EMTT members, left to right: Kelly Monaco, Director of Admission, Lower School, Iolani School (HI); Jim Ventre, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Phillips Academy (MA); Jill Lee, Director of Admission and Tuition Assistance, Castilleja School (CA); Suzanne Walker Buck, Rector, Chatham Hall School (VA); Aimee Gruber, Senior Director of Outreach and Business Development, Western US & Canada, Midwest, Hawaii, International. (not pictured: Douglas Leek, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, The Northwest School (WA))
The Enrollment Management Think Tank Senior Leader Track
The Enrollment Management Think Tank (EMTT), for the second year in a row, has created a robust track for senior admission professionals. The EMTT will wrap up its work this fall by making a series of recommendations to the board of directors of The Enrollment Management Association, identifying tools and services needed by today’s enrollment management professionals.
Highlighting the Big Hairy Audacious Changes of Future "Schools"
Thursday, September 14 - 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Grant Lichtman, Founder, Author, Connector, and Chief Provocateur
John Gulla, Executive Director, The Edward E. Ford Foundation
John Gulla and Grant Lichtman have, between them, visited and worked with more than 400 schools in the past four years, and are connected with wide networks of national and international educational leaders, teachers, researchers, and writers. They believe that the next 25 years will bring dramatic, disruptive, inevitable changes to education—changes much greater than the vast majority of school leaders anticipate. In a conversation-style format, they will summarize their key findings of how independent schools can, and indeed must push their thinking well beyond the horizons of comfortable change and lukewarm innovation if they are to succeed in a significantly altered future educational landscape.
Ending the Quest for Unicorns: The Power of Distributed Leadership
Thursday, September 14 - 10:45 - 11:45 AM
Donna Orem, President, National Association of Independent Schools
The education landscape is becoming more complex, particularly for independent schools that must remain laser focused on achieving strong student outcomes while running a business amidst a changing economy. With this complexity, a strong leader at the top is not enough; schools must develop strong leadership teams if they are to be most effective. In this session, we’ll talk about distributed leadership, the research behind its effectiveness, and why it is crucial to the success of independent schools today. We’ll also discuss how to build a culture that supports teaming and nurtures environments in which team members at all levels can share knowledge, dissect problems together, and work toward common goals. And finally, we’ll examine how to build capacity for leadership throughout the school.
Developing Political Savvy
Thursday, September 14 - 1:15 - 2:30 PM
Bill Gentry, Executive Director, Brave Leaders Inc.
Many in admissions struggle with the complexity and workplace political realities that typify work in independent schools. In order to accomplish their goals, those in admissions have to frequently influence others, not only those whom they have direct authority over but more often than not, those over whom they have no authority. In order to be successful, you, therefore, need to develop political savvy to effectively influence others and obtain goals. The main objective of this session is to help participants gain clarity around what politics is (and isn’t) in their workplace, and gain a deeper understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses in their own political savvy to influence others so all parties involved are satisfied.
The Importance of Context in Admission Decision Making
Thursday, September 14 - 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Michael Bastedo, Director, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, The University of Michigan, MI
In recent years, cognitive biases and heuristics have become a vital area of study at the individual level, particularly for decision theorists and social psychologists. These biases have deep implications for those of us who admit students and provide scholarships. Learn about common biases in admissions and scholarship decisions, and some initial practices admissions officers can use to reduce decision-making bias.
Deconstructing White Privilege
Friday, September 15 - 10:30 - 11:45 AM
Robin DiAngelo, Author, Speaker & Trainer
Speaking as a white person, DiAngelo clearly and compellingly takes her audience through an analysis of white socialization—what she calls white racial illiteracy. She describes how race shapes the lives of white people, explains what makes racism so hard for whites to see, identifies common white racial patterns, and speaks back to popular white narratives that work to deny racism. With remarkable skill, she helps participants to see the "water" that obscures how racism works in our daily lives—the miseducation about what racism actually is; ideologies such as individualism and colorblindness; defensiveness; and the tendency to protect (rather than expand) our worldviews.
Information for Strategic Enrollment Management: A User's Guide
Friday, September 15 - 1:30 - 2:30 PM
David Kalsbeek, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, DePaul University, IL
Every definition of strategic enrollment management (SEM) describes it as a data-driven activity, a process dependent on the use of data to achieve desired goals. This session will offer SEM leaders an overview of ways of thinking about the use of information in SEM. It will explore how data supports both administration and planning, how data needs to be developed at every stage of the enrollment lifecycle, and varying ways information is actually used in organizations. Attendees will learn some frameworks and constructs helpful in developing the information resources for SEM in their organizations.
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That's Not My Job: Admission's Influence in Creating Inclusive School Communities
Friday, September 15 - 2:45 - 3:45 PM
Douglas Leek, Director of Admission and Enrollment Management, The Northwest School, WA
Eric Barber, Director of Enrollment Management, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, CA
Kathy Mitchell O’Neal, Director of Enrollment Management, University Prep, WA
The role of admission directors used to focus exclusively on the admission of students with little regard to how they are engaged once they have matriculated to the community. The role of the admission/enrollment director now is responsible for the marketing, admission, retention, and community development of the institution. As schools strive to move from simply being models of diversity, to institutions that are equitable and inclusive, it is the responsibility of the admission/enrollment director to lead the charge as a vocal and creative partner, within their respective institutions, ensuring students and families are welcome, engaged, and supported. This session will serve to provide useful and innovative information and resources to attendees on how they too can work towards transforming their institutions into inclusive communities.
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Leveraging Generational Differences in the Workplace
Nicholas Pearce, Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and Founder and CEO, The Vocati Group
For the first time in history, there are four generations in the workplace at the same time – and the fifth generation is on its way in. Dr. Pearce engages participants in candid peer-to-peer dialogue regarding their perspectives on generational differences, explores the unique dynamics of multigenerational workplaces, and equips leaders with interpersonal and enterprise-level strategies for more effectively attracting, retaining, and leveraging people across the generational divides to create more inclusive, more sustainable organizations.