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Tri-State Conference for Heads of School (NY, NJ, CT)

Date: Wednesday - November 01, 2017
Time: All Day
Location: Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz, NY
Phone 845-255-1000

Wednesday, November 1 - Friday November 3, 2017

Speakers: Leymah Gbowee, Genevieve Madigan, Donna Orem, Caryn Pass, Rick Proctor, Tim Snyder, Charles Vogl

 

This conference is made possible by the following Strategic Partners:

     
     
     

General Sessions in Parlor.  Meals in 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 11/1/17

9:00 – 3:00

NYSAIS Board Retreat and Meeting in Conference House (NYSAIS Board Members only)

12:00 – 3:00

NJAIS Board Meeting in Cliff  View (3rd Floor)

4:00

Registration Desk opens. Tea in Lake Lounge.

4:30 – 6:15

 

Welcome by the Conference Committee

  • Gina Panza, St. Thomas Day School, CT
  • Eileen Lambert, Saddle River Day School, NJ
  • Matthew Stuart, Caedmon School, NY

Session 1 – Opening Keynote: Fostering Civic Engagement in Independent Schools

Leymah Gbowee, who'd become a social worker during the first war, helped organize an interreligious coalition of Christian and Muslim women called the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement. Dressed in white, these thousands of women staged pray-ins and nonviolent protests demanding reconciliation and the resuscitation of high-level peace talks. The pressure pushed Charles Taylor into exile, and smoothed the path for the election of Africa’s first female head of state, Leymah's fellow 2011 Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Gbowee is the founder and president of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, which provides educational and leadership opportunities to girls, women and the youth in West Africa.

6:30

Cocktails and Strategic Partner Reception - Main Dining Room
NYSAIS New Heads Cocktail Reception - East Dining Room

7:30

Dinner for all in Main Dining Room - assigned table # on your nametag

  • Introductions - Mark Lauria, NYSAIS; Doug Lyons, CAIS; Carole Everett, NJAIS

After Dinner

  • World Series in Parlor
  • Screening of documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" in Lauren Lounge (ground floor, off Lake Lounge)

Thursday 11/2/17

8:00 – 8:45

Buffet Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00


Session 2 - The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging
Charles H. Vogl
Presider: Sergio Alati, Stevens Cooperative School, NJ

We all want to belong to strong and supportive communities. But can communities be built, or must they arise spontaneously? Won’t intervening in the process destroy it? No, says Charles Vogl.  Both in his career and as a personal quest, Vogl has been deeply invested in understanding what it takes to bring and keep people together. He’s discovered that while community can’t be forced, it can be actively encouraged and nurtured.

Drawing on 3,000 years of history, Vogl lays out  time-tested principles that every leader can apply to grow enduring, effective, and supportive communities. They are distilled from spiritual traditions, since major religions have built highly diverse communities that have lasted for centuries. Vogl has secularized and universalized these principles so they can enrich a wide array of communities— formal or informal, physical or virtual, and centered on any shared interest.

Vogl describes each principle’s purpose and provides extensive hands-on tools for creatively adapting them to the style, needs, and inclinations of your particular group. He also helps leaders ensure that their communities remain healthy and life affirming and do not degenerate into rigid cults. This is a guide to bringing friendship, connection, and support to where there had been loneliness, separation, and isolation.

All participants will receive a copy of Vogl's book The Art of Community.

12:00

All NYSAIS Participants meet for group photo on Sunset Porch

12:15 – 1:00

Buffet Lunch - Main Dining Room

12:15 - 1:00

NYSAIS New Heads Lunch - East Dining Room

1:15 – 2:15

Session 3 - Concurrent Workshops

 Parlor

3A. Legally Speaking....
Caryn Pass, Chair, Education Practice, Venable LLP
Presider: Matthew Stuart, Caedmon School, NY

Attorney Caryn Pass will review the legal landscape facing independent schools, including such topics as Head of School Contracts, student and alumni sexual harassment allegations, issues in mandatory reporting, new challenges in employee terminations and student discipline and transgender students. There will be time for questions. 

