Transformative Academic Leadership

Transformative Academic Leadership
Transformative Academic Leadership

Date(s): -
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Growth and change can either excite and energize a school community, or cause concern and incite resistance. Examine and build upon your own leadership style to empower others and foster a healthy, positive culture that embraces mission-centered initiatives to serve the best interests of your students.

Research shows that a healthy, growth-focused faculty culture is the primary predictor of student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm. In an era of “hyperchange,” it is more important than ever to foster a stable culture for students while teaching them to embrace necessary changes for the future. This requires inspired leadership that draws others to action.

School leaders must reconcile competing priorities while still affecting higher-order changes to remain sustainable and effective. This workshop combines practical tools, concrete strategies, cutting-edge research, hands-on activities, and in-depth discussions to support you in embracing the personal and professional challenges that come with leading a student-centered school. Leave this workshop excited to transform your school from excellent to exceptional. .


  • Gain a deeper understanding of who you are as a leader, including your personal strengths and challenges.
  • Discover concrete tools to assess school culture and foster positivity, collegiality, and professional growth among your teachers.
  • Discuss student-centered approaches, systems, policies, and pedagogy.
  • Increase your ability to communicate powerfully and effectively with all constituents.
  • Create strategies to impact successful change.
  • Network and share strategies with other talented academic leaders.
  • Maintain balance and harmony in your career.
  • Develop an action plan of the key steps you can take to transform your school.

    Who Should Attend:

    Experienced academic administrators such as School Heads, Division Heads, Academic Deans, Deans of Faculty, and others who are closely involved with faculty should attend.

    Barbara Beachley

    Barbara Beachley

    ISM Director of Advisory Services | Consultant


    Barbara provides her expertise in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation, academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis.

    Current Role

    As Director of ISM Advisory Services, Barbara:

    • oversees ISM’s Publications, Research, and Professional Development divisions;
    • consults; writes for Ideas & Perspectives; co-authors books; and conducts
      webinars in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies,
      strategic academic planning, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation,
      academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis;
    • facilitates ISM’s Engaging Students in an Extended Period workshop, empowering teachers to transition to and teach effectively in longer periods;
    • leads courses at ISM’s Summer Institute;
    • presents at association conferences; and
    • facilitates Board and school leadership retreats.

    Prior Experience

    Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PK−12.

    While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.


    Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; a master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard University, MA; and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

    Personal Mission Statement

    For all beings to cherish their lives.

    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:
    2. Access the booking window on our main webpage, 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 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:


    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

    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, 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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