Student-Centered Scheduling

Westin Wilmington • Wilmington, DE
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Status: CONFIRMED
Seats Left: 4

$5,245 Non-Member

Travel and accommodations not included

[$4,458.00 Gold Member]

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Complete transformative experience. I learned how crucial the schedule is to achieving the mission of our school, as well as the concept of vertical time used to reduce transitions.

Joshua Pearson, Science Teacher
Bolles School, FL

Bring your team! Pay only $3,196 tuition for each additional participant from your school. Call to register, 302-656-4944.

Scheduling next year’s classes and calendar 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 not only reduces conflict, but also strives to enhance 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.

Topics Include:

  • Offering your students exactly the classes they want and need, with the resources your teachers require to deliver your school’s mission-based lessons
  • Reducing the frenetic pace of the day through strategic scheduling practices that address student wellness
  • Developing class sections and blocks that allow your school to deliver a modern curriculum that allows for inquiry- and project-based classwork and interdisciplinary courses
  • Carving out time for meaningful teacher collaboration, student advisory, breaks, lunch, and cocurriculars

Who Should Attend:

Middle and Upper Division Heads/Principals, School Heads, and any other administrators or faculty leaders involved in scheduling school classes should attend.

staff photo bryan smyth

Bryan Smyth, Ph.D.

ISM Consultant | Director of Research

Expertise

Bryan’s central purpose is to help students flourish. He believes that the enhancement of school environments and cultures is the best way to facilitate growth in children and adults.

Current Role

As a Consultant and ISM’s Director of Research, Bryan:

  • Oversees ISM’s research initiatives
  • Provides on-site scheduling consultations, having had extensive experience creating and implementing unique daily schedules and annual calendars for both boarding and day schools.
  • Leads scheduling-focused workshops and webinars

Bryan joined ISM as a Consultant in 2013, following 13 years in independent school administration.

Prior Experience

Bryan came to ISM from Mount Pisgah Christian School, GA, where he served as the Vice President, Head of the Upper School, Guidance and College Advisement Director, varsity head coach, and psychology teacher over the course of his tenure. Prior to that, he was the Associate Head of School at Brandon Hall, GA.

He is also a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice specialized in the psychological assessment and treatment of adolescents and their families. This varied background and set of experiences affords him the ability to view a school’s form and function from multiple viewpoints, leading to solutions that take into account all perspectives.

Education

Bryan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marquette University, WI, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. He also earned an MBA from Reinhardt University, GA, that focused on the application of business principles to the management of independent schools.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Sunday:
3:30-4:00 p.m.: Check in
4:00-6:00 p.m.: Session
6:00 p.m.: Social and Dinner with ISM

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
7-8 a.m.: Continental breakfast
8-9:45 a.m.: Session
9:45-10 a.m.: Break
10-12 p.m.: Session
12-1 p.m.: Lunch with ISM
1-3 p.m.: Session
3-3:15 p.m.: Break
3-5:30 p.m.: Session
5:30 p.m.: Social and Dinner on your own

Wednesday:
7-8 a.m.: Continental breakfast
8-10 a.m.: Session10-10:15 a.m.: Break
10:15-12 p.m.: Session
12 -1 p.m.: Lunch on your own
1-3 p.m.: Session
3-3:15 p.m.: Break
3:30-5:30 p.m.: Session
5:30 p.m.: Social and Dinner with ISM

Saturday:
7-8 a.m.: Continental breakfast
8-9:45 a.m.: Session
9:45-10 a.m.: Break
10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Session

Workshop Location
Westin Wilmington
818 Shipyard Dr.
Wilmington, DE 19801

Group hotel reservation rate of $163 is available until December 21, 2017. 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.

Hotel reservations at the $163 ISM rate are not yet available. We will post when you can make your reservation at our special rate.

The riverfront has a lot to offer you to occupy your downtime after an intense day of professional development training. Follow the riverwalk for restaurants, the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge and the DuPont Environmental Education Center, the Delaware Children's Museum, and Altitude Trampoline Park, Riverfront Mini Golf, 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. 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, Del Pez Mexican Gastropub, and Joe's Crab Shack; Udon Thai Cuisine Asian fusion; Firestone, Molly's Ice Cream (sandwiches too!), the Riverfront Market and Harry's Seafood Grill just a little further down the Riverwalk. Constitution Yards beer garden offers not only local brews but also corn hole and other games. And, of course, Starbucks is in the mix for your special coffee fix.

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 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?

January temperatures average in the upper 30s to a low of 25. It also can be quite snowy. 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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