Lead with Clarity.
Every school leader strives to lead their school with clarity. You aim to support your school’s mission to ensure long-term viability, while providing exciting futures for your students and continuous growth for yourself.
Continue your quest to be an exceptional school leader with ISM’s professional development events. No matter your goals or level of experience, there’s an opportunity to elevate your knowledge and your school to the next level of excellence.
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LIVE SESSIONS: Thursdays throughout January 2021 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time
Free private-school-specific data, news, and actionable advice from medical experts
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, get the information you need to guide your future decisions. Cut through the noise with free weekly COVID-19 updates—specifically for private schools—without trying to parse through all the information on your own.
These webinars are designed for administrative and pandemic response teams. Sign up for this package to attend all webinars live or watch the recordings at a time that works for you.
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Online Course Timeframe: January 19, 20, and 22, 2021 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Sessions will last approximately 90 minutes each.
Strategic planning helps reset a school’s direction and brings about meaningful institutional growth. Understand the important elements that are required to create an effective strategic plan.
Explore what determines long-term sustainability for independent schools, how to make strategic tuition decisions even in uncertain times, and what elements go into powerful strategic plans. ISM’s 45 years of research have led to many ground-breaking principles of practice. We will discuss effective Board structure and explore the independent school marketplace so that you can fully embrace your school’s marketplace stance. You will also discover how to quantify your school's perceived parental value and demystify fundraising. This course is perfect for groups!
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Your school’s employees are the lifeblood of your school. They are charged with delivering your mission with excellence. Therefore, school success depends on having the right people in the right seats.
But hiring can be time-consuming and expensive if hires don’t work out. Plus many school leaders don’t have formal training in hiring and retaining employees. The key? The hiring process doesn’t begin when an opening becomes available. It should be an ongoing, strategic process, done with your school’s goals in mind.
Discover how to create your hiring plan now for all school employees, including strategic skill needs and diversity initiatives. This webinar will help you develop a comprehensive plan for your school to ensure hiring success.
Online Course Timeframe: January 25-29, 2021 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2–3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Creating your 2022 schedule doesn’t have to be a caffeine-fueled, angst-driven exercise in futility. This workshop takes you back to basics and refocuses your scheduling strategy on what’s best for your students, rather than what may be most convenient for adults.
Examine the latest research in scheduling and classroom instruction to guarantee a strong, healthy schedule that enhances the quality of your graduates. Return to your school with incredible quantities of up-to-date research and modern scheduling strategies, and an action plan that walks you through improving your school’s schedule design and process.
This workshop blends live, synchronous group sessions, recorded videos/slideshows that participants watch asynchronously, and both live and asynchronous online individual and group discussions and activities. In addition, each school will have an individual session to discuss their schedule needs with the leader, Dr. Bryan Smyth.
Webinar length: 60 minutes
Many teachers feel exhausted, undervalued, and, in some cases, even burnt out as a result of the pandemic. It may seem counterintuitive to consider a new faculty growth and evaluation process right now when your teachers are already feeling exhausted—but in reality, teachers need the predictability and support offered by ISM’s framework now more than ever.
Discover how administrators can lift faculty up with a growth process that is designed to energize and renew. This framework is built on a foundation of clear expectations that fosters the predictability needed for real growth to occur. As one teacher described it:
“ISM lifts the role of teacher to the professional status it deserves, while freeing Leadership Teams from traditionally ‘muddy’ evaluative procedures and empowering them to lead the profession toward helping grow and support the people at its heart—the students.”
Online Course Timeframe: February 17–18, 2021 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 3–4:30 p.m. Eastern time
The right hires will make or break your school’s ability to deliver your mission. But if you only start to think about your hiring process when you have an open spot to fill, you’re missing out on crucial, strategic opportunities.
Hiring can be time-consuming, expensive, and frustrating if done incorrectly. The problems are compounded if your team does not have any formal training in the hiring process.
This online workshop will help you develop and outline an ongoing, strategic, and mission-driven hiring plan for all school employees. You’ll learn how to create interview questions and performance requirements, as well as develop a system that identifies strategic skill needs and fulfills your hiring initiatives. You’ll leave this online workshop with a plan in hand to improve your hiring process right away.
for Gold Members
$968.00 General Price
Online Course Timeframe: April 19–20, 2021 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1–2 p.m., and 3–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Schools are driven by the ever-increasing demand for more funding, yet are also aware of return on investment. Therefore, many focus their fundraising efforts on major gifts.
Even in these uneasy times, it is possible to collect major gifts by using foundational approaches to build and solidify relationships with your biggest donors. Some might argue this has never been more important. This workshop explores a proven methodology for creating a fundraising program that produces generous returns, now and in the future.