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John Gulla and Grant Lichtman are launching "If Not Now?", a FREE monthly series of short, interactive virtual events with special guests whom they think will provoke real "over the horizon" thinking for independent school heads, trustees, and members of leadership teams.

The pressures and challenges faced by independent schools have been steadily increasing for over two decades: declining demographics, market competition, financial sustainability, and the need to make significant programmatic changes in response to a rapidly changing world.  And in 2020, there has never been a more urgent time when we need to push the boundaries of our thinking about schools and what they can become.

John Gulla and Grant Lichtman have visited and worked with over 650 schools in the last eight years.  They have a truly unique lens on how some schools are successfully overcoming the inertia that makes sustainable change so difficult in schools.  John and Grant are launching “If Not Now?”, a free, interactive, collaborative virtual event series, specifically targeted to independent school heads, members of school leadership teams, and trustees.  Each show will be an interactive 45-minute dive into a specific area that impacts the long-term independent school value proposition. Each show will feature a special guest who is pushing the leading edge of the education sector, and will provoke thinking in ways that most of us may not have considered.

Each show will include:

  • Brief comments from John and Grant on what the future may look like over the horizon
  • Three big “best shot” ideas from the special guest
  • Breakout collaboration with peers
  • Sharing of exemplar schools, programs, and links to additional resources

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For more details and registration, click here.

Building an Inclusive Advancement Operation
A complimentary webinar presented by CCS

Georgetown Day School (GDS) was founded 75 years ago as the first integrated school in Washington, DC and its longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is grounded in that history. GDS’s Advancement operation reflects that commitment and considers diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices. From choosing its words and photos intentionally to recruiting, engaging, and uplifting its volunteers and staff, to celebrating its diverse community at every turn, GDS is leading the way.

Join GDS Advancement leaders Lynn McNair and Lindsey Jacobson in a discussion about supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and weaving DEI into the fabric of your advancement operation and your institution.  

Date: Friday, January 15
Time: 11:00am
Registration: Free

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Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices

This is a free, self-paced online course taught by professor Justin Reich of MIT and professor Rich Milner of Vanderbilt University. 

As Black Lives Matter and the movement for racial justice has galvanized schools and society, equity work in education has become more visible and important than ever. This course offers guidance from experts alongside a deep look at real schools in the midst of doing this vital work. 

In this course, you will explore mindsets and practices that help all students, especially underserved students, to thrive and feel valued. By the end, you will gain a better understanding of yourself and your students, new resources and exercises to draw on in your local context, and a plan for your school community to advance the lifelong work of anti-racist, equitable teaching.

The course opens on January 15, 2021, and you can complete the course at your own pace anytime before August 26, 2021. 

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How to Be an Antiracist School with Ibram X. Kendi
A webinar hosted by the New York Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)

The award winning book "How to Be an Antiracist" has been on many school reading lists since its publication in the spring. Professor Ibram X. Kendi has given us an illuminating, analytical, practical call to action. He has provided historical and cultural contexts for the development and continued prevalence of racism in ourselves and in our institutions.

In this conversational session, Professor Kendi will respond to questions formulated by members of our community which will highlight the places in our schools where racism and power thrive. More importantly, he will help us to see how we can become antiracist schools.

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He also authored three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, co-edited with Keisha Blain, which will be out in February. In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Time: 4:00 - 5:00PM
Location: Zoom
Target audience: Educators, Administrators, Staff, Trustees, Students
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Virtual Winter Institute 2021

Join the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning for our virtual Winter Institute -- a day of learning, creativity, and collaboration. 

Rosetta Lee, an educator and advocate, Seattle Girls’ School, keynote speaker.

Explore next-level thinking with colleagues and workshop leaders on areas of impact at your school:
Trauma-Informed Teaching
Educator Self Care
Supporting LGBTQ Students
Infusing Empathy into the Curriculum
Teaching Students to Look Critically at Media Information
How to Host a Diversity Summit at Your School
Having Difficult Conversations
Teaching While White
The Links between SEL and LD
Digital Citizenship and Social-Emotional Learning
Teaching for Social Justice
Math, Science, and Girls

We are also providing a few “art breaks” throughout the day to allow you to process and tap into your creative self.

Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Online
Hosted by: Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg
Target Audience: Teachers and Administrators
Registration Cost: 
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Questions? Contact Jane Boarman at