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Leadership and Management for Equity and Inclusion

  • Workshop Session A (Thursday, December 8 10:15-11:30 AM)
    • “We Want to Hire Leaders of Color — There Just Aren’t Any Candidates!” (Actually, There Are) Part 1


      This workshop starts with a question: Why are leaders of color vital to our schools? Once we have a shared understanding of why, we will explore what responsibilities and opportunities exist to cultivate leaders of color. We will also identify effective practices to create community and institutional structures where leaders of color thrive. The presenters will share their own experiences, including their co-facilitation of professional learning communities for leaders of color. You can then reflect on your experiences, learn from colleagues, and draw on current research. You’ll identify systemic frameworks and implementable actions for cultivating, not just caring about, leadership of color in your school.
      Presented ByAlison Park, Blink Consulting; Steve Morris and Percy Abram, The Bush School
    • Murphy‘s Law: The Realities of Your First Year in School Leadership


      Many educators who aspire to leadership roles believe their teaching experience is preparation enough. But on top of the multifaceted educational responsibilities that come with leadership,  unexpected situations with students, faculty, and governance bodies are inescapable. Increased accountability to parents has also magnified the need for a broader skill set. This session will investigate the cultural dynamics that affect leaders of color; guide you through a personal skills inventory and case study debriefs; and let you role-play scenarios to analyze the process of managing the challenging situations newly appointed school leaders face.
      Presented BySean Hamer and Byron Davis, Germantown Friends School (PA)
  • Workshop Session B (Thursday, December 8 3:30-4:45 PM)
    • “We Want to Hire Leaders of Color—There Just Aren’t Any Candidates!” (Actually, There Are) PART Two


      Part two of this workshop will continue the conversation about hiring leaders of color in independent schools.
      Presented ByAlison Park, Blink Consulting; Steve Morris and Percy Abram, The Bush School
    • Auxiliary Workers: Portraits of Micro-aggressions Faced by Invisible Teachers and Their Work in Independent Schools


      Independent schools often subtly exclude auxiliary workers by virtue of the design and limitations of their work. A school community may routinely overlook their overall contributions, talents, and stories for reasons that are varied and complex. This workshop is designed to encourage you to examine and assess your school’s community and culture regarding auxiliary workers. You will gain new insight for multicultural education, curriculum development, community building, and school leadership.
      Presented ByFrancoise Saint-Clair, The School At Columbia University (NY)
    • Examining School Discipline Data Through the Lens of Implicit Bias


      This interactive workshop will encourage you to understand how to uncover implicit biases in your data-collection processes. You will role-play conversations with faculty around implicit bias, and you’ll also discuss real scenarios and ways to interrupt bias by establishing authentic relationships.
      Presented By Khadija Fredericks and Christine Fairless, St. Paul's Episcopal School (CA)
    • Headed to the Top: New Study Reveals Ways to Increase Opportunity for People of Color and Women in NAIS Member Schools


      ​How can school leaders and search firms ensure that candidates of color and women have equal opportunities to reach the top roles in independent schools?  What recruiting dynamics help or hinder? What qualifications, levels of interest, barriers, and motivators exist among these aspiring leaders? Recent NAIS statistics show that just 7 percent of school heads are educators of color and only one-third are white women. Gain insight into the root causes of these disparities from a new NAIS study of search firms, search committees, and potential candidates. NAIS staff will share findings about the recruitment and selection process, the aspirations of people of color and women, and these candidates’ backgrounds and career paths. You’ll also hear strategies to ensure that your school’s next head search offers all candidates an equal and unbiased opportunity.  
      Presented By​Amada Torres and Caroline Blackwell, NAIS
    • Relational Trust: Social Capital for Engaging Civil and Human Rights Work in Independent Schools


      This workshop draws from a doctoral study of how four heads of independent schools built and leveraged relational trust with students, parents, and colleagues in their first year of school leadership. Although relational trust has been studied in public schools as an organizational dynamic, there is little empirical research on relational trust as a leadership trait, particularly for independent school leaders and teachers. This session will introduce you to this critical concept and engage you in strategizing unique new ways to increase your effectiveness as a leader.
      Presented By Gene Batiste, Gene Batiste Consulting
    • Strategies for Strengthening Self-Efficacy in African-American Male Teachers


