ISANNE Fall Heads Conference

ISANNE Fall 2019 Heads Conference

“Envisioning Our Future in Times of Change”

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel - Portsmouth, New Hampshire

September 25-26, 2019

Program Agenda

The ISANNE’s Fall Heads Conference will take a deep dive into the complex issues that face both our organization and our diverse member schools. Through a series of presentations and large- and-small group discussions, attendees will work together to help chart ISANNE’s path forward. 

Wednesday, September 25th

1:00-1:45 PM       ISANNE Interim Executive Director, Eliza Alexander, will open the conference with a presentation of our summer data collection. Finding about ISANNE member opinion will help guide our conversations regarding a potential merger with AISNE. 

2:00-5:00 PM      Afternoon keynote and workshop session led by Christian Long, Co-Founder of The WONDER Project. “Packing for the Future: A Design Exploration of What We Choose to Keep, What We Choose to Leave Behind, and What We Will Finally Be Able to Do”

This keynote will use the metaphor of a Stanford design workshop exercise – “Backpack for the Future” – as a way to reposition all of us as future school designers.

So often discussions around the future in schools feel as if they are either a) an unnecessary replacement of all that is valued from the past or b) a never-ending extension to what is already happening, challenging limited resources and energy levels.

Neither feels satisfying. Neither inspires confidence. And neither can be proven in advance. Part of the reason for that is that we tend to view change through the lens of 'objects' that are either right or wrong in ways we can't accurately predict in advance.

But what if we might begin to view and design our school(s)’ future(s) through the lens of our communities’ non-negotiable 'values' and ‘verbs’, no matter what comes our way? What if we designed based upon who we are uniquely rather than trends that come our way? And what if we spent as much energy thinking about what we must leave behind as we do about what we might add?

With these questions in mind, the ultimate goal of this keynote and afternoon experience will be to help school leaders consider ways to 'hack' the “Backpack for the Future” concept as human-centered design facilitators when they return to their home school and community thinking about their unique futures.

5:30-6:00 PM        OPEN

6:00 PM                Social Hour

7:00 PM                Dinner


Thursday, September 26th

7:00-8:00 AM        Breakfast/Checkout

7:30 AM                 MAIS Breakfast Meeting

8:30-10:00 AM      Heads Business Meeting 

10:15-11:15 PM    Closing Keynote session with Dr. Anne Hallward, host and founder of Safe Space Radio, “From Silence to Courage, Navigating the Transition” A board-certified psychiatrist in Portland, Maine and formerly on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital, Dr. Hallward speaks internationally on emotional courage, stigma and shame, traumatic silence, and voluntary vulnerability as a form of leadership.

11:15 - 11:30 PM   Closing Remarks/Departure


Registration Information

$399.00 per person for ISANNE Members - Full Conference (includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials)

$539.00 ISANNE Member and Spouse - (includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials and dinner and breakfast for spouse)

$699.00 per person for Non-ISANNE Members

Please be advised that the registration form is for the conference only.  You will need to make your own room reservation by calling the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel at 1-603-431-2300. Your rooming reservation must be made by Wednesday, September 4, 2019 to receive the conference room rate of $179.00. Please identify yourself as an ISANNE Heads Conference participant.


Christian Long

Christian Long serves in a dual capacity as the Director for the Center for Innovation and the English Department Chair for All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas. Additionally, he is the founder of The WONDER Project, a design studio helping schools design and develop at the intersection of their mission and their moonshot. Christian speaks internationally on topics ranging from design thinking mindsets, trends in education, emerging technologies, and innovative school design practices, most recently keynoting in Moscow, Russia; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; Berlin, Germany; Monterrey, Mexico; Calgary Canada; as well as a wide range of US conferences and independent schools.

In previous design roles, Christian was the co-founder of WONDER (By Design), a collaborative multi-disciplined design studio working with schools and universities around the world. He also founded Prototype Design Studio, an on-going experimentation in social-driven design done in partnership with students, teachers, professional creatives, and community leaders around the US and the world. He served as Vice President for Cannon Design, supporting their global K-12 and Higher Education practices, while also co-leading the firm’s innovative The Third Teacher+ studio (inspired by the firm’s globally celebrated educational design text, The Third Teacher); founded Be Playful, a collaborative design agency focused on the intersection between school planning/design, emerging technology, professional development, and future trending; served as President/CEO of DesignShare, a global research and consulting practice dedicated to the school architecture/planning industry; and was the Director of Research for Learning Environments for Huckabee, a K-12 architecture firm in Texas.

Beyond his work in the school design industry, he spent 15 years as an educator, varsity coach, program director, and experiential education leader at the Oakridge School (Arlington, TX), Bryn Mawr School for Girls (Baltimore, MD), Rivers School (Weston, MA), Miami Valley School (Dayton, OH), and the Steamboat Mountain School (Steamboat Springs, CO), as well as having taught in Tokyo, Japan and on the Navajo Reservation (New Mexico). He also authored and directed an innovative architecture, design, and planning program for urban high school students in Washington D.C. and was a design educator at the National Building Museum.

Additionally, he has been very active in the global TED / TEDx communities. He founded and co-led TEDxBloomington (where 2 of the speakers are ranked in the 20 globally most viewed TEDx talks) and TEDxYouth@Columbus, as well as receiving the only TEDx license in the world for a non-event for the TEDxClassroomProject which he co-created with a group of his past high school students in Texas. He has also spoken at TEDxGreenville, TEDxOverlake, TEDxFurmanU(niversity), and TEDxIndianapolis.

Christian has served as a national juror on the American Institute of Architects annual school architecture awards program as well as for the global Design for Change program that empowers children to design solutions for the world’s greatest problems. He also served on A4LEs (Architecture for Learning Environments) World Conference 2010 / San Jose (CA) planning team and the national A4LE Innovation planning team.

Christian holds a master’s degree in education (with a concentration in school design) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was also a member of Boston’s Codman Academy planning team serving under founder Meg Campbell. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate of secondary education from Indiana University (Bloomington), was a Klingenstein Summer Fellow for emerging school leaders at Teachers College, Columbia University, and participated in extended professional development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Christian and his wife, Karla (Head of Intermediate / Middle School at All Saints Episcopal School) have two children — who share the same campus with them — Beckett (class of 2025) and Berkeley (class of 2027). 

Anne Hallward

Dr. Anne Hallward is the host and founder of Safe Space Radio and a board certified psychiatrist in Portland, Maine. Anne’s interest in difficult subjects began in her teens, when she noticed how few adults around her seemed to be talking about intimate or taboo subjects. Formerly on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital, she designed and taught courses on death and dying, cultural competence, sexuality, and psychiatric interviewing, and published on death and dying, cultural bias in medicine, sexuality, and causes of hunger in the Philippines and Bangladesh. Anne is the recipient of the Ulrich B. Jacobsohn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, the Jeanne Spurlock Social Justice Award from the Association of Women Psychiatrists, and an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She has also been recognized for her work in radio with a Gracie Award for Best Host of a Local Radio Show. Anne speaks internationally on emotional courage, stigma and shame, traumatic silence, and voluntary vulnerability as a form of leadership. Her CV is here.


Wed, 09/25/2019 to Thu, 09/26/2019


Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
250 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801


2019 Fall Heads Conference - Member


$399.00 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.