4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast & Cohorts
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Speaker: Andrew Reiner, Full-Time Lecturer, Towson University
We live in a time when the toolkit needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world looks far different than the one many of us grew up with. Classrooms at all educational levels and workplaces now require boys and men to be far more self aware, empathetic, curious, compassionate, collaborative and to practice strong communication skills (especially good listening!).
The rub: These aren’t typically the skillsets many of us practice with our athletes or encourage in them. Which means they might be getting mixed messages in parts of their lives that matter most to them (sports teams) and that could limit their growth and success off the field and court. Many boys aren’t yet mature enough to ‘flip the switch’ and practice these new behaviors once they leave the game or practice behind.
Through the lens of the wildly popular TV show Ted Lasso, we’ll look at simple, practical ways we can help their athletes learn this new skillset while still remaining competitive.
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
During this breakout session, coaches will apply what they learned from the keynote to their coaching strategies. Participants will brainstorm techniques for teaching their athletes this new toolkit through both guided suggestions and through developing their own strategies.
Speaker: Tim Green, Athletics Consultant, Southern Teachers
Athletics are complex and of vital importance to a school, so it is imperative that the head of school and athletic director are on the same page. Explore the results of a study examining the most important things the head of school wants from an effective athletic director.
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Speaker: Jen Brooks, Athletic Director, Ursuline Academy
Join this session to talk about what it looks and feels like to be the only woman in the room. How do we prepare for these situations? We will talk about allyship and the support we need from others sitting in the room. We’ll master this opportunity and support all women as they take their rightful seat at the table.
Speaker: Carolyn Sideco, Founder & Convener, CoachingKapwa Sports Consultants
Emerging and sustaining a successful and robust athletic department culture requires us to confront the challenges and myriad of solutions in how we hire and onboard coaches. This session will engage best practices, creative remedies, and inter-departmental programmatic structures which not only build out the team, but also support the deepening personal growth, sense of belonging, and professional longevity of humans who coach sports in your community. Activities in this session will include community asset mapping, sports relationship storytelling, reciprocal mentoring, and currencies and capital of coach hiring.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Speaker: Jennifer Bryan, Psychologist/Consultant, Re-Set School
During the 2020-2021 academic year, COVID-19 altered the way our educational communities function. Faculty and staff spent 15 months pivoting, improvising, adapting, and grappling with major uncertainty. As a consequence of this necessary improvisation, our boundaries around space and time collapsed. School came home, home became school, and we lost a sense of time, rhythm, and routine. Though many schools are fully back in person this year, problematic side effects from certain “pandemic practices” persist.
This school year, the pent-up physical and athletic demands/needs of students (and parents!), along with continuing COVID concerns, challenge athletic directors to re-set boundaries and expectations. This keynote will focus on the importance of AD’s:
Bring your questions, observations, and sense of humor to this interactive session.
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Speaker: Mike Ellson, Athletic Ambassador/Executive Director, Christ Presbyterian Academy/TIAAA
This session will be centered around lessons learned from growing an athletic program for over three decades of service as the school’s first coach and first athletic director. We will discuss the leadership traits of industriousness, loyalty, and enthusiasm, and the importance of having a mentor you can truly trust. We will utilize the power of story from years of experience, the importance of our examples over our words, and the beauty of leadership in both the seen and unseen.
The goal of the session is for athletic administrators to learn from the past, make each day moving forward a masterpiece, and to value every relationship through the honorable position of athletic administrator.
Speaker: Gabriel Robison, Director of Athletics, Woodlynde School
Picture a typical high school student-athlete. Did you picture a student playing chess? An adolescent gaming alongside their esports team? An archery team perfecting their craft? With athletic departments dominated by mainstream sports such as football, basketball, and soccer, many students miss out on the benefits of participating on an athletic team. Inclusivity in your athletic department can help athletic directors reach and serve a new population of students.
This session will focus on:
1. Alternative athletic offerings to reach more of your student population.
2. SEL benefits of an inclusive athletic department for students with learning differences.
3. Building an inclusive community and positive culture with student-athletes, coaches, and parents.