2017 FCIS Convention


November 2-3, 2017

Welcome Letter

Dear FCIS Member Schools and Colleagues,

On behalf of the FCIS regional schools of Tampa Bay, we look forward to personally welcoming you to Orlando for the FCIS Annual Convention on November 2-3, 2017, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate! Like you, we are challenged by the constantly hectic pace of the school year and appreciate this opportunity to join with you, Florida’s top independent school leaders, to share best practices and learn new strategies for keeping our schools vibrant and innovative. This year’s theme: Forward Fast: Preparing Our Schools Today for a Rapidly Approaching Tomorrow, puts the focus on how to best prepare our students and our schools to excel in a complex and ever-changing future.

The steering committee has put together a program that promises to offer something for everyone! Pre-Conference Workshops for heads, administrators, advancement professionals and business officers will be offered on Wednesday, November 1.

  • Independent School Management (ISM) will present two sessions:
    Performance Characteristics of Advancement Professionals and Real-Time Assessment of Your Development Operations
  • James P. Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, will lead a Pre-Conference Workshop for business officers and other administrators: Strategic Financial Management of Independent Schools––Stewardship and Sustainability.

Our keynote speakers this year are two highly respected thought leaders on the topic of innovation and developing innovators as the future leaders who will have an impact on our global community. Our Thursday morning keynote speaker, Hal B. Gregersen, is the Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in leadership and innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Co-author of The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, (together with Clayton Christensen and Jeff Dyer), Gregersen is also founder of The 4-24 Project, an initiative to rekindle the provocative power of asking the right questions in adults so they can pass this crucial creativity skill onto the next generation.

Friday morning will open with a keynote by Dr. Mark David Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, Civitas Learning. Dr. Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, who works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, businesses, and government agencies across the country and around the world. He also serves as Executive Director of the Next-Gen Leadership Academy, a program dedicated to grounding rising educational leaders in the issues and innovations of the day and the leadership skills necessary to help institutions thrive in dynamic times.

Heads, Trustees, and administrators will have the opportunity to learn from Geoff Guidera during lunch on Thursday. Mr. Guidera is Senior Vice President of Administration with Strategic Property Partners (SPP), a real estate development joint venture between Cascade Investments and Jeff Vinik. He will discuss the value of his independent school experience, how it created opportunity and prepared him for his current role, and what the business community needs from education, given the pace of change. Friday’s lunch speaker will be Dr. Jimmie L. Davis, Jr., President of STEMflorida, Inc., a not-for-profit that aims to ensure Florida’s leadership and proficiency in STEM by connecting business, industry, economic development, philanthropy, workforce, and education around the issues that impact innovation and growth in Florida’s existing and emerging industries.

This year’s Annual Convention promises to be a valuable professional development forum that will provide forward-looking information and inspiration for school leadership and classroom educators alike. Check out the broad offering of sessions, the speakers’ backgrounds, and the opportunities to connect with fellow independent school colleagues on the FCIS website and mobile app. Then plan to join us in November as we Forward Fast to explore how to empower our schools and students to influence the future.

Your FCIS Convention 2017 Co-Chairs,

Mark Heller, Head, Academy at the Lakes
Ryan P. Kelly, Head, Carrollwood Day School
Joseph W. Seivold, Head, Berkeley Preparatory School


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Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Boulevard
Championsgate, Florida 33896

Speaker Presentations

PRE-CONFERENCES: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1


Strategic Financial Management of Independent Schools: Stewardship and Sustainability
Balancing Tradition and Change in Independent Schools
Strategic Financial Management
Presenter: James P. Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education


ADMINISTRATOR DAY: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2


Inspiring Culture Change: How Leaders Can Mobilize and Transform School Culture
Presenter: Ted S. Fish, Ed.D., Executive Director, Gardner Carney Leadership Institute

How Do People Learn? A Discussion for Administrators Who Evaluate Teachers
Presenter: Kelley Nicholson-Flynn, Riverdale Country School

