstein has been president of Bard College since 1975, where he is also Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. Under his leadership Bard College has become a premiere American educational institution with a successful network of innovative public high schools and an acclaimed college-degree program for maximum-security prisons, as well as a global presence with joint-degree programs across the globe. Dr. Botstein is also chairman of the board of the Central European University and a board member of the Open Society Foundations. Dr. Botstein has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, and is a conductor of international renown. He is co-artistic director of the acclaimed Summerscape and Bard Music Festivals at Bard College, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the state radio orchestra of Israel, where he served as music director from 2003 to 2010. Dr. Botstein is a prolific and award winning author: forthcoming is a sequel to his earlier book, Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture (1997).

danah boyd, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research is an expert on youth culture in a networked era — from online bullying to sexting. She is an internationally recognized authority on the ways people use networked social media as a context for social interaction — who inhabits the world of online social network sites, what they
do there, and why. She has been called the "high priestess" of online social network sites by the Financial Times. danah researches how social media like
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube are integrated into people's daily practices. Much of her work focuses on American youth practices, popular social network sites, and sociality. She was one of the researchers in a major 3-year study of digital youth funded by the MacArthur Foundation, resulting in the publication of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She also studies blogging, media making and social media more broadly. Her new book is It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. "In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media."

Claire Leheny is the first Executive Director at the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP). She was appointed by a national board of educational leaders to launch the organization, and establish its brand, membership offering and operating model.

Prior to joining NNSP, Claire served as Managing Director with Melcrum, a London-based research and training firm that serves senior leaders in global Fortune 500 companies. Claire was Senior Vice President for content and product development at United Communications Group, an information portfolio company based in Washington DC. She started her career in the classroom, teaching high-school students writing and literature. Claire holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MA in English Literature from Georgetown University, where she was a University Writing Fellow and graduated with highest honors.

Chris Maxey started his teaching career at The Lawrenceville School, and is the founder of the Island School semester program. The vision is to empower students and faculty to work toward solutions that help people become more self-sufficient.  The Island School is a mind, body and spirit experience that challenges students by immersing them in the ocean and introducing them to another culture.  Now fifteen years into the journey the Cape Eleuthera Foundation has expanded to include Deep Creek Middle School and resource center for local South Eleuthera students and a new Institute that can focus more energy on sustainable development initiatives.  The Cape Eleuthera community is modeling a shift toward a more livable future. For all who come to live and learn at Cape Eleuthera there is an opportunity to feel like people can make a difference.

Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, an Edinburgh-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world's top creative companies and school districts.
He is the French and German teacher who is advisor on the digital agenda to the Vice President of the European Commission, Mrs Neelie Kroes, and on learning to the Cabinet Minister for Education in Scotland.
More information on Ewan: http://notosh.com/who-we-are/ewan-mcintosh/
Ewan's début book, available in paperback and online: http://www.notosh.com/book

Donna Orem, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Independent Schools.  As the Chief Operating Officer for NAIS, Orem manages organizational strategic planning, provides vision for new organizational endeavors, and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. She also oversees NAIS services for school trustees. She is the author of numerous monographs and articles on how external trends affect independent schools and presents around the world on these topics.

Orem joined NAIS in 1998 as the vice president for educational leadership. In this role, she was responsible for the NAIS Annual Conference and numerous workshops and online programs to help educational leaders at independent schools. Previous to NAIS, she served as the vice president for products and services development at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In her 15 years at CASE, she also managed all services for the independent school advancement community including the annual CASE/NAIS Conference.

She also has served as associate director for the American Association of University Women, where she managed all member foundation programs, and as a director with the National Training and Development Service, a nonprofit organization serving state and local government. She has served on numerous independent school boards and chaired one.

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar. He worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. His expertise includes international educational change, future of schooling, and innovation in teaching and learning. His best-seller book "Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland" (Teachers College Press, 2011) won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award. He is a former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) in Helsinki and currently a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, USA.

 

Lorna Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Horizons National, has served as CEO since 2007. Under her leadership, Horizons National has become a vital resource for its affiliates, sustaining a network with strong organizational identity, stability, and consistency. Lorna has shepherded the organization through a period of unprecedented growth and built a national presence for Horizons. She brings market research expertise, extensive client service in several industries, and has co-owned two businesses, both of which experienced substantial growth and enjoyed excellent reputations under her management. Lorna holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.  Lorna is a founding board member for the National Network of Schools in Partnership, an organization comprised of public-private partners who share a common goal of expanding educational opportunities for all young people.


Registration is a 2-step process. Be sure to do both in Summer/Fall, 2014.

1. Reserve your room with Mohonk.

  • Click here to reserve your room online
  • Click here to download the Mohonk Residential Reservation Form (room and board)
  • Click here if you will be a day guest at Mohonk (meals only)
  • Or reserve by phone: 800-772-6646


Need car service? Please give the Mohonk 24 hours notice, or call a local taxi.

2. Register for the Conference - Register Here

Conference Fee:

  • Before September 1 - $320.00
  • September 1 - October 15- $345.00
  • After October 15 - $395.00

    Questions about the program? Email barbara@nysais.org
    Questions about registration? Email maria@nysais.org


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