2021 FCIS Convention


Facing Forward: Leveraging Courage and Curiosity
November 4-5

To all FCIS schools:

As your 2021 FCIS Convention Chairs, we hope you have marked your calendar to join us for the FCIS Annual Convention, November 3-5, 2021. This year’s convention will have a different look as it will have both an in-person and a virtual component.  After a challenging school year, we know you all will agree that coming together as a community of Florida educators, both in-person and virtually, will generate great value to our institutions and provide beneficial professional development for individuals. 

This year’s Convention theme focuses on Facing Forward: Leveraging Courage and Curiosity. We believe that looking ahead is critical to our schools’ success, and that the best way to approach the future is with courage, curiosity and compassion. The ability to express the value of our schools and to imagine what the next version of independent school will resemble is critical to our individual and collective success as school leaders and educators. Administrators and teachers from the Tampa Bay area independent schools, along with Dr. Barbara Hodges and Alison Carlson, have been working hard to meet the goals of the conference-goers while providing a safe and welcoming opportunity to come together. 

Our Convention Steering Committee has compiled a full program that will offer an engaging, informative, and meaningful professional development experience for individuals in any role at your school. We encourage everyone to explore topics with an open mind – perhaps even sign-up for a session outside of your comfort zone! You also won’t want to miss the keynote speakers on Thursday, Irshad Manji and Friday, Reb Rebele. 

Both the Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday, November 3 and the Administrator Day, Thursday, November 4, which are for heads of schools, senior administrators, and board members will be held in-person, with safety protocols in place at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Orlando International Airport.  

Faculty Day is Friday, November 5 and will take place virtually. This will allow faculty from all of our FCIS schools to come together safely and learn from one another. 

And there is more! We have exciting news to share with you! Renown independent school gurus Michael Thompson and Rob Evans will be leading a Pre-Conference Workshop on Wednesday, November 3. Long-time authors and speakers, this dynamic duo have a new book out entitled: Hopes and Fears: Working with Today’s Independent School Parents. Don’t miss this important workshop, which will be conducted in two sessions. 

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, we will convey the most updated information in our Annual Convention mobile app.

We are both looking forward to being together with you for an inspiring three days this November at the 2021 FCIS Convention.


Dr. Jan Pullen, Head of School, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School, Shorecrest Preparatory School
2021 FCIS Convention Co-Chairs 

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport