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New Heads Network - A Year Long Program 2013-14
Tom Hoerr and Keith Shahan

Friday, September 20, 2013
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Hilton Garden Inn - Chicago Midway
Chicago, IL

Registration for the 2013-14 New Heads Network is open. Brochures will be sent to new heads at ISACS schools and can be viewed by clicking here. If you would like to receive a copy of the brochure or have any additional questions, please call the ISACS office if you have any questions.

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

  • Friday, September 20, 2013 in Chicago, IL
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in Chicago, IL
  • Monday, June 16 - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in St. Louis, MO

Who Should Attend: Heads of school in their first two years of headship at an ISACS school. Experienced heads who are new to an ISACS school have participated and have found the program beneficial.

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 Network (NHN) 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 NHN 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
  • be 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.
New Heads Network Faculty
Thomas Hoerr, PhD is head of New City School in St. Louis. He has led schools for 34 years, and has written extensively on leadership, faculty collegiality, and multiple intelligences. He initiated and taught in the Non-Profit Management Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Tom is the author of three books, School Leadership For The Future (published by NAIS), The Art of School Leadership and Becoming A Multiple Intelligences School (both published by ASCD). Tom writes a monthly column for Educational Leadership, “The Principal Connection,” has authored more than 100 articles, and has presented at conferences around the world. His current interest is “grit,” and a short form he wrote on it will be published by ASCD in the fall.
Keith Shahan, EdD is president of ISACS and past head of John Burroughs School in St. Louis for 23 years. Keith has visited every ISACS school and visits 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 with thoughts about the headship, happenings around the region, ISACS, and education in general. 
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 NHN can help avoid and minimize these, benefitting both the school and heads. Keith and Tom provide experienced advice throughout the year while the group provides the beginnings of the peer network important to every head.
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.
Friday September 20, 2013
Hilton Garden Inn - Chicago Midway Airport • 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 29, 2014
Swissôtel Chicago • Chicago, IL
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Reception and dinner with mentors on the eve of the start of the heads conference—Wednesday, January 29
  • Sessions included in the heads conference program particularly useful for new heads
Monday June 16 - Tuesday June 17, 2014
New City School • St. Louis, MO
Time: 9:30 am start on June 16 & 1:00 pm end on June 17
  • Sharing of first year experiences among the group
  • Sessions on the headship, business office, development and board relations
  • Planning for the future

Click here to view the 2013-14 New Heads Network brochure.

Hotel Accommodations Information
Attendees must make their own hotel accommodations
September hotel accommodations
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Midway Airport 
6530 South Cicero Avenue • Chicago, IL 
To reserve a room, please call the Hilton Garden Inn at (708) 496-2700. ISACS has not secured a block of rooms for this hotel. The timing should allow many to fly in and out the same day.
Click here for directions to the Hilton Garden Inn - Chicago MIdway Airport hotel.
January hotel accommodations
Swissôtel Chicago  
323 East Wacker Drive • Chicago, IL
ISACS has secured a discounted rate of $152/night. 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: “ISACS 2014 Heads of School Conference” by Monday, January 6.
Click here for directions to the Swissôtel.
June hotel accommodations
The Chase Park Plaza - Saint Louis
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd. • St. Louis, MO
ISACS will obtain a block of rooms and provide participants with reservation information at a later date.
Click here for directions to Chase Park Plaza Hotel.
Click here for directions to New City School from the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.
$1,500 for September, January and June meetings.
The fee includes:
  • programming on 9/20, 1/29 and 6/16-17;
  • continental breakfast and lunch – 9/20;
  • reception and dinner –1/29; and
  • two breakfasts/two lunches/one dinner – 6/16-17.
As part of the NHN, ISACS strongly encourages new heads to attend the ISACS annual heads of school conference in Chicago, January 30 and January 31, 2014. New heads enrolled in the New Heads Network will pay a $300 registration fee instead of the $600 fee for the heads conference. (New heads must register for the heads conference separately). Registration for the 2014 Heads Conference will open in the fall and you will receive an email when registration opens along with a coupon code to receive the discounted registration fee.
Financial assistance available for small schools. Please contact Keith Shahan or Karen Zeitlin at ISACS, (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 the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

Cost: $1500


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