Greetings from Baltimore!


Greetings from Baltimore, home of the #NAISAC 2017! Today, Tuesday, is the day before the conference officially opens. The NAIS team has been hard at work – banners are up, informational signs are in place, and in general, the convention center appears to be ready for the influx of independent school educators who will soon fill these halls. It promises to be a great conference. I will be writing a couple of posts each day to share my experience, so please do check back!


I have already seen several friends and colleagues, and I know I will have the pleasure of seeing many more in the days ahead. Tomorrow is the pre-conference day and there are several sessions available for those who have registered. I have had the good fortune to be selected as an Aspiring Heads Fellow, and tomorrow will be the capstone of this year-long (incredible) learning journey. I am so thankful to NAIS, the EE Ford Foundation, and my incredible mentor, Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau. I have been matched up with successful school heads to learn about how they do what they do, and it has helped improve my current leadership practice enormously. I look forward to seeing how these lessons continue to impact the work that I do in the future. If you are thinking about school leadership, you should consider applying for the Fellowship program!


The conference center and the conference hotel overlook Camden Yards – quite a neat sight to behold from the hotel room when I checked in. The historic harbor front is just a few short blocks from the hotel and convention center.





Can’t make it to NAIS? Stay up to date right here

Wish you could have made it to Baltimore for the NAIS national conference, but there’s just no way it can happen? Never fear. I’ll be blogging my way through the conference and you can keep up with what I experience by following me on Twitter or by logging in here.

It promises to be an action-packed week and the keynote speakers look amazing… I look forward to sharing it with you!

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Catch me at NAIS 2017!

I’m excited to share that I will be giving two presentations at NAIS 2017! Come join me in Baltimore during the week of March 1.

But wait, there’s more! I will also be blogging for NAIS during the conference – they will feature a link to my blog and I’ll be linking posts via Twitter as well. Check back March 1 – 4 for thoughts, reflections, and information from the NAIS annual conference!

Here are my presentation sessions:

Happy Faculty, Vibrant Schools: On Thursday, I will be co-presenting a session about what factors contribute to employee satisfaction in independent school. This is based off a mixed-methods analysis and a thorough literature review about hiring/induction, compensation, professional development, and employee “perks” that lead to stronger retention and higher overall satisfaction.

Fifteen Formative Assessment Strategies You Can Use TOMORROW: On Friday, I will be sharing fifteen take-away strategies that teachers can use immediately in their classrooms. These interventions are easy to implement, students like them, and best of all, study after study has shown that using these strategies leads to improved student learning and retention.

I look forward to seeing you at NAIS!