POSTPONED: ISANNE Spring 2020 Heads Conference

POSTPONED: ISANNE will be canceling all in-person events for March, April and May. Please check back for virtual professional development opportunities and forums for community-based sharing and discussion.

ISANNE Spring 2020 Heads Conference

Westin Portland Harborview Hotel - Portland, ME

April 28-29, 2020


Tuesday, April 28th

1:00 - 1:30 PM      Registration

1:30 - 1:45 PM      Welcome & Introductions - ISANNE Interim Executive Director, Eliza Alexander

1:45 - 3:00 PM      Keynote Presentation - Truth or Consequences: Acknowledging and Embracing Your School’s Brand 

Presenter: Jill Goodman, Owner & Founder, Jill Goodman Consulting

Description: Do you know why parents and students seek out your school? Is your school able to support the true reason why your school is in demand? Or, is the confusion and denial causing attrition and an identity crisis at your school? Sadly, one of the reasons schools go out of business is because they are unwilling to acknowledge and celebrate their true brand. By uncovering and celebrating the most compelling aspects of your school you can differentiate yourself in the marketplace, learn where to focus resources, and successfully attract mission appropriate families to your school. In this session, you will learn which voices determine your school's brand, and how to capture those voices in a way that will unify and uplift your school community.

3:15 - 4:30 PM      Session with Linda Johnson, Attorney, McLane Middleton

5:30 - 6:00 PM      OPEN

6:00 - 9:00 PM      Social Hour, Dinner & Recognition of Departing Heads 

Location: Luke's Lobster, 60 Portland Pier, Portland, ME


Wednesday, April 29th

7:30 - 8:30 AM        Breakfast/Checkout

7:30 AM                  MAIS Breakfast Meeting

8:30 - 9:30 AM        Heads Business Meeting 

9:45 - 10:45 AM      Closing Keynote - Sense of Self: Why Identity Matters in Leadership

Presenter: Liza Talusan, Ph.D., CPC, ELI-MP - Practitioner-Scholar, Strategic Consultant, Facilitator, Certified, Professional Coach - LT Coaching and Consulting, LLC

Description: In our daily lives, we take on roles that describe what we do: teacher, student, faculty, administrator, director, coordinator. While we can articulate our job descriptions and our responsibilities, we do not often consider how our personal identities -- race, gender, class, ability, faith, sexual orientation -- intersect with our day-to-day tasks. Join Dr. Liza Talusan as we explore the ways in which who we are matters as much as what we do. Learn how identity and responsibility are interwoven and how our commitment to deepening our understanding of ourselves can help move us forward in equity and justice work together.

11:00 - 12:00 PM    Unconference Style Table Discussions/Peer Led Discussion Topics/Case Studies

12:00 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 Westin Portland Harborview Hotel at 207-775-5411. Your rooming reservation must be made by Friday, March 27, 2020 to receive the conference room rate of $169.00. Please identify yourself as an ISANNE Heads Conference participant.


Tue, 04/28/2020 to Wed, 04/29/2020


The Westin Portland Harborvew Hotel
157 High Street
Portland, ME 04101