In Third Research Summit, NAIS Tackles Student Health and Well-being

Fall 2014

On November 4-5, 2014, NAIS will convene a group of expert educators, psychologists, and thought leaders at its Washington, DC, headquarters to discuss various facets of health and well-being in independent schools.

The summit will address new data and public focus on student health and well-being amid increased student stressors; how to assess student well-being; strategies available for schools to tackle the physical, emotional, social, intellectual aspects of their students’ well-being; student sex and sexuality issues; what success looks like in school and in life; and more. 

Attendees are set to discuss several key questions: What are the current data about student and adult engagement, happiness, and well-being? How does this health and well-being research inform issues relating to sex and sexuality? What does the student on the road to a healthy, balanced adult look like? What types of training for administrators and teachers would be helpful for our schools?

Summit participants include:

  • Trisha Ross Anderson, Research Project Manager, Making Caring Common Project (Harvard)
  • Rosemary Baggish, Community Education Consultant, The Institute of Living
  • Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education
  • Britney Butler, Executive Director, Character Lab
  • Jonathan Cohen, Co-founder and President, National School Climate Center
  • Alex Curtis, Headmaster, Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Katherine Dinh, Head of School, Prospect Sierra School
  • Rob Evans, Executive Director, The Human Relations Service
  • Ashley Finley, Senior Director of Assessment and Research, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • John Gulla, Executive Director, The E.E. Ford Foundation
  • Kevin Hicks, Head of School, The Hotchkiss School
  • Heather Hoerle, Executive Director, SSATB
  • Eranda Jayawickreme, Professor, Wake Forest University
  • Joselyn Shultz Lewis, Senior Program Coordinator, Georgetown University
  • Lisa Pence, Upper School Director, Holton Arms School
  • Lisa Pullman, Executive Director, Independent School Data Exchange (INDEX)
  • Deborah Roffman, Author and Human Sexuality Teacher, The Park School of Baltimore
  • Marty Rubio, Social Studies Chair, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
  • Kate Shorter, Executive Director, The Meeting Street Schools
  • John Suby, Director of Athletics, Health, and Wellness, Dana Hall School, and Steering Committee Member, Independent School Health Association (ISHA)
  • Pete Upham, Executive Director, The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
  • Vicki Zakrzewski, Director, Greater Good Science Center

After the summit, NAIS will share key learnings and seed conversations on student health and well-being in independent schools. All are encouraged to participate in this third NAIS Deep Dive with thoughts, triumphs, lessons learned, and new ideas. 

NAIS will kick things off by posting questions and resources on Twitter and in the Idea Exchange on NAIS Connect. Follow along at @NAISNetwork and share your expertise and ideas using the hashtag #NAISDeepDive. To participate in the Idea Exchange, log onto NAIS Connect at with your username and password for the NAIS website.