White Administrators Institute
For: White Identifying Heads of School and Direct Reports to the Head of School
Monday - Wednesday, August 15 and 17, 2022
Kent Place School
42 Norwood Avenue
Independent school leaders have been called upon to transform their diversity, equity, and inclusion work with more effective and authentic practices. As white school leaders of independent schools commit to serving the needs of their whole student body and faculty, their own racial literacy and leadership skills need to evolve with their schools. This experience welcomes self-identified white administrators who sit on the senior leadership team for an exploration of equity practice, leadership training, and learning together. Topics will include understanding racial identity, investigating institutional culture, developing collaborative leadership, and navigating the needs of multiple constituencies. The program is specifically designed to help participants develop the tools they need to be effective change agents within their schools.
Internal Reflection and White Identity Work
The first day of this experience will engage with reflective questions such as:
Who are you, as a leader and as a white person?
What traits and behaviors are endemic to the independent school system?
Building Cross-Racial Solidarity
Day two of this experience will explore building solidarity with colleagues of color. It will build on the previous day’s work as participants reflect upon what kind of school leader you can become in this equity work and interpersonal relationship cultivation.
Structural Changes and Building Accountability Teams
This final morning will support the reimagination of power structures and decision making at your school while also exploring accountability measures and teamwork.
This three-day experience will culminate in a shared convening with participants in the NJAIS Administrators of Color Institute.
Registrations Before July 15:
$550 per Participant, Member Schools; $700 per Participant, Non-Member Schools
Registrations on and after July 15:
$700 per Participant, Member Schools; $850 per Participant, Non-Member Schools
Registration includes breakfast and lunch daily, all conference materials, and all conference sessions
Jen Cort's career blends her experience as a clinical social worker and educator. Her educational administrative experiences are as an assistant head of lower school, head of a middle school, and senior administrator. Jen's therapy background includes serving as a counselor in lower, middle and upper schools as well as private practice. Jen went into consulting after seeing a need for supporting schools to live out their missions regarding diversity and inclusion such that students can be seen and heard while learning to be visible and use their voices in productive ways. Jen speaks at national conferences including NAIS, POCC, National Small Schools Conference, and Association of Middle Level Educators. She is published online and in journals including NAIS, Racing Toward Diversity, and Raising Race Conscious Children. Jen works with schools around the United States and in Canada and is the host of a podcast, Third Space, providing diversity education by leading experts.
Kim Chaloner is the incoming Dean of Faculty at Grace Church School (NYC), supporting all grades of the school, JK-Grade 12. She has also served as the Dean of Community Life and has been a science teacher at Grace Church School for 23 years. Over that time, she has taught science in eight different grade levels. Ms. Chaloner was a founding member of the high school team at Grace Church, helping to build the lab day and science programs. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario in biology and her M.Ed in philosophy of the environment from New York University.
John Gentile is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Calhoun School (NYC). He is responsible for leading the strategic planning and day-to-day implementation of institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities across all divisions of the school, preschool through 12th grade. John Gentile has a master's in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in the arts from Eugene Lang College. Prior to Calhoun, he served as Co-Director of the Office for Identity, Culture, and Institutional Equity at the Horace Mann School.