Category Archives: General Session Speaker

The Daily Find March 19, 2014

Create a Succession Plan for Your School
The NAIS Succession Planning Institute will offer trustees, heads of school, and administrators the chance to craft a thoughtful, comprehensive, and intentional succession plan for a smooth headship transition. Instructors Reveta Bowers, head of school at the Center for Early Education (California), and Doreen Oleson, head of school at St. Mark’s School (California), will ensure every attendee walks away with a plan that clearly defines roles, tasks, expenses, and timelines that can withstand both the anticipated and unexpected outcomes of a leadership change. The NAIS Succession Planning Institute will take place May 1 – 4, 2014, at the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center Hotel. Learn more about this new opportunity, and register by April 4 to save with the early bird discount

Passport to Prizes…Drum roll please
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Passport to Prizes below and thanks to all attendees and exhibitors for participating!…And the Winners Are…MORE

Graphic Recordings of General Sessions and Featured Speakers
Each link will take you to a PDF of the graphic recording that was made during each of these special sessions. These are amazing drawings and resources capturing the each of the speakers main points as well as the nature of each talk.

  • Lyn Heward- The spark: Igniting the creative fire that lives within us all [PDF]
  • Steve Pemberton- Independent Matters: Dare to Explore [PDF 1] [PDF 2]
  • Jay Shuster- Independent Matters: Dare to Explore [PDF 1] [PDF 2]
  • Mae Jemison- Independent Matters: Dare to Explore [PDF 1] [PDF 2]
  • John Quinones- The Power of Education [PDF 1] [PDF 2]
  • Eric Whitacre- Creativity and Connection [PDF 1] [PDF 2]
  • Alex Soojung-Kim Pang- The Distraction Addiction [PDF]
  • Rahaf Harfoush- decoded: What if we understood our talent as well as we understood our customers? [PDF]
  • Milton Chen- Education Nation: Six leading innovations in our schools [PDF]
  • Johnnie Foreman- 2014 NAIS Diversity Leadership Award [PDF]
  • Catherine Steiner-Adair- The Big Disconnect: The student you see and the student online [PDF]

Dream, Do, Fail, Repeat
Nancy Mugele
Escaping our unusually cold and snowy winter, I was honored to be a part of the team representing RPCS at the annual conference of the National Association of Independent Schools this past week in Orlando. Dare to Explore and Discover provided inspiring speakers, thought-provoking sessions and opportunities to…MORE

NAIS Annual Conference: Change is in the Air…Now What?
Stephanie Rogen
Last week Liz and I headed to Orlando for the NAIS Annual Conference, three days packed with a variety of sessions exploring how independent education can change to become better for our students and families while still maintaining the critical aspects that make each school unique. Creativity, innovation, sustainability and…MORE

Graphic Map from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s Talk at NAIS
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
While I finish writing up the notes from my NAIS talk– I’ve got deadlines at work, kids’ sports practices, and several recent interviews with people who organize digital sabbaths, so it’s not as simple a matter as just transcribing what I said in Orlando– here is a graphic map of the talk…MORE

Slides from #NAISAC14 panel on Cultural Competence and 21st Century Skills
Chris Thinnes
Load the slides HERE (Large File)

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The Daily Find March 7, 2014

Bridget Janicki
NAIS

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Makes Technology Less Distracting
​Clearly Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is on to something important. Hundreds of independent school leaders packed his featured workshop at the 2014 NAIS Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. The topic that lured so many educators? Making technology less overwhelming and less distracting in our lives…[MORE]

Milton Chen Inspires Us to Create an Education Nation
A standing-room-only crowd packs the ballroom where Milton Chen offers us valuable insights into the Six Leading Edges of Innovation during this featured workshop at the 2014 NAIS Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. As the father of a Lick-Wilmerding High School (California) alumna, Chen is rather familiar with our independent school community. He’s long thought that independent schools offer…[MORE]

Catherine Steiner-Adair Urges Us to Connect with Students
It’s no wonder Catherine Steiner-Adair attracts a huge crowd to her featured workshop at the 2014 NAIS Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Independent school leaders and teachers pack the ballroom to hear this internationally recognized clinical psychologist illuminate how our relationships with our students differ so…[MORE]


Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
[Post by featured speaker]
The need for a social approach to distraction
[This is the first of several posts drawing on my the talk I gave at the NAIS annual conference.] We use the term “distraction” in two broad ways. Both involve situations in which our attention should be directed on one thing, but instead is directed on…MORE

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
[Post by featured speaker]
How technologies are designed to commodify distraction
[This is the second of several posts drawing on my the talk I gave at the NAIS annual conference. The first is here.] How are technologies designed to distract students (and their parents and teachers)? Some people talk about…MORE


Dream, Do, Fail, Repeat
Nancy Mugele
Escaping our unusually cold and snowy winter, I was honored to be a part of the team representing RPCS at the annual conference of the National Association of Independent Schools this past week in Orlando. Dare to Explore and Discover provided inspiring speakers, thought-provoking sessions and opportunities to connect with colleagues across the country. I left my very first marketing session with several…MORE

Super grateful to my PLN after #NYCIST two weeks ago, #NAISac14 last week, and #GoogleGlass convos this week…
Karen Blumberg
At the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference last week, I was honored to be chosen to co-present with amazing ladies I met via Twitter and…MORE

Why School? A framework for rethinking schools
Cathy Kyle, Susan Droke, Will Richardson, Grant Lichtman
Slides from presentation at NAISAC14

PDS in the World- Poughkeepsie Day School
PDS was well represented at last week’s NAIS Annual Conference, David Held’s presentation was chosen for the Speed Innovating session…MORE

Education for a sustainable future #naisac14
Beyond Green had a fulfilling first run at the National Association of Independent Schools’ 2014 Annual Conference. While we did log a couple of sunny pool hours, we were busy both exhibiting and speaking for this event…MORE

#NaISAC14 Beyond These Walls: How Augmented Reality Can Promote Your School’s Message”
Lorri Carroll
Justine Fellows (Greens Farms Academy) and I presented at the Speed Innovating Session at NAIS (Disney World!). The session is set up much like “Speed Dating.” Attendees pre-register for three topics they want to learn more about and presenters have 15 minutes to share their topic. When the 15 minutes is up…MORE

Kevin Brookhouser
20% Time Keynote Notes

GPHomestay
Last week, gphomestay, The Cambridge Institute, and KnowledgeLink attended and presented at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference, which featured workshops and demonstrations pertinent to independent education, provided Cambridge with opportunities to connect with its 60+ NAIS partner schools and to support those…MORE

Images and Sounds from Closing Keynote

The closing session of the 2014 NAIS Annual Conference included performances by the Berkeley School in Florida and an amazing keynote by Eric Whitacre. You can view images from the closing session as well as media clips shared by Eric Whitacre during his presentation. Additionally, the Berkeley School has clips of the original musical that was shared by their students.

Images from Closing Session


Eric Whitacre


Berkeley School- Florida

Two songs performed from the original musical Who We Are

Where We Belong

Instant Love