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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ROOM FLOOR
 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM   Morning Moves
All welcome (no special attire, equipment or prior experience needed)
Instructor: Samantha Cameron

Start your day with gentle Yoga stretches for all levels- breath flows through the body connecting spirit, emotion, and sensation.

Biography: Cameron
 
Vineyard
Room
4
 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Registration
 
Registration
A & B
 
4
 7:00 - 9:00 AM   Complimentary Continental Breakfast
 
Foyer
 
4
 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
  Complimentary all-day coffee service
 
Foyer
 
4
 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Open Networking Rooms
These open rooms are available to all attendees to network, relax, re-charge yourselves and your electronics!
Vineyard
and
Yarmouth Rooms
4
       
 8:00 - 9:15 AM   Higher Education Assessment Workshop A
Transformation Through Integration

Presenters: Michael A. Baston, President, Rockland Community College, State University of New York, Suffern, NY; Charles Kaminski, Dean of Business, Science, Mathematics and Technology, Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA; Kristy Huntley, Director of Academic Assessment, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT; Pam Eddinger, President Bunker Hill Community College, Boston MA (moderating)

The student experience is a series of interactions between the student and the college. Students will either gain or lose momentum toward completion in part based on the interactions they have with the institution in light of its policies, practices, programs and processes. Led by educational leaders in the field, in this session participants will engage in a situational analysis of current efforts to improve educational effectiveness leading to higher completion outcomes. They will identify elements of support. How to integrate both academic and nonacademic support strategies at critical junctures of the student experience. Participants will also learn how to make the case for institutional change through action planning.

Biographies: Baston, Kaminski, Huntley, Eddinger

Institution Mission and Profile: Berkshire Community College; University of New Haven

Standards 8 and  Data Forms

NASPA Leadership Exchange V.15 Issue 1 Spring 2017

The Chronicle of Higher Education 3.10.2017
 
Salon E
 
4
 9:30 - 10:45 AM   Higher Education Keynote #1
News Flash

Presenter: Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed, Washington, DC; David P. Angel, President, Clark University, Worcester MA (moderating)

Biographies: Jaschik, Angel

All Standards: 2016 Standards for Accreditation
 
Salon E 4
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   Higher Education Presidents Panel

Presenters: Wilfredo Nieves, President, Capital Community College. Hartford, CT; Susan J. Hunter, President, University of Maine, Orono, ME; Lee Pelton, President, Emerson College, Boston, MA; Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed, Washington, DC (moderating); Russell Carey, Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy, Brown University, Providence RI (Introductions)

Biographies: Nieves, Hunter, Pelton, Jaschik, Carey
   
Salon E 4
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM   NEASC Board of Trustees Meeting
by invitation only    
Provincetown Room 4
       
12:30 - 1:45 PM   Network Luncheon – Hot Topics
Attendees required to purchase network luncheon ticket.

Over a delightful lunch, Commissioners will facilitate discussions with attendees and speakers on academe relevant “hot topics”.

HOT TOPICS
  1. Access and Capacity
  2. Inclusive Community
  3. Accountability and Educational Effectiveness
  4. Innovation and Transformation
  5. Strategic Planning and Collaborations

 
Salon F 4
 2:00 - 3:15 PM   Higher Education Panel #1A 
Student Transformation

Presenters: Scott M. Auerbach, Professor of Chemistry and Founding Director of the iCons Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA; Heidi Wilkes, Associate Vice President of Learning Solutions, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH; Coleen C. Pantalone, Associate Professor of Finance, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (moderating)

Hear from students about their learning experiences in two unique programs that emphasize project-based, real world problem solving: the UMass Amherst iCons Program and Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America Program. In the iCons Program, students learn by choosing and researching real world STEM problems. In CfA, nontraditional students complete a fully online, competency-based, project-driven program. Faculty will begin this session with a very brief overview of the two program, leaving ample time for students to talk about why they chose the program, the benefits and the challenges of this kind of active learning, and, most important the outcomes – how these programs changed them personally and professionally.

