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Wednesday, October 4
 

3:00pm

Conference Registration Opens
Wednesday October 4, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Astor Gallery

5:30pm

 
Thursday, October 5
 

6:30am

Breakfast
Thursday October 5, 2017 6:30am - 8:00am
Astor Gallery

7:00am

Exhibit Hall Opens
Thursday October 5, 2017 7:00am - 3:00pm
Astor III

8:05am

Welcome and Introduction
Thursday October 5, 2017 8:05am - 8:30am
Astor I & II

8:30am

Asking the Brave Question: Will the Future Need Us?
If we gaze forward even a generation or two into the future, it becomes challenging to imagine that any independent school will be needed. During this keynote presentation, Christian Long, co-founder, WONDER (by design) will discuss several challenges that may face us in the future, from the emergence of new technologies that will challenge pedagogical frameworks that anchor our schools, to the dynamic array of entrepreneurial methodologies and cultures that will challenge what it means to be useful, unique, and to make an impact in the real world, thus challenging the relevance of our schools in local communities and society at large. With these potential challenges, we would be wise to begin thinking about what will truly allow us to be relevant and agile in the future where the very vision of being human, intelligent, and relevant will be up for grabs; college degrees and industry standards will no longer be taken for granted; levels of debt will continue to rise and outpace the perceived value of degrees; most current human-only jobs will potentially be replaced by robots/artificial means or even just disappear; and reality and artificial reality will re-write our assumptions about what lies in front of us. This then becomes our “brave question.” And this, perhaps, becomes the only reason the future will consider our schools not only relevant, but absolutely vital.

CPE INFORMATION:
Field of Study: Business Management & Organization - Non-Technical
Learning Objective: Attendees will discuss what is beyond the known or assumed critical issues facing independent schools to determine how they can remain relevant and vital in the future.

Facilitator(s)
avatar for Christian Long

Christian Long

Founding Partner, WONDER, By Design
Christian Long is an educator, designer, school planner, plausible futures dabbler, and an unapologetic advocate for wonder and curiosity as the root of all learning worth doing. Christian is the co-founder of WONDER, By Design: A Learning and Design Expedition, a collaborative multi-disciplined... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 8:30am - 9:45am
Astor I & II

9:45am

Break
Thursday October 5, 2017 9:45am - 10:30am
Astor Crowne Plaza 739 Canal Street at Bourbon, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Sourcing Solutions
SOURCING SOLUTIONS will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to meet in small groups for four (4) mini-sessions of 15 minutes each with an expert in the independent school world. You can get your unique questions answered and problems solved in a short amount of time!


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Astor I & II

11:45am

Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Thursday October 5, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Astor Crowne Plaza 739 Canal Street at Bourbon, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

MISBO + IDEO Project: Powering Independent Schools into the Future

The MISBO + IDEO Project is a collaboration between MISBO and IDEO along with a cohort of 12 independent schools from across the globe, in which we attempt to imagine a new future for independent schools, focusing on the business model that has driven independent schools for decades. This workshop, facilitated by Marc Levinson, MISBO along with members of the IDEO team and school leaders from the participating cohort schools, is designed for any and every school leader that wishes to help their school imagine a sustainable future. We will begin by providing background on the MISBO + IDEO Project, and participants will engage in some of the exercises and learning which IDEO has provided for the cohort teams. Through a series of group-based interactive exercises, participants will gain an understanding of the process and begin to explore new futures for their schools. The ultimate goal of this project from day one has been to help all independent schools be sustainable; this workshop is the next step in the process.

CPE INFORMATION:
Field of Study: Business Management & Organization - Non-Technical
Learning Objective: Participants will review the idea behind and work performed for the MISBO + IDEO project and how it can help them to consider new business models in an effort to develop a sustainable independent school. 

Facilitator(s)
avatar for Annette Diefenthaler

Annette Diefenthaler

Portfolio Director, Design for Learning Studio, IDEO
Annette Diefenthaler is a Portfolio Director at IDEO's Design For Learning Studio in San Francisco. Annette’s passion is bringing human-centered design to systemic challenges in education. She is co-author of IDEO's "Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators" and her work has received... Read More →
avatar for Miki Heller

Miki Heller

Business Designer, IDEO
Miki Heller is a Business Designer at IDEO’s San Francisco office. As an engineer-turned-educator-turned-entrepreneur, Miki is passionate about bringing lessons from many disciplines to design. Before joining IDEO, Miki worked at Teach For America and the Mayor’s office in San... Read More →
avatar for Becky Lee

