COVID-19 Webinar Series

Partnering to Navigate These Times

AISNE is proud to present our membership and invited community members with webinars to help support independent school communities during this time.

Here is a summary of our webinar offerings (upcoming and recent), providing content and recordings where available.


Upcoming Webinars


Monday, June 8, 2020

An Introduction to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Return-to-School Working Group
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

A discussion for heads of school, chief financial officers and senior administrative team members

Featuring:

  • Elizabeth Dello Russo Becker, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (MAAPS)
  • Tara Gohlmann, Chief Operating / Chief Financial Officer, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Join Executive Director of MAAPS, Elizabeth Dello Russo Becker, COO and CFO of BB&N, Tara Gohlmann, and AISNE's Executive Director, Claire Leheny, for an introduction to DESE's Return-to-School Working Group and an update on their progress. Read about the group, here.

We will include time for discussion and Q&A. Advance questions are invited as part of your registration.

Register Here


Create Boundaries for Yourself While Supporting Parents
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for educators and administrators

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featuring:

This spring has been full of unexpected twists and turns for all of us. It has impacted students, families and all members of your school's community. The summer will present its own unique challenges, as parents continue to balance work and childcare during a pandemic.

Join for strategies to:

  • Keep parents engaged with each other and your school
  • Advise parents about tools and resources for successfully "parenting in place"
  • Support yourself and your community reaching September renewed and restored

Register Here


Monday, June 15, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Legal Updates
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, financial, operations and human resource leaders

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featuring:

Following 30 minutes of updates from Sara and Matt, this webinar will feature a 30-minute question and answer session, covering questions submitted during registration and those submitted live.

Topics in this space are evolving daily. While additional topics may be added, Sara and Matt plan to address:

  • Reopening Considerations: spring, summer and fall
  • Waivers for Students and Employees Returning to Campus
  • Enrollment and Employment Agreement Contingencies: summer and fall

Register Here


Recent Webinars

A Review of Recommendations Developed by
the Massachusetts Higher Education Working Group
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A discussion for heads of school, chief financial officers and senior administrative team members

Join Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser and AISNE's Executive Director, Claire Leheny, for a review of the recommendations for reopening colleges and universities, developed by the Massachusetts Higher Education Working Group. These recommendations are being reviewed by Governor Charlie Baker's Reopening Advisory Board to determine what official guidance will be issued. Read more about the Massachusetts Higher Education Working Group, here


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Physical Spaces: A Road Map for Adapting and Mitigating Risk
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, senior administrative team members and division leaders

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featuring:

As you consider reopening school, anticipations of guidelines and standards frame your planning processes and decision making.

Join this webinar to learn about:

  • Expected health promotion and risk mitigation standards
  • Approaching physical space constraints and nuances of classrooms, hallways, recess areas and buses
  • School-wide considerations plus classroom, educator and student needs
  • Examples of best practices which may turn into new policies
  • Sample timelines and key considerations, including the possibilities of fall/winter closures
  • A Return to School Roadmap

This hour will feature a presentation including a case study example from The Wheeler School in Rhode Island, as well as the opportunity for discussion and Q&A.

Webinar recording 


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Re-Set Your School to Recover From This Global Pandemic
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, senior administrative team members and division leaders

Hosted by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Facilitated by Re-Set Schools:

The COVID 19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the landscape of PreK-12 schooling, possibly forever. Now is the time to re-set your practices so they fully align with your school's mission and values.

This webinar covered:

  • Data about administrator, teacher, staff and student experiences during emergency on-line school
  • Frameworks for organizing community reflections about emergency on-line school and learning from them, with specific focus on:
    • Leadership
    • Wellness and Connection
    • Equity and Inclusion
    • Teaching and Learning
  • Processes for moving forward

This hour will feature presentations and opportunities for Q&A and discussion.

Recording coming soon!

Resource list | Presentation slides

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cultivate Emotional Resilience in Yourself and Others
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for educators and administrators

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Elena Aguilar, Founder and President of Bright Morning, author of Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018)

Summer break commonly includes an opportunity for educators to rest, reflect, and recharge. This summer, the need is greater than ever.

The more we know ourselves and understand our thoughts and emotions, the better we are at coaching and collaborating with others. Whenever you’re uncertain, uncomfortable, in doubt, troubled, confused, or encountering resistance — start with yourself. Self-knowledge is power.

