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Maintaining Momentum: Leading for Strategic Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (Part 1 of 2)
October 3, 2021 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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

Location:Zoom Meeting
N/A (Online), CA
Standard Registration Rate:$550
Standard Registration Deadline:Monday, September 20, 2021
Late Registration Rate:$600


IMPORTANT
Space is limited. Registration will close when the event is full, which may occur before the registration deadline.

DESCRIPTION
Heads of School, Trustees, and Diversity Practitioners play crucial roles in building, strengthening and sustaining diverse, equitable, inclusive school communities. This demands work beyond a theoretical understanding of racial equity and calls for systemic anti-racism in practice, continuous knowledge and skill building, as well as the careful assessment of equity within policies and procedures. Living our missions for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism must be structured and deliberate work, and yet few school leaders have had formal training for DEI leadership.

In these two highly interactive workshops, school heads, trustees, and diversity practitioners will practice seeding and leading ongoing DEI learning through their leadership roles, and they will explore ideas for structuring systemic change through an anti-racist lens.

Part I: October 3, 9-11am PT
In this session, participants will focus on understanding the rationale for strategic DEI and anti-racism, identifying core equity competencies and places for further growth, communicating through a common language, and building muscle for honest conversation.

Part II: October 17, 9-11am PT
In this session, participants will focus on a deeper dive into vocabulary, creation of DEI talking points for articulating mission alignment, and strategic goal and action step planning.

Cost: $550 per school team (3 participants per school); fee covers October 3 and 17 registration. Submit your registration for both dates on the October 3 event page and indicate "payment by check" so that CAIS may invoice the school.

IMPORTANT
This workshop is not being recorded.

FEATURED PRESENTERS
Martha Haakmat is an experienced educator who has spent her 35-year career teaching and leading in New York City independent schools. She brings a depth of understanding and perspective to her work, having held various faculty and leadership positions in a wide variety of school communities. Coming from her most recent service as a head of school, Martha worked specifically on enrollment, marketing and finance in a changing admissions landscape, and she developed strategic planning expertise, which included diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goal setting and ongoing systemic work. She is now the Executive Director of Haakmat Consulting LLC, providing leadership coaching and support for DEI strategic planning for schools and other organizations.

Martha is a former lower, middle and upper school educator, Diversity Director and Middle School Head. She was a faculty member for the NAIS Institute for New Heads, has served as an independent school trustee, and has been a member of various committees for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) and New York City Guild of Independent School Heads. She was also the founder and director of Educators for Growth and Empowerment (EDGE), a diversity consulting team with regional and national recognition.

Martha currently serves on the Board of Trustees for NYSAIS, the Brearley School and Early Steps. She is also a lead presenter for the NAIS Institute for New Heads and is a credentialed Montessori administrator.

Vince Watchorn is an independent school leader with more than 25 years working directly with boards of trustees. He is lead faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads, a faculty member of the NAIS Institute for New Heads, and editor of the 2018 NAIS Head Search Handbook.

He was head of the Providence Country Day School (RI) for eight years and has been visiting educator at the Ghana International School and consultant to the NAIS Future of Independent Schools Team. He is a graduate and former Trustee of The Tatnall School (DE) and serves as Trustee of Community Preparatory School (RI), Educational Records Bureau, and Penland School of Craft (NC).

Vince has been engaged in strategic diversity work since the late 1980s, serving as a voice for inclusion through his work on strategic planning committees and his various teaching and administrative functions. He has coordinated school-wide diversity symposiums, refined hiring practices, expanded curricular offerings and enrollment access, and broadened school-wide conversations around equity and inclusion. Above all, he is committed to fostering the potential of schools, their leaders, and all students.

This workshop is open to teams of three participants per school: a Head of School, a Trustee, and a Diversity Practitioner. Schools that wish to register an additional participant must contact the CAIS office, in order to be placed on a waiting list. Additional participants may register if space is available after the registration deadline.

Registered participants for this interactive workshop will have access to speaker presentations. Sessions include breakouts and live chat to enhance participant engagement. This workshop is not being recorded. However, all workshop resources will be available to registered participants after the workshop.

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 September 20, 2021, are eligible for a refund minus a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after September 20, 2021, are ineligible for refund.



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