Workshops & FEATURED SPEAKER — Block D
Friday, November 11, 2022 at 9:00Am

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Kristin Smith

Featured Speaker

An expert in school law and member of her firm’s COVID-19 taskforce, focusing exclusively on independent and private schools.

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Sponsored by Dudley & Prehn Consultants.


Leadership & Governance

Schools are facing mounting crises and challenges. Sex-abuse, COVID-19, DEI, “CRT,” parent-activism, and more, are putting extraordinary pressure on school leaders. We will look at creating a “crisis ready culture” and share case studies and communications strategies for navigating difficult issues. Inside-out communications protocol, critical DOs and DON’Ts and managing media will be discussed.


D2 – Management, Messaging, and Mission: How ECE Programs Have Navigated the Pandemic

Episcopal Identity • Teaching & Curriculum

A group of early childhood educators come together to discuss how ECE programs have survived, and even thrived, during the pandemic, and other key issues.


D3 – Strong and Courageous Governance: Unlocking Possibilities for Boards and Heads

Leadership & Governance

Drawing on research & 50+ years of education experience, we’ll explore: the 3 most common mistakes boards make and how to avoid them; the 4 keys to healthy, productive governance practices; how to assess the status of governance in your school; sustaining a healthy governance culture through transitions; and (bonus) governance reflections & learnings from 40 days on the Camino de Santiago.


D4 – What is truth?

Episcopal Identity • School Life & Culture

John 18:38 is witness to a timeless and ever-present question. What are school leaders offering their scholars in today’s media-fueled and politically-charged debate on a topic so central to our shared humanity, educational purpose and worthiness? In this session, we will explore how schools can bear witness to truth—how it is understood and transmitted, and how faith sustains it.


D5 – Haiti Partnerships: How to Know Whether “Doing Good” Actually Does Good?

Service & Service Learning

Participants will engage in conversation about Haiti partnerships and other kinds of service-learning to determine how to have an effective program that is of benefit to all parties. Those already in partnerships and those interested in pursuing partnerships are both welcome to attend.


D6 – Creating a Culture of Belonging through the lens of Mind, Brain & Education and Diversity, Equity & Belonging

Equity & Justice

Students and educators are on a journey to make their classrooms and communities places where all students can experience academic growth, identity development, and a sense of belonging. This workshop will help leverage strategies from robust research in Diversity, Equity, & Belonging (DEB) and Mind, Brain, & Education (MBE) to meet the challenges and opportunities facing students.


D7 – Conduct a Technology Self-Audit (and Tips for Filling the Gaps)

Teaching & Curriculum • School Management

Whether reviewing responses to crises, providing guideposts for leaders, assessing school-wide initiatives, or undertaking a self-review for accreditation purposes, conducting a technology self-study is critical to improving your school’s programs. This session will guide attendees through a self-audit process and pinpoint policies and processes that are most in need of development or revision.


D8 – Communication as a pastoral imperative

Episcopal Identity • School Life & Culture • School Management

The Chaplain and the Associate Head of School for Communications and Community Relations lead a discussion about collaborating on communication during times of crisis. How can we respond pastorally with empathy and in a timely manner? With the fast-paced way of technology, it is even more essential to find ways to communicate effectively with our families in clear and concise ways.


D9 – My Name is Pauli Murray: A Workshop to Develop and Enhance Curriculum On Gender, Race, and Equity

Episcopal Identity • Teaching & Curriculum • Equity & Justice

Using Pauli’s life, struggles, challenges, and triumphs, a group of experienced Episcopal school chaplains and DEI directors will reflect on different, age-appropriate ways of integrating the powerful experiences, work, and example of the Rev. Pauli Murray—all of which influenced trailblazers such as Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—into the equity education of our Episcopal schools.

The movie, “My Name is Pauli Murray” will be shown on the evening prior to this workshop. Click here to view the full schedule of events.