Join Elena, Becky and your peers to reflect on this spring, celebrate your accomplishments, and be supported in making this summer your most purposeful yet.

Webinar recording

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Legal Updates
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, financial, operations and human resource leaders

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featuring:

Following 30 minutes of updates from Sara and Matt, this webinar will feature a 30-minute question and answer session, covering questions submitted during registration and those submitted live.

Topics in this space are evolving daily. While additional topics may be added, Sara and Matt plan to address:

  • Federal Loan Forgiveness: what we know so far
  • Title IX Implementation Guidance
  • Reopening Considerations: spring, summer and fall
  • Waivers for Students and Employees Returning to Campus
  • Enrollment and Employment Agreement Contingencies: summer and fall

For the firm's Coronavirus 2019 checklist and a copy of the webinar slides, email Kathie Duffy at Schwartz Hannum PC


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Creating Connection and Reading the Room: Social-Emotional Learning During COVID-19
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for administrators and educators interested in focusing on the social-emotional learning opportunities and challenges presented by the pandemic, now and into the fall.

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Laura Tierney, Founder and CEO, The Social Institute

Faculty are fatigued from the transition to remote learning. Students are tired and stressed from sitting in front of screens for most of their school day. Parents are seeking guidance on how to support their children’s social-emotional health through this pandemic. 

  • Addressed the complex issues educators and families are facing right now, concerned about social-emotional wellbeing while students are spending more time than ever with social media and screens 
  • Shared best practices for supporting students socially, emotionally and physically through these times

Webinar Recording


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

How-To: Zoom Breakout Rooms
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for all members of your community seeking to learn more about using this resource.

Presented by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Virtual meetings and classrooms are our new norm! I am excited to share what our team has learned about Zoom Breakout Rooms and hear your tips and tricks as well.

This webinar covered:

  • The applications and benefits of virtual breakout rooms
  • The types of Zoom Breakout Rooms available
  • How to set up Zoom Breakout Rooms
  • Best practices and solutions for common challenges
  • Any other areas you'd like to cover

Webinar Recording


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Business and Accounting Considerations
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar heads of school, CFOs and administrative team members

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featuring:

Join us for a conversation about timely business and accounting considerations for independent schools.

This webinar covered:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted independent schools
  • The latest developments and interpretations of various elements of The CARES Act
  • Accounting and auditing matters related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and COVID-19-related programs in general
  • Insights into tax credits and additional relief opportunities

There will be the opportunity to ask questions and discuss needs with Craig, Patrick and your peers.

Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides | Webinar Questions

 


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Planning Forward: Early Childhood and Early Elementary School Virtual Teaching Experiences
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for educators and administrators

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

A discussion among early childhood and early elementary educators working tirelessly to shift your work online. Reflect on the past two months, think ahead to summer and fall, and have a collaborative discussion to highlight strategies and best practices for what might be a year of hybrid and continued online learning.

This webinar discussed:

  • Challenges of remote teaching and learning with our youngest learners
  • Approaches that have worked well
  • Resources you have found helpful
Webinar Recording

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Planning and Marketing for Successful Virtual Events
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

A webinar for admissions, enrollment management and marketing leaders, and summer and camp program directors

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

  • Dan Price, Storytelling Director, Interactive Schools
  • David Long, Vice President, Interactive Schools

Are you unsure how to transition from on-campus to virtual events? Rest assured: Your virtual events may not be "in-person" but they can still be every bit as personal and successful. You just need a plan to maximize attendance, engagement, and results.

This webinar provided pro tips for:

  • Planning a successful virtual event
  • Getting a range of options and solutions to fit every budget
  • Promoting of your virtual event through an effective content strategy and communications strategy
  • Running the big day with the right resources, tools, and expectations
  • Nurturing your prospects post-event
  • Measuring success

Webinar Recording 


Planning Forward: Middle and Upper School Online Learning Experiences
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for educators and administrators

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Jason Cummings, Director of Student Programs at Global Online Academy

Reflect on the past two months, think ahead to summer and fall, strategize ideas with your middle and high school educator peers.

