2021 - 2022 Professional Development

NJAIS offers many different Professional Development opportunities for faculty, administrators, and Trustees.  We aim to be relevant and responsive, and welcome your ideas and participation in these workshops and conferences.

 

NJAIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

EVENT CALENDAR for 2021 - 2022

We will be adding to and updating these offerings frequently.  Please check back for the latest professional growth offerings.

Contact Rachel Folan, rfolan@njais.org, with any questions, suggestions, or partnership ideas.

 

These workshops have been developed for the use of NJAIS members only and are not to be downloaded, copied, used, or distributed without permission.

 

 

Monday, September 27, 2021:
EARLY CAREER TEACHER PROGRAM:
INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 101 AND MENTOR TEACHER GUIDANCE

For: Independent School Associate Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Teaching Fellows, and Early Career Teachers

This opening session will provide participants with an understanding of the independent school landscape.  What is an independent school?  What is a mission statement?  Why is it imperative that the actions within the school reflect the mission?  What is the role of the teacher in an independent school?
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021:
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE 'NEWS LITERATE' - AN
INTRODUCTION TO NEWS LITERACY EDUCATION

For: All Educators

          This SESSION WILL PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE NEWS LITERACY CONCEPTS AND SKILLS THAT STUDENTS NEED TO BE RELIABLY INFORMED, SUCH AS RECOGNIZING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NEWS AND OPINION, IDENTIFYING MISINFORMATION, EVALUATING EVIDENCE, USING FACT-CHECKING AND DIGITAL VERIFICATION TOOLS, AND DISCERNING VARIOUS TYPES AND FORMS OF BIAS.
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Thursday, September 30, 2021:
WHY HOPE IS VITAL FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND HIGH PRIORITY SOCIAL ISSUES

For: All Educators 
 
  MANY STUDENTS AND FACULTY ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED, DEMORALIZED, AND HOPELESS IN THE FACE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, CLIMATE CHANGE, SOCIAL INJUSTICE AND INEQUITY, WILDFIRES, AND A HOST OF OTHER CRITICAL ISSUES. DR. ELIN KELSEY WILL WORK TO EXPLORE HOW TO BRING A SOLUTIONS ORIENTATION TO TEACHING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, AND OTHER CRITICAL ISSUES. SHE WILL DISCUSS THE RISE OF ECO-ANXIETY AND HEADLINE STRESS DISORDER, AND THE HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING IMPLICATIONS OF THE "DOOM AND GLOOM" NARRATIVE THAT IS PERPERUATED BY THE 24/7 MEDIA CYCLE.
**THIS SESSION IS PART OF CLIMATE AWARE AND ACTIVE SCHOOLS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES**
 
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Wednesday, October 5, 2021:
CLIMATE CHANGE BASICS: WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

For: All Educators

HOW DO COVID-19, THE JET STREAM, AND WHAT YOU EAT ADD UP TO A PLANET-WIDE EMERGENCY? IN THIS EVENT WE WILL LEARN ABOUT "EARTH SYSTEMS" AND THE IMPORTANT CONNECTIONS BETWEEN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE CHOICES AND THE FUTURE EARTH WE ARE LEAVING FOR OUR CHILDREN. WE WILL DISCUSS THE BASICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE INCLUDING GREENHOUSE GASES, CIRCULATION IN THE ATMOSPHERE AND OCEAN, GLACIERS, AND RAINFORESTS, AND PAST CLIMATES.   
** THIS SESSION IS PART OF CLIMATE AWARE AND ACTIVE SCHOOLS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES**  
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021:
UNDERSTANDING BIAS - A NUANCED APPROACH TO A VITAL NEWS LITERACY TOPIC

For: All Educators

  PEOPLE FREQUENTLY PERCEIVE AND ALLEGE BIAS IN NEWS COVERAGE, BUT WHAT DOES THIS REALLY MEAN? WHAT MAKES A PIECE OF NEWS BIASED, AND WHO DECIDES? WHAT ROLE DO OUR OWN BIASES PLAY IN OUR PERCEPTIONS OF BIAS? IN THIS SESSION WE'LL HELP YOU TEACH THIS VITAL, CONTROVERSIAL, COMPLEX TOPIC IN WAYS THAT EMPOWER STUDENTS TO MEANINGFULLY EVALUATE THE FAIRNESS AND IMPARTIALITY OF NEWS COVERAGE.
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Thursday, October 14, 2021:
CLIMATE CHANGE: IMPACTS AND IMPLICATIONS

For: All Educators

          researchers tell us that is global warming continues, large parts of the tropics and mid-latitudes will become unlivable, potentially displacing one-third of humanity within only 50 years. this has political implications that have already been set in motion. join us for a discussion of global security, food and water shortages, extreme weather events, and the growth of intense heat. 
** THIS SESSION IS PART OF CLIMATE AWARE AND ACTIVE SCHOOLS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES**
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Wednesday, October 20, 2021:
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
BUILDING BLOCK I: EXPLORE

For: 2021 - 2022 Leadership Institute Cohort

THIS OPENING SESSION OF THE 2021-2022 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE COHORT WILL BEGIN ITS COLLABORATIVE JOURNEY, ORIENT PERSONAL LEADERSHIP STYLES, AND DIVE INTO THE LANDSCAPE OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP.

