Together in Our Independence

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October 30, 2018
Hello ISANNE friends!

Recently I visited Acadia National Park on a crisp, crystal clear day biking on the Carriage trails. Cycling has me thinking about the difficulty with changing cultural norms and developing a new awareness and safety practices. Learning to be a consciously present rider has taken me some time and pain. One lesson I learned before shoe clips: Don't use my foot to slow a turning skid or I could break my femur. Another painful lesson (with shoe clips this time): Approaching a stop sign, unclip or I will fall in traffic! 

Enjoying the ride has required a new awareness of myself, others and my surroundings. A friend sent me a NYT article promoting "The Dutch Reach", a safety tip to prevent riders from getting "doored", when a driver suddenly opens their car door before a cyclist has time to react and slams into the door.  Like most U.S. car drivers, I automatically open my car door with my left hand. The Dutch reach is the act of reaching for the door handle with the right or far hand before exiting the car. This makes you turn and look into the side view mirror and blind spot in case anything is approaching. The "Reach" may seem overly cautious and unnecessary. However as more bikes share the road, expectations are changing about safe practices for drivers and riders. Until I started cycling, I wasn't sensitized to the importance of " Share the Road" signs and 3-feet laws. An experienced cyclist in our group is calmly vigilant about noting potential safety issues we encounter on our rides. 

Learning disciplined habits allows us to be fully present and positively engaged in the moment at hand; something to remember in these challenging times. Truth be told, I'm having real trouble remembering to practice the Dutch Reach. However, when I was a kid, smoking on planes and public places and not wearing seat belts or bike helmets were commonly accepted. Following the safety theme, read on for guest blog from Tim Powers, head of Pinkerton Academy as he shares some new features of their campus safety practices.  

Be safe and let's look out for each other


Laurie Hurd
Executive Director,  ISANNE
Together in Our Independence

ISANNE unites, supports and promotes its diverse member schools in a changing world.
ISANNE Member Views - "New Preparations for Campus Safety"
Dr. Timothy Powers, Interim Head of School, Pinkerton Academy
This month's Member View comes to us from Dr. Timothy Powers, Interim Head of School at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.

New Preparations for Campus Safety

A.L.I.C.E.; Run, Hide, Fight; C.R.A.S.E; there are many different acronyms for ways to handle active intruder situations and determining which one is right for your school can be difficult. The start of this school year, we adopted A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). I attended a training 2-years ago, other staff attended C.R.A.S.E last year, and we looked into the FBI's Run, Hide, Fight. Our local police department endorsed and taught A.L.I.C.E. to the local public schools and area businesses, so the decision was easier on which one to choose. How to implement and train became the bigger challenges.  Read More

NAIS Head Search Handbook
The recently published  NAIS Head Search Handbook  is now available. This guide is for boards and search committees written from the perspective of independent schools and includes everything from organizing a search to diversifying the candidate pool. NAIS is offering 10% off to ISANNE schools who order before December 15th. Enter the code SEARCH18 during the checkout process available at  or call 1-800-793-6701. 

"Bridging Divides"
The divisive climate in our country has heightened the need to teach students the importance of listening to opposing views and different perspectives. Here's some information from CSEE. The link includes an article from Connections  titled "Bridging Divides" about Civil Discourse and Dialogue by Megan Chabalowski of the U.S. Institute of Peace with approaches to help students deepen their ability to hear others. Also included are some tips for parents on teaching Civility by Julie Stevens.

Welcome to Our New Corporate Partners
We are happy to announce we have two new Corporate Partners! Our Corporate Partners
represent a range of services used by our schools. If you are going out to bid or need help in a
specific area, please check our website. For the full list and for more information on how to contact
our partners visit our website.

Stanmar - Stanmar specializes in the design & construction of multipurpose athletic and
recreational facilities for independent schools, colleges and universities. They worked with over 75 institutions and are known as a problem-solving firm that can uniquely balance their clients' program, budget, and aesthetic needs without any compromises in quality.

Stanmar's design approach provides clients with an upfront, guaranteed fixed price for the turnkey design, engineering, and construction of their projects, significantly aiding fundraising. During construction, they employ local subcontractors and feature no change orders.   Click here to visit their website.

Zevin Asset Management Zevin  Asset Management helps its nonprofit clients  actively advance their missions by achieving impact beyond just investment  performance. For 20 years, they have helped small schools protect their  endowments with customized portfolios as well as educating boards about  finance and investment and assisting them with investment policy statements.
Zevin accepts the unpredictability of financial markets, and accordingly aims  to find the safest possible havens for investment. As a 100% employee-owned  and a majority women-owned firm, they are also known for our expertise in  socially responsible investing.  Click here to visit their website.

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