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Academy for Division Heads
Patrick Bassett & Hadley Ferguson
February 4 - 5, 2016
505 N. State Street
Join your ISACS Division Head colleagues for two powerful days with presentations from engaging and thought-stretching presenters.
The role of division head is both rewarding and challenging and ISACS is committed to supporting division heads serving in this essential leadership role. Please make plans to gather with other leaders for two days of conversation and interaction with experts who will extend your thinking while expanding your own leadership skills.
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Thursday, February 4 Day One: A Day with Patrick F. Bassett
Principled Decision-Making for School Leaders
Participants are asked to bring with them a complicated school dilemma (fictional or real) for the group to process and provide a solution for as well as their Myers-Briggs profile. Participants without a Myers-Briggs profile or can’t remember it, are asked to take the brief online quiz. ISACS will send this information to attendees prior to the Academy about the Myers-Briggs profile and additional materials to bring for this session.
Heads Up for Those Wishing to Be Heads: A Conversation with Division Heads Who are Considering Headship
Patrick Bassett served for 12 years as the president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and from 1993-2001, Bassett was the president of the ISACS. He is now a senior consultant to schools and organizations on issues such as leadership, governance and strategy. Bassett began his career in independent schools in 1970 as an English teacher, lacrosse coach, and dorm parent at Woodberry Forest School (VA), an all-boys boarding school. In 1980, he became headmaster of an all-girls school, Stuart Hall (VA), where he remained until 1989, when he was appointed head of school at Pomfret School (CT). He has served on numerous board including Williams College (MA) and he is also an adjunct faculty member of Teachers College, Columbia University.
Evening Activity - Thursday, February 4
Role playing simulations can be used in the classroom to deliver powerful cognitive and emotional learning and assessment. Participants will use React Learning’s simulation platform to role play a school leadership crisis (or opportunity) from a new perspective. Leave with new ideas about their roles and the challenges they face and gain an experiential understanding of the power of role playing for learners of all ages.
During online registration you will be prompted to RSVP for the evening activity. You can select to join the group for dinner and the leadership simulation or you may select to not participate in the dinner or the evening activity. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline for the Thursday evening activity is Friday, January 23. We appreciate your response so we can make appropriate plans for dinner and the simulation. Please indicate in your registration if you will or will not participate in the evening activities. Pre-registration is required.
Friday, February 5 Day Two: A Day with Hadley Ferguson
Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyjf) is one of the founding members of Edcamp Philly and is now the first executive director of the Edcamp Foundation, a 501(c)3 formed to support the growth of this grassroots movement. She has spent decades in the classroom, mostly recently as a middle school history teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, an independent school in Philadelphia. She is co-author of Unleashing Student Superpowers: Practical Teaching Strategies for 21st Century Students. She is a mentor for the Library of Congress' "Teaching with Primary Sources."
Wednesday, February 3 - Division Head Discussion
If you arrive on Wednesday evening, please join us for engaging conversation among division heads. This is a great opportunity to connect new and experienced division heads to ask questions, share resources, and discuss challenges and successes while make connections with others in the same role. Members of the Administrative Service Committee will facilitate the discussion. There is no charge for participation. Participants may choose to continue the conversations over dinner at the restaurants of their choice.
Location & Hotel Accommodations
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Palomar: $159/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the nights of February 3 – February 4. To make a reservation call 877-731-0505 and use Group Code: "ISACS Academy for Division Heads." The discounted rate is available and has been extended until Tuesday January 19, 2016. If availability allows, the hotel will honor extended reservations three days before and three days after the Academy.
For online reservations please click here: ISACS Academy for Division Heads Online Booking Link
If you need any assistance making your hotel reservations, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.
Valet overnight parking is $58/night for hotel guests with full in-and-out privileges, rates are subject to change. Typically, overnight parking guests must leave by 2:00 pm to avoid additional fees at the garage. However, ISACS' overnight guests are able to park their cars with the valet until 4:00 pm without additional fees.
Note: Hybrid vehicles receive a 25% discount. There are other parking garages in the area that may offer less expensive rates.
Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Palomar.
GO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.
Member Cost: $550 Non-member Cost: $650