Becky Lee

Relationship Lead, IDEO
Becky Lee is a part of the Design For Learning team at IDEO’s San Francisco office, where she crafts one-of-a-kind engagements to improve the education space through design. She is driven by a desire to spark curiosity and build confidence in students of all ages. Becky finds joy... Read More →
avatar for Marc Levinson

Marc Levinson

Advisor, MISBO
Most recently Marc Levinson served as Executive Director of MISBO from 2011-2017. Prior to his time with MISBO, Marc spent four years as a Senior Director with the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), where he managed the live and web-based programs and consulted for... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 1:00pm - 4:15pm
Astor Gallery

1:00pm

Packing for the Future: An Exploration of What We Choose to Keep, What We Choose to Leave Behind, and What We Will Finally Be Able to Do
So often discussions around the future in schools feel as if they propose either a) an unnecessary replacement of all that is valued from the past or b) a never-ending extension to what is already happening, challenging limited resources and energy levels. Neither feels satisfying. Neither inspires confidence. And neither can be proven. Part of the reason for that is that we tend to view change through the lens of “objects” that are either right or wrong in ways we can't predict. Instead, we are better served to view them through the lens of “values” and “verbs” which are ultimately meant to guide future decisions no matter what comes our way. After considering the "Asking the Brave Question" provocation during the keynote, workshop participants will engage in a Stanford d.school-inspired exercise called "Packing for the Future" as a way to align a school's non-negotiable values with its future-oriented aspirations and opportunities. In addition to working collaboratively with other workshop participants, the ultimate goal will be to help individuals consider ways to “hack” the exercise as a facilitator when they return to their schools.

CPE INFORMATION:
Field of Study: Personal Development - Non-Technical
Learning Objective: Attendees will return to their school ready to use what they learn in this worshop exercise to align their school's core values with their future opportunities for change.

Facilitator(s)
avatar for Christian Long

Christian Long

Founding Partner, WONDER, By Design
Christian Long is an educator, designer, school planner, plausible futures dabbler, and an unapologetic advocate for wonder and curiosity as the root of all learning worth doing. Christian is the co-founder of WONDER, By Design: A Learning and Design Expedition, a collaborative multi-disciplined... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 1:00pm - 4:15pm
Astor I & II

1:00pm

Shadow a Student Challenge: Taking Empathy to Action to Drive Change
What does your school look like through a student’s eyes? Shadowing offers educators a visceral opportunity to experience school as students do and ask the question, “What do our students deserve as their school experience?” School leaders and teachers are better suited to answer this question when they deeply understand the student experience. One way to achieve this level of insight is through shadowing a student. Join the Stanford University d.school’s K12 Lab Network for an immersive, collaborative experience designed to build deep empathy for students and design ways to take to insight-driven action in schools. In this workshop, participants will explore tools to deepen their empathy for students and ways to take insights gained during empathy work to action.

CPE INFORMATION:
Field of Study: Personal Development - Non-Technical
Learning Objective: Attendees will review and discuss the participating members' shared results of the challenge, allowing them to utilize their insights for taking action at their school.

Facilitator(s)
avatar for Ariel Raz

Ariel Raz

@K12 Lab Network Learning Designer, Stanford d.school K12 Lab
Ariel Raz is driven by the belief that teaching is a creative profession. He has taught middle school math and was a founding member of KIPP Bloom in the Chicago Southside. In 2014 Ariel began a master’s program in learning, design & technology that culminated in iCanGo, a story building tool for parents of children on the Autism spectrum. He is now a learning experience designer with the K12 Lab Network at the Stanford d.school... Read More →
avatar for Devon Young

Devon Young

@K12 Lab Network Program Manager, Stanford d.school
Devon Young began her career in education as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a year at a non-profit that matches low-income middle school students in workplace-based apprenticeships with mentors, and following her year of service joined the organization full time. It was during this experience... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 1:00pm - 4:15pm
St. Ann
 
Friday, October 6
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Friday October 6, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Astor III

8:05am

Welcome
Friday October 6, 2017 8:05am - 8:30am
Astor I & II

8:30am

Innovative and Manageable Risk Management
Over the years risks in schools seem to be evolving and growing, both in size and type. Is your school ready to manage them holistically rather than in a perpetually reactive cycle? Does that task seem overwhelming to you? Join this workshop for an overview of healthy risk management processes to help get a sustainable handle on overall risk management for any size school. Learn about using teams to address different risks across your school, both to better address these risks and to help school leaders sleep better at night. This interactive workshop, facilitated by two of the leading experts in the independent school community, will provide opportunity for participants to identify key risks for their schools and work in groups with other school leaders to share their knowledge and stories and ultimately create risk management plans for those risks that draw the most interest. Please come prepared with your stories and challenges, and be ready to contribute.