This webinar discussed:

  • Challenges of remote teaching and learning
  • Approaches that have worked well
  • Resources you have found helpful

Webinar Recording 


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Refining Your Philanthropy Plan for the Month of June
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, financial and advancement/development leaders, board chairs and trustees

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

Fundraising professionals may be feeling the tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is certain: fundraising must not pause. And with June 30 looming as a deadline for many and a benchmark for some, we encourage you to look at the next 60 days with focus and enthusiasm and not dread.

Using a framework of messaging, meaning, and medium, Stuart and Elizabeth will lead you through the ways you can pivot your efforts to ensure successful outcomes for your organization and the community you serve.

Webinar Recording


Monday, May 11, 2020

Market Volatility: Quarterly Economic Update
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

A webinar heads of school, CFOs and administrative team members

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

  • Adam Polacek, Managing Director, Institutional Investment Strategy, TIAA
  • Brian Nick, Chief Economist, Nuveen

Join us for insights about the U.S. and world economies and what you can expect in the weeks and months ahead.

This webinar explored:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on financial markets
  • Fiscal / monetary responses
  • Potential economic paths forward

There will be the opportunity to ask questions and discuss market outlooks with Adam, Brian and your peers.

Webinar Recording 

Mindful Educator, Resilient Student: Strategies for Difficult Times
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for educators and administrators

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Dr. Christopher Willard, Faculty at Harvard Medical School, Author, Psychologist, Speaker, Consultant

In these uncertain times, you are faced with new challenges as an educator and/or administrator. How do you gracefully navigate through this trying period with your students and families, and maybe even all grow along the way?

This webinar covered:

  • A holistic mind-body approach to wellness, resilience and leadership
  • Concrete strategies for self-care and balance for educators and students in times of stress and change
  • Research based approaches to self-regulation and stress management to foster growth and connection

Webinar Recording 


Friday, May 8, 2020

Effectively Care for Yourself and Your School Community While in Crisis Mode
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school and senior administrative team members

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Carla Pugliese, Educator, Coach, Facilitator

Taking a holistic approach to care of self and others is especially challenging during a crisis. Join this webinar to be supported in addressing the psychological, physical and emotional strains brought on by the pandemic. Discover ways for navigating the juxtaposition of always-on digital modalities with the isolation of the quarantine. Come away refreshed with tools for improving your personal satisfaction and well-being as a leader of your school.

This webinar included:

  • Ways routines can help establish balance and boundaries
  • Strategies for small and sustainable self-care measures
  • Thoughts about drawing boundaries within a fully digital school

Presentation Slides | One Pager | Routine Reset

On-Demand Self-Care: Stretching

  • Quick Stretch with Carla No. 1 - Hands: Here
  • Quick Stretch with Carla No. 2 - Neck & Shoulders: Here
  • Quick Stretch with Carla No. 3 - Hips & Lower Back: Here
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Hiring During this Time and Hiring Trends to Watch
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, financial, operations and human resource leaders, division heads, department heads and all in hiring roles

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featuring:

Your school needs to interview and hire virtually for the foreseeable future. Join us for insights into this new hiring landscape.

This webinar explored:

  • The key ways hiring has changed
  • The state of hiring for day schools and boarding schools
  • How schools are successfully engaging with candidates using virtual formats
  • How schools are ensuring they're making the right hires

Webinar recording  | Case study Questions


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Legal Updates
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, financial, operations and human resource leaders

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

Join us for an hour exploring the latest legal implications of COVID-19. The first half of this webinar will be devoted to a presentation of latest updates and the second half will feature discussion and Q&A.

This webinar covered:

  • Federal loans, Title IX implications and more
  • Opening campus to first responders, construction crews and others
  • Enrollment and employment agreement contingencies
  • Summer camp options
  • Exploring school reopening scenarios
For the firm's Coronavirus 2019 checklist and a copy of the webinar slides, email Kathie Duffy at Schwartz Hannum PC

 


Monday, April 27, 2020

Coping with a 'Chronic Crisis': Words, Strategies and Wisdom for Heads of School
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar exclusively for heads of school

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Maria Trozzi, Program Director, Joanna’s Place and Founder of the nationally-renowned Good Grief Program

With nearly thirty years of experience supporting hundreds of school communities through life-changing events, Maria will offer her experience and expertise as you lead your community and navigate in waters unknown to all of us.

Join us for a dynamic hour with Maria, featuring both resources and conversation for best supporting faculty, students, parents, yourself and your peers, today and going forward.