Sunset

3B. Mastery Transcript Consortium: Who, What and Why? 
Patricia C. Russell, Interim Executive Director, & Scott Looney, Founder, Mastery Transcript Consortium
Presider: Jane Foley Fried, The Brearley Schoolm NY

The Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) is a collective of high schools organized around the development and dissemination of an alternative model of assessment, crediting and transcript generation. This model calls for students to demonstrate a mastery of skills, knowledge and habits of mind by presenting evidence that is then assessed against an institutionally specific standard of mastery.


Laurel Lounge (ground Floor)

3C. Surviving a School Shooting:  Beyond the "Lockdown"
Rick Proctor, VIAT Consulting, LLC
Presider: Sergio Alati, Stevens Cooperative School, NJ

School districts all over the country are changing their response to a school shooter. They have recognized that although “lockdown” has its place in school security, it should not be the primary response to a school shooter. These districts have taken the initiative to train faculty and students on various response options, which will increase their chance of survival when confronted by a violent intruder. This presentation will use facts from prior school shootings to explore the difference between simply locking down, versus utilizing various response options and will address common concerns among educators. The presenter may also address other areas of school security, such as proper response to a bomb threat.

Informative, reassuring and empowering, Rick Proctor will help you lead your institution in developing best practices in safety and security. 

Cliff View
(3rd Floor)

3D. The Unusual Independent School Business Model (and why we continue to live it)
Genevieve Madigan, CFO, Kent Place School
Presider: Eileen Lambert, Saddle River Day School, NJ

The Independent School industry has been having many conversations about ‘our model’.  If we having been using the same model for more than one hundred years, is it really broken?  Why doesn’t the model seem to work now?  Join the discussion about the independent school business model and what the next evolution might look like.    

Mountain View

3E. Get to Know the Hybrid Learning Consortium
Sarah Hofstra, Director, Hybrid Learning Consortium (HLC)

Learn about HLC and the online learning our collective of schools is building and offering. In a conversational setting, meet with Sarah Hofstra, Founding Director of HLC, as well as have an opportunity to hear from peer partnering NYSAIS schools. Also, explore HLC classes taught by our partner faculty, consider implementation that aligns with your own school’s distinct culture and share the ways that online learning presents both opportunities and challenge in your community.

2:30 – 3:30

Session 4 - Concurrent Workshops

Parlor

4A. Legally Speaking....
Caryn Pass, Chair, Education Practice, Venable LLP
PresiderEileen Lambert, Saddle River Day School, NJ

Attorney Caryn Pass will review the legal landscape facing independent schools, including such topics as Head of School Contracts, student and alumni sexual harassment allegations, issues in mandatory reporting, new challenges in employee terminations and student discipline and transgender students. There will be time for questions. 

Sunset

4B. Mastery Transcript Consortium: Who, What and Why? 
Patricia C. Russell, Interim Executive Director, & Scott Looney, Founder, Mastery Transcript Consortium
Presider: Matthew Stuart, Caedmon School, NY

The Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) is a collective of high schools organized around the development and dissemination of an alternative model of assessment, crediting and transcript generation. This model calls for students to demonstrate a mastery of skills, knowledge and habits of mind by presenting evidence that is then assessed against an institutionally specific standard of mastery.

Laurel Lounge (ground Floor)

4C. Surviving a School Shooting:  Beyond the "Lockdown"
Rick Proctor, VIAT Consulting, LLC
Presider: Martha Haakmat, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, NY

School districts all over the country are changing their response to a school shooter. They have recognized that although “lockdown” has its place in school security, it should not be the primary response to a school shooter. These districts have taken the initiative to train faculty and students on various response options, which will increase their chance of survival when confronted by a violent intruder. This presentation will use facts from prior school shootings to explore the difference between simply locking down, versus utilizing various response options and will address common concerns among educators. The presenter may also address other areas of school security, such as proper response to a bomb threat.

Informative, reassuring and empowering, Rick Proctor will help you lead your institution in developing best practices in safety and security.

Cliff View
(3rd Floor)

4D. Understanding your School’s Financial Position
Genevieve Madigan, CFO, Kent Place School
Presider: Gina Panza, St. Thomas Day School, CT

NBOA has been taking a comprehensive look at the balance sheets of independent schools since 2011. Since then, hundreds of school have participated in the Financial Position Study which tracks vital financial ratios. A core group of 189 schools have participated every year. Explore the key ratios and trends over the past five years.  Learn the trends from this core group and how they can be used to monitor your school's financial health and keep your trustees focused on the things that really matter.

