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The Trustee Table
23 minutes | May 31, 2021
Building Connections: The Board's Role in Community Engagement
In this episode, Reveta Bowers, interim head of The Early Childhood Center in Los Angeles, shares her insights on how boards can engage and communicate with their communities around critical issues facing independent schools, as well as specific examples of effective board engagement opportunities from her own leadership experience. Reveta served as the Head of School of The Center for Early Education in Los Angeles for 40 years before retiring in 2016. Prior to her retirement, for fifteen consecutive summers, she was a Lead Faculty Member at the National Association of Independent Schools’ Institute for New Heads, where she taught more than 700 NAIS Heads of School. Upon her retirement from The Center, Reveta began coaching institutional leaders and consulting with for-profits organizations, colleges, school boards, and non-profits on issues of governance and governance best practices. She returned to The Center on July 1, 2020 as Interim Head of School while the school searches for its next leader. Reveta has served and continues to serve on a number of boards. She was an outside director of The Walt Disney Company from 1993-2003. She has served as Board Chair of The California Association of Independent Schools, The Educational Records Bureau, and The California Community Foundation. She also served on the Klingenstein Center Advisory Board at Teachers College, the Board of Trustees of Teachers College, on the board of the Coalition for Justice, and as treasurer of The National Association of Independent Schools. She continues as Chair of the Board of Councilors of the Rossier Graduate School of Education at USC, and also on the boards of The Stepping Stones Fund, The Fedco Foundation, and The EE Ford Foundation. She attended the University of Southern California, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, earned a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology, as well as three life teaching credentials.
21 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Data-Driven Marketing – How Schools Can Maximize Their Recruitment Strategy
In this episode, Kevin MacNeil, Vice-President of Metric Marketing, shares his insights on admissions and enrollment challenges facing independent schools today, how schools can best leverage their advertising dollars, and ways schools can keep both prospective and current families engaged. Metric Marketing is a strategic, digitally driven agency that helps independent schools build loyalty and grow enrollment in an increasingly connected world. Kevin brings over ten years of experience in advertising, analytics and digital marketing. His specialty in helping independent schools grow enrollment has been honed working with private schools across North America for the bulk of his career. Kevin prides himself on teaching modern digital advertising from a business perspective, not a completely technical one. Recently, he has partnered with Edwards Company and Connor And Associates. Success for Kevin means helping marketing teams, admissions teams, heads of school and boards make effective decisions based on data. He is a Business Commerce graduate from the University from Manitoba.
32 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Working with Independent School Parents
In this episode, Dr. Robert Evans and Dr. Michael Thompson, authors of the new NAIS book Hopes and Fears -- Working with Today’s Independent School Parents, discuss the power dynamics between parents, teachers, and school leaders, the role of the board in parent relations, and how parent board members can serve more effectively. Rob is a psychologist and school consultant. A former high school and preschool teacher and a former child and family therapist, he has consulted to more than 1,700 schools, including 700 NAIS schools. He served for nearly 40 years as executive director of the Human Relations Service, a nonprofit mental health agency in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Rob’s interests are in leadership, helping schools manage change, improving adult relationships within schools, and crisis intervention. Michael is a clinical psychologist, author, and school consultant. He has worked in schools for 50 years, starting out as a middle school teacher and later training as a counselor and psychologist. Now the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School (MA), he has worked with more than 700 schools in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central America. In addition, he served as the longtime facilitator for the NAIS Institute for New Heads and later for the Academy of International School Heads. He has also served on the board of the American Camp Association.
35 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Prioritizing Health and Well-Being as a School Leader
In this episode, Dr. Eleonora Bartoli, a licensed psychologist specializing in trauma, resilience-building, and multicultural/social justice counseling, examines what it means to be a trauma-informed school, how the notion of resiliency has shifted during the pandemic, and why school leaders must make their own health and well-being a priority. Dr. Bartoli is also a consultant supporting individuals and institutions implement their diversity, equity, and social justice missions. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology: Human Development/Mental Health Research from the University of Chicago in 2001. Throughout her career, Dr. Bartoli has held leadership positions in professional organizations at both the state and national levels. She has presented at numerous conferences and is the author of a number of publications focused on multicultural counseling competence, white racial socialization, and the integration of social justice principles in evidence-based counseling practices. In all her work, Dr. Bartoli integrates an understanding of brain functioning and neuroscience, focusing on how it informs symptom development as well as healing and resilience-building strategies.
29 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Enrollment Management in 2021 – Key Trends for Independent Schools
In this timely episode, Heather Hoerle, executive director and chief executive officer of The Enrollment Management Association, shares her observations on how the pandemic has impacted independent school enrollment trends and what disruptors heads and boards should anticipate in the future. A thought leader in enrollment management, Heather personally led the charge for the professionalization of the admission and enrollment professional, demanding that industry colleagues mobilize to re-position the work of enrollment management as both strategic and foundational to institutional success. Heather’s career began in independent schools as an administrator, student advisor, and teacher then embarked on a successful 23-year tenure in leadership roles with The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and eventually serving as a vice president at The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
28 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Designing the Future – Strategic Conversations for Heads and Trustees
In this episode, Lisa Kay Solomon from Stanford University’s Institute for Design, explains her role as a futurist, shares why developing a futurist mentality is critical for heads and trustees to support their school communities, and how independent school boards can design and engage in strategic conversations. Lisa is a well-known thought leader in design innovation with a focus on helping leaders learn how to be more creative, flexible and resilient in the face of constant change. Lisa is the founding Chair of Transformational Practices and Leadership at Singularity University. She coauthored the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change, and more recently, Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation. Lisa is a frequent keynote speaker on innovation, design thinking and leadership at global conferences and business schools. A passionate educator, Lisa is a “Designer in Residence” at Stanford University’s Institute for Design and has taught at the revolutionary Design MBA program at California College of the Arts.
22 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Time for a Tuition Reset? Critical Considerations for Independent Schools
In this episode, Dr. Lucie Lapovsky, an economist who consults, writes and speaks widely on issues related to finance, pricing, strategy, governance, and enrollment management, defines what a tuition reset entails, describes how independent school boards can strategically consider pricing and affordability options, and explains the lessons learned from other schools that have engaged in tuition resetting. A parent of three independent school alumni, Dr. Lapovsky has served on the boards of McDonogh School in Baltimore and Packer Collegiate Institute, her alma mater, in New York. She has led an NAIS research effort to produce guidance and recommendations for ways schools can rethink their tuition, tuition-setting strategies, and tuition discounting approaches, informed by several case studies of independent schools that have recently decided to reset their tuitions. She is the co-editor of three books: Strategic Financial Challenges for Higher Education: How to Achieve Quality, Accountability and Innovation; Roles and Responsibilities of Chief Financial Officers and The White House Project Report: Benchmarking Women’s Leadership. She blogs for Forbes and is the author of more than 200 chapters and articles and is a frequent speaker at major higher education conferences. She received her B.A. degree from Goucher College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.
21 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Civil Discourse During Contentious Times – Why Board Culture Matters
In this timely episode, Dr. Eugene Fram explains the ground rules for civil discourse, why engaging in civil discourse can be difficult for independent school trustees, and how boards can support a culture of civility. Dr. Fram is an expert in nonprofit governance, a business consultant, and an award-winning emeritus professor of the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the author of seven books, including Policy vs. Paper Clips (2011), which describes a trust-based nonprofit governance model that has been adopted or adapted by thousands of nonprofit organizations as well as Going For Impact: The Nonprofit Director's Essential Guidebook (2016). He has also published more than 125 articles, including for the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and is the author of the blog Non-Profit Management. Over his distinguished career, Dr. Fram has served on 12 nonprofit and for-profit boards, holding several leadership positions including board chair.
31 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Good Governance from the Head’s Perspective – Insights from Dr. Scott Erickson
In this crossover episode from NAIS Member Voices, Dr. Scott Erickson, head of Phillips Brooks School (CA), discusses how he employs effective governance practices, how he addresses communication gaps with his school and board, and how he uses his training as an ordained minister in his leadership. Scott has been Head of School at Phillips Brooks School since 2011. During his tenure, he positioned PBS to initiate its first-ever comprehensive capital campaign to invest in faculty with creative solutions for talent retention, establish an innovative Invention Program, and build a community center. Scott has also focused on expanding parent education, optimizing community relationships, and partnering with the board to strengthen the school’s financial position. A frequent speaker at workshops and conferences, Scott serves on the Board of Directors at Common Sense Media as well as the Advisory Boards for Independent School Management and Art & Science Group. He began his independent school career as a teacher, chaplain, and humanities department chair at St. Paul’s School, a coeducational boarding school in New Hampshire. An Iowa native, Scott’s undergraduate degree is in music, and he holds a doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden, where he lived for six years.