      Self-efficacy is your belief in your ability to succeed in specific situations. It is a deciding factor in whether a teacher — especially an African American male teacher — will return to a specific position or reach for another inside a school. Teachers who feel competent, connected, and valued by their schools’ administrative teams report higher levels of job satisfaction. In this workshop, two African American male teachers with a combined 25-plus years of working in independent schools will discuss seven principles of self-efficacy. Additionally, they will provide practical strategies and insights around building self-efficacy that fosters a greater sense of belonging and worth. You will leave with ready-to-use resources to strengthen self-efficacy in African American male teachers at your school.
      Presented By Ayodele Harrison, Community Build Ventures; Stephen Brown, The Lovett School (GA)
  • Workshop Session C (Friday, December 9 10:15-11:30 AM)
    • Family Leave Policies: Challenges and Opportunities for Working Parents in Independent Schools


      How can family leave policies in independent schools create a more equitable climate for faculty and staff? In addition to providing data on current practices and policies relevant to working parents, this workshop is designed to be a safe forum for sharing resources and affinity group conversation. Through large and small group discussions, you will be encouraged to share your experiences, suggestions, and support for each other. As two working moms in independent schools, we are interested in improving the climate for our own families as well as yours.
      Presented ByAngela Miklavcic, The Episcopal Academy (PA); Priscilla Morales,The Park School of Baltimore (MD)
    • Fulfilling the Dream: The History of Black Greek Leadership and the People of Color Conference


      Thirty years ago, five educators (all members of Black Greek Letter Organizations) heeded a call to action when the need arose for formal support of the roles, values, and voices of people of color in independent schools. Now we hope you’ll join us to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first National Conference for Teachers and Administrators of Color in Independent Schools. Hear the stories, triumphs, and trials directly from those who were there. Learn why they are committed to preserving the history and legacy of PoCC, the successor to that conference and the flagship of NAIS’s commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning.
      Presented By Shanelle Robinson, Friends Academy (NY); Antonio Williams, William Penn Charter School (PA)
    • No Ways Tired: Graduates of NAIS' Fellowship for Aspiring Heads Share the Road to Headship


      Explore the stories of three female African American senior administrators who rose to school headships. They will share their experiences with the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads. In addition, they’ll describe their personal and professional journeys to developing a solid professional profile, building relationships with hiring consultants, and dealing with the inequities faced by women of color in the hiring process. Hear their strategies for embracing a leadership mindset, bracing for denial and defeat, and staying the course to headship.
      Presented By Donna Lindner, The Agnes Irwin School (PA); Brenda Crawley, Sandy Spring Friends School (MD); Kimberly Ridley, The Gordon School (RI)
    • Words of Wisdom: Voices of Women of Color in Leadership


      A panel of women heads of school will share their leadership journeys in this interactive conversation about their pathways, their lived experiences, and purposeful steps to consider when pursuing leadership opportunities. The moderator is Sylvia Rodriguez Vargas, who will use her doctoral work as a framework for discussion. The panelists will share how their formative experiences inform their approaches to leadership within a framework that is culturally relevant. Cultural intelligence,cultural competency, and cross-cultural networking shape the ways in which many of these women navigate and exercise leadership. You’ll find that a central part of culturally relevant leadership involves practices that are centered on fluid, equitable relationships that encourage collaborative, reflective decision making and are sensitive to skills and behaviors appropriate in intercultural situations.
      Presented ByAyanna Hill-Gill, Atlanta Girls' School (GA); Joan Hill, The Lamplighter School (TX); Suzanna Jemsby, The Galloway School (GA); Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Woodward Academy (GA)Facilitator: Sylvia Rodriguez Vargas, Atlanta Girls' School (GA)
  • Workshop Session D (Saturday, December 10 10:00-11:15 AM)
    • Forging Ahead: Women in Educational Leadership


      In independent schools, 68 percent of teachers are women, but only 32 percent of heads of school are female, and less than 2 percent of those are women of color. Given this striking discrepancy, it’s vital to bring women’s talents to the forefront. Five female administrators of color will facilitate a candid, interactive workshop and provide you with a personal action plan to advance and lead in the independent school world.
      Presented ByMaria Arellano and Carlaina Bell, Montclair Kimberley Academy (NJ); Boni Luna, Morristown-Beard School (NJ); Nichole Foster-Hinds, Princeton Day School (NJ)
    • So You're an Administrator of Color! Now What?


      Independent schools have made progress in diversifying their senior administrative teams. Yet in our first year, some of us find ourselves to be the only person of color with a seat at the table. This interactive workshop will help new administrators of color learn how to navigate leadership as “the only.” A panel of first-year senior administrators of color will share their experiences, challenges, and victories.
      Presented ByCarla Haith, Dedham Country Day School (MA); Tresa Wilson, The Hockaday School (TX); Roxanne Leff, Town School (NY); Latasha Chambers, The Williams School (VA)

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