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The Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar

Middle States Association Preconference

HENRY CRAM is President of the Middle States Association - Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).

Full Bio

HENRY (Hank) CRAM has been involved in education for over 40 years and with Middle States for more than 20 years as a volunteer and now President. Prior to his appointment as President of MSA-CESS (Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools), Dr Cram held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in New York and New Jersey.

In addition, he has been a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and an instructor in the New Jersey Provisional Teacher Program at Rowan University.

Dr Cram holds degrees from William Paterson University, Montclair State University, Fordham University and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Rutgers University.

He has served as a consultant to school districts on a variety of topics and is the author of numerous works, including two books on change in public education and brain-based instructional practices.

KELLY CHRISTIAN is Director of Operations for the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).

Full Bio

KELLY CHRISTIAN is the Director of Operations for the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). Ms. Christian works with the MSA President to manage domestic and international operations and oversees MSA's international volunteer program that connects schools with teams of highly skilled volunteers.

Prior to joining the MSA staff nine years ago, Ms Christian was engaged in development work in East Africa. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership and of the George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs.

Middle States Self-Study Workshop, October 19, 8:30-4:30

Preconference Description

Organizing for Self-Study, 8:30am-12:30pm

The morning session of the self-study training is designed to help you prepare for and begin self-study using your chosen protocol. This workshop will outline all phases of the self-study and team visit process, but focus primarily on organizing for a successful experience.

We will provide guidance on structuring your Planning Team, reviewing your school’s foundation documents, evaluating the school's current realities as defined by student and organizational performance, and assessing the school against the MSA Standards.

This workshop is recommended for internal coordinators and school leadership. All schools beginning self-study are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop.

Developing the Plan — Objectives and Action Plans, 1:30-4:30pm

This afternoon session is geared toward those who are currently engaged in self-study and are beginning to identify priorities for objectives as a part of the development of their Plan for Growth and Improvement. If you are just beginning self-study, you may still be interested in attending this afternoon session to see what to expect as you move through the process.

An overview of objectives and action plans will be followed by small group work on analyzing student and organizational performance data, formulation of objectives, identifying assessments, and/or building action plans based on the participants’ current needs.

Attendees will benefit from bringing their school’s self-study data, draft objectives or any priority areas for objectives under consideration by the Planning Team.

Cost/How to Sign Up

  • Preconference fee: There is no charge for registered participants.
  • How to Sign-Up: Participants must register for the Fall Leadership Conference in order to attend the preconference workshop (register for FLC). Please sign-up for the MSA preconference via the MSA website.

Please contact Audra Chin with any questions.

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