Coaching for teachers and administrators aspiring to personal and professional advancement in independent schools

Coaching for teachers and administrators aspiring to personal and professional advancement in independent schools

Master Class in Inclusive Leadership

Save the Date! June 15 - 17, 2017 in Midtown Atlanta

For women and people of color aspiring to leadership in independent schools. The Children’s School has a Master Class in Inclusive Leadership, leadership training for emerging leaders in independent and public schools. Register today!

What are the benefits of attending?

Over the course of three days this summer, emerging school leaders will receive:

  • Practical advice and coaching from heads of school, senior administrators and search consultants
  • Presentations from corporate and educational leaders on leadership development
  • Research-based strategies to take inventory of personal leadership styles
  • Mentorship for the 2017-2018 school year

How much does it cost?

Before March 15: $375
After March 15: $425

Price includes dinner on June 15 and lunch and breakfast on June 16-17. Spaces are limited, so register today before the class fills up!

Where can I stay?

Here’s some information regarding discounted rate at the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown.

When is it?

The event takes place from June 15 – June 17 at The Children’s School in Midtown Atlanta. The schedule is as follows:

Thurs., June 15 at 6:00pm
Kick-off dinner and keynote

Fri., June 16
All-day Master Class

Sat., June 17
All-day Master Class, wrap-up by 4:30pm.

Great! I’m not familiar with TCS. Tell me more.

The Children’s School is a progressive elementary school that currently educates a diverse group of children age 3 years old through sixth grade. We’re adding a seventh grade in fall 2017 and an eighth grade in fall 2018. Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta since 1970, TCS has consistently and successfully educated generations of future-focused, innovation-ready students who go on to lead impressive careers and lives at every level. TCS is also a leader amongst Atlanta independent schools in diversity and inclusion; with twice the national and local average of students and faculty of color, TCS continues to lead its peers in diversity recruitment.

Register Today!

Before March 15: $375
After March 15: $425

Includes dinner on June 15 and breakfast and lunch on June 16-17. Spaces are limited!

Limited scholarship funds available. Click here to request more information.

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Master Class Faculty

Assistant Head of School, The Children's School

Allen Broyles has 26 years of experience in independent school education, and he has held positions that include administration at the lower and middle, and school-wide levels; teaching positions at the lower, middle and high school levels; director of technology initiatives; music and math instruction; and outdoor education. Allen serves on the national board of directors of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and has presented and consulted on the topics of brain research, math and differentiation at regional and international conferences and schools, and for the Southern Association of Independent schools. He holds a master’s in educational leadership and a bachelor’s in music and French.

Director of Equity and Inclusion, Newark Academy

Candice has worked in independent schools since 2004. She joined Newark Academy in 2011 as a middle and upper school English teacher, and has taught courses in both the English and Humanities department including, two self-designed senior electives, Coming to Voice: Black American Literature, and Sociology of Race.Prior to joining Newark Academy, Candice taught at independent schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.

Candice served as Site Dean for New Jersey Seeds Young Scholars Program from 2012-2014, and in 2013 she was awarded the Stanton Foundation Grant for demonstrating “Innovation in Teaching.” In 2016 Candice was appointed Newark Academy’s Director of Equity and Inclusion. In this role, she works with students, faculty, administrators, parents, trustees and alumni. Specifically, her work with NA’s Equity and Inclusion Team is geared toward advancing the school’s mission and strategic goals institutional equity.

Director of Human Resources, The Children's School

Kathleen has over 14 years of experience as a director of human resources in two independent school settings, and eight years of experience in corporate human resources as an employment recruiter and as an HR generalist.

She has served as co-leader for regular gatherings of  Atlanta independent school HR directors for the past three years.

President of CalWest Educators Placement

Chris Fleischner, who goes by the nickname “Fleisch”, is the President of CalWest Educators Placement. Since 2003, CalWest has been placing educators, administrators and senior school leaders at independent schools. CalWest has made it a priority to place educators of color at client schools and works with candidates in both formal and informal support roles during the recruiting process. CalWest annually sponsors PoCC’s Leadership Seminar for Women and People of Color. Through its Connect with CalWest division, Fleisch and his colleagues offer an Emerging Leaders Workshop and other professional development offerings to help people excel in their current positions.

