CONFERENCES: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)


Philadelphia welcomed over 4,000 school heads, administrators and teachers for the annual National Association of Independent Schools conference this February 2013. 

C&C NEWS @ NAIS: Middle and Upper School Director Alex Ragone was selected to chair what became a sold-out panel on Speed Innovating at this year's NAIS conference. The panel facilitated connections between 200 attendees and experts with 15-minute, information-packed sessions covering topics curated by Alex’s committee. The Speed Innovating Planning Committee included Susan Booth (DC); Sophie Halliday, Saint Andrew's Priority School (HI); Josie Holford, Poughkeepsie Day School (NY); Jenni Swanson Voorhees, Sidwell Friends School (DC); and Greoff Wagg, The Episcopal Academy (PA). 

NAIS NEWS: Among our keynote speakers were Jim Collins (author of From Good to Great and Built to Last), speaking on the need for continuous evaluation in our organizations (e.g.: schools!); Dr. Tererai Trent, who inspired us with her story of being married at age 11, having four children by age 18, yet achieving her dreams of earning her doctorate and founding a school in her native Zimbabwe; and Professor Cathy Davidson, author of Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. Dr. Davidson urged us to recognize that our students and workers are living and thinking in a 21st century, digital, interconnected world, but we're still educating and training them for a 20th century, industrial, compartmentalized model—and that needs to ch

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