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Whether you're new to private-independent schools, taking on a fresh position, or looking to master an advanced skill, immerse yourself in the latest research and leading methods at ISM’s Summer Institute.

How Summer Institute Works

Unlike typical conferences, Summer Institute is a series of 25+ workshops offered in Philadelphia, PA. Most classes are capped at 24 participants, ensuring small class sizes where participants can ask questions, engage one-on-one with the instructor, and truly connect with their classmates.

Summer Institute features training for administrators and faculty leaders at every level, scheduled to optimize networking for like-minded professionals. Classes are created to best suit those who are new to their position, experienced in their role, or are looking for a deeper perspective on a specific topic.

The Confidence You Need to Succeed

Starting a new position or mastering a new skill can be overwhelming. Gain the confidence to perform your job efficiently, backed by over 40 years of institutional knowledge, research, and insight. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can't go wrong. Join hundreds of private school professionals from around the world!


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Tangible Resources

Become immersed in core ISM theory throughout your workshop—and learn how to convert that theory to practical application through extensive examples, interactive exercises, and group discussion. Leave with workshop materials and information that can be referenced long after the event concludes, helping you improve your strategies when you're back in your office. 

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Practical Strategies

Work alongside experienced ISM consultants and private-independent school leaders to formulate practical strategies that you can implement immediately upon your return to campus. Our leaders help you take an objective look at your current operations, form goals, and make plans that will strengthen your school and benefit your students.

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One of the best perks of ISM's workshops! Get to know private-independent school peers from around the world and build relationships that will last for years to come. Meal times and social hours allow for extended opportunities where you can meet fellow attendees and strengthen your professional network, empowering you through lasting connections.


Where do I start? Everything was absolutely amazing! I came into this workshop thinking "Where do I start?" After just a few days, and learning more than I ever have before, I am 100% prepared with action plans, goals, and ideas to implement on Monday!

Amy Maier, Head of Lower School
Madison Country Day School, WI

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Our Guarantee

ISM believes in providing quality and excellence in all of our workshops and in ensuring the satisfaction of everyone who attends. Nearly 100% of our participants say they would recommend our workshops to their colleagues. If you are not satisfied with your workshop for any reason, ISM will credit the fee you paid toward another similarly priced workshop or will refund it.

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Southpointe Academy, BC, Canada

Southpointe Academy, BC, Canada

Gain Invaluable Information

"This was an excellent workshop—To the point and very well laid out in an easy-to-understand, efficient manner. The leaders were two of the best I've had. They communicated complex ideas in a very efficient way. Both were excellent!"

Mino Padda, Director of Finance and Operations

Salisbury Academy, NC

Salisbury Academy, NC

Build a Lasting Peer Network

"In all of my years in education, this ISM conference was one of the most valuable workshops I have attended. I came to this conference because I never had a mentor in my current role. This conference gave me 20 of those and so much more. I definitely have the tools and strategies I need to be a more effective leader in my school."

Elizabeth Anderson, Lower School Division Director

The Girls’ School of Austin, TX

The Girls’ School of Austin, TX

Be a Confident Leader

"There were so many valuable components to this workshop and I am leaving with a wealth of information, a deeper understanding of my role and practical tools to continue my work. The resources shared with us were excellent - tailored to what we needed and asked for. I’m sure I will be accessing the resource folder for years to come."

Cathleen Eclarinal, Head of School