Chairing Your Department: The First Five Years

Chairing Your Department: The First Five Years
Chairing Your Department: The First Five Years

Date(s): -
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Department Chairs must act as an essential bridge between your school’s Leadership Team and your educators. Learn how to bolster your leadership capabilities, sharpen your communications skills, manage your team with confidence, and support your school’s long-term goals.

This workshop is also offered June 24-28, 2019, in Minneapolis.

Department Chairs provide an essential bridge between school administrators and classroom teachers. In this workshop, learn strategies for exercising leadership so that your department achieves your school’s mission with excellence.

Work collaboratively with other participants to gain an understanding of leadership and how it connects to your role as Department Chair. Develop effective communication skills and learn how to manage your department staff, budget, and curriculum. Return to campus with improved organization and communication skills, and the tools to conduct student and curriculum reviews, mentor a growth-driven faculty, and facilitate change.

Takeaways:

  • Examine leadership challenges, critical interpersonal competencies for leaders, and changes that occur as teachers take on new responsibilities.
  • Learn techniques for managing your time and paper flow.
  • Create effective strategies for departmental management, curricular design, and communication.
  • Develop mission-appropriate processes for curriculum development and review, quality instructional techniques, and student assessment and management.
  • Discuss current issues in education.
  • Cultivate a peer network to leverage for advice and insight for the rest of your career.

Who Should Attend:

Department Chairs with up to three years of experience, and those with more experience who are looking for new insights and peer networking should attend.

Mike Gwaltney

Mike Gwaltney

ISM Summer Institute Faculty | Head of Upper School at Rocky Hill School

Expertise

With more than 26 years as an educator under his belt, Mike is a recognized leader in student-centered education. He is passionate about project-based and online learning, and a strong advocate for engaged local, global, and digital citizenship.

Current Role

As Head of Upper School at Rocky Hill School, RI, Mike is on the forefront of school decisions on all issues related to academic and co-curricular programs.

He is both a practitioner and a scholar of progressive online learning, and has written about highly effective distance education. In February 2017, he was given the OESIS Network’s “Innovation Leader” award for his work in Digital Citizenship, Project-based Learning, and Interdisciplinary Curriculum & Instruction.

Prior Experience

His focus over the last 15 years has been on developing student-­centered, inquiry­-based curriculum, and project­-based learning experiences that connect students with online communities and other learners around the world. Over his many years working in schools, Mike has led a variety of strategic academic initiatives while providing leadership and mentoring to scores of teachers.

He has presented about project-based and e-learning at international, national, and regional education conferences, including ISTE, NAIS, OESIS, and NWAIS. He has received numerous teaching awards, including recognition as “Most Inspirational Teacher” by the Mayor of Los Angeles six times. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, Edutopia, and in several books.

As one of the earliest teachers with the Online School for Girls (now OneSchoolhouse), Mike helped pioneer student-centered online learning for independent schools, and frequently speaks at conferences and to faculty groups about the role of online and blended learning in secondary schools.

Education

Mike received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from California State University at Fullerton.

Workshop Schedule (subject to adjustment)

(Continental breakfast is available starting at 7:00 a.m. and breaks are at 10:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.)

Monday

7:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast

8:30–10:15 Session One

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Session Two

12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM

1:15-3:00 Session Three

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 Session Four

5:00-5:30 General Session

5:30-6:00 Reception with ISM

6:00 Dinner with ISM

 

Tuesday

8:30–10:15 Session Five

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Session Six

12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM

1:15-3:00 Session Seven

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 Session Eight

5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM

 

Wednesday

8:30–10:15 Session Nine

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Session Ten

12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM

1:15-3:00 Session Eleven

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 Session Twelve

5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM

 

 

Thursday

8:30-10:15 Session Thirteen

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Session Fourteen

12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM

1:15-3:00 Session Fifteen

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 Session Sixteen

5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM

 

 

Friday

8:30-10:15 Session Seventeen

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Session Eighteen/Action Planning

 

31.25 hours

Workshop Location
Hilton Penns Landing 
201 South Columbus Boulevard 
Philadelphia, PA 19106 
215-521-6565

The Hilton Penns Landing on the Delaware River, adjacent to Independence Seaport Museum and summer activities alone the river. It is the walking distance to historic Old City Philadelphia. Group hotel reservation rate of $209 is available until June 17, 2019. Subject to availability. Please wait until the workshop status is 'confirmed' before making your travel and hotel arrangements.

