2020-2021 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 2020 - 2021

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.

 

Thursday, January 21, 2021
EFFECTIVE OBSERVATION AND FEEDBACK IN 2021 AND BEYOND: SIX CORE TRUTHS

For: Division Heads, Deans, Department Chairs, and others who conduct classroom observations for the purpose of feedback and growth for teachers

If you blew up your classroom observation system, how would you rebuild it?  Whether or not we were looking for redesign, the shift to remote, in-person, remote and in-person, socially distanced classrooms has blown this up, giving us the opportunity to rebuild better, more intentional and mission-aligned feedback and observation structures and protocols.  Join FolioCollaborative for this interactive session to:

- explore six core truths about effective observation and feedback during this complex time
- prototype new approaches to observation and feedback for 2021 and beyond
- Consider how to bring new designs and approaches back to your school to promote inclusive, excellent, and relevant instruction


Please register in advance for this conference:
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=467

 

Saturday, January 23, 2021
TRUSTEE ENRICHMENT DAY 

For: Trustees, Heads of School, and Executive Administrators

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 for our schools. 
 

Please register in advance for this conference:
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=447

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
MIND BRAIN EDUCATION CONFERENCE 

For: All Educators
 
In a time of much uncertainty for educators, one constant remains: the organ of learning is the brain. As you look ahead to the second half of the school year, join the Far Hills Country Day School faculty, Glenn Whitman, author and Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, and other special guests to explore how research can inform your teaching in 2021 and beyond. Situated at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and education, the field of Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) affirms many practices we already do each day and provides a framework for future lesson planning. Topics will include the science of learning, the relationship between emotion and cognition, and student motivation.


Please register in advance for this conference:
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=463

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021:
INSTITUTE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN EDUCATION
BLOCK III: FINANCE, FUNDRAISING, AND THE FIDUCIARIES

For: 2020 - 2021 Female Leaders Cohort
 
This session will provide an overview of school finance, key elements of fundraising, and also a discussion on working with Boards of Trustees, the fiduciaries.

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021:
LONG-RANGE FINANCIAL PLANNING 

For: Finance Committees, Finance Officers, and other Board Members
 
As a Board is considering the school’s future and engaging in its fiduciary role, it is important to have a long-range financial plan; it is also a requirement in one of the NJAIS Standards for Accreditation.  While the past year has demanded schools react and adjust to unexpected and unprecedented financial needs, it is essential schools refocus on a strategic financial overview in order to ensure stability through the future.  Learn how to create a plan that uses a long-range financial model that is realistic and flexible.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance.  You can register for this experience here: https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=462

 

Thursday, January 28, 2021:
A SOLID MARKETING AND ADVERTISING PLAN THAT PERSEVERES DURING A CRISIS 

For: Marketing Committees, MarCom Professionals, and other Board Members
 
When COVID-19 hit, a few NJAIS schools were prepared to persevere through the disruption of the admissions cycle by leveraging their branding and marketing plans that were either in progress or in place. Case studies in this workshop will highlight how schools pivoted their messaging and digital strategy with relative ease, redeployed and reimagined existing marketing assets to generate leads and optimized the heightened interest many independent schools experienced in the run up to the Fall 2020 reopening of schools. Erbach Communications Group will also share data and trends tracked over the first half of the Fall 2021 admissions cycle that can inform your school's marketing plan, as well as communication priorities for retaining longtime and new families.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance.  You can register for this experience here: https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=462

 

Sunday, January 31, 2021:
THREE KEYS TO EFFECTIVE SMALL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE

For: Trustees, Heads of School, and School Leadership Teams for Schools with enrollment of 350 or fewer students
Marketing Committees, MarCom Professionals, and other Board Members
 
The role of effective governance has never been so highlighted than in the past months, as schools have navigated the unprecedented times of COVID-19. All schools have had significant challenges; small schools, that are so greatly impacted by small fluctuations in enrollment, finances, and parent opinion, have been particularly challenged. The schools that have had strong, collaborative, and strategic Boards have typically fared the best through these turbulent times. How can Boards of small schools leverage the unique benefits of their communities to address the challenges they face? Dr. Brooke Carroll focuses specifically on small school leadership and governance in order to highlight the unique nature of these schools and provide tailored strategies that fit. In this interactive workshop, we describe the unique nature of small schools established through research and then target three key areas that impact small school Board member’ ability to be effective:
1. Ensure a diversity of thought on your Board with the “right” Board members
2. Understand and navigate the “line” between governance and operations
3. Maximize your Head’s effectiveness through collaborative supervision and support


This program is included in our Subscription Series: Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance.  You can register for this experience here: https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=462


Friday, February 5, 2021
VIRTUAL HIRING WORKSHOP: BEST PRACTICES AND PROTOCOLS FOR RESUME READING, PROCESS, AND BIAS AWARENESS

For: Division Heads, Deans, Department Chairs, HR Directors, and others who oversee the hiring of classroom teachers

While the 2020 hiring season required a quick pivot to virtual hiring, the 2021 process is likely to be remote from start to finish.  How will your school ensure quality and compatibility with your new classroom teachers?  With a complex process ahead, this workshop will provide hiring managers with tips and tricks to fluently read resumes, facilitate an interview process that is informative and comprehensive, and address the additional bias that a virtual process may introduce.  Join experts in search processes for this full and enriching experience.


Please register in advance for this conference:
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=466

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
BALANCING EXPECTATIONS AND SELF-CARE IN THE TIME OF COVID: TOOLS FOR THE OVERWHELMED TEACHER

For: All Educators

Are you striving for excellence while doing the impossible? Is guilt becoming a daily companion? This may have you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and ineffective.   Join Happy YOUniversity to discover how having compassion for yourself and quantifying success can help balance new and changing expectations.  Our one hour zoom call will focus on:
How to replete when you are feeling spent.
How to have compassion for yourself.
How to quantify success.
How to create upward spirals in your life.
Connecting you to other educators at your grade level.


Please register in advance for this conference:
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=464


Wednesday, February 10, 2021
BUILDING OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

For: Independent School Boards of Trustees, Heads of School, and School Risk Management Teams

Beginning in 2016, the Pingry School invested in building a formal program for Enterprise Risk Management and Faculty Engagement. By 2020, Pingry had built a robust process that enabled the school to look beyond the traditional definition of "risk" to identify and address strategic business decisions, intentionally integrating faculty and staff at every step along the way so that the process has been driven from the bottom up. Then, 2020 brought an unprecedented, unending threat to the entire globe, testing every part of Pingry’s risk response system. The lived experience of responding to the COVID-19 crisis has led to operational excellence throughout the school community.  This session will provide a framework to build operational excellence in  your own community, inspired by the systematic response and subsequent growth Pingry experienced throughout the 2020 crisis.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance.  You can register for this experience here: https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=462

 

Thursday, February 11, 2021:

THE BOARD CHAIR/HEAD PARTNERSHIP

For:  Board Chairs and Heads of School
 
Difficult situations - like opening school in the midst of a pandemic - put relationships under stress. Managed well, they can also strengthen relationships and lead to long-term institutional success. This session will offer practices that can clarify roles and improve conversations between Heads of School and Board Chairs, arguably the most important relationship in independent schools. This session is an opportunity for school Heads and their Board Chairs, to get out of the weeds and think about how they can strengthen their partnership, and play their respective roles well.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance.  You can register for this experience here: https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=462

 

Sunday, February 21, 2021:
SCHOOL INVESTIGATIONS

For: Boards of Trustees, Heads of School, and School Risk Management Teams
 
As schools face various situations and circumstances, they have sometimes found it necessary to engage in an investigation.  While your school may not face such an issue today, it is likely that at some juncture, your school community will need to consider a deep dive into a claim that disrupts the climate and culture of the institution.  This session, led by The Lawrenceville School’s Head of School, Legal Counsel, CFO, and HR Manager will present aspects of their own school investigation and address necessary questions and consideration.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance.  You can register for this experience here: https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=462

 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021:
CYBERSECURITY

For: Board Members, Heads of School, Finance Officers, and Technology Coordinators
 
This informative and interactive session delivers a content-packed session focused on must-know cybersecurity concepts for today’s financial officers, Heads of School, and Trustees in independent education. The session will highlight the relationship between cybersecurity and a school’s bottom line, and provide insight into how intelligent asset allocation can align IT investment with business objectives.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance.  You can register for this experience here: https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=462

 

Saturday, March 21, 2021:
THE RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF STRATEGIC PLANNING NOW

For: Board Members, Heads of School, and School Leadership Teams

Strategic planning is both an opportunity and a risk. It can be as dangerous as  it can be healthy, depending on the approach and timing chosen. Some Heads and Boards are feeling that their plates are full and that long-term planning should be postponed. Others are moving ahead in order to capture the opportunities that have emerged but are wondering who should be involved in the process? Parents, teachers, and alumni have a lot of opinions these days including more attention to DEI.  School leaders need to look past the current obstacles, think "big," and proceed optimistically but with caution.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance.  You can register for this experience here: https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=462

 

Friday, April 30, 2021:
INSTITUTE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN EDUCATION
BLOCK V: CLOSING BRUNCH

For: 2020 - 2021 Female Leaders Cohort
 
This closing experience will finally bring us together in person (fingers crossed)!  As such, it will be a time to connect, reflect, and celebrate the leadership journey the cohort completed.

 

 

Completed or In-Progress Programs


Wednesday, December 9, 2020:
WHOSE BUSINESS IS BELONGING?
DEI Workshop for Business Officers

For: Business and HR Professionals
 
This past spring, independent schools, like other sectors of the U.S., have faced a reckoning with experiences of Black Americans and other minority groups on campus, who have expressed pain, anger, disappointment, and frustration with racist behavior.  Consultant Jen Cort will share how Business Offices are a key part of school culture and the effort to address these circumstances at our schools is central to operations and caring about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jen will expand on how we can listen and act using her model of 6 R’s:  Recognize; Receive; Reflect; Realize; Resist; Remember


Tuesday, December 8, 2020:
INSTITUTE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN EDUCATION
BLOCK II: MOBILIZING, DELEGATING, AND DE-PERSONALIZING

For: 2020 - 2021 Female Leaders Cohort
 
As a leader, how do you mobilize, delegate, and empower your team?  Moreover, how do you de-personalize the criticism that will absolutely come with each decision you make as a leader?  This session will continue the reflection and connection activities in order for participants to engage with these challenges and opportunities that arise in leadership.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020:
DEBUNKING SOCIAL MEDIA MYTHS:
TELL YOUR STORY!

For: Admissions, MarCom, and Advancement Professionals

Now, more than ever, your school needs to know how to harness the power of social media and ‘content channels.’ Why? We humans thrive on happiness, community, and sharing good news. Social Media is the place to achieve this, so start telling your #SchoolStories. Then watch your community amplify your brand every time they share, like, and retweet. Learn about reach, social influence, and the importance of your digital brand.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020:
BUDGETING IN THE COVID ERA

For: Finance Committees, Finance Officers, Heads of School, and Other Board Members

The budget this past year could not anticipate the financial constraints, demands, and complete reconfiguration as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. As the 2021 - 2022 budgeting process begins, what considerations should guide leadership teams, Boards, and Finance Committees? This session, led by consultant Ari Betof and independent school Finance Officers Sam Goldfisher and Julia Malaga, will present various considerations and scenarios for finance officers, finance committee members, and Heads of School.

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020:
TEACHING FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE
SESSION 3: FROM REFLECTION TO ACTION - CHOOSING TO PARTICIPATE

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders, 6 - 12
 
This session will include a flexible collection of activities, readings, lessons, and strategies that educators can use to develop a civic action experience that meets specific curriculum objectives, grade level, and available time.  The resources in the provided toolkit are infused with the understanding that effective “action civics” depend not only on providing civic education, grounded in the study of history and literature, but also on essential practices that civic education begins in learner-centered classrooms that value students’ identities; must confront bias and develop a sense of the common good; must engage with the complexities of history; must introduce current events and controversial issues.

 

Thursday, November 12, 2020:
INSTITUTE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN EDUCATION;
BLOCK I: WHAT IS YOUR LEADERSHIP BRAND?

For: Current and Aspiring Female Leaders
 
This opening session of the 2020 - 2021 Institute for Female Leaders in Education will open the conversation about leadership, leadership brands, and leading with authenticity.  Through connecting activities and conversations, participants will begin the deep dive into reflecting upon leadership triumphs and tribulations in order to develop personal leadership brands. 

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020:
HEAD OF SCHOOL SUPPORT:
AVOIDING BURNOUT

For: Board Members and Heads of School
 
It has been months since Heads of School have been able to pause, reflect, and care for themselves.  With urgent responses to the global pandemic, racial tensions running high, a divisive election season, and the continued stress of tending to the health and safety of students and staff, how are Heads of School tending to their own wellness and balance?  How long can they keep up this pace?  In this session, Drs. Michael Thompson and Rob Evans provide a framework both for self-care and also for Board members to support Heads of School as they navigate these unprecedented times without burnout in order to provide stability and security for the entire school community.

 

Friday, November 6 AND November 13, 2020:
In Partnership with ATLIS
CYBER SAFETY WORKSHOP

For: Independent School Leaders
 
Making our schools safe from cyber attacks and identity theft is a high priority for school leaders, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased cyber safety concerns. This 6-hour workshop over 2 consecutive Fridays provides a framework for building a cyber safety team and practical steps to build a culture of cyber awareness and safe practices for independent schools. The workshop draws on advice from technology professionals, includes hands-on activities to jumpstart cyber safety efforts, and offers a follow-up webinar with industry resources to answer your most critical questions. 

 

Thursday, November 5, 2020:
AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: DEBRIEF AND DISCUSS

For: All Educators
 
This presentation and discussion, facilitated by the Child Mind Institute, will support schools following the election results.  How do we move forward as unified, strong communities and cultures even with potential political polarization?

 

Thursday, October 29, 2020:
PREPARING FOR POST- ELECTION:
CONSIDERING HOW TO HANDLE THE OPENING MINUTES OF WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

For: All Educators, PK - 12
 
Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Election Day, is a big day for our students, their families, our faculty and staff. No matter what the decision, there will continue to be hope, fear, division, and powerful emotions within  all of our school communities.  In preparation for the opening minutes of school (and all that follows), join Dr. Deborah Offner, who will offer a framework for analysis over advocacy and help us learn how we might infuse empathy, connection, tolerance -- even unity--  in the moments leading up to, during, and just after the Presidential election.  After a brief presentation, Dr. Offner will lead an interactive discussion for participants.

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020:
ANTI-RACISM AND ADVANCEMENT

For: Advancement Teams including admissions officers, development officers, and MarCom professionals
 
Advancement practitioners play a crucial role in building, strengthening, and sustaining diverse, equitable, inclusive school communities. In this session, Advancement professionals will engage in activities and conversations for an investigation of their own practices. The goals of this session are to build awareness of the ways whiteness and white privilege culture in our schools work against school missions for equity, and to build anti-racist strategies and action steps into enrollment management, development, and communications practices. Whether you are new to thinking about your work with an equity lens or are a veteran of deep-dive learning and reflection, this session is an opportunity to consider in a personal, real-world context, how your daily work connects to and supports your school’s racial equity mission.


Monday, October 26, 2020:
CLIMATE CHANGE, CLIMATE ANXIETY, AND A CALL FOR JUSTICE AND ACTION

**Fall Major Conference**

For: All Educators

Our current K - 12 students face a world of uncertainty and turmoil like no other student bodies have experienced.  Even before facing a global pandemic redefining what school looks like and current events of incredible weight, climate change has been a real and pressing issue that these students will need to address in their lifetime.  As they watched Australia burn in early 2020 and witness natural disasters abound, the realness has manifested in overwhelming anxiety of a future our current students are destined to inherit and a global wellness they must feel equipped to support.  During this day-long experience with some of the world’s most renown climate scientists, we will discuss the information needed to understand climate change, tools to navigate climate anxiety imbued in our students, and how we will command a call to action and on behalf of justice in our curricula, school cultures, and for our students’ wellbeing.


Wednesday, October 21 OR Sunday, October 25, 2020:
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.  The Board’s role during a pandemic will also be highlighted.  Case studies provide an interactive session.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020:
TEACHING FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE
SESSION 2: MY PART OF THE STORY - EXPLORING IDENTITY IN THE UNITED STATES

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders, 6 - 12
 
The session will include lessons and activities designed to  help students understand that the identity of the United States is dynamic, not static, and to see that their choices and their stories fuel this dynamism. It supports the construction of courses that are inclusive of the experiences and perspectives of the diversity of individuals and groups who have made crucial contributions to the history, literature, and culture of the United States.

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020:
UNDERSTANDING THE CURRENT PHILANTHROPIC CLIMATE

For: Advancement Teams
 
Using research conducted over the past six months, this session will explain trends and predictions regarding fundraising in this COVID era.  

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020:
INNOVATIVE ADMISSIONS APPROACHES INSPIRED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS

For: Admissions Officers
 
During this session we will discuss the challenges this current crisis has presented to higher education and a few adaptations to help maintain equity in the process in what is sure to be an unusual admission season this coming year.  Please join Claudia Marroquin, Director of Admissions at Bowdoin College to learn how innovative practices at the higher ed level can inspire change in your admission process.

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020:
SIMULTANEOUS IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS: A PATHWAY TO INSTRUCTIONAL SUCCESS

For: Classroom Teachers and Academic Leaders
 
Many teachers are now challenged with teaching a room of students in masks and behind plexiglass while also delivering high-quality instruction simultaneously to students opting for remote learning.  How do you properly attend to and engage both groups?   Dana Kooistra of The Lawrenceville School will share the extensive template she created to support teachers in this necessary instructional situation.

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020:
TEACHING FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE
SESSION 1: INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders, 6 - 12
 
This session is designed to support educators in framing their classroom cultures and expectations, especially during the early part of the school year.  A focus will be placed on an inclusive environment where students honor and value differing perspectives, question assumptions, and actively listen to others. 

 

Friday, September 18, 2020:
HOW TO TELL YOUR SCHOOL'S STORY IN THE COVID ERA

For: Admissions Officers and MarCom Professionals
 
When prospective families visit your campus, they feel the magic of the school community.  With closed campuses amid the COVID-19 crisis, how do you tell your school’s story and convey the value proposition to those who cannot experience it in person?  This presentation and discussion will provide a framework for virtual storytelling that exemplifies your school’s brand and illuminates what makes your community special.   Additionally, the presentation will highlight the importance of value-based institutions, delivering on their missions in a time that requires connection, civility, and inclusion.

 

Thursday, September 3, 2020:

I'M NOT RACIST... AM I?
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

For: All Educators, Especially School Leaders

Join André Robert Lee as he shares his expertise in race, racism, and guidance for strategic action plans for schools to move forward. This opportunity allows you to see the film, perhaps in a new light, while reflecting upon the culture and community in your own schools.  With conversations regarding how to navigate the @BlackAt movement, how to use the movement and the film to examine bias, and how to move forward with connection and action, this experience serves to strengthen the start of your school year and support inclusive school communities.

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020:

PREPARING YOUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

For: All Educators, Especially School Leaders

Racial tensions, a global pandemic, economic crashes, and overwhelming uncertainty define our days.  And, the intensity of the election is just heating up.  As we face another potentially contentious presidential election and navigate these defining months, how can this be an experience of connection rather than division in our school communities?  Join Dr. Janine Domingues of The Child Mind Institute as she shares frameworks for addressing the election and the significant ongoings of our country with your students, faculty, and parents.

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020:
TRAUMA-INFORMED SCHOOL RE-ENTRY: 
BEST PRACTICES AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

For: School Leaders, School Counselors, Deans of Students, Guidance Departments, and Advisors

During the COVID-19 pandemic and national racial justice crisis, we  -- educators, individuals, family members -- are experiencing collective trauma. Along with students,administrators,  faculty and staff continue to process the feelings of loss and uncertainty brought about by the closing of our schools in particular.  In the context of looming unknowns (e.g. rapidly changing virus transmission patterns, ever-evolving classroom and campus protocols and increasingly prominent social discord) this interactive Webinar will address how the school re-entry process can support the emotional wellbeing of not only students, but faculty and staff. Following a brief presentation, we will provide ample time for participants’ questions and discussion with clinical psychologist and student affairs consultant, Deborah Offner, and also time to break into professional affinity groups in order to discuss, process, and collaborate to strengthen all of our school communities.

 

Tuesday, August 18 - Thursday, August 20, 2020:
INSTRUCTIONAL EXCELLENCE WORKSHOP:
DESIGNING DIVERSE LEARNING EXPERIENCES WITH THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING IN MIND

For: All Teachers and Administrators
 
Decades of cognitive science research demonstrates that learners encode, store, and retrieve memories in similar ways as they critically think, make decisions, problem-solve, and develop their conceptual understandings and skill sets. To encourage and support all students’ cognitive, social, and emotional growth, the role of teachers is to design a diverse repertoire of learning experiences that require students to “think to learn” and respond to ongoing feedback that moves their learning forward. This workshop explores the many ways teachers can design learning in different contexts based on best-practice research about how children learn.
This 3-day workshop for K-12 teachers will explore the current understanding of how children learn and  investigate an array of teaching strategies and assessment techniques based on these learning principles. Participants will derive principles of effective learning, including the role of learner beliefs and mindsets in influencing that effectiveness. Using the lens of cognitive science, the workshop will examine how these understandings and strategies are applied in different contexts, both in the classroom and online.

 

Monday, August 17, 2020:
LOOKING BACK AND MOVING FORWARD: 
TEACHING WORLD LANGUAGE LEARNERS THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

For: World Language Teachers
 
In this session, we’ll draw upon teacher experience to chart a course forward using the best of what we all have collectively learned. Whether your next school year is in person, remote, or a hybrid, we'll make sure you're equipped to handle it. Attendees will reflect on their past experiences and look at case scenarios of other educators. Presenters will lay out the process and tools to plan and organize, to teach synchronously and asynchronously, and to aim for proficiency growth in evaluation.

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020:

WHY SCHOOLS NEED TO TALK ABOUT RACE AND RACISM, ESPECIALLY WHITE PEOPLE

For: All Educators

It is imperative that our schools engage purposefully in conversations of race and racism as we strive to be anti-racist institutions.  Join Dr. Ali Michael for a presentation and discussion about why schools must engage in these conversations and how white educators and students can, and must, be vital participants in this process.  As Dr. Michael states, “Race questions are not meant to lead us into a quagmire of guilt, discomfort, or isolation. Sustained race inquiry is meant to lead to anti-racist classrooms, positive racial identities, and a restoration of the wholeness of spirit and community that racism undermines.”  Ali is white and will share stories and examples from her own life.

 

Monday, August 10, 2020:

RACE AND RACISM IN 2020: 
UNDERSTANDING SYSTEMIC RACISM AND WAYS TO DEVELOP RACIALLY LITERATE SCHOOLS

For: Faculty and School Administrators

In order to foster an anti-racist growth mindset, it is vital that we better understand how systemic racism created segregated, unequal living standards and limited access to social, economic, legal, and residential opportunities for people along lines of race. And once we gain such knowledge, it is essential that we have guided conversations with our children and/or students about race and systemic racism.  this two-part workshop will First trace the emergence of race and systemic racism in the United States, such as the limits placed on personhood, citizenship, immigration, housing, and other civil rights.  Next,  we will review key racial literacy ideas and frameworks, highlighting resources and discussion topics that are incorporated in Pollyanna’s K-8 Racial Literacy Curriculum –– a free resource for educators.

 

Thursday, August 6, 2020:

UPDATED MEDICAL AND LEGAL GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL RE-ENTRY

For: Heads of School, Finance Officers, HR Managers, Health Professionals, and other Operations Personnel
 
This two-part webinar serves to guide school operations teams through necessary considerations regarding possible medical and legal issues in the school re-entry process.  Each session will include a 30-minute presentation to support the navigation of these situations, followed by a 30-minute open question and discussion time with the presenter(s).

 

Tuesday, August 4 - Wednesday, August 5, 2020:
INNOVATING INSTRUCTION CONFERENCE

For: All Teachers, Administrators, and Tech Directors
 
This two-day comprehensive experience featuring A.J. Juliani will provide reflection and action to take our best practices in pedagogy/instruction and turn them into today’s practices that promote authentic learning experiences for all students, whether in-person, or in blended or virtual learning environments.  From the top blended learning tools for all ages to assessment, curriculum development, and instructional methods, this conference serves to provide depth and breadth of content to prepare for any learning platform for the fall.

