Breakout Session 4

Who Are Our Students? Now and Into the Future


Moderator: Charlie Jenkinson



  • Tara Bubble | Dean of Admission, Colgate University 
  • Taylor Stockdale | Head of School, The Webb Schools 
  • William Nicholas | Second Master, Marlborough College


As  secondary and higher education’s student demographic evolves, it’s critical that a cultural shift take place on campus —elite institutions especially—centered around empathy and understanding for challenges and obstacles that stand in the way of student persistence and success. This panel will look at the next 10 years and discuss ways institutions can support the new learner.

The Ethics of Counselling and Admissions: Case Studies


Moderator: Kelly Walter | Associate Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions Boston University 



  • Xiaofeng Wan | Associate Dean of Admission & Coordinator of International Recruitment, Amherst College
  • Zhang Nan | Head of College Counseling & Head of High School English Department, Shanghai High School International Division 
  • Gail Berson | Director of College Counseling, Lycée Français de New York


In a 2017 NAIS report, authors Fonte et. al write, “Health education and sexuality education curricula may be interpreted as competing with the ultimate mission of core academic schooling.” What are the perceived and real barriers to establishing comprehensive health education in your school, with your students? Learn the tenets of and resources needed for a sex education curriculum that is queer-inclusive, trauma-informed, and sex-positive. This session also covers the importance of values-driven mentorship in developing these programs. We will implicate ourselves, our attitudes towards sexuality, and our views on adolescence in our discussion, so come ready to share.

Who Belongs in our Schools?


Presenter: Andy Taylor, Principal, Maru-a-Pula School


Southern Africa is home to three of the most unequal countries in the world.  According to the UN’s standard measure of inequality, the “Gini coefficient,” which measures the distribution of health, education and income, the world ranking is: 1) South Africa, 2) Namibia, 3) Haiti and 4) Botswana.


What can our schools do about this inequality?


This session will ask how members of the “World’s Leading Schools Association” can address this growing educational gap between the world’s rich and poor.   We will look at practical steps – scholarships, service projects, awareness raising – that any school can take to foster greater equality in an increasingly unequal world.

June 20 @ 16:05
16:05 — 00:45 (45′)