Together in Our Independence

March 2018
Spencer DeVirgilio ice fishing on the shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee at Brewster Academy
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April 2018
2 College Counselors unConference, New Hampton School, NH
4-5  Spring Heads Conference
Cliff House, ME
11 HR Roundtable, Brewster Academy
24 SEVIS Workshop, Thornton Academy, ME
25 Technology Directors Workshop, Tilton School, NH

May 2018
Woodstock Inn, VT

June 2018
20-22 ISANNE Retreat

July 2018

March 2018
Hello ISANNE Friends,

As Spring makes phantom appearances in Northern New England, schools are plowing turf fields, shovelling play spaces and catching fly balls in gymnasiums. Ready or not, spring sport competitions are scheduled and the show will go on! ISANNE is busy preparing for our own scheduled events and we invite you to join our annual  events for  A dmission Directors School Heads , and  College Counselors as well as these new events and special training sessions:    

RETREAT: The theme for the 2018 ISANNE Retreat is "Building the School Leadership Team of the Future" facilitated by Erin Cohn with Leadership & Design,  June 20-22 on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee at Brewster Academy. Click here for more information and to register.

LEADS: We are excited to launch the 2018-2019 New England LEADS Pilot  in alliance with NEASC for current and emerging school leaders. We are building on the powerful ISANNELEADS experience, incorporating the accreditation process and one-on-one mentoring with volunteer heads and administrative leaders. The curriculum includes 6 components throughout the year including the   2-Day Leadership Workshop "Understanding and Managing Influence, Conflict & Difficult Conversations" with CM Partners described below. 

2-Day Leadership Workshop: "Understanding and Managing Influence, Conflict & Difficult Conversations", presented by CM Partners, a Cambridge, MA-based consulting firm founded by and based on the work of Roger Fisher, author of the book 'Getting to Yes', creator of the Harvard Negotiation Project, Nobel Peace Prize finalist and Harvard Law School Professor.  Participants experience an intensive, interactive session designed to improve their leadership competency through the practice of influence, strategic collaboration and enhanced communication skills.  July 10-11, Tilton School, Tilton, NH

Round Tables: We have organized two new affinity groups and scheduled Round Tables for  IT Directors on  April 25th and for  HR Directors on  April 11th. Please pass along to the appropriate people in your school. 

On another front, take a look at this month's guest blog by Holderness Head of School, Phil Peck who writes about customizing the self-study in the accreditation process. I recently served on the Visiting Committee for one of our schools and I continue to be impressed by the intensive and creative process our schools  undergo to thoroughly examine their communities in order to find better ways to help kids succeed.   

Good things ahead, 
Laurie Hurd
Executive Director
Together in Our Independence

ISANNE  unites, supports and promotes its diverse member schools in a changing world.
ISANNE Member Views - "Managing the Tyranny of the Urgent"
Phil Peck, Head of School, Holderness School
This month's Member View comes to us from Phil Peck, Head of School at Holderness School

Managing the Tyranny of the Urgent

Late winter always seems to be the hardest time for schools. While the snow piles up around our campuses, our desires to be strategically focused and mindful are often cast aside to confront the tyranny of the urgent. We are especially vulnerable to Murphy's Law in these fleeting moments of winter, which is why it is so important that we think strategically and be critically reflective when our energy isn't devoted to putting out the latest fire. Read More

ISANNE TeamRetreat - "Building the School Leadership Team of the Future"
ISANNE 2018 TeamRetreat is with Erin Cohn from Leadership & Design - the theme is  "Building the School Leadership Team of the Future" 
  • The ISANNE TeamRetreat is for 5 school heads and their leadership teams
  • June 20-22, 2018 (Wednesday - Friday) on Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfboro, NH, Brewster Academy
  • Registration fee: $550 per person (includes meals and program fees - campus lodging $50 per person) 
Leadership & Design conducts dynamic conferences for school leaders and teams. Erin Cohn is effective, engaging and responsive to the needs of the group. She provides a challenging experience and has strong reviews from Heads of School and administrators who have attended her presentations. Erin is also an ISANNELEADS alum. Read her profile here.

This year's TeamRetreat explores how schools might develop their administrative leadership team to reflect the skills, habits, and mindsets we are increasingly seeking to engender in our students. While navigating unprecedented technological, economic, and social change, schools need to endow students with skills such as collaboration, empathy, complex problem-definition and -solving, and creativity. To build these skills in our students, we need to hone and practice them as school leaders. The ISANNE TeamRetreat gives teams time to diagnose their work together as a team, practice strategies for evolving their own dynamic, and engage in some planning for the coming year within a creative and interactive framework. P articipants will:
  • Experience and discuss the changing world of work, school, and citizenship and consider the skills we need to practice as an administrative team in order to adapt to those changes;
  • Work both with their "Home Team" and their Affinity Groups to practice key skills such as diagnosing and defining problems; collaboration; establishing empathy/psychological safety within groups; and giving and receiving feedback productively;
  • Begin to design an action plan for concrete measures to transform their work as a leadership team in the coming academic year.
This program will run June 20-22, 2018. Space is limited to only 5 school teams. Please contact Laurie (lhurd@isanne.org) if you are interested.
School Events 
Upcoming ISANNE School Events open to ISANNE members:

New England Youth Identity Summit - Waynflete School
April 6-7, 2018 - For more information email:  neyis@waynflete.org

School Safety Conference - Woodstock Academy
July 18-20, 2018 - Visit the Woodstock Academy website for more information

ALICE Active Shooter Certification Training - Waynflete School
July 10-11, 2018 - Click here for more information and to register

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