ISANNE Spring Heads Conference

ISANNE Spring Heads Conference

Woodstock Inn ~ Woodstock, VT

April 23-24, 2019

"Connections and Recognitions"


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

1:00 – 1:30 PM          Registration

1:30 – 1:45 PM          Welcome

Laurie Hurd, Executive Director, ISANNE

1:45 – 4:45 PM          “An Effective Tool for Navigating Challenging Conversations”

Presenter: CMPartners, Cambridge, MA

Description: Heads of independent schools constantly engage with constituents as diverse as faculty, staff, students, prospective students, parents, alumni/ae, other donors, accreditation personnel and others who have or are considering an important relationship with the school. Whether it is speaking with a faculty member concerning the importance of his/her 24/7 commitment to the school, enticing a prospective donor into making a significant gift to the school or a parent about a disciplinary issue with their child, the Head must be able to influence and engage productively. A critical and necessary early step in this  process is to develop a thorough understanding of the unique motivations, needs and concerns that drive the other person’s approach to the issue; What is important to them and why? With this knowledge, Heads can engage in a way that addresses those core interests and, thus, influence in a truly durable way. In this session, we will introduce a conversation tool, first developed by a researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which is essential in this process of uncovering others’ core interests. Through a combination of presentation and interactive exercises and role plays, participants will gain experience using this tool so that, at the end of our time together, they will be comfortable bringing it into their daily practice.                       

4:45 – 6:00 PM           Open Time

6:00 – 7:00 PM          Reception

7:00 PM                      Dinner and Annual Recognition of Departing Heads


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

7:30 – 8:30 AM         Breakfast/Checkout

 8:30 – 10:00 AM       ISANNE Business Meeting

10:00 – 10:15 AM      Break                

10:15 – 11:00 AM     Roundtable & Break Out Group Discussions

School Affinity Group discussions with colleagues and your opportunity share and learn about approaches to important issues with other ISANNE heads. What’s on your mind?

11:00 – 11:45 AM      NISE (Network for Independent School Equity)

Presenters: Jini Rae Sparkman, Director of Office of Equity and Inclusion, Holderness School and Melissa Lawlor, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Brewster Academy

Description: NISE, sponsored by Brewster Academy and Holderness School, is a new organization working to create a network of support, mentorship, and opportunities for professional development for faculty of color, international faculty, and LGBTQ+ faculty in Independent Schools in Northern New England. “We recognize that the experiences, opportunities, and successes of individuals who identify in any or all of these ways are often bolstered by connection with and creation of community." Melissa and Jini will share the activities of the organization to date and explain ways the heads can support it going forward.

11:45 – Noon              Wrap Up and Adjourn


Registration Information

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

$530.00 ISANNE Member and Spouse - (includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials and dinner and breakfast for spouse)

$599.00 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 Woodstock Inn at 888-338-2745. Your rooming reservation must be made by Monday, April 1, 2019 to receive the conference room rate of $164.00. Please identify yourself as an ISANNE Heads Conference participant.


Tue, 04/23/2019 to Wed, 04/24/2019


Woodstock Inn
14 The Green
Woodstock, VT 05091


2019 Spring 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 by calling The Woodstock Inn directly.