Updated Program - ISANNE New England Town Academy Conference 2019

ISANNE New England Town Academy Conference

December 3-4, 2019

Abromson Center - University of Southern Maine


Tuesday, December 3, 2019                 

6:30 - 8:30 pm        Dinner 

Location: David’s Restaurant - 22 Monument Square, Portland, ME

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

8:00 - 9:00 am        Breakfast - At your leisure 

            Location: C2 - Congress Squared Restaurant, The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel

9:00 - 9:30 am        Registration

            Location: University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center

9:30 - 9:40 am        Welcome & Introductions

            Location: University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center

9:40 - 12:00 pm    Session 1

            Rethinking Your Advancement Committee

             Supporting development programs and goals is an essential responsibility for all trustees, but most importantly for members of your Board’s Advancement Committee. This session will focus on how you can empower your Advancement Committee to take a more active role in ensuring the success of your school’s fundraising program. What are the responsibilities and expectations of an effective advancement committee? How should schools structure advancement committees to drive fundraising activity? What strategies can Boards implement to motivate committee members to serve as frontline fundraisers? This session will review advancement committee best practices to help your school meet its fundraising goals.

            Presenter: Bob Weston, Senior Consultant, CCS Fundraising, Emma Hutchinson, Senior Director, CCS Fundraising & Arnold Shorey, Head of School, Foxcroft Academy    

            Location: Room 214, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm    Lunch & Discussion

            Location: Room 109/110, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm    Paul Gorski General Session 

“Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap”

Description: How would our equity efforts change if we worked toward a deeper understanding of the barriers and inequities with which students and families experiencing poverty contend? In this interactive and awareness-building workshop, we will explore these barriers and inequities, how they operate, and how we might perpetuate them unintentionally in our classrooms and schools. Our goal is to see how, when we are not vigilant in our equity approach, school policies and practices favor the most economically privileged students while disadvantaging students whose families are experiencing poverty. We will discuss evidence-based strategies for effectively removing the barriers and, as a result, more effectively engaging and supporting students experiencing poverty. We will specifically focus on instructional, relational, and leadership strategies that have proven effective both in mixed-class and in high-poverty schools. We will also examine the damaging impact of deficit perspectives about people experiencing poverty, and consider how to shift ourselves and our colleagues from these deficit views to equity-based views.

            Location: Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine

  • $299.00 per person for ISANNE Members - Full Conference (includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials)

  • $274.00 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 Westin Portland Harborview at (1-855-811-0043) and identifying yourself as an ISANNE Conference participant to receive the negotiated rate. Your rooming reservation must be made by Tuesday, November 12, 2019 to receive the conference rate of $109.00 plus all associated fees.


Paul Gorski

Paul is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has 20 years of experience helping educators strengthen their equity efforts in classrooms, schools, and districts. He has worked with educators in 48 states and a dozen countries. Paul has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited  twelve books on various aspects of educational equity including  Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap and  Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education(with Seema Pothini). He is the author of the  Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators. 

Paul earned a PhD in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia. He was a teacher educator at several universities for 15 years. 

He is also a published poet, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and the biggest fan of Buster, his cat.

Bob Weston

Bob Weston brings to CCS 30 years of independent school experience and expertise as an educator, administrator, and fundraiser.  Over the span of his career, Bob has held several senior administrative positions, and worked extensively on hiring and recruiting faculty, collaborating on institutional strategic planning, and directing annual, major gifts, and capital campaign fundraising programs.

In his most recent role as Associate Head for External Affairs at St. George’s School, Bob directed the communications, alumni relations, and development offices, while also serving as the school’s chief fundraiser.  He spearheaded the school’s From These Walls capital campaign, which raised over $32 million for programs, facilities, and endowment.  He also directed the fundraising efforts to raise $3.5 million for the construction of two turf fields, and he helped to grow the annual fund during the school’s capital campaign. 

As an experienced fundraiser and school administrator, Bob’s deep knowledge of independent schools’ culture, programs, and fundraising needs uniquely positions him to serve our independent clients well.  

Bob received his MA in English literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and his BA in English from Amherst College, where he also captained the men’s varsity basketball team.


Tue, 12/03/2019 to Wed, 12/04/2019


Abromson Center - University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford St.
Portland, ME 04101


ISANNE Member - Town Academy Conference 2019

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$299.00 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.