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Creating a culture of academic integrity is a top priority for schools, and a well-crafted honor code, backed by a system for education and implementation, can be just the tool for success.

2/8/2019 to 2/10/2019
When: February 8-10, 2019
Friday, 4:00-8:30pm; Saturday, 8:30am-4pm; Sunday, 8:30am-11am
Where: The Pingry School
131 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, New Jersey  07920
United States

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

Note for registering a group: please register under the name of a faculty member and type the remaining group names in the RSVP field. If you have additional team members over the group of five, you can register them one by one after the group is registered. Need more registration help? Here is a video on registering a group for this event.

CSEE Member Schools: 

Team (up to 5 faculty and/or students):  $1075 (additional team members over 5: $100 each)

Individual Faculty Registrants: $225 

Non-Member Schools:

Team (up to 5 faculty or students):  $1520 (additional team members over 5: $200 each)

Individual Faculty Registrants: $400


Target Audience

This event is for faculty and students working at the middle and upper school levels.


Creating a culture of academic integrity is a top priority for schools, and a well-crafted honor code, backed by a system for education and implementation, can be just the tool for success. Join facilitator Christy Fairman (St.Paul's School) and independent school teams of faculty and students from around North America for this three-day event. Enjoy case study discussions, small group time, and targeted presentations, including

  • a panel of school heads who will talk about the administration and honor council relationship 
  • Asa Church (York Country Day School) presenting on restorative justice
  • various schools presenting on successful aspects of their programs.

This event is also a great orientation for students who are new to the council. School teams comprised of faculty and students, and individual faculty are welcome! Most meals are included in the price of registration. 



4:00-4:30pm  -  Arrival and Registration
4:45pm  -  Welcome/ Orientation/ Ice-Breaker Activity (Christy) 
5:30pm  -  Dinner
6:30pm  -  Presentation (adults)—What’s in the CSEE handbook? 
Discussion (students)
7:20pm  -  Break
7:30pm  -  Admin Panel
8:20pm  -  Wrap-up Summary, Dismissal at 8:30 pm (Christy)

8:30am  -  Continental Breakfast
8:55am  -  Brief intro to the day (Christy)
9:00am  -  Presentation—School Group ST. PAULS
9:50am  -  Break
10:00am  -  Presentation—Restorative Processes ASA CHURCH
10:50am  -  Break
11:00am  -  Case Study—Break Out/ Report Back PINGRY
12:00 noon  -  Lunch
1:00pm  -  Case Study—Break Out/ Report Back CHURCH FARM
1:50pm  -  Break
2:00pm  -  Presentation STAB
2:50pm  -  Break
3:00pm  -  Case Study—Break Out/ Report Back HACKLEY
3:45pm  -  Hot Topics/ Wrap-up Discussion (Christy) *
4:30pm  -  Evening free

8:00am  -  Continental Breakfast
8:30am  -  Open Forum Q&A** (or mock honor council case)
9:40am  -  Break
10:00am  -  So what, what now? (Christy)
11:00am  -  Evaluation and Departure

*groups/individuals sign up throughout the day to give 30 sec guide to readings, videos, resources, etc.
** keep a running question box from Friday night and use those questions to prompt discussions.

About the Key Presentations

Beyond a Buzzword- Restorative Justice and Your Honor Council

As independent schools, we are working overtime to make it safe for students to fail. We recognize that learning occurs as a process of failures and mini-successes. But have we made it safe for students to fail in every aspect of their lives at school? What would it look like for ethical and spiritual development if our response to behavior mirrored our response to academic struggles? Restorative Justice, when pursued with fidelity and not merely as a buzzword slapped on a program guide to look trendy, offers the opportunity to think beyond punishment and failure. RJ demands that we re-think the work of the Honor Council while affirming the heart of what we're already seeking to do.

Asahel Church is an educational leader interested in the opportunities offered by Restorative Justice to re-think our responses to behavior in independent schools. He is a former NAIS Teacher of the Future and currently serves as the Director of Honor Council at York Country Day School, in York, PA. A graduate of Northwestern University, Asahel completed a Masters in Secondary Education at Johns Hopkins University and a Certificate in Restorative Justice for Education at Eastern Mennonite University. He is the father of four precocious and precious children ages 7, 5, 5, and 2 and enjoys sailing.



Travel / Accommodations

A hotel block with great rates for the conference is now available: Courtyard Marriott Basking Ridge ($105 per night for Double Queen). Reservations will be accepted at the special rate until January 24th. To make reservations, call Marriott Reservations at 1(800) 321-2211 or (908) 542-0300 and please identify yourself as part of the Honor Systems Room Block, staying at the Courtyard Basking Ridge, located at 595 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. You can also make a direct reservation here:

Newark Liberty International Airport is the closest major airport to the school (27 miles away).

For detailed driving directions, please visit Pingry's website here. Pingry has two campuses. We will meet at the Upper School campus, 131 Martinsville Road.


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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