MFS To Be Heavily Represented at NAIS 2020 Annual Conference in Philadelphia

Feb 24, 2020

Head of School Julia de la Torre at the 2018 NAIS Annual Conference with former Head of School Larry Van Meter ’68.

Moorestown Friends School (MFS) will be heavily represented when more than 5,000 independent school educators arrive in Philadelphia this week for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference, February 26-28, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The entire faculty will travel to Philadelphia on Friday, February 28 to attend the conference during the school’s in-service day.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Your School, Your Legacy.” Head of School Julia de la Torre served on the conference Think Tank, an advisory group of independent school opinion leaders who help to guide programming and planning. NAIS Annual Conference planning starts 18 months before each conference. On Friday Ms. de la Torre will be on stage to introduce General Session speaker Gretchen Rubin, author of blockbuster bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project.

MFS administration and School Committee (Board of Trustees) members will lead four conference sessions:

Building Bridges: Practical Tips for a Successful Head’s Transition 
Julia de la Torre, MFS Head of School
Larry Van Meter ’68, former MFS Head of School
Barbara Caldwell, MFS Board chair and former Associate Head of School
Peter Baily, MFS Board member

Am I Lost or Am I Searching: Reflective Exercises for Journeys of Transition 
Shu Shu Costa, MFS Director of Admissions and Financial Aid 
Deborra Sines Pancoe, Friends Council on Education Associate Director

Scaffolding Leadership Development in High Schools 
Meredith Godley, MFS Upper School Director
Chris Kimberly, MFS Associate Head of School/Academic Dean

Creating Inclusive Environments for Transgender and Non-Binary Students in Lower and Middle Schools 
Kimberly Clarkson, MFS Middle School Director
Kiri Harris, Greene Street Friends Middle School Dean and Director of Teaching Associate Development
Rachel Kane, Sidwell Friends Middle School Principal
Betsy Torg, Friends Council on Education Director of Development and Communications

View the entire 2020 NAIS Annual Conference Program.

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