CPE INFORMATION:
Field of Study: Management Services - Technical
Learning Objective: Participants in this session will learn the the key risk challenges facing independent schools today and what to expect in the future, strategies your school can use to identify and mitigate risk, and how to lead your team of school leaders in understanding that risk is everyone's responsibility - including your trustees'.

Facilitator(s)
avatar for Suzanne Bogdan

Suzanne Bogdan

Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips
Suzanne Bogdan is the Managing Partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Fisher Phillips. She handles all types of employment-related matters, including claims for age, race, sex, disability, religious, and national origin discrimination arising under the various civil rights laws... Read More →
avatar for Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson

General Counsel, NAIS
Debra Wilson is NAIS's general counsel and has been working for the association since 2000. Debra works with the Government and Community Relations team to review all new federal regulations and legislation that may impact independent schools, while also tracking trends in litigation... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
St. Ann

8:30am

MISBO + IDEO Project: Storytelling and Learning from the Cohort Schools

The MISBO + IDEO Project is a collaboration between MISBO and IDEO along with a cohort of 12 independent schools from across the globe, in which we attempt to imagine a new future for independent schools. Our schools continue to demonstrate their ability to be innovative in terms of learning, teaching, and reinventing the model of education, but little has been done to support this innovation for the business model. Over the past several months, with the support of the IDEO team, the cohort schools have learned about innovation, business design, design thinking, experimenting, prototyping, etc., and now they are ready to share their stories with the wider independent school community. During this workshop, teams from the cohort schools – through a series of TED-style talks – will share their stories of learning, experimenting, prototyping, success, and failure. They will talk about the challenges in thinking about innovation, especially as it relates to a business model that has been firmly entrenched in independent schools for a very long time. Many of these schools are now exploring bigger, longer-term strategies to change their business models and their stories will help all attendees think about this for their own schools.

CPE INFORMATION:
Field of Study: Business Management & Organization - Non-Technical
Learning Objective: Attendees will discover possible strategies schools can use to imagine new business models for independent schools, as well as learn how to build capacity for school leadership to think and act innovatively.

Facilitator(s)
avatar for Annette Diefenthaler

Annette Diefenthaler

Portfolio Director, Design for Learning Studio, IDEO
Annette Diefenthaler is a Portfolio Director at IDEO's Design For Learning Studio in San Francisco. Annette’s passion is bringing human-centered design to systemic challenges in education. She is co-author of IDEO's "Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators" and her work has received... Read More →
avatar for Miki Heller

Miki Heller

Business Designer, IDEO
Miki Heller is a Business Designer at IDEO’s San Francisco office. As an engineer-turned-educator-turned-entrepreneur, Miki is passionate about bringing lessons from many disciplines to design. Before joining IDEO, Miki worked at Teach For America and the Mayor’s office in San... Read More →
avatar for Becky Lee

Becky Lee

Relationship Lead, IDEO
Becky Lee is a part of the Design For Learning team at IDEO’s San Francisco office, where she crafts one-of-a-kind engagements to improve the education space through design. She is driven by a desire to spark curiosity and build confidence in students of all ages. Becky finds joy... Read More →
avatar for Marc Levinson

Marc Levinson

Advisor, MISBO
Most recently Marc Levinson served as Executive Director of MISBO from 2011-2017. Prior to his time with MISBO, Marc spent four years as a Senior Director with the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), where he managed the live and web-based programs and consulted for... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
Astor I & II

8:30am

One Room Catalyst: Giving Credibility and Momentum to Pedagogical Change
Constantly evolving technology and pedagogies provide teachers with new opportunities to engage students in learning and this often puts pressure on independent schools to change. Teachers and boards sometimes resist change and school leaders can find it difficult to gain internal support. Making the case for change becomes easier when faculty, students, and even parents are engaged in the design process and are able to test-drive new classroom concepts. The in-room experiences of teachers and students can also be used to refine the layout and design before whole-scale implementation. A flagship element of a new master plan for Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida was the construction of demonstration classrooms that both enabled teachers and students to explore new classroom concepts and created enthusiasm from donors. In this presentation, participants will learn the impetus for a new master plan, how it was executed, and how the use of demonstration classrooms advanced the process. Attendees will participate in hands-on interactive group activities, learn how to set up demonstration classrooms in their schools, and explore the design of modern learning spaces.

CPE INFORMATION:
Field of Study: Business Management & Organization - Non-Technical
Learning Objective: Attendees will learn the strategies schools can use to build internal support for pedagogical change; the key design elements in flexible, collaborative, and adaptable modern classrooms; and how a master plan and demonstration classrooms can be leveraged as part of a school's capital giving and building programs.

