Location: Minneapolis, MN
Learn how to turn your lower school division into an exceptional environment that provides stable, student-centered learning for all families. Discover how to lead your school with integrity and best serve your mission and your community.
Turn your lower school division into an exceptional environment that provides a stable, student-centered learning community. Through ISM’s research-based strategies, discover ways to build and sustain a healthy staff of administrators and faculty that will allow your school to deliver its mission with excellence.
Learn how your school can compete through story-based, mission-driven communication. Return to campus well-equipped to lead your division to greater heights with a self-designed action plan, ready to implement on day one.
- Outline the first 100 days of your school year in your personalized action plan, including drafting your first letter of the year to faculty and parents and preparing your first address to faculty.
- Understand the importance of your overall faculty culture, and how evaluation, development, and retention strategies impact student outcomes in addition to teachers’ morale and skills.
- Develop your leadership skills, including time management and conflict resolution.
- Recognize the need for self-care and intentional focus on wellness.
- Understand the benefits of a leadership assimilation plan.
- Discover the intracies of communication and how to identify your “key communicators.”
- Dig into your school’s core values and its foundational mission to discover ways to attract new families.
- Investigate the primacy of the homeroom in elementary schools, and how to leverage that hub for all other educational opportunities.
Who Should Attend:
Lower School Division Directors (and their assistants), Elementary Principals, and Lower School Admission Directors (coming with their Lower School Division Director) should attend.
Andrew Taylor, Ed.D.
Andrew believes in a global perspective for educating children. He brings a wealth of knowledge in independent school administration and teaching, as well as a spirit of innovation and collaboration.
As an ISM Consultant, Andrew shares his expertise in school management, curriculum development, project-based learning, faculty evaluation, fundraising, enrollment, and more. He worked in private-independent schools for 22 years before joining ISM in 2017.
Andrew previously served as Head of Tower School, MA, where he was charged with rationalizing the operating budget, right-sizing the staffing model, and reconfiguring the school schedule to facilitate interdisciplinary instruction and project-based learning.
Before that, he was Head of Lower School at St. Paul’s, MD, where he oversaw the school’s adoption of the International Primary Curriculum. He also facilitated the creation of a project-based learning initiative, implemented a re-defined teacher observation process, and supported asynchronous, online professional development.
Andrew began his career as an undergraduate instructor in Human Genetics, Human Social Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He also taught Biology at the high school level.
After immigrating to the United States, he taught science at Brentwood School, CA, where he developed its Lower School Summer Program. Later, he was Director of Admission and Assistant Head of School at St. James’ School, CA, with significant involvement in fundraising and growing enrollment. Andrew was also the Assistant Headmaster and Director of Summer Programs at the John Thomas Dye School, CA.
Conference presentations include co-presentation of Developing an Effective Faculty Evaluation at 2004 CAIS Annual Conference in North Hollywood, CA and Developing and Using Faculty Standards at the 2005 NAIS National Conference in San Diego, CA.
Andrew earned his Doctorate of Education at UCLA, and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. Andrew’s two bachelor’s degrees are in Human Biology and Science Education.
ISM Summer Institute Faculty
Josie is an expert in all aspects of the elementary division of independent schools.
Josie most recently served as the Director of the Village at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, CA. In this role, Josie:
- Handled all hiring of faculty and managed their professional development initiatives
- Developed and communicated all school policies
- Oversaw the K-6 curriculum
- Directed parent education and worked with the Parent Association
- Assisted with admission and development
- Mentored a leadership team
Prior to working at Chadwick School, Josie worked at The John Thomas Dye School in Bel Air, CA, for eighteen years. Beginning her career as a classroom teacher, Josie moved into administration, first as a Dean of Faculty and then as the Assistant Head of School. She has also worked in the elementary divisions in independent schools in Virginia Beach and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Josie was on the faculty of the CAIS Retreat for Experienced Teachers for three years. She has presented at NAIS and CAIS on faculty evaluations, and at CAIS on developing a culture of mentoring new teachers in independent schools.
