Master Class in Inclusive Leadership, June 18 – 21, 2019

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Now in its fourth year, the Master Class in Inclusive Leadership at The Children’s School in Atlanta offers a summer institute for aspiring leaders in independent schools.

The Master Class kicks off a full year of mentorship from leadership coaches who will give you practical advice, help you build leadership capacity, and inspire you to lead at your own school and in your community.

You will interact with experienced school leaders who know how to navigate the  independent school world – including heads of school, senior administrators, and search consultants – and who can help you take inventory of your own personal leadership styles with research-based strategies.

Be inspired by independent school leaders like Desiree Ivey, executive director of teacher training at Shady Hill School; Nishant N. Mehta, head of school at The Children’s School; and Lois Mufuka Martin, vice president of CalWest Educator’s Placement, who will help you build a leadership toolkit that you can take back to your own school and community.  

Who Should Attend?

All who aspire to leadership in independent schools — no matter where you are on your leadership journey — including teachers, administrators, diversity practitioners, curriculum directors, admissions directors, etc. are encouraged to attend.

Women, people of color, and allies will find the conference particularly helpful!  

What Will I Take Back to my School?

  • Create  a concrete plan to make contributions to your school community
  • Acquire the tools to build an inclusive school environment today and in the future
  • Develop a better understanding of the role public-private partnerships hold in educating children to succeed in the future

Topics include:

  • “It’s Still Day One: My Transformational Journey to Headship”
  • “How to Lead from the Middle & How to Lead in Difficult Situations”
  • “Creating Your Leadership Portfolio: Telling Your Story”


June 18 – 21, 2019


Tucked into a charming residential neighborhood in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, The Children’s School is a 10-building, 2.7-acre village sitting directly across 10th Street from Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Central Park.”

Midtown Atlanta is the Southeast’s hub for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship and home to leading STEM research university Georgia Tech, the historic Fox Theatre, the highly-acclaimed Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), the impactful International Rescue Committee, and more. We have close partnerships with many of these businesses that we’ll use during the Master Class!


The cost to attend before March 15 is $450. After March 15, the cost to attend is $525.

Click here to register and get more information about The Children’s School, places to stay in Atlanta, and more. Scholarships are available! Reach out to Melissa Scott ( for more information.

*Price includes dinner on June 18 and lunch and breakfast on June 19-21.


Contact Melissa Scott, or 404-873-6985

Meet Your Leadership Coaches

Allen Broyles

Master Class in Inclusive LeadershipAllen Broyles joined The Children’s School as the assistant head of school in 2016, and has been the parent of two TCS students for 11 years. 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. He holds a Master of Education in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in music and French, and is an active musician playing in bands and recording in the Atlanta area. Allen serves on the national board of directors of the Learning Disabilities Association of America and on the faculty of the Institute for New Teachers with the Southern Association of Independent School. He has presented and consulted at regional, national, and international conferences and schools on the topics of applying current neuroscience to teaching, the neuropsychology of math, and how to structure schools to be more passionate, engaged, and inclusive of a wider range of learner.

Morgan Darby

Master Class in Inclusive LeadershipMorgan is the director of student life and inclusion at The Children’s School. She joined TCS last July. Before TCS, she was the executive director of Summerbridge San Francisco at San Francisco University High School. She has more than ten years of experience in social justice and educational communities and advocating for youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth. Prior to leading Summerbridge, Morgan was the education program director for Gender Spectrum, a national nonprofit, based in Emeryville, CA, where she was responsible for deepening the curricular, programmatic, and outreach efforts to make gender-related issues accessible to those who work with children and teens.


Desiree Ivey

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).


Damian Kavanagh, Ed.S., CAE

Master Class in Inclusive LeadershipSince July 2017, Damian has served as executive director of MISBO. Prior to accepting this position, Damian spent seven years as a vice president with SAIS where he oversaw the accreditation and membership programs of the association. Damian has presented and facilitated over 250 workshops to every level of independent school leadership in addition to universities and independent school associations. He has conducted research and published and presented at numerous state, regional, national, and international independent school conferences on a wide variety of topics related to independent school organizational effectiveness and sustainability.


Lois Mufuka Martin

Master Class in Inclusive LeadershipLois joined CalWest in 2017 to work with recruiting schools and managing recruiting advisors. She earned a B.A. in history from Lander University, an M.Ed. in counseling from Clemson University and a certificate in leading innovation from the Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Lois started her career as a social worker and college transfer counselor. Prior to CalWest, Lois served as chief volunteer engagement officer at United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and as C.E.O. of Bethlehem Haven, a shelter and service organization for homeless women.  Lois is a board member and scholarship coordinator for The Mufuka Foundation which sends high achieving, low income students from her native Zimbabwe to Lander University on full, four-year scholarships.

Nishant N. Mehta

Master Class in Inclusive LeadershipSince Nishant joined The Children’s School in May 2013, he has led the community through many innovations, including the creation of a citywide maker space for early childhood and elementary students. Nishant is nationally recognized for his vision in improving school access and breaking down silos. He contributes to the discourse on leadership, equity and justice and sits on the boards of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), the Elementary School Heads Association (ESHA) and the Asheville School. Because of his deep commitment to inclusivity and the preservation of childhood and play in our schools, he was also invited to become an advisor to “Sesame Street.”


Melissa Scott

Master Class in Inclusive LeadershipMelissa Scott is the director of research and learning design 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 Research and Learning Design, Melissa collaborates closely with teachers and staff to provide authentic and innovative learning opportunities for age 3 – grade 7 students. Melissa is instrumental in providing ongoing learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and parents. She has presented at the local, state, and international level





“What a tremendous program for all teachers considering the next steps in their careers. I will be highly recommending next year’s program and I look forward to receiving our recap. The campus was sparkling and your staff was great! I especially enjoyed meeting, dialoguing and sharing ideas with Lucius, Allen and Melissa. Such a great bunch of dedicated teachers and administrators.”

— Terry Williams, Executive Director at Teacher of Color Recruitment Fairs

“I attended last summer and it was the best PD I have ever done. I made lasting connections to people who have truly taken me under their wings and have inspired me to grow. Highly recommended!”

— Sarah Shields, Third Grade Teacher at Marin Country Day School

“I have kept the lessons in mind as I embarked on my hiring process for a more impactful leadership position in Chicago. I am thrilled to inform you [all] that I will be the Head of School at Ryan Banks Academy, the first grade 7-12 urban boarding school in Chicago. While I am excited and terrified all at the same time, the Inclusive Leadership Institute gave me the confidence to apply for this position in the first place, and the realization that I had the qualifications/characteristics needed to be successful.”

— Audrey Bland, Director of Academic Support at Walnut Hill School for the Arts

“My participation in the Summer Institute in Inclusive Leadership left me re-invigorated and renewed. It was a great pleasure to share the week with so many professionals in the field of education. I was especially impressed with the different speakers and their illuminating thoughts on how we can affect change. Teaching is tough and getting tougher each year, I think. But it is always so very rewarding, planting seeds and nurturing young hearts & minds. Thank you Summer Institute in Inclusive Leadership for helping me examine my place in this world of teaching we inhabit.”

— Michelle V. Demko, Music Department Head at The Allen-StevensonSchool