Chairing Your Department: The First Five Years

Chase Center on the Riverfront • Wilmington, DE
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$4,589 Non-Member

Travel and accommodations not included

[$3,901.00 Gold Member]

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Mike was fantastic. This was a transformative week and I'm energized and excited to take this work back to my faculty. Mahalo!

Kevin Pease, Director of Performing Arts
'Iolani School, HI
Workshop participant 2017

This workshop is also offered July 9–13, 2018.

Department Chairs provide an essential bridge between senior leadership and classroom teachers. In this workshop, learn strategies for exercising leadership so that your department achieves your school’s mission with excellence.

Work collaboratively with other participants to gain an understanding of leadership and how it connects to your role as Department Chair. Develop effective communication skills and learn how to manage the department’s staff, budgets, and curriculum. Return to campus with improved organization and communication skills, and the tools to conduct student and curriculum reviews, mentor a growth-driven faculty, and facilitate change.

Topics Include:

  • Examining leadership challenges, critical interpersonal competencies for leaders, and changes that occur as teachers become school leaders
  • Learning techniques for managing your time and paper flow
  • Creating effective strategies for departmental management, curricular design, and communication
  • Cultivating a peer network to leverage for advice and insight for the rest of your career
  • Developing mission-appropriate processes for curriculum development and review, quality instructional techniques, and student assessment and management
  • Discussing current issues in education

Who Should Attend:

Department Chairs with up to three years of experience, and those with up to five years looking for new insights and peer networking should attend.

staff photo mike gwaltney

Mike Gwaltney

ISM Summer Institute Faculty | Head of Upper School at Rocky Hill School

Expertise

With more than 26 years as an educator under his belt, Mike is a recognized leader in student-centered education. He is passionate about project-based and online learning, and a strong advocate for engaged local, global, and digital citizenship.

Current Role

As Head of Upper School at Rocky Hill School, RI, Mike is on the forefront of school decisions on all issues related to academic and co-curricular programs.

He is both a practitioner and a scholar of progressive online learning, and has written about highly effective distance education. In February 2017, he was given the OESIS Network’s “Innovation Leader” award for his work in Digital Citizenship, Project-based Learning, and Interdisciplinary Curriculum & Instruction.

Prior Experience

His focus over the last 15 years has been on developing student-­centered, inquiry­-based curriculum, and project­-based learning experiences that connect students with online communities and other learners around the world. Over his many years working in schools, Mike has led a variety of strategic academic initiatives while providing leadership and mentoring to scores of teachers.

He has presented about project-based and e-learning at international, national, and regional education conferences, including ISTE, NAIS, OESIS, and NWAIS. He has received numerous teaching awards, including recognition as “Most Inspirational Teacher” by the Mayor of Los Angeles six times. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, Edutopia, and in several books.

As one of the earliest teachers with the Online School for Girls (now OneSchoolhouse), Mike helped pioneer student-centered online learning for independent schools, and frequently speaks at conferences and to faculty groups about the role of online and blended learning in secondary schools.

Education

Mike received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from California State University at Fullerton.

Monday

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

Tuesday

7:00–8:30 Continental Breakfast

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

Wednesday

7:00–8:30 Continental Breakfast

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

Thursday

7:00–8:30 Continental Breakfast

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

Friday

7:00–8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:15 Session Seventeen

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Session Eighteen/Action Planning

Workshop Location
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE 19801

Hotel Location
Westin Wilmington
818 Shipyard Dr.
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-654-2900

Group hotel reservation rate of $169 is available until May 25, 2018. Subject to availability. Please wait until the workshop status is 'confirmed' before making your travel and hotel arrangements.

Once you have registered for a workshop by clicking on the RESERVE YOUR ROOM link above or calling 302-654-2900 and letting them know you are with ISM. Follow the hotel link on your workshop page for room rates and reservations.

The riverfront has a lot to offer you to occupy your downtime after an intense day of professional development training. Follow the river walk for restaurants, the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge and the DuPont Environmental Education Center, the Delaware Children's Museum, and Stratosphere Trampoline Park, to name a few.

Take in a movie at the new Penn River Cinema, with not only comfortable stadium seating but also an IMAX theatre. At various times during Summer Institute, the Class A Wilmington Blue Rocks will take to the diamond at the next-door Frawley Stadium. For Planet Fitness members, there is a large facility across from the Westin.

The outstanding River Rock Kitchen is right inside the Westin, but you are also walking distance to the first-class Iron Hill Brewery, Delaware's Big Fish Grill, Timothy's on the Riverfront, Joe's Crab Shack, and Firestone; Udon Thai Cuisine and Del Pez for Mexican; Molly's Ice Cream (sandwiches too!), the Riverfront Market and Harry's Seafood Grill just a little further down the Riverwalk. If you need your fix, yes, there is a Starbucks too...and a Subway.

You can also hop one of the Dart First State Route 12 Riverfront buses ($2 cash) to go to LOMA, or Lower Market Street, for more excellent restaurants we well as the Queen Theatre.

Getting There

Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive an e-mail from ISM informing you the workshop is confirmed to run.

By plane and shuttle: Philadelphia International is the closest airport. A shared van shuttle to Wilmington —a 45–60 minute ride, depending on traffic and the number of riders—costs about $35 each way. Visit the del express.com reservation page (https://delexpress.hudsonltd.net/res) and select click on the Group Code button. Enter 207866 at the bottom in the GROUP ID box. You can reach Delaware Express at 800.648.5466.

You can also use UBER — rates will vary depending on time of day, etc. You can use the Fare Estimator on uber.com to determine the fair. Use UberX or UberPOOL for the lowest fares.

Flights to Baltimore (BWI) can be less expensive, but it is an 80-mile trip to Wilmington. A shuttle costs about $125 each way, or you can rent a car at the airport.

By train: There is an Amtrak station in downtown Wilmington. You can request the hotel shuttle for transportation.

By car: Click here for directions from the Philadelphia Airport to the Westin Wilmington.

How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?

It is essential that your school approves the following e-mail addresses from ISM:

workshops@isminc.com
marie@isminc.com
tomi@isminc.com

You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation e-mail 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 Westin has a state-of-the-art fitness room and an exercise pool. Planet Fitness members can walk across the hotel parking lot to the expansive Riverfront Planet Fitness facility. The Riverwalk provides an excellent running and walking path as well.

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 Policy

We will correspond with you through e-mail as soon as your workshop is confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to its beginning. 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.)

Cancellation Policy

If circumstances change and you cannot attend the workshop, you must confirm your cancellation in writing via fax (302-656-0647) or email (workshops@isminc.com). If you do so at least 10 business days prior to the start of the workshop, you can request a full refund of monies paid. Thereafter, but prior to the first day of the course, we will refund you all but $600. If you do not cancel in writing prior to the start date of the course, you will forfeit the entire workshop fee.

If you enroll using Consortium Credits, and cancel your attendance in writing at least 10 days prior to the start date of the workshop, all Credits will be returned to your school. Thereafter, but prior to the first day of the course, if you cancel, all but two of the Credits will be returned to your school. (You have the option of buying back those two Credits for $600.)

If you do not cancel in writing prior to the start date of the course, your school loses all the Consortium Credits used for payment.

Please note that non-payment of tuition does not constitute a cancellation. Failure to appear does not constitute a cancellation.

*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.

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