Independent Schools: Audit and Accounting Update
Presenter: Tori Lehman, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Lessons Learned in Headship
Presenters: H. Palmer Bell, Retired Head, Riverside Presbyterian Day School; and Scott D. Laird, Head, St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School

Championing Your Wolf Pack
Presenters: Michael Salmon, Director of Middle/Upper School Admissions, The Out-of Door Academy; and Paula Tevnan, Associate Director of Admissions, Berkeley Preparatory School

How to Win Students and Influence Parents: Family Survey Report
Presenter: Heather Hoerle, Executive Director, The Enrollment Management Association

Supporting Students Using the Coalition Platform
Presenter: Annie Reznik, Executive Director, The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Visioning the Future of Instructional Space to Enhance Creativity and Learning
Presenters: Anna Baralt and Christine Scoby, Shorecrest Preparatory School

Supporting Our Students on the Path to Independence
Melissa Davis, Lower Division Director, Berkeley Preparatory School

Student Athletes, Colleges, and the NCAA/NAIA
Karla Lafferty, Director of College Guidance, and Sue Tortora, Dean of External Program Development, Montverde Academy

Preparing Students for their Transitions in and out of High School
Presenter: Nathan Washer, Assistant Head, The Pine School

Using Emotional Intelligence Assessments in the Hiring Process and Beyond
Presenters: Tyler Hodges, Associate Head of School, and Lisa Kemph, Chief Human Resources Officer, The Bolles School


FACULTY DAY: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3


Tomorrow-Ready Education: Preparing Students for the Challenges of Today and the Promise of Tomorrow
Presenter: Dr. Mark D. Milliron Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, Civitas Learning

Innovation: Dependent, Hippocratic and at times...Excellent!
Presenter: Dr. Jimmie L. Davis, Jr., President, STEMflorida, Inc.

How to Bring Holocaust Education to Your School: The Holocaust Literature and Film Trunk (presentation)
Holocaust Studies Matrix
2017 Winner of the DeWitt E. & Vera M. Hooker Fellowship Award
Presenter: Lauren Fantle, Maclay School

Integrating ROVs into the Science Curriculum
2016 Winner of the DeWitt E. & Vera M. Hooker Fellowship Award
Presenters: Anna Baralt and Kathryn Jeakle, Shorecrest Preparatory School

Game Creation Station
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2017 Winner of the DeWitt E. & Vera M. Hooker Fellowship Award
Presenters: Lauren Resnick and Stephanie Teitelbaum, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Executive Functioning Deficits - The Basics and What Should I Do?
Presenters: Kristy Ackerman, Melanie Reader, and Ceni Tavarez, Berkeley Preparatory School

Losing Track: Designing Curriculum for Better Outcomes in Mixed-Ability Classrooms
Presenters: Sam Brown, Gregg Lightfoot, and Kristina Martinez, Miami Country Day School

Shark Tank to the Classroom!
Presenter: Barry Parks, Tampa Preparatory School

Transforming Technology Curriculum: Staying Ahead of the Curve
Presenters: Jill Robert, Andrew Malcolm, and Pascal Robert, Miami Country Day School

Creating a Culture of Critique
Presenters: Brett Carrier and Evelyn McCulloch, Park Maitland School

Teaching Critical Thinking in the Age of Big Data
Presenters: Ryan McLaughlin, Berkeley Preparatory School

Experiential Learning and the Student-Centered Classroom
Presenters: Anastasia Georgoulis and Jeremy Hall, North Broward Preparatory School

Globally Minded: Building Global Programming to Fit Your School Community
Presenter: Laura Pereira, Tampa Preparatory School

Using GeoGebra to Enhance Mathematics Instruction
Presenters: Samantha Cruz, North Broward Preparatory School

Are You Mindful or Is Your Mind Full?
Presenters: Lauren Drzewiecki and Ella Yankelevich, Pine Crest School

