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NAIS Member Voices focuses on the hard-working individuals that make up the independent school community. Each episode will feature a discussion with a different staff member at an NAIS member school about his or her role, challenges, successes, inspiration sources, and more. For more information about NAIS or any of the resources discussed, visit www.nais.org or contact us at membership@nais.org.

Member Voices audio podcast by NAIS

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    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

NAIS Member Voices focuses on the hard-working individuals that make up the independent school community. Each episode will feature a discussion with a different staff member at an NAIS member school about his or her role, challenges, successes, inspiration sources, and more. For more information about NAIS or any of the resources discussed, visit www.nais.org or contact us at membership@nais.org.

    Achieving Inclusivity in Polarizing Times

    Achieving Inclusivity in Polarizing Times

    Arvind Grover, head of school at the Meadowbrook School (MA) shares how his school strives for inclusivity in a polarized world. He stresses the importance of actively assessing your school’s progress, putting support structures in place, and stopping to ask “is there an opportunity here?”. We also discuss staff retention strategies - like the importance of creating opportunities for faculty growth and making new hires feel like they’re ahead of the curve. Finally, Arvind shares how being a head has given him perspective, and why, despite everything, he still jumps out of bed every morning.

    You can find some related NAIS resources from this episode by visiting nais.org/membervoices.

    • 37 min
    The Conversation: Navigating a Head Transition

    The Conversation: Navigating a Head Transition

    Ariane Baer-Harper, head of school at Austin International School (TX) speaks with Jacques Weber, head of the Dallas International School (TX) who was the outgoing head at Austin International when she started. The two were able to work together for the last three months of the 2022–2023 school year, and their collaboration has continued to this day. Here, Baer-Harper and Weber discuss their successful head transition, the keys to its success, and a roadmap for other heads to consider. This conversation was published in the Winter 2024 issue of Independent School magazine.

    You can find some related NAIS resources from this episode by visiting nais.org/membervoices.

    • 20 min
    The Conversation: Coping With Tragedy

    The Conversation: Coping With Tragedy

    Two colleagues at St. Mary’s Episcopal School (TN) - Head of School Albert Throckmorton and Director of Communications Jennifer Parris – talk about what they’ve learned about community and a school’s purpose following a tragedy. This conversation was published in the Fall 2023 issue of Independent School magazine.

    You can find some related NAIS resources from this episode by visiting nais.org/membervoices.

    • 33 min
    Working Through Anxiety with Jennifer Dirga, The Chestnut Hill School

    Working Through Anxiety with Jennifer Dirga, The Chestnut Hill School

    Jennifer Dirga, School Counselor at The Chestnut Hill School (MA) speaks to the importance of fostering connections inside and outside the classroom to decrease stress and anxiety in students. In this conversation with Jackie Wolking, she shares examples for how to build community and how to create safe and affirming spaces. Jennifer takes an active role in the classroom and advocates for mental health supports for staff. She’s a proponent of going slow, pausing, and reflecting more throughout life.

    You can find some related NAIS resources from this episode by visiting nais.org/membervoices.

    • 35 min
    Combating Teacher Attrition with Fran Bisselle, Hathaway Brown School

    Combating Teacher Attrition with Fran Bisselle, Hathaway Brown School

    Fran Bisselle, head of school at Hathway Brown School (OH) discusses trends in teacher attrition, and how independent schools can bolster teacher retention by understanding the current workforce landscape and leveraging teacher-focused policies in their schools. Fran unpacks the effect of the pandemic on teacher burn-out and how Hathway Brown had to adapt to ensure teacher retention. She also describes how the hiring and on-boarding process in her school had to become more teacher-focused.

    You can find some related NAIS resources from this episode by visiting nais.org/membervoices.

    • 37 min
    Recruiting and Retaining Top Teachers with Denise Spirou, The Greene School

    Recruiting and Retaining Top Teachers with Denise Spirou, The Greene School

    Denise Spirou, head of school at The Greene School (FL) describes how she looks for teachers that are joyful, and that are problem solvers – not problem starters. She shares how she helps her school stand out to potential job candidates, and how she prioritizes the mental health of her team by encouraging them to take days off and participate in walking meetings. Finally, Denise discusses the importance of servant leadership, not taking things personally, and being able to “fess up when you mess up”.

    You can find some related NAIS resources from this episode by visiting nais.org/membervoices.

    • 38 min

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