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  • Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport 9300 Jeff Fuqua Boulevard Orlando, Florida 32827

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  • Welcome

    Dear FCIS Member Schools and Colleagues,!!The regional schools of central Florida join us in welcoming you to Orlando for the FCIS Fall Convention on November 5-6, 2015. It has been our goal to present a conference that provides a forum to explore the limitless possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead for school leaders and classroom educators. No schools in America are in a better position to seize the future and to guide the next generation than independent schools. As leaders on the educational forefront, we know what we stand for and have the freedom the independence to make it happen. You will not want to miss this outstanding professional development opportunity. The 2015 program provides a myriad of opportunities for all of us to explore ways to ignite passion in keeping with our convention theme, Inspiring Greatness!!!The Pre-Conference Workshop on Wednesday, The Effective Advancement TeamSelf Knowledge and Team Building will be presented by Paula Schwartz, Amy Riley, and Bill Simmer of Independent School Management (ISM). Our Thursday program will feature Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at Harvard University, and Sandy Shugart, President of Valencia College. Tony Wagner is an internationally known scholar, speaker and widely published author, including recent works Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, published by Simon & Schuster in 2012 to rave reviews, and The Global Achievement Gap. Dr. Shugarts luncheon presentation will focus upon discovering the characteristics of an authentic leader building off the themes from his 2014 book, Leadership in the Crucible of Work. Ms. Hilary Lamonte from NAIS will provide an update on our new DASL data interface that has benefited all FCIS schools in its inaugural year. Additionally, Thursdays sessions feature a variety of topics of interest to each member of your leadership team. !!Fridays keynote address by Christian Long is sure to captivate our classroom teachers and administrators. Mr. Long will focus on topics ranging from design thinking mindsets, trends in education, emerging technologies and innovative school design practices. Our luncheon speaker will be Nishant Mehta, Head of School at the Childrens School in Midtown Atlanta. His presentation will engage and motivate us all as he shares his vision for a progressive culture of excellence and experiential learning. This year, we are excited to offer a post-conference break out session with Christian Long to further explore the future of learning through a human-centered design lens. !!The Steering Committee is certain that the vast array of offerings will provide both information and inspiration for everyone on your staff. The convention offers an exceptional value in professional development that can pay great dividends in the lives of your students.!!As we catapult forward in the innovation-driven economy of the 21st century, we must seize the opportunity to develop the capacities of our future leaders by establishing cultures of creativity based on collaboration, problem solving, motivation and passion. We must seize the opportunity to help our students not just survive but thrive as the change makers of tomorrow. We look forward to seeing each of you November 5-6 as we join together to Inspire Greatness!!!! ! ! ! Cindy Moon, Head!! ! ! ! ! Dr. Mike Sligh, Head! ! ! !! ! ! ! Park Maitland School! ! ! ! ! Lakeland Christian School!


  • The Florida Council Of Independent Schools

    The Florida Council of Independent Schools was founded in Jacksonville in December 1954. From the small handful of schools and correspondingly low student population that comprised the original group, the Council has grown to become one of the largest independent school organizations in the United States. FCIS begins the 2015-2016 school year with 157 member schools.

    Member schools are located throughout the state, extending from Pensacola in the northwestern panhandle to Key Largo in the southeast. While most schools are coeducational and day, there are schools with boarding programs and others which admit only girls or only boys. Some enroll only elementary school children or only secondary school children, while others offer combinations of levels. Many of the schools are strictly college preparatory, but other member schools serve students with learning difficulties.

    Schools range in size from fewer than 50 students to over 2,500 students. Indeed, one of the Councils strengths is the variety of schools making up its membership. In this way, not only does the Council provide an alternative to public school, but also within its membership, it provides still further alternatives to parents who are looking for exactly the right type of school for their children. All FCIS schools have racially nondiscriminatory admission policies.

    The Florida Council of Independent Schools is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and an affiliate of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE). FCIS is a founding member of the Florida Association of Academic Non-Public Schools (FAANS).

    FCIS Mission: The Florida Council of Independent Schools promotes the highest standards for PK-12 education through its accreditation process, professional development programming, and advocacy efforts.

