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Education Innovation Summit 2012

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October 4-5 * Shaker Heights, OH

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

11:00 a.m. - Registration Opens

1:30-2:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC STUDIO
Demystifying Design Thinking    Video | Slides

Coelyen Barry, Design Thinking Unital; Mike Davis, Head of School, Colorado Academy; 
Bill Wolf-Tinsman, Middle School Principal, Colorado Academy

Introduction by Terry Dubow, HB Director of Strategic Projects

Design thinking helps students approach problem solving with improved focus, empathy, and creativity. It also encourages understanding of the iterative nature of moving toward increasingly effective solutions to real-world and academic issues. This workshop will introduce teachers to the power of design thinking methodology. A hands-on experience of the design process using examples of projects currently being implemented in Colorado Academy’s Lower, Middle, and Upper schools. The session will be co-facilitated by CA’s Head of School Mike Davis, Middle School Principal Bill Wolf-Tinsman, and Co Barry, a former lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the Stanford “D” School.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 303.914.2154 or www.coloradoacademy.org
 
 
THE AHUJA AUDITORIUM
Capital Collaboration: Maret's Transformative Partnerships in Washington, D.C.    Video | Slides

Eliza Alexander, Director of Service Learning, Maret School; Jack Davies, Founder, AOL International; Brenda Jews, Board President, Horizons Greater Washington; Marjo Talbott, Head of School, Maret School

Introduction by Clarke Leslie, HB Associate Head for Advancement

Maret, a K-12 co-ed school in Washington, D.C., operates three community engagement programs that are tightly integrated with its curriculum: Horizons Greater Washington; K-12 Service Learning; and Davies Scholars. While the programs vary in their objectives, each one emphasizes authentic relationships, reciprocity, and rigor. After presenting a brief video, a panel of four presenters will describe how Maret’s students and faculty benefit from their involvement with partner public schools and other community-based institutions. Additional topics will include: increased relevance for Maret within the Capital area; expanded funding opportunities; and the advantages and challenges encountered as Maret broadens the range of students it serves.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 202.939.8819 or www.maret.org
 
 
BLACK BOX THEATRE
Inspiring Public-Private Partnerships: The Example of the Hawaiian Owl  Video 

Carl Ackerman, Director, the Clarence T.C. Ching Partnerships in Unlimited Educational Opportunities Program and Public School Partnerships, Punahou School

Introduction by Stephanie Hiedemann, HB Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

Dr. Carl Ackerman will explain the best ways for independent schools to launch private/public partnerships. He’ll address important topics such as financing, building trust, and creating an effective business model. The program will outline ways for institutions to define themselves as private schools with a public purpose, and to obtain and quantify their success in these endeavors.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 808.943.3655 or cackerman@punahou.edu
 
 
WORLDWIDE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
Accelerating America    Video

Michael Brosnan, Editor, Independent School magazine; Rob DeBlois, Founder and Director, Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program

Introduction by Scott Parsons, HB Director of the Osborne Writing Center

The 2008 documentary Accelerating America didn't have the distribution of Waiting for Superman or The Race to Nowhere, but this award-winning film shines an important spotlight on the challenges of urban public education in America at the start of the 21st century. The film profiles the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program, a highly successful independent public school in Providence, Rhode Island — following the lives of three students and the school's principal, Rob DeBlois. Michael Brosnan, editor of Independent School magazine and author of Against the Current, will show a half-hour version of the documentary, then follow up with a conversation about tangible solutions to one of the nation's greatest problems.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: michael.brosnan@comcast.net or rob.deblois@ucap.org
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL GLOBAL LANGUAGES LEARNING CENTER
Shattering School Silos    Video | Presentation Site

Jim Bologna, Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, The Windward School; Eryn Hoffman, Associate Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, The Windward School; Peggy Procter, Upper School Director, The Windward School; Larisa Showalter, Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, The Windward School

Introduction by Sarah Johnston, HB Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Today’s global, interconnected society challenges educators to rethink traditional department-based education and move toward integrated interdisciplinary learning environments. This workshop will highlight Windward School’s journey to develop interdisciplinary learning experiences for Middle and Upper School students. In the Middle School, cross-disciplinary teacher collaboration has promoted a more integrated curriculum. In the Upper School, two interdisciplinary programs — the Global Scholars Program and the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Scholars Program — supplement the traditional curriculum. Participants will learn about these different approaches to curricular innovation, including the challenges and benefits of each.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: jbologna@windwardschool.org; ehoffman@windwardschool.org; pprocter@windwardschool.orglshowalter@windwardschool.org

