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2021 SAES virtual Biennial Conference

October 21-22, 2021

The biennial 2021 conference platform is officially open


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NOTE: All sessions will be recorded and every registration includes 30 days of on-demand conference programming.

Agenda - Thursday, October 21, 2021

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Virtual Networking Lounge
11:00 am - 11:25 am
Welcome and Opening Liturgy
11:30 am - 11:50 am
Hiring and Retention Trends:  What We Know and What’s to Come
Jonathan will review recent trends in the faculty, staff, and leadership hiring and retention space. He’ll share what’s changed, what’s staying the same, and what schools and job seekers need to know about the upcoming hiring season.
Presenter: Jonathan Ball, Managing Associate, Carney & Sandoe Associates
11:30 am - 11:50 am
For the Future You!
Learn how to reframe retirement savings and why it’s never too early or too late to start saving.
Presenter: Dr. Janet Todd, Director of Curriculum Development, Church Pension Group
12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
Meet & Greet
Come and meet The Rev. David A. Madison, D.Min., Executive Director-Elect of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES). During this informal session, Fr. David will highlight resources and upcoming events that will equip you to serve Episcopal schools with success. Drop by and visit!
Presenter: The Rev. David Madison, Executive Director-Elect, NAES
12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
What We've Learned About Teaching & Learning Since March 2020
Through ISM's work with hundreds of educators since March 2020, it's become clear that certain teaching practices and themes of study must continue into the future. Led by an experienced Episcopal school educator, this session will focus on what teachers learned about connecting and engaging with students, teaching and assessment practice, and on building relationships with students, in support of enhancing Episcopal identity.
Presenter: Mike Gwaltney, Consultant & Director of Online Learning
12:30 pm - 12:50 pm
Head of School Search Trends
Episcopal schools today are experiencing many leadership changes and disruptions. Hear about trends and issues that are impacting head of school and administrative leadership searches. Participants will gain a better understanding of the demands, requirements, and schedules of the evolving search process.
Presenter: John Farber, RG175
12:30 pm - 12:50 pm
Prepare for Black History Month: Celebrate Absalom Jones, Church Publishing Incorporated
Join Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones as he speaks about his new book, Absalom Jones: America’s First Black Priest, and shares how schools can remember the life and service of Absalom Jones in celebration of Black History Month.
Presenter: Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, Church Publishing Incorporated
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
The Power of "Rethinking" in Schools -Rethinking school amidst massive disruption means that solutions that solved old problems aren’t going to address new problems. School leaders need to learn to be nimble enough to adapt midstream and emerge on the other side with the right level of self awareness and mindset in order to meet the needs of our constituents. Building on the research of top-rated Wharton professor and renowned organizational psychologist Adam Grant, come explore how school leaders might “rethink” their assumptions and practices in the midst of significant social, ideological, technological, economic and structural disruption. As we continue to adjust to the “next normal,” Rob and Garhett will facilitate a conversation around how school leaders can foster a sense of open curiosity and humility within their communities. We will explore how daily practices can create cultures of learning and exploration that embrace new ideas and perspectives to keep our schools moving forward in a sea of constant change. Presenters: Rob Devlin, Head of School, St. George Episcopal School, San Antonio, TX & Garhett Wager, Head of School, St. Mark's Episcopal School, Houston, TX
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Planned Possibilities: Fostering Creativity and Curiosity through  Meaningful, Integrated, and Connected Curriculum - Join Rachel as she shares early childhood classroom tips, stories, and photographs of engaging play possibilities. Leave with integrated ideas for creating sensational centers and dynamic group times that support the interests and stretch the abilities of thoughtful young learners. Presenter: Rachel Daigre, Director of Learning Innovations, Knock Knock Children’s Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
Target Audience: Faculty, Admin
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Instructional Differentiation in Lower School - In this session, Samira will present fun, practical, and engaging math and reading strategies for differentiating instruction for elementary students (K-5). These strategies will including centers, and flexible grouping that will help participants meet the needs of the diverse learners in their classroom. Presenter: Samira Ibeawuchi, St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School,  Houston, TX
Target Audience:  Faculty, Admin