This webinar covered:

  • Explore caring for ourselves and our leadership teams
  • Practice new forms of leadership vocabulary
  • Consider ways for being hopeful and supportive during uncertainty
  • Discuss the grief people are experiencing, both about the past and the future
  • Look at best practices for mitigating isolation among community members
  • Discuss supporting colleagues and community members through the process of death and loss

Resources


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Compliance Considerations of Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, financial and human resource leaders who have applied for a PPP loan

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Julie Fay, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

If your school is pursuing a PPP loan, join this webinar for pointers about the key policies, timelines and compliance requirements to keep front and center.

This webinar explored:

  • How the PPP loan differs from other relief funds available under the CARES Act
  • What it means to be a recipient of PPP loan federal financial assistance
  • Policies, notice requirements and timelines for compliance
  • Actions needed to comply with Title IX and Title VI requirements, and other applicable civil rights laws
  • Impacts specific to single-sex or religious schools
  • Additional practical considerations 

Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Benefits and Limitations of Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for teachers, division leaders, curriculum directors and more, serving students of all ages

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Michael Nachbar, Executive Director, Global Online Academy

Schools have been thrust into an impromptu experiment: challenge educators, students, and families to engage in synchronous and/or asynchronous teaching and learning modalities during a time of crisis.

This webinar covered:

  • The features and benefits of various virtual learning formats
  • Tips and ideas for increasing comfort levels and positive experiences
  • Participant sharing and discussion

Webinar recording part I | Webinar recording part II 


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Redefine Fundraising for Your School
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, advancement / development and financial leaders, board chairs and trustees

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

  • Bob Weston, Senior Consultant, CCS Fundraising
  • Brian Nevins, Principal and Managing Director, CCS Fundraising

Join us for practical approaches to successfully fundraising during times of crisis and uncertainty.

This webinar covered:

  • Key lessons from past times of crisis
  • Unique implications of our current situation
  • Tactics for bolstering your annual fund
  • Event strategies: galas, auctions, giving days

Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Independent Schools on the Brink: A Confidential Webinar for Schools Struggling to Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, leadership teams and board members

Hosted by: Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)

Featured Panelists:

  • Ari Betof, President, Organizational Sustainability Consulting
  • John Gulla, President, The Edward E. Ford Foundation
  • Jim Hulbert, Partner, The Jane Group
  • Kristen Power, Senior Director, Membership and Business Development, The Enrollment Management Association
  • Debra Wilson, President, Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)

Numerous independent schools across the nation entered the COVID-19 global pandemic on thin ice, struggling with issues of viability.

True stewardship involves being honest and forthright about the universe of possible and impossible futures for your school, both as a nonprofit organization and as an educational community.

Join with fellow heads, leadership teams and board members of independent schools across the country to discuss the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Please note: anonymous participation and question asking will be supported during this webinar

Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides 


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Navigating COVID-19 Independent School Financial Stability Challenges
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EST

A webinar presented in partnership with the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England (ISANNE), for heads of school and financial leaders

Facilitated by:

Featured:

  • Ari Betof, Ed.D., President, Organizational Sustainability Consulting
  • Kelsey Vrooman, Founder and CEO, Actionable Institutional Research & Data

Ongoing expense obligations coupled with potential declines in net tuition revenue, philanthropy and auxiliary income demand independent schools think strategically and creatively, aligning resources and laying plans in unprecedented conditions.

This webinar considered:

  • The combination of financial factors impacting independent schools and those likely to arise in the weeks and months ahead
  • The impact to schools with varying degrees of fiscal stability
  • The importance of mission-driven, community-focused, data-informed decision making in response to these uncertain times

Resources:


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Teaching and Being Part of a School Community During a Time of Crisis
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for all members of our school communities

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

Come together with fellow teachers, administrators, staff members and more, along with Michael and Rob, to reflect on what it is to be an educator and a contributor to a school community during COVID-19.

This webinar explored:

  • Being a school community member during these uncertain and shifting times
  • Balancing home, school, and the new demands of supporting virtual working and virtual learning
  • Communicating with parents worried about supporting children's online learning

Webinar Recording


Leading During a Time of Crisis
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

A webinar for exclusively for heads of school

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

Come together with fellow heads of school, along with Michael and Rob, to reflect on what it is to be a leader during these times, and what it is to be a head of school.

