Events For Every Position

ISM Learning Events offer a rich blend of industry expertise, mentorship, and networking.

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Advancement Academy: Start the school year off strong! This transformative opportunity provides leaders in Admission, Development, Fundraising, Marketing & Communications, and School Heads to come together over the summer to collaborate on advancement initiatives and strategies. 

Summer Institute: Whether you’re new to independent schools, hoping to excel in a recent promotion, or looking to master a specific skill, explore the latest research, leading methodology, and best practices in our Summer Institute workshops.

Virtual Workshops: Dig into the “nuts and bolts” around your day-to-day operations from the comfort of campus. Our Virtual Workshops, offered at various times throughout the school year, address questions and deliver solutions you can implement right away for immediate impact in your role.

Webinars: Bite-sized professional development for all positions on a wide variety of topics and led by industry experts. Our webinars are offered throughout the school year.

Heads Retreat: Designed for Heads of School, this retreat-style event occurs in the fall and provides time to refocus, reflect, and discuss emerging trends alongside peers who understand the critical and unique role of headship.

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How to Lead and Sustain a High-Performing Administrative Team

Date(s): 6/17/2024 — 6/21/2024 Status: Open

Discover how to become a strong leader and build successful, healthy administrative teams.

The ever-increasing uncertainties facing independent school leadership in the market, in multi-generational faculty expectations, and in a world of increasing neuro-divergence in our students make the demand for decisive, steady, and empathetic leadership greater than ever. While the needs of the individual leader are important, never before has the effectiveness of a healthy, high-functioning team required greater attention.

Identify the strengths you bring to your administrative or Leadership Team, and learn how to create team excellence when managing up, down, and among peers. After this course, you’ll reap the results of strong leadership, healthy cultures, clear purpose, and powerful relationships.

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General & Silver

$2,230.00 Gold


The New Admission Director

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/11/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 40 IACP

Gain the tools, strategies, and best practices necessary to thrive as a new Admission and Enrollment Management Director.

From understanding enrollment trends to cultivating strong relationships with prospective families and fostering a vibrant school community, this workshop offers a holistic approach to navigating the challenges and opportunities within the admissions sphere.

Discover how to build an effective admission process that attracts and enrolls mission-appropriate students and supports applicants.

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General & Silver

$3,670.00 Gold


13th Annual Advancement Academy

Date(s): 7/22/2024 — 7/26/2024 Location: Boston, MA Status: Open Credits: 40 IACP

The ISM Annual Advancement Academy brings together leaders in the areas of admission, alumni relations, development, enrollment, fundraising, and marketing communications—along with School Heads—to collaborate on advancement initiatives and strategies. Attendees leave with a customized action plan to implement right away.

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General & Silver

$4,350.00 Gold

$4,105.00 3+ Person