Reserve Your Room

Make your hotel reservations by:

  • Reserving your room online
     
  • Calling 215-521-6500 and let then know you are with ISM or Independent School Management Summer Institute

 

The Hilton Penns Landing is pet-friendly. Please contact the hotel for details.

Travel

Delta Airlines is offering Advancement Academy attendees discounted fares. Click this link to get to Delta reservations. Fill in your departure city and destination (PHL). If the Meetings Event Code box is empty, use the Meeting Event Code NMSM8. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1-800-328-1111, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code: NMSM8.

American Airlines is offering Advancement Academy attendees discounted fares into Philadelphia (PHL). Visit aa.com and select your flights. At the bottom of the passenger info form, you will see “Promo Codes and accounts.” Click “edit” and use code 9979BT. Then proceed to picking your seats.

Getting there from Philadelphia International Airport

DIRECTIONS: Take the Philadelphia ramp on the left to merge onto I-95 N. Take exit 20 for Columbus Blvd. Turn left onto S Columbus Blvd. Hotel will be on the right.

Distance from Hotel: 11.7 miles

Drive Time: 15 minutes

How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?

It is essential that your school approves the following email addresses from ISM:

  • workshops@isminc.com
  • marie@isminc.com
  • tomi@isminc.com

You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation email and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these e-mails.

What does my registration fee include?

All workshop materials, breakfasts, lunch or dinner daily, and social hours are included.

What is not included in my registration fee?

Hotel accommodations and travel expenses, other meals not noted.

What should I wear?

Meetings rooms are generally cold, as temperature control in meeting spaces and large convention centers is difficult. Please bring a sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt.

Summer temperatures average mid-80s to a low of 65. It can get quite hot—into the 90s—and humid. The classrooms and guest rooms are usually comfortable, but you may want to dress in layers in case the rooms are too warm or too cool for you. Dress is casual. Wear whatever is comfortable—jeans, sweat shirts, sweaters, etc. For current weather conditions, we recommend checking weather.com.

What should I bring?

You’ll receive a letter from your workshop instructor letting you know what to bring. However, please bring a laptop or tablet for online access.

Where can I work out?

The Hilton Penns Landing offers a fitness center and a pool, as well as bicycle rentals. Since the hotel is located on the river, you have easy access to walking in Old City, as well as on the riverfront.

Can my special dietary requirements be met?

Absolutely. Just give the Workshops Department a call at 302-656-4944, and we'll make sure your needs are accommodated.

How much free time will I have?

There are periods before, between, and after workshop sessions for relaxation, recreation, and socializing.

Should I need medical or dental attention, where should I go?

Should you need medical attention in a non-emergency, notify ISM staff and the hotel staff. The hotel can recommend what facilities are available, and may be able to supply transportation. In an emergency, call 911.

Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

We will correspond with you through email as soon as your workshop is confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to its start date. Occasionally, we may be forced to cancel an unconfirmed, scheduled workshop due to insufficient registration. So we ask that you do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive notice that your workshop is confirmed. (ISM will not be responsible for any change/cancellation charges assessed by your airline or travel agent.)

Tuition Payment and Cancellation Policy for In-Person, Group-based Programs

Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the in-person, group-based program. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing workshops@isminc.com, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Professional Development Coordinator, ISM, 1316 N. Union St., Wilmington, DE, 19806.

  • Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 15 business days before the start of the program. For registrations paid for with membership Gold Dollars, the member school will receive a 50% refund of Gold Dollars.
  • Non-payment of tuition or no-show to the event does not constitute a cancellation. Full tuition will be due and payable.

The Substitution Option and Wallet Option

Should an attendee need to cancel less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, the school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at anytime for cancellations. 

  1. The school may substitute another employee.
  2. The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Professional Development Coordinator at 302-656-4944 x152.

*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.

 

 

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