Mountain View

4E. Get to Know the Hybrid Learning Consortium
Sarah Hofstra, Director, Hybrid Learning Consortium

Learn about HLC and the online learning our collective of schools is building and offering. In a conversational setting, meet with Sarah Hofstra, Founding Director of HLC, as well as have an opportunity to hear from peer partnering NYSAIS schools. Also, explore HLC classes taught by our partner faculty, consider implementation that aligns with your own school’s distinct culture and share the ways that online learning presents both opportunities and challenge in your community.

2:30 - 4:30 CAIS Board Meeting in Conference House
3:30 – 5:00

Free Time

Merritt Books pop-up book store will be located in Lake Lounge, featuring books by Friday speaker, Tim Snyder, and many others.

4:00

Tea in Lake Lounge

5:00 – 6:15

Session 5 - The Tipping Point for Schools Today
Donna Orem, President, National Association of Independent Schools
Presider: James Dawson, Professional Children's School, NY

We are experiencing unprecedented change in the external environment today, which is ushering in both challenge and opportunity for schools. This session will:

  • identify today’s most pressing issues and compelling opportunities, 
  • discuss how to know when a school is at a tipping point, 
  • outline what research should be accessed/questions probed  to be clear on the situation a school faces and options available, and 
  • define steps for moving forward strategically.  

This proactive session is designed to provide school leaders with tools for both diagnosis and strategy.

6:30

  • NYSAIS Former Heads and Directors Cocktail Reception in East Dining Room
  • Cocktail Reception in Main Dining Room 

7:30

Dinner and Celebration of NYSAIS' 70th Anniversary

Main Dining Room

 

Friday 11/3/17

8:00 – 9:45

 Buffet Breakfast and Annual Meetings
  • NYSAIS - Main Dining Room
  • CAIS - East Dining Room 2
  • NJAIS - East Dining Room 1

10:00 – 12:00

Parlor

 Session 5 – On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Tim Snyder, Yale University
Presider: Gina Panza, St. Thomas Day School, CT

“The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.  Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”

12:00 noon Buffet luncheon
Trail lunches available upon request


2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is Founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She also founded the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative and Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia
Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Leymah currently serves as a member of the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development. She is a board member of the Federation of Liberian Youth. Leymah’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. In addition, Gbowee is the Newsweek Daily Beast's Africa columnist. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Gbowee Peace Foundation and the PeaceJam Foundation, and she is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She holds a M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), and a
Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa and University of Alberta in Canada. Leymah was honored as a flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. After receiving the Barnard College Medal of Distinction, she was named as a Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice and a Visiting Transnational Fellow at the Center for Research on Women, and Fellow in Residence at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College for the 2013/2014 academic year. She is currently a distinguished residence scholar at the Union Seminary in New York, a Member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocacy Group and a proud mother of seven children.

Genevieve Madigan is Vice President for Professional Development and Research at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA).  She is responsible for the development and delivery of NBOA's full line of professional development offerings including NBOA’s live meetings, webinars and online courses as well as oversight of NBOA's data collection, research and analysis reports.  She has previously served as faculty at the Klingenstein Center, Teacher’s College, Columbia University teaching Independent School Business Operations. 

She was a Business Officer with 15 years’ experience prior to joining NBOA in 2008, working in a variety of school settings, from co-ed elementary, co-ed K-12, to spending ten years as the Director of Finance and Operations at The Gow School, a boarding/day school in western New York.

Over the years, she has been involved in various outside committees, involving schools, athletic organizations and religious institutions.  She and her husband (who is a Head of School in Manhattan) live in Summit, NJ.  They are the parents of four children, two of which are enrolled in independent schools, and a Westie named Watson.   

Donna Orem, President, 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.


Caryn Pass
 has represented independent schools for over 25 years. As chair of Venable’s Education Practice she advices over 200 schools nationwide on a wide range of legal issues while tracking trends specific to independent schools.