This webinar explored:

  • The unique challenges of being a leader during these times
  • The expectations and demands of being a head of school

Webinar Recording


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Legal Updates
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, financial and human resource leaders

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Sara Goldsmith Schwartz, Founder and President, Schwartz Hannum PC

Be briefed on the most recent updates and potential impacts for your school. Get recommendations for action items to help protect your school and position it for stability through these times.

This webinar covered:

  • Federal Loans, Title IX Implications and More
  • Opening Campus to First Responders, Construction Crews and Others
  • School Mergers, Closings and More
  • Enrollment Agreement Contingencies for the Fall
  • Student Medical Leaves of Absence: Policies and Paperwork
  • Consent, Recording, Zoom and Other Technology Topics
  • Considerations for Summer Camps

For the firm's Coronavirus 2019 checklist and a copy of the webinar slides, email Kathie Duffy at Schwartz Hannum PC


Friday, April 10, 2020

CARES Act: What You Need to Know Now
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, financial and human resource leaders

Hosted by: AISNE and ISANNE

Facilitated by: Claire Leheny, Executive Director, AISNE

Featured:

The CARES Act is a wide-ranging piece of federal legislation, intended to support our economy. While there are potential advantages for independent schools to participate in some of the programs created by this legislation, many schools have pressing questions about what federal assistance might mean in both the short and long term.

This webinar addressed:

  • A framework for understanding the key components of the CARES Act
  • Expected timelines for rollout and potential developments of this new legislation
  • Latest guidance on implications for the receipt of financial funds
  • Unemployment and workforce reduction issues

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Make the Most of Zoom: Explore Key Features
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for everyone interested in leveraging Zoom for virtual meetings, webinars, classes, revisit days and more!

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Virtual meetings and classrooms are our new norm! Our team at AISNE has dug into Zoom as our platform of choice, and I am excited to share what we have learned and hear your tips and tricks as well.

This webinar covered:

  • Using Zoom Meeting for classes, faculty meetings, parent discussions, and more
  • Functionalities of assigning Co-Hosts
  • Benefits of the Chat feature
  • Participant management
  • Best practices for successfully recording a meeting
  • Using the Waiting Room
  • When and how to have participants Raise Hands
  • The value of Breakout Rooms

Presentation Slides | Resource Links | Webinar Recording


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Fundraising During COVID-19
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, advancement/development and financial leaders, board chairs and trustees

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Elizabeth Zeigler, President and CEO, Graham-Pelton

Though the global realities and implications of the COVID-19 virus are unprecedented, non-profits have weathered similar storms by taking decisive action. Elizabeth will share first-hand experience guiding non-profits through turbulent times and answer your most pressing questions.

This covered:

  • Expertise developed navigating similar turbulence, most notably the Great Recession of 2008 and September 11
  • The revealing industry-wide and Graham-Pelton data gathered about historical economic downturns
  • Experiences and successes conducting planning studies and launching campaigns in challenging environments
  • Immediate actions you can take to elevate your mission and priorities appropriately

Resources:


Monday, April 6, 2020

The Latest Legal COVID-19 Employment Updates
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

A webinar for heads of school, financial and human resource leaders

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Matthew Batastini, Managing Partner, Schwartz Hannum PC

Federal and state governments have enacted a number of COVID-19 response measures. Matthew Batastini, employment and education attorney with Schwartz Hannum PC, will review these measures and highlight areas of particular relevancy for independent schools.

This webinar covered:

  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Summary And FAQs
  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • Massachusetts Executive Orders
  • Modifications to the Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Program
  • Navigating a Partial or Complete Campus Shutdown
  • Telecommuting Best Practices
  • Considerations for Furloughs and Layoffs
  • Keeping Your Campus Safe for Employees
  • Implications of Federal and State Employment Laws: FMLA, FLSA, ADA, OSHA & WARN
  • Review of Current Frequently Asked Questions

For the firm's Coronavirus 2019 checklist and a copy of the webinar slides, email Kathie Duffy at Schwartz Hannum PC


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Find Balance: Manage Stress and Anxiety
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Lynn Lyons, International Speaker and Psychotherapist

Uncertainty -- and the desire to eliminate it -- is the mainstay of worry and anxiety. Anxiety wants to know everything, have a plan, eliminate risk and feel comfortable. COVID-19 and the shifting landscape are putting us to the test. 