17 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Actionable Assessment - Improving Board Performance Through Evaluation and Accountability
In this episode, Dr. Anne Stavney, head of The Blake School in Minneapolis, describes her board’s evaluation process, how she supports a culture of assessment and accountability in the boardroom, and how trustees can use data to improve board performance. Since joining Blake in 2012, Dr. Stavney led the school in a successful 80M comprehensive campaign to fund student financial assistance, faculty professional development and facility renovations. Under her leadership, Blake has developed a global immersion program and a computer science program and has significantly revised the school’s world languages, literacy, mathematics, and humanities curricula. She has also led her board in the design of several self-assessment tools to support accountability and improve performance. Before joining Blake, Dr. Stavney served as Assistant Head of School and Middle School Director at her alma mater, Lakeside School in Seattle. She holds a B.A. in Government from Smith College and a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Dr. Stavney serves on multiple boards including the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN) and the Children’s Theatre Company of Minnesota.
21 minutes | Jun 28, 2020
Reducing Bias in the Head Search Process – Recommendations for Independent School Boards
In this episode, Dr. Doreen Oleson, co-author of the NAIS Head Search Handbook and search consultant for RG-175, explores why diversity is a critical component to a successful head search. She shares how search committees can help ensure a diverse candidate pool, how bias manifests in the search process, and ways trustees can recognize and overcome their own inherent biases. Dr. Oleson served Saint Mark’s School, an Episcopal Parish Day School in Altadena, CA as head of school for twenty-five years and retired in June, 2015. Prior to her appointment in 1990, she was Assistant Vice-President at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA and also taught in the public schools in Hawaii and California. She served as the president of the governing board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, was trustee of the National Association of Independent Schools, was president of the California Association of Independent Schools’ board of directors, served on the National Commission on Accreditation, was chair of the Commission on Schools for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and was a field instructor at the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College. Dr. Oleson currently coaches aspiring school leaders and belongs to organizations and boards which support education and community service learning.
26 minutes | May 18, 2020
COVID-19 Generative Governance - Board Guidelines from Dr. Richard Chait
In this must-listen episode for trustees and heads of school, Dr. Richard Chait highlights how boards can govern more effectively during times of crisis, the importance of the head of school/board partnership, and practical ways boards can work more generatively while balancing the short and long term needs of the school. Dr. Chait is Professor of Education, Emeritus, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has studied nonprofit governance for over 35 years and co-authored the seminal book Leadership as Governance: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, as well as Improving the Performance of Governing Boards and The Effective Board of Trustees. Dr. Chait has served as a member of the board of directors of BoardSource and as a trustee on the executive committees of Goucher College, Maryville College and most recently, Wheaton College. He has provided consultation to the boards and executives of more than a hundred nonprofit organizations, particularly in education and the arts. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, he was a professor at the University of Maryland and at Case Western Reserve University and was formerly associate provost at Pennsylvania State University.
24 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
The Art of Generative Thinking: How Boards Can Pivot from Crisis Management to Innovation
In this episode, Dr. Jeffrey Gold takes listeners through his decision-making process at the start of the pandemic, how boards can utilize breakout and generative thinking to achieve both short and long term objectives, and generative questions boards should consider as they innovate for the future. Dr. Gold is the chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, vice president of the University of Nebraska system, and chair of the board of UNMC’s principal clinical care academic health system partner, Nebraska Medicine. In April 2017, Dr. Gold was also named chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the state’s public metropolitan university. He holds a health professions academic appointment at the rank of professor in the UNMC College of Medicine, as well as in the College of Public Health, where his research interests in population health are concentrated. Dr. Gold's national leadership is extensive and has included more than 50 national professional committees and more than 100 national organizations, volunteer boards, government/public health councils, and industry. Dr. Gold has also served in numerous roles on governing boards and as the elected leader of regional and national professional, accreditation and advocacy organizations in the educational, research and clinical care delivery sectors.
22 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
The Core of Board Leadership: Establishing an Ethical Framework for Decision-Making
In this timely episode, Ann Skeet, Senior Director of Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, shares models of ethical leadership practices, the ways boards can seek resolution to ethical challenges, and how trustees can prepare for ethical decision-making in times of crisis. In her role at the Markkula Center, Ann guides programs in leadership, business and social sector ethics. She researches, writes and speaks about the ethical dilemmas of leaders, corporate culture and the ethical challenges of governance. In addition, Ann works with board directors, CEOs, and C-suite executives to shape and reinforce organizational cultures that encourage ethical outcomes. She writes about issues facing leaders in across sectors regularly for her blog, Benison: The Practice of Ethical Leadership and for other media outlets such as Marketwatch, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Recode, and CEO Magazine. Ann is a magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell University and holds a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School.
