Registration is Open for the 2016-2017 Workshop Series
(Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016)
The ISACS 2016-17 workshops are now posted on the ISACS website and REGISTRATION IS OPEN for many events. ISACS will be hosting many national experts in the topics essential to our schools, and we encourage you to join us in Chicago as these educational leaders share insight, expertise and best practices. Visit "Conferences and Workshops" to review the program descriptions, presenter bios and to register for workshops. Due to the compelling content, many of these events will reach capacity so we urge you to register early to ensure your participation.
Click here to see the 2016-17 Three-Tier Calendar, which lists all conferences, workshops and webinars.
Click here to see the Calendar of Events, where you can find additional details on conference and workshops including descriptions, speaker bios, hotel accommodations and registration!
2016-2017 Learning Bridge Webinars - Registration is Open!
(Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016)
Learning Bridge webinars are the most accessible and affordable form of professional development. One-hour webinars take place at your school. Simply use your computer's Internet connection to view the presentation with any number of participants from your school community. Participants can listen via computer speakers or over the telephone, view speaker presentations and post questions in real time online. Recorded sessions can be replayed for future meetings. ISACS has developed an exciting line up for faculty, administrators, trustees and parents.To view all offerings throughout the year, click here for webinar descriptions, speaker bios and registration.
Click here to view a PDF of the Learning Bridge line-up.
Click here to see the 2016-17 Three-Tier Calendar, which lists all conferences, workshops and webinars.
Pardon Our Dust - ISACS is Upgrading the Phone System on 8/2/16
(Posted: Monday, August 1, 2016)
On Tuesday, August 2nd, the ISACS office will be upgrading the phone system. There is a small chance that the phone system may be down for a few hours in the morning between 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. If you have any questions or are in need of reaching someone in the office, please email them at the following and we will call you back from our cell phones:
Karen Zeitlin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacob Isaac - email@example.com
Andy Gilla - firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Breslin - email@example.com
Claudia Daggett - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Rooney - email@example.com
Jill Webb - firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date - ISACS Trustee Day - An Extension of the 2016 Annual Conference
(Posted: Friday, June 24, 2016)
ISACS Trustee Day
An Extension of the 2016 Annual Conference
Thursday, November 3, 2016
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Greater Columbus Convention Center
SAVE THE DATE!
Registration will open on August 17, 2016 for Ohio schools and September 1 for all others.
(with a special session for board chairs and heads from 8:15 am - 9:15 am)
ISACS is excited to host a Trustee Day on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Designed as an extension of the ISACS Annual Conference, trustees can look forward to an energizing and thought-provoking day that will include a series of stimulating presentations and conversations designed specifically for the independent school board member. Included in the registration fee will be a half-day presentation, by James Honan and Patrick F. Bassett and the opportunity to join the conference luncheon and hear the keynote presentation by Larry Rosenstock. Trustee Day will be held from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; This year we have added a special session on the board chair/head partnership from 8:15 – 9:15 am with Claudia Daggett, ISACS president. This session is offered at no additional charge.
SPEAKER BIOS James P. Honan is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-chair and senior associate director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School as well as educational co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management. Honan has served as a consultant on strategic planning, resource allocation, and performance measurement and management to colleges, universities, schools, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. He is the author of numerous publications. Honan holds a BA from Marist College, an MA from George Washington University, and an EdM and EdD from Harvard University.
Patrick F. Bassett spent eight years as president of ISACS before serving for 12 years as the president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). 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. In 1980, he became headmaster of Stuart Hall, where he remained until 1989, when he was appointed head of school at Pomfret School. He has served on numerous boards including Williams College, and he is also an adjunct faculty member of Teachers College, Columbia University.
Luncheon keynote speaker Larry Rosenstock is CEO and founding principal of High Tech High, a network of twelve K-12 public charter schools in California, and is dean of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Rosenstock taught carpentry in urban high schools in Boston and Cambridge and was principal of the Rindge School of Technical Arts and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. A member of the Massachusetts and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, he served as an attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the University of California, Berkeley. He and his work have been featured on Oprah, Lehrer, Newsweek, and Forbes. He is a winner of the Ford Foundation Innovations in State and Local Government Award, is an Ashoka Fellow, and won the McGraw Prize in Education.
