Together in Our Independence

August 2019 Newsletter

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September 2019

25-26  Fall ISANNE Heads Conference, Portsmouth Sheraton, Portsmouth, NH

October 2019

1  Assistant Heads Luncheon, Tilton School, Tilton, NH

22  HR Professionals Roundtable, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, NH

November 2019

1  IT Directors Roundtable, Tilton School, Tilton, NH

7  AISNE Governance Conference, Sheraton, Norwood, MA

December 2019

4 Workshop with Paul Gorski, TBD, Portland, ME
August 23, 2019
Greetings from ISANNE!

This summer has been a wonderful whirlwind of introductions to the ISANNE community, as I have been lucky enough to meet close to half of our Heads of School at welcome barbecues hosted by member schools in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. Moreover, I have been reading through the many thoughtful responses to our ISANNE Futures Survey which have given me a strong sense of what makes our organization so special. Thank you so much for your collective response to our member outreach.

Grow. I just love this image, and not only because I love to play Scrabble. I first saw this quote at a conference with Dr. Zaretta Hammond, a leading researcher on the relationship between learning and school culture. Children come to our schools to grow and learn, our schools are the soil in which their intellectual, social and emotional lives take root. I am so inspired by the ways ISANNE schools are busy creating the fertile soil in which our children will grow in the year ahead. This summer, for example, I've heard fresh thinking about the importance of Forest Schools, and pride in EngineerGirl Ambassadors. Our schools are launching ambitious programs to promote respectful civic dialogue both within their own communities and across the country. ISANNE educators model life-long learning, as they lead their faculty in dissecting summer readings and are curious to understand how data can help them better connect with their alumni and parent communities. I love how facile and resourceful our members are, finding professional growth opportunities over a two-hour lunch break or on online platforms in addition to traditional venues. 

This year ISANNE is launching a new initiative to help grow a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion network in Northern New England. We are inviting small teams from member schools to join a year-long leadership cohort to support each other as they develop and implement equity-based projects across our region. If you haven't already, please take a moment to read through the details of our program, and I invite you to reach out at any time to talk through ideas you may have for your school. 

What adults are able to do well, so will our children. I see so many of our ISANNE leaders embracing core aspects of a 21st-century education, creating all the necessary conditions for a new year of growth. I hope you will continue to invite me to your schools to see you in action during the coming year.


Eliza Alexander
Interim Executive Director,  ISANNE
Together in Our Independence

ISANNE unites, supports and promotes its diverse member schools in a changing world.
ISANNE Leadership Program for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We are thrilled to share out a new initiative we are launching for ISANNE schools.

Join ISANNE's new initiative for schools working to strengthen and support their DE&I programming. Over the course of 9 months, participants in our DE&I Leadership program will develop their skills and knowledge as leaders for equity; build community across difference, schools, and fields; and generate, seed, and catalyze new equity initiatives within their own school communities.    

The program will invite teams of 3-5 administrators, faculty, and staff from member schools to work together to build their equity practice and implement an equity initiative in their own schools. We are featuring access to nationally recognized equity leaders along with a structure designed to nurture a DE&I community in our local ISANNE schools. 

Please reach out if you have any questions - we're really looking forward to launching this with you and your schools!

ISANNE Merger Discussion Update
Much work has been done this summer to collect data from our membership regarding the merger discussions with AISNE. Eliza held two Zoom meetings to provide additional information and gather feedback from members in an open forum discussion with Q & A. We have also surveyed members in multiple ways and are analyzing that data which will be presented at the ISANNE Heads Conference in September.

We strongly encourage all Heads to attend the fall conference. This is an important time for our association and your continued feedback and support are necessary in order to produce the best possible outcomes for our members. We appreciate everyone's participation in the process thus far and look forward to future learning and discussions.

ISANNE/AISNE Overlap Conferences 2019-2020
ISANNE and AISNE are excited to announce a member partnership for the 2019-2020 conference year. Each association is offering three overlap conferences to open up to each of our members at the member rate. The AISNE Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference and the AISNE Governance Conference are the first two, taking place this fall.  Thank you to AISNE for offering this exciting professional development opportunity to ISANNE members. 

Program and registration information for both conferences can be found here.

Member Read!
A member of The Derryfield School's faculty, Director of College Counseling, Brennan Barnard, has co-authored a book with Rick Clark, the Director of Admission at Georgia Tech, titled "The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together". The book is being released by Johns Hopkins Press on September 10th. Here is the link to pre-order on Amazon.

Congratulations Brennan!

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