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Assistant Heads & Division Heads Conference 2017

Date: Wednesday - November 08, 2017
Time: All Day
Location: Mohonk Mountain House

Wed. November 8 - Fri. November 10, 2017
Speakers: Danah Boyd, Charles Vogl, Narrative 4
Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz, NY
Phone 845-255-1000

The 2017 Conference for Assistant Heads and Division Heads
(for Assistant and Associate Heads, Division Heads, Deans, and others who manage in the middle)

 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.

Sessions in Red are General Sessions in the Parlor, unless otherwise noted.
Sessions in Blue are Concurrent Breakouts
All meals in the Main Dining Room.


10:00 AM
Laurel Lounge

Training for Facilitators of Narrative 4

3:00 PM
Laurel Lounge


Informal Welcome for New Administrators and those new to the Mohonk Conference                  Hosts: Members of the planning committee

4:00 PM

Registration Desk opens & Tea in Lake Lounge.

4:45 – 6:00 PM

Conference Welcome, Conference Committee
Michael Prater, La Scuola d/Italia
General Session 1 ­­– Participatory Culture in a Networked Era: A Conversation on Youth, Learning, Commerce, and Politics

danah boyd

danah boyd examines the ways in which our personal and professional lives are shaped by experiences interacting with and around emerging media. boyd describes the process of diversification and mainstreaming that has transformed participatory culture. She advocates a move beyond individualized personal expression and argues for the benefit of “doing it together”. This talk will engage participants in a broader conversation about their own participatory practices in the digital age. 

6:00 - 6:15 PM

Unconference  Introduction

6:15 - 7:15
East Dining Room

Emerging Leaders Institute Reception with Mentors

6:15 PM
Main Dining room

Cocktails & Dinner (Assigned Tables)


8:00 - 8:45 AM

Buffet Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Session 2: Unconference


Lower School: Amy-Marie Rivera

Laurel Lounge

Middle School: 


Upper School: Michael Prater, La Scuola d'Italia

Mountain View

Assistant Heads: Mark Silverberg, LREI

10:00 - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


General Session 3 - What’s Your Story? - Using Narrative to Foster Empathy in the Classroom
Narrative 4
Presider: Mark Silberberg, LREI

In his poem “The Cave Painters,” Eamon Grennan asserts that, “Holding only a handful of rushlight / they pressed deeper into the dark, at a crouch / until the great rock chamber flowered around them and they stood / in an enormous womb of / flickering light and darklight, a place to make a start.”

Why did these Paleolithic cave painters undertake such an endeavor?  To illustrate the human need to tell our stories and to be heard – to “leave something upright and bright behind them in the dark.”

Stories are power.  The cave painters knew it.  We know it.  Stories are the way we embrace our deep-seated need to make sense of our lives and the lives of others.  In stories we invite listeners to the spark of “what-if” that can lead to action.  In the classroom stories develop our skills to listen, to tell, to take perspective, and to communicate with one another.  Stories build community.   

This workshop will introduce Narrative 4, a global organization that fosters empathy by breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes through the exchange of stories across the world.  Led by globally influential artists, educators, students and community advocates, Narrative 4 is developing a generation of empathetic leaders and citizens.

This workshop will also ask you to become part of a greater narrative – the need to integrate social and emotional learning opportunities more deliberately into our classrooms (thus improving positive school climate) in order to increase a student’s academic potential and desire to learn.  

Join Narrative 4 for an experiential workshop that illustrates the power and effectiveness of our core methodology - the story exchange - and then a discussion on how to integrate story exchanges into your curriculum and turn empathy into action.

12:15 - 1:15 PM

Buffet Lunch  
Lunch/Discussion: 'So You Want to be a Head'

1:15 - 3:15 PM

Session 4 -  What’s Your Story? Continued

Group   Facilitator   Room
1   Jackie Condie Azalea
2   Amy-Marie Rivera Lilac
3   Faith Hunter Rose
4   Maureen Burgess Dogwood
5   Michael Prater Sunset 1
6   Micah Dov Gottlieb Sunset 2
7   Mark Silberberg Mountain View
8   James Morrissey Suite 61
9   Dania Nauholnyk Laurel Lounge
10   Richard Cowan Study
11   Lee Keylock Room 130
12   Karen Nichols East Dining Room 1
13   Warren Hardy East Dining Room 2

3:15 – 6:00 PM

Free time - Tea in Lake Lounge at 4:00 PM

  • Yoga

  • Hike/nature walk

  • Meditation

  • Swim, Nap etc.

6:00 PM

Cocktails & Dinner + Vendor Exhibit


8:00 - 8:45 AM

Buffet Breakfast

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 5 - The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging
Charles H. Vogl
Presider: Dania Nauholnyk, Professional Childrens School

We all want to belong to strong and supportive school 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 school or division. 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.

12:15 PM

Lunch, Depart

danah boyd is the founder and president of Data & Society, a research institute focused on understanding the role of data-driven technologies in society. She is also a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society. Her most recent books - "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" and "Participatory Culture in a Networked Age" - examine the intersection of everyday practices and social media. She is a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Director of both Crisis Text Line and Social Science Research Council, and a Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. She received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University, a master's degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Ph.D in Information from the University of California, Berkeley.

Twitter: @zephoria

Lee Keylock is director of programs at Narrative 4 and oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of N4’s ongoing programmatic development. Originally from Britain, Lee emigrated to the United States in 1989 and taught English at Newtown High School in Connecticut for thirteen years. He has served as an adjunct professor teaching Creative Writing and Composition at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, where he also earned his MFA in Creative Writing.

Warren Hardy is a youth development professional and street mediator. Warren gained street knowledge in the 90s from being associated with one of Hartford’s (CT, USA) notorious gangs, “20 Love.” He served six of a twelve-year prison sentence for racketeering and gang affiliation. Upon returning from incarceration, he began to work in educating young men about the dangers of gang activity. Warren also served as the Intelligence Coordinator/Team Leader for Peacebuilders, City of Hartford for five years. He is a member of the Men of Color Initiative, Northend Church of Christ, Lift Every Voice and Sing, and is a volunteer for Shiloh Baptist Church, the Fatherhood Initiative, and the Buddy Breakfast Program. He has received the Governor’s award for his outstanding work with community residents through the Faith Works Initiative. Most recently, Warren received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College, and has become the Founder and CEO of H.Y.P.E. (Helping Young People Evolve).

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

Registration is a 2-part process. Be sure to do both. Registration open in the Fall, 2016.

1. Reserve your room with Mohonk.
Click here to reserve your room online
Click here: Mohonk Residential Reservation Form for room and all meals.
Or reserve by phone: 800-772-6646

Click here: Mohonk Day Guest Reservation Form (Meals Only)

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

2.Registration and Credit Card Payment 

Regular Registration Fees 
    •    NYSAIS Members - $420.00
    •    Non-members - $455.00

Early Discount of $50.00 will apply until 2 weeks before the event.
Late fee of $20.00 will apply within 2 days of the event.


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