Making a Successful Schedule Change

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Date(s):
Time: 3:00pm ET

Schools change their schedules for many reasons and this is a huge undertaking. Attend this webinar to hear what steps you should take and what elements you should consider when changing your school’s schedule.

In response to the eroding well-being of children, the publication of evidence that private schools are NOT better at teaching, and a lack of students’ cognitive and emotional engagement, schools are seeking to dramatically change the student experience. To do so, their schedule must also change. But little can cause as much disruption to a school than a poorly executed schedule change.

During this webinar we will share insights gained from our scheduling consultants’ work with schools and provide a framework to making a successful schedule change.

We'll cover these topics and more:

  • Identify three major threats to private-independent schools and how a schedule change might help
  • Describe the top 15 ways to derail your schedule change
  • Provide a framework to making a successful schedule change

Run time:

Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

Who should attend:

This webinar is appropriate for Division Heads, Principals, and School Heads.

Bryan Smyth

Bryan Smyth, Ph.D.

ISM Consultant | Director of Research

Expertise

Bryan’s central purpose is to help students flourish. He believes that the enhancement of school environments and cultures is the best way to facilitate growth in children and adults.

Current Role

As a Consultant and ISM’s Director of Research, Bryan:

  • Oversees ISM’s research initiatives designing studies, conducting statistical analyses and advancing our knowledge in areas important to independent school leadership
  • Conducts onsite scheduling consultations, having had extensive experience creating and implementing unique daily schedules and annual calendars for both boarding and day schools
  • Helps schools analyze and strategies their strategic operations conducting Strategic Performance Analyses, Strategic Planning/Strategic Financial Planning, and Strategic Academic Planning consultations
  • Writes frequently for Ideas & Perspectives and co-authors books in the areas of scheduling, student-centered policies, faculty growth and evaluation, finance, social-emotional well-being, and research
  • Leads ISM’s Student-Centered Scheduling workshop and The Assistant Headship workshop

Bryan joined ISM as a Consultant in 2013, following 13 years in independent school administration.

Prior Experience

Bryan came to ISM from Mount Pisgah Christian School, GA, where he served as the Vice President, Head of the Upper School, Guidance and College Advisement Director, varsity head coach, and psychology teacher over the course of his tenure. Prior to that, he was the Associate Head of School at Brandon Hall, GA.

He is also a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice specialized in the psychological assessment and treatment of adolescents and their families. This varied background and set of experiences affords him the ability to view a school’s form and function from multiple viewpoints, leading to solutions that take into account all perspectives.

Education

Bryan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marquette University, WI, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. He also earned an MBA from Reinhardt University, GA, that focused on the application of business principles to the management of independent schools.

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What is the difference between single-topic Webinars, Webinar clusters, and Webinar courses?

Single-topic Webinars: These are basic, 60-minute Webinars (typically 45 minutes long with a 15 minute Q&A session), covering various timely concerns and/or situations. Our calendar is updated monthly, and sometimes weekly, as these sessions are designed to tackle a current need within the private-independent school world.

Webinar clusters: These are Webinar sessions covering one topic, but divided into multiple sessions over several days so that the topic can be explored in more detail without overwhelming the attendees. They are designed both for timely topics, such as an update on recent federal laws, and for more general concerns, such as designing your employee medical package to meet both your budget goals and your school’s unique culture.

Webinar courses: These Webinars are designed to function as an ISM workshop but are done remotely. Since they are remote you will not need to travel and incur additional expenses due to that travel. Webinar courses are broken into smaller segments than typical on-site workshops so you won't need to sit in front of your computer for days on end. In fact, Webinar courses can extend over months giving you time to work on projects that a workshop leader may require.

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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