02/24/2017 by Carney Sandoe Staff |

CS&A to Present at the 2017 NAIS Annual Conference

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In addition to holding our LINK hiring event, we are pleased to announce that CS&A will be presenting at the 2017 NAIS Annual Conference in Baltimore from March 1-3.

Several members of our Search Group will be serving as panelists in sessions for this national event for independent school learning communities:

Block 1, Thursday March 2, from 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Room 324/325

Leadership Coaching: A Powerful Practice to Support the New Head of School
In the last 15 years, executive coaching has grown from a relatively novel concept to a mainstream development activity in organizations worldwide. Join two current school heads who benefited from working with an executive coach and two former heads who are now certified executive coaches in a discussion focusing on the coaching process and the value of coaching for heads and schools.

Presenters: Ann Teaff, CS&A Certified Executive Coach, and Bill Clarkson, CS&A Certified Executive Coach; Paul Barton, Holy Innocents Episcopal School; Lisa Lyle, Mary Institute Country Day School

Block 3, Thursday March 2, from 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Room 341

Leadership Quicksand: Advancing School Mission and Culture in Disruptive Times
Join three school heads for an intimate session on the unexpected moments when school mission is challenged by highly disruptive external events. Whether rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, managing student and faculty grief during the Baltimore uprising, or addressing gender diversity in a single-sex environment, these heads will share lessons learned about crisis, community, and healing.

Presenters: Ann Teaff, CS&A Certified Executive Coach; Kimberley Roberts, Garrison Forest School; Nanci Kauffman, Castilleja School; Carolyn Chandler, Metairie Park Country Day School

Block 3, Thursday March 2, from 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Room 315

New Essential Attributes for School Leaders
Based on his own work as a board chair, governance consultant, and search consultant, Skip Kotkins will tell you about the most desirable skills in a head of school. Some are teachable skills, but many are predispositions of character and personality. These are the strengths that enable you to build enrollment, manage parents, support faculty, partner with your board, create high-performing communities, raise money, and adapt to the new normal.

Presenter: Skip Kotkins, CS&A Senior Search Consultant

Block 5, Friday March 3, from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Room 314

Congratulations, You're the New Head! Now, How Do You Establish Yourself as the New Leader?
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. If you may soon take on a new leadership role in your school or division, find out what you need to do to launch into a smooth transition and long-term success. This session examines what prompts faculty and staff to get on board with a new leader and outlines a plan for the summer before you start. You’ll also get examples of great first-meeting agendas and tips for adapting them to your personal style.

Presenter: Robert Windham, CS&A Senior Search Consultant


The CS&A team will on hand throughout the duration of the Conference as we are concurrently hosting our unique two-day faculty recruitment conference on March 2 and 3. LINK will be held in the Key Ballroom on the second floor of the Hilton Baltimore Hotel. Our Placement Group, as well as some members of the Search Group, will be available to assist candidates or schools who are attending LINK, or to talk with any interested educators or institutions who wish to learn more about our services.

The entire staff at CS&A looks forward to engaging with educators and schools from across the country next week!

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