W2. Anatomy of a Hostile Academic Environment Lawsuit: This Could Be Your School
Learn key strategies to protect your school from hostile academic environment claims due to harassment, discrimination, and other misconduct by a faculty member. Led by a lawyer and an educator who served as expert witnesses in a recent lawsuit on behalf of an independent school, this workshop gives a rare opportunity to learn from an actual case that went to trial involving conduct that was unknown to the school. These events could happen at any school. Learn how to be prepared.
PRESENTERS: David Wolowitz, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association (NH); Douglas Dickson, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (TX)
W3. Build a Strategic Start: New Trustee Selection, Orientation, and Training
Do you have the right people at your board table? When you bring on new trustees, do they hit the ground running? Do you maximize your trustees’ talents and resources? In this highly interactive workshop, we’ll explore best-practice methods for identifying and cultivating new trustees, providing them with a power-packed orientation, and structuring ongoing professional development geared to take the entire board to a new level of effectiveness.
PRESENTERS: Ginny Christensen, Strategy for Growth, LLC (PA); Linda Delaney, Sandy Spring Friends School (MD)
W5. Crafting Public Purpose Partnerships
Public purpose becomes common purpose when schools and individuals transcend boundaries of class, culture, roles, and physical location to engage fully with others. Four organizations will describe how their partnering models democratize access to learning, make the most of technology, and ultimately ensure the long-term sustainability of the partners and the communities they serve.
PRESENTERS: Barbara Kraus-Blackney, Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (PA); Holly Arida, Cranbrook Schools (MI); John Braman, United World College-USA (NM); Beth Casey, Middle Grades Partnership (MD); Timothy Fish, McDonogh School (MD) [MORE]
W9. Crisis Management 101: Implement an Effective Plan at Your School
Get an overview of a comprehensive crisis management plan, as implemented at Albuquerque Academy, and a series of case studies highlighting lessons learned from crises handled at other independent schools. This interactive, engaging workshop includes time for discussion and questions.
PRESENTERS: Jessie Barrie, Albuquerque Academy (NM); Jane Hulbert, The Jane Group (IL)