Together in Our Independence

October 2019 Newsletter

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October 2019

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

14-15 Academic & Student Life Leaders Conference, Bridgton & Newry, ME

December 2019

3-4 New England Town Academy Conference, Westin Hotel & University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME 

January 2020

6-8 ISANNE Business Officers Conference, Portsmouth Sheraton, Portsmouth, NH

7 Corporate Partner Reception & Showcase, Portsmouth Sheraton, Portsmouth, NH
October 14, 2019
Hello ISANNE Friends!
As I sit down to write my monthly membership letter, I am delighted by the beautiful red, orange, and yellow hues of the leaves in our backyard trees. Fall months are harvesting season, and I've always enjoyed the energy and productivity that I feel this time of the year. Here at ISANNE, energy is high as we are gearing up for several new initiatives that I'm excited to share with you:
  • The first of our new webinar series: The Role of School Leadership in Mitigating Cybersecurity , on October 16th from 11:30-12:30 pm. This is a free hour-long workshop offered by Alex Inman and Shandor Simon of Educational Collaborators. Click here to register and learn more. Alex is our guest blogger this month on   ISANNE's website , and he shares his insights about the relationship between strong cybersecurity practices and a sense of safety and trust in school culture. 
  • AISNE's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Conferenc e, October 23-24th in Waltham, MA. ISANNE members can attend this conference at member rates. So far, eleven ISANNE schools have registered to attend! There is still time to register  if you are interested in joining this conference of almost 600 New England educators. ISANNE is providing transportation to Boston, with vans departing from Bangor, ME and Manchester Center, VT for anyone wishing to be green and save some green in their travel plans. Contact Tedda LaChance if you are interested in riding with us.
  • Our newly created DEI Cohort met for the first time last week. With six participating schools from all three states, we were thrilled by the energy and undertakings of this inaugural effort. We will continue to share out updates over the course of the year.
  • ISANNE's Revamped Academic and Student Life Leadership Conference , November 14-15th. This year we are combining local with national expertise as we begin our conference at Bridgton Academy with a special focus on best practices in advisory programming. We will then head down the road to Sunday River Resort to work with Lauren Porosoff, author of T wo-for-One Teaching: Connecting Instruction to Student Values. Lauren will teach participants a variety of protocols to help students bring their values into their classroom work. A highly regarded teacher-trainer, Lauren has published her work in AMLE Magazine, Connections Quarterly, Independent School, Kappan , the PBS NewsHour Teachers' Lounge Blog, Rethinking Schools , and Teaching Tolerance
Other ISANNE Happenings:
  • School visits! I want to express my gratitude to the following schools for inviting me to their campuses this summer and fall. As I begin my role as Interim Executive Director, listening and learning from each of our member schools is at the top of my priority list. Please let me know if I can visit you and better understand how ISANNE can serve your school.
    • Bridgton Academy
    • Burr and Burton Academy
    • Cheverus High School
    • Holderness School
    • John Bapst Memorial High School
    • Lyndon Institute
    • North Yarmouth Academy
    • Pinkerton Academy
    • St. Johnsbury Academy
    • Stanstead College
    • The Bay School
    • The Village School of North Bennington
    • Tilton School
    • Waynflete School
  • Merger conversations between AISNE and ISANNE continue. At our September Heads Conference in Portsmouth, ISANNE welcomed the entire AISNE board for dinner on Tuesday night followed by a joint board meeting Wednesday morning. Results of ISANNE's summer survey regarding the merger were presented to both boards as well as our full membership. If you would like to learn more about our survey and member views about the merger, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Looking ahead, I am excited to continue my own learning while promoting opportunities for our member schools to collaborate and learn from one another.  

Sincerely Yours,


Eliza Alexander
Interim Executive Director,  ISANNE
Together in Our Independence

ISANNE unites, supports and promotes its diverse member schools in a changing world.
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