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021:
SOLUTIONS: CUTTING EMISSIONS AND PROTECTING NATURE 

For: All Educators

IT IS NOT INEVITABLE THAT THE WORST ASPECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE MUST HAPPEN. WE KNOW HOW TO PREVENT A DANGEROUS FUTURE AND THERE ARE EARLY SIGNS OF SUCCESS. BUT WE ARE STILL FAR FROM WHERE WE NEED TO BE IF WE WANT TO LEAVE THE NEXT GENERATION A WORLD WHERE THEY CAN THRIVE. JOIN US FOR A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS THAT ARE NEEDED TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE DESTRUCTION OF NATURE.       
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Monday, October 25, 2021:
EARLY CAREER TEACHER PROGRAM:
SCHOOL CLIMATE AND CULTURE

For: Independent School Associate Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Teaching Fellows, and Early Career Teachers

THE CLIMATE AND CULTURE OF A SCHOOL GUIDES THE LEARNING AND INSTRUCTIONAL ENVIRONMENT. THIS SESSION WILL EXPLORE SCHOOL CLIMATE AND HOW IT AFFECTS LEARNING AND THE LEARNER. HOW MIGHT YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR SCHOOL'S CLIMATE? HOW MIGHT YOU EMBOLDEN IT TO BEST SERVE YOUR STUDENTS?
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Tuesday, October 26, 2021:
ADVANCEMENT OFFICERS WORKSHOP

For: Directors of Development and All Advancement Professionals

THIS ANNUAL MEETING SERVES TO SUPPORT THE COLLEGIALITY AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH OF DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL. 
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Tuesday, October 26, 2021:
CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES CENTER: OVERVIEW OF TOOLS AND SUPPORTS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM AND CURRICULUM

For: All Educators

NEW JERSEY IS THE FIRST STATE IN THE NATION TO REQUIRE CLIMATE CHANGE INCORPORATION INTO LEARNING STANDARDS. THOUGH INDEPENDENT SCHOOL CURRICULUM IS NOT REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO THESE STANDARDS, THEY SET A PRECEDENT FOR LEARNING AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CLIMATE-AWARE STUDENTS AND CLASSROOMS. IN THIS SESSION, PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN TO NAVIGATE THE NJ CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCE CENTER IN ORDER TO EXTRACT TOOLS AND LEARNING STRATEGIES. ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS SESSION IS HOW THESE STANDARDS MIGHT EVOLVE AND HOW THEY ARE BEING INTEGRATED ACROSS SEVEN CONTENT AREAS (VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS; CAREER READINESS/LIFE LITERACIES AND KEY SKILLS; SCIENCE; SOCIAL STUDIES; WORLD LANGUAGES; COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ED; COMPUTER SCIENCE AND DESIGN THINKING). 
**THIS SESSION IS PART OF CLIMATE AWARE AND ACTIVE SCHOOLS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES**  
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021:
AVOIDING THE RABBIT HOLE: TEACHING CONCEPTS OF CONSPIRATORIAL THINKING 

For: All Educators

CONSPIRACY THEORIES ARE BECOMING PART OF MAINSTREAM DISCOURSE AND PUBLIC AWARENESS. FROM QANON TO PANDEMIC-RELATED BELIEFS TO OLDER IDEAS SUCH AS THE EARTH IS FLAT, WE ARE FINDING THAT MORE AND MORE OF OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES BELIEVE AT LEAST ONE CONSPIRACY THEORY. HOW DO WE TEACH STUDENTS TO AVOID CONSPIRACY THEORIES WITHOUT ACTUALLY TEACHING THEM THE SPECIFICS OF SUCH FALSE BELIEFS? THIS SESSION EXPLORES THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND COGNITIVE FACTORS BEHIND CONSPIRATORIAL THINKING, INCLUDING THE ROLE OF FEARS AND ANXIETY, COGNITIVE DISSONANCE AND BIASES, MOTIVATED REASONING AND INSTITUTIONAL CYNICISM. WE WILL DISCUSS THE WAYS IN WHICH CONSPIRACY THEORIES EXPLOIT OUR EMOTIONS AS WELL AS FILL OUR EMOTIONAL NEEDS. AS PART OF THIS SESSION, WE WILL OUTLINE ESSENTIAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND CONCEPTS AND PROVIDE INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES FOR INTEGRATING THESE CONCEPTS INTO THE CURRICULUM, INCLUDING OUR FREE, INTERACTIVE LESSON WHICH IS PART OF THE Checkology® VIRTUAL CLASSROOM.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021:
FINANCE OFFICERS WORKSHOP