Claudia Daggett joined ISACS as president in 2014. She began her independent school career as a teacher at The Prairie School and has served in a variety of leadership roles including 11 years as head of school at Friends Academy (MA). Following her departure from headship in 2006, Daggett served as executive director of the Elementary School Heads Association and independent school consultant with Gregory Floyd & Associates. Daggett serves on the board of the National Network of Schools in Partnership, the NAIS Commission on Accreditation, and the executive committee of ISAnet, the network of independent school association directors. She is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences on the topics of independent school leadership, governance, and school civic engagement.
Registration Informaton & Fee
ISACS will be happy to work with a representative from your school on all issues related to trustee registration. In order to plan appropriately, trustees must register online prior to the conference. Due to the structure of the day, we can only accept registrations for the full day. Registration for the day will include the sessions led by James Honan and Pat Bassett and participation in the conference luncheon with a keynote presentation by Larry Rosenstock.
$145 for trustees from ISACS member schools
$200 for trustees from non- member schools
Registration includes programming and a banquet lunch.
There is no on-site registration; register online by Monday, October 17, 2016 to secure your space.
Please note the Trustee Day starts at 9:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm.
There will be a special session for board chairs and heads with Claudia Daggett from 8:15 am - 9:15 am at no additional cost for those registering to attend Trustee Day. During the online registration process you will be prompted to to attend or not attend this special session.
Please note that the Trustee Day is designed for trustees. Heads interested in hearing James Honan and Pat Bassett will find them presenting within the Annual Conference program on Thursday. If preferred, heads may register to join their board members at Trustee Day. Please see information below about registration for a second day or feel free to call the ISACS office for assistance.
Trustees are also invited to extend their participation by also registering for Friday conference sessions. Please see information below about registration for a second day or feel free to call the ISACS office for assistance.
For heads and/or trustees who plan to attend Trustee Day and the Friday Annual Conference, please register separately for each event. ISACS can provide a discount code to heads or trustees who plan to register for Friday, entitling them to a rate of $85 for Friday. Please contact Karen Zeitlin at email@example.com for more details.
Questions? Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.
Sad News Regarding Matthew Miller, Head of School at Park Tudor School
(Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2016)
Dear ISACS Members,
I have very sad news to report. Park Tudor School announced yesterday evening the passing of Head of School Matthew Miller. You’ll find a brief article on the school’s website, where arrangements will be posted as they are available, I’m sure.
Matthew joined the ranks of ISACS heads with his appointment to Park Tudor in July 2011. He served ISACS as a member of the President Search Committee in 2013 and as a mentor in our 2015-2016 New Heads Network program. He was a treasured colleague.
We’ll acknowledge Matthew’s passing when we gather for the New Heads Network dinner on Wednesday and at the Heads Conference opening on Thursday morning. In the meantime, please join me in sending deepest sympathy to the Miller family and Park Tudor School community.
From ISACS Board Chair John Farber: Update on ISACS equity initiative
(Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2015)
October 27, 2015
As you know, ISACS has been spending a great deal of time engaging members in discussions focused on the ISACS Board decision of 2014 to revise our accreditation standards to more clearly prohibit discrimination in admission and hiring practices in member schools on the basis of sexual orientation.
I thank each of you who participated in the regional meetings on this equity initiative that took place throughout the Central States from January to May. Over half of the Heads of member schools – upwards of 110 -- joined ISACS President Claudia Daggett in discussions.
As a result of the feedback from those discussions, ISACS commissioned a group of school leaders to determine the best way for our Association to advance this vision of equity and remain a pluralistic member organization embracing secular and religious schools with diverse missions. In addition, the Board drew on the counsel of Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core and a nationally-recognized advocate for moving institutions forward while embracing pluralism.
From this work emerged a new resolution, adopted at the Board’s October meeting:
Through accreditation and other services, the Association will require and support the work of each ISACS school to provide an equitable, affirming, safe, and just environment.
This broader framework incorporates both accountability and support using the full breadth of ISACS services while allowing us to focus on an aspirational goal regarding school climate. This new resolution also shifts the intention to caring for the well-being of all members of our school communities.
Steps toward implementation of this resolution will include review and enhancement, as needed, of all aspects of ISACS functions, including all standards of accreditation, self-study writing prompts, ISACS School Community Survey, Visiting Team training, professional development programs, and other resources offered to member schools.
The Board has charged Claudia with the responsibility of developing a timetable and action plan for moving this work forward. She will provide regular updates on progress through her monthly President’s Updates, at the Heads of School Conference, and in a series of regional heads meetings.
