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When I come back from the People of Color Conference every year, I always tend to look raggedy and exhausted the next few days. I spend weeks processing everything that happened in that short conference time frame. This stems from a long and complicated history with my identity, and much of that is wrapped up in this conference, which I first attended as a young, bright-eyed first year teacher at...
  By Melissa Lawlor
As I approach the sunset of my 32 years as an independent school educator at New Hampton School, reminiscing is at a premium. While some friends consider my work environment and experience odd—­in my specific case, living on a boarding school campus, raising my family in a communal environment, and working where my day extends beyond the academic hours—I cannot imagine another life course. The...
  By Jennifer Berry
Coming to KUA as an Interim Head has been one of the major highpoints in my career. I’m delighted to be a newbie in ISANNE and appreciate the good wishes from my new colleagues; I certainly learned a lot at the fall conference. I have been the long-term Head at four schools for a total of 28 years, so this is year 29 as Head of something. Being an Interim is different than being a “real” head...
  By Pam Clarke
One of the highlights of the annual ISANNE Business Officers conference earlier this month was a memorable performance by the Heronfield band. Not only were they amazingly talented, but the concert served to ground the conference in what is truly important: supporting young people as they grow and learn. For a group of business office professionals more familiar with spreadsheets and dark offices...
  By Steve Solberg
Walk into any school in the country at this time of year, and you are sure to observe lessons of gratitude. It is cultivated in community service projects like providing Thanksgiving meals to local families, holding a coat drive, toy drive, can drive. It is seen in class projects with the local assisted living facility, or even in the carefully crafted art projects lovingly created as holiday...
  By Meredith Morin
A.L.I.C.E.; Run, Hide, Fight; C.R.A.S.E; there are many different acronyms for ways to handle active intruder situations and determining which one is right for your school can be difficult. The start of this school year, we adopted A.L.I.C.E. ( Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). I attended a training 2-years ago, other staff attended C.R.A.S.E last year, and we looked into the FBI’s Run...
  By Dr. Timothy Powers
We live in a world of diminished resources. In rural New England our student population is shrinking - rapidly. As a result, competition for students has risen dramatically, even within the public school sector. Our major donors are increasingly pressed by a larger and larger pool of worthy applicants for a finite sum of money. The response of many schools is to circle their proverbial wagons....
  By Michael Livingston
Running a small school means that my week may be filled with sudden emergency transportation for a field trip, or a quiet moment of writing interrupted by a child at my office door, or a call from MEMIC or a Board member, and then a trip to the bank for a line of credit draw followed by grabbing something at the market for lunch on the run…and that’s when an AHA! happens. This deadline was...
  By Rebecca Clapp
No more than two weeks passed after my position as head of Vermont Academy began on July 1, 2017 before Peter Saliba gave me a call and said “How about if we meet at Burdick’s for lunch?”  When I inadvertently pulled into his intended parking spot, he was quick to joke about it.  Meeting this energetic and insightful head of Tilton School who is also the informal social organizer for...
  By Jennifer Zaccara
Late winter always seems to be the hardest time for schools. While the snow piles up around our campuses, our desires to be strategically focused and mindful are often cast aside to confront the tyranny of the urgent. We are especially vulnerable to Murphy’s Law in these fleeting moments of winter, which is why it is so important that we think strategically and be critically reflective when our...
  By Phil Peck

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