Ms. Pass works with schools on legal issues raised by students, parents, employees, trustees, donors, alumni, neighbors, and vendors by establishing policies, procedures, and strategies that promote positive working and learning environments while limiting potential liability exposure. A problem solver and strategic thinker, Ms. Pass helps avoid liability in a manner consistent with school culture.

Ms. Pass works on documents utilized by independent schools, including employment, enrollment and contractor agreements. She advises on the proper use of technology and social media, wage and hour compliance, employee and student discipline, admissions, investment and financial issues, FMLA, performance evaluation design, and employee termination. She conducts investigations involving students, employees, and other members of the school community. In addition, she reviews employee and student handbooks, develops emergency preparedness plans and works with experts in the assessment of campus security. Ms. Pass designs and reviews by-laws and governance policies and works with boards to establish good governance.

Lieutenant Rick Proctor has over twenty-one years of law enforcement experience, having served in the United States Marine Corps as Military Police and has been a police officer in the state of New Jersey for over 17 years. Rick is a certified instructor in firearms training, pepper spray, ballistic shield tactics, PR-24 police baton and active shooter response tactics. He has been training police recruits and active duty police officers for the past 11 years.

Rick’s current assignment in his police department is serving as the commander of the Patrol Bureau and he is responsible for school safety as the security liaison between the police department and the 12 schools in his jurisdiction. Rick also works with the city’s businesses and houses of worship to assist them with their security needs.

Rick founded VIAT Consulting to assist with the security needs of schools, businesses and houses of worship, outside of his police jurisdiction. Rick has contributed to several magazine articles regarding how to respond to an active shooter and has presented at the NJ Recreation and Parks Association Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, at the World Water Parks Association Conference in Las Vegas, NV and the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Conference in Ocean City, MD. Rick has trained public and private entities in several states and has worked with several NJAIS member schools. 

Timothy Snyder is one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals ,and enjoys perhaps greater prominence in Europe, the subject of most of his work. He is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He speaks five and reads ten Europe

an languages. Among his publications are six single-authored award-winning books, all of which have been translated: 
Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1998, second edition 2016); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1659-1999 (2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (2008); and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010). Bloodlands won twelve awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought. It has been translated into thirty-three languages, was named to twelve book-of-the-year lists, and was a bestseller in six countries. His most recent book, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (2015) will appear in twenty-four foreign editions. It has been a bestseller in four countries and has received multiple distinctions including the award of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee. Snyder is also the co-editor of two books: Wall Around the West: State Borders and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America (2001) and Stalin and Europe: Terror, War, Domination (2013). In a very special project, Snyder helped his friend, the distinguished historian and intellectual Tony Judt, to compose a thematic history of political ideas and intellectuals in politics, Thinking the Twentieth Century (2012). Snyder’s essays on the Ukrainian revolution were published in Russian and Ukrainian as Ukrainian History, Russian Politics, European Futures (2014). A broader range of essays was published in Czech as The Politics of Life and Death (2015). Snyder sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern European History and East European Politics and Societies. His scholarly articles have appeared in Past and Present, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and other journals; he has also written for The New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, and The New Republic as well as for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and other newspapers. Snyder was the recipient of an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2015 and received the Havel Foundation prize the same year. He has received state orders from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is the faculty advisor for the Fortunoff Collection of Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research and other organizations.



Charles Vogl
 is an executive consultant and author. He works with leaders in tech, finance, media, government and social change organizations to make them more effective in creating change. This work includes helping leaders strengthen critical relationships and inspire communities to action. He lectures, leads workshops with groups and works individually with a few leaders.

He draws from the realm of spiritual traditions to understand how individuals build loyalty, strengthen identification with a community, and motivate actions consistent with group values. These principles apply to both secular and spiritual leadership. This includes teaching leaders how to quickly connect with others in authentic ways. When we communicate in powerful ways, we can generate inspiration, excitement, and commitment in others.

Charles’ experiences include international human rights advocacy, social change leadership and internationally awarded non´Čüction media. He studied business management and spiritual traditions at Yale University.

He is a regular guest lecturer at the Yale School of Management and Yale Leadership Institute. At the Yale Law School, he co-founded the Visual Law Project. You can follow his work at charlesvogl.com.


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  • Before September 8 - $335.00
  • September 8 - October 15- $370.00
  • After October 15 - $420.00

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