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September 20, 2019
Friday, September 20, 2019
8:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Registration & continental breakfast
8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Program begins at 9:00 AM
Deadline to register at regular rate:
Monday, September 9th.
Registration closes Monday, September 16th.
$40 per person for member schools. $160 for non members. Cost includes continental breakfast.
Registrations after 9/9/19 will be charged an additional $10 per person.
For folks traveling from a distance, we have reserved a block of rooms for the night prior (9/19/19) at The Inn at Villanova University for ADVIS program attendees. The room rate is $179 plus tax. The block of rooms will be held until
August 22, 2019
, after which time we cannot guarantee a room.
To reserve a room go to
and click on
. Then enter
9/19/19 - 9/20/19 into the date fields
, click on
s and enter code
Group Code Box
, and it will take you to the room block where you can make a reservation. If you need reservations outside those specific dates due to travel or extended stay you will need to call the main hotel desk at 610-519-8000 and speak to a reservations agent.
The Inn at Villanova University
601 County Line Road
Radnor, PA 19087
President ~ ADVIS
Governance Social Media
SAVE THESE DATES:
Annual Trustee Conference
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
4:00 – 8:30 PM
Stephanie Rogen, Principal and Founder, Greenwich Leadership Partners LLC
National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference
February 26 – 28, 2020
New Board Chair/Clerk Orientation
June 13, 2020 - The Shipley School
This program is generously supported by funding from
Edu-Tech Academic Solutions
Malvern Bank, National Association
Trusteeship 101/201 with Doug Lyons
For Heads of School, Board Chairs/Clerks, and all Trustees
Heads and Board Chairs/Clerks:
Pass this invitation along to new trustees, and all trustees, since all can benefit from a governance refresher. Heads of School and Board Chairs and Chairs of the Committee on Trustees/Governance Committee are strongly encouraged to attend with new trustees.
This program is intended to provide an overview of the basic concepts of independent school governance, including roles and boundaries, confidentiality, committee structure, and more. This half-day session has proven to be an invaluable opportunity for all trustees, especially new trustees, to understand their critical and appropriate role on an independent school board.
Creating a High Functioning Board -
Best Practices in Leadership Through Governance
, Doug Lyons
There are roughly 1,000 independent school boards in the U.S. They enjoy varying degrees of success and respect: some are reliably effective and have been revered for decades, others continually struggle to achieve their goals.
A distinguishing characteristic between the two is the degree to which a board commits to continuing self-improvement through board professional development. The most effective boards don’t assume that smart, well intentioned people making decisions intuitively will create the optimal environment for the volunteer governance leadership or the professional leaders in our schools.
Fortunately, there is a vast and growing body of knowledge, a “wisdom of the ages” on creating and sustaining role model boards. These are the boards that community leaders enjoy serving on, often for many terms over many years.
Welcome, Opening Remarks
First Things First
Why your time and talent is well spent in service to your school. What new research has discovered on the emotional component of learning and the lifelong impact of the total learning environment in schools.
A true story- case study
A world-renowned museum faced blistering public criticism as it deliberated a critical decision. After hearing the facts surrounding the case, board members will engage in a table to decide upon a course of action for the museum.
After sharing the decisions of some of the small groups, the full group will analyze the process by which a thoughtful, effective board achieves a consensus, and communicates to the public. The ending of the true story is uplifting.
Truth-telling by independent school boards
NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools, maintains a database of board self-evaluation documents. Thousands of NAIS schools’ board members have evaluated themselves and the boards on which they serve. The results are surprising and fascinating.
The relationship between the Board and the Head of School
Answers to the following questions will be explored:
What are the critical differences in the role of the board and the role of the professional leadership? Can there be “boundary spanning” by either or both parties?
What should the board expect from the Head of School? What should the Head of School expect from the board?
How does a board best support the professional leadership? How does the professional leadership best support the board?
Case studies / Common challenges facing independent school boards in 2019
Final questions and comments
About Our Presenter: Doug Lyons, Lyons Consulting, Former Executive Director, CAIS-CT
is a former ADVIS Trustee and recently retired as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, having served since July 2004. A graduate of Villanova University, Doug has Masters and Doctoral degrees from The University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in public education, serving for twenty years in the New Jersey public schools as a teacher, coach, school principal and Superintendent of schools. In 1992 he left the Superintendency in Mt. Lakes N.J. to accept the position of Headmaster of the Greenwich Country Day School, Connecticut’s largest independent school.
Doug’s publications on education and on parenting have appeared in local, state and national journals and in the popular media, including
The New England Independent School Guide
The New York Times
. He has served on many non-profit boards and committees, among them the boards of the St. Angela’s School in the South Bronx, NY, the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, PA, the United Way, YMCA, The Community Answers Service Organization in Greenwich CT, and the Stonington CT Planning and Zoning board, the final two years as Chair.
Doug is a frequent presenter at NAIS Annual Conferences and at regional conferences all over the U.S. He recently served as a featured speaker at the ECIS Leadership Conference in Brussels, Belgium. Doug believes that an independent school education confers lifelong advantages. He has four grandchildren in independent schools – and he is paying tuition again – happily!
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