Publications & Presentations

Print Publications – Education and Leadership

Book

The NAIS Head Search Handbook: A Strategic Guide for the Search Committee.  Vince Watchorn, editor.  National Association of Independent Schools: Washington, DC, 2018.  ISBN 978-1-63115-024-1.

Articles and Documents

Key Questions for Heads of School to Consider, Vince Watchorn, author and curator. NAIS Independent Ideas Blog: weekly feature from April 13, 2020-June 8, 2020.  Accessible at https://www.nais.org/articles/pages/member/key-questions-for-heads/

Education Unknown: A Guide to Scenario Planning for Independent Schools in the Age of COVID-19.  Tim Fish,Linda Haitani, Mark Mitchell, Donna Orem, and Vince Watchorn.  Vince Watchorn, coordinator.  Published by National Association of Independent Schools, May 2020.

“Resume Tips for the Aspiring Head,” Vince Watchorn.  Independent School Magazine, Winter 2020.

“Building Relationships During the Head Search,” Vince Watchorn.  Independent School Magazine, Spring 2019.

“Three Things to Keep in Mind for a Successful Head Search,” Vince Watchorn.  NAIS Independent Ideas weblog, January 28, 2019.  https://www.nais.org/learn/independent-ideas/january-2019/3-things-to-keep-in-mind-for-a-successful-head-search/

“Giving Students Their School Day,” Vince Watchorn and Dan Willingham.  Independent School Magazine, Spring 2016.

“Giving Back by Looking Forward: Alumni Trusteeship” Vince Watchorn and Jim Skeffington.  The Trustee’s Letter, May/June 2015.

“You’ll GASPP at What Can Be Accomplished,” Vince Watchorn.  The Head’s Letter, May 2014.

“From Depth to Breadth: Collapsing Board Committee Structure to Improve School Governance,” Vince Watchorn. NAIS Savvy Trustee, April 2014.

“Bullied Football Player Mistakes Virtue for Weakness,” Vince Watchorn.  Providence Journal, March 3, 2014.

“Using a Week-end Long Retreat to Transform School Governance,” Vince Watchorn.  The Trustee’s Letter, January/February 2014

“A ‘Skinned Knee’ Really Does Offer a Blessing,” Vince Watchorn.  Jewish Voice and Herald of Rhode Island: August 3, 2012.

“Building the All-Important Chair-Head Relationship,” Vince Watchorn and Mary P. Heffner.  The Trustee’s Letter, March/April 2012

“On MLK Day, Stare with Hope at the Stars,” Michael C. Obel-Omia and Vince Watchorn.  Providence Journal: January 16, 2012.

“Out of the Classroom, into the World with the Four C’s,” Vince Watchorn.  Providence Journal: September 5, 2011

Brueningsen, Christopher, and Vince Watchorn, “Virtual Learning: An Evidence-based Overview of eLearning Programs and Trends.” Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 2011 vol. 3 (2): 97-104.

Presentations – Education and Leadership

“Strategic Anti-Racism for Trustees and Heads,” Martha Haakmat and Vince Watchorn.  Forthcoming presentation to the California Association of Independent Schools Trustee Conference, January 31, 2021.

“Building Bridges: Practical Tips for a Successful Head Transition,” Kevin J. Folan and Vince Watchorn.  Forthcoming Presentation to New Jersey Association of Independent Schools Trustee Enrichment Day, January 23, 2021. 

“Why Donors Give to Independent Schools – And What to Do About It,” Joe Corbett, Davis Taske, and Vince Watchorn.  Presentation via Zoom Video Communication to the 2021 CASE-NAIS Annual Conference, December 16, 2020.

“New Board Chair/Clerk Orientation,” John Mullen, Steve Piltch, Staci Williams Seeley, Vince Watchorn.  Presented via Zoom Video Communication to the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS) Annual Trustee Conference, November 11, 2020.

“Strategic Anti-Racism in Advancement,” Martha Haakmat and Vince Watchorn.  Presented to NJAIS member school advancement personnel via Zoom Video Conference, October 28, 2020.

“Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Leadership Teams,” Martha Haakmat and Vince Watchorn.  Presented via Zoom Video Conference to the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington member school leadership team personnel, October 20, 2020.

Governance Through Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” Martha Haakmat and Vince Watchorn.  Presented via Zoom Video Conference to the Association of Independent Schools of New England Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Conference, October 19, 2020

“Strategic Anti-Racism in Advancement,” Martha Haakmat and Vince Watchorn.  Presented to ADVIS member school advancement personnel via Zoom Video Conference, September 16, 2020.

“What an Aspiring Head Should Know about Head Search,” Lisa Sun and Vince Watchorn.  Presented via Zoom Video Communications to the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads, July 17, 2020.

“Leadership in the Age of COVID-19,” Tim Fish, Megan Mann, Donna Orem, and Vince Watchorn.  Video recording presented via Zoom Video Communications to NAIS Institute for New Heads, July 8, 2020.

“Leading for Strategic Anti-Racism,” Jane Bolgatz, Martha Haakmat, Jason Craige Harris, and Vince Watchorn.  Video recording presented via Zoom Video Communications to NAIS Institute for New Heads, July 8, 2020. 

Getting to Next: Scenario Planning in Independent Schools; Vince Watchorn, Author and Curator; including An Introduction to Scenario Planning, video recording byVince Watchorn. Accessible at https://learn.nais.org/manage/courses/.

NAIS Leadership Series: Scenario Planning for Independent Schools, Tim Fish, Donna Orem, Vince Watchorn.  Webinar presented by National Association of Independent Schools, May 7, 2020.