Connect with Lynn Lyons to be reminded of the most effective ways you can care for yourself and others during these times.

This webinar covered:

  • Common anxiety pitfalls that show up in times of uncertainty
  • The difference between catastrophic language and problem solving
  • The balance of emotional reaction and emotional management
  • The value of boundaries and self care

Webinar Recording | Managing Stress Handout


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Peer Experience: Developing and Launching a Preschool - Grade 8 Virtual Education Plan
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Marie Leary, Head, The Sage School and Team

Hear how The Sage School created a virtual education plan aligned with their school mission and its four core pillars: passion, excellence, respect and collaboration.

This webinar covered the team's approach to:

  • Support families during a time of school closure
  • Create and nurture a sense of belonging: academic, social and emotional
  • Plan, communicate and sustain a completely new way of approaching learning and community

The Sage School team shared their journey as well as their reflections at this point in their work.

Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides


Monday, March 30, 2020

Improve Parent Satisfaction, Retain Families
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: Maria LaTour Kadison, President and CEO, EdwardsCo

Maria is a trusted partner to senior leadership and trustees in independent boarding and day schools and higher education institutions across the country. She's also a graduate of The Wheeler School in Providence, RI.

This webinar covered strategic guidance to:

  • Define what you'd like to learn about parent satisfaction across your school's community
  • Design your survey questions and approach
  • Prioritize action steps proven to yield the most meaningful results
  • Fully leverage what you learn

Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides | Parent Satisfaction Survey


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Virtual Learning: Middle and High School
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

Hear Sarah, Denise and Lisa's first-hand experience partnering with faculty members and administration to develop a virtual learning program and schedule that honors their school's mission, celebrates their teachers' educational values, and addresses the needs of their community.

This webinar covered:

  • How The Winsor School formed its COVID-19 Crisis Team
  • The big, centering questions the team addressed in shifting to virtual learning as part of their school's closure
  • The strategic training provided to faculty and staff
  • The asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities available to students within the school's model

Webinar Recording | Word Cloud Activity


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Virtual Learning: Early Childhood and Early Elementary
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

  • Gina Marcel, Primary Technology Integrator, The School at Columbia University
  • Kathryn Kaiser, Primary Division Director, The School at Columbia University

How can you best honor teachers' educational values, support families and maintain active learning for children? Dig into strategies that are platform and resource independent, requiring no specific delivery systems.

This webinar covered:

  • How to design, implement and deliver online learning environments for the youngest of children
  • Advice for preparing and delivering developmentally appropriate, authentic and engaging experiences
  • Asynchronous and synchronous delivery methods Gina and Kathryn have piloted

Webinar Recording | Distance Learning Plan Overview | Sample Communication


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Head of School and Board Partnership: Supporting a Shifting Landscape
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

For heads of school, in partnership with your school's board chair and trustees, by head's invitation

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: John Littleford, Founder, Littleford & Associates

As head of school, COVID-19 has demanded you refocus and reframe to reflect a new reality. How can you and your board best partner to navigate your school to the other side of this pandemic?

This webinar covered:

  • Best practices for how boards support heads of school, generally and in times like these
  • How to communicate your needs as head, to help support your school's success and your personal wellbeing
  • How to best manage constituent communications and expectations during COVID-19
  • The most common challenges and stressors for heads and board chairs in significantly challenging times like these
  • Simple signals trustees can send to the community to convey school stability and confidence

Presentation Slides | The Ten Sacred Cows of Financial Management


Monday, March 23, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Updates for Independent Schools
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

This webinar covered:

  • Sharing and obtaining information with your community, including confirmed cases COVID-19
  • Reviewing and updating key policies and foundational documents
  • Campus closures and related employment considerations, given new federal and state legislation
  • Remote learning specifics, including an analysis of legal issues relating to school counseling and online privacy
  • Responding to tuition refund requests
  • Planning for next steps and potentially reopening

For the firm's Coronavirus 2019 checklist and a copy of the webinar slides, email Kathie Duffy at Schwartz Hannum PC


Your Virtual Revisit Day: Succeeding in a New Format
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

  • Hans Mundahl, Director Of Professional Development, The Enrollment Management Association
  • Metta Dael, Director of International Admission, Northfield Mount Hermon School

Make the case for your school to families unable to visit campus.

