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ISACS Partners with Google for Education & Educational Collaborators
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ISACS Partners with Google for Education & Educational Collaborators

We are excited to announce that ISACS will be participating in the 2020 Google for Education services offer. This offer provides free services from a trusted Google for Education partner to member schools who purchase Chromebooks and Chrome Education Upgrade. If you are already planning to purchase Chromebooks for your school, this is a very easy way to take advantage of services that support your implementation. Due to size, most schools do not qualify for free services from Google. The good news is that Google will now allow all ISACS schools to submit their proof of purchases and be combined under the ISACS umbrella as one entity – which could qualify them for free trainings through ISACS. Read below for the details.

How it works

1.  All Chromebook purchases between May 15 – July 15, 2020 are eligible for the promotion. Be sure to make your purchases between these dates. Purchases from any device seller are eligible. 

2.  Once your purchase is made, submit your proof of purchase (invoice or purchase order) via this form.

3.  ISACS will work with Google for Education and Educational Collaborators, our selected service partner, to schedule trainings in which your school can participate.

ISACS will be able to host free trainings for our member schools based on the number of purchases documented by our member schools. The more purchases documented, the more services we can extend to our member schools at no charge to the schools.

Service Details
We have selected to work with Educational Collaborators to coordinate professional development services for our educators. Once all Chromebook purchases have been submitted between May 15 – July 15, 2020, ISACS will share all information related to the available trainings.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Zeitlin or Alex Inman. 

Thank you,

Karen Zeitlin, Director of Programs
(312) 750-1190 office


Alex Inman, President
Educational Collaborators
(202) 999-9824 cell

ISACS Transition to Remote Office

Dear ISACS Membership,

Like many other organizations and school communities, ISACS has been organizing a response to the coronavirus pandemic. We believe that the most responsible course of action, from a public health standpoint, is to minimize social contact in the coming weeks. Fortunately, remote work is possible for a majority of our employees. Our office remains open with most of our staff working remotely starting Monday, March 16. If you need to contact a staff member by email, please visit https://www.isacs.org/contact to find a full listing. Staff members receive voicemail notification in email as well, so feel free to leave a message if needed.

Keep an eye out for communication regarding the status of upcoming workshops and webinars, and for more video conferences to share and update plans and responses to this evolving situation. If anyone finds themselves in need of "face-to-face" meetings, we are happy to set up Zoom video conferences. We use this technology effectively and can train any employee who requests, so that all employees will be able to easily share their computer screens and documents, video-chat, and take other measures to ensure a smooth and easy meeting experience.

If you have any questions about this, please contact ISACS at info@isacs.org.

Wishing you the best during these trying times,


Executive Director Announcement


We are pleased to announce that Mary Menacho has been selected to serve as the next ISACS Executive Director. The ISACS Board of Trustees unanimously confirmed Mary’s appointment following the recommendation of the Search Committee. Mary will assume the duties of Executive Director on July 1, 2020 following the departure of Claudia Daggett.

Menacho currently serves as Interim Executive Director for the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). In her role at CAIS, Mary has led the association through the transition of a long-time executive director to a permanent successor while maintaining progress on the implementation of the association strategic plan. Prior to her time at CAIS, Mary served for 23 years as head of school at Trinity School in Menlo Park, CA. As head of school, Mary oversaw the growth of robust financial reserves and endowment, multiple capital campaigns and building projects, and the implementation of a more collaborative, student-centered academic program.  

Mary has served as an independent school trustee and board chair and as a trustee and Vice Chair of CAIS. For a period between headship and leading CAIS, Mary consulted school leadership as an executive coach. She earned a BA from University of Oregon and MA in Education Administration from Santa Clara University and is credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation.

During the interview with the search committee – and in meetings with the ISACS staff and board of trustees – Mary’s commitment to independent school sustainability and continuous improvement was obvious. She has a clear understanding of the myriad issues facing independent schools and her future-focused, strategic leadership will benefit ISACS’s array of member schools. She demonstrated a deep understanding of the place of accreditation in school reflection and strategic planning and expressed a desire to share her expertise in supporting heads of school, especially new heads, and boards of trustees to create effective governance practices and productive head/ trustee relationships. In Mary’s own words, “I am grateful for this opportunity to learn and to lead in ISACS’s rich tapestry of schools and look forward to listening, learning, and facilitating the benefits of ISACS membership through accreditation and professional development for each of our schools. With gratitude to the Board and especially to Claudia for her leadership, let us lean into what is next for ISACS.”

Mary’s appointment is the culmination of a thorough process that included an association survey, a nationwide search, and interviews with high-quality semi-finalists representing a wide range of gender, ethnic, racial, and geographic diversity and exceptional professional experiences. We are particularly thankful to the other members of our Search Committee: Rob Butler, Audrey Perrott, Rishi Raghunathan, Bryn Roberts, Dean Ruff, and Richard Sanders.
Nat Wilburn
Chair, Board of Trustees
Donna Harris
Chair, Search Committee