Biographies: Auerbach, Wilkes, Pantalone

Standard 5
 
Salon F 4
 
 2:00 - 3:15 PM   Higher Education Panel #1B
Financial Panel: Capacity to Serve

Presenters: Ken Cody, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Treasurer, CFO, Bentley University, Waltham, MA; Edith F. Behr, Vice President/Senior Credit Officer and Manager, Higher Education Team, Moody's Investors Services, New York, NY; Catherine Provencher, CPA, Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs and Treasurer, University System of New Hampshire, Concord, NH ; Harry E. Dumay, President, College of the Elms, Chicopee, MA (moderating)

Financial experts will discuss diverse perspectives of transformation of higher education as it relates to their institutions’ capacity to serve, viability, stability, and long-term planning in support of their objectives and Standards for Accreditation.

Biographies: Cody, Behr, Provencher, Dumay
 
Standards 7.5, 7.6, 7.7
 
Salon E 4
 3:00 - 4:00 PM   Cocoa and Holiday Cookies Break

 
Foyer
 
4
 3:30 - 4:45 PM   Higher Education Plenary #1
Leading in Higher Education in a Post-Truth Era

Presenter: Lynn C. Pasquerella, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), Washington, DC; Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College, Bennington VT (moderating)

Among the most urgent challenges facing colleges and universities today are a growing economic and racial segregation, accompanied by an intolerance for difference. A burgeoning loss of public trust in higher education, signaled by the perception of a college education as a private commodity rather than a public good, has intensified calls for a demonstrated return on investment measured solely in terms of employability. Meanwhile disinvestments in public higher education, including cuts to the budgets of federal agencies that have provided crucial research funding on college and university campuses, mean that institutions are increasingly doing more with less. These trends threaten to undermine the implementation of educational practices and professional development programs critical to student success at every level and at all types of institutions. Yet, efforts to restore public trust in the promise of liberal education and inclusive excellence are hampered by a prevailing national rhetoric that attempts to decouple higher education from the American dream. In response, those of us in the academy must engage in new levels of public intellectualism, ensuring that we are effective communicators of, and participants in, the events of our time.
 
Biography: Pasquerella, Silver Standard 1
 
Salon E 4
 5:00 - 6:00 PM   Higher Education Reception
Join colleagues for an enjoyable evening of conversation, drinks and nibbles.
 
Salon F 4
    Dinner on your own
 
   
 
 
 
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM   Commission on International Education (CIE PS-12)
ACE Training Workshop
Separate registration required for this event

Presenters: Jeffrey Bradley, Director, NEASC/CIE and other NEASC Commission on International Education accreditation leaders.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

ROOM FLOOR
 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM   Morning Moves
All welcome (no special attire, equipment or prior experience needed)
Instructor: Samantha Cameron

Start your day with gentle Yoga stretches for all levels- breath flows through the body connecting spirit, emotion, and sensation.

Biography: Cameron
 
Vineyard
Room
4
 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Registration
 
Registration
A & B
 
4
 7:00 - 9:00 AM
 
  Complimentary Continental Breakfast
 
Foyer
 
4
 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Complimentary all-day coffee service
 
Foyer
 
4
 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Open Networking Rooms
These open rooms are available to all attendees to network, relax, re-charge yourselves and your electronics!
 
Vineyard
and
Yarmouth Rooms
 
4
 7:30 - 9:30 AM   CIHE Presidents Breakfast (invitees only)
Presenter: Terry W. Hartle, Senior Vice President, American Council on Education, Washington DC; David P. Angel, President, Clark University, Worcester MA (moderating)

Biography: Hartle
 
Salon G 4
 8:00 - 9:15 AM   Higher Education Assessment Workshop B
Robust Results

Presenters: Natasha Jankowski, Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), College of Education, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL; Christopher Hourigan, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI; Rachael DiPietro, Research Specialist, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT;  Tala Khudairi, Vice President, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (moderating)

Biographies: Jankowski, Hourigan, DiPietro, Khudairi

Institution Mission and Profile: Norwalk Community College 

Standard 8 and 8.8
 
Salon F 4
 8:00 - 9:15 AM   K-12  EdCamp
Small roundtable discussions on various educational topics of concern to K-12 educators.
 