In addition, the Heads Conference will offer an opportunity to interact with Eboo Patel, who will present a keynote entitled “Educating Leaders for A Diverse Democracy: A Look at Religious Identity, Sexuality, and More” and follow-up discussion session. I hope to see many of you there.
With best regards,
ISACS Board Chair
Head of School, Old Trail School
New Heads Network - A Year Long Program 2015-16
(Posted: Friday, June 26, 2015)
NEW HEADS NETWORK - A YEAR LONG PROGRAM TOM HOERR AND CLAUDIA DAGGETT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702
Registration for the 2015-16 New Heads Network is now open. Brochures will be sent to new heads at ISACS schools in early July. Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 if you have any questions. Click here for the New Heads Network brochure.
This is a year-long opportunity and support system for new heads of school. Events will take place:
Friday, September 18, 2015 in Chicago, IL
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Chicago, IL
Monday, June 13 - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in St. Louis, MO
Who Should Attend
Heads of school in their first two years of headship at an ISACS school. Experienced heads new to an ISACS school have participated and found the program beneficial.
Being a head of school is never easy, and it’s particularly challenging at the start of one’s career. The New Heads Network (NHN) will provide content, skills and perspective on the headship as the first (or second) year unfolds. A mentor will be assigned and there will be opportunities to learn from colleagues and to build relationships with other heads. The NHN will seek to:
assist new heads in practicing and learning the craft of heading a school;
provide a cohort group so new heads can learn with and from one another; and
VIDEO ADDED on benefits of New Teacher Institute. Register Today!
(Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015)
2015 NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE JILL WEBB, KEN ROGERS AND MARK WAGNER
JULY 20 - 23, 2015
***Wondering about the value of NTI? Take a moment to watch this video message from ISACS Director of Professional Development Jill Webb.***
Registration for the New Teacher Institute is now open! Click here for more information and to register.
Date and Time
The New Teacher Institute will be Monday, July 20 - Thursday, July 23. Participants should make plans to attend the Institute in its entirety.
New Teacher Institute Brochure Click here for the 2015 New Teacher Institute Brochure
Who Should Attend
***Independent school educators in their first two years of teaching experience.
This energizing Institute will provide new teachers with the strategies essential for a successful start to their teaching careers. The Institute will also allow participants to begin building the foundation for a long and successful career in independent schools. Interactive experiences reflective of best practices will aid in the development of skills and understanding in the following areas:
Understanding the culture of independent schools
Communicating effectively with parents, students, colleagues, administration and the broader school community
Managing classrooms effectively
Designing a curriculum through a backward design process
Dealing with stress and change: anticipating challenges
Building healthy relationships with colleagues
Dealing with conflict
Partnering with parents
Developing leadership skills
Networking with others new to independent schools
Finding and using mentors
Balancing responsibilities and managing time
Building a foundation for excellence
Participants will engage in active and experiential approaches to understanding best practice for highly effective teaching. Presentations, conversations, role-playing, simulations, video analysis, collaborative work, professional readings, and personal testimonials will all be presented with research-based modeling of best practice, combined with humor, music, and the enduring commitment of experienced professionals.
Benefits to the School
School communities expect and require new teachers to be highly effective on the first day of school. Often, there is more information than can be processed effectively without overloading the new teacher. Participants will learn best practices at a manageable pace in a supportive atmosphere.
Faculty Jill Webb brings years of independent school experience to the Institute. She currently serves as the director of professional development for ISACS and head of lower school at The Wellington School (OH). Jill brings the experience gained from training hundreds of new teachers and mentors nationally, and has been a frequent presenter on the topic of teacher development and leadership.
Mark Wagner has been a teacher and upper school division head in several independent schools before becoming the head of school at St. Andrew's United Methodist Day School (MD). He brings extensive independent school experience and has been a presenter in the areas of teacher leadership, curriculum and professional development. His engaging style and creative vision make him a wonderful member of the New Teacher Institute faculty.
Ken Rogers, a trained counselor, is a former faculty member of The Association of Independent Maryland Schools Fellows Program for New Teachers. With independent school experience as a teacher, dean, and head of middle school, Ken is a frequent ISACS presenter and consultant to independent schools. Ken is the middle school principal at Charlotte Christian School (NC).
