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Events For Every Position

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

Learning Events

 

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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$2,475.00
General & Silver

$2,230.00 Gold

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For Teachers: How to Succeed When You’re New to Teaching in Independent Schools

Date(s): 6/17/2024 — 6/18/2024 Status: Open

Explore foundational strategies to help you launch into your new role in an independent school, regardless of how long you’ve been teaching.

Independent schools are unlike any other educational setting. Teachers—attend this workshop to gain the tools you need to be successful from day one. Develop a foundational understanding of how independent schools work, how your school’s mission influences your role as a teacher, and how to flourish from the first day in your new school community.

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$1,645.00
General & Silver

$1,480.00 Gold

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How to Successfully Transition From Teacher to Administrator

Date(s): 6/17/2024 — 6/18/2024 Status: Open

Learn how to transition your skills as an educator to take on leadership roles in school administration.

If you’re considering a move into private school administration, gain the tools and strategies to be successful. Examine what it means to be an academic administrator in a private school. With an understanding of your leadership vision and motivation, you’ll be better prepared to make the move successfully. Discover how to prepare and what to expect so you can make sound decisions for your future.

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$1,645.00
General & Silver

$1,480.00 Gold

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Rethinking Student Assessment: Collecting Authentic Evidence of Learning

Date(s): 6/20/2024 — 6/21/2024 Status: Open

Explore new methodologies for collecting evidence of meaningful, authentic student learning and comprehension.

Are your students involved in hands-on work that keeps them actively engaged? Do they produce work and perform tasks that they believe are purposeful?

It’s time to think about your school’s approach to assessment—that is, how you measure evidence of learning and achievement. Join us in an exploration of common student measurements, like multiple-choice tests, timed writings, worksheets, and other basic skills tests as we rethink how to collect authentic indications of student learning.

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$1,645.00
General & Silver

$1,480.00 Gold

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Chairing Your Department: The First Five Years

Date(s): 6/24/2024 — 6/28/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Learn how to bolster your leadership capabilities, sharpen your communications skills, manage your team with confidence, and support your school’s long-term goals.

Department Chairs act as an essential bridge between a school's Leadership Team and the faculty. Explore strategies for exercising leadership, communicating openly, and running your department effectively. Discover how to facilitate change and support your colleagues to deliver your mission with excellence.

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$5,460.00
General & Silver

$4,915.00 Gold

$4,640.00 3+ Person

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Transformative Academic Leadership

Date(s): 6/24/2024 — 6/28/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Join other exceptional academic leaders to explore and refine your leadership strengths, uncover limiting blind spots, and gain practical tools to take your leadership to the next level and transform your school’s culture.

In an era of hyper-change against the backdrop of the pandemic, political polarization, changing markets, teacher shortages, and pivotal technological advances, leading schools has never been more challenging. This workshop is designed to support and reenergize talented leaders in your tireless efforts to foster a thriving, stable school culture. As an academic administrator, culture starts with you, and you set the tone for your teachers. A predictable and supportive environment is essential for faculty to have the capacity to embrace inevitable changes with fortitude and enthusiasm.

Uncover your capacity to be an even more inspiring and effective leader, reconciling competing priorities while still affecting necessary higher-order change initiatives for staff and students. This workshop gives you the tools to make those goals a reality while keeping your school viable and sustainable.

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$5,460.00
General & Silver

$4,915.00 Gold

$4,640.00 3+ Person

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Directing the Athletic and PE Programs

Date(s): 6/24/2024 — 6/27/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Learn the ins and outs of the Athletic Director role so you can effectively promote and maintain your school’s athletic program.

Athletics plays a vital role on a school’s campus. The Athletic Director must ensure the school’s athletic program operates effectively to provide student-athletes with an optimal experience—extending their school experiences to the playing field.

Learn how to create and implement physical education initiatives that encourage students to lead happy and healthy lives while maintaining policies that protect their safety.

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$4,075.00
General & Silver

$3,670.00 Gold

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Student-Centered Scheduling

Date(s): 6/24/2024 — 6/28/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Examine the latest research in scheduling and classroom instruction to guarantee a strong, healthy schedule that enhances the quality of your graduates.

Creating your next school schedule doesn’t have to be a caffeine-fueled, angst-driven exercise in futility.

This workshop takes you back to basics and refocuses your scheduling strategy on what’s best for your students. Return to your school with incredible quantities of up-to-date research and modern scheduling strategies, and an action plan that walks you through improving your school’s schedule design and process.