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3:00-4:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

BLACK BOX THEATRE
What Independent Schools Can Learn from the Charter School Movement presented by Carney, Sandoe & Associates    Video | Slides

Pearl Rock Kane, Klingenstein Family Chair Professor of Education, Department of Organization and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University; Alan Rosskamm, CEO, Breakthrough Charter Schools; Shelly Saltzman, Head of School, Citizens Leadership Academy

Introduction by Susan Sadler, HB Associate Head of School, Director of Upper School
 
The charter school movement is expanding exponentially across the United Stated and has changed the educational landscape from coast to coast. This panel will explore the origins of charter schools, why they are gaining so much traction today, and what independent schools can learn about school leadership and educational practice from the charter school revolution. The discussion will feature perspectives on charter schools in New York City as well as in Cleveland.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.klingenstein.org or www.breakthroughschools.org or www.citizensleadership.org
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL GLOBAL LANGUAGES LEARNING CENTER
A Global Approach to Globalization    Video | Slides

Blake Eldridge, Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, The Lawrenceville School; Jason Robinson, Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, The Lawrenceville School

Introduction by Joe Vogel, HB Director for Global Citizenship

This is an interdisciplinary presentation on the topic of Globalization and how this phenomenon will impact the world of education. Schools are devoting much attention to global education and global citizenship as major strategic priorities, but because Globalization is such a complex topic with so many different dimensions (economic, cultural, political, educational), the term is often used in a variety of different ways, each with different meanings in different contexts. Blake Eldridge and Jason Robinson are devoting their 2012-2013 Capstone course to the study of Globalization and are finding ways to introduce the topic to students in all its complexity. They’re also inviting Lawrenceville faculty members to discuss Globalization and its impact on curriculum and teaching practices, and finding ways to contribute to the ongoing discussion about the issue in the world of education at large.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: beldridge@lawrenceville.org or jrobinson@lawrenceville.org
 
 
THE AHUJA AUDITORIUM
The Middle Grades Partnership: Making a Difference in Baltimore    Video

Beth Casey, Executive Director, Middle Grades Partnership; Andrea Perry, Dean of Special Programs and Co-Director, The James Center, Garrison Forest School; Whitney Ransome, Co-Director, The James Center, Garrison Forest School; Tom Wilcox, President and CEO, Baltimore Community Foundation

Introduction by Nancy Gladstone, HB Director of Middle School

Independent schools across the nation are developing genuine partnerships with public schools to enrich the lives of all involved, and to help strengthen local economies that are necessary for strong applicant pools. These initiatives reflect schools’ interest in the creation of great public school systems and the need to develop a public profile that reduces the chances of taxation or the loss of charitable benefits. Schools do this by providing valuable educational and professional development benefits for students and educators from public/private collaborators. Discover how Baltimore developed such a program, how one school’s participation evolved and grew, and how the benefits and outcomes helped transform the lives of more than 1,200 city middle school students. Learn about a sampling of replicable programs, how to manage program challenges, how to bring others on board, how to raise funds, how to promote the outcomes, and why such a program belongs at your school.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: bcasey@middlegradespartnership.org or Middle Grades Partnership at www.middlegradespartnership.org; andreaperry@gfs.org; whitneyransome@gfs.org; The James Center at www.gfs.org; twilcox@bcf.org
 
 
WORLDWIDE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
Telling It Like It Is: How to Create Successful Independent School Partnerships to Support Underrepresented Students    Video | Slides

Karin Elliott, Executive Director, National Partnership for Educational Access; Shelley Greenwood, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, Latin School of Chicago; Lee Hart, Executive Director, High Jump; Lorna Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Horizons National 

