Summer Program: An Asset to Your School

Westin Wilmington • Wilmington, DE




Seats Left: 10

$2,776 Non-Member

Travel and accommodations not included

[$2,360.00 Gold Member]

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This workshop has been well worth the time and money. The content was very specific and accurate to the description of the course. The information I received and the time spent networking with my peers is priceless, honestly one of the best workshops I've ever attended.

Callie Lindsey Oliver, Director of Summer and Special Programs
Holton-Arms School, MD

Private schools always strive to improve their financial position, recruit new students, and be of service to their current families. One way to meet your school’s goals is to institute a summer program. When your school offers a quality summer program, it generates various benefits: a valued service to current parents, new recruitment opportunities, supplemental employment for your school’s faculty, a chance to consider innovative academic programs, and so much more!

This workshop takes an active and reflective approach to learning that models both leadership and practice. Attention is given to each individual’s growth and challenges, as well as to developing and building a strong cohort among the participants. Please bring your laptop/tablet/device so that you can create your plan in an interactive format, access and share information through Google Docs, and join a professional learning community that provides support long after the workshop concludes.

Takeaways include:

  • Establish the “why” of your summer program
  • Define your program goals
  • Explore the ins and outs of managing a successful summer program
  • Learn proven marketing strategies to help your program stand out
  • Discover action steps you can immediately implement in your school

Who Should Attend:

Current or aspiring Summer Program Directors

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Andrew Taylor, Ph.D.

ISM Consultant


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.


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.

Workshop Schedule Oct. 18-Oct. 21, 2017


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


7:15-8 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
1:30-2:45 p.m. Session
2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-5 p.m. Session
5-5:45 Social with ISM


7:15-8 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
1:30-2:45 p.m. Session
2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-5 p.m. Session
5-5:45 Social with ISM


7:15-8 a.m. Continental breakfast
8-9:45 a.m. Session
9:45-10 a.m. Break
10-12 p.m. Session

Workshop Location
Westin Wilmington
818 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE 19801

Group hotel reservation rate of $163 is available until September 15, 2017. Subject to availability. Please wait until the workshop status is 'confirmed' before making your travel and hotel arrangements.

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.Getting There

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 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:

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?

October temperatures average mid-60s to a low of 47. It can get quite hot—into the 80s—however. 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 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 ( 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. You also have the option of applying your monies paid to another workshop within a year of the cancelled one. If you want to exercise this option, you must inform us in writing with your request to cancel. If you do not so, we will automatically keep the $600 cancellation 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. *We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.

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