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$5,460.00
General & Silver

$4,915.00 Gold

$4,640.00 3+ Person

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(Re)Build a Strong Advisory Program

Date(s): 6/24/2024 — 6/26/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Create and implement a thriving advisory program to support your middle and upper school students.

A successful advisory program is a difference-maker for middle and upper school students. How does yours rate?

In this interactive workshop, educators explore core concepts for focusing, enhancing, and building (or rebuilding) the advisory program so it reflects and supports the mission of the school. Leave with substantive recommendations for others back home—supported by a comprehensive outline of advisory practices, themes, and activities—as well as an action plan to make it happen.

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$3,045.00
General & Silver

$2,740.00 Gold

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Balance Your Roles as Upper School Dean of Students

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/12/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Manage every aspect of your ever-growing role as an upper school Dean of Students. Fulfill your responsibilities with confidence, keeping students first in everything you do.

The Upper School Dean of Students must balance working as an advocate for the students and as a disciplinarian to support the school culture. Attend this workshop to explore how to manage these roles while furthering your school’s mission and prioritizing the well-being of your students.

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$5,460.00
General & Silver

$4,915.00 Gold

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Leading the Effective Upper School

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/12/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Explore your personal leadership style while analyzing and reflecting on strategies for evaluating faculty, navigating school change, promoting a healthy school culture, and designing an up-to-date schedule.

Gain the tools you need to work with colleagues, support faculty growth, and foster a healthy, dynamic culture in your upper school division. Hone your own thinking, develop new ideas and plans, and acquire a network of fellow Upper School division heads—all of which will help you thrive as a successful administrator in today’s independent school market.

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$5,460.00
General & Silver

$4,915.00 Gold

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Change Management: Balancing Transformation Alongside Tradition

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/10/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

How can school leaders build capacity for change in their schools, and facilitate change at the rate their school can manage?

High-functioning private schools continually evolve. But although private schools have the freedom and independence to be innovative, most aren’t. Implementing change can be a difficult task for many reasons, such as complex administrative structures and decision-making processes, long-standing traditions and established practices, and limited resources to invest in new opportunities.

In this interactive workshop, Polly Parker and Steve Salvo will explore how to enact change while taking into account the cultural and administrative realities of private-independent schools.

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$3,045.00
General & Silver

$2,740.00 Gold

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Mastering Your Role as Middle School Dean of Students

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/11/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Become a great middle school leader. Support your school’s mission and culture, engage your faculty and staff, and enrich the student experience.

Middle School Deans wear many hats: teacher, advisor, disciplinarian, coach, administrator, and more. Learn how to set goals, satisfy the needs of multiple stakeholders, communicate effectively, and find time for self-care.

Establish strategies and systems for performing your job functions, backed by research, data, and case studies. Create a personalized action plan for the school year to set you on the path to success.

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$4,075.00
General & Silver

$3,670.00 Gold

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Thriving in Headship for the New and Aspiring School Head

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/10/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Discover how to manage the nuances and demands of school headship.

Leading a school requires a holistic understanding of private school management—including effective Board management, admission, business operations, curriculum development, and faculty and staff hiring and evaluation. Additionally, School Heads must regularly interact with all school constituencies. And because school leadership can be all-consuming, Heads must find a work-life balance that makes the job sustainable.

This workshop will explore the practical and personal aspects of leading a school. Come away with practical initiatives and knowledge to ensure your success.

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$3,045.00
General & Silver

$2,740.00 Gold

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Chairing Your Department: The First Five Years

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/12/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Learn how to bolster your leadership capabilities, sharpen your communications skills, manage your team with confidence, and support your school’s long-term goals.

Department Chairs act as an essential bridge between a school's Leadership Team and the faculty. Explore strategies for exercising leadership, communicating openly, and running your department effectively. Discover how to facilitate change and support your colleagues to deliver your mission with excellence.

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$5,460.00
General & Silver

$4,915.00 Gold

$4,640.00 3+ Person

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Leading the Effective Middle School

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/12/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Explore how you can support your school’s mission and culture, engage faculty and staff, and enrich the student experience.

Middle School Heads and administrators must provide support for their students, as well as fair and thoughtful discipline that leads to character development. In this workshop, you’ll create an experiential and practical roadmap to help support these goals and more.

Discover how to create systems for observations, scheduling, hiring, and more that will effectively ease the pace of the school year. Leave with an action plan on how to move your middle school community forward—and a group of peers to provide support and collegiality after the workshop concludes.

