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New Heads Network - January 29, 2020
Donna Harris, Lou Salza & Claudia Daggett

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chicago, IL

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 as part of the New Heads Network (NHN), please join your colleagues for a reception, dinner, and program with mentors on the eve of the start of the 2020 Heads Conference. Preregistration for this event is required as part of the 2019-20 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 is a year-long program supporting new heads of school. Events will take place:

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 in Chicago, IL
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 2020 in Chicago, IL
  • Monday, June 15-Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in St. Louis, MO

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

New Heads Network Faculty


Donna Harris, EdD has served as president of Minnehaha Academy (MN), a PK-12 Christian school, since 2009. Previously Donna served as the assistant superintendent and chief academic officer at Valley Christian Schools. Donna also has taught in public schools, twice receiving Intel Corporation’s prestigious Innovation in Teaching award. She authored Diversity in the Christian School, a chapter in the book Building a Better School. Donna currently serves on the ISACS board of trustees.

Lou Salza, MEd retired in July 2018 after serving schools for 45 years. Most recently he served as head of school at Lawrence School (OH) and Assets School (HI). Prior to serving as a head, Lou served as vice principal, teacher, tutor, supervisor, and division head.  His board service includes the National Association of Independent Schools, the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, Glen Urquhart School (MA), Ohio Association of Independent Schools, and the Learning Disabilities Network. Since 2009, he has served as group facilitator at the Harvard Principals Center’s Summer Leadership Institute for mid-career principals and heads.

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). Claudia previously served as executive director of the Elementary School Heads Association and independent school consultant with Gregory Floyd and Associates. She has contributed articles to The Trustees' Letter and The Heads' Letter and a chapter to the latest edition of the NAIS Head Search Handbook.

Program for ​Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Swissôtel Chicago • Chicago, IL
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Reception, dinner, and discussion with mentors on the eve of the start of the heads conference

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 2020 Heads of School Conference” by Wednesday, January 8. Plan to stay for at least two nights and attend the Heads Conference. Click here for directions to the Swissôtel.

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 29 program.

We also encourage the new head to attend the 2020 Heads Conference, January 30-January 31, 2020. New heads participants will pay a $325 registration fee instead of the $650 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 $325 registration fee when the 2020 Heads Conference registration opens in fall 2019. 

Click here for more information and to register for the 2020 Heads Conference, which will open in fall 2019.

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



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