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2018 Trustee Day - An Extension of the Annual Conference
Claudia Daggett, Caryn Pass, Beverly Daniel Tatum, and James Honan

Thursday, November 8, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cobo Center
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

Online Registration is Now Closed for ISACS Trustee Day.

ISACS can provide you with a late/onsite registration form, which must be completed and returned to the ISACS office by Wednesday, October 24. The registration fee for members is now $200. Please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 to request the form or if you have any questions. 

*** Hotel Update as of 10/11 ***
Discounted rooms at the main conference hotel, the Westin Book Cadillac and the overflow hotel, the Holiday Inn Express are at capacity. Please book a room in Detroit using your preferred travel website. Please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 with any questions.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

9:30 am - 3:30 pm (with a special session for board chairs and heads at 8:15 am - 9:15 am)

The conference will take place at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI.

Trustee Day Flyer and Program
Click here for the Trustee Day flyer.

ISACS is pleased to host Trustee Day on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Cobo Center. Designed as an extension of the ISACS Annual Conference, this will be an energizing and thought-provoking day featuring a series of stimulating presentations and conversations designed specifically for the independent school board member. Included in the registration fee will be two half-day presentations by Caryn Pass and James Honan complemented by the opportunity to join the conference luncheon and hear the keynote presentation by Beverly Daniel Tatum. Trustee Day will be held from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. There is also a special session for board chairs and heads from 8:15 am – 9:15 am offered at no additional charge.

The Program for Trustees Includes:

8:00 – 9:15 am: Check in at the registration desk.
Online registration if required and must be completed by Wednesday, October 17.

8:15 – 9:15 am: Special Session  for board chairs and heads: Out the Door: What We Can Learn from Abrupt Departures from Headship with Claudia Daggett, ISACS
In recent years, unplanned departures from headship have spiked significantly. In this session, we will examine this unsettling trend by exploring data, impact, contributing factors, and remedies with a focus on the roles of head and board chair.

9:30 – 11:30 am: ​Legal Trends in Independent School Boards of Trustees with Caryn Pass, Venable, LLC
Legal issues facing independent schools require an increasing amount of time and attention from school administrators as well as trustees. As fiduciaries and trustees of the institution, it is important for board members to keep abreast of the legal issues that could face the school and pose both financial and other burdens on the institution. Independent school lawyer Caryn Pass will discuss a wide range of legal challenges confronting independent schools and pro-active strategies that can limit liability exposure. Student travel, social media, intellectual property, and transgender students and employees will be addressed.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Banquet Luncheon featuring presentation by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: Where Are We Now?   

1:30 – 3:30 pm: Better Boards, Better Schools: Challenges & Opportunities with James P. Honan, Harvard Graduate School of Education
This session will examine two inter-related topics: improving board performance and improving school performance. We will examine both goals and identify tools, frameworks, and strategies for making progress.

Speaker Bios

Claudia Daggett
Independent Schools Association of the Central States

Caryn Pass
Venable LLP
Law Firm

Beverly Daniel Tatum
Author and President Emerita of Spelman College

James P. Honan
Harvard Graduate School of Education

(Trustee Day presenters in order of appearance) 

Claudia Daggett is executive director of ISACS, providing services for 240 independent schools throughout the Midwest. In the past, she has served as teacher, head of school, association director, and independent school consultant. Daggett currently serves on the boards of the National Network of Schools in Partnership and the Independent School Association Network and is a member of the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation. She is a frequent presenter and writer on topics of nonprofit governance, independent school leadership, and school civic engagement.

Caryn Pass is chair of Venable’s Education Practice and advises schools nationwide on a range of legal issues. Pass establishes policies, procedures, and strategies that promote positive working and learning environments while limiting potential liability exposure. She advises on the proper use of technology and social media, wage and hour compliance, employee and student discipline, admissions, investment and financial issues, FMLA, performance evaluation design, and employee termination. Pass also designs and reviews by-laws and governance policies and works with boards to establish good governance.

Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist known for her
expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. The author of several books including
the best-selling Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About
Race and Can We Talk About Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation
, Tatum speaks on topics of racial identity development, the impact of race in the classroom, and strategies for creating inclusive campus environments.

James P. Honan is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also is a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School, co-chair and senior associate director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, as well as educational co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management. Honan serves as a consultant on strategic planning, resource allocation, and performance measurement and management to colleges, universities, schools, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. He is the author of numerous publications.

Trustee Day Sponsors
We are grateful for the following Trustee Day sponsors:

Hotel Accommodations
As of October 11, discounted rooms at the main conference hotel, the Westin Book Cadillac and the overflow hotel, the Holiday Inn Express are at capacity. Please book a room in Detroit using your preferred travel website. Please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 with any questions.

ISACS has secured discounted rooms at the Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, at $165/night plus tax for single or double occupancy. To make a reservation, please call (888) 627-7150 and use the group code “Independent Schools Association of the Central States” to receive the discounted rate. To make your hotel reservation online, click here. The rate is available until 5:00 pm, Wednesday, October 17, 2018. We recommend making your hotel reservations early. Individual reservations must be cancelled 48 hours before date of arrival. The ISACS rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi in sleeping rooms and complimentary access to fitness center and indoor pool.