Introduction by Natalie Celeste-Heffernan, Executive Director of Aspire at HB

It is becoming more and more important for independent schools and colleges to have a public purpose presence by supporting underrepresented students through academic enrichment programs, either by partnering with others, or by forming programs on their own campuses. There are countless benefits to these types of partnerships, but they also take work, time, and energy. You will hear from High Jump and Horizons National, two experts in the area of partnerships with independent schools and colleges. High Jump, a middle school educational access/success program founded in 1989 through the joint efforts of the Francis W. Parker School and the Latin School of Chicago, expanded in 2010 to form a second campus at the University of Chicago Lab School. These three independent schools have a long history of collaboration through and with High Jump, as well as a history of occasional rivalry. Horizons National is an award-winning summer learning program that serves public school students on the campuses of independent schools and colleges. Horizons will speak to the benefits and challenges of multiple school partnerships, focusing on collaborations between independent schools, colleges, and universities. This session will share the tips and tools that lead to success, as well as those that help overcome challenges.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.educational-access.org
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC STUDIO
Building Bridges    Video | Slides | Bridges Commercial | Bridges Summer Program Closing Ceremony

Robert Paymer, Executive Director, Bridges, St. Paul's School 

Introduction by Frannie Foltz, HB Director of Middle School Admission

Bridges at St. Paul’s School opened in 1993 as a summer program designed to stem summer learning loss for approximately 20 fourth- and fifth-grade students in Baltimore City. Nineteen years later, Bridges works with 155 Baltimore City youth ages 9–18. The now nine-year-long program provides summer learning, school-year tutoring, mentoring, school guidance support, paid summer jobs, and preparation for college. It provides these resources at a cost of less than $2,600 per student per year. Robert Paymer will discuss the Bridges story, highlighting the evolution from a small summer program into a comprehensive and cost-effective system that addresses a wide array of student needs. Attendees also will leave with an understanding of the impact Bridges has had on the St. Paul’s School community, as well as ideas about what it would take to launch a similar program at their own schools.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: rpaymer@stpaulschool.org or www.bridgesatsps.com

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4:30-6:30 p.m. - Break

6:30-8:00 p.m. - Keynote Address

HATHAWAY BROWN GYMNASIUM
That Used to Be Us: Relaunching the American Dream

Thomas Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times

Welcome by Robert Hallett, Executive Director, Edward E. Ford Foundation

Introduction by Bill Christ, Hathaway Brown Head of School

Bestselling author and columnist for The New York Times, Thomas Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the modern world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, "Friedman doesn't just report on events; he helps shape them." Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. His latest New York Times bestseller, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, is That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. According to The Christian Science Monitor, “Anyone who cares about America’s future – anyone planning to vote in 2012 – ought to read this book and hear the author's compelling case."

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8:00-10:00 p.m. - Opening Reception For All Conference Attendees

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Friday, October 5, 2012

7:30-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

8:30-9:45 a.m. - Featured Presentation

HATHAWAY BROWN GYMNASIUM
How Children Succeed    Video

Paul Tough, Author, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America and How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Introduction by Bill Christ, Hathaway Brown Head of School

Paul Tough will describe the research on character strengths and non-cognitive skills that he explores in his new book, How Children Succeed. Attendees will learn about the connections between brain development and character development; the surprising ways that parents do and do not influence their children’s character growth; and some school-based interventions that are using the new findings on the importance of character to help children succeed beyond expectations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: inquiries@paultough.com or www.paultough.com

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10:00-11:15 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC STUDIO
Share, Learn, Grow: Three Independent School Models for Summer Learning    Video | Slides | Amir Idris | North Star Collaborative Closing Ceremony | Summer Learning Video Package

Natalie Celeste-Heffernan, Executive Director, Aspire, Hathaway Brown School; Holly Moten Fidler, Director, North Star Collaborative, Laurel School; Camille Seals, Program Director, Aspire, Hathaway Brown School; Terry Lipford, Director, REACH, University School

Introduction by Sharon Baker, HB Middle School English Department Chair

Summer learning loss affects all students, but the impact is more substantial for low-income children. Research reveals low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement and mathematical computation skills while their middle-class peers make slight gains. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Independent schools can affect this pressing need by providing enriching summer opportunities for students who may not otherwise have access. Come hear about three local models of summer learning: The Aspire Program at Hathaway Brown School, The North Star Collaborative at Laurel School, and The REACH Program at University School. Attendees will learn how each unique program addresses summer learning loss and educational equity and access in the Greater Cleveland area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.hb.edu/aspire or www.northstarcollaborative.org or www.us.edu/REACH
 
