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Lead with Clarity.

Every school leader strives to lead their school with clarity. You aim to support your school’s mission to ensure long-term viability, while providing exciting futures for your students and continuous growth for yourself.

Continue your quest to be an exceptional school leader with ISM’s professional development events. No matter your goals or level of experience, there’s an opportunity to elevate your knowledge and your school to the next level of excellence.

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Weekly Pandemic Briefings With Medical Experts—Installments

Date(s): 9/10/2020 — 11/19/2020 Status: Confirmed

PAY IN INSTALLMENTS

Program Dates: September 10–November 19, 2020

Whether you choose to reopen campus or begin the year online, you need the latest data and news to guide your future decisions this fall.

Cut through the noise and get weekly COVID-19 updates—specifically for private school—from a team of medical experts, without trying to parse through all the information on your own.

This plan is for three monthly installments of $495 each. You will pay the first installment today and be charged twice more over the next two months, for a total of $1,485. 

 

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$495.00
General Price

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Weekly Pandemic Briefings With Medical Experts—Full Pay

Date(s): 9/10/2020 — 11/19/2020 Status: Confirmed

ONE TIME PAYMENT OPTION 

Program Dates: September 10–November 19, 2020

Whether you choose to reopen campus or begin the year online, you need the latest data and news to guide your future decisions this fall.

Cut through the noise and get weekly COVID-19 updates—specifically for private school—from a team of medical experts, without trying to parse through all the information on your own.

 

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$1,400.00
General Price

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Executive/Administrative Assistant Group Coaching: September 2020

Date(s): 9/15/2020 — 9/14/2021 Status: Confirmed

Program Dates: September 15, 2020—September 14, 2021 | Program Cost: $88/month for 12 months

Explore how to succeed as an executive or administrative assistant through virtual monthly meetings and peer solutions that address your real-time challenges.

The role of the executive or administrative assistant is vital to school operations. In many ways, you are the glue that holds your school together. But it also comes with its challenges, especially as many schools work in online or hybrid environments.

  • Are you frustrated by apparent misalignment of job performance and expectations between you, your supervisor, and your peers?
  • Do you struggle to set boundaries to support the successful execution of your job responsibilities?
  • Are you constantly trying to implement time management practices, only to be faced with crises that are not of your making, but now demand your attention?
  • Is your virtual office environment overwhelming, lonely, or frustrating?

Join ISM’s Administrative Assistant Group Coaching: September 2020 for support and strategies to succeed in your role.

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$88.00
General Price

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Effective Boards: A Workshop for Board Presidents and School Heads

Date(s): 9/15/2020 — 12/15/2020 Status: Open

Meeting Dates: September 15, October 15, November 16, & December 15 | Meeting Times: 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The Board has a critical role in planning the long-term sustainability of a school. This online workshop teaches you not only how to structure your Board effectively, but also how to help the School Head and Board President work together so the school thrives.

Join us to explore how your school’s Strategic Plan and Strategic Financial Plan form the foundation of governing excellence. We will also detail the Board’s role in fundraising and how to build a committee structure that empowers effective governance.

Your school’s future can be bright. This online workshop will give you the confidence to lead the Board successfully with a comprehensive, proven approach to Board management.

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$748.00
for Gold Members

$880.00 General Price

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Escape the Chaos: Time Management Secrets for Administrative Assistants

Date(s): 9/22/2020 — 9/23/2020 Status: Confirmed

Executive and Administrative Assistants are ALWAYS busy—but busyness doesn’t always equate to effectiveness. Since this role is vital to the productivity of your office and your school, operational efficiency and time management are key.

Join us for an online workshop to map out your Fall 2020 duties and responsibilities, focusing on time management strategies to keep you operating in a non-crisis mode. You will be better able to respond when the unexpected happens, whether you are on-campus or working from home.

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$374.00
for Gold Members

$440.00 General Price

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How to Remove the Stigma of Financial Aid and Attract More Families

Date(s): 9/23/2020 Time: 3:00pm ET Status: Confirmed

Your school’s financial aid program is a powerful tool to help you attract new, mission-appropriate families and assess the amount of tuition they can pay.

