Location: Philadelphia, PA
Learn unique processes and principles to address the specific scheduling challenges of the lower school. Discover what the ideal lower school schedule should include, identify your program and space requirements, and design a schedule with instructor assistance and critique that meets your school’s mission.
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Standard Pricing: $2,377 Gold Members // $2,797 General // $1,604 Second Person
Create a schedule for your lower school that meets the needs of your students, reduces conflict, and helps inspire learning and creativity. Learn common challenges facing elementary school schedulers, how to maximize space and time, and the differences between vertical and horizontal time when creating a master design for your elementary school or division.
Work with your peers and the workshop leader to create a new schedule for your lower school. Share your completed schedule with the group and learn proven strategies for implementing your new schedule once you return to campus.
- Discover where your school currently stands, based on your unique data.
- Understand what the ideal lower school schedule includes.
- Work with your school’s space, time, people, and program limitations.
- Utilize strategies for time and space management.
- Lay the foundation for your new lower school schedule, including how to establish interdivisional and intradivisional time, personnel, and space.
- Create your new lower school schedule with the leader’s assistance and critique.
- Share your finalized schedule with the group.
- Return to school with a schedule (or schedule prototype) ready for the coming year.
Who Should Attend:
Lower School Heads and schedulers should attend.
Roxanne S. Higgins
ISM President | Director of Consultants | Executive Consultant
Roxanne is an expert in optimizing time, space, and personnel to help each school deliver a mission-appropriate program developed around the needs of its students.
Roxanne Higgins is the President of ISM and the company’s senior scheduling Consultant. She is responsible for the overall operation and management of the company.
Roxanne has worked onsite with more than 400 schools in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe, more than once with many of them. She taught the Scheduling Without Conflict workshop (now Student-Centered Scheduling) for many years, both at Summer Institute and during the school-year workshop program.
As an ISM Consultant, Roxanne:
- Provides scheduling services for schools of all types, sizes, and grade levels; key consultations include the intensive Schedule Analysis and onsite workshops for faculty and Scheduling Committees
- Delivers and facilitates the Scheduling the Elementary School workshop at Summer Institute
- Assists in developing content for articles in Ideas & Perspectives, ISM’s advisory publication, and for workshops
Her career at ISM began in 1984, after working briefly in international banking and teaching a course for seventh-graders in economics. Roxanne has served as an account manager for ISM Insurance Inc., was the Director of Management Institutes for six years, served as the ISM Consulting Coordinator for four years, and was Vice President for four years. She took the position of ISM President in January 1990.
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
The Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
201 South Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing is on the Delaware River, adjacent to the Independence Seaport Museum and summer activities along the river. It is within walking distance to historic Old City Philadelphia.
A group hotel reservation rate of $219 is available until June 1, 2020. Subject to availability. Please wait until the workshop status is 'confirmed' before making your travel and hotel arrangements.
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.
Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Independent School Management. Please click here to book your flights.
You may also call the Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMU5P.
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:
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 email@example.com, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Event Experience Manager, 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.
- 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 Events Experience Manager at 302-656-4944 x152.
*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.
ISM believes in providing quality and excellence in all of our events and in ensuring the satisfaction of everyone who attends. Nearly 100% of our participants say they would recommend our events to their colleagues. If you are not satisfied with your event for any reason, ISM will credit the fee you paid toward another similarly priced workshop or will refund it.
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