Academic Administration

ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION

A-5 The Virtuous Cycle of Faculty Mentoring and Professional Growth
December 6 • 10:30am – 11:30am
Academic Administration
Explore how our differentiated, intentional model of new faculty mentorship fosters the growth-oriented professional culture our students and faculty need. We will share how our new faculty navigate the induction process and framework alongside their reflective and purposeful mentors, and how this approach helps guide how these new faculty might contribute to our generative, future-focused professional growth program. In this virtuous cycle, everything starts with people!
Derek Krein, Dean of Professional and Programmatic Growth and Development, Tabor Academy, MA
Julie Salit, Associate Head of School, Faculty and School Affairs, Tabor Academy, MA

A-7 Innovation Trimester: Facing Problems, Designing Solutions
December 6 • 10:30am – 11:30am
Academic Administration
In the spring of 2019, 10 seniors dropped their regularly scheduled classes and spent their term engaging in design challenges and addressing problems posed by businesses and non-profit organizations. This Innovation Trimester gave students opportunities to explore content through interdisciplinary challenges, work with diverse teams, and learn through their own inquiry and experimentation. This presentation examines the journey from concept to reality, considers the student experience, and looks ahead to version 2.0 in 2020.
Jennine Solomon, Associate Director of Pearse Hub for Innovation, Co-Director of Innovation Trimester, Loomis Chaffee School, CT
Tim Helfrich, English Teacher, Head Soccer Coach, Co-Director of Innovation Trimester, Loomis Chaffee School, CT

B-13 For-Credit Summer Programs That Ignite Curricular Experimentation
December 6 • 1:15pm – 2:15pm
Academic Administration
We offer for-credit summer courses for enrolled students as a vehicle to provide unique academic experiences, relieve scheduling pressure during the academic year, and encourage curricular experimentation. These courses are co-taught and interdisciplinary in their design, and faculty members are developing pedagogies around project-based teaching and competency-based assessment that can be incorporated into our academic year program. Learn about the course design process and curricular frameworks being piloted in this unique summer program.
Paul Oberto, Director of the Class of 2017 EFX Laboratory, The Hotchkiss School, CT
Dr. Steve McKibben, Dean of Summer Portals Programs, The Hotchkiss School, CT
Adam Lang, Instructor in Economics and Entrepreneurship, The Hotchkiss School,CT

B-14 Personalized Learning: More Than A Fad
December 6 • 1:15pm – 2:15pm
Academic Administration
Personalized Learning is taking many forms and transforming education at all levels. Proficiency/Masterybased Learning, Project/Problem-Based Learning and Deeper Learning are some of the models that are replacing factory-model approaches with personalized & customized education. Public schools are leading this movement; private schools that don’t change may not survive. Learn more about innovative, student-centered schools where personalized learning allows all students to succeed.
Mark Siegel, Assistant Headmaster, Delphian School, OR

C-2 A Yearlong Capstone Experience for Every Senior
December 6 • 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Academic Administration
For the last half-decade, every senior at our academy has completed a capstone experience that is at least one school year long. Via an immersion in a range of topics, each of our students finds an idea, issue, product, or story that warrants months, or even years, of their close attention and study. This session will chronicle the creation and formation of our two capstone programs, offering practical insights based on our successes and missteps.
John David Bennett, Dean of Curricular Innovation, Mercersburg Academy, PA
Jay Bozzi, History Faculty, Mercersburg Academy, PA
Kristen Pixler, Arts Faculty, Mercersburg Academy, PA

D-1 Forget Feedback Forever
December 7 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Academic Administration
Hack the managerial nightmare of colleagues who get upset when you offer feedback. Participants will learn two unconventional approaches to continuous professional development that not only avoid hurt feelings, but also eliminate the bias baked into our self-perceptions and neutralize the intense emotions that distort our observations of others. Lead others to be their best selves.
Christopher Thurber, Psychologist & Instructor, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH

D-8 The Most Critical Factor: Culture
December 7 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Academic Administration
Most schools have articulated changes needed to make learning modern, meaningful, and relevant to students’ futures and to create more sustainability. Strategic planning results in major lists of initiatives and tasks. Few schools, however, develop a strategy for the most critical success factor of any school change: culture. Leading culture is key to modernizing learning and teaching practices, growing faculty, and engaging students.
During this session we will showcase strategic culture plans and get you started on yours.
Matt Ruby, Chief Operations Officer, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Education Services, 

E-4 The Mastery Approach
December 7 • 9:45am – 10:45am 
Academic Administration
A Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication and a Director of Innovation and Teaching will discuss their partnership and how it facilitated not only the internal and external marketing materials but also helped shape and guide the new educational experience and a school’s work with the Mastery Transcript.
Shannon Parker, Director of Innovation and Teaching, Tilton School, NH
Alex Molloy, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, Tilton School, NH

E-8 Quiet Revolution: Success for All in the Contemporary Classroom
December 7 • 9:45am – 10:45am
Academic Administration
Susan Cain’s best-seller “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” points to a challenge in today’s learning environments. Contemporary learning spaces often focus on the collaborative learning experience with project based and group learning opportunities. Explore a range of solutions, including how to cost-effectively address the needs of those who self-identify as introverts, as well to ensure the best outcome for all in your classrooms.
Amy Wheeler, Associate Head of School, The Ethel Walker School, CT
James Barrett, Principal, Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc, CT

F-1 Intsa-observation: A Data Driven Approach in a Digital World
December 7 • 11:00am – 12:00pm
Academic Administration
How do you find the time to efficiently and effectively evaluate teacher performance, while encouraging professional growth? Explore one school’s unique system of mini-observations and data collection through the use of google forms, and how that data is used to form Professional Learning Communities that foster collaborative growth. Participants will leave with research-based, practical observation and evaluation tools that can be immediately implemented into their current systems.
Kelly Henschel, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning/Director of Instructional Support, Besant Hill School, CA
Portia Johnson, Head of School, Besant Hill School, CA

F-3 Creating a System of Professional Growth Within the Evaluation Process
December 7 • 11:00am – 12:00pm
Academic Administration
Encouraging and supporting faculty to pursue professional growth is at the heart of successful educational institutions. Explore how one school overhauled its evaluation system to incorporate and require yearly professional growth opportunities. By placing professional development at the epicenter of our evaluation system, we have created a faculty culture in which growth is intentional, but more importantly, embraced.
Sara Deveaux, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Loomis Chaffee, CT
Andrew Matlack, Dean of Faculty, Loomis Chaffee, CT

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