Educators and Administrators Forum

Educators and Administrators Forum – 28 January

The Educators and Administrators Forum is designed to inform and inspire excellence in the development and delivery of educational experiences under sail as well as address organizational sustainability. Going beyond just how-to educate, the forum covers a wide variety of topics including the latest in teaching techniques and resources, establishing successful partnerships with schools, communities and others, marketing, fundraising, development and more. The educators and Administrators Forum is for educators AND those responsible for the marketing, development, sustainability and community outreach of educational programs under sail!

Session 1: Safe at Every Level: Anti-Bullying Workshop
Session 2: Not Just Ships at Sea, Not Just Sail Training for Youth: A Program Expansion Panel
Session 3: Fundraising Successes Explained
Session 4: Pitch Camp
Session 4: Pitch Camp 2

Session 1: Safe at Every Level: Anti-Bullying Workshop
Workshop Leader: Alix MacAulay, BA, B.Ed, MBA

One out of every four students reports being bullied, yet handling this problem is challenging. How do we recognize the signs of bullying? What can we do to prevent it on our vessels and, when necessary, handle situations that arrive in a supportive, effective and legal way? Join us for a presentation and workshop by the Red Cross of Canada that will answer these questions and give your organization the tools you need to make your programs as safe as possible, not just when aloft.

Alix is a conscientious professional with over 15 years of experience in corporate training. She has designed and implemented a wide variety of learning programs as well as managed a team of instructors. She always enjoyed helping people gain new knowledge and skills to become more successful at their jobs. In 2010, Alix left the corporate world to collaborate on an entrepreneurial venture–developing a website and other resources to assist family members who are caring for aging parents. Then she pursued her dream of becoming a teacher by completing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto. Alix loves working with children and youth and has volunteered with Camp Oochigeas, a summer camp for children with cancer, and Kids Now, an after-school leadership program for adolescents. She became a facilitator for the RespectED program in 2014. Alix lives in Toronto with her son, Matthew.

Session 2: Not Just Ships at Sea, Not Just Sail Training for Youth: A Program Expansion Panel
Panelists:
Tracy Kirby, Ocean Institute
Dexter Donham, Sailing Ship Adventures
Shannon McKenzie, Mystic Seaport- Charles W. Morgan
Dwight F. Coleman, Ph.D., Director, Inner Space Center, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
Ralf Steitz, USMMA Sailing Foundation

This panel looks at opportunities to expand an organization’s reach and audience beyond sail training for youth with both mission and bottom line in mind. Panelists will share details about: using ships at the dock as expanded classrooms and examples of living history (Ocean-Institute); sail training and adventure sailing for adults (Sailing Ship Adventures); virtual crew – using the internet to have thousands, even millions of people͚ onboard͛ (URI ͛s Inner Space Center and the Charles W. Morgan) and developing a program for war veterans (Warrior Sailing Program).
Tracy Kriby
Tracy Kriby
I gained leadership experience and just had plain fun working at Disneyland in entertainment right out of high school. Graduated from Boston University with the award for departmental excellence and magna cum laude. Soon afterward I worked for an Institute of Nautical Archaeology professor in the Dominican Republic and began to embrace my passion for maritime history.  Once returning to California, I began my career working at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. I started out as a living history instructor and worked my way to director. Along the way, I  became the mast captain and quartermaster for the Brig Pilgrim. I’ve worked at the San Diego Maritime Museum in education and exhibits and worked with the County of Orange as a park ranger and then as a resource specialist (education/events/exhibits).  I have had 15 years of experience managing and working with people at all levels, in diverse departments and with varied interests. I love teaching and managing science and history programs, sailing programs, and public interactions.
Dexter Donham
Dexter Donham
Dexter is the owner of Sailing Ship Adventures, a specialty travel agency focused on selling voyages on sailing ships. For over 10 years individuals, groups and organizations have been booking vacations, adventure voyages and seminars at sea, and chartering sailing vessels, through SailingShipAdventures.com. Prior to founding Sailing Ship Adventures, Dexter was Vice President of Marketing at Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) in Boston, Vice President and General Manager of Cruises of Distinction, a direct marketing-based cruise-only travel agency, Director of Marketing at Princess Cruises, and Director of Planning and Research at Sitmar Cruises. He has served on the board of Tall Ships America since 2001, currently as Treasurer. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and Harvard Business School.
Shannon McKenzie
Shannon McKenzie
Shannon McKenzie is the Director of Watercraft Programs at Mystic Seaport, where she has worked since 2007. In this capacity, she oversees the programs of the Museum’s operational vessels, including the 1908 steamboat SABINO, the 1932 Schooner BRILLIANT, the 1925
electric launch NECESSITY, the 1947 dragger ROANN, the boat livery’s rental sail and row boats, and the charter of the classic Herreshoff sailing yachts AIDA and ARAMINTA as well as other vessels in the Yachts on Exhibit program. In addition, Shannon executes the Watercraft area events including the Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous and the WoodenBoat Show. Shannon worked on the USCG regulatory compliance, crew hiring, and other marine logistics around the 38th Voyage of the CHARLES W. MORGAN. Before joining Mystic Seaport, she spent almost 10 years working for Sea Education Association as a mate aboard their sailing vessels, then as the Marine Operations Coordinator. She holds a 500 ton Ocean license and lives with her family in Mystic, CT.
Dwight Coleman
Dwight Coleman
Dr. Coleman is a scientist at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI-GSO), where he is also Director of the Inner Space Center (ISC). At sea, he is responsible for leading oceanographic cruises that employ remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems and telepresence technologies. He is a veteran of more than 35 expeditions, many in collaboration with Dr. Robert Ballard. On shore, he is responsible for directing the activities at the ISC to support telepresence-enabled exploration and education projects. He works closely with the Ocean Exploration Trust’s Nautilus Program and NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration. He was previously with the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, and the Institute for Exploration in Mystic. Dr. Coleman has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of New Hampshire and master’s and doctoral degrees in geological oceanography from URI-GSO.
Ralf Steitz
Ralf Steitz

