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Academy for NEW Division Heads & Leaders
Barbara Braham, Ken Rogers, Dana Crumley & Dave Mochel

June 18 - 19, 2020

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

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Many new division heads or other new leaders begin a leadership journey in a pivotal position without formal training. ISACS has created an event for new division heads in their first two years of divisional leadership and other leaders new to their roles. Current and experienced ISACS division heads identified the most common areas of challenge and we have gathered an exceptional team of experts to share powerful strategies in successful leadership. If you are a new division head or other administrator new to your role, we invite you to join other new leaders to hear from the following national experts during this two-day Academy. Click here for a tentative agenda.

Dates and Times: 

Thursday, June 18 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, June 19 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Who Should Attend:
Division Heads in their first two years of divisional leadership, and other leaders new to their roles

Day One - Thursday, June 20: 
Managing Up: Attending to the Developmental Needs of Your Leader, Barbara Braham, PhD
You are well-versed in Piaget’s stages of childhood development. How much do you know about adult stages of development and how they transfer to leadership? Do you work for a leader who is driven and goal focused? Does your leader tend to micromanage? Does your leader welcome multiple perspectives? These are examples of leaders at different stages of adult development. In this workshop you will be introduced to five stages of leadership maturity and how to work with each. Be prepared to discover your level of development.

Participants will be able to: 

  • describe five adult stages of development and link them to leadership
  • identify which leadership competencies emerge at each stage of development
  • form a stage hypothesis about your leader's stage of development
  • form a stage hypothesis about your stage of development
  • Select strategies to have the best possible relationship with your boss based on stage

Thick Skin, Soft Skills: Real Life Communication Strategies for New Division Heads & Leaders, Ken Rogers  
Moving from intention to outcome when communicating requires a division head to possess a level of self-awareness, self-management, and discernment; often in situations that are tense and charged, and with people frequently driven by urgency, fear, and worry. This interactive workshop is designed to enable division heads to more effectively manage this most critical part of the job. Because effective communication requires division heads to be mindful and intentional at every point of engagement with others, this session will equip participants with tools to productively move discussions forward, while honoring the dignity of everyone involved.                     

Participants will be able to:

  • develop an awareness of their individual communication style and its impact
  • demonstrate care without compromising the message
  • create a process to prepare for planned conversations
  • build a toolbox of specific techniques for difficult and unplanned conversations
  • collect a bank of helpful phrases and clarifying questions
  • practice techniques by analyzing and responding to scenarios

Day Two - Friday, June 21: 

It's All About the Law: What School Leaders Should Do & Should Not Do to Stay out of Trouble & Out of Court, Dana Fattore Crumley, Partner, Franczek Radelet P.C.
Whether confronted with a serious student discipline issue, a difficult parent, or a troubling issue involving an employee, schools need to be prepared to address volatile situations in the moment, often making decisions that may later be challenged by stakeholders informally or through the courts. In this session, we will review common scenarios that can result in litigation, and identify best practices to prevent liability, diffuse conflicts, and maintain stakeholders’ trust in your institution.

Working Peacefully & Productively with Resistance, Dave Mochel
Resistance and disagreement within your faculty are normal and useful. A healthy balance of affiliation and accountability is facilitated by working with resistance and disagreement gracefully and effectively. Awareness and acceptance of our internal reactions to resistance and disagreement allows us to be skillful externally. Participants with leave with an understanding of the neurobiology of resistance as well as specific, simple tools that they can use immediately to disarm resistance and build connections in the presence of disagreement.

Location of Academy
The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation for the ISACS Classroom
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking, and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the ISACS classroom. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be at the ISACS classroom in less than an hour.  

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off the standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate. The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not eligible for the discounted rate. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations 
ISACS has secured a discounted room rate of $209/night (single or double occupancy) at the Hotel Palomar, 505 N. State Street, The room rate includes one $10 drink ticket at Sable Restaurant and Bar in the hotel lobby. To make a reservation please call central reservations at 1-800-546-7866. and request the Academy for New Division Heads & Leaders Room Block. To make your reservations online use the booking link: Academy for New Division Heads & Leaders Booking Link

The Hotel Palomar is located in the River North area of Chicago near the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Palomar include: a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. To receive complimentary Wi-Fi in your guest room, click here to sign up for the IHG Rewards Club. For more details on the Hotel Palomar, visit

If you need any assistance making your hotel reservations, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Hotel Parking
Hotel Palomar - Current valet overnight parking at the Hotel Palomar is $62/night for hotel guests with full in-and-out privileges, rates are subject to change. Hybrid vehicles receive a 25% discount. Typically, overnight parking guests must leave by 2:00 pm to avoid additional fees at the garage. However, ISACS' overnight guests are able to park their cars with the valet until 4:00 pm without additional fees. Parking fees are subject to change. 

We recommend that you consider overnight parking at a nearby garage to secure lower rates. There are parking garages in the area that may offer less expensive rates. We recommend you check or (or their corresponding Apps) to book less expensive parking prior to your arrival.

Please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 if you have any questions.

Registration Fee

  • $475 member fee.
  • $550 non-member fee.
  • There is no group discount for the Academy.
  • The Academy includes coffee/tea, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments daily.
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below.

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with workshop details.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with workshop details.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for workshops held at the ISACS classroom must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

Member Cost: $475     Non-member Cost: $550


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