This webinar covered:

  • A helpful revisit day audit tool
  • Tips about affordable online platforms for virtual events
  • Guidance about pros and cons to virtual revisit days
  • Best practices for ensuring successful experiences
  • Strategies for maintaining a strong yield with virtual revisits as part of your portfolio
  • Peer experiences and best practices

This webinar featured time for peer discussion and idea sharing.

Presentation Slides | Webinar Recording


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Early Childhood Distance Learning Using Zoom
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

Peer early childhood educators shared how they're supporting virtual learning, using Zoom.

This webinar covered:

  • Tips for using Zoom Connections to offer small online sessions to young children throughout the day
  • Ideas for expanding virtual learning efforts to meet the many domains of learning attractive to young children

This webinar featured time for peer discussion and idea sharing.

Webinar Recording


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Rethinking Revisit Days: Going Virtual
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

  • Hans Mundahl, Director Of Professional Development, The Enrollment Management Association
  • Metta Dael, Director of International Admission, Northfield Mount Hermon School

Make the case for your school to families unable to visit campus.

This webinar covered:

  • A helpful revisit day audit tool
  • Tips about affordable online platforms for virtual events
  • Guidance about pros and cons to virtual revisit days
  • Best practices for ensuring successful experiences
  • Strategies for maintaining a strong yield with virtual revisits as part of your portfolio
  • Peer experiences and best practices

This webinar featured time for peer discussion and idea sharing.

Presentation Slides


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Interviewing at a Distance: Virtual Admissions Interviews, College Counseling Conversations and Online Hiring Practices
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: 

  • Claire Goldsmith, Executive Director, Malone Schools Online Network
  • Adam Lips, Director of College Counseling at the Stanford University Online High School

It's a very busy time in the school year, with admissions and college counseling in full swing, plus the hiring season being upon us.

Best practices were shared for using virtual communication methods to keep your school moving forward in these key areas.

This webinar covered:

  • Virtual interviewing how-tos
  • Key challenges and benefits to be mindful of when it comes to virtual conversations
  • Tips and recommendations geared specifically towards successful online college counseling and hiring conversations

Presentation Slides


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Travel Restrictions, Campus Closures and Other Legal Considerations
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

This webinar covered:

  • Sharing and obtaining information with your community
  • Reviewing and updating key policies, foundational documents and plans
  • Preparing for school breaks and school-sponsored trips
  • Remote learning considerations
  • Planning for next steps
  • Anticipating and preparing for challenges that might arise during the remainder of the academic year, such as potential campus closures

For the firm's Coronavirus 2019 checklist and a copy of the webinar slides, email Kathie Duffy at Schwartz Hannum PC


School Preparedness Tips for Reducing Exposure and Stress
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

  • Dr. Justin Chen, MD, MPH, Executive Director, MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness
  • Dr. Todd B. Ellerin, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, South Shore Health

This webinar covered:

  • What Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is, what it means for school communities, and how to explain it to students of varying ages
  • Best practices for keeping COVID-19 from spreading within your school: to-dos and not-to-dos
  • Strategies for coping with related stress and anxiety

Presentation Slides


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Continuity of Learning
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured: 

  • Claire Goldsmith, Executive Director, Malone Schools Online Network
  • Ben Taylor, Dean of Instruction, Malone Schools Online Network and Director of Academic Technology, Hopkins School

This webinar covered:

  • How the Malone Schools Online Network approaches online learning
  • What technology and tools are most helpful in supporting remote learning
  • How blended learning works and how it can be helpful to schools for which remote learning has not been a modality up until now
  • Current resources and best practices being used by schools

Presentation Slides


Friday, March 6, 2020

Travel and More: Legal Considerations
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by: Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE

Featured:

Sara and Will, experienced education attorneys, explored the issues raised by Coronavirus 2019 that are impacting independent schools. Prioritizing the immediate actions to consider, they shared strategies for sharing and obtaining information with your community, reviewing and updating the key policies and plans, preparing for school breaks and school-sponsored trips and planning for next steps. Sara and Will also addressed big picture recommendations for anticipating and preparing for challenges that might arise during the remainder of the academic year, such as potential campus closures.

For the firm's Coronavirus 2019 checklist and a copy of the webinar slides, email Kathie Duffy at Schwartz Hannum PC