Salons
C – D
4
 9:30 - 10:45 AM
 
NEASC Plenary Address
Hard Question, Big Ideas: Moral & Ethical Dilemmas in a Global World

Presenter: Michael J. Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and the 2017 Charles Eliot Award Recipient.

Cameron Staples, President/Chief Executive Office, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Burlington MA (moderating)

What accounts for the rancor in contemporary public discourse?  Can schools, colleges, and universities help address the dangers facing democracy today?  What should be the role of money and markets in education?  Join Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel for a lively discussion of the ethical and civic challenges of our time.

Biography: Sandel, Staples

Videos:  Intro to Professor Sandel

Standard One, Standard Six, Standard Eight
 
Salon E 4
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   Higher Education Panel #2A
What Do Lawyers Have to Do with Integrity? Working With The Law, And, Yes, Lawyers, To Achieve It

Presenters: Jennifer Papillo, Associate General Counsel, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT; Steven J. McDonald, General Counsel, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; Jeffrey R. Godley, Commissioner, Public Member, Connecticut (moderating)
 
Lawyers in Higher Education address a wide range of statutory, regulatory and common law issues. In this session, in-house counsel will provide insight into important key areas of law important to higher ed and the role of in-house counsel. Attendees will gain an understanding of the partnership attorneys have with university leaders to support an environment of compliance, trust and integrity.

Biographies: Papillo, McDonald, Godley

Standard 9: Integrity, Transparency and Public Disclosure
 
Salon G 4
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   Higher Education Panel #2B
Education Science and Analytics

Presenters: Richard Reeves, Branch Chief, Institution of Educational Science, National Center for Education Statistics; Cate Rowen, Associate Vice President for Analytics and Institutional Research, Smith College, Northampton, MA; Charles Ansell, Chief Financial Officer and head of strategy, Community College System of New Hampshire; Thomas L. Dwyer, Vice Chancellor and Executive Vice President, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI and CIHE Commission member (moderating)

Biographies: Reeves, Rowen, Ansell, Dwyer

Standard 8.6 Educational Effectiveness and Data Form
 
Salon E 4
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   K-12 Concurrent Session
The New Essential Skills of School Leadership

Presenter: Skip Kotkins, Senior Consultant, Carney Sandoe & Associates

The days of Mr. Chips with the tweed jacket and elbow patches, are long gone. Today’s successful school leaders are first and foremost managers of people. While there is no end to the number of “leadership books” and “people management” tracts out there, this is from the real world. Based on his work as a leader in business and industry, in a broad range of non-profits, in some public sector organizations as well as a search consultant helping schools find new leaders, Skip Kotkins has seen what gets people fired…..and what makes them effective. Out of all those years comes his list of the new essential skills. The scary part is that some can be learned, but most are predispositions of character and personality.  Not every leader has these skills, but if you recognize your own shortcomings and hire others for your team who do those things well, then the leadership team has got it covered.

Biography: Kotkins
 
Salons
H - I
4
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
 
  K-12 Concurrent Session
Current Legal Challenges Facing Schools-Managing Evolving Expectations

Presenter: Linda S. Johnson, Director, McLane Middleton Law Practice

Despite the focused attention by many schools, each year headlines continue to report on instances of bullying,  student sexual abuse, hazing and other employee and student misbehavior in our schools.  Expectations in these areas from students, parents, and faculty have evolved and now include alumni, donor, trustee and even community expectations of transparency and accountability.  In this session, experienced independent school legal counsel will discuss the latest trends in legal challenges facing independent schools with some practical guidance for schools to meet or avoid those challenges.

