Online workshops from ISