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Featuring...
  
 

 
 
John Katzman
Founder & CEO of Noodle
Marc Brackett, Ph.D.
Director of the Yale Center
for Emotional Intelligence
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Southern California

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12th
3:00 OVERNIGHT GUESTS MAY CHECK INTO THEIR ROOMS
3:30
REGISTRATION AND AFTERNOON TEA
4:00 - 5:00
CAIS ANNUAL MEETING
Doug Lyons, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools
 
5:00 - 5:15
UPDATE FROM COMMISSION ON DIVERSITY IN INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
 
5:15 - 6:15
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Technology and the Independent School
John Katzman, Founder & CEO, Noodle
As it has in multiple areas, technology is poised to disrupt independent schools, and is already doing so.
  • Technology enables choice, and speaks to fit between student and school, but choice brings its own problems. How do we enable choice with training wheels?
  • Independent schools are each very small clients, so edtech companies don't write code for them.  How do we benefit from software when it rewards large volume?
  • Finally, the college admissions process has fundamentally changed, which is why parents believe it has become more selective when the reverse is true.
6:30 - 7:30
COCKTAIL RECEPTION
 
7:30
 
DINNER (Please choose your entree on registration form below)
Join us as we pay tribute to retiring school heads:
  • Tom Farmen, Rumsey Hall School
  • Tom Sheehy, Canterbury School
  • Barbara Riley, Hopkins School
  • Myriam Woods, Fraser Woods Montessori School
Presentation: CAIS Award Winner Coleman H. Casey, Esq.

 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13th
7:30
BUFFET BREAKFAST
 
8:30 - 10:00
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Practice
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Emotions matter. They influence our thinking, decisions, relationships, health, and everyday effectiveness. In this highly interactive presentation, participants will learn about the ability model of emotional intelligence, including what emotional intelligence predicts about people's lives. Our Center’s evidence-based approach to teaching emotional intelligence in schools, RULER, also will be highlighted. RULER, which involves training for students, teachers, leaders, and families has been adopted by hundreds of school systems around the world.
 
10:15 - 11:00
 
BREAKOUT SESSION I (Choose one):

A1.  Affordability - Chicken or Egg?
Sacha Litman, Managing Director, Measuring Success

We'll explore what drives financial sustainability for independent schools and how to stay out of the vicious cycle and in the virtuous cycle.


A2.  Endowments 101: An Introduction to Endowments
Robert R. Sedivy, Ph.D., Retired School CFO

 What is an endowment? What are the types of endowments? How are they created? What is a quasi-endowment? How much of an endowment gift can be used to support a school's program? Why should my school have endowments when there are so many current needs to be met? This session will provide answers to these and other basic questions about endowments, and review a school’s obligations under recent laws and accounting standards.  This session is especially recommended for first time Heads, and for Heads at schools just starting to establish endowments.

 
 
A3.  Update on Current Legal Issues for Independent Schools
Bruce Chudwick, Julie Fay, & Jessica Ritter, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Independent School Legal Firm, Shipman & Goodwin will offer insight and advice on how schools can navigate increasingly common, complex legal issues including: • Social Media and Students • Student Sexual Activity • Gender Identity • Vaccinations • Concussions • ADA and Accommodations • International Travel/Field Trips • NLRB Areas of Focus for Private Employers

 
  
 
A4.  Practical Strategies for Developing a Healthy School Culture Through Values-Driven Leadership
Chris Duble, CEO and Education Practice Leader at Fred C. Church Insurance
David Wolowitz, Senior Partner and Education Practice Leader at the Law Firm of McLane Graf

As independent school risks become more diverse, more public and potentially more damaging to schools’ reputations, Head of School risk management leadership has become paramount. This workshop will provide Heads with a practical approach to addressing behavioral risk - focusing on leadership functions, which are distinct from the traditional management functions designed to ensure only legal and regulatory compliance. We will discuss:
  • Achieving effective oversight and management of a healthy school culture by values-driven leadership;
  • Utilizing clear, succinct behavioral expectations for hiring, training and evaluating faculty and staff;
  • Gathering meaningful data on training, reporting and investigations to gauge the health of a school’s culture; and
  • Utilizing metrics derived from the data to enable effective, but not intrusive, Board oversight.
11:15 - 12:00
BREAKOUT SESSION II (Choose one):
 
 
 
B1.  Big Data and What it Means for Your School
Sacha Litman, Managing Director, Measuring Success

Participate in a provocative and forward-thinking discussion about how big data can increase enrollment and fund raising. Learn how to identify the best prospective-family leads, maximize student learning and progress, and manage an ongoing relationship with families to boost their giving potential.

 
B2.  Reporting Financial Information to Your Trustees
Robert R. Sedivy, Ph.D., Retired School CFO

Trustees are of course expecting, and they are entitled to expect, information about the school’s financial situation. What information should you give them, and how frequently? How much detail should be provided? Understand some simple reporting ideas and report formats which provide trustees with needed information while allowing Heads and their staffs to focus on management of the school.
 
 
B3.  Update on Current Legal Issues for Independent Schools
Bruce Chudwick, Julie Fay, & Jessica Ritter, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Repeat of session A3.
 
 
B4.  Practical Strategies for Developing a Healthy School Culture Through Values-Driven Leadership
Chris Duble, CEO and Education Practice Leader at Fred C. Church Insurance
David Wolowitz, Senior Partner and Education Practice Leader at the Law Firm of McLane Graf

Repeat of Session A4.
 
12:00
 
LUNCH
 
12:45 - 1:30
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Rest is Not Idleness in the Brain: Insights for Education from Neuroscientific Research on Social Emotion and Self
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D.,  Associate Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Southern California
Social emotions like admiration and compassion shape how we think and act, who we become, and how we experience our own lives. Studies of these emotions’ neurobiological underpinnings also reveal important insights about the nature of deep learning and how social experience shapes intellectual development. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang will present her research on the neurobiology and psychology of emotional feelings, including their deep visceral roots in the feeling and regulation of the body and consciousness, their propensity to heighten one’s own subjective sense of self-awareness and purpose, and their connections to memory, cultural learning and the development of interests and expertise. Her studies underscore the fundamental interdependence of emotion and cognition, and the necessity of understanding students’ humanity to optimally support their academic excellence.
 
CAIS is excited about this new format for the annual Head’s Conference. In the recent past we have alternated between one-day conferences in Connecticut and three-day collaborations with NYSAIS and NJAIS — at the Mohonk Mountain house. The new format will enable Heads to establish and/or renew critically important professional relationships among peers who share our role; its rewards and its challenges. The Mystic/Stonington/Watch Hill area is spectacular in Autumn. Join us — and plan a long weekend "get-away" with your spouse or partner!
 
Registration Fee:  $95 per person (includes all meals and Thursday night reception)
 
Overnight accommodations:  are available at a reduced rate of $129 (plus state and local occupancy taxes & fees) per night at the Inn at Mystic and are not included in your registration fee. Reservations may be made by calling Jennifer Gulan at 860-536-3400 (Mention that you will be attending the CAIS conference). Please leave a message with your name, phone number and purpose of your call if you reach Jennifer's answering machine.
 
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