    !The Florida Council of Independent Schools 1211 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 612Tampa, FL 33607Phone: 813.287.2820 Fax: 813.286.3025Dr. Barbara Hodges, Executive Director


  • FCIS Board of Directors

    David Mahler, President The Out-of-Door Academy 444 Reid Street Sarasota, FL 34242 ! Craig Maughan, Immediate Past President Trinity Preparatory School 5700 Trinity Prep Lane Winter Park, FL 32792 ! Robert Stephens, Vice President St. Johns Episcopal Parish Day School 906 South Orleans Ave Tampa, FL 33606 ! Palmer Bell, Secretary Riverside Presbyterian Day School 830 Oak Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 !

    Kevin Plummer, Treasurer Tampa Preparatory School 727 W Cass Street Tampa, FL 33606 !Kim Bednarek Discovery Montessori School 102 15th Street South Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 !!!

    Tane Bonham Christ Church School 4845 NE 25 Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 !Elise Ecoff North Broward Preparatory School 7600 Lyons Road Coconut Creek, FL 33073 !

    Nikki Koski Parkway Christian School

    1200 S. Flamingo Road Davie, FL 33325 !Dr. Dana Markham Pine Crest School 1501 NE 62nd Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33434 !Martha Milton Grace Episcopal Day School 156 Kingsley Avenue Orange Park, FL 32073 !!!!!!!!!

    Cindy Moon Park Maitland School 1450 South Orlando Ave Maitland, FL 32751 !Mike Murphy Shorecrest Preparatory School 5101 First Street NE St. Petersburg, FL 33703 !Ginger Sauter The Village School 6000 Goodlette Road Naples, FL 34109 !

    Joe Seivold Berkeley Preparatory School 4811 Kelly Road Tampa, FL 33615 ! Dr. Mike Sligh Lakeland Christian School 1111 Forest Park Street Lakeland, FL 33803 !!!!!!!!


  • Convention Steering Committee

    Thursday Program Committee Administrators Luci Higgins, The First Academy Robert Ingram, The Geneva School Kasey Kesselring, Montverde Academy Mark Miner, All Saints Academy Mitchell Salerno, The Masters Academy June Stewart, All Saints Academy Troy Urquhart, Montverde Academy Ryan Walsh, All Saints Academy ! Admission Directors Catherine Hay, Trinity Preparatory School Evelyn Schwalb, All Saints Academy Kirsten Telan, Park Maitland School ! Advancement/Development Directors Kristin Aiken, All Saints Academy Dawn Banning, All Saints Academy Frances McMichael, All Saints Academy Jane Wasyliw, Sweetwater Episcopal Academy ! Business Officers Jim Bartlett, Lake Highland Preparatory School Cindy Morse, All Saints Academy Steven Wennerstrom, Trinity Preparatory School !!!!!!!!!!!

    College Counselors Nancy Kormann, All Saints Academy Joyce Kwak, The First Academy Lynn Stewart, Lake Highland Preparatory School ! Guidance Counselors Ingrid Grenci, Lake Highland Preparatory School Gail York, Park Maitland School ! Technology Directors Susan Bearden, Holy Trinity Episcopal School Lara Danhof, Park Maitland School Evelyn McCulloch, Park Maitland School Denise Musselwhite, Trinity Preparatory School !Friday Program Committee David Bernatavitz, Lake Highland Preparatory School Megan Francis, The Parke House Academy Luci Higgins, The First Academy Valerie Kennedy, Park Maitland School Cynthia Lane, Sweetwater Episcopal School Jayanne Roggenbaum, Westlake Christian School Davina Spillmann, Park Maitland School Ingrid Wasserfall, The Cornerstone School Donna Wood, Park Maitland School !Episcopal Schools Breakfast Sonia Sullivan Clifton, Trinity Preparatory School !!!!!!!!

    Door Prizes Megan Francis, The Parke House Academy !Convention Logo Maggie Flavhan, Park Maitland School Amber Lavender, Park Maitland School !Convention Ads Cynthia Lane, Sweetwater Episcopal School !Convention Art Show Jill Altomare, The Parke House Academy Lourdes Alvarez-Rogers, St. Edwards School Paula Hindert, St. Edwards School !Photographers Amber Lavender, Park Maitland School Amber Scott, Park Maitland School !Exhibitors Tam Nguyen, Florida Council of Independent Schools !Convention Registration Melissa Alton, Alison Carlson, Keara Danger and Tam Nguyen, Florida Council of Independent Schools !Convention Coordinator Alison Carlson, Florida Council of Independent Schools !!!

    Convention Chairs: Cindy