Academic & Student Life Leaders Conference

ISANNE Academic & Student Life Leaders Conference

Helping Students Define Their Own Success Through Advising and Academics

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Friday, November 15, 2019

Bridgton Academy & Sunday River Resort

View Here - Conference Preview Video with Lauren Porosoff


Thursday, November 14, 2019

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm  Bridgton Academy Site Visit - Focus on Advisory: Meeting Students Where They Are to Shape a Path for Success 

Presenters: Bridgton Academy Administration, Faculty & Staff

Location: Bridgton Academy, Bridgton, ME

Description: A prime value-add of an independent school education is advising programs, where students can be assured of being known and develop a deep sense of connection to their school. With increasing fluctuations in enrollment, many schools welcome students at non-traditional entry points, and therefore strategies for quickly creating relationships and instilling school culture are essential to a vibrant advising program. ISANNE is thrilled to partner with Bridgton Academy for its Fall Student Life and Academic Leaders conference. Bridgton is the only college preparatory school in the country exclusively devoted to a one-year postgraduate program for young men. Although the school serves a niche market, their advising program is in a unique position. With only 33 weeks to build relationships and school culture in meaningful ways, Bridgton offers skills and experience that can benefit all schools. 

Meet with the members of their student and academic leadership teams, as well as Bridgton students, for an afternoon of sessions devoted to topics such as: 1) Creating space for students to share vulnerability through advisory, 2) Partnering with students to help them navigate successes and failures in the college process, 3) Developing advising curriculum and programming 4) Overseeing advising program assignments, budgets, and faculty buy-in. We are looking forward to an afternoon of rich conversation on a wide range of topics.

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm  Drive to Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River Resort

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Cocktail Reception & Dinner


Friday, November 15, 2019

7:00 am - 8:00 am  Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:45 am  Northern Light Acadia CARES Curriculum Presentation

Presenter: Chris McLaughlin, LCSW - Associate Vice President, Community & Pediatric Services, Northern Light Acadia Hospital

8:45 am - 9:00 am  Break

9:00 am - 12:00 pm  EMPOWER Students to Redefine Success at School

Presenter: Lauren Porosoff, Author, Educator, Consultant (See bio below)

Description: In independent schools, we embed definitions of success into our institutional missions, academic rubrics, and behavior codes. Any time we ask what success means, we’re asking values questions. What if, in addition to helping students succeed according to our expectations, we also empower them to develop their own definitions of success, based on their own values, and bring those definitions of success to their learning, their work, and their relationships at school?

In this highly experiential workshop that’s informed by evidence-based psychological science, we’ll learn protocols that help students redefine success based on their own values, and enact their values at school. After learning each protocol by doing it ourselves, we’ll reflect on the process, see a classroom example, and discuss how to implement the protocol with our students. Along the way, we’ll discover some of the psychological science of empowering students to redefine success for themselves.

Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • lead protocols that empower students to define success in accordance with their personal values and enact their values at school.
  • explain how deictic and hierarchical framing help students develop values-consistent approaches to their learning.
  • integrate values work into every stage of an academic unit.
  • $315.00 per person for ISANNE Members - Full Conference (includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials)

  • $290.00 per person for ISANNE Members with 2 or more registrants from your school - Full Conference (includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials)

  • $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. That can be done by calling the The Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River Resort (800-207-2365) and identifying yourself as an ISANNE Conference participant, or book online here, to receive the negotiated rate. Your rooming reservation must be made by Tuesday, October 15, 2019 to receive the conference rate of $109.00 plus all associated fees. 


Lauren Porosoff

Lauren Porosoff has been an educator since 2000 and consults on designing curriculum and professional development that empowers students and teachers. She is the lead author of Curriculum at Your Core: Meaningful Teaching in the Age of Standards (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), EMPOWER Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience (Solution Tree, 2018) and Two-for-One Teaching: Connecting Instruction to Student Values (Solution Tree, 2020). She has also written articles for AMLE Magazine, Connections Quarterly, Independent School, Kappan, the PBS NewsHour Teachers’ Lounge Blog, Rethinking Schools, and Teaching Tolerance about how students and teachers can make their work meaningful.


Thu, 11/14/2019 to Fri, 11/15/2019


Bridgton Academy & Sunday River Resort
11 Academy Lane
North Bridgton, ME 04057


ISANNE Member - Academic & Student Life Leaders Fall 2019


$315.00 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.


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