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
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.
Ms. Orem discusses her great optimism about the future of independent schools. She shares ways in which they are reimagining themselves and speaks to the notion of a third educational revolution in which we find ourselves. Her insights are important for parents as well as practitioners in the independent school world.
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? 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.
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. 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. In this podcast, she reflects upon the unique value of single sex education and the importance of considering independent school culture through a lens of inclusivity.
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. Following his work as an Institutional derivatives broker in Lausanne Switzerland, Mr. Anderson returned to education. He worked as Director of Admission at Lancaster Country Day School and as Director of Financial Aid at Loomis Chaffee School. In this podcast, Mr. Anderson reflects upon strategic and tactical thinking for the seasoned admission professional.
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. Dr. Harry Bloom has developed and implemented a number of marquee programs that have helped well over 100 independent schools enhance revenue, increase efficiency and strengthen their financial vitality. 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.
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. 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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