Leading the Effective Middle School

Leading the Effective Middle School
Leading the Effective Middle School

Date(s): -
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Your middle school community deserves a leader who supports your school’s mission and culture, engages the faculty and staff, and enriches the student experience. Attend this workshop to learn skills, strategies, and tactics based on the latest leadership research. Leave with a custom action plan to move your middle school community forward.

Middle School Heads and administrators must provide support for their students, as well as fair and thoughtful discipline leading to character development. Attend this workshop to create an experiential and practical roadmap to help support these goals and more. This workshop takes an active and reflective approach to learning based on research, group activities, and individual projects.

Workshop leaders will pay attention to your individual challenges, while facilitating a strong cohort among all participants. You’ll leave with an action plan on how to move your middle school community forward—and a group of peers to provide support and collegiality long after the workshop concludes.


    • Delve into the latest research about effective leadership—and analyze your personal leadership style with new understanding.
    • Learn how to apply your school’s mission as a guide to decision-making and policy implementation.
    • Discuss the unique characteristics of middle school-aged children, especially as they impact curriculum, character development, and discipline.
    • Explore current theory on educational best practices in middle school curriculum, diversity, technology, and innovative learning.
    • Learn how to facilitate effective teacher coaching, growth, and development.
    • Develop an action plan for the coming year that incorporates your personal strengths while outlining specific job responsibilities through prioritization.

    Who Should Attend:

    New and experienced Middle School Heads should attend. This workshop also benefits aspiring Middle School administrators.

    Kathy Christoph

    Kathy Christoph

    ISM Summer Institute Faculty


    An ISM workshop instructor since 1995, Kathy provides leadership insight at the middle school level. Her special expertise is in change initiatives around issues pertaining to adolescents.

    Current Role

    As former Head of Middle School at Dwight-Englewood School, NJ, Kathy oversaw the middle school program. She was instrumental in creating teams for teachers and students, implementing flexible block scheduling, instituting daily advisory, and bringing the entire middle school community together every day for announcements. The curriculum is delivered in a variety of ways, from traditional to interdisciplinary to integrated. Different learning styles were addressed, as were alternative assessment methods and multiple intelligences.

    Prior Experience

    Kathy formally served as the Head of Pen Ryn School, PA. She was also Head of the Middle School at Columbus School for Girls, OH, and The Tatnall School, DE. Under her direction, each school developed a mission and framework that reflects recommended strategies of exemplary middle schools.

    Kathy also served as a teacher at Orchard Country Day School, IN, where she led the team that developed the school’s interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and the implementation of flexible block scheduling.

    She has presented at the NMSA National Convention as well as the Nuts and Bolts Symposium in Boulder, CO.


    Kathy has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and has completed all coursework toward an Ed.D. degree from Indiana University.


    Matthew Stuart

    Matthew Stuart

    ISM Summer Institute Faculty | Head of School at The Caedmon School


    Matthew shares in expertise in overseeing middle school operations, including hiring and evaluating faculty, mentoring and professional development, and facilitating curriculums.

    Current Role

    Matthew has served as Head of School at The Caedmon School since 2012. He is responsible for ensuring all operations align with school’s mission and best serve its students.

    Prior Experience

    Matthew served as Head of Middle School at The Town School, NY, before joining Caedmon. He was also previously Director of the Middle School at the National Cathedral School, DC, and a Department Head at The Spence School, NY, directing a K–12 performing arts department. Prior to joining Spence, Matthew directed the middle school drama program at The Hewitt School, NY, and was a professional theatre director in New York City.

    Selected as a Joseph Klingenstein Fellow in 1998–99 and a NAIS/E.E. Ford Fellow in 2004, Matthew has presented at a number of conferences, including NAIS, NYSAIS, AIMS, ACIS, and NAES, on curriculum and other topics.


    Matthew holds a master’s degree in education administration from Columbia University, NY, and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, NY.

    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

    10:15-10:30 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




    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



    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




    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




    8:30-10:15 Session Seventeen

    10:15-10:30 Break

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


    31.25 hours

    Workshop Location
    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.

    Reserve Your Room


    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:

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3.  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 (DEN). 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.

    Nearby transportation
    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.

    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 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 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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