Biography: Johnson 
 
Provincetown Room 4
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   K-12 Concurrent Session
Rest Stops on the Highway to Transformation

Presenters: Richard Harrold, District MAP Coordinator, Compliance, Accreditation and Policies, Education Programmes, Cobham United Kingdom; Jodi Moore, classroom teacher at ACS Cobham International School, United Kingdom

The highway to transformation can be a long and winding road. ACS International Schools is in the unique position of having one campus well set on its ACE journey, two campuses still in the eighth edition, and one campus under a completely different accrediting body. Throw in a brand new mandatory inspection regime, new safeguarding thresholds and a new Europe-wide data protection act and you’re suddenly navigating a highway busy enough to consume the attention of all but the most skilled traveler.

With so many mandatory commitments, why would an overseas American school take on the additional commitment of the ACE protocol? The answer partly lies in what ACE has to offer and partly in the momentum the experience of driving transformational change imparts to other initiatives.

ACS has discovered an appetite among organizations such as the CIS and the IB to for the kind of transformational change ACE inspires. We’re forging new cooperative partnerships and uncovering new leadership potential among our teachers. These are the rest stops on the transformation highway, and slowly but surely they’re making the journey easier to manage.

This session aims to present the experience of an overseas American school group that is transitioning to ACE as a working case study of managing transformational change.

Biography: Harrold, Moore
 
Salons
J - K
4
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   K-12 Concurrent Session
Advisory, Social Emotional Learning,  and Re-Visioning the Core: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Presenter: Catherine Steiner-Adair, Clinical and Consulting Psychologist, Chestnut Hill MA

The world we live in has wrought profound changes- especially in the lives of children. We know that health and wellbeing are essential for learning, yet research in schools reveals a steady rise in the rates of anxiety, depression, and subclinical issues. The impact of technology on learning and wellbeing presents unforseen challenges. Come hear about innovative ways different schools are changing their curriculum, programs, and entire school culture in order to address the heart of the matter- how to best educate children to be psychologically healthy, culturally savvy, and live into their potential as ethical future leaders.

Biography:  Steiner-Adair  
 
Orleans
Room
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12:30 - 1:45 PM   Network Luncheon – Hot Topics 
Attendees required to purchase network luncheon ticket.
 

Over a delightful lunch, Commissioners will facilitate discussions with attendees and speakers on academe relevant “hot topics”.

HOT TOPICS
  1. Access and Capacity
  2. Inclusive Community
  3. Accountability and Educational Effectiveness
  4. Innovation and Transformation
  5. Strategic Planning and Collaborations

 
Salon F 4
 12:30 - 1:45 PM   Luncheon for New Member Schools 
by invitation only
 
Salons
A – D
4
  1:45 - 3:00 PM   Higher Education Keynote #2
Common Ends & Common Good: Higher Education in America

Presenter: Charles Dorn, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and professor, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, G. Timothy Bowman, Executive Dean for Administration, SEAS, Harvard University, Cambridge MA  (moderating)

Are colleges and universities in a period of unprecedented disruption? Is a bachelor's degree still worth the investment? Are the humanities coming to an end? What, exactly, is higher education good for?

In his keynote address, Bowdoin College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Education Charles Dorn will use two centuries of college and university history to challenge the rhetoric of what critics are calling “the crisis in American higher education.” From the community college to the elite research university—in states from Maine to California—Dorn engages a fundamental question confronted by higher education institutions ever since the nation’s founding: Do colleges and universities promote the common good? Tracking changes in American society over time, Dorn explores how shifts in the nation’s social ethos, from civic-mindedness, to practicality, to commercialism, and finally affluence, refashioned higher education in the United States in essential and often vibrant ways.