Josie has served on a number of committees and is part of a local network of elementary leaders. She has served on eight accreditation teams as well as co-chairing an accreditation at the John Thomas Dye School.
Josie received her bachelor’s degree in education from St. Andrew’s College of Education, Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, Scotland.
As a self-professed lifelong learner, Josie has taken a number of courses on curriculum, leadership and SEL. These include courses from the Intensive Practice Program from UCLA, the Institute for Greater Good from Berkeley, the CATDC Leadership Fellowship program, and The Head Network Women in Leadership.
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.)
7:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30–10:15 Session One
10:30-12:15 Session Two
12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM
1:15-3:00 Session Three
3:15-5:00 Session Four
5:00-5:30 General Session
5:30-6:00 Reception with ISM
6:00 Dinner with ISM
8:30–10:15 Session Five
10:30-12:15 Session Six
12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM
1:15-3:00 Session Seven
3:15-5:00 Session Eight
5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM
8:30–10:15 Session Nine
10:30-12:15 Session Ten
12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM
1:15-3:00 Session Eleven
3:15-5:00 Session Twelve
5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM
8:30-10:15 Session Thirteen
10:30-12:15 Session Fourteen
12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM
1:15-3:00 Session Fifteen
3:15-5:00 Session Sixteen
5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM
8:30-10:15 Session Seventeen
10:30-12:00 Session Eighteen/Action Planning
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
35 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Group hotel reservation rate of $199 is available until June 3, 2019. Subject to availability. Please wait until the workshop status is 'confirmed' before making your travel and hotel arrangements.
ISM's room block is open for online reservations or for call in reservations, and below are the available options for your attendees to be able to make reservations:
- Click RESERVE YOUR ROOM above or use the link provided to add to your website for your attendees to book reservations: http://www.radissonblu.com/reservation/itineraryEntrance.do?pacLink=Y&promoCode=ISM19&hotelCode=MPLS_DT
- Access the booking window on our main webpage www.radissonbluminneapolis.com, choose the event dates (between June 21-30, 2019), and use the promotional code ISM19
- Call the hotel directly at 1-612-339-4900 and ask for the Independent School Management room block.
The Radisson Blu is pet-friendly. Please contact the hotel for details.
Delta Airlines is offering Advancement Academy attendees discounted fares. Click this link to get to Delta reservations. Fill in your departure city and destination (MSP). 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 Minneapolis (MSP). 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 3569DN. Then proceed to picking your seats.
Traveling in and around the Twin Cities is effortless with on-site self-parking and valet parking and a convenient location just 12 miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). If you don’t feel like driving, the Nicollet Mall and the 5th Street light rail train station are only two blocks away.
- Light rail train station - 2 blocks
- Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport (MSP) - 12 miles
How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?
It is essential that your school approves the following email addresses from ISM:
You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation email and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these emails.
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 79 to a low of 59. 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 Radisson Blu fitness center is positioned on the 17th floor to offer expansive views of the impressive Minneapolis skyline. You can hop on one of the bikes, cross-trainers and treadmills by Life Fitness while you catch up on your favorite shows on the individual 17-inch HDTVs. If your workout routine includes strength training, you’ll find plenty of free weights and weight machines. For a more calming atmosphere, head to the adjoining movement studio, the ideal place to stretch or re-center with yoga and tai chi. When you’re finished, the private male and female locker rooms include refreshing showers and personal digital lockers.
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 email@example.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.
- The school may substitute another employee.
- 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.
ISM believes in providing quality and excellence in all of our workshops and in ensuring the satisfaction of everyone who attends. Nearly 100% of our participants say they would recommend our workshops to their colleagues. If you are not satisfied with your workshop for any reason, ISM will credit the fee you paid toward another similarly priced workshop or will refund it.
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