Say Something, Please! A Radical Form of the Harkness Method
Presenter: Robin Eliot, All Saints Academy

Coding Computer Games for a Different Type of Project
Presenter: Joanne Barrett, The Out-of-Door Academy

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Keynote Speakers

THURSDAY MORNING KEYNOTE, NOVEMBER 2

HAL B. GREGERSEN, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in leadership and innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He co-authored "The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators" with Harvard professor Clayton Christensen and Brigham Young professor Jeff Dyer. The book evolved from the co-authors’ 2009 article of the same name that was runner-up for the prestigious McKinsey Award for best Harvard Business Review article. In the book the authors identify five abilities demonstrated by the best innovators and explain how you can master these skills as well. This book, written by the foremost authorities on innovation, finally reveals the code to becoming a successful innovator. Gregersen’s next book will deal with great leader’s and innovator’s most critical skill, Questioning.

To grasp how leaders find and ask the right questions – ones that disrupt how we view and interact with the world – Gregersen is now studying over 100 renowned innovative leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and P&G’s A.G. Lafley. This question-centric research project, conducted in collaboration with Clayton Christensen, is already surfacing insights into how leaders can build better questions to unlock game-changing solutions. Gregersen is also founder of the 4-24 Project, an initiative dedicated to rekindling the provocative power of asking the right questions in adults so they can pass this crucial creativity skill onto the next generation in order to improve organizations, communities and global society. Read more

To learn more about Hal Gregersen, go to: https://halgregersen.com/.


THURSDAY LUNCHEON KEYNOTE, NOVEMBER 2

GEOFF GUIDERA is Senior Vice President of Administration with Strategic Property Partners (SPP), a real estate development joint venture between Cascade Investments and Jeff Vinik. SPP owns or controls more than 50 acres in southern downtown on the Tampa waterfront. Geoff is responsible for SPP’s human resources, information technology, facilities, and administrative services.

Prior to SPP, Geoff was the founder and CEO of Amplified Incentives in Phoenix, Arizona, a management consulting company focused on human resource strategy and post-merger-and-acquisition integration.

Geoff and his partner, David Schintzius, are parents to 7-year-old twin daughters, Paige and Emma. Geoff and family relocated to his hometown of Tampa in 2016 after stints in Phoenix and Chicago. Geoff is a proud Tampa Prep graduate (’95) and credits much of his success to his time at the school. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Master in Business Administration from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


FRIDAY MORNING KEYNOTE, NOVEMBER 3

DR. MARK D. MILLIRON is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, who works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, a social-purpose corporation committed to using the best of data science and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong on education pathways. Mark also serves as Executive Director of the Next-Gen Leadership Academy, a program dedicated to grounding rising educational leaders in the issues and innovations of the day, and the leadership skills necessary to help institutions thrive in dynamic times.

In previous roles, Mark served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; founding Chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Global Online Academy, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), the parent organization of OER Commons. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), Western Governors University (WGU), and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
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To learn more about Dr. Mark Milliron, go to: https://www.civitaslearning.com/about/.


FRIDAY LUNCHEON KEYNOTE, NOVEMBER 3

DR. JIMMIE L. DAVIS, JR. D.Eng. serves as President of STEMflorida, Inc. STEMflorida, Inc. was established to ensure Florida’s leadership and proficiency in STEM by connecting business, industry, economic development, philanthropy, workforce, and education around the issues that impact and support innovation and growth in Florida’s existing and emerging industries, employers, and entrepreneurs. Dr. Davis is an engineer who works professionally with the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation devoted to science and engineering research in the public interest. In 2006, he was appointed to the Space Florida Board of Directors by Governor Bush. In 2007, Dr. Davis joined the Florida Center for Research in STEM Female and Minority Initiative Work Group, the FCR-STEM Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of the Godby High School IT Magnet Program. He was also named the 2007 Black Engineer of the Year for Community Service in Industry.

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