Fostering an Inclusive and Diverse Private-Independent School

Chase Center on the Riverfront • Wilmington, DE




Status: OPEN

$3,414 Non-Member

Travel and accommodations not included

[$2,902.00 Gold Member]

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Anne Dalton, Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management
Houston Christian High School, TX
Workshop participant 2017

Special team pricing! Tuition for each additional participant is only $2,096! Call to register, 302-656-4944.

Whether you’re new to the role of diversity practitioner or have recently assumed this position within your school, learn what it means to create a successful equity and inclusion program.

Attend this workshop to explore independent school diversity and inclusion trends, strategies, and pitfalls through diversity-focused articles, research, and activities. Develop a high level of self-awareness about your own cultural competencies and biases. Leave knowing how to assess your school’s current diversity needs and structure your action plan for moving forward.

Topics Include:

  • Deconstructing, redefining, and reframing diversity in independent schools
  • Deepening your understanding of your social identity, cultural awareness, and competencies
  • Learning about independent school diversity and inclusion trends, strategies, and pitfalls through real case scenarios
  • Investigating the construction of systems of privilege, oppression, and marginalization
  • Creating a network of resources and people to connect with in this work
  • Outlining a diversity strategic plan to begin conversations at your school

Who Should Attend:

Anyone interested in fostering a more inclusive independent school community and creating a systemic structure for diversity and inclusion should attend.

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Courtney Portlock

ISM Summer Institute Faculty | Head of Upper School at Stuart Country Day School


Courtney has leads workshops, facilitates conversations, guest lectures, and serves on panels on the topics of race and leadership; women in educational leadership; diversity, equity and inclusion awareness; implementation strategies for multicultural competency; and more.

Current Role

Courtney currently serves as Head of Upper School at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ. Courtney also founded and is the CEO of The Diversity Quotient, LLC.

The Diversity Quotient seeks to empower communities by transforming the thoughts and actions of individuals to incorporate the impact of verbal and nonverbal communication, visible and invisible behaviors, and individual and societal level experiences. The aim is to forge a path to equity and inclusion by challenging and dismantling systems of privilege and oppression. Through the company, she has worked with both public and independent schools all over the U.S.

She also serves as the Director of the National Center for Girls Leadership. She is on the planning committee for the #LEADLIKEAGIRL Conference, an annual gathering dedicated to showcasing and inspiring girls’ confidence and creativity in STEM, entrepreneurialism, and leadership.

Prior Experience

Courtney previously served as the Assistant Head of Upper School at Stuart for three years. She also taught courses on leadership, personal development, and Algebra 2.

Prior to working at Stuart, Courtney worked at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania for nine years. At Episcopal, she was the Director of Diversity and Community Life, taught Algebra 1, American Literature, Diversity Awareness courses, and coached dance.

Courtney co-taught a course at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education titled Whiteness: Counseling and Educational Perspectives. She has also presented at four national conferences: the National Association of Independent Schools' People of Color Conference, The White Privilege Conference, The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Conference, and the National Partnership for Educational Access Conference.


Courtney has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Imana Legette

ISM Summer Institute Faculty | Director of Diversity at William Penn Charter School


Imana has been working in K–12 education for nearly 18 years. She has experience inside the classroom, with education technology, and as a diversity consultant. Imana trains students, faculty, administrators, and executives on cultural competence, working tirelessly to bring diversity of thought and color into the classroom.

Current Role

As Director of Diversity and Inclusion at William Penn Charter School, Imana:

  • Oversees the school's commitment to equality and inclusion
  • Steers the school community toward a deeper understanding in cultural competency and social identity
  • Designs cross-cultural curriculums and innovative educational technology curriculums to make a tangible difference

Imana is also passionate about volunteering in the community. She aims to help students become active participants in their own academic stories. Imana has a special interest in working with young people from challenging backgrounds.

Prior Experience

Imana has served as a fifth through eighth grade teacher, Director of Educational Technology and Diversity Coordinator at Chantilly Elementary and Charlotte Country Day Middle School in Charlotte, N.C. She’s taught in two Southern California schools, where she designed curriculum and worked with large bilingual populations.


Imana received a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and earned a Master’s in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. She is currently working on her second master’s, focusing on education administration.

• Continental breakfast is available starting at 7:15 am on Day 2

Day 1

2:30-3:30 Registration

3:30-5:00 Session One

5:00-5:30 General Session

5:30-6:00 Reception with ISM

6:00 Dinner with ISM

Day 2

8:30–10:15 Session Two

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Session Three

12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM

1:15-3:00 Session Four

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 Session Five

5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM

Day 3

8:30–10:15 Session Six

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Session Seven

12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM

1:15-3:00 Session Eight

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 Session Nine

5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM

Day 4

8:30-10:15 Session Ten

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Session Eleven/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

Group hotel reservation rate of $169 is available until June 16, 2018. Subject to availability. Please wait until the workshop status is 'confirmed' before making your travel and hotel arrangements.

Make your hotel reservations by clicking on the RESERVE YOUR ROOM link above or calling 302-654-2900 and letting them know you are with ISM.

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 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 reservation page ( 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 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:

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

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 networking.

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 ( 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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