Professional Development > Conferences and Workshops

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


New Heads Network - June 11 and June 12
Thomas R. Hoerr and Claudia Daggett

Monday, June 11, 2018 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:00 pm

New City School
St. Louis, MO

On Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12 as part of the New Heads Network, please join your colleagues for a two-day program at New City School, St. Louis, MO. Pre-registration for this event is required as part of the 2017-18 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 any questions regarding the New Heads Network.

 This is a year-long opportunity and support system for new heads of school. Events will 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 Monday, June 11 - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
New City School
5209 Waterman Avenue
St. Louis, MO

Time: 9:30 am start on Monday, June 11 & 1:00 pm end on Tuesday, June 12

  • Sharing of first year experiences among the group
  • Sessions on the headship 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 arrange an informal dinner on Sunday evening for those who are already in St. Louis, hosted by ISACS. 

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

Please make your own hotel reservation today at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. ISACS has secured a discounted rate of $155/night at the Chase Park Plaza – Saint Louis, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis. To make a reservation, please call 413-821-3581 or 314-633-3014 and request the Independent Schools Association of the Central States room block or group code 0610ISACS in order to receive the discounted rate. The discounted rate will be available until Friday, May 11, 2018. To make reservations online, click here. Rooms are available the nights of Sunday, June 10 and Monday, June 11. 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.

Registration Fee
A new head must be registered for the entire New Heads Network to attend the June 11 and 12, 2018 program.

Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 if you have any questions.


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