Northern New England Schools - Virtual Fall Heads Conference

Northern New England Schools

Virtual Fall Heads Conference

October 14, 2020

Conference Schedule

7:15 – 8:00 AM   Coffee with Claire

Start your day with a cup of coffee and casual conversation with Claire Leheny, Executive Director of AISNE. Stop by her Zoom room to say hi for a few minutes or stay for longer conversation.

11:00 – 11:30 AM   New Heads Welcome

This year we welcome nine new heads into our Northern New England community.  New heads and their mentors are invited to this session to meet as a group and share hopes and goals for the year ahead.

12:00 – 12:15 PM   Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mark Stanek, Board President, AISNE, Phil Peck, Past Board President, ISANNE

12:15 – 1:30 PM   Lunch and Learn: Keynote Address ***

Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Rob Evans, Ed.D.

Bearing Down and Bearing Up: Sustaining Morale, Energy, Competence, and Connection in The Face of Fear and Uncertainty

After four months of emergency online schooling followed by a summer of no-vacation and non-stop planning, many heads of school began the year with their energy and empathy tanks drained. They now face the need to sustain—perhaps indefinitely—the burdens they’ve been bearing: balancing health and safety concerns against the need to return to the mission of educating students and the practical need to have students on campus. Many feel the need to boost and cheerlead to keep everyone “up,” an exhausting prospect. Rob and Michael have no magic solutions, but they do know about ways to manage anxiety and stress, including ways to help people cope without boosting, and will offer concrete ways to both help faculty and themselves. 

Rob Evans and Michael Thompson are both psychologists and school consultants, both former teachers and former child and family therapists. Between them, they have consulted to roughly 2,000 schools, including hundreds of independent schools, and have provided crisis intervention to many. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM   Understanding and Accessing your AISNE Membership Benefits***

Join the AISNE team for an overview of benefits your school can enjoy in our newly merged entity, then choose a breakout session for further information on topics such as Enrollment Support, PreK-8 Accreditation, Accessing the Jobs Board, and Professional Development Opportunities.

3:00 – 4:00 PM   The State of the States***

Experts from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont will help school leaders forecast the months ahead with information and updates on upcoming legislative sessions and state CDC guidance.

5:00 – 6:00 PM   Better Together Virtual Happy Hour

Join heads of AISNE schools from throughout New England to expand your network and meet new colleagues. We will be grouping by school type, with breakouts for day schools, elementary, boarding, religiously affiliated, and small schools. Expect a few friendly team competitions and prizes!


*** Sessions will be recorded and shared with conference participants.



$149 per person for ISANNE Members



Wed, 10/14/2020




Northern New England Heads Conference