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$5,460.00
General & Silver

$4,915.00 Gold

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Mission-Grounded DEIJB Work: Foster a Culture Where Everyone Thrives

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/10/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Are all your students thriving? Or are some just surviving? How do you know? At the heart of true Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging (DEIJB) work is creating a culture in which all students thrive as evidenced by experiencing appreciation, validation, acceptance, and fair treatment within a culturally vibrant environment.

Diversity is often undefined or ill-defined, which creates confusion among groups regarding mission alignment, connection to teaching and learning, and benefactors of diversity efforts. This lack of clarity puts additional pressure and stress on a role that is already inherently challenging and highly emotional work.

Led by practitioners with extensive backgrounds in independent schools, this workshop guides DEIJB practitioners (by any name) in facilitated inquiry employing various interactive strategies, discussions, individual reflection, and theoretical frameworks. Participants leave this workshop with a customized action plan to begin enacting the critical work of cultivating cultural competency and enriching community within their respective school communities.

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$3,045.00
General & Silver

$2,740.00 Gold

$2,590.00 3+ Person

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Leading the Effective Lower School

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/12/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Turn your lower school division into an exceptional environment that provides a stable, student-centered learning community through ISM’s research-based strategies.

Learn effective strategies for leading your lower school. Discover ways to build and sustain a healthy staff of administrators and faculty that allows your school to deliver its mission with excellence.

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$5,460.00
General & Silver

$4,915.00 Gold

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The Foundations of a Support Program for Students With Learning Differences

Date(s): 7/8/2024 — 7/10/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Discover how to launch a learning support program that will enrich your students’ educational experience.

If you’re new to your program or your program is new to your school, this workshop is for you. Join us in this foundational course to explore the nuts and bolts of successful learning support programs and how to achieve buy-in from your school community.

Discover how to best support all students and the faculty who work with them. Return to school with a customized action plan and strategies for success.

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$3,045.00
General & Silver

$2,740.00 Gold

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Advancing Your Support Program for Students With Learning Differences

Date(s): 7/10/2024 — 7/12/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Explore how to strengthen your school’s learning support program to best support all students.

If you’re looking to evolve and grow your current learning support program, this workshop is for you. Join us to reexamine your offerings and explore what’s new in recommended success strategies. You’ll also hear from a mental health professional about approaches to the mental health challenges your students are facing.

Collaborate and create a network of fellow learning specialists. Return to school with an action plan to ensure your learning support program is optimized to truly serve your students and mission.

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$3,045.00
General & Silver

$2,740.00 Gold

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How to Implement Transformative Faculty Growth and Evaluation

Date(s): 7/11/2024 — 7/12/2024 Location: Phialdelphia, PA Status: Open

Cultivate an understanding of the relationships between leadership, leader well-being, faculty culture, and student performance.

Explore a mission-driven and comprehensive approach to foster growth-focused, professional faculty through assessing and enhancing faculty and school culture. You’ll gain strategies for faculty evaluation, corrective action, selective retention, and a teacher-directed, energizing, and collegial professional growth program.

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$2,720.00
General & Silver

$2,450.00 Gold

$2,315.00 3+ Person

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For Administrators: How to Ensure Teachers New to Independent Schools Succeed

Date(s): 7/15/2024 — 7/16/2024 Status: Open

Discover how to help teachers new to independent schools easily and successfully transition to their new role.

Administrators, are you ready to give your new teachers the tools they need to be successful right out of the gate? Explore how to share the culture of independent schools, communicate expectations, and empower your new teachers to deliver your mission with excellence.

Through discussions and hands-on work, workshop participants will review independent school best practices to be shared with teachers and how to adapt a framework for predictability and support. They will also gain an understanding of potential pitfalls that new teachers should avoid.

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$1,645.00
General & Silver

$1,480.00 Gold

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The Assistant Headship: Leading From Outside the Circle

Date(s): 7/15/2024 — 7/18/2024 Status: Open

Learn how you can become an even better leader in your school as you assist your School Head.

No two Assistant Head job descriptions are the same. But whether you have a particular administrative purview or act as second-in-command over the whole school, to be successful you must be adaptable while maintaining a whole-school perspective.

You will leave this workshop with an action plan in hand that will deepen your understanding of the business of schools, influence your professional path, and allow you to better collaborate with your School Head.

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$2,475.00
General & Silver

$2,230.00 Gold

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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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$4,830.00
General & Silver

$4,350.00 Gold

$4,105.00 3+ Person