2018 FCIS Convention

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
November 15-16

Dear FCIS Member Schools and Colleagues,

As your 2018 FCIS Convention Chairs, we are so looking forward to personally welcoming you to Jacksonville for the FCIS Annual Convention on November 15-16, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. As the pace of the school year and professional demands increase, the tremendous value of taking time for professional development and collaboration with our peers cannot be underestimated. Spending these few days with Florida’s leading independent school representatives provides value to all our institutions.

This year’s Convention theme challenges us all to focus on Reimagining Education: Education for the Next Generation. This is a timely topic for our various institutions as we know that the landscape is changing at a pace that requires us to consistently reimagine, reinvent, and practice being as nimble and responsive as possible.

This year’s Convention Steering Committee has compiled a program that will offer a meaningful professional development experience for individuals in any role at your institution. We will be featuring Pre-Conference Workshops for heads of schools, administrators, advancement professionals and business officers on November 14th. Administrator Day is Thursday the 15th, and Faculty Day is Friday the 16th.

Pre-Conference ISM (Independent School Management) Workshop

Session I • From Best Practices to Results: Assessing Your Admission and Enrollment Management Operations

Session II • From Best Practices to Results: Assessing Your Marketing Communications Operations

Pre-Conference Business Officers' Workshop

The Composite Financial Index (CFI): Core Ratios for Financial Health
Presented by individuals from the National Business Officers Association (NBOA)

Nationally-Recognized Keynote Speakers

Click here for the bios and more information about each of the keynote speakers featured during the Convention.

  • Ted Dintersmith, Ph.D., one of America's leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship, and education
  • Joy Purdy, News Anchor, WJXT
  • Max Ventilla, Founder and CEO of AltSchool
  • Don Yaeger, nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, longtime Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated, and author of over 30 books, eleven of which have become New York Times Bestsellers

For more information on the broad range of sessions and speakers planned for the Convention, please explore the FCIS website, which will be updated over the next months. As we get closer to November, a mobile app for the Convention will also be available, where you will find the most updated information.

We are both looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 Convention and look forward to an inspiring and productive event ahead.


Kim Bednarek, Head of School, The Discovery School
James Milford, Head of School, Maclay School
2018 FCIS Convention Co-Chairs

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 East Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, Florida, USA, 32202