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New Heads Network - January 24, 2018
Thomas R. Hoerr and Claudia Daggett

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chicago, IL

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 as part of the New Heads Network, please join your colleagues for a reception, dinner and program with mentors on the eve of the start of the 2018 Heads of School Conference. Preregistration for this event is required as part of the 2017-2018 New Heads Network.

Click here for a digital copy of the NHN 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:

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 in Chicago, IL
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Chicago, IL
  • Monday, June 11 - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in St. Louis, MO
  • Additional video conference calls may be added throughout the year, as needed.

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

New Heads Network Faculty

Thomas R. Hoerr, PhD is the emeritus head of the New City School in St. Louis, MO, and 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. He is the author of five books, his newest being The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Students Need. He has written over 120 articles and has written the “Principal Connection” column in Educational Leadership since 2004. Tom has led the ISACS New Heads Network for seven years, since its founding, and served on the ISACS Board of Directors. He facilitates the ASCD Multiple Intelligences Professional Interest Community and is a Scholar In Residence, teaching in the principal preparation program, at UM-St. Louis. Tom is an enthusiastic, but poor, basketball player.

Claudia Daggett, MSEd joined ISACS as president in 2014. She began her independent school career as a teacher at The Prairie School (WI) and has served in a variety of leadership roles including 11 years as head of school at Friends Academy (MA). Following her departure from headship in 2006, Claudia served as executive director of the Elementary School Heads Association and independent school consultant with Gregory Floyd and Associates. She serves on the boards of the National Network of Schools in Partnership and the Independent School Association Network (ISANet) and is a member of the NAIS Commission on Accreditation. She's a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences on the topics of independent school leadership, governance, and school civic engagement.

Claudia and Tom will provide experienced advice throughout the year while the group provides the beginnings of the peer network important to every head.

Program for Wednesday, January 24, 2017
Location: Swissôtel Chicago • Chicago, IL
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Reception and dinner with mentors on the eve of the start of the heads conference—Wednesday, January 24

January hotel accommodations
Swissôtel Chicago  
323 East Wacker Drive • Chicago, IL

ISACS has secured a discounted rate of $157/night. To reserve a room, call (312) 565-0565 and request the group code: “ISACS 2018 Heads of School Conference” by Tuesday, January 2. Plan to stay for at least two nights and attend the Heads Conference.

Hotel Directions and Parking
Click here for directions and parking information for the Swissotel.

Ground Transportation
A special rate has been negotiated on your behalf for GO Airport Express. Reservations MUST be made online to receive the discounted rate.  Walk-ups will not be eligible for convention rate, standard rates will apply. Please click here to access their website and begin your reservation to reserve a seat. It will provide a 15% discount. 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 Wednesday evening, January 24, program.

We also encourage the new head to attend the 2018 Heads of School Conference, January 25-26, 2018. New heads enrolled in the New Heads Network will pay a $300 registration fee instead of the $600 registration fee for the Heads Conference. New Heads Network registrants must register for the Heads Conference separately. ISACS staff will email New Head Network registrants with a coupon code for the $300 registration fee when the 2018 Heads of School Conference registration opens.  

Click here for more information and to register for the 2018 Heads Conference, which will open in the fall.

Questions? Call the ISACS office 312-750-1190.


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