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Summer School: Preparing for Continued Online Learning
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8/4/2020 to 8/21/2020
When: August 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 21
2pm-4pm Eastern / 11am-1pm Pacific
Where: Online Event via Zoom
United States

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Registration is per person.

There is also a registration option for the recordings of these events (available to stream for one month). The cost for the recording is slightly more, to encourage participants to attend live. While we have wonderful presenters lined up, the added discussions among peers enhances the overall learning.


Note: Several of these classes have passed. If you'd like to purchase a recording from one of the events, please see these links:


Virtual Advisory
Virtual Service Learning
Creating Engaging and Effective Online Learning Communities
Attending to Students Needs During Challenging Times
Meaningful Large-Scale Gatherings

Recordings will be available to stream until Labor Day.


CSEE Member Schools

Single class: $40 per person

Single class recording: $50 per person

All 7 classes: $200 per person

All 7 classes recorded: $250 per person



Single class: $80 per person

Single class recording: $90 per person

All 7 classes: $400 per person

All 7 classes recorded: $450




CSEE's Summer School aims to provide independent schools with tools so that if online learning continues this year, the elements of the school that are integral to the mission (diversity, service, SEL, and more) also continue. We have set up two hour sessions on a variety of topics, each on a different day. Register for the whole flight of classes, or register for individual events a la carte. These classes will be a mix of presentation and small group breakouts for discussion.

Please see the below descriptions for each class.


Tuesday, August 4th  -  2-4pm Eastern

Session 1

Creating Engaging and Effective Online Learning Communities

Drawing from her expertise in the areas of trauma-informed practices, social emotional learning, mindfulness and restorative approaches, Annie O’Shaughnessy will offer ways to structure and facilitate online learning that attends to both the students’ and educators’ needs. Online learning can be energizing and engaging if frameworks and dispositions are developed that align with the human needs of safety, connection, meaningful engagement, choice, and respect. In this 2 hour interactive webinar you will learn some practical tools alongside some theoretical frameworks to guide every step of your online learning events or classes.



Annie O'Shaughnessy is an educator and primary consultant for True Nature Teaching, serving schools and teams looking to operate in a more holistically restorative way. Through implementation consultation, higher ed instruction, educator training, writing, and keynote speaking, Annie supports schools in developing vital and inclusive learning communities where students and educators grow and thrive.

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Wednesday, August 5th  -  2-4pm Eastern

Session 2

Teaching “Sex Ed” Virtually: What Works Best? with Deborah Roffman

While online teaching and learning presents unique challenges no matter the subject matter, sensitive topics like human sexuality may seem particularly daunting. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will share their experiences, hopes, fears, successes, “do-overs,” activities and resources, guided by a highly seasoned sexuality educator. (4th-8th Grades)


Named one of Time Magazine’s “Top Sixteen Parenting Experts for the 21st Century,” Debbie Roffman is a sexuality educator, consultant, and author based in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has taught sexuality education in the lower, middle, and upper schools at Park School of Baltimore since 1975. Debbie’s most recent book of three books, Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ “Go-To” Person About Sex, was published in 2013 by Perseus Books. In addition to her constant writing and teaching, she’s worked with parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, students, alumni, and trustees at more than 400 schools and organizations across the country, and has published widely in educational journals and been featured on national media.

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Thursday, August 6th  -  2-4pm Eastern

Session 3

Attending to Students Needs During these Challenging Times


Louis Cozolino, PhD, author of the Social Neuroscience of Education wrote: “While teachers may focus on what they are teaching, evolutionary history and current neuroscience suggest that it is who they are and the emotional environment in the classroom they are able to create that are the fundamental regulators of neuroplasticity.” Written in 2013, his words have increased relevance today as educators face the immense challenge of meeting the needs of students impacted by the pandemic and civil unrest. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn practical strategies to build their own emotional resilience along with tools and tips for creating an “emotional environment” that supports students learning and everyone’s wellness.




Annie O'Shaughnessy is an educator and primary consultant for True Nature Teaching, serving schools and teams looking to operate in a more holistically restorative way. Through implementation consultation, higher ed instruction, educator training, writing, and keynote speaking, Annie supports schools in developing vital and inclusive learning communities where students and educators grow and thrive.

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Monday, August 10th  -  2-4pm Eastern

Session 4

Meaningful Large Scale Gatherings

Many schools have employed a patchwork of approaches to large scale gatherings, like Assemblies, for the last two months of our terms. Before we restart in September, now is the time to get clearer on which practices we'll carry forward. Because these gatherings are the air we breathe, we sometimes forget that they represent a tremendous investment of time. Even a 25 minute gathering for 500 students and staff represents a collective 210 hours of time spent. What is the actual purpose of this investment? How might it be leveraged towards the development of communal identity and well-being? Where do we receive feedback on these gatherings? Which practices best fit the ethos of particular schools? And what happens when our ability to physically gather is disrupted?

It's relatively easy to find resource lists of 'great things to do' in Assemblies. This workshop intends to dig more deeply into what we're actually trying to accomplish and how we might carry that intent forward in the midst of the pandemic.




