Leading the Effective Lower School

Chase Center on the Riverfront • Wilmington, DE
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$4,130 Non-Member

Travel and accommodations not included

[$3,511.00 Gold Member]

I am leaving ISM feeling enlightened, driven, and saturated with information to process as a lower school division leader.

Sandy Lizaire-Duff, Lower School Assistant Director
The Pingry School, NJ
Workshop participant 2017

Turn your lower school division into an exceptional environment that provides a stable, student-centered learning community. Through ISM’s research-based strategies, discover ways to build and sustain a healthy staff of administrators and faculty that allows your school to deliver its mission with excellence.

Learn how your school can compete with integrity through story-based, mission-driven communication. Return to campus well-equipped to lead your division to greater heights with a self-designed action plan, ready to implement on day one.

Topics include:

  • Outlining the first 100 days of your school year in your personalized action plan, including drafting your first letter of the year to faculty and parents and preparing your first address to faculty
  • Understanding the importance of your overall faculty’s culture, and how evaluation, development, and retention strategies impact student outcomes in addition to teachers’ morale and skill
  • Developing your leadership skills, including time management and conflict resolution
  • Recognizing the need for self-care and intentional focus on wellness
  • Understanding the benefits of a leadership assimilation plan
  • Discovering the importance of communication and how to identify your “key communicators”
  • Digging into your school’s core values and its foundational mission to discover ways to attract new families
  • Investigating the primacy of the homeroom in elementary schools, and how to leverage that hub for all other educational opportunities

Who Should Attend:

Lower School Division Directors (and their assistants), Elementary Principals, and Lower School Admission Directors (coming with their Lower School Division Director) should attend.

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Andrew Taylor, Ph.D.

ISM Consultant

Expertise

Andrew believes in a global perspective for educating children. He brings a wealth of knowledge in independent school administration and teaching, as well as a spirit of innovation and collaboration.

Current Role

As an ISM Consultant, Andrew shares his expertise in school management, curriculum development, project-based learning, faculty evaluation, fundraising, enrollment, and more. He worked in private-independent schools for 22 years before joining ISM in 2017.

Prior Experience

Andrew previously served as Head of Tower School, MA, where he was charged with rationalizing the operating budget, right-sizing the staffing model, and reconfiguring the school schedule to facilitate interdisciplinary instruction and project-based learning.

Before that, he was Head of Lower School at St. Paul’s, MD, where he oversaw the school’s adoption of the International Primary Curriculum. He also facilitated the creation of a project-based learning initiative, implemented a re-defined teacher observation process, and supported asynchronous, online professional development.

Andrew began his career as an undergraduate instructor in Human Genetics, Human Social Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He also taught Biology at the high school level.

After immigrating to the United States, he taught science at Brentwood School, CA, where he developed its Lower School Summer Program. Later, he was Director of Admission and Assistant Head of School at St. James’ School, CA, with significant involvement in fundraising and growing enrollment. Andrew was also the Assistant Headmaster and Director of Summer Programs at the John Thomas Dye School, CA.

Conference presentations include co-presentation of Developing an Effective Faculty Evaluation at 2004 CAIS Annual Conference in North Hollywood, CA and Developing and Using Faculty Standards at the 2005 NAIS National Conference in San Diego, CA.

Education

Andrew earned his Doctorate of Education at UCLA, and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. Andrew’s two bachelor’s degrees are in Human Biology and Science Education.

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Josie Bahedry

ISM Summer Institute Faculty | Director of the Village at Chadwick School

Expertise

Josie is an expert in all aspects of the elementary division of independent schools.

Current Role

As the Director of the Village at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, CA, Josie:

  • Handles all hiring of faculty and manages their professional development initiatives
  • Develops and communicates all school policies
  • Oversees the K-6 curriculum
  • Directs parent education and works with the Parent Association
  • Assists with admissions and development
  • Mentors a leadership team

Prior Experience

Prior to her current role, Josie worked at The John Thomas Dye School in Bel Air, CA, for eighteen years. Beginning her career as a classroom teacher, Josie moved into administration, first as a Dean of Faculty and then as the Assistant Head of School. She has also worked in the elementary divisions in independent schools in Virginia Beach and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Josie was on the faculty of the CAIS Retreat for Experienced Teachers for three years. She has presented at NAIS and CAIS on faculty evaluations, and at CAIS on developing a culture of mentoring new teachers in independent schools.

Josie has served on a number of committees and is part of a local network of elementary leaders. She has served on eight accreditation teams as well as co-chairing an accreditation at the John Thomas Dye School.

Education

Josie received her bachelor’s degree in education from St. Andrew’s College of Education, Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, Scotland.

As a self-professed lifelong learner, Josie has taken a number of courses on curriculum, leadership and SEL. These include courses from the Intensive Practice Program from UCLA, the Institute for Greater Good from Berkeley, the CATDC Leadership Fellowship program, and The Head Network Women in Leadership.

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 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 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 ($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 shuttle to Wilmington —a 45–60 minute ride, depending on traffic—costs about $33 each way. Visit the del express.com reservation page and enter 207866 at the bottom under FREQUENT USER ID.You can reach Delaware Express at 800.648.5466.

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 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 (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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