The New Middle School Dean of Students

Chase Center on the Riverfront • Wilmington, DE
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$3,073* Non-Member

*Early bird pricing ends 04/20/18

Travel and accommodations not included

[$2,612.00* Gold Member]

I appreciate that our workshop leaders are currently active MS Deans of Students. The hands-on nature of the workshops lent to the credibility of the workshop.

Peter Grossman, Middle School Dean of Students
Brookfield Academy, WI
Workshop Participant 2017

This workshop is specifically for Middle School Deans of Students. We also offer a workshop for Upper School Deans of Students, taking place June 26–29, 2018 in Wilmington, DE.

Become a Dean of Students who is a mentor, coach, and advocate for your students first, and disciplinarian second. Learn how to help students navigate larger student communities and cope with the physical and emotional changes of puberty.

Work alongside fellow Middle School Deans and workshop leaders to develop an action plan with measurable goals that you can implement immediately on your return to school. Help your students transition from lower school to upper school with a positive and enriching middle school experience.

Topics Include:

  • Setting measurable goals for the upcoming academic year and planning ways to incorporate them into your school culture
  • Examining the philosophical roles and responsibilities of a Middle School Dean
  • Proactively constructing a positive student culture and mitigating disciplinary infractions before they occur
  • Increasing your visibility in the role of advocate, and balancing this with your role of disciplinarian
  • Developing the tools to create a common language with students, faculty, parents, and administration
  • Reviewing the factors that make an impact on middle schoolers, based on their development
  • Establishing a discipline plan that reflects your school’s character and cultural values
  • Developing an understanding of the adolescent brain and the overall impact on student wellness

Who Should Attend:

New Middle School Deans or Deans of Students looking for a fresh approach to old challenges should attend.

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Joseph Moody

ISM Summer Institute Faculty | Middle School Dean of Student Life for Boys at The Lovett School

Expertise

Joseph supports The Lovett Middle School, helping create a community of active learners who benefit from academic challenges and emotional support.

Current Role

As Middle School Dean of Student Life for Boys. Joseph focuses on improving student programs, such as leadership programs, service days, and mentoring services. Outside of his role as Dean, he coaches football, wrestling, and track.

Prior Experience

Joseph taught and coached in public high schools in Georgia for 16 years before becoming a Middle School science teacher at The Lovett School in 2010.

Education

Joseph has been an educator since graduating from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina in 1994. He received his master’s degree in psychology from Walden University in 2005 and has completed all but his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

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Maria C. Madden, Ed.D.

ISM Summer Institute Faculty | Middle School Dean of Student Life for Girls at The Lovett School

Expertise

Maria helps middle school students discover how to think critically, communicate effectively, engage creatively, and collaborate purposefully.

Current Role

As Middle School Dean of Student Life for Girls, Maria oversees student life initiatives within the middle school. This includes student council, student interest clubs, and leadership programs.

Prior Experience

Mrs. Madden came to Lovett in 2007 and began teaching seventh and eighth grade Spanish. She has been in education since 2005.

Education

Maria received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Furman University. She obtained her master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2012 and Specialist degree in Educational Leadership in 2013, both from Kennesaw State University.

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

Hotel Location
Westin Wilmington
818 Justison St.
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.

Once you have registered for a workshop, please make your hotel reservation by clicking 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 Kooma for Asian fusion; Molly's Ice Cream (sandwiches too!), the Riverfront Market and Harry's Seafood Grill just a little further down the Riverwalk.

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 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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