This webinar will help your school remove the stigma from your financial aid program, using indexed tuition to encourage more applicants and fill empty seats. By reframing your financial aid message to refer to a family's ability to pay rather than the school's discount award, rather than the school’s discount award, you strengthen your school’s position and long-term viability.

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$0.00
for Gold Members

$161.00 General Price

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The Most Effective Way to Support Faculty: Through Growth and Evaluation

Date(s): 9/25/2020 Time: 12:00pm ET Status: Open

If you’ve been struggling to find a balance between supporting your faculty as they face the ongoing challenges of the past year, holding them accountable for performance, and pushing them to grow, you’re not alone.

Especially this year, as teachers and leaders add managing hybrid and distance learning to an already full schedule, you need an effective faculty growth and support plan. This webinar will walk you through ISM’s teacher-approved framework for growth and evaluation that supports teachers in their growth while providing a clear set of expectations they can count on—whether they’re teaching in person, at a distance, or some combination of the two.

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$0.00
for Gold Members

$161.00 General Price

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On-Demand: COVID Response Boot Camp: Screening Triggers, Exposures & Illness

Date(s): 10/1/2020 — 10/2/2020 Status: Confirmed

On-Demand Session Available | Pre-recorded sessions to view anytime

Your school might be risk-mitigation ready for campus reopening. But is your Health Team and COVID Response Team ready to deal with exposures, screening, and illness?

School health officials and those that oversee the Health Office should attend this one-day online workshop so they are not asking, “What do we do if we have a student or staff member with symptoms?”

 

This workshop will help you understand how to monitor and respond to screening triggers, reports of illness, COVID-19 positive cases, and possible exposures. You will receive key documents and tools, such as infographics, guides, decision trees, and checklists. These will help you take quick, decisive action in all scenarios, track cases to identify trends, and work most effectively with your local department of health.

This session will be led by Adrianna Bravo, M.D., FAAP, who has devoted her 20-year pediatric career to working in independent day and boarding school health. She is a consultant, presenter, content creator, and advisor for school reopening planning and readiness in the face of SARS-CoV2, Coronavirus, and COVID-19.

 

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$748.00
for Gold Members

$880.00 General Price

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How to Design a Quality Summer Program (Even Amid a Global Pandemic)

Date(s): 10/5/2020 — 10/9/2020 Status: Open

As your school continues to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may not think planning next year’s summer program is a priority.

However, a quality summer program can still add tremendous value to your school. A summer program is an excellent source of auxiliary income that lets your school extend its mission beyond the school year, to a greater number of students.

A quality summer program can provide additional funds and a different pool of students to support your school’s goals. Join us to explore what it takes to run a quality summer program and how it can support your mission and bottomline.

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$1,088.00
for Gold Members

$1,281.00 General Price

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How to Implement Transformative Faculty Growth and Evaluation

Date(s): 10/6/2020 — 10/8/2020 Status: Open

In these times of disruption and change, it is more important than ever to foster a stable environment that supports teachers. This ensures they can respond to the challenges at hand and can continue delivering your school’s mission with excellence.

Attend this online workshop to engage in meaningful conversations about transforming your culture. You’ll explore a mission-driven and comprehensive approach to hiring and induction, assessing and enhancing faculty and school culture, faculty growth and evaluation, corrective action, selective retention, and coaching and mentoring.

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$748.00
for Gold Members

$880.00 General Price

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30 Days to an Inbound Marketing Program That Fills Your Admission Funnel

Date(s): 10/6/2020 — 10/27/2020 Status: Open

Online Course Timeframe: October 2020 | Synchronous Meetings Times: Tuesdays in October from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, starting October 6

The simple fact is this: Schools need to utilize inbound marketing strategies today more than ever.

Why? Because families are doing more online research about your school than ever before (especially during the pandemic). You need a way to “pre-sell” them on your school, distinguishing your school from the competition and establishing it as the thought leader in your community.

