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Edvance Spring Leadership Conference 2020

May 5th, 2020

We often talk about developing character in our students. But what about the character of our schools? How do you build a school culture where all the members can flourish–students, teachers, parents, and community?

Anne Snyder, author of The Fabric of Character and editor-in-chief at Comment Magazine, has focused extensively on the role of character in the development of organizations. During this conference, Anne will walk us through 16 traits that are present in exemplary character-forming institutions. Be prepared for some reflection and analysis as you answer some probing questions about your school’s culture, including:

  • Does the organization have a clear, strong reason for being in the world, embraced and pursued by all of its members?
  • Does the institution put relational health as the foundation for its success?
  • Does the organization have a unique quality that is recognizable in those it has shaped?
  • Are there opportunities for growth and tests of character?
  • Is there joy in the house?

We’ll also be joined by Andrew Hart, CEO and former Head of School at The Oaks Academy, a network of Christian schools which serves the most racially and socioeconomically diverse student body in urban Indianapolis. Andrew will share The Oaks’ unique learning model which focuses on relationships and integrates character in every aspect of the school.

This is a day that will challenge but also equip you with a framework for building a culture of character that impacts every member of your school for years to come.


8:30 am

Registration & Refreshments

9:00 am

Opening & Devotions • Deani Van Pelt

9:15 am

Keynote: Cultures of Character • Anne Snyder

10:00 am

Q & A

10:30 am

Refreshment Break

11:00 am

Case Study: The Oaks Academy • Andrew Hart

12:15 pm


1:15 pm

Workshop: Exploring the Qualities of Character at Your School

2:45 pm


Who Should Attend?

Principals, vice-principals, board members, and any others in a strategic leadership role for your school are warmly encouraged to attend.

Date & Time

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Whistle Bear Golf Club, 1316 Dickie Settlement Road, Cambridge, ON, N3H 4R8 (map)

Registration & Fees

Edvance Affiliate School - $129.00 plus HST per person

Non-Affiliate School - $229.00 plus HST per person

As preparation for this conference, we recommend the following reading:

The Fabric of Character 16 Questions guide

The Oaks Academy case study

Our Conference Speakers

Anne Snyder is the editor-in-chief of Comment Magazine and a 2020 Emerson Fellow. From 2016-2019 Anne directed The Philanthropy Roundtable‘s Character Initiative, a program seeking to help foundations and business leaders strengthen “the middle ring” of morally formative institutions. Her path-breaking guidebook, The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Renewing our Social and Moral Landscape, was published in 2019. Anne is also a Fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism and a Senior Fellow at The Trinity Forum. She has published widely, and serves as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice. Anne spent the formative years of her childhood overseas before earning a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College (IL) and a master's degree from Georgetown University. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.

Andrew Hart is the Chief Executive Officer of The Oaks Academy, a network of three faith-based, voucher-funded schools. From 2002 to 20015, he served as The Oaks’ Head of School. Earlier in his career, Andrew worked in Marketing Strategy and Business Development at Eli Lilly and Company and for two years was a faculty member at the University of Bucharest, Romania. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Andrew is a thought leader in education and a passionate advocate of the Indianapolis community. In 2017, he was honored by Governor Holcomb with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, one of the highest honors for an Indiana citizen.

Andrew has developed and leads two successful fellowships with a focus on training, inspiring and supporting school leaders - the Indiana School Leader Fellowship and the Indiana Teacher Renewal Fellowship. In addition to his work at The Oaks, Andrew was the founding vice chairman of the board at Herron High School, an urban classical charter high school also in Indianapolis. He is a founding board member of the Circle City Fellows, chair of the board of Tabernacle Recreation League and serves as an Elder at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. He is married and has two daughters, ages 16 and 18.