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Episcopal Identity: A Quantum Leap From the Basics! - How will your Episcopal identity show through everything you do? Start with the essential elements for the basics and then let’s leap up to the peak for ideas and new understandings. In this workshop, Boo will cover worship, service to others, culture, governance, and a way to instill a love for God and each other.
Presenter: Rev. Francis “Boo” Kay, Head of School, Bishop Noland Episcopal School, Lake Charles, LA
Target Audience: Faculty, Admin, Clergy
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Leading Through Turbulent Times - The challenges of leadership are many, particularly in times of stress, anxiety and rapid change that have characterized the leadership landscape lately. In this workshop, Ed will identify the leadership competencies that can be developed to help navigate the turbulence. He will also explore the potential blockers that can get in the way of our success and how to avoid them. You’ll come away with practical strategies that will help you effectively and thoughtfully lead through turbulent times. Presenter: Ed Hollinger, Consultant, Hollinger Group Consulting, Chicago, IL
Target Audience: Admin, Clergy
2:30 pm - 2:45pm
Topic Session and Meet the Sponsors/Networking
2:45 pm-3:45 pm
The Work of the Young People in Preschool and Lower School Chapel - School chapel is sometimes viewed as the “work of the Chaplain” since we are working with younger students. However, liturgy is “the work of the people,” no matter how young the people are. In this session, Jill will explore the notion that school chapel is most engaging when students are leading at all levels. Even the youngest of our children can make Chapel their “work,” an offering to God and to one another. Join in to learn practical ways that Preschool and Lower School students can lead and participate in Chapel whether it is daily chapel or Eucharist. Presenter: Jill Walters, Lower School Chaplain, All Saints’ Episcopal School, Fort Worth, TX
Target Audience: Faculty, Admin, Clergy
2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Supporting Student Well-being by Prioritizing Educators' Social-Emotional Health - At a time when 54% of teachers are reporting high levels of burnout, and one in four teachers are considering quitting their jobs due to stress, schools nationwide are searching for ways to fuel teacher well-being. If you feel like you’re encouraging your students to keep their cool, but you’re losing yours, don't worry -- you’re not alone. As schools begin doubling down on social-emotional learning and integrating SEL into the 2021-2022 school schedule, we also know adults must walk the walk and be positive role models themselves when it comes to social-emotional health. Join Andrea as she shares actionable tips that educators can easily use to strike a balance by focusing on your own well-being while helping your school adopt SEL with students.
Presenter: Andrea Jenkins, The Social Institute
Target Audience: Faculty, Admin, Clergy
2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Panel Discussion on Rebuilding Community and Connection -A global shutdown and remote learning has a way of disconnecting people from each other. Episcopal schools are known for how their communities are connected to each other and this became a significant challenge during Covid. Join three school heads as they lead a panel discussion on the strategies and ideas they plan to implement to rebuild connection and community at their schools.  Presenters: Netra Fitzgerald, Head of School, St. Michael Episcopal School, Dallas, TX; Jennifer Morgan, Head of School, Trinity Episcopal School, Austin, TX; Bridget Henderson, Head of School, St. James Episcopal School, Baton Rouge, LA
Target Audience: Faculty, Admin, Clergy
2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Understanding and supporting grieving students - This session will focus on children’s understanding of death in various developmental stages, as well as various indicators of grief, which are expressed as a full-body experience: cognitively, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually. When school professionals understand common grief reactions in children, they are better equipped to offer support and identify appropriate resources.
Presenter: Bo’s Place Bereavement Center, Houston, TX
Target Audience: Faculty, Admin, Clergy

3:45 pm-4:00 pm
General Session & Closing Liturgy

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Agenda, Friday, October 22, 2021

8:00 am - 12:30 am
Virtual Networking Lounge
8:30 am-9:00 am
Welcome, Opening Liturgy, Introduction of New SAES Executive Director
9:00 am-10:00 am
Keynote Speaker - David Epstein, New York Times Best Selling Author
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Topic Session
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Networking Lounge - Meet the Sponsors/Networking
10:30 am-11:30 am
Keynote Speaker - Yvonne Adams, Director of Equity & Inclusion, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Austin, TX
11:30 am - 11:45 am
Networking Lounge - Meet the Sponsors/Networking
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Awards Ceremony
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Closing Remarks & Liturgy

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