 

Tuesday, July 28 - Thursday, July 30, 2020:
MIND, BRAIN, AND EDUCATION AS A PLATFORM FOR EXCELLENCE IN A BLENDED LEARNING CLASSROOM

For: K - 8 Teachers and School Leaders
 
Good teaching is good teaching, and good teaching is backed by research. This three-part workshop will provide teachers with the research behind making learning meaningful and making it stick. Each session will include an expert morning presentation, followed by an afternoon workshop session.  With the support of a cohort of teachers, translate the research into your classroom virtual or in person. Consider recommendations to increase engagement, assess understanding, and provide meaningful feedback in the context of your unique classroom. Make small adjustments to your current curriculum and have a big impact on your students’ learning.

 

Tuesday, July 21 - Wednesday, July 22, 2020:
GRADE 3 - 5  ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING 

Day One: Literacy, Laughter, and Learning
Day Two: Math, Manipulatives, and Monitoring Achievement

For: Grades 3 - 5 Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders
 
This hands-on, interactive virtual program will offer middle and upper elementary teachers guidance and consultation to strategize for online teaching and student learning.  Outlining back-to-school routines and procedures to inspire literacy and math mindsets and environments, participants will take a deep dive into literacy, mathematical concepts, and EdTech tools for remote learning success.  

 

Thursday, July 16, 2020:
FILM SCREENING AND @BLACKAT DISCUSSION:
"THE PREP SCHOOL NEGRO"

Facilitated by the film’s creator, André Robert Lee

For: All Educators, especially School Leaders

As you continue to commit and invest in purposeful work to address institutional racism in schools, NJAIS invites you to attend a screening of the 2012 film Prep School Negro by film maker and producer André Robert Lee.  This screening will be followed by a discussion to unpack the @BlackAt movement. Join André Robert Lee as he shares his film, his experience as an independent school student of color, and his expertise in race, racism, and guidance for strategic action plans for schools to move forward. This opportunity allows you to see the film, perhaps in a new light, while reflecting upon the posts that reveal or make public real student experiences in our schools.

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020:
RE-IMAGINING TIME:
SCHEDULE REDESIGN WORKSHOP

For: School Administrators
 
In partnership with Leadership + Design, this full-day hands-on workshop serves to facilitate an examination of your current schedule, your spring 2020 emergency response schedule, and how you might frame your fall.

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020:
PIVOTAL PEDAGOGY: REDESIGNING YOUR CURRICULUM FOR ALL LEARNING PLATFORMS

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders
 
This hands-on, interactive online workshop will ask participants to bring two weeks of lesson plans in order to examine, redesign, and prepare for teaching in any (and all) learning platforms.  During the redesign process, teachers and school leaders will consider cognitive load for both students and faculty, active learning within the assigned work, Universal Design for Learning to support engagement, and how shifts in learning platforms can present new learning opportunities as well as challenges..  By utilizing what is already in place, teachers can shift in a split second - PIVOT!


 

Tuesday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 15, 2020:
PreK - GRADE 2 ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING 

For: PreK to Grade 2 Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders
 
This hands-on, interactive virtual program will offer early childhood teachers guidance and consultation to strategize for online teaching and student learning.  Outlining back-to-school routines and procedures to inspire literacy and math mindsets and environments, participants will take a deep dive into literacy, mathematical concepts, and EdTech tools for remote learning success.  

 

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 31, 2020
ONLINE DESIGN BOOTCAMP + INSTRUCTIONAL COACHING PROGRAM

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders who want to prepare for more remote learning and get better at it!

NJAIS is pleased to partner with Global Online Academy (GOA) to offer a special four-week program for educators.  The goals of the Design Bootcamp + Coaching Program are to:
Support the work of educators to confidently design online learning courses for their students through an immersive week-long Design Bootcamp; to provide instructional design coaching for a cohort of educators who engaged in the Design Bootcamp to deepen practice and apply new learning skills to additional course designs