Biographies: Dorn, Bowman

Standard 1: Mission and Standard 9: Integrity
 
Salon G 4
 
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 2:00 - 3:15 PM   K-12 Concurrent Session
Developing a Culture of Innovation to Drive 21st Century Change

Presenter:  Eric C. Schneider, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Minnetonka Public Schools District Learning Center, Minnetonka MN

Developing a Culture of Innovation to Drive 21st Century Change Minnetonka Public Schools (MN) has harnessed the power of social media tools to engage all staff in the process of gathering, vetting, selecting, growing, and scaling innovative ideas to improve learning for students. Minnetonka has developed a unique culture of innovation by building a structured and predictable set of processes that combine powerful crowd-sourcing software, human-centered design, lean start-up techniques, and the personal touch of Innovation Coaches at each site. Hear how these online tools and processes keep education relevant in a rapidly changing world and help frontline staff feel empowered as they solve new (and old) problems. The ultimate impact on student learning will energize your organization, and the creation of a dynamic and powerful culture of creative thinking will inspire staff, students, and the entire school community. Seven school districts in Minnesota have replicated Minnetonka’s approach, and you can too. Join this session and learn how to transform your school or district into an agile culture of innovation!

Biography:  Schneider
 
Salons
H – I
4
 2:00 - 3:15 PM   K-12 Concurrent Session
Creating Homestay Guidelines to Maximize a Good Experience and Minimize Problems

Presenter: Linda S. Johnson, Director, McLane Middleton Law Practice

Creating a successful host family/international student experience goes well beyond a focus on cultural adjustment. Creating homestay guidelines that proactively address issues such as intercultural adjustment, chores, communication expectations, financial expectations, academic support, problem resolution, dating, discipline, display of affection and driving vehicles can help to avoid crisis, confusion and breakdowns. Learn what areas to address in guidelines and host family orientation to help maximize the good experience, make the most out of the host family placement, and avoid problems that might be avoided.

Biography:  Johnson
 
Provincetown Room 4
 2:00 - 3:15 PM   K-12 Concurrent Session
CPS 2020: A Vision for Learning

Presenters: Alyson Geary, Deputy Director, Commission on Public Schools, Bill Wehrli, Associate Director, Commission on Public Schools

This session will provide participants with an overview of the new Accreditation process and the new Standards for Accreditation; CPS 2020: A Vision for Learning. CPS 2020: A Vision for Learning will be used for all elementary, middle, and high schools beginning in 2020.

Biographies:  Geary, Wehrli
 
Salons
J - K
4
 3:00 - 4:00 PM   Cocoa and Holiday Cookies Break
"Yum!"
 
Foyer
 
4
 3:00 - 4:15 PM   Higher Education Panel #3A
Purposeful Pathways to Success

Presenters: G. Duncan Harris, Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Manchester Community College, CT; Allison Scheff Little, Executive Director, STEM, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), Boston, MA; Janice Barney, Dean of the School of Business, Science, Technology and Math, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA; Robert L. Pura, President, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA (moderating)

In this session, you will hear three different strategies to help all students start—and finish—a pathway from high school through college.  From Manchester Community College (CT), learn how it has a developed a regionally recognized model dual enrollment College Career Pathways program with area high schools that exposes students early to the rigors of college level work and at the same time supports the college’s new student recruiting efforts.  One of the hallmarks of the program is the college and high school faculty work aligning curriculum to ensure the integrity of credit awarded.  Additionally, attendees will be able to learn more about Massachusetts’ state-wide STEM initiative to increase the number of community college STEM degrees from a system’s perspective and a campus perspective.  Common to each program are elements of recruiting students, lowering barriers, and providing wrap around supports so students can successfully earn an associate’s degree before finding a job or transferring to a four-year institution.