Overflow Hotel - Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown
ISACS has arranged for overflow hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown Detroit (1020 Washington Boulevard), across the street from the Westin at a rate of $119/night plus tax. The rate includes breakfast. To make a reservation at the Holiday Inn Express, please call 313-887-7000, select 3 and request the ISACS rate. For online reservations click here. The rate will be valid until Wednesday, October 17 or until the room block reaches capacity. Individual reservations must be cancelled 48 hours before date of arrival.

If the Holiday Inn Express reaches capacity, please book a room in Detroit using your preferred travel website. Please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 with any questions.

Distance from the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel to Cobo Center
The hotel is five blocks from Cobo Center. ISACS will provide limited bus transportation between the Westin Book Cadillac and Cobo Center at specific morning and afternoon times. The walk is approximately 10 minutes, and the People Mover is also an easy and efficient option. ISACS will provide additional bus details as the conference approaches,which will be included in registration confirmation emails prior to your arrival.

Air Travel
Air travel to Detroit can be accessed via Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

Ground Transportation to/from the Airport
Taxi service from Detroit Metro Airport to the hotel costs approximately $50 one-way and takes approximately 30 minutes during non-rush hour and 50 minutes during rush hour.

SKOOT Detroit is the preferred shuttle service to/from Detroit Metro Airport to downtown Detroit between 5:30 am – 8:30 pm. ISACS has secured a $2.50 discount off the regular one-way fee of $25. To make your shuttle reservation, please call (855) 937-5668 or (313) 230-2331 or book online at To secure the discount, please use the group code ISACS2018. Walkups available, however reservations are highly recommended. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Schedule and pricing are not determined by ISACS and are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Please call SKOOT for more information on group rates; ISACS discount available on group rates.

Valet Parking at the Westin Book Cadillac
Overnight valet parking for ISACS attendees is discountedat a rate of $20/night for hotel guests (which will be billed directly to your hotel room bill) with in and out privileges.

Daily Parking at Cobo Center
Daily parking at Cobo Center is $15/day. We recommend using the roof top parking (Lot 1). Please consult the Cobo Center parking map for more information.

For more information on Cobo Center parking click here.  

Nursing Mother's Room
Cobo Center offers a Mamava for use by nursing mothers. The pod is on a first come/first serve basis. Please visit the Cobo Center Information Desk located on the 2nd level near the Joe Lewis statue to receive a code to enter the pod. You will be asked to leave a photo identification.

Detroit Visitor Information
For information on Detroit, visit

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI has provided ISACS with a coupon for admission. Click here for more information and to obtain your coupon.

Social Media
Follow us on Twitter at the conference @ISACSNews using the hashtag #ISACSCon to join the conversation.

Registration Information & Fee
ISACS will be happy to work with a representative from your school on all issues related to trustee registration. Online registration is required. Due to the structure of the day, we can only accept registrations for the full day. Registration includes the Trustee Day program and participation in the conference luncheon with a keynote presentation by Beverly Daniel Tatum.

  • $160 for trustees from ISACS member schools 
  • $225 for trustees from non-member schools
  • Includes programming and a banquet lunch
  • There is no on-site registration; register online by Wednesday, October 17, 2018 to secure your space.
  • Please note the Trustee Day starts at 9:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm.
  • Special session for board chairs and heads from 8:15 am - 9:15 am at no additional cost for those registering to attend Trustee Day. During the online registration process, you will be prompted to attend or not attend this special session.
  • If you are a head of school and planning to attend the head/board chair special session from 8:15 am - 9:15 am but plan to attend the Annual Conference on Thursday instead of Trustee Day, please email Karen Zeitlin at and she will add you to the list of attendees for the special session.
  • Please note that the Trustee Day is designed for trustees. If preferred, heads may register to join their board members at Trustee Day. Please see information below about registration for attending the Annual Conference on Friday or call the ISACS office for assistance.
  • Trustees are invited to extend their participation by also registering for Friday conference sessions. Please see information below about registration for a second day or call the ISACS office for assistance.
  • For heads and/or trustees who plan to attend Trustee Day and the Friday Annual Conference, please register separately for each event. ISACS can provide a discount code to heads or trustees who plan to register for Friday, entitling them to a rate of $90 for Friday. Please contact Karen Zeitlin at for more details.
  • For more information on the Annual Conference (November 8-9), visit 

Registration Confirmation

  • Once registered, an automatic email will be sent to the contact person identified during online registration.
  • By October 1, ISACS will send a confirmation email to each registrant, which will include conference details and a list of pre-registered sessions. For those registering after October 1, ISACS will send a confirmation email by October 17.
  • Approximately one week prior to the Trustee Day/Annual Conference, ISACS will send a FINAL email confirmation with pre-registered sessions.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 as we may have an incorrect email address in our system.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for Trustee Day must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing by Wednesday, October 18 to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, that can be refunded at the conclusion of Trustee Day. Cancellations received after Wednesday, October 17 will not receive a refund. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

To contact ISACS, please email or (312) 750-1190. 

Member Cost: $160     Non-member Cost: $225
Registration Deadline:  October 17, 2018


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