Conference Presentations

Leading and Inspiring a Campus Master Plan presented by Denise Gutches and Dwight Long
Innovative master planning involves both strategic and practical applications, while it engages the right stakeholders, ensures that facilities will further the mission of the school, and attends to sustainability issues. This session focused on the essential considerations in leading an inspiring master-planning process, along with the more pragmatic—yet critical—matters involving construction oversight. The presentation offered innovative approaches and guidelines to effectively lead and manage a master-planning process, including practical measures that address such issues as oversight, decision-making, cost control, and the role of outside professionals. Special attention was paid to current trends with respect to architectural design, the construction industry, escalation factors, and ever-rising construction costs.

Trends: Ten (More) for School Leader to Ponder presented by Patrick F. Bassett, NAIS President

The Psychology of Technology presented by Patrick Lynch, Director of Technology, Marymount High School
Launching a one-to-one laptop program can be as complicated as it is rewarding. This session focused on the experiences of Apple Distinguished School Marymount High School and what to consider to make your own program successful. Building a strong technology program takes more than know-how; it takes “know-who.” Understanding your teachers’, students’, and administrators’ skill levels and bandwidth to enact change are vital aspects of creating a vibrant technology program. This workshop was designed to share some of the strategies at work behind the technology that makes the school’s one-to-one laptop program a living, breathing, vibrant environment, which has been visited by 65 schools from around the world.

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New Views: Indexed Tuition and Financial Aid presented by Mayer Riff, Assistant Head for Finance & Operations, and Ann Borden, Director of Communications and Indexed Tuition, Marin Country Day School
The objective of this presentation was to present not simply an alternate strategy but an alternative approach for financial aid—often referred to as “indexed tuition.” With the challenges of today’s economy and a decline in the number of school-aged children, many schools are reviewing their financial aid policies. This session examined indexed tuition as a financial aid model that helped to attract and maintain economic diversity within the student body. It assisted schools in reassessing the purpose of financial aid/indexed tuition in their own environments.