Events and Convenings

Join us for events, including free webinars, communities of practice, cohort groups, and other gatherings.

Cohort Groups

Learn more about our newest Cohort Group - Excelle: Powering Women

Excelle is a collective of women—current independent school heads and those who aspire to that role—seeking the personal and professional self-care female leaders desperately need yet are too busy to create. Unlike executive coaching which can be limited to the experiences of the partnership, we curate your cohort to optimize the collective experience ensuring you will feel seen, heard, and ready to Excelle. 


Please join Elevate member and non-member schools for our webinars.

8p EST | THU, Nov 18, 2021

Parenting Black and Brown Children

Join EXPLO Program Director Natasha Padilla Goddard in conversation with Carol Sutton Lewis about parenting Black and Brown children around issues of identity and education, with a particular focus on topics affecting boys. Carol is the founder of Ground Control Parenting, a writer, podcaster, lawyer, and mother of three very different children.

Free and open to educators and parents.

12p EST | FRI, Nov 19, 2021

Shaking the Magic 8 Ball? Bringing Confidence to Your Next Leadership Transition

Being ambitious is only one piece of a successful leadership journey, especially as a woman. Getting that next role also takes intentional planning, relationship-building, an appetite for risk, and good timing. Excelle Director Amanda Riegel will be in conversation with Renee Greenfield (The Carroll School) and Stacia McFadden (The Lovett School) to hear about their strategies for optimizing your career trajectory.
Join us for a 30-minute session on Friday, November 19th, at noon EST-- and feel free to bring lunch or a snack!

12p EST | THU, Oct 21, 2021

Owning Your Calendar: Excelle Women & Time Management

Heads of School are busier than ever, with everyone competing for precious face time. Learn how two successful women Heads of School have learned to optimize their calendars. Exelle Director Amanda Riegel will be in conversation with Clair Ward (Shore Country Day) and Aléwa Cooper (The Foote School) to discuss their strategies around time management. Speaking of time, this webinar will be only 30 minutes in duration. Bring your lunch or a snack, listen in, and get back to work!

Free and open to all educators.

1p EST | THU, Aug 5, 2021

Onboarding for Retention

In this webinar, EXPLO Elevate Director of Research Sudipti Kumar shares findings from our upcoming report “Transformational Onboarding for Faculty Retention.” She will highlight strong onboarding practices that are critical to promoting faculty retention and building a connection to the school quickly and effectively. Successful onboarding systems and structures, based on research as well as examples from independent schools will also be shared. Both the report and webinar also offer some practical questions schools can consider as they assess their own onboarding process in its current form against what they hope it to be. Joining Sudipti will be Juna Kim McDaid, Assistant Head of School for Academics at The Potomac School as well as Lisa Ockerman, Executive Director of Educational Design, Strategic Initiatives, and Institutional Research at Pine Crest School. Both Juna and Lisa will be sharing their school's approach to onboarding.

Immediately following the webinar, the report will be made available to webinar participants as well as for EXPLO Elevate member schools.

Free and open to all educators.

12p EST | THU, May 13, 2021

Creating Equitable Learning Environments

While educators and school leaders have widely recognized the importance of inclusive curricula, this focus, in and of itself, may be misguided. This week, please join us for a webinar with Indu Chugani Singh as she explores unintended consequences of diversifying the curriculum without first considering two key concepts: understanding who our learners are and how they access learning opportunities. The webinar invites participants to ask themselves: what happens when I design for the 'who' and 'how' before the 'what' of my curriculum?

Free and open to all educators.

12p EST | THU, April 22, 2021

Ethical Assessment: The Conversation that Has to Happen

What if there were a Hippocratic Oath for assessment? Do no harm. And what if it went even further? Do good. This webinar featuring Gary Chapin of Educating for Good, interrogates our assumptions around assessment and offers a frame for Ethical Assessment that is truthful, kind, aligned to the student, and, ultimately, for good. Gary has worked in performance assessment for the past seven years with the Center for Collaborative Education and the Assessment for Learning Project. We’ll be talking about four general principles of an ethical assessment system, and also ask, “What does it look like on the ground?” Assessment that is ethical tells a story. It doesn’t merely provide a data point. How can we tell stories that best serve students?

Free and open to all educators.

1p EST | TUE, May 4, 2021

Collective Insights from DEI Practitioners at Independent Schools

This special event is being hosted by First Republic Bank as part of the upcoming release of an important EXPLO Elevate research report examining the lived experiences of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practitioners at independent schools, collected from over 25 interviews. The report addresses some of the opportunities and challenges DEI practitioners at independent schools face, shares suggestions around how leadership can support DEI practitioners, and much more. The author of the report, EXPLO Elevate Director of Research Sudipti Kumar, will be presenting findings. She will also be joined by several DEI practitioners who participated in the research.
We wish to thank First Republic Bank for their generous support of EXPLO Elevate and for hosting this launch event.

