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Tue, 3 Dec 2019 14:30:00 GMT - Tue, 3 Dec 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Development Workshop 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Jepson Alumni Center, University of Richmond
9:30 AM, Registration/Coffee Refreshments; 10:00 AM Program Begins; 2:00 PM Program Concludes

Fundraising expert, Amy Eisenstein, says "successful fundraising requires you to take action, including getting out of your chair, picking up the phone and meeting with donors." We heartily agree! Join Ailena Parramore, Fundraising Consultant from Our Fundraising Search, to discuss practical, useful, achievable steps to raise money for your school.


Ailena Gibby Parramore is an independent fundraising consultant with over a decade of experience in nonprofits including work in secondary education, health and human services and city government. Her experience includes leading a K3-12 private school in the development of their annual campaign, completion of their largest capital campaign and first major gifts campaign as well as eight years at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she oversaw the State of Georgia's Walk MS and Bike MS events, the latter part of the country's largest charity cycling series. Ailena and her husband, Chad, are busy raising their children, Taylor and Ella. Ailena is an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan and loves arts and crafts, traveling and reading.

Anyone who has responsibility for school fundraising

Jepson Alumni Center
University of Richmond
442 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Ph: 804-289-8000

Includes materials, break and lunch     
Member School:  $195 
NonMember School: $295

Final date to register for this program is Thursday, November 20, 2019. No refunds after this date. Please refer to the VAIS Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

Legal Issues Seminar

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:30:00 GMT - Tue, 10 Dec 2019 19:30:00 GMT

Navigating Student Mental Health Issues:  Tips, Traps And Best Practices
Zehmer Hall Conference Center, Charlottesville
Check-in and coffee: 9: 30 AM  Program begins at 10:00 AM and concludes at 2:30 PM

Explore the myriad ways that student mental health issues are manifesting on school campuses, the many legal obligations that arise therefrom, and the emotional and often challenging family interactions that often accompany these issues.  This lively and interactive program will identify best practices for utilizing the school’s enrollment agreement, student and family handbook, and other key documents to properly set family expectations and to protect the student and the school in the event of a mental health crisis.  Using interactive case studies, participants will be guided through several real world scenarios, and will come away with strategies for responding lawfully and compassionately to student mental health concerns while standing firm on student safety and protecting the school’s reputation.

Topics will include: 

  • Evaluating Student Disabilities And Accommodations
  • Establishing A Process For Student Mental Health Assessment
  • Crafting Policies Regarding Medical Leaves
  • A School’s Legal Duties Regarding Student Self-Harm In The Wake Of Nguyen v. MIT
  • Creating A Suicide Prevention Protocol
  • Defining The Role Of School Counselors
  • Parental Comportment And Codes Of Conduct
  • The Intersection Of Student Mental Health And Discipline
It is always with great pleasure that we bring Sara Schwartz and her colleagues from Schwartz Hannum PC, a law firm based in Andover, Massachusetts, to present at the VAIS Legal Issues Seminar.


Sara Goldsmith Schwartz is the Founder and President of Schwartz Hannum PC. Sara graduated from Concord Academy, and is a cum laude graduate of both Yale College and Harvard Law School.  She began her legal career at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, after completing a federal court clerkship with The Honorable William Young in Boston.

Sara founded the Firm in 1995.  The Firm has 13 lawyers, of whom 6 are dedicated to the Firm’s education practice.  The education  practice is the largest in New England, representing more than 200 educational institutions in Massachusetts, New England and throughout the United States.  Schwartz Hannum’s Schools and Education Practice provides comprehensive guidance to the full spectrum of school and education clients. 

Sara is a frequent speaker at seminars for attorneys, human resources professionals, and independent school administrators.

Matthew D. Batastini is Co-Managing Partner at Schwartz Hannum PC and a member of the Firm’s education and employment groups. A strategic partner to educational institutions looking to promote a positive learning environment and resolve workplace issues, Matthew assists school clients with crafting and implementing policies and practices applicable to students, employees and the larger school community.  Matthew also counsels school clients on investigations and responding to workplace issues, and defends school clients before state and federal government agencies and courts with respect to claims brought by their employees.  Matthew holds a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College and earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law.


Head of School, Associate Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Business Manager, Director of Human Resources, Director of Admissions, Dean of Faculty, School Nurse, School Physician, Health Center Staff, Head of Upper School, Head of Lower School, Dean of Students, Dean of Admissions and Other Independent School Administrators.

Zehmer Hall Conference Center
104 Midmont Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Includes all materials, break and lunch
Members:        $235
NonMembers: $435

Final date to register for this program is Wednesday, November 26, 2019No refunds after this date. Please refer to the VAIS Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

Interim Accreditation Workshop

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:00:00 GMT - Fri, 13 Dec 2019 19:00:00 GMT

If your school is planning for an Interim Accreditation Visit in the next two years, this workshop will provide an overview of expectations, as well as direction for your specific accreditation path. The Interim Self-Study and Visit provide a valuable opportunity to reflect on progress made since the Initial or Ten Year Visit and to establish a forward-thinking vision for next steps. During the Interim Accreditation Workshop, your school representatives will:

  • Explore the Eleven Standards

  • Participate in Case Studies and Activities

  • Learn about the Self-Study Process

  • Understand the Report Format as an Opportunity

  • Establish the Visit Timeline

  • Plan for the Curriculum and Documentation Review

  • Discuss Visiting Team Hospitality

Attendance at an evaluation workshop is required one to two years prior to the VAIS Visit.

Please plan to bring a laptop and your own Google account information if you are not a Google Apps for Education School.


St. Catherine's School
6001 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

Friday, December 13

10:00 AM Program Begins, 2:00 PM Program Concludes


Fee includes materials and lunch.

VAIS Member:          $25 per person


Registration deadline is Friday, Novembmer 29. No refunds after that date. Please see the complete VAIS cancellation policy under the Programs and Events tab.