Facilitator(s)
avatar for Todd Andrews

Todd Andrews

Principal, Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Todd Andrews is a principal with Centerbrook Architects. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University and has practiced at Centerbrook for 19 years. During that time, he has designed buildings that support and enhance education, learning, research, worship... Read More →
avatar for Philip Cork

Philip Cork

Assoc. Headmaster for Finance & Ass't Treasurer, Saint Andrew's School
Philip Cork, for the past 15 years, has been the Associate Headmaster for Finance at Saint Andrew's School located in Boca Raton, Florida. Saint Andrew's School is one of the top independent day/boarding schools in South Florida, with 1,295 students JK-12. Prior to joining Saint Andrew’s... Read More →
avatar for Chad Floyd

Chad Floyd

Partner, Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Chad Floyd is a partner with Centerbrook Architects. He has four decades of experience developing plans and designing buildings for independent schools. Chad’s independent school experience includes Saint Andrew’s School (FL), Greensboro Day School, Charlotte Country Day School... Read More →
avatar for Sara Rubinstein

Sara Rubinstein

Head of High School, Carrollwood Day School
Sara Rubinstein is the Head of the High School at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, FL. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Headmaster for Academics and Head of the Upper School at Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, FL and before that she was the Upper School Head and Director... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
Astor Gallery

11:45am

Lunch & State of the Association
Friday October 6, 2017 11:45am - 1:15pm
Astor III

1:15pm

Imagine, Inspire, Innovate: A Panel Discussion – Are You Ready to Lead Your School?
Following the theme of the conference – I3 – Imagine, Inspire, Innovate – this closing panel discussion will provide an opportunity to share your stories and your learning, as well as ask our panelists for any additional guidance and insight that will help ensure that you return to your schools with a bias towards action – to take real steps to innovate and implement change at your schools. Please come prepared to share and learn with your colleagues.

CPE INFORMATION:
Field of Study: Personal Development – Non-Technical
Learning Objective: Participants in this panel discussion will discover the strategies school leaders can learn to push their schools toward action steps to make change, the power of story-telling, and the impact it can have on your ability to lead and manage change in your community.

Moderator
avatar for Damian Kavanagh

Damian Kavanagh

Executive Director, MISBO
Since July 2017, Damian Kavanagh has served as Executive Director of MISBO. Prior to accepting this position, Damian spent seven years as a Vice President with SAIS where he oversaw the accreditation and membership programs of the association. Damian has presented and facilitated... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Todd Andrews

Todd Andrews

Principal, Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Todd Andrews is a principal with Centerbrook Architects. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University and has practiced at Centerbrook for 19 years. During that time, he has designed buildings that support and enhance education, learning, research, worship... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Bogdan

Suzanne Bogdan

Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips
Suzanne Bogdan is the Managing Partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Fisher Phillips. She handles all types of employment-related matters, including claims for age, race, sex, disability, religious, and national origin discrimination arising under the various civil rights laws... Read More →
avatar for Philip Cork

Philip Cork

Assoc. Headmaster for Finance & Ass't Treasurer, Saint Andrew's School
Philip Cork, for the past 15 years, has been the Associate Headmaster for Finance at Saint Andrew's School located in Boca Raton, Florida. Saint Andrew's School is one of the top independent day/boarding schools in South Florida, with 1,295 students JK-12. Prior to joining Saint Andrew’s... Read More →
avatar for Mike Erhrhardt

Mike Erhrhardt

Head of School, Cary Academy
Michael Ehrhardt is the head of school at Cary Academy in the Research Triangle of North Carolina. Dr. Ehrhardt earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Olaf College. He also has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Massach... Read More →
avatar for Chad Floyd

Chad Floyd

Partner, Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Chad Floyd is a partner with Centerbrook Architects. He has four decades of experience developing plans and designing buildings for independent schools. Chad’s independent school experience includes Saint Andrew’s School (FL), Greensboro Day School, Charlotte Country Day School... Read More →
avatar for Becky Lee

Becky Lee

Relationship Lead, IDEO
Becky Lee is a part of the Design For Learning team at IDEO’s San Francisco office, where she crafts one-of-a-kind engagements to improve the education space through design. She is driven by a desire to spark curiosity and build confidence in students of all ages. Becky finds joy... Read More →
avatar for Marc Levinson

Marc Levinson

Advisor, MISBO
Most recently Marc Levinson served as Executive Director of MISBO from 2011-2017. Prior to his time with MISBO, Marc spent four years as a Senior Director with the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), where he managed the live and web-based programs and consulted for... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Astor III