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The Board as the Emotional Anchor of the School
April 25, 2021 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This event is open to participants from CAIS member schools only.

Location:Zoom Meeting
Anywhere, CA
Standard Registration Rate:$30
Standard Registration Deadline:Sunday, April 18, 2021
Late Registration Rate:$40

When? Sunday, April 25, 9:00am-11:00am PT

This event is restricted to CAIS Heads of School, Heads Elect, and Trustees. Registrations received that do not qualify will be cancelled. Thank you.

The unrelenting burdens of COVID-19 continue to keep schools under great pressure. This has required financial ingenuity from many Boards. But there is another key role for a Board to play: providing emotional support to the head of school. Heads, who must orchestrate support for everyone else—faculty, staff, students, and parents—need more than ever to be able to turn to their trustees for emotional support. Boards may not think of themselves as needing to be the emotional anchor for the school's leadership and community; however, that is what the pandemic requires. Join us for a two-hour Zoom session led by Rob Evans and Michael Thompson. Rob and Michael, both psychologists and school consultants, will outline ways to manage these stresses. Separately and together, they have consulted to hundreds of independent schools, including many CAIS schools, and helped many schools cope with a wide range of crises.

Rob Evans, Ed.D., Consultant and Psychologist
Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Consultant and Psychologist

Robert (Rob) Evans, Ed.D., is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, MA. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and a former child and family therapist, he has worked with schools and families for over 30 years. Dr. Evans has consulted to over 1,200 schools across the country, working with teachers, administrators, boards, and parents. He also works with human service agencies and corporations.

Michael Thompson, Ph.D.is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 700 independent schools across the United States, as well as in schools in Central America, Europe, and Asia. He was the facilitator for the NAIS Institute for New Heads from 1991 to 2000, and has served as the facilitator for the Academy of International School Heads for several years.

Zoom link will be sent to registered participants within 72 hours of the event start date.

Questions? Contact Cathy Shelburne at [email protected] about this program. Please direct registration-related questions to Lorena Macias at [email protected]

Cancellation Policy
Substitutions may be made prior to the workshop. Written cancellations received by April 18, 2021 are eligible for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. Cancellations received after April 18 are ineligible for refund.

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