2019 Conference Schedule


1:00 - Check-in Open; refreshments & tours available

2:00 - Conference Opening, Welcome & Introduction of keynote speaker

2:15 - Opening Keynote - Sally Kohn: The Opposite of Hate

4:30 - Session 1

Beyond Wine and Gossip: Parent Volunteerism as a Key to Advancement and Retention, Jill Goodman, Jill Goodman Consulting

Culture Building in a Small School Environment, Kevin Gailey, Midwest Academy, Carmel, IN

Reducing Bias in Admissions, Tanya Espy-Disparti, Calhoun School, New York, NY

5:45 - Glassblowing Studio Open:

Please sign up for a time slot to experience The Crefeld Glass Studio and make your own paperweight.

7:00 - Group Dinner (included in registration): Location TBA

9pm-ish - Late night informal gathering at the Iron Hill Brewery, 8400 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118


7:45 - Breakfast (included)

9:00 - Featured Speaker - Jordan Shapiro: The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World

11:00 - Session 2

New Research on Leadership and Governance in Small Schools: Findings and Recommendations, Brooke Carroll, Acies Strategies; Valaida Wise, Johns Hopkins University, Bethesda, MD

Solicitation Savvy = Fearless Fundraising, Starr Snead, Advancement Connections

12:30 - Lunch (included)

Glassblowing Studio open - Please sign up for a time slot to experience The Crefeld Glass Studio and make your own paperweight.

Heads of School Lunch Meetup

2:00 - Featured Speaker - Sara Narva: If “Yes” Means “Yes” and “No” Means “No,” Then Why is Teaching Consent So Hard?

4:00 - Session 3

Using Data to Power Your Messaging Strategy, Dana Nelson-Isaacs, DNI Consulting

How to Manage 24/7 Social Media and “Off the Clock” Conduct, Susan Guerette, Fisher Phillips, Philadelphia, PA

5:45 - Dinner Reception (included)

9:30 - Late night informal gathering at Iron Hill Brewery (in Chestnut Hill)


7:15 - Breakfast (included)

8:00 - Morning Mindfulness Workshop with Dave Mullen

9:00 - Session 4

Advisory - Where Each Student is Known, Loved, and Encouraged to Realize Their Potential, Michael Russell, Andrea Anza, and student presenters, Doane Academy, Burlington, NJ

Head of School Evaluation with a Focus on Partnership and Support, Namita Tolia, Montclair Cooperative School, Montclair, NJ

10:30 - Closing Keynotes - Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene: From Privilege to Progress

12:30 - Closing Address