Biographies: Harris, Little, Barney, Pura

Institution Mission and Profile: Manchester Community College Fact Sheet

Institution Mission and Profile: Mt. Wachusett Community College

Standard 5 and 8.6
 
Salon E 4
 3:00 - 4:15 PM   Higher Education Panel #3B
Innovative Assessment: Transformative Pedagogy to Improve the 'Spirit of Inquiry'

Presenters:  Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield, Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Simmons College, Boston, MA; Elizabeth Harwood, Coordinator, Psychology Department, Rivier University, Nashua, NH; Lourdes Aleman, Associate Director -Teaching and Learning Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Thomas S. Edwards, Provost, Thomas College, Waterville, ME (moderating)

“As a teaching tool, inquiry is effective because it encompasses a number of important pedagogies such as group work/collaboration, challenge, motivation, raising questions, argument and reasoning in science. These significantly contribute to student learning.” (Yew Jin)

The spirit of inquiry is a persistent sense of curiosity that informs and connects learning and practice. Implementing innovative pedagogical techniques in the classroom can revitalize your teaching, improve your student learning outcomes, and provide the opportunity for research that transcends disciplinary boundaries.

We will provide evidence of successful curricular innovations for the assessment of student gains around the spirit of inquiry. We present evidence-based initiatives that work for building better teaching methods for inquiry based-learning in all disciplines. We will also discuss assessment mechanisms that demonstrate improved teaching. After a brief panel presentation, we breakout to allow participants to share examples of these pedagogical shifts at their own institutions and assessment tactics they developed. We will then have a short reporting session followed by a summary of the ideas generated. Participants will be able to assemble a toolkit of “best-practices” for successful implementation of new teaching strategies around the spirit of inquiry and identify potential assessment methods for measuring student success.

Biographies:  Roecklein-Canfield, Harwood, Aleman, Edwards

Institution Mission and Profile: Rivier College

Institutional Profile: Simmons College

Institutional Mission:  Simmons College

Standard 6.17
 
Salon G 4
 3:30 - 4:45 PM   K-12 Keynote
Dreaming with DREAMers

Presenter: Dan-el Padilla Peralta, professor, Princeton University, NJ and author of Undocumented

Professor Padilla will share his experiences and provide advice on how schools can best meet the needs of undocumented students.

Biography: Peralta
 
Salon F 4
 4:15-5:00 PM   Higher Education:  CIHE Business Meeting
Presenter: David P. Angel, President, Clark University, Worcester, MA and Chair, CIHE

Biography: Angel
 
Salon G 4
 5:00 - 6:00 PM   NEASC Reception
      
Salon E 4
    Dinner on Your Own    
 
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Friday, December 15, 2017

ROOM FLOOR
 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM   Morning Moves
All welcome (no special attire, equipment or prior experience needed)
Instructor: Samantha Cameron

Start your day with gentle Yoga stretches for all levels- breath flows through the body connecting spirit, emotion, and sensation. Biography: Cameron
 
Vineyard
Room
4
 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Registration
 
Registration
A & B
 
4
 6:30 - 9:00 AM   Complimentary Continental Breakfast/Coffee Service
  
Foyer
 
4
 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Open Networking Rooms
These open rooms are available to all attendees to network, relax, re-charge yourselves and your electronics!
 
Vineyard
and
Yarmouth Rooms
4
 7:00 - 7:30 AM   K-12 Commission Business Meetings
 
   
    Commission on Independent Schools (CIS) Salon A
 
4
  Commission on International Education (CIE PS-12) Salon B
 
4
    Commission on Public Schools (CPS)
 
Salon C 4
 7:30 - 8:30 AM   NEASC Annual Business Meeting of the Corporation
Open to all conference attendees

View the Call and Notice for the 132st Annual Business Meeting (PDF) >>
 
Salon F 4
 8:30 - 9:45 AM   Higher Education Plenary Address #2
Flickering in the Dark: Tiki Torches or Lamps of Learning?