Registration will open in the Spring 2015
$850 for ISACS Members
$950 for non-ISACS Members
First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $100 discount
The registration fee includes all materials, three continental breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners and daily refreshment breaks
Schedule(Dates are firm, times may change)
Monday, July 20
9:30 am Registration
10:00 am - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)
Tuesday, July 21
8:30 - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)
Wednesday, July 22
8:30 - 5:30 pm (Dinner on your own)
Thursday, July 23
9:00 - 12:00 noon
The New Teacher Institute will take place at the Wolcott School, 524 N. Wolcott Ave., Chicago, IL 60622. The Institute is held in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood and is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information for the Wolcott School.
ISACS will provide group transportation to and from the conference hotel and the Wolcott School each day. For those with cars, there is ample, free street parking at the school.
Click here for more information and to register.Questions? Please call 312-750-1190
Member Cost: $850 Non-member Cost: $950
What If Faculty Meetings Were Voluntary? An article by Thomas R. Hoerr, Head of School at New City School
(Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2015)
As you consider the use of the ISACS Sparks in your faculty meetings, you may want to consider the answer to the question posed by Tom Hoerr’s article, What if Faculty Meetings Were Voluntary?
What If Faculty Meetings Were Voluntary?
By Thomas R. Hoerr
Commentary from Education Week (12/2/09, 29, 12)
I’ve posed this question to educators around the country, and the reaction I get is quite predictable. Whether I am talking to a group of teachers, a collection of administrators, or people representing a combination of roles, whether public or private or parochial, the response is consistent. Always my question “What if faculty meetings were voluntary?” is met by laughter laced with incredulity.
Regardless of the setting or their role, they can’t imagine that anyone would actually choose to go to faculty meetings if they had a choice. “Are you kidding me?” replied one teacher, “I’m gone.” Her comment elicited several enthusiastic nods from those sitting nearby.
How would the teachers at your school react to this question? For that matter, would you attend your school’s faculty meetings if attendance was voluntary, even if you were in charge of the meeting?...
Welcome to our 2014-15 New Heads of School and Interim Heads
(Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014)
July 30, 2014
Everyone here at ISACS hopes you had a restful and reinvigorating summer! ISACS would like to begin the year by welcoming our new heads of school and interim heads:
New Heads 2014-15
Larry Goodman, Andrews Osborne Academy, Willoughby, OH
Cheryl Lacost, Brickton Montessorri School, Chicago, IL
Jennifer M. Ciccarelli, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, OH
Jason Heisserer, Crossroads College Prep, Saint Louis, MO
Seth Kopald, Daycroft Montessori, Ann Arbor, MI
Jarin Jaffe, Evansville Day School, Evansville, IN
Milt Dougherty, Independent School, Wichita, KS
Deborah Hof, Kalamazoo Country Day School, Portage, MI
Sally Read, Kazoo School, Kalamazoo, MI
Justin Zimmerman, Linsly School, Wheeling, WV
Mercedes Sheppard, Morgan Park Academy, Chicago, IL
Bill Hudson, Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul, MN
Dennis Chapman, The New School, Fayetteville, AR
Nathaniel Coffman, Prairie School, Racine, WI
Travis Brantingham, Principia, St. Louis, MO
Fr. Gregory Mohrmann, Saint Louis Priory School, St. Louis, MO
Andrew Myler, St. Paul's Episcopal Day School, Kansas City, MO
Matt Mohs, St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights, MN
Robin Appleby, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, IL
New Interim Heads 2014-15
Yoni Binus (Acting Head), Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School, Minneapolis, MN
Paul Druzinsky (Interim), Avery Coonley School, Downers Grove, IL
Jason Patera (Acting Head), Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago, IL
Cathy Haines (Interim), Community School, St. Louis, MO
Bill Rowe (Interim), Countryside School, Champaign, IL
James M. Cantwel (Interim), Lillian and Betty Ratner School, Pepper Pike, OH
Shirley Lawler (Interim), Summit Prep of SW Missouri, Springfield, MO
Ronald Smyczek (Interim), University Lake School, Hartland, WI
Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 if we inadvertently left someone off this list.
Check Out ISACS President Claudia Daggett’s New Blog "Stopping By"
(Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014)
If you could highlight one aspect of your school for your colleagues in the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, what would it be?
ISACS President Claudia Daggett will be visiting schools throughout the fall and winter months — stopping by — to get to know school leaders, learn about the diversity of schools in our association, and ask that very question. She will then be uploading one post per school, including picture(s), to her new blog “Stopping By”. Her first post was recently uploaded to the blog site, so take a moment and learn a little more about your fellow ISACS members schools. And remember…you may be next!