 
THE AHUJA AUDITORIUM
Schools in Partnership: A Paradigm Shift in Education    Video | Slides

David Drinkwater, Co-Founder, Wingspan Partnerships; Jacqueline Smethurst, Co-Founder, Wingspan Partnerships

Introduction by Jason Habig, HB Middle School History Department Chair

This session proposes that public-private partnerships are central to a 21st century education that benefits all children. The co-founders of Wingspan Partnerships will consider the ways that partnerships interact with a school’s culture, pedagogy, and curriculum to promote innovation. David Drinkwater and Jacqueline Smethurst will present their experience in narrowing the education gap through partnerships between public and private schools, offering key examples and proposing the elements of successful collaboration.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: david@wingspanpartnerships.org; jacqueline@wingspanpartnerships.org or www.wingspanpartnership.org
 
 
WORLDWIDE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
Learning in the Digital Age    Video 

Eric Sheninger, Principal, New Milford High School

Introduction by James Allen, HB Upper School Technology Chair

The educational landscape is changing as a result of continuous advances in technology, and the changing learner. Educators must recognize this shift and lead by example in order to meet the diverse needs of key stakeholders in the 21st century. Now is the time to harness the power of digital tools and accessible social media to improve communication, enhance public relations, establish a brand presence, increase student engagement, discover opportunity, and grow professionally like never before.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://ericsheninger.com
 
 
BLACK BOX THEATRE
Rethink the Possible: Social, Mobile, and the Flipped Classroom    Video

Jon Moser, President/CEO, finalsite

Introduction by Terry Dubow, HB Director of Strategic Projects

This isn’t sci-fi; this is the classroom, reimagined. Schools are now focusing on “time” and “space” as pivotal factors in learning. finalsite’s President and CEO Jon Moser shares research, trends, and case studies on online tools and the re-envisioned classroom. Topics include: private social networking for teaching and learning, mobile learning, the flipped classroom, and more. Bring questions and topics for discussion.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 800.592.2469 or education@finalsite.com or www.finalsite.com
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL GLOBAL LANGUAGES LEARNING CENTER
Cultural Literacy: Teaching Smart Kids to Outsmart Unhealthy Cultural Values    Video

Catherine Steiner-Adair, Clinical Psychologist and School Consultant

Introduction by Sheri Homany, HB Upper School Science Department Chair

This workshop will address the necessity of educating students of all ages to be culturally savvy and literate, to equip them with the intellectual skills to deconstruct cultural values and norms that undermine their ability to stay strong, healthy, and focused on their development. As wonderful as technology is, it brings with it new kinds of psychological fallout -- and good kids are getting into bad trouble, and troubled kids are getting into more serious trouble. Technology, the Internet, and the hours of non-academic learning that takes place online are bombarding kids with popular messages and images that leave them vulnerable to making psychologically risky and unhealthy choices outside the classroom. Participants will learn about existing K-12 curricula and programs for schools, parents, and counselors for teaching social and emotional skills; leadership education and character development; and broadening the mandate to combat cyber-bullying.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 617.332.2001 or catherine@csadair.com or www.catherinesteineradair.com

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11:30-12:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

THE AHUJA AUDITORIUM
Teaching and America's Future    Video | Slides

Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

Introduction by Terry McCue, HB Assistant Head of School, Director of College Counseling

Today’s educators know that innovation is a moral imperative. We must design new ways to educate our students because we live in a new world. But too often, we are satisfied with the work of a few forward-leaning institutions that have made it their business to innovate, create, and invent best practices. We need also to create a system that will allow us to scale up these advancements and make them universally available. Dr. Darling-Hammond will share insights she’s culled from years of research, teaching, and policy work that focuses on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality, and educational equity.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://ed.stanford.edu/faculty/ldh; http://edpolicy.stanford.edu or http://scale.stanford.edu
 
 
WORLDWIDE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
Pay Matters    Video | Slides | American Teacher Movie Trailer

Dan Moulthrop, Curator of Conversation, The Civic Commons

Introduction by Valerie Hughes, HB Associate Head for Finance and Administration

Are public and private schools losing out on top talent because the best teachers can't afford to teach? Hear from the co-author of The New York Times bestseller Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers — which provided the basis for the 2011 documentary American Teacher. Dan Moulthrop will talk about the compensation reforms and experiments that are changing the conversation and ushering in an era in which a teacher might make a six-figure salary.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: danmoulthrop@theciviccommons.com
 