Presenter: Patricia A. McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University, Washigton, DC; Kimberly Goff-Crews, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, Yale University, New Haven CT (moderating)

The haunting images of tiki torches flickering across the lawn of a leading American university should refocus the discussion of collegiate transformation on issues beyond the merely pragmatic. Transformation for whom and for what purpose?  With American society beset by serious threats of fragmentation, colleges and universities should be models for solutions to social problems. To do so, we must engage transformation in ways that reject the temptation to be merely self-referential (how can we gain more market share, move up in rankings, improve our bottom line?).  The real work of collegiate transformation should focus outward, engaging the larger society in addressing social dysfunctions from poverty and racism to the deterioration of civil discourse and the rise of “fake news.” Such transformation done well also requires serious re-examination of all university activities, from consideration of how to enroll and graduate more low income students of color, to programs and services that promote information literacy, to policies that ensure a robust climate for freedom of speech.  Such transformation also requires collegiate leadership - boards, presidents, faculty - to place a premium on developing a campus culture of respect and justice for all persons. When the larger community looks to our campuses, the fires of learning should be the only illumination they see.

Biography: McGuire, Goff-Crews

Standard One-Mission, Standard Nine-Integrity
 
Salon G 4
 8:30 - 9:45 AM   K-12 Concurrent Session
Meeting the Needs of Undocumented Students


Presenter: Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Professor, Princeton University, NJ
and author of Undocumented

Professor Padilla will lead a follow-up discussion to his Thursday K-12 Keynote regarding how schools can best meet the needs of undocumented students.
 
Biography: Peralta
 
Provincetown Room 4
 8:30 - 9:45 AM   K-12 Concurrent Session
The Berwick Academy: Innovation Pursuits and the College Process
Presenter: Darcy Coffta, Director of Innovation and Upper School Librarian, Berwick Academy, South Berwick, ME

Since 2008, the Berwick Innovation Center has built a framework for the Innovation Pursuit program that focuses on project-based, student-directed learning and collaboration with a mentor. Within that Innovation framework is a digital portfolio, an element of research and development, connecting with industry experts, and publicly presenting at our annual Innovation Celebration. Darcy will discuss Berwick’s Innovation Pursuit program and the incredible success we’ve witnessed in the college application process.

Biography: Coffta

Institution Mission and Profile: Berwick Academy
 
Salons
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 8:30 - 9:45 AM   K-12 Concurrent Session
Accelerating Learning through a Focus on Task

Presenter: Elizabeth City, Director of the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program and Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)

On most days, most children will try to do the tasks we ask them to do. That makes the tasks themselves one of the best predictors of what children will know and be able to do as a result of coming to school (on top of the many talents, skills, and interests they bring). If we care about learning, tasks are a critical place to focus attention, whether as part of an observational practice like instructional rounds or as a discrete data source. In this session, we will explore why it is important to focus on tasks using international and U.S. data related to tasks and performance, what we mean by “task,” and how to examine tasks with colleagues. We will practice analyzing tasks in collaboration with colleagues.

Biography: City
 
Salons
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 10:00 - 11:15 AM
 
Higher Education Panel #4A
Education and Employment

Presenters: Michael Thomas, NEBHE, Boston, MA; James H. Page, Chancellor, University of Maine System, Orono, ME; Don DeHayes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI (moderating)

What is the responsibility of higher education to the economy and to the employability of its graduates? How can policy-makers, business leaders, and higher education address these issues in an area challenged by low population growth and increasing global competitiveness?

For a regional perspective, we will hear from Michael Thomas, President of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), which has launched the Commission on Higher Education and Employability to address how policymakers, business leaders, and higher education can maximize the region’s human capital potential, ensure economic productivity, and improve the well-being of New England residents.

For a state perspective, we will hear from Jim Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System, comprising six separately accredited institutions, and described as Maine’s “most important public asset.” How does public higher education in Maine understand the state’s unique challenges and focus appropriate attention on addressing them through academic programs, research, technology, and public service? What is the role of the System, the Board, the Universities, and the legislature?