For: CFOs, Business Managers, HR Directors, and all Finance and Operations Professionals     
   
This ANNUAL MEETING SERVES TO SUPPORT THE COLLEGIALITY AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH OF FINANCE PROFESSIONALS.
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Thursday, October 28, 2021:
ADMISSIONS OFFICERS WORKSHOP

  For: All Admissions Professionals  
   
This ANNUAL MEETING SERVES TO SUPPORT THE COLLEGIALITY AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH OF ADMISSIONS PROFESSIONALS.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2021:
A SOLUTIONS-ORIENTED FRAMEWORK TO TACKLE REAL LIFE CLIMATE CHANGE LESSON EXAMPLES FOR TEACHERS

For: All Educators
 
THIS SESSION IS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE SERIES OPENING SESSION, WHY HOPE IS VITAL FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND HIGH PRIORITY SOCIETAL ISSUES, AND THE INSTRUCTIONAL FRAMEWORK DR. KELSEY OUTLINES IN THAT PRESENTATION. THIS WILL EXPAND ON HER FRAMEWORK AND GIVE TEACHERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE ANY OF THE PRACTICES THEY HAVE EXECUTED IN THEIR CLASSROOMS IN ORDER TO GAIN INSIGHT AND FEEDBACK FOR FUTURE LESSONS.   
**THIS SESSION IS PART OF CLIMATE AWARE AND ACTIVE SCHOOLS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES**
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Sunday, November 14, 2021:
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
BUILDING  BLOCK II: SERVE

For: 2021 - 2022 Leadership Institute Cohort
 
ThIS SESSION OF THE 2021-2022 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE WILL EXPLORE THE ROLE OF GOVERNANCE IN SCHOOLS, EXAMINING THE QUESTION, "WHAT IS A TRUSTEE AND HOW DO TRUSTEES SERVE OUR SCHOOLS?".

 

Sunday, November 14, 2021:
TRUSTEE ENRICHMENT DAY

For: Boards of Trustees, Heads of School, Finance Officers, and School Leadership Teams
 
NJAIS' ANNUAL TRUSTEE ENRICHMENT DAY IS A BENCHMARK EVENT FOR NEW AND EXPERIENCED TRUSTEES. THIS IS A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR ADMINISTRATORS AND TRUSTEES ALIKE TO EXPERIENCE A BROAD RANGE OF SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOPS TO SUPPORT STRONG GOVERNANCE OF OUR SCHOOLS.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021:
YOUTH VOICE AND CLIMATE JUSTICE ACTIVISM THROUGH THE LENS OF EXISTENTIAL ANXIETY AND INTERSECTIONALITY

   For: All Educators 
 
IN THIS SESSION, RESOURCES WILL BE SHARED TO COUNTER THE EXISTENTIAL ANXIETY AND ECO-DESPAIR MANY EXPERIENCE AND WAYS OF EXPLORING IDEAS AROUND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION, AND THE INTERSECTIONALITY OF UNDERLYING SYSTEMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND PRIVELEGE VIS-A-VIS CLIMATE CHANGE. 
** THIS SESSION IS PART OF CLIMATE AWARE AND ACTIVE SCHOOLS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES**
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Monday, November 29, 2021:
EARLY CAREER TEACHER PROGRAM: COMMUNICATION: HOW TO TALK TO TODAY'S INDEPENDENT SCHOOL PEOPLE

     For: Independent School Associate Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Teaching Fellows, and Early Career Teachers
 
  IN THIS SESSION, PARTICIPANTS WILL GAIN INSIGHTS AND STRATEGIES TO ENGAGE THE FULL RANGE OF PARENTS IN ORDER TO TRUTHFULLY COMMENT ON STUDENT PROGRESS. THIS WILL ALSO INCLUDE NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS THAT CAN ARISE WITHIN SCHOOLS, BETWEEN VARIOUS CONSTITUENTS.
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Stay tuned for Winter and Spring professional development programs!

 

 

Completed Programs

 

Sunday, September 12, 2021:
TRUSTEE 101

For: Newly Appointed Board of Trustee Members of Independent Schools or those in their first or second year serving on the Board

This session is for Board of Trustee members in their first or second year of service on the Board, or for those who want a reminder of the principles of good governance.  You will be presented with an overview of the basic concepts and complexities of independent school governance.  Case studies provide an interactive session.

 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021:
CHASING CHILDHOOD
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

For: All Educators
 
 discussion facilitated by the film's directors and producers, margaret munzer loeb and eden wurmfeld chasing childhood is a feature documentary that takes us to three communities that are trying  to shift culture with the hope of raising kids to become competent, healthy, and happy adults. 
after an asynchronous screening of the film, join your colleagues from across the association for a robust discussion of what schools and school communities can do to support play, independence, and agency for students.