Discover how creating an inbound marketing strategy will help you accomplish these goals. These sessions will meet every Tuesday in October to help you build a complete inbound marketing plan that will drive admission inquiries and enrollment.

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$748.00
for Gold Members

$880.00 General Price

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Create a Strategic Calendar for Your Development Committee

Date(s): 10/14/2020 Time: 3:00pm ET Status: Confirmed

A strategic Board Development Committee starts with a pragmatic calendar of events. Only when this committee remains focused on the right activities at the right time can it support a school’s fundraising initiatives.

This webinar covers creating a yearly plan for your Board’s Development Committee that includes well-designed meeting agendas and a strategic approach to fulfilling the committee’s goals. With the right annual agenda, your committee members can act strategically and creatively for the benefit of your school, your development programs, and, especially, your students.

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$0.00
for Gold Members

$161.00 General Price

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Elevate the Customer Service Culture at Your School

Date(s): 10/16/2020 Time: 12:00pm ET Status: Confirmed

Your school’s “brand” is the total of all the experiences families have at your school. Therefore, a culture of customer service is a must. But mentioning a customer-service-oriented culture should not produce sneers and hisses among your faculty and staff.

This webinar will help you and your team realize all the benefits you will share when you care for today’s private school families in a highly predictable and supportive manner.

Explore the schoolwide benefit of engaging parents like they are VIPs, while systematically redirecting your VIP “monsters.” Walk away with actionable strategies for establishing and supporting a customer service culture at your school.

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$0.00
for Gold Members

$161.00 General Price

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Enrollment Management Mastery for School Heads

Date(s): 10/19/2020 — 10/22/2020 Status: Open

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact schools’ enrollment management strategies. If you are unprepared, you risk not being able to respond to a fluctuating market.

This online workshop, designed specifically for School Heads, blends the principles of strategic financial planning and enrollment management to ensure targeted, specific, sustainable enrollment outcomes.

Join us to discover the truth: ALL the factors challenging your enrollment are fixable, and most “fixes” cost you nothing! Don’t suffer with unpredictable enrollment outcomes anymore.

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$1,088.00
for Gold Members

$1,281.00 General Price

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The Perfect Pair: Strengthening the Supervisor and Assistant Partnership

Date(s): 10/20/2020 — 10/21/2020 Status: Open

As the Executive or Administrative Assistant, your supervisor relies on you to accomplish daily tasks. In order for this working partnership to be effective, you must have strong, open lines of communication and trust on both sides.

Join us to learn how to create and strengthen this partnership, ensuring you’re able to perform your job with ease. Explore how to anticipate your supervisor’s needs to be effective and successful in your role.

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$374.00
for Gold Members

$440.00 General Price

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The New Admission Director

Date(s): 10/25/2020 — 10/28/2020 Status: Open Credits: 30 IACP

This online workshop, designed specifically for new Admission Directors, maps out key concepts all offices should consider. Combining key ISM theories with both tactical and strategic systems, this course aspires to help all new Admission Directors build a successful foundation for a productive office.

Learn best practices and key roles of an Admission Office with the goal of building an effective team. You’ll discover how to understand and embrace the admission funnel as well as how to design and implement a meaningful marketing strategy. You will begin to think strategically about your school’s opportunities and challenges as it relates to enrollment and retention. Through small group work and discussion, we will target topics of interest and network to generate real-time tips and plans to take back to school.

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$1,088.00
for Gold Members

$1,281.00 General Price

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How to Build and Implement an Extraordinary Major Gifts Program

Date(s): 10/26/2020 — 10/28/2020 Status: Open Credits: 20 IACP

Schools are driven by the ever-increasing demand for more funding, yet are also aware of return on investment. Therefore, many focus their fundraising efforts on major gifts.

Even in these uneasy times, it is possible to collect major gifts by using foundational approaches to build and solidify relationships with your biggest donors. Some might argue this has never been more important. This workshop explores a proven methodology for creating a fundraising program that produces generous returns, now and in the future.