18 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
Fundraising Fundamentals - The Trustee’s Role in Philanthropy
In this episode, Dave Sternberg explains the biggest misconceptions trustees have about fundraising, how they can become more comfortable in their fundraising role, and presents ways to build and sustain donor relationships. Dave has been a fundraising professional since obtaining his BA Degree from The Ohio State University. He is a faculty member at The Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University’s Fund Raising School, where he teaches courses such as Building the Annual Fund and Marketing for Fundraising. Dave is also a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource and is the only person in America to be affiliated with both the Lilly School of Philanthropy and BoardSource. In 1996, Dave founded Loring, Sternberg and Associates providing fundraising counsel to educational foundations, social service organizations, higher education, and membership organizations. In 2008, Dave authored the second and third edition of Fearless Fundraising for Nonprofit Boards; a publication for BoardSource and a best seller since its publication.
20 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Digging into Diversity – Essential Practices for Good Governance
In this episode, Dr. Shirley Davis, explores how boards can recruit and onboard diverse trustees, the impact of diversity on board culture, and how to manage conflicts that may arise from embracing diverse perspectives. Dr. Davis is the former Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Workplace Strategies for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has also been a featured expert on NBC’s The Today Show, USA Today, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Washington Post, and Inclusion Magazine. Dr. Davis is an experienced HR and diversity and inclusion thought leader, a senior executive, a certified leadership coach, and a former chief diversity and inclusion officer for several major Fortune 100 companies.
17 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
Flipping the Strategic Plan on its Side: An Approach that Puts Students First
In this episode, Romayne Levee, school founder and Director of Education Strategy at Mission Minded, inspires Trustees to set a new bar for their next strategic plan: one that is student-outcomes focused rather than school operations focused. For 20 years, Romayne been professionally and personally fulfilled working among schools and colleges that challenge the status quo by innovating teaching and learning, diversifying their communities, affording life-changing paths to under-resourced students, and empowering young women to take their seat at the table. As the founder of an independent high school herself, Romayne knows all too well the labor of love that it takes to stoke the flame of an educational institution. She sat on the Board of Vistamar School for 12 years as founding Board Chair, and currently sits on the Board of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Political Science.
21 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
Leveraging Emotional Intelligence in the Boardroom – Insights for Heads and Trustees
In this episode, Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University, discusses how his research on emotional intelligence can inform strategic planning, the head of school/board chair relationship, and board culture. Marc has published over 125 articles and is the recipient of numerous awards. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social emotional learning that has been adopted by over 1000 public, charter, and private schools across the United States and other countries. Marc is also a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). His latest book, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive, was published on September 3.
19 minutes | Sep 29, 2019
Limitless Mind – A Conversation with Dr. Jo Boaler
In an episode that will further educate heads and trustees about the latest developments in teaching and learning, Dr. Jo Boaler discusses her research into unlocking learning potential at any age. Dr. Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the co-founder of youcubed, a site to give teachers, parents and students the resources they need to excite students about mathematics. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME). She wrote the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning and is the author of eleven books and numerous research articles. Dr. Boaler was recently named by the BBC as one of the eight educators changing the face of education. Her latest book, Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead and Live Without Barriers, was released on September 3.
22 minutes | Aug 26, 2019
Mastering Crisis Management: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve
In this episode, Jim Hulbert, a partner and lawyer at the Jane Group https://www.thejanegroup.biz/, shares his expertise on crisis management, including the major issues facing independent schools today and how heads and boards can approach crisis communication effectively. When a school is in crisis, Jim works closely with the board, often on-site, to develop communications strategies and protocols. He also trains school leadership in crisis management including sexual misconduct issues and other highly sensitive matters. Jim is a frequent presenter at NAIS, TABS, NAIS TABS legal symposiums, and numerous regional conferences. In addition, he is a lead presenter on child protection for the Council of International Schools, a consortium of over 600 international schools throughout the world. Jim graduated from Culver Academies (IN). He was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in American Studies. In 1982, he earned his law degree at Boston College, cum laude.
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