Keven Fletcher currently serves as the Chaplain and Faculty Mentor at St. Michaels University School in British Columbia. He divides his time between public speaking, process facilitation, and exploring life choices with staff and students. The 1,000 strong community draws day and boarding students from five continents and over twenty-five countries. Prior to SMUS, his work focused on organizational culture, both within the corporate and non-profit communities, and particularly in the context of conflict. One of last year's CSEE Visiting Scholars, Keven recently began his first term on our Board.


Keith Driscoll has been an educator for 25 years, after completing his education degree at McGill University. Over these years, Keith has held roles as a teacher, athletic coach, department head, academic counselor and as a Vice Principal. In his 12 years at St. Michaels University School (SMUS) he has served as an Assistant Director of the Middle School, as a Boys Boarding House Director and for the last 8 years has been the Director of Residence and Student Life. Keith is passionate about developing leadership capacity in students and staff through coaching and facilitation, both as individuals and within high functioning teams. His work in this area was recognized as the recipient of the MacGregor Cup, awarded by the ROY Group as a leader in this field. Keith has contributed his expertise in this area at CAIS Conferences and at the CAIS Summer Leadership Institute. He has also led sessions for organizations and individuals across Canada and the United States.


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Tuesday, August 11th  -  2-4pm Eastern

Session 5

Virtual Service-Learning

As schools manage all of the difficulties of moving online, where do community service and service-learning fit in? This workshop is designed to help service coordinators and educators consider the continued importance of service during this time and suggestions on ways in which you can build it into your school’s online or hybrid learning experience. We will explore the transition to a virtual learning environment and the impacts of online on service-learning and community service. Discussion will include the benefits of service-learning on students and communities and we will idea-share among educators so that attendees leave with concrete examples of virtual service-learning.


Hadley Zeavin is the Director of Service Learning and Experiential Education at La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, CA. Hadley works in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools and is also the co-advisor for the Torrey Equestrian Team and co-advisor for the school’s Spectrum Club (GSA). Hadley’s work focuses on building empathy and relationships and using those skills to contribute to communities. With her colleague, Michelle Hirschy, Hadley has co-developed a course taught to school leadership as well as the ninth-graders at La Jolla Country Day School entitled Dignity which works to increase inclusive language and support diversity, equity, and inclusion through an experiential and neuroscientific approach. It is her belief that through empathy and inclusivity, we can build stronger, more resilient schools and communities.

Kate Parker-Burgard is the director of the Center for Leadership at St. Luke’s School, a secular private school for grades 5-12 in New Canaan, CT, where she has also served as dean of students, director of character education, and director of community affairs. The Center for Leadership promotes the understanding of leadership as a behavior, not a position, and so is taught as competencies that everyone can develop. In addition to teaching leadership, Kate focuses on community service in her work.

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RESCHEDULED EVENT (This event was originally slated for August 12 and has been changed to August 21st.)

Friday, August 21st  -  2-4pm Eastern

Session 6

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop: Toward Creating Communities for White Co-Conspirators and Self-Care and Equity for People of Color

Despite the new energy and urgency that has developed in recent weeks in light of the violence and suffering of individuals and communities of color, there’s fear that momentum will wane as the fall semester begins. This workshop will encourage participants and their schools to not only continue to fight for equity, but to also compel white colleagues to engage in this difficult work at all levels (board, admin, fac/staff), while supporting all persons of color through mentorship, self-care, and equitable school policies and practices. 




Caroline Blackwell is Vice President, Equity and Justice, at the National Association of Independent Schools. She has spent a career teaching and advocating for an orientation to diversity, equity, and inclusion that values the broadest range of human difference and experience as fundamental to interpersonal, professional, and institutional strength.

Robert Munro is the incoming Dean of Academic Program and Equity at Concord Academy. Prior to Concord, he was the Director of Global Education at Middlesex School. He is also the Co-President of the Board of Directors of the Robbins House, which tells the important and complex stories of Concord’s African American history. Rob writes, gives talks, and offers workshops on creating inclusive school communities, how to have difficult conversations, and citizenship education at both the high school and college level. He has developed two signature courses at Middlesex: Dialogues across Differences and Citizenship in Civil Societies. Both courses examine how we can bridge differences through empathetic communication and active participation in our many communities (local, national, global, digital) and why it is necessary to engage in these, often, difficult interactions in order to truly create inclusive communities.

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Thursday, August 13th  -  2-4pm Eastern

Session 7

Virtual Advisory Programs

As dedicated educators, you all understand the vital importance of keeping in touch with every student during online learning. Your advisory program may be the very best way to do this. Barb and Kayla will provide suggestions for communicating with individual advisees, strategies for connecting advisory groups, and also potential all-school advisory activities that can occur during online learning.  



Barbara Dixon Ackerman is co-author of CSEE's Handbook for Advisors and has led CSEE's Advisory Workshop for several years. She teaches Upper School English at Garrison Forest School, where she reinvented the advisory program.



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