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Empowering Department Chairs & Deans AS Proactive Leaders & Effective Managers

with Mike Gwaltney, ISM Consultant

Date: Friday, January 19, 2024 * 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: ISACS Classroom, Downtown Chicago
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Each participant must register themselves individually for the Workshop. There is no group discount.
Each participant MUST have a contact record in the system prior to registration.
Please see "Registration Tips" located at the bottom for more information.

Department chairs and deans play crucial leadership and management roles, bridging the gap between a school’s senior administrators and the teachers who deliver the school’s mission. At their best, chairs and deans help to ensure a positive, growth-focused school culture by supporting teachers and students. Participants in this workshop will learn the fundamentals of leading and managing in an independent school, and will be equipped to provide the predictability and support both teachers and students need. Chairs and deans will leave the workshop empowered to be more effective managers and proactive leaders.

This workshop is for department chairs, academic deans, directors of teaching & learning, deans of students & teachers aspiring to academic leadership roles in independent schools.


Mike Gwaltney

Mike Gwaltney is a full-time ISM consultant working with schools in all areas of academic programming. He has served as a teacher, coach, department chair, technology specialist, curriculum developer, division head, high school principal, and assistant head of school. Gwaltney is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including being recognized six times as “Most Inspirational Teacher” by the Mayor of Los Angeles and his work has been featured on NPR, Edutopia, KQED’s Mindshift blog and in recent books on online and project-based learning.

Important Information

Policies for Participation

ISACS reserves the right to revoke the registration and end the participation of any registrant who does not follow the ISACS Policies & Disclaimers for Professional Learning Events.

How to Register for the Workshop

To register for any ISACS event, you MUST be logged into your contact record in the new system. Each person must register themselves for the workshop. 

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Registration Fees & Details

  • $250 per person from an ISACS member school.
  • This workshop is for ISACS members only.
  • Each participant must register themselves for the 1/19 workshop.
  • Please see the tabs above on "How to Register". 
  • There is no group discount for this workshop.
  • The workshop includes coffee/tea, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.
  • Once registered, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. ISACS will send a final confirmation approximately one-week prior to the workshop.

Cancellation & Questions?

Cancellation Policy for ISACS In-Person Workshops
Cancellations for workshops held at the ISACS classroom must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and will receive a full refund. If you feel ill or are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please remain at home.

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