Join us as we continue this immersive community that creates space for ideas to percolate, thoughtful conversations to unfold, and a connection to something bigger than our day-to-day – the advancement of excellence in Christian education.

The 2023-24 CESA Collective will focus on more tactical ways to multiply your impact on your campuses and in your community. This year, we will host dozens of live sessions facilitated by experts to help you gain insight, hear from your colleagues, and gather resources to help you do your job more effectively.

Who should register for the 2023-24 Collective?

All staff and board members of CESA Member of Council and Candidate Schools have full access to the Collective, and there is content for everyone. This year, our keystone content is from renowned expert on independent schools, Dr. Michael Thompson, who will help us better understand the reality of our parent partners and how we can better work together.  There is a lot more content, too! Take a look below…  If you are not a CESA Member of Council or Candidate School, reach out to Katie (kwiens@cesaschools) to get your school enrolled.

How does the 2023-24 CESA Collective work?

You must get registered first! If you have not yet received the registration form, reach out to your division principal or Head of School.  The link can be shared widely within your school!   Once you are registered, you will log onto your CESA profile on the CESA website.  You will have access to the content beginning on October 16, 2023. 

Once you log onto The Collective, you will be able to click into each content area and see the schedule, and resources, and add sessions you’d like to attend to your calendar. Additionally, you will receive calendar invitations to the relevant Short Courses taking place throughout the year.  These live sessions are the best way to engage in the content and community.  Some of the sessions will be recorded if you have to miss them, however, so check back in the Short Courses after logging onto your profile to access those recordings and the resources shared by our speakers and your peers. 

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What are we learning this year?

Our sessions are designed to meet the needs you have identified.  We are thrilled to welcome the following experts to the Collective this year:

David ThompsonDr. Michael Thompson:
Working with Independent School Parents

Educators choose their profession because they want to work with children. We are trained in pedagogy, classroom management, and child development. Only rarely are we given any training in working with parents even though managing parental demands and anxieties is a growing part of the job. This series of sessions aims to help us understand and partner with our parents more effectively.

  • The Rise of Anxiety - Thursday, October 19 at 1 p.m. EST
  • Challenges of Independent School Parents - Wednesday, November 16 at 1 p.m. EST 
  • What Teachers Can Do - Thursday, January 11 at 1 p.m. EST
  • What Administrators Can Do - Thursday, February 22 at 1 p.m. EST


Stan REiff

Stan Reiff

The risk of cybersecurity breaches in K-12 schools has never been more real - and more dangerous.  These sessions are designed to equip Heads of School, CFO's, and IT staff in emerging trends and safeguards.

  • Cybersecurity: Tips to Minimize Risk: October 23, 2023 at 11 a.m. EST (for Business Office Leaders)
  • Cybersecurity: Safeguarding your School: December 4, 2023 at 11 a.m. EST - (For Heads, IT, and Business Office) 


school financeSchool Finance

This series of sessions is designed to engage business office personnel with the knowledge necessary to keep schools moving toward sustainable futures.


  • Healthcare and Employee Benefits: November 6 at 11 a.m. EST (for Business Office, HR)
  • Student Financial Aid Best Practices: Assessing Key Metrics and Strategic Impact” with Stan Reiff  January 8, 2024 at 11 a.m. EST (for Admissions, Financial Aid Committees, Heads, Business Office)
  • The Analytics of School Choice: How to Use School Choice Metrics and Ratios Effectively March 4, 2024 at 11 a.m. EST (for Business Office, Boards, and Heads)



Caryn PassCaryn Pass, Esq.
Head of School Contracts

Join expert attorney Caryn Pass as she helps Heads and Boards understand ways to maximize trust and ensure schools are poised to flourish through effective Head of School contracts.


  • Designing Effective Head of School Contracts: December 6 at 1 p.m. EST (For Heads and Boards)


 Learning to DisagreeJohn Inazu

In a tense cultural climate, is it possible to disagree productively and respectfully without compromising our convictions? Spanning a range of challenging issues--including critical race theory, sexual assault, campus protests, and clashes over religious freedom--highly regarded thought leader and law professor John Inazu helps us engage honestly and empathetically with people whose viewpoints we find strange, wrong, or even dangerous.

As a constitutional scholar, legal expert, and former litigator, John has spent his career learning how to disagree well with other people. In Learning to Disagree, John shares memorable stories and draws on the practices that legal training imparts--seeing the complexity in every issue and inhabiting the mindset of an opposing point of view--to help us handle daily encounters and lifelong relationships with those who see life very differently than we do.

  • Learning to Disagree: The Surprising Path to Navigating Differences with Empathy and Respect: April 25 at 1 p.m. EST



These informal times are designed to allow leaders to connect, troubleshoot, and share wisdom and experience. We have roundtables scheduled for the following groups:

  • Early Childhood Education Leaders
  • Lower School Principals
  • Middle School Principals
  • Upper School Principals
  • Marketing and Communications Leaders
  • Admissions Leaders
  • Development Leaders
  • Heads of School
  • 2023 New Principals Institute Participants
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