 

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$1,088.00
for Gold Members

$1,281.00 General Price

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Financial Aid Mastery

Date(s): 10/26/2020 — 10/29/2020 Status: Open

Just the words "financial aid" are enough to bring a moan, or at least a heartfelt sigh, from even the most seasoned administrators. The paperwork, the stress, the phone calls from parents, the difficulty in matching available funds to need—these are just some of the headaches that come with making financial aid decisions at private-independent schools.

However, a mission-appropriate, organized approach to financial aid can significantly ease the stress of the process. With the right framework, you can have confidence in your decision-making skills and assure applicants and school leadership of an effective and fair process.

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$1,088.00
for Gold Members

$1,281.00 General Price

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How to Effectively Engage and Empower Your Development Committee

Date(s): 10/29/2020 — 10/30/2020 Status: Open

Your Development Committee is a critical link between the Board’s strategic goals and the philanthropic efforts of your school. Since most Strategic Plans contain the need for soft (gift) income to underwrite parts of the Plan, the Development Committee plays a pivotal role in the yearly work of your Board. Consequently, the committee must focus on strategic items, rather than being bogged down in everyday operational fundraising issues.

This online workshop empowers your school to create a Development Committee that supports an effective partnership between the Board, the school's professional administrative staff, and donors and prospects. The result is a Board that can robustly support your development efforts for the benefit of your students.

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$1,088.00
for Gold Members

$1,281.00 General Price

webinar

Managing Risk for Division Heads: Policies, Procedures, and Practices

Date(s): 11/4/2020 Time: 3:00pm ET Status: Confirmed

Many senior administrators in private-independent schools associate “risk management” with insurance coverage, and therefore rely on the school’s insurance agents and business manager to take care of it.

But there’s more to risk management than insurance. In this day and age, with abundant threats and unlimited accountability, school leaders must learn and know more about risk management than ever before. In this webinar, we’ll cover what Division Heads need to know and how you can protect yourself and your school.

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$0.00
for Gold Members

$161.00 General Price

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How to Build a Volunteer Program That Engages and Motivates Alumni

Date(s): 11/11/2020 Time: 3:00pm ET Status: Confirmed

Building and sustaining relationships with your alumni is vital to your school’s future. Often, you’ll rely on volunteers to help build these relationships and carry out activities to draw alumni in.

Discover how to create an effective organizational structure for your alumni volunteers that serve both their needs and the strategic goals of the school. This will enable you to build a nimble and reliable avenue through which that relationship can be nurtured and thrive.

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$0.00
for Gold Members

$161.00 General Price

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User-Generated Content: The Key to Boosting Your Social Media Efforts

Date(s): 11/18/2020 Time: 3:00pm ET Status: Confirmed

If you want to boost your school’s word-of-mouth marketing efforts through social media, look no further than user-generated content (UGC). UGC is any content that’s created by others— your faculty, students, parents, or alumni.

Learn how including UGC in your social media strategy can boost your credibility and brand reach, particularly among Millennial parents and Gen Z students. This webinar will provide easy-to-implement UGC strategies and tactics you can use to ncrease engagement among your followers and bolster your content library.

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$0.00
for Gold Members

$161.00 General Price

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The New Marketing Communications Director

Date(s): 12/1/2020 — 12/4/2020 Status: Open Credits: 30 IACP

The efforts of the Marketing Communications Office are integral to your private-independent school, providing a unified message to your faculty and staff, students, families, and the larger community.

Discover how to excel in this position through proven strategies, in-depth knowledge, and hands-on activities to create a marketing communication action plan you can immediately implement. You'll also explore new tactics you should take in the wake of COVID-19.

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$1,088.00
for Gold Members

$1,281.00 General Price

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Tools for Creating an Engaging Alumni Program

Date(s): 12/7/2020 — 12/8/2020 Status: Open

The most enduring relationships that any school can have is with its alumni. Healthy, productive relationships with alumni are possible when your school has a well-organized, alumni-focused volunteer program.

This online workshop helps you create a well-organized and responsive program that empowers you to engage and steward alumni. Discover how to plan and execute virtual and in-person alumni events, reunions, and fundraising initiatives.

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$1,088.00
for Gold Members

$1,281.00 General Price