For reference:
The New England Journal of Higher Education - Commit to Building on New England’s “Employability” Advantage! by Ross Gittell  July 31, 2017

Biographies:  Thomas, Page, DeHayes 

State Report: University of Maine System
 
Salon F 4
  10:00 - 11:15 AM   Higher Education Panel #4B
Emerging Learning

Presenters: Terri Camesano, Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA; Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Professor of Management, Grossman School of Business,  University of Vermont, Burlington, VT; Michele Dischino, Professor, Technology and Engineering Department, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT; David Quigley, Provost and Dean of Facilities, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA and Vice Chair, CIHE (moderating)

This panel will highlight pedagogical developments related to project-based learning (PBL). Presenters will discuss opportunities for PBL in diverse settings, as well as challenges for implementing novel approaches that encourage innovative pedagogy and active learning. Examples of PBL in both undergraduate and graduate curriculum will be provided along with suggestions for assessing student outcomes.

Biographies: Camesano, DeWitt, Dischino, Quigley

Standard 4.3
 
Salon G 4
10:00 - 11:15 AM   K-12 Plenary Address
The Importance of K-16 Collaboration

Presenter: Shannon W. Gilkey, Director, Education Strategy Group

Biography: Gilkey
 
Salons
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   Higher Education Keynote #3
Where Are We Taking Accreditation?

Much of the national discussion of accreditation focuses on the changing context for this important work, the increasingly large role that government plays in accreditation and the challenges posed by critics of accreditation. What happens, however, if we concentrate less on what is being done to us and more on how we are addressing opportunities for change in  what we do?  How might we might we serve as constructive disruptors, even more energetic innovators?  What role might we envision for accreditation going forward?  How might we define our leadership? What  future for accreditation might we want to build?

Presenter: Judith S. Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), Washington, DC; Jon Oxman, Commissioner, Public Member, Maine (moderating)

Biography: Eaton, Oxman
 
Salon G 4
11:30 AM - 12:30PM   K-12 Concurrent Session
Bringing a Vision for Learning to Life: Actionable Strategies to Build Schools That Inspire

Presenter:  John Clements, Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School, Upton MA

The 2020 Standards for Accreditation offer guidance for schools to leave behind a culture of teaching in favor of a culture of learning. Moving beyond compliance, the standards support schools in making the most aspirational parts of being an educator a reality. As part of the workshop, attendees will focus on some of the exciting revisions to the standards and explore how they can support the reimagining of school to more closely align with our beliefs about learning. This session will be hands-on, actionable, and collaborative.  We will explore practical strategies that teachers and leaders can replicate, adapt, and scale in their own school communities to support the shift from a culture of teaching to a culture of learning.

Biographies: Clements
 
Salons
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   K-12 Concurrent Session 
Mission-Driven Approaches to International “Partnership” Programs
 
Presenters:  Thomas Lovett, Headmaster, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury VT;  Ricardo Carreno, Global Programs Director, Vermont Academy, Rockingham VT; Jennifer Zaccara, Head of School, Vermont Academy, Rockingham VT

There is a growing number of New England schools partnering, becoming sister schools or adding campuses overseas.  In this session, St. Johnsbury Academy and Vermont Academy will share the why,  how and what of their approach to this rising phenomenon. The session is intended to be a sharing session of how other schools address this opportunity and what the different schools need from NEASC/CIS.

Biographies:  Lovett, Carreno, Zaccara
 
Provincetown Room 4
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   K-12 Concurrent Session
To be announced
 
Salons
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12:30 - 2:00 PM   NEASC Luncheon, Keynote, and Awards
Attendees required to purchase luncheon reservation ticket.

Presenter: Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary (2014-2017); Political Analyst, NBC and MSNBC; Voice of West Wing Week, White House's Online Video Series; Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary (2011-2014)  

Biography:  Earnest
 
Awards Ceremony Presentations:

Richard J. Bradley Award for 2017
Richard W. Schneider
, President, Norwich University, VT

Jacob Ludes Leadership Award for 2017
Rev. Brinton W. Woodward, Jr.

 
Salon F 4
 
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NEASC Commissions
CIHE Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (Colleges and Universities)
CIE PS-12 Commission on International Education (PreK-12 Schools)
CIS Commission on Independent Schools  (K-12 Schools)
CPS Commission on Public Schools   (K-12 Schools)