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Honor Systems: Codes and Councils to Strengthen Integrity
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Join long-time presenter Dr. John Roberts, Ellen Nelson (The Hill School) and Hutch Bibby (Sierra Canyon School) as they lead honor council teams from around North America through building, implementing and evaluating a quality Honor program.

2/5/2016 to 2/7/2016
When: February 5-7, 2016
See Agenda Below for Times
Where: Tower Hill School
2813 W 17th Street
Wilmington, Delaware  19806
United States
Presenter: Dr. John Roberts, Ellen Nelson, Hutch Bibby


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Registration:

Includes dinner Friday, continental breakfast Saturday, lunch Saturday, and continental breakfast Sunday.

CSEE Member Schools: 
Team (up to 5 faculty or students): $1075 (additional team members over 5: $100 each)
Individual attendee: $225 

Non-Member Schools:
Team (up to 5 faculty or students): $1495 (additional team members over 5: $200 each)
Individual attendee: $375

About this event:

Dr. John Roberts, Ellen Nelson (The Hill School) and Hutch Bibby (Sierra Canyon School) will lead honor council teams from around North America through building, implementing and evaluating a quality Honor program. Schools will share best-practices in honor / integrity education, and troubleshoot problem areas (all topics are welcome, from how to get buy-in from faculty and students, to preventing lawsuits). Schools with councils will share how they address honor infractions–from initial report to disciplinary action and/or restorative justice. Ample time will be given for guided large and small group discussion, which is an excellent opportunity to discuss similar honor system issues with peers and share ideas. 

This workshop will serve the needs of both schools in the process of instituting an honor system for the first time, and those whose honor systems need fine-tuning or reinvigoration. We request that participants fill out a brief questionnaire before the event, to ensure that the event is crafted to fit your needs.

Questions under consideration will include:

  • How can schools teach integrity and ethics, and get “buy in” for their honor code (from students and faculty)?
  • What kinds of honor systems do schools have, and what works well?
  • What are the nuts and bolts of handling an honor case?
  • How can existing honor systems be revitalized, or 
  • How does a school begin to implement a new program?

Schools are encouraged to send teams when possible (e.g., three students and one or two faculty members), though individual faculty are welcome. Most meals are included in the price of registration (dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch Saturday, and breakfast Sunday). Saturday evening is free for participants to explore the area.

Agenda

Friday

3:30-4:00 pm - Arrival
4:00-6:00 pm - Opening ceremonies, group exercise (Hutch Bibby), keynote talk (John Roberts)
6:00-7:00 pm - Dinner 
7:00-8:30 pm - Exercise re keynote: Plenary and small group discussions (Ellen Nelson) 8:30 pm - Bob Mattingly talk 9:00 pm - Dismiss

Saturday

8:30-9:00 am - Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – Presentation: “Starting or Revising an Honor System” (Hutch Bibby)
10:20 am - Break
10:40 am – Presentation: “The International Student and Academic Integrity,” tentative- based on interest of participating schools  (Ellen Nelson)
12:00-1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Presentation: “Customizing Sanctions” (Hutch Bibby)
2:15 – Break
2:35 - Presentation: “Character Mentorship Program” (Ellen Nelson)
3:50 pm – Summary (John Roberts)
4:00 pm - Dismiss  


Sunday

8:30-9:00 am - Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - Presentation: overview of CSEE Handbook on honor systems (John Roberts) 9:30 am - Break
9:45 am - Plenary Q&A with Panel (Roberts, Nelson, Bibby)
10:30 am - Break
10:45 am - Final Wrap, Evaluations
11:30 am - Dismiss  
   

About the Presenters

John Roberts, Ph.D., has been leading workshops and consulting with schools on honor codes, councils, and school-wide honor systems for over fifteen years. He taught at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Roberts is author of A Handbook for Developing and Sustaining Honor Systems, copies of which will be given to each team attending this workshop. 

Ellen O. Nelson has been teaching art for 28 years. More recently, her work as Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council at The Hill School, Pottstown, PA has led her on a path to seek ways to support students as they encounter moral decisions. Through her guidance, The Hill School was recognized for its excellence in ethical education by CSEE in 2014. Her program, titled “Conversations with Xin: Academic Integrity through the Eyes of an International Student,” was presented at the PAIS (Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools) Inaugural Boarding Schools Conference and will be presented at the TABS-NAIS Global Symposium in April.

Hutch Bibby has been teaching history for 30 years in both public and independent school settings. During a portion of this time he served as the Honor Council Chair at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. Over the course of his five year tenure in this position he worked very hard to devise outcomes that were equally redemptive and rehabilitative as well as punitive. In 2013 he accepted a position at the Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, CA where he has been working hard to build  and maintain a more vibrant and relevant honor system.

Transportation and Accommodations

By air: The closest airport is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), approximately 25 miles from the school. Although ground transport is available, renting a car is the better choice. The Best Western Brandywine Valley Inn (listed below) does offer a shuttle between the school and hotel.
By train: The Wilmington Amtrak Station (WIL) is a quick 12-minute cab ride to the school. Cabs are readily available. The Best Western Brandywine Valley Inn has a shuttle to/from the train station, Tower Hill, and shopping / restaurants. See below for more details.

The hotels listed are approximately 5 miles from Tower Hill School.
Best Western Brandywine Valley Inn. Rates begin at $134, which includes continental breakfast and a shuttle to/from the train station, Tower Hill School, shopping and restaurants. Rooms are equipped with mini-fridges, coffee makers and microwaves. 302-656-9436
Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington-Brandwine Valley.
1- and 2-bedroom units with equipped kitchen begin at $120; hotel shuttle does not run on weekends. 302-479-2000
Courtyard Wilmington Brandywine. Rates begin at $120; no hotel shuttle. 302-477-9500
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wilmington. Rates begin at $120; hotel shuttle does not run on weekends. 302-478-6000
Hotel Wilmington/Christiana. Advance purchase rates begin at $89; rooms are equipped with mini-fridges, coffee makers and microwaves. 302-454-1500

 

 


 

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