October 18-21, 2018 | InterContinental Hotel
President, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
DONNA OREM was named President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in November 2016. NAIS provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,500 nonprofit, private K-12 schools in the U.S.
She served as the Chief Operating Officer for NAIS for 11 years before becoming president. In that capacity, she directed the organization’s strategic planning and provided vision and leadership for the organization in the identification and development of new initiatives, products, and services.
Ms Orem joined NAIS in 1998 as the Vice President for Educational Leadership, later becoming the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research.
Prior to joining NAIS, she served as the Vice President for Products and Services Development at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In her 15 years at CASE, she also served as Vice President for Independent Schools, managing all services for the independent school advancement community. She also served as Associate Director for The American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Ms Orem speaks frequently about leadership, governance, trends in independent education, and workforce development. She is the author of numerous books and articles. She is the co-author of the NAIS Trustee Handbook, 10th edition, published in September 2015, and has chaired numerous boards.
The Third Education Revolution
The Third Education Revolution is upon us ushering in a world of continuous learning. This revolution is fueled by two major forces—a new “smart machine” age and an emerging workplace that is not bound by geography nor driven by traditional “careers.”
We’ll explore how these two forces will impact the education landscape — both K-12 and higher ed — and change the nature of how we conceive of education, prepare our students, and recruit and retain an educational workforce.
The Great Shift: Understanding and Preparing for the Tipping Points Ahead
The next decade will bring many shifts in society--there will likely be more change than we have seen in the last 100 years. External forces will put unprecedented pressure on long-standing institutions and systems, causing them to transform or perish. We’ll move from an “owning” economy to a “sharing economy”, in which accessing what is needed, when it is needed, will become the new value proposition for all types of consumers, including parents choosing an educational path for their children.
Boundaries will blur as traditional core institutions, designed for one purpose, see the possibilities in crossing into other arenas of service. An increasingly global economy, fueled by technology, will uproot where people live and how they work. Students will face new pressures without the skills to cope with them, potentially increasing anxiety and depression. And, business models will evolve rapidly and continue iterating as exponentially advancing technologies create new opportunities and challenge the status quo.
We are at the beginning of not just an evolution, but a revolution.
We’ll examine these trends in detail, discuss the potential impacts on education, and suggest strategies that school leaders should employ now to ensure their schools thrive into the future and equip students for the changes ahead.
Participants will have an opportunity to create a roadmap for their own schools to navigate the polarity of stability and change.
Target Audience: School Leaders and Trustees.
Continuum Level: 1
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A New Lens on the Work of Governance and Leadership
The pace of change today often leaves school leaders and trustees feeling like they are in a constant state of playing catch-up, sometimes resulting in the school facing unintended consequences or missed opportunities. In the worst-case scenario, this inability to effectively lead and govern through change can totally destabilize a school community and erode trust. When leadership and governance work together, like an orchestra playing an exquisite symphony, they can avoid these pitfalls.
Drawing from NAIS’s recently launched Lab Schools initiative, we will explore a process that school leaders and trustees can employ to understand market forces, develop workable strategies for success in their particular context, and create alignment around structures, processes, and programs.
We’ll explore case studies of schools in upheaval and examine their paths to a more sustainable future. Along the way, we’ll discuss the importance of adopting an opportunity rather than a scarcity mindset, learn the value of employing the principles of a “lean start-up”, understand why distributed leadership is essential, and explore the kind of data and research that schools must collect in order to understand and stay in front of change.
We’ll also outline the kind of leadership strengths that will be most in demand in this changing economy.
Target Audience: School Leaders and Trustees
Continuum Level: 2
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