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This podcast, sponsored by La Jolla Country Day School, explores the topic of independent schools. Host Inez Odom interviews experts in the field to offer a multi-faceted view of the topic from many perspectives.

Roots and Wings- Voices of Independent Schools La Jolla Country Day School

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This podcast, sponsored by La Jolla Country Day School, explores the topic of independent schools. Host Inez Odom interviews experts in the field to offer a multi-faceted view of the topic from many perspectives.

    Episode 028- Donna Orem, President of National Association of Independent Schools

    Episode 028- Donna Orem, President of National Association of Independent Schools

    In this special episode of Roots and Wings: Voices of Independent Schools, we are delighted to feature Donna Orem, President of the National Association of Independent Schools. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S. Prior to joining NAIS, she was the vice president for products and services development at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In her fifteen years at CASE, she also served as the vice president for independent schools. In that role, she managed all services for the independent school advancement community, including the annual CASE/NAIS Conference. Ms. Orem speaks frequently about leadership, governance, trends in independent school education and workforce development.
     
    In this episode, Ms. Orem reflects upon what brings her great optimism about the future of independent schools. She shares ways in which independent schools are reimagining themselves and speaks to the notion of a third educational revolution in which we find ourselves. Ms. Orem’s insights are important for listeners who are parents as well as practitioners in the independent school world.
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    • 47 min
    Episode 027- Brendan Schneider- Director of Advancement, Sewickley Academy

    Episode 027- Brendan Schneider- Director of Advancement, Sewickley Academy

    In the words of Brendan Schneider, “I began as the Director of Admission & Financial Aid at Sewickley Academy in the Summer of 2008. In October of 2008, the stock market crashed, and our interest indicators (inquiries, applications, and visits) seemed to be a one month trailing average of the stock market. What were we going to do? We initially ran to traditional outbound marketing techniques that we had never tried before. We used billboards and placards in the airport which proved to be a huge waste of money and didn’t help our admission efforts. Next, we turned to social media and launched our Facebook Page, and Twitter account thinking that by utilizing social media alone it would drive hundreds of mission appropriate, full-pay families to our doors. We were wrong. I then picked up a copy of Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs (New Rules Social Media Series) by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah and our journey with inbound marketing began.” In this podcast, Mr. Schneider reflects upon his journey at Sewickley and provides proof points and ideas for taking independent school marketing to the next level.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 026- Lisa Lau Aquino- Director of Admission, The Hamlin School

    Episode 026- Lisa Lau Aquino- Director of Admission, The Hamlin School

    Lisa Lau Aquino is a proud graduate and parent of an alumna of The Hamlin School. She attended Lowell High School and U.C. Berkeley, and has done graduate work in Multicultural Education at University of San Francisco. Ms. Aquino has taught primarily Science and Health at The Hamlin School for 16 years prior to becoming the Director of Admission in July 2002. She is a member of the Senior Administrative team at Hamlin. Ms. Aquino is also the leader for Hamlin’s Lower School Affinity for Girls of Color group, a California Association of Independent School (CAIS) Accreditation Team Member, President of the Board for the Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA) and a Board Member of Holy Family Day Home, a preschool in San Francisco's Mission district that serves primarily low income and homeless children and families. Int his podcast, she reflects upon the unique value of single sex education and the importance of considering independent school culture through a lens of inclusivity.

    • 41 min
    Episode 025- Pete Anderson- Director of Enrollment Management at Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, PA

    Episode 025- Pete Anderson- Director of Enrollment Management at Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, PA

    In July of 2014, Peter Anderson began his work as Director of Enrollment Management at Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Anderson secured his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Following his work as an Institutional Derivatives Broker for Gottex Financial Services in Lausanne Switzerland, Mr. Anderson returned to education in the summer of 2000. Between 2009 and 2014, Mr. Anderson worked as Director of Admission at Lancaster Country Day School and he has served as Director of Financial Aid at Loomis Chaffee School and as an Instructor in U.S. and South African History at St. George’s School in Newport Rhode Island. In this podcast, Mr. Anderson reflects upon strategic and tactical thinking for the seasoned admission professional.
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    • 41 min
    Episode 024- Harry Bloom- Senior Vice President, Measuring Success

    Episode 024- Harry Bloom- Senior Vice President, Measuring Success

    Improving financial sustainability, recruitment and retention, and parent satisfaction using data is the goal of the company, Measuring Success. In his independent school work, Dr. Bloom has developed and implemented a number of marquee programs, including the Atidenu Recruitment and Retention program, the Recruitment and Retention Academy, the Governance & Fundraising Academy, and the Day School Financial Benchmarking and Reengineering program. These programs have helped well over 100 independent schools enhance revenue, increase efficiency and strengthen their financial vitality.
    Bloom has conducted and published independent school and nonprofit governance research that has identified practices that predict financial and educational success. Dr. Bloom has been a featured presenter at conferences for the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS), the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP), and the California Business Officers Association (CALISBOA). Dr. Bloom has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and a Doctorate of Education degree from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Education and Administration. In this podcast, Dr. Bloom reflects upon the importance of using data to help shape and guide success in the area of independent school admission.
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    • 44 min
    Episode 023- Dr. Amy Parish- Humanities Teacher, La Jolla Country Day School

    Episode 023- Dr. Amy Parish- Humanities Teacher, La Jolla Country Day School

    Dr. Amy Parish is a Biological Anthropologist, Primatologist, and Darwinian Feminist. She has taught at the University of Southern California in the Gender Studies and Anthropology departments since 1999. She is recognized as being a world leading expert in bonobo studies. Parish completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in 1989. She received her Masters of Science from the University of California-Davis in 1990, where she completed her PhD. Her dissertation focused on sociosexual behavior and the female-female relationships of bonobos. In this podcast, Dr. Parish reflects upon her research and thoughts as a professor and teacher at La Jolla Country Day School.
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    • 42 min

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