NCGS Annual Conference 2013 - Pre-Conference Sessions

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Pre-Conference Opportunities on Monday June 24, 2013

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Area College Visit $95 (includes tours, information sessions, lunch and transportation) 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Area College Visit pre-conference session offers the opportunity to receive an insider's view at some of the Boston area’s top tier universities. A shuttle bus will pick you up from the lobby of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel at 10:00 a.m. At each stop, you will be greeted by a university administrator who will provide an overview followed by a student-led tour of the campus. Lunch is in included with your tour fees. You will return from your campus visits in time for the start of the NCGS Annual Conference.

Babson College
Olin College of Engineering
Wellesley College

Babson College, founded in 1919, is a private business school with more than 2,000 undergraduates. Babson strives to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create economic and social value.

Olin College is a private undergraduate engineering school of approximately 350 students. Open since 2002, Olin offers an interdisciplinary, project-based approach emphasizing entrepreneurship, liberal arts, and rigorous science and engineering fundamentals.

Wellesley, one of the preeminent colleges for women, provides a liberal arts education to 2,300 students. Founded in 1870, Wellesley is known for intellectual rigor, its belief in the enduring importance of service, and its cultivation in students of an inclusive, pragmatic approach to leadership.

Workshops at Dana Hall School $75 (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)

Action-Oriented Assessment: Using Surveys to Improve Student Learning

Richard A. Holmgren

Richard A. Holmgren, Chief Information Officer and Associate Dean of the College
Allegheny College


Amada Torres, Senior Director of Academic Research
National Association of Independent Schools

Collecting mountains of assessment data is relatively easy. Many schools are adopting instruments such as the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) to gather data about their students’ school experiences. Assessment partners like the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, which administers HSSSE, do a great job summarizing the data in reports that are sent back to participating schools. But what happens to the reports then? Do they adorn the shelves of school heads or lie fallow, buried deep in some file cabinet, or are they a catalyst for needed change? In this workshop, we explore practices that can transform assessment reports into evidence that enhance the student experience and learning.

Andrew C. Watson

Optimism and Skepticism: How School Administrators Can Distinguish Reliable Educational Research from the Rest
Andrew C. Watson, M. Ed., M.A., President
Translate the Brain

You’ve stumbled across another article summarizing science-based claims about how girls learn. You’ve clicked on the link and found an impressively daunting scholarly article. Should you trust this information? Should you pass it on to your colleagues, and ask them to update classroom practices, or homework guidelines, or school policies? Should you post it on your website, and let the world know that your school is on the leading edge of this research-based innovation? How can we, as non-experts, decide among conflicting expert claims? This talk offers several specific strategies to help academic leaders sift through dramatic ‘science-based’ claims and discover those most likely to be both scientifically valid and practically useful.

Katie Koestner

Handbook Policies and Discipline Done Well: Reports, Adjudication and Resolution
Katie Koestner, Director
Campus Outreach Services

What are best practices for addressing our students’ policy violations to successfully balance punishment, education, contract compliance, risk management, legal compliance, and most importantly institutional mission? Using real case studies on drugs, alcohol, bullying, cyber-misconduct, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, harassment, academic dishonesty, stealing, defamation and more, we will review when to involve parents, legal counsel, and criminal authorities. Come learn more about threat assessment, public relations strategies, and documentation practices. There will also be an opportunity provided to submit sections of your handbook for expert review and feedback.

Suggested Attendees:
Dean of Students, Division Directors, Counselors, Associate Head of School, Dean of Residence Life, Student Affairs Officers, School Attorney, Risk Manager, Health Center Director

Jane Seaberg

Impact Over Process: A Strategic Approach to Recruiting Quality and Quantity
Jane Daly Seaberg, Director, Marketing and Public Relations Consulting
George Dehne & Associates Integrated Services

Successful recruitment begins long before the phone rings in the admissions office. Do beautiful brochures and user-friendly websites matter? Absolutely, but they play a helpful, supporting role. Successful recruitment begins with a clear understanding of your school's strengths: your advantages, your benefits, your outcomes, your influencers and your champions. It depends greatly on your ability to tell a compelling story and align your school's benefits in word and deed with a family's hopes and a student's abilities and interests. It also depends on the support and engagement of the stakeholders throughout your school community. Is your school focused on impact or process? More importantly, does your admission process help prospective students and their families to appreciate the value of your school's education and convert them to enrolled students and champions?