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Families First

Being a head of school involves the entire family. NAIS strives to support head of school partners, spouses, and families by providing programming geared toward these family members. From entertaining activities to engaging discussions, you’re sure to learn useful tips, meet new friends, and have some fun.

Registration for the NAIS Annual Conference and pre-registration for some Families First events are required. 

You must register for the conference to attend any Families First programming.
Families First is organized by Shauna Betof, Boston University Academy (MA) and John Suitor, Boulder Country Day School (CO)

Families First: For the Love of Food
Wednesday, March 1
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Ticket Required: $75
Join fellow heads of school and their spouses for an exclusive afternoon to cook a meal for yourselves and for less fortunate citizens in the Baltimore community. Led by chef/owner Thomas Casey from For the Love of Food, this event is sure to leave you with a deeper partnership, new skills, full stomachs, and the chance to give back to those in need.
Room: Hilton, Ruth
Families First Roundtable
Thursday, March 2 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Purpose and Its Power to Sustain First Families
First families risk falling prey to the grind of leadership and losing the sense of purpose that called us to our work. Come to this session to connect or reconnect with colleagues as we use Richard Leider’s Power of Purpose TED Talk to frame our discussion and explore how his Purpose Formula (Giving + Passion + Values) can enhance and enrich our futures.
Room: Baltimore Convention Center 311

Families First Workshop #1
Thursday, March 2 1:15 – 2:15 PM
Mindful Leadership: Exploring a Framework for Independent School Leaders and Their Spouses
Mindfulness is being taught and practiced in a growing number of schools and organizations. In this workshop, participants will first explore an overview of the research on mindfulness and learn how these practices are being introduced for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, and leaders. Then participants will gain experience with core skills for a mindful approach to leadership.
Presenter: Irene McHenry, Friends Council on Education
Room: Baltimore Convention Center 311

Families First Workshop #2
Friday, March 3 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Building Inner Strength: Contemplative Practices for Calm, Clarity, and Renewed Spirit in the Life of a School’s First Family
The contemplative mind can be activated through a wide range of practices that quiet the daily chatter.  From poetry to meditation, these practices open the mind to a greater capacity for awareness, concentration, clarity, creativity, and insight. Heads and their spouses will be introduced to practices that can provide space in the midst of a busy day, a fresh lens on daily challenges, and a renewed sense of self and relationships.
Presenter: Irene McHenry, Friends Council on Education
Room: Baltimore Convention Center 311

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