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Click here for the New Heads Network (NHN) brochure. Brochures were sent to new heads at ISACS schools. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

The New Heads Network is a year-long program supporting new heads of school. Events will take place:

  • Monday, September 16, 2019  in Chicago, IL at the ISACS Classroom
  • Wednesday evening, January 29, 2020 in Chicago, IL in conjunction with Heads Conference, Swissotel
  • Monday, June 15-Tuesday, 16, 2020 in St. Louis, MO, New City School

September NHN Meeting

Monday, September 16, 2019
ISACS Classroom, 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702 • Chicago, IL
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

  • Establishing Oneself as Head
  • Team Success Stories
  • Unpacking Principles of Good Practice for Governance
  • What is work/life balance? Can it be achieved?

September hotel accommodations
Hotel Monaco, 225 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL
ISACS has secured a discounted rate of $239/night at the Hotel Monaco for the night of 9/15. At check-in you will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card. To reserve a room, please call 1-800- KIMPTON (1-800-546-7866) and request the ISACS September 2019 group rate or use the group code “J23” by August 20. To book a room online, click here.

Please note that you should make your reservations early. September is a busy month in Chicago. If you have any difficulties booking a room at Hotel Monaco, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

For directions to The Hotel Monaco, click here.

Please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 if you have questions regarding the New Heads Network.

January NHN Meeting

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 as part of the New Heads Network (NHN), please join your colleagues for a reception, dinner, and program with mentors on the eve of the start of the 2020 Heads Conference. Preregistration for this event is required as part of the 2019-20 New Heads Network.

Program for ​Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Swissôtel Chicago • Chicago, IL
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Reception, dinner, and discussion with mentors on the eve of the start of the heads conference

January Hotel Accommodations
Swissôtel Chicago  
323 East Wacker Drive • Chicago, IL

ISACS has secured a discounted rate of $157/night. To reserve a room, call (312) 565-0565 and request the group code: “ISACS 2020 Heads of School Conference” by Wednesday, January 8. Plan to stay for at least two nights and attend the Heads Conference. Click here for directions to the Swissôtel.

Hotel Directions and Parking
Click here for directions and parking information for the Swissotel.

Ground Transportation
A special rate has been negotiated on your behalf for GO Airport Express. Reservations MUST be made online to receive the discounted rate.  Walk-ups will not be eligible for convention rate, standard rates will apply. Please click here to access their website and begin your reservation to reserve a seat. It will provide a 15% discount. Credit cards are required and charged at the time of reservation. 

Registration Fee
A new head must be registered for the entire New Heads Network to attend the Wednesday evening, January 29 program.

We also encourage the new head to attend the 2020 Heads Conference, January 30-January 31, 2020. New heads participants will pay a $325 registration fee instead of the $650 registration fee for the Heads Conference. New Heads Network registrants must register for the Heads Conference separately. ISACS staff will email New Head Network registrants with a coupon code for the $325 registration fee when the 2020 Heads Conference registration opens in fall 2019. 

Click here for more information and to register for the 2020 Heads Conference, which will open in fall 2019.

Please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 if you have questions regarding the New Heads Network.

June NHN Meeting

On Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16 as part of the New Heads Network (NHN), please join your colleagues for a two-day program at New City School, St. Louis, MO. Pre-registration for this event is required as part of the 2019-20 New Heads Network. 

Monday, June 15 - Tuesday, June 16, 2020
New City School • St. Louis, MO
Time: 9:30 am start on June 15 & 1:00 pm end on June 16

  • Sharing of first-year experiences among the group
  • Sessions on head/board chair relationship, board committees, change, and school culture
  • The Second Year and Beyond

June hotel accommodations
The Chase Park Plaza - Saint Louis, 212 N. Kingshighway Boulevard, St. Louis, MO
ISACS will obtain a block of rooms and provide participants with reservation information at a later date. Click here for directions to Chase Park Plaza Hotel. Click here for directions to New City School from the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

Please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 if you have questions regarding the New Heads Network.

New Heads Network Faculty

Who Should Attend
Heads of school in either of their first two years of headship at an ISACS school. Experienced heads new to an ISACS school have participated and found the program beneficial.

Why Attend
Being a head of school is never easy, and it’s particularly challenging at the start of one’s career. The New Heads Network 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 build relationships with other heads. The NHN seeks 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
  • be fun! We will laugh with and enjoy one another!

Benefits to the School
New heads face common challenges, such as building relationships with administrative teams, the board, faculty, parents, and students. Meeting with each other three times during the year—under the guidance of three experienced heads—can help avoid pitfalls and enhance the chances of a strong first year and beyond.

Mentoring Component
Each new head will be paired with an experienced ISACS head. Mentoring opportunities will be provided during the year through telephone calls, emails, and one in-person meeting at the January Heads Conference in Chicago. 

Program Outline
The program will span the course of one year and have three opportunities for new heads to come together from September through June. 

Hotel Accommodations
Attendees must make their own hotel accommodations. Information can be found below in each event's section.

Registration Fee
$1,850 for September, January, and June meetings, which includes:

  • programming 9/16, 1/29, and 6/15-6/16;
  • breakfast and lunch: 9/16;
  • reception and dinner: 1/29; and 
  • two breakfasts/two lunches/two dinners: 6/15-6/16.

ISACS & NAIS Partnership
The ISACS NHN is a complement to the NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH). INH provides a week-long intensive seminar in July of the heads’ first year. NHN supports that head throughout the year through discussion of application of skills and concepts with NHN colleagues and faculty and a carefully matched mentor. Dual registration is encouraged and offered at a discounted rate. Contact Karen Zeitlin, ISACS Director of Programs for more information.

Financial Assistance
For ISACS members who are planning to register for the NHN only, financial assistance is available for under-resourced schools. Please contact the ISACS office at ISACS, (312) 750-1190.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for the New Heads Network must be submitted in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund.

Please contact NAIS regarding their policy for refunds regarding the NAIS INH.

Questions? Call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.