 
BLACK BOX THEATRE
Building a Better Teacher: Obstacles and Pathways    Video

Kevin Alin, Associate Head of School, Citizens Leadership Academy; Caroline Borrow, Louise Blyth Timken Chair for Mathematics, Hathaway Brown School; Michael Buescher, Anne Cutter Coburn Chair for Excellence in Teaching, Hathaway Brown School; Elizabeth Green, Reporter and Editor, Gotham Schools; Sara Humphrey-Bekhouche, Cleveland Early College High School

Introduction by Susan Levitan, HB Middle School English Teacher

“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches,” George Bernard Shaw once wrote. In fact, new research about teaching — both proper academic findings and much less formal findings of teachers — suggests that successfully helping students learn requires knowledge and skills that are highly specialized and complex. Presenting reporting from her 2010 New York Times Magazine article, “Building a Better Teacher,” as well as reporting for a forthcoming book that includes visits to elementary schools in Japan, Elizabeth Green will share some of the special knowledge and skills that great teachers share. Then, with a panel of local educators, she will discuss what teachers, schools, and communities can do to give educators more opportunities to hone their craft.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.gothamschools.org
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC STUDIO
Can Leadership Be Taught?    Video | Slides

Caroline Blatti, Director, Hutchison Leads, Hutchison School; Ted Fish, Executive Director, Gardner Carney Leadership Institute

Introduction by Hallie Godshall, HB Upper School Dean of Students

Can leadership be taught? And can it be systematically developed? In this presentation, learn the underpinnings of what leadership is, how it develops in young people, one school’s shining example, and what we can do to grow it intentionally—like critical thinking or literacy—in our students.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.hutchinsonschool.org or www.gclileadership.org
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL GLOBAL LANGUAGES LEARNING CENTER
The Horizons Model: Helping Schools Create and Sustain Meaningful Public-Private Partnerships     Video | Slides | NBC Story

Janet Hartwell, Head of School, Greens Farms Academy; Lorna Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Horizons National

Introduction by Kathy Zopatti, HB Director of Primary School

Horizons National is an award-winning, tuition-free, summer learning program serving low-income public school students on campuses of independent schools and colleges. Across the country Horizons affiliates challenge children academically, socially and physically, inspiring them to become lifelong learners. Beginning in kindergarten, Horizons supports children for nine consecutive years throughout elementary and secondary school, building enduring learning communities. Twenty-one independent schools and five colleges/universities are currently part of the growing Horizons network of programs, and the organization never has had a program close in its 17 years of operation. Critical to Horizons’ track record of success is the commitment to develop a program uniquely reflective of the resources and culture of each school, while still retaining the program elements that help close the achievement gap for student participants. The central national organization provides support and training to ensure success, ongoing centralized services, and the financial backstop in challenging times.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 203.594.7040 or lsmith@horizonsnational.org or www.horizonsnational.org

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12:45-1:30 p.m. - Lunch sponsored by Sodexo

1:45-3:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

THE AHUJA AUDITORIUM
What's Right for Our Children: Saving Cleveland's Schools    Video

Eric S. Gordon, CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Monyka S. Price, Chief of Education, City of Cleveland; David J. Quolke, President, Cleveland Teachers Union; Nina Turner, Ohio State Senator, 25th District; Helen Williams, Program Director for Education, The Cleveland Foundation

Introduction and moderated by Russ Mitchell, Managing Editor and Lead Anchor, WKYC Channel 3

The Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools represents an historic reimagination of public education in Cleveland, and it has garnered unprecedentedly unified support. Cleveland’s Democratic mayor and Ohio’s Republican governor, the leadership of the Cleveland school system, and the Cleveland Teachers Union, key civic activists and philanthropic organizations — all have come together to produce one of the boldest and most promising major city reform initiatives in the U.S. Hear directly from the key architects of the Transformation Plan as they discuss how it came into being and what its implications are for the city, its children, and the future.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.cmsdnet.net
 
 
WORLDWIDE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
Cross-Cultural Competency in Independent Schools: The New Diversity Work    Video

Harold Eugene Batiste III, Vice President, School Field Services and Equity and Justice Initiatives, National Association of Independent Schools

