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Re-Entry after Emergency/At-Home Learning: A Guided Discussion for Small School Heads & Board Chairs
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5/21/2020 to 5/28/2020
When: 05/21 AND 5/28/2020
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: zoom
Baltimore, Maryland 
United States

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Category: Direct Instruction


A Guided Discussion for Small School Heads and Board Chairs


This will be a two-part workshop (May 21st and May 28th) designed for Heads and Board Chair pairs.  


Over the past two months, school leaders and board members have had to make critical decisions that have had a significant impact on their students, families, and faculty & staff. We have seen tremendous creativity, thoughtfulness, and courage reflected in the decisions that have been made. And there are more critical decisions that will need to be made as we look toward bringing people back into our school buildings- sometime in the coming months. Leaders and Board members of small schools will have unique issues to confront as they navigate re-entry and also have unique strengths to build upon. 


Join us for a structured dialog between Heads of Schools and Board Chairs where we outline:


·         A framework for identifying where your school is in overall fiscal health.

·         A framework for identifying where your school is regarding recovery from emergency/at-home

              learning orders.

·         An overview of the conditions for making effective decisions.

·         A list of technical questions for you to consider.

·         A consideration of how the decisions you make will impact equity and inclusion school-wide.

·         A list of adaptive/innovation questions for you to consider.


We will outline how small school leaders can conceptualize and operationalize the decisions they will need to make as they plan to re-engage in-person and will offer time for leadership pairs to discuss how they can structure their decisions to enable their school to thrive. The initial session will focus on information sharing and leadership pair planning and the second session will enable Heads and Board Chairs to collaborate with one another to share thinking and strategies.


Registration details: 

  • Register using your AIMS credentials (see register button above)
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  • An email with the zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants the day of the program. 





Brooke Carroll, Ph.D. is Principal Consultant and Coach at Acies Strategies, supporting small schools and nonprofits in leadership development, Board development, and strategic thinking and planning. Dr. Carroll holds a doctorate in educational psychology and has over 20 years of experience leading schools and nonprofits. She has served on several Boards in various roles.


Prior to consulting and coaching, Dr. Carroll was Head of School for 9 years at Seneca Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School. 



After more than 20 years of experience in the field of education, Dr. Valaida Wise (Val) made the career choice to share her vast knowledge and expertise with the educational community. Dr. Wise is sought after by organizations of all sizes for her professional speaking ability and training seminars with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, governance, leadership and early childhood education. Dr, Wise is the former head of several prestigious independent schools, a university professor, a board member at highly ranked independent schools and a classroom teacher.


Dr. Valaida Wise received her Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership from George Washington University. sits on the board of the McLean School in Potomac, MD, the Nora School in Silver Spring, MD, and the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (AIMS).


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