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New Heads Network, June 13-14, 2016
Tom Hoerr and Claudia Daggett

Monday, June 13, 2016 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 1:00 pm

New City School
St Louis, MO

On Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14 as part of the New Heads Network, please join your colleagues for a two day program at New City School, St. Louis, MO. Preregistration for this event was required as part of the New Heads Network. Click here for the New Heads Network brochure.

Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 if you have questions regarding the New Heads Network.

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

  • Friday, September 18, 2015 in Chicago, IL
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Chicago, IL
  • Monday, June 13-Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in St. Louis, MO

For more information on the New Heads Network including who should attend and goals and objectives, please click here.

Registration for the 2015-16 New Heads Network will open in late spring. Brochures will be sent to new heads at ISACS schools in early July. The New Heads Network brochure will be posted shortly.

New Heads Network Faculty
Thomas Hoerr,
PhD is the emeritus head of the New City School in St. Louis, MO, and just retired after 34 years leading the school. Previously he worked as a teacher and principal, and led The Washington University program in non-profit management. Hoerr is the author of four books: School Leadership for the Future (NAIS Press), and Becoming A Multiple Intelligences School, The Art of School Leadership, and Fostering Grit (all published by ASCD Press). He has written over 100 articles and writes the “Principal Connection” column in Educational Leadership. He is working on a new book on non-cognitive skills. Tom has led the ISACS New Heads Network for five years and is a member of the ISACS Board of Directors. He facilitates the ASCD Multiple Intelligences Professional Interest Community, and teaches in the New Leaders principal preparation program at UM-St. Louis. Tom is an enthusiastic, but poor, basketball player.

Claudia Daggett, MSEd joined ISACS as its president In 2014. She began her independent school career as a teacher at The Prairie School and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including 11 years as head of school at Friends Academy in Massachusetts. Following her departure from headship in 2006, Claudia has served as executive director of the Elementary School Heads Association and independent consultant with Gregory Floyd & Associates. She has been a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences on the top of independent school leadership.

Program for Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14, 2016
New City School
5209 Waterman Avenue
St. Louis, MO

Time: Starts 9:30 am on June 13 and ends 1:00 pm on June 14

  • Sharing of first year experiences among the group
  • Sessions on the headship, business officers, development and board relations
  • Planning for the future

On Monday, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. On Tuesday, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Tom and Claudia will gather for dinner on Sunday evening for an informal dinner for those who are in already in St. Louis (at your own expense).

Hotel Accommodations
The Chase Park Plaza - Saint Louis
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd. • St. Louis, MO

ISACS has secured a discounted room rate of $153/night at the Chase Park Plaza – Saint Louis.  To make a reservation, please call 1-877-587-2427 or 1-314-633-3000 and request the “Independent Schools Association of the Central States” room block in order to receive the discounted rate. The discounted rate will be available until Thursday, Monday, May 19, 2016. Rooms are available the nights of Sunday, June 12 and Monday, June 13. 

If you are having any problems making a hotel reservation at the discounted rate, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

Directions and Parking
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.

Go Best Express - Airport Shuttle
A special rate has been negotiated on your behalf.  Reservations MUST be made online to receive the discounted rate before 11:59pm, June 6th, 2016.  Walk-ups will not be eligible for convention rate, standard rates will apply.  Please click here to go to our website and begin your reservation to reserve a seat.  The discounted convention rate of $16 each way, per person is offered.  Credit cards are required and charged at the time of reservation.

Registration Fee
A new head must be registered for the entire New Heads Network to attend the June 13 and 14, 2016 program. Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 if you have any questions.


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