Introduction by Toni Cross, HB Middle School History Teacher

In the fall of 2011, the NAIS board unanimously adopted a revision of the Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice in Independent Schools. In addition to greater accountability of heads of school and boards to effectively lead and oversee diversity and inclusion initiatives, a new principle encourages the development and implementation of cross-cultural competency initiatives for all constituent groups in independent schools. This presentation focuses on the rationale and definition of cross-cultural competence and it offers a framework for individual and institutional cross-cultural competency development.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 202.973.9712 or www.nais.org
 
 
BLACK BOX THEATRE
The Innovative Pathway to School Improvement    Video

James H. Shelton III, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, United States Department of Education

Introduction by Susan Sadler, HB Associate Head of School, Director of Upper School

Join the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement for a wide-ranging discussion of the school reform movement under the Obama administration. What are the most promising approaches to school innovation and improvement today? How can we scale best practices for broadest impact? And how can independent schools support the goal of a quality education for all of America’s children?

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.ed.gov
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC STUDIO
Excellence Through Equity: The Philosophy, Policy, and Practice Behind Finland's Rise to Prominence as the West's Reigning Education Superpower   Video

Anu Partanen, Journalist

Introduction by Mary Boutton, HB Primary School Mathematics Department Chair

In recent years, Finnish 15-year-olds have consistently appeared at the top of the Programme for International Student Assessment survey in all competencies. This has led to sustained interest in the Finnish model among education reformers around the world. This presentation will discuss the fundamental principles and specific policies that underlie Finland’s remarkable success — many of which run surprisingly counter to approaches currently in vogue in American school reform — and suggest aspects of the Finnish model that might usefully be adapted in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.anupartanen.com
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL GLOBAL LANGUAGES LEARNING CENTER
Creating a Community of Health: An Imperative in Educational Reform and Innovation presented by Oswald Companies    Video

Michelle Del Toro, Program Manager, Department of Public Health & Research, The Cleveland Clinic; Bill Kitson, President/CEO, United Way of Greater Cleveland; Sharon Sobol Jordan, President and CEO, Center for Families and Children; Christie Walters Stover, Director of Program for Young Children, Columbus School for Girls

Moderated by Neil Quinn, Vice President, Director, Health Management Services, Oswald Companies

Introduction by Koyen Shah, HB Director of the Center for Girls' and Women's Leadership

Poor health and adversity during childhood are closely associated with a number of negative mental and cognitive outcomes. In this session, a panel of experts will explore the significant impact health and well- being have on learning. All stakeholders in a school can play a role in helping individuals navigate physical and emotional distress, contributing to an environment that buffers it as much as possible. Together, the panelists will highlight some interventions that are empowering personal resilience through lifelong mind and body health. Attendees will be invited to consider how we can better address health and well-being challenges in today’s schools.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.oswaldcompanies.com

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3:15-4:15 p.m. - Plenary Discussion Session 

HATHAWAY BROWN GYMNASIUM
Plenary Session: What Have We Learned?    Slides

Moderated by Dan Moulthrop, Curator of Conversation, The Civic Commons

Introduction by Bill Christ, HB Head of School

So, what have we learned? Every summit, you've asked us for more time to process and think about everything you've learned. Join us in the main gym for an opportunity to talk with other conference goers about highlights, takeaways, and next steps.

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4:30-5:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks

HATHAWAY BROWN GYMNASIUM
The Big Shifts in Education    Video | Slides

Patrick Bassett, President, National Association of Independent Schools

Introduction by Bill Christ, HB Head of School

Pat Bassett spends his time thinking about and using his organization’s resources to imagine and document what schools of the future are beginning to look like. He encourages parents and teachers to be advocates for children and speak out in favor of more innovative schools. The natural inclination of parents is to be conservative and traditional about education. When kids complain that their classes are boring and the lessons irrelevant, parents tend to say, “It’s supposed to be boring and irrelevant, because that’s the way it was when I was in school.” Bassett makes the case for schools to shift that old paradigm. Schools of the future won’t be boring and irrelevant at all. Why, after hundreds of years of traditional teaching is this mindset emerging? Because in education — as in every other sector —big shifts are under way.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.nais.org

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5:15-6:00 p.m. - Closing Reception

*Schedule subject to change

Questions? innovation@hb.edu

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