“The Planning is Finished, Now What?  Aligning Strategy and Practice,” Kendall Cameron and Vince Watchorn.  Presented to the NAIS Annual Conference, February 28, 2020.  (Forthcoming)

“Getting Ahead of Head Transition,” Vince Watchorn.  Presented to CASE-NAIS Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 13, 2020.  (Forthcoming)

“Your Head of School Search,” Vince Watchorn. Presented to the NAIS Institute for Aspiring Heads: Atlanta, Georgia, July 19, 2014; July 20, 2015; July 22, 2016; July 21, 2017; July 27, 2018; July 19, 2019.

“The NAIS Strategy Lab – A Panel Discussion,” Tommy Adams, Jen Danish, Mick Gee, Vince Watchorn.  NAIS Annual Conference, Long Beach, California, February 28, 2019.

CASE/NAIS Annual Conference Planning Committee: Philadelphia, 2019.

“Engaging Outreach to Alumni of Color: Two Case Studies.”  Ken Aldridge, Hannah Caldwell Henderson, Michelle Palmer, Dana Weeks; facilitated by Vince Watchorn.  CASE/NAIS Conference, Philadelphia, January 28, 2019.

“The Head and the Development Director: The Dynamic Partnership for Success,” Vince Watchorn and Peter Gallo.  Presented to CASE/NAIS Conference: Philadelphia, January 27, 2019.

“Disrupting the Board Conversation,” Vince Watchorn.  Presented to CASE-NAIS Senior Forum for Executive Leadership: Philadelphia, January 27, 2019.

“When Boards Go Rogue: Turning Bad Situations into Opportunities,” Bob Cotter, Kendall Cameron, and Vince Watchorn.  Presented to the NAIS Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 8, 2018.

CASE/NAIS Annual Conference Senior Session Chair: Long Beach, California, 2018.

“Can Rethinking ‘Financial Aid’ Foster Inclusion?”  Eric Temple and Vince Watchorn.  Presented to the NAIS SSS School Leaders’ Forum, Baltimore, Maryland, July 28, 2017.

Independent Curriculum Group Partner Podcast, Featured Guest: July 2017

“Joy of Our Student Days: What a Head Should Know about Advancement,” Vince Watchorn.  Presented to the NAIS Institute for New Heads: Atlanta, Georgia, July 9, 2013; July 9, 2014; July 9, 2015; July 14, 2016; July 14, 2017.

“Not Enough or TMI?  What the Board Needs to Know and When They Need to Know It.”  Vince Watchorn and Susan Schorr.  Presented to NAIS Annual Conference, Make Your Mission Matter: From Vision to Values, March 3, 2017

“Have You Considered School Headship?  The NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads,” Vince Watchorn, Kate Windsor, Amani Reed.  Presented to CASE/NAIS Conference: New York, January 31, 2016.

CASE/NAIS Annual Conference Planning Committee Member: New York, 2016.

Featured Session Coordinator, “Banishing the Barbell.”

Featured Session Coordinator, “Philanthropy in the New Reality.”

“Changing the Conversation: Transforming Your Board’s Effectiveness through Organizational Shift,” Vince Watchorn.  Presented to the NAIS Leadership through Partnership Conference: Washington, DC, October 2, 2015; and Atlanta, Georgia, October 7, 2016.

“Making Moving Movies: Creating School Videos to Inspire and Inspire Action,” Vince Watchorn, Nellie Walcoff, and Michael Lines.  Presented to the CASE/NAIS Annual Conference: New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2015. 

“Like it or Not, It’s Your Job: The Head and Fund-Raising,” Vince Watchorn and Phil Peck.  Presented to the CASE/NAIS Annual Conference, Orlando, January 2014

“Headship: The First Two Years,” Vince Watchorn and Anne Stavney.  Presented to the NAIS Institute for New Heads, July 11, 2013

“Headship, Year One: Listen!” Presented to the NAIS Institute for New Heads: Atlanta, Georgia, July 12, 2012

“Advisors as the Foundation of Successful Communication,” Vince Watchorn and Cory Izokaitis.  Presented to the Association of Boarding Schools Annual Conference, Creating Community: Chicago, Illinois, December 2005.

Print Publications and Presentations – History

Book

Watchorn, Vince.  A Meal in One: Wilmington, Delaware and the Origins of the Submarine Sandwich.  Cedar Tree Press: Wilmington, DE, 2018.  ISBN 978-1-892142-71-9.

 Articles and Presentations

“Music Drew Them Together: The Greenewalts and the Wilmington Music School,” Vince Watchorn.  Delaware History: Spring-Summer 2014.

250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania.  Jennifer Baron, Greg Langel, Elizabeth Perry, and Mark Stroup, Editors.  Carnegie Mellon University Press: Pittsburgh, 2009.  Four photographs by Vince Watchorn.

“Baltimore, the Babe, and the Bethlehem Steel League, 1918,” Peter T. Dalleo and J. Vincent Watchorn III.  Maryland Historical Magazine: Spring 1998, pp 89 – 106.

“Baltimore, the Babe, and the Bethlehem Steel League,” Peter T. Dalleo and J. Vincent Watchorn III.  Presented to the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture:  Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York, June 1996.

“Slugger or Slacker? Shoeless Joe Jackson and Baseball in Wilmington, 1918,” Peter T. Dalleo and J. Vincent Watchorn III.  Delaware History: Fall-Winter 1994-5, pp 95-123.

Muhlenberg Women’s Studies Anthology.  Vince Watchorn, Editor.  Muhlenberg College:  Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1991.

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