Professional Development > Conferences and Workshops

Conferences and Workshops
(Click here for the 2019-2020 Professional Development Series PDF)


New Heads Institute

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Various Locations
Chicago and St. Louis, IL

This is a year-long opportunity and support system for new heads of school. Events will take place:

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in Chicago, IL
  • Wednesday, January 26, 2011 in Chicago, IL
  • Monday, June 20-Tuesday June 21, 2011 in St. Louis, MO

Who Should Attend: Heads of school in their first two years of headship at an ISACS school.

Why Attend: Being a head of school is never easy, and it's particularly challenging at the start of one's career. The New Heads Institute (NHI) will provide content, skills and perspective on the headship as the first (or second) year unfolds. A mentor will be assigned and there will be opportunities to learn from colleagues and to build relationships with other heads. The NHI will seek to:
  • assist new heads in practicing and learning the craft of heading a school;
  • provide a cohort group so new heads can learn with and from one another;
  • introduce heads to the ISACS accreditation system and other programs; and
  • offer fun! We will laugh with and enjoy one another!

This program is meant to supplement the NAIS Institute for New Heads, not to replace it.

NHI Faculty
Thomas Hoerr, PhD is head of New City School in St. Louis, MO. He has led schools for 30 years, and has written extensively on leadership, faculty collegiality, and multiple intelligences. Tom is the author of School Leadership For The Future, The Art of School Leadership and Becoming A Multiple Intelligences School. Tom writes a bi-monthly column for Educational Leadership, "The Principal Connection," has authored more than 60 articles, and has presented at conferences around the world.

Keith Shahan, EdD is President of ISACS and past head of John Burroughs School in St. Louis for 23 years. Keith will have visited every ISACS school by the end of the 2010-11 school year and plans to visit all ISACS new heads in the fall of their first year. Prior to his Burroughs headship, Keith held posts in international and public education. He writes to ISACS heads throughout the year to update them about happenings around the region, ISACS, and education in general.

Please check back as other faculty will be added.

The Benefits to the School
Leadership opportunities are exciting growth opportunities, but transitioning can be rife with complexities and potholes. Participation in the NHI can help avoid and minimize these, benefitting both the school and heads.

Mentoring Component
Each new head will be paired with an experienced ISACS head. Mentoring opportunities will be provided during the year through telephone calls, emails, and in-person opportunities at the January annual heads conference in Chicago.

Program Outline
The program will span the course of one year and have three opportunities for new heads to come together from September through June.

Wednesday September 22, 2010
Marriott Midway Hotel, Chicago, IL
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • How to survive your first year
  • Working with your board
  • Introduction to ISACS accreditation

Wednesday January 26, 2011
Swissotel Chicago, Chicago, IL
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Reception and dinner on the eve of the start of the heads conference
  • Sessions included in the heads conference program specifically for new heads

Monday June 20 - Tuesday June 21, 2011
New City School, St. Louis, MO
Time: Starts 9:30 am on June 20 and ends 3:00 pm on June 21
  • Sharing of first year experiences among the group
  • Sessions led by experienced heads, board members and other administrators
  • Planning for the future registration

Hotel Accommodations Information
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations.

September hotel accommodations
Chicago Marriott Midway
6520 South Cicero Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638

To reserve a room, please call the Marriott at (708) 594-5500. ISACS has not secured a block of rooms for this hotel. The timing should allow many to fly in and out the same day.

January hotel accommodations
Swissotel Chicago
323 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

ISACS has secured a discounted rate of $129/night as part of the Heads Conference. To reserve a room, please do so for at least two nights and stay for the heads conference, call (312) 565-0565 and request the group code "INDE0111" by January 7.

June hotel accommodations
The Chase Park Plaza - Saint Louis
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

ISACS has secured a discounted rate of $139/night for the nights of Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20. To reserve a room, please call (314) 633-3000 and request the ISACS group code by May 19.

Hotel Directions and Parking
Marriott Hotel Chicago Midway
Click here for directions and parking, and for information on the free shuttle from Midway airport to the hotel.

Swissotel Chicago
Click here for directions and parking information for the Swissotel.

New City School
Click here for directions to New City School from the Chase Park Plaza hotel.

Chase Park Plaza
Click here for directions and parking information from the St. Louis Airport to the Chase Park Plaza.

Registration Fee
$1,500 for September, January and June meetings.

Fee includes:
  • programming on September 22, January 26 and June 20-21;
  • continental breakfast and lunch on September 22;
  • reception and dinner on January 26; and
  • two breakfasts/two lunches/one dinner on June 20-21.

Attending heads will receive a 50% discount on the annual heads of school conference registration fee for January 27-28 (New heads must register for heads conference separately). Click here for information on the 2011 Heads of School Conference.

Financial assistance available for small schools. Please contact ISACS at (312) 255-1244.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund.

Questions? Call 312.255.1244

Cost: $1500
This event is open to participants from ISACS member schools only.


55 West Wacker, Suite 701 · Chicago, IL 60601 · Telephone (312) 750-1190 · Fax (312) 750-1193
Site Map