Fall Heads Conference

ISANNE Fall 2017 Heads Conference

Diversity, Cultural Competency, and Inclusion During Challenging Times

Church Landing - ​​Meredith, NH

November 8-9, 2017

Most Independent Schools are actively working to become more inclusive and thoughtful in their diversity efforts, but this work requires intentional and courageous leadership on many levels. Schools face financial, demographic, political, and even historical challenges to these initiatives. The conversation has a unique lens in Northern New England given the blend of day, boarding, and town academies in our region. The fall ISANNE Heads conference intends to challenge Heads of School to reflect upon what is needed in their own communities to move this important work forward during challenging times. Presentations will include:

  • Director of Cultural Competency Michael Buensuceso and Head of School Greg Schneider from Berwick Academy speaking to one school's journey in launching a comprehensive Cultural Competency program over the past five years. 
  •  Nicole DuFauchard, Head of the Advent School in Boston, addressing the complexity of leadership and diversity work for Heads of School. 
  • Multiple ISANNE Heads speaking to various aspects of diversity work within their own communities.

We hope to offer content that will stimulate new ideas while building a sense of collaboration in facing unique leadership challenges that have the potential to feel isolating and overwhelming. 

Keynote speaker biographical information is provided below. 

Registration Fees:

$390.00 per person for ISANNE Members - Full Conference (includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials)

$530.00 per person for ISANNE Members with their Spouse (this fee includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials and all meals for spouse)

$599.00 per person for Non-ISANNE Members

Please be advised that the registration form that you filled out is for the conference only.  You will need to make your own room reservation by calling Church Landing directly at (800) 622-6455. Your rooming reservation must be made by Friday, October 13, 2017. To receive the conference rate of $149  identify yourself as an ISANNE Heads Conference participant.


Michael Buensuceso, MSW

Director of Cultural Competency

Berwick Academy

Michael Buensuceso, MSW has been working in independent schools since 2008 serving in various capacities within diversity and equity. Previously at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ and Trinity School in New York City, Michael is now the Director of Cultural Competency at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine. In his role, he is responsible for creating, supporting, and implementing initiatives that increase the level of cultural competency of all students, faculty and staff. Michael reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the senior administrative team.

An experienced facilitator and trainer, Michael was one of the founding faculty of the Educators’ Institute, a joint effort between the American Conference on Diversity and the Peter Sammartino School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He served as Vice President of Programs for the American Conference on Diversity responsible for the development of strategic program initiatives, the development and implementation of adult and youth programs and research statewide. Over the course of his career, Michael has consulted with businesses, community groups, local governments and educational institutions from all parts of New Jersey to offer training, professional development and strategic planning on diversity and multicultural related issues. He has also consulted with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the University of Richmond, in designing and implementing programs focusing on multicultural awareness and bias reduction for their students, faculty and staff.

Michael earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a M.S.W. from Columbia University.

Nicole A. DuFauchard

Head of School

Advent School

Nicole A. DuFauchard has been the Head of School of the Advent School in Boston, MA since 2013. Prior to her time at the Advent School, she served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. As a military child, Nicole has a deep commitment to understanding “other” and has spent the last 20 years exploring equity and access in education. She has hosted an annual Civil Rights Tour for Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Multicultural Educators.

Nicole is a faculty member for the National Association of Independent School's Diversity Leadership Institute, an AISNE Board Member, the Elementary School Heads' Association Membership Committee Member on Diversity, the ESHA Annual Conference Chair for 2016 and a Partner for the Planning Committee for the 2017 Progressive Educators Network Annual Conference. Nicole lives in Boston with her husband Ray and her 8 year-old Raymond.


Wed, 11/08/2017 to Thu, 11/09/2017


Church Landing
281 Daniel Webster Highway
Meredith, NH 03253


2017 Fall Heads Conference - Member


$390.00 per person for ISANNE Members: This fee includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials. DOES NOT include overnight accommodations. Hotel reservations must be made on your own by calling Church Landing directly at (800) 622-6455.