1p EST | TUE, April 13, 2021

Starting an Institutional Research Function at Your School

In this webinar, EXPLO Elevate Director of Research Sudipti Kumar shares findings from our upcoming report 'Starting an Institutional Research Function at Your School: What An Independent School Needs to Know.' The report explores the role of an institutional researcher at independent schools, including why the role is a critical one, how schools can build the function over time, what skill sets to look for when hiring the right institutional researcher, and examples of the types of projects people in this role have undertaken. Joining Sudipti will be a set of panelists whose voices were critical in developing the report and who will be able to share their experience in the Institutional Research role at their respective schools: Libby Barlow, Director of Institutional Research at St. Paul’s School, Sarah Enterline, Director of Institutional Research at St. Mark’s School, and Denise Uehara, Principal Researcher and Knowledge Mobilizer at Kamehameha Schools.

Free and open to all educators.

Immediately following the webinar, the report will be made available to webinar participants as well as for EXPLO Elevate member schools.

2p EST | WED, March 31, 2021

The History of Asian Americans in the U.S. and Combating Stereotypes in Education

Asians and Asian Americans have been in the United States for centuries and are one of its fastest-growing minoritized groups, yet this diverse population's histories, struggles, and successes are rarely discussed in U.S. schools. This webinar will explore what it means to be 'Asian American' as well as the two dominant, competing stereotypes that surround this group: yellow peril and the model minority myth. We will discuss the historical and social conditions that generated these stereotypes and how they are harmful to individuals and our broader society. We will then turn to applications for school settings by discussing the current experiences of Asian American educators and students as well as action steps to combat stereotypes and improve representation and inclusion. This session will be led by Dr. Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn, an educator, speaker, and professional learning facilitator who has led learning experiences with schools and districts as well as organizations including Learning for Justice, Microsoft, and NY Times Student Travel.
Free and open to all educators.

12p EST | WED, April 7, 2021

GatHERing Greatness: Women Leading Independent Schools

Women occupy such a small percentage of headship, yet their intuitive brand of leadership can yield important lessons for those considering a similar path. Successful women recognize that building community is essential for both professional success and personal wellness. The head of school role is a solitary practice, leaving many women without a close support network exactly at the moments when they need it most. Join Amanda Riegel, EXPLO Excelle Director, Dr. Noni Thomas Lopez, Head of School, The Gordon School, and Carrie Green, Director of Middle School, Kent Denver School, to learn how successful women meet these essential needs for connection and build resilience.
Free and open to all educators.

Past Webinars

Watch the recording and view the slides of prior webinars:

What We Can Now Do: Permissions

Leadership Proximity: A Practical Means of Approaching Leadership amidst Complexity

Supporting Staff through the Pandemic

A Third Way: Creating a Sustainable Student-Led Science Research Program

Curriculum Review and Renewal: the Experience of Two Schools

Using Virtual Whiteboards for Better Collaboration

Tech Tools You’ll Still Be Using Next Year

Collaboration Strategies: Designing Student Groupings

SEED + SPARK: Using Nature as a Model to Reimagine How We Learn & Live, with Sam Chaltain and Trung Le

Remember More! Retrieval Practices for Deeper Learning

Inquiry-based Learning in the Remote Environment

The First Ingredient: Rising to Meet Challenges to Relationships in Fall 2020

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Prioritizing Flexibility, Equity, and Deeper Learning

Reawakening Humility: Centering Crisis Leadership in this Virtue

Designing Slides that Stick

Design the Future: How Schools can Plan For Uncertainty

Riverbank Colleagues: The Resource Leaders Need to Take on The Next Rapids

Supporting Educators in Culturally Responsive Practices: A Summer WORKbook

Pilot-Programs in 2020–Now More Than Ever Make Some Small Bets

Strategies for Designing Active, Project, and Movement-Based Courses Online, Featuring Author and Teacher Dan Ryder

Blended Learning In Action: Greenfields Academy

Navigating Challenging Conversations: Why We Disagree and How To Understand Effectively

Beyond Synchronous and Asynchronous: Elastic Proximity

Great Management in Times of Crisis: Leading Through COVID-19

Reopening School in a Pandemic: Planning For Fall 2020

Guiding the Emotional Life of Children in the Time of COVID

Agile Design: Making Courses Work Online and Face-to-Face

Building Resilience in a Time of Loss: Strategies for Children, Parents, and Faculty

Grading in a Crisis and Beyond

Due to the evolving nature and impact of COVID-19, we are putting our annual conference (scheduled for the fall) on hold and will reschedule at a later date. In the meantime, please join our weekly virtual gatherings for short presentations and Q+A with Elevate school leaders and other content experts.

Elevate Annual Conference

FALL 2020 | On Hold due to COVID-19

Leading Through Ambiguity and Change

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