Learning Events
Learning Events
Learning Events

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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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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Capital Campaign Mastery: Design and Implement an Extraordinary Campaign

Date(s): 6/24/2024 — 6/26/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open Credits: 30 IACP

Discover the strategies you need to prepare for a successful capital campaign to motivate and engage your supporters—creating an inspirational and sustainable vision for the future.

Your school, whether large or small, can run a successful capital campaign—with the correct preparation.

Explore the dynamics of independent school fundraising to support your school’s ability to make a difference for your students. Become more confident in your role and understand how to maximize the capacity of your volunteer and donor base.

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$3,045.00
General & Silver

$2,740.00 Gold

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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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Demystifying Planned Giving: The Road to Transformational Philanthropy

Date(s): 6/26/2024 — 6/28/2024 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Open

Learn how to simplify planned giving to enable prospects to give gifts larger than they imagined.

Billions of dollars of intergenerational money are currently being transferred from one generation to another, creating significant philanthropic opportunities—are you alert to the full potential of your school’s supporters?

Unlock the power of planned giving and pave the way for transformational philanthropy in your school. This workshop provides a comprehensive guide to creating a dynamic planned giving program that resonates with donors, fosters long-term engagement, and secures sustainable support for your cause.

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$2,720.00
General & Silver

$2,450.00 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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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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How to Strategically Engage, Solicit, and Steward Your Donors and Prospects

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

Build a comprehensive engagement plan that includes a focus on stewardship and elevates your work with your donors and prospects to an even higher level.

The amount and kind of attention paid to your donors, families, and organizations when not soliciting them can make an enormous difference in your school’s fundraising success. This workshop takes a close look into how the Donor Cycle (identification, engagement, evaluation, solicitation, recognition, and stewardship) provides a strategic approach to moving a donor or prospect into a closer relationship with your school.

We'll examine the process by which development professionals begin the work of discovering potential donors, enhancing relationships with donors, and qualifying their interests, values, and financial resources. You’ll learn effective solicitation techniques to connect your donors and prospects with your school’s strategic priorities.

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$2,720.00
General & Silver

$2,450.00 Gold

$2,315.00 3+ Person

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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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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

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28th Annual Heads Retreat

Date(s): 11/6/2024 — 11/9/2024 Location: New Orleans, LA Status: Open

Invest in Your Personal Well-Being and Professional Growth

As a Head of School, staying focused on your school’s big-picture goals can be difficult when you’re navigating the daily responsibilities and pressures of operations. This challenge is what prompted us to create our Annual Head’s Retreat—a gathering that gives School Heads the time and space to step back and refocus, discuss emerging trends, and cultivate visionary leadership.

Seats for this intimate retreat are in high demand each year—reserve yours now.

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$4,045.00
General & Silver

$3,640.00 Gold