Executive Director of Teacher Training, Shady Hill School

Desiree Ivey, Executive Director of Teacher Training at Shady Hill School leads the school’s graduate-level teacher preparation program, supports the director of Shady Hill’s co-curricular programs as well as partnerships with public schools, Lesley University, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). She teaches graduate courses on anti-bias curriculum, issues in education, and equity and achievement for Lesley University.  She supervises apprentices’ practicum experiences at Shady Hill and public schools, and designs and facilitates professional development for elementary and middle school teachers. She evaluates teacher preparation programs for DESE and consults with schools seeking to enrich professional development for teachers. Desiree is on the National Board of Directors for Read to a Child, a trustee at Belmont Day School, and a council member on the Educators Personnel Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Department of Education. Desiree is a former trustee of the Gordon School and Association of Independent Schools (AISNE).

Vice President, Accreditation & Membership, SAIS

After fifteen years at The Westminster Schools of Atlanta teaching, coaching, running a variety of profit center programs, and serving in administrative capacities, he served as Head of School at Cambridge Academy in South Carolina. Damian served for seven years as the Vice President for Membership and Accreditation with SAIS shepherding multiple new members into the SAIS fold, leading the maturation of the SAIS accreditation process, developing the SAIS accreditation portal and the SAIS survey offerings, and facilitating the growth of hundreds of independent school teachers, administrators. He has been appointed the Executive Director of MISBO and will assume that role July 1.

Head of School, TCS

TCS Head of School since May 2013, Nishant has been instrumental in cultivating a mindset of growth and innovation amongst his faculty, staff, and parents. Nishant is actively involved in leadership initiatives locally and nationally. He has worked extensively with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), serving as co-chair for the People of Color conference in 2005, and again in December 2016. From 2007-2014, he served on the faculty of the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute. A member of several nonprofit boards, Nishant consults frequently with schools and school leaders locally and nationally on issues related to equity and justice.

Director of Learning Design & Innovation, The Children's School

Melissa Scott is the Director of Learning Design and Innovation at The Children’s School. She has more than 20 years of educational experience in both public and independent schools, and has worked as a classroom teacher and instructional technologist. As the Director of Learning Design and Innovation, Melissa collaborates closely with teachers and staff to provide authentic and innovative learning opportunities for our 3s/4s/5s students through seventh grade. Melissa is instrumental in providing ongoing professional development for faculty. She has presented at the local, state, and international level. A recipient of the Brynes Grant, Melissa traveled to Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock, Scotland, the first 1:1 iPad school in the world. While there, she saw first hand how teaching and learning were being transformed in a meaningful way. In addition to her work in education, she has organized EdCampIS-VA as well as, TEDxYouth@FHS. Melissa is an educational consultant for Educational Collaborators and a former educational advisor to the board for World Leadership Foundation.

Assistant Head of School & Academic Dean, Atlanta Girls' School

Sylvia Rodríguez Vargas, Ph.D. is currently the Assistant Head of School at Atlanta Girls’ School. She began serving independent schools over twenty years ago and has been a teacher, department chair, division director, communications and marketing chair, and head of school. She has also directed language programs in Spain and Mexico and traveled to China as the World Language Task Force Chair prior to instituting curricular changes and adding Mandarin, Chinese at a previous school. Active in independent school leadership, she recently co-chaired the NAIS People of Color Conference in Atlanta. Sylvia completed her doctoral research investigating the lived experience of women of color heads of school and her published work, Women of Color Heads of Independent Schools: A Framework of Culturally Relevant Leadership, includes the experiences of ten women of color heads and their journeys in school leadership. In addition to her work in independent schools, she has served as an instructor and adjunct professor at The Ohio State University and the City University of New York, completed a seminar on school leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, was an NAIS E.E. Ford Fellow for Aspiring Heads, and has published several articles.

Learn how to be a Leader!

Get the mentorship you want from the people who know school leadership best. Registration fee before March 15 is $375. After March 15, it is $425. Spaces are limited!

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