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021:
PANEL PRESENTATION:
NAVIGATING PUSHBACK AGAINST YOUR SCHOOL'S DEIB COMMITMENTS

For: Heads of School, Board Members, and Communications Professionals
**THIS IS A MEMBER SCHOOL ONLY EVENT**

During this panel presentation, participants will hear from an attorney, a PR/Crisis professional, a DEIB practitioner, an HR professional, and a Head of School who navigated the conflict, press, and public harassment.  Following the guidance, lessons learned, and suggested considerations from the panelists, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss action plans with colleagues.

 

Monday, August 23, 2021:
THE INVISIBLE PLAYBOOK: 
HOW TO CREATE A CULTURE OF INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

For: Athletic Directors, Athletic Coaches, and all other Athletic Professionals

 

This workshop serves to engage athletic professionals in purposeful reflection in order to inspire team cultures of inclusion and excellence. Through a focus on critically analyzing definitions, participants will gain an understanding of how such meanings shape individual views of the world.  As the session highlights common fears that may create barriers to engaging in antiracist actions, coaches and athletic professionals will learn how to have uncomfortable conversations about race, diversity, and themselves.  This experience will inspire participants to deeply examine how to be a change agent in a world of performative allyship.

 

Tuesday, August 17 - Thursday, August 19, 2021:
INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES AND SUPPORTING STUDENT METACOGNITION

For: New and Veteran Classroom Teachers

This three-day workshop for K-12 teachers will explore the current understanding of how children learn and investigate an array of teaching strategies and feedback techniques based on cognitive science research. Participants will explore principles of effective learning, including the role of student beliefs and mindsets in influencing that effectiveness. Using the powerful lens of cognitive science, the workshop will examine how these understandings and strategies are applied in different contexts, both in the classroom and online.
Teacher reflection and design time will be built into the workshop so you leave with curriculum design and lesson plans, and/or specific instructional and assessment strategies to be used in your own teaching practice. 

 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021:
PARENT ASSOCIATIONS: 
BUILDING AND MAINTAINING PURPOSEFUL PARTNERSHIPS

For: Heads of School, Development Officers, and others who work with Parent Associations
 
The parent body is one of the most important resources for a school. This group carries the “word of mouth” into the community to current and prospective parents, they are inclined to donate to the school most actively, and they are currently motivated to bring ample man- and woman-power to bear on school projects that cannot be staffed by paid employees alone. Supporters within the parent body can also provide priceless insight into school challenges. However, this can also be the hardest group to harness and organize. Many schools have parents’ associations; others have loosely grafted together groups of parent volunteers. This session is an effort to help schools that are seeking more guidance or practices as they move toward a more established parents’ association or tweaking their current model to reflect healthier practices, touching on topics such as bylaws, reigning in some groups, establishing a chain of command, and more.


 

Tuesday, August 10 - Thursday, August 12, 2021:
SCHOOLS OF INCLUSION AND BELONGING:
INTERSECTIONALITY AND IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT

For: All Teachers and School Administrators

This three-day experience is a deep exploration of social identity development, as well as how to empower these identities inside our classrooms and throughout our entire school communities.  Through investigating personal understandings, participants will engage in thoughtful discussions and problem solving about the elements and impacts of social identities.  The work will include the application of developmental theory in order to better understand identities relating to culture, race, ethnicity, biological sex, gender identity/expression, and social class, providing tools and strategies to inform your practice of supporting students and faculty.

 

Tuesday, August 10 - Wednesday, August 11, 2021:
INNOVATING INSTRUCTION 2.0:
DESIGNING YOUR PATHWAY FORWARD

For: Classroom Teachers, School Administrators, and EdTech Professionals
 
This two-day comprehensive experience serves to support reflection and action for classroom teachers, school administrators, and edtech professionals.  Following a constantly evolving period of instruction, all educators found moments of success to celebrate and bring forward into a new age of teaching and learning.  Inspired by the best of our own pedagogy and instruction while infusing innovation and iteration, presentations and sessions will promote authentic learning experience for all students.
Featuring keynote presenters Monica Burns and Reshan Richards, as well as facilitated considerations of what to keep, what to change, and what to flip from this past year, participants will engage with and appreciate the nimble instruction inspired by innovative practices.

 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021:
CRYPTOCURRENCY 101

For: Finance Officers, Development Officers, and Heads of School
 
With a presentation followed by Q&A, this session will cover:
Crypto Currencies and Bitcoin -  what are they / how do they work?
 What are "Digital Assets"? What's the difference?
What is the regulatory environment around crypto currency and digital assets?
What are the risks?
Who owns crypto currencies and how has that evolved?
Why should an Independent School care?