Born in Hegoland, a small island in the North Sea off the coast of Germany, Ralf Steitz has over 40 years of combined sailing and boating experience. He is an active and well known personality throughout the sailing world, having participated in such events as the America’s Cup, Transatlantic/Transpacific ocean races, Maxi worlds, and the Farr 40 World championships. Ralf brings the same passion that made him a great sailor to the teaching and training of people of all ages about sailing and seamanship.

He served for 15 years as the Director of Offshore Sailing at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and since 2007 has been the President of the USMMA Sailing Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide operational and financial support for on water programming above and beyond that which is covered by Federal funding.

Session 3: Fundraising Successes Explained
Panelists:
Drew McMullen, Executive Director, Sultana Projects
Bart Dunbar, Oliver Hazard Perry RI
Ralph Steitz, USMMA Sailing Foundation

Fundraising can feel like a dark art and yet so few of our member organizations exist without a percentage of their budget relying on fundraising. This panel features the process and details of successful, specific fundraising campaigns. This is not the typical big picture talk, but our panelists will share the details on how they achieved the following goals: cultivating 160 donors who give $1,000 every year; setting up and managing a capital campaign (Sultana Projects) and two perspectives on boat donation programs (Oliver Hazard Perry RI and USMMA Sailing Foundation).

Drew McMullen
Drew McMullen

Drew McMullen is the President and co-founder of Sultana Projects, a non-profit educational organization based in Chestertown, Maryland that provides federal and state certified programs in history and environmental science for more than 12,000 students each year.

Bart Dunbar
Bart Dunbar

Bartlett S. Dunbar, Newport, RI, is President and Founder of Bowen’s Wharf Co., the first urban waterfront rehabilitation project in New England. Prior to founding Bowen’s Wharf Co., he served nine years as an officer in the U.S. Navy and retired from the Naval Reserve in 1982. Mr. Dunbar is the board chairman of 501(c)3 corporation Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island. Mr. Dunbar is also the founder and past President of Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s premier public sailing facility. He is also an incorporator and past chairman of Tall Ships America. He served with the Newport Historical Society from the years 2001–2011 as board member, properties committee chairman and 1st Vice President. Mr. Dunbar received his BA from Harvard University in Economics and completed graduate studies in International Affairs at American University.

Session 4: Pitch Camp

Presenter: Bryan Bissell, Dale Carnegie

Communicating about an organization is vital to its success. Sometimes, there are mere minutes to convey a lot of information to inspire someone to register, to join, to volunteer, to give. The better your pitch, the better your odds for reaching your fundraising, recruiting or communication goals. This workshop is a dynamic, hands-on session in which you will learn what it takes to make a great pitch, you will create one and practice under the leadership of one of Dale Carnegie͛s extraordinary teachers, Bryan Bissell.

Session 4: Pitch Camp 2

Presenter: Bryan Bissell, Dale Carnegie

Take what you learned in part 1 and put it to practice. This session will feature coaching, critique and an opportunity to give your pitch to an audience. Our goal is for you to get on a plane, train or automobile ready to dazzle whomever you next need to dazzle!
Bissell_Bryan
Bryan Bissell
Dale Carnegie Training sharpens skills and improves performance of people and organizations
through leadership, sales, communication and employee engagement programs. Bryan Bissell
holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Now
a Vermont resident, Bryan sells and delivers Dale Carnegie programs in both the United States
and South Africa
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