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The conference is for anyone using the Mission Skills Assessment (MSA) currently or in the past, or for anyone interested in joining a national conversation on social and emotional learning in independent schools. At this event, you will:

  • Learn how other independent schools are using mission skills to inform practice inside and outside the classroom
  • Hear from leading experts about the latest research and trends in social and emotional learning
  • Gather with independent school colleagues for affinity group discussion and learning
  • Explore MSA data and understand what they are telling us about our school communities

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2017 MSA Conference Schedule

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Thursday, April 20

7:15 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration Avenue West
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Welcome & Introduction, Heather Hoerle, Executive Director, The Enrollment Management Association Avenue East
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

The MSA: Current Trends and Future Directions
Dr. Meghan Brenneman, Director of Character
Assessment Programs; Dr. Keith Wright, Director of
Psychometrics; and David Holmes, Executive Director
of Strategic Initiatives for Community School (ID) and
Co-director of the Institute on Character and Admission.

Avenue East
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Keynote speaker with Q&A: Dr. David Yeager,
Director, Adolescent Development Research Group,
University of Texas at Austin

Avenue East
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break and move to workshops  
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Concurrent workshop sessions  
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch Avenue West
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Break and move to roundtables  
1:30 PM – 3:15 PM Roundtable discussions (3) Avenue East
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Wrap-Up and Adjourn  
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Break  
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Reception Avenue Ballroom Foyer
6:00 PM Dinner on Own  


Friday, April 21

7:15 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast Avenue West
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Keynote speaker with Q&A: Annie Murphy Paul,
Author, Brilliant: The Science of Smart

Avenue East
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Break and move to workshops  
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Concurrent workshop sessions  
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break and move to general session  
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Affinity discussions (2) Avenue East
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Wrap-Up and Adjourn