Administrators' Retreat 2018

Administrators' Retreat
Delray Beach Marriott, Delray Beach
July 29-31, 2018


School Safety and Security | Compliance of Admissions and School Processes | Current Legal Topics Relating to Employee and Student Concerns

Suzanne Bogdan
Regional Managing Partner,
Fisher & Phillips LLP

The Well-Balanced Student

Jon Kleiman
School Program Director–Northeast Region,
Challenge Success,
Stanford Graduate School of Education

Building Cultures of Innovation

Greg Bamford
Associate Head of School for Strategy and Innovation, Charles Wright Academy; Co-Founder, Leadership+Design

Schedule and Sessions

Sunday, July 29

12:00-1:15 | Coral Reef Ballroom
Welcome, Introductions and Lunch

1:30-4:30 | Coral Reef Ballroom
School Safety and Security
What are the recent laws, initiatives by various schools, and best practice recommendations?
Are Your Admissions and School Processes Compliant with ADA and Similar Laws? What are the Risks of asking about disabilities, medications, special needs, or accommodation plans in the admissions process? Where do schools make mistakes in managing disabilities and accommodations?
Current Legal Topics Relating to Both Employee and Student Concerns
Presenter: Suzanne Bogdan, Regional Managing Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

6:00-6:30 | SB-Salons BC
Reception (Cash bar available)

6:30 | SB-Salons BC

Monday, July 30

8:00-8:45 | Ocean Breeze

9:00-12:00 | Coral Reef Ballroom
The Well-Balanced Student
Today’s high-pressure, competitive culture can interfere with healthy child development. When we are too focused on test scores, performance, and grades, we may deny kids the time and energy they need to effectively tackle the demanding work of growing up. This fast-paced way of life places children under increasing pressure and stress, which can result in burnout, disengagement, unhealthy life patterns, and debilitating health problems. Further, over-scheduling infringes upon the most productive activity for kids: unstructured play. In this presentation, we'll explore what school and district leaders can do to help students thrive, inside and outside the classroom.
Presenter: Jon Kleiman, School Program Director–Northeast Region, Challenge Success, Stanford Graduate School of Education

12:00-12:30 | Coral Reef Ballroom
Have You Ever Thought About Becoming a Head? (Optional Session)
Presenter: Dr. Barbara Hodges, Executive Director, FCIS

12:30-1:30 | SB-Salons BC

1:30-3:30 | Coral Reef Ballroom
Preparing Your School for an Accreditation Visit (Optional Session)
During this session, you will learn about your school's responsibilities when hosting a team, the new FCIS Accreditation Portal and Self-Study, and how to prepare for a Compliance Visit. Time will be set aside for questions and answers. This session is highly recommended for schools with evaluations in 2018-19 and 2019-20, but all are welcome.
Presenter: Melissa Alton, Director of Accreditation, FCIS


Tuesday, July 31

8:00-8:45 | Ocean Breeze

9:00-12:00 | Coral Reef Ballroom
Building Cultures of Innovation
One of the obstacles administrators face when leading change isn’t a specific person or challenge, but something more amorphous: culture. Culture is built by all of us, and is embodied through our use of time and space, rewards, systems, language, and artifacts. But its complexity can often make it difficult to change. How can we increase openness to new initiatives? How can we increase feelings of belonging and support? In this interactive session, we’ll unpack the opportunity administrators have to strengthen the culture in their school. We’ll explore the many levers that shape culture, identify strategies to effect cultural change, and discover ways our own leadership presence can model the change we want to see.
Presenter: Greg Bamford, Outgoing Head of School, Watershed School; Incoming Associate Head of School for Strategy and Innovation, Charles Wright Academy; Co-Founder, Leadership+Design


Feedback from last year's participants: What did you find most valuable?
• I think having a larger representation of our school helped us to all get on the same page
about our goals and what summit we are trying to reach.
The high caliber of guest speakers made it very worthwhile.
• Getting ideas from other schools/administrators
Navigating legal pitfalls
Innovative mindset training and administrator fellowship

Delray Beach Marriott is located at: 10 North Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33483

Registration: $675 (Members) | $775 (Non-Members)
includes workshops and meals

Bringing a guest?
Your guest may attend the Sunday and Monday evening dinners for an additiona
l $240 (Members) | $280 (Non-Members).

Self-Parking: $7 | Valet Parking: $18

Hotel Room: $169 (plus applicable taxes)
Participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. Registration fee does not include the price of the guest room. To make a reservation online, click here: Delray Beach Marriott Reservations. By phone, call (877) 433-4729 and identify yourself as part of FCIS to get the group rate.
Once the room block is sold out, there may not be rooms available at this group rate.

Registration and Hotel Deadline: June 28, 2018
To receive the FCIS group rate at the resort, reservations must be made on or before this date.

Cancellation & Refunds: All hotel cancellations must be made directly through the hotel and in accordance with hotel policy. Workshop refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to There is a $50 processing fee through June 21, 2018, with no refunds after this date.

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