Workshops & FEATURED SPEAKER — Block C
Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 3:30pm

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Eric Cooper

Featured Speaker

Eric Cooper is the President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in Southwest Texas. 


C1 – Trustees are from Mars—School Heads are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Understanding the Personality Differences between Corporate and Independent School Leaders

Leadership & Governance

Experience tells us that heads of school are quite different from the corporate leaders that make up their boards—i.e. the trustees. With that in mind, how might heads of school and trustees better understand these differences to benefit our schools?

C2 – Telling Stories for Chapel

Chapel & Worship • Teaching & Curriculum

Telling stories in chapel engages children in a unique way, where the presence of story, listeners, and teller commingle. After Bill shares some tales and tips on crafting and telling, small groups will be provided “Folktale Shorts.” Tales will be explored, crafted, and retold. These newly-told stories will provide a chance to discuss how and why they work, and ways to make them more effective.

C3 – The Servant Leader: Follow me, I’m right behind you!

Leadership & Governance

Whether you are a head of school, division head, or classroom teacher, you are in a position of power. But with this power comes immense responsibility. Together we will explore five traits that embody the servant leader, and the benefits to you and your school if you embrace this compelling model for leadership.

C4 – Shared Leadership: The Role of the Rector in a Parish Day School

Episcopal Identity • Leadership & Governance

In this panel discussion, three rectors will reflect on their experience of serving a parish with a day school. Participants will learn about the importance of the rector-head relationship as well as strategies for keeping the relationship constructive and healthy.

C5 – Theology Offers Good News for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work in Schools

Equity & Justice • Teaching & Curriculum

This workshop invites participants to “Be Strong and Courageous” in speaking from Christian values—informed by theology and history—to explain the sin of racism. Drawing from “Tell Me the Truth About Racism,” a narrative for kids 5+ which has already been implemented in Episcopal schools and churches, this workshop illustrates how faith can simplify the thorny conversations around race.

C6 – Be the Change: DEIB and the Legal Landscape

Equity & Justice • Leadership & Governance

Many independent schools have taken proactive measures to enhance their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives, through training, hiring, school policies, and more. In this session, we will discuss the legal matters that schools should consider as they seek to develop or refine their own DEIB programming, as well as practical issues.

C7 – Be Strong and Courageous: Building a Youth Toolkit for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Equity & Justice • Teaching & Curriculum

Episcopal Relief & Development observes the global “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” campaign with participatory toolkits and devotionals that present Prayers, Facts, and Actions that emphasize the human rights and spiritual imperatives for gender equity and social inclusion.

C8 – Creating Sacred Space: Strategies for Building Your School’s Episcopal Identity

Episcopal Identity

Joseph W. Seivold and Brandon Peete of Berkeley Preparatory School will co-lead this informative and engaging session, based on lived experience and ongoing partnership. Attendees will leave with tangible strategies for bolstering Episcopal Identity at their schools, with focus on foundational work, relationship-building, parent engagement, fostering spiritual culture, fundraising, and more.

C9 – Workplace Investigations and Employee Separations

School Management

School Management

What should school administrators do when they receive a complaint about an employee from a parent, a student, or another employee? This program describes proper steps for determining whether a workplace investigation is warranted and, if so, how it should be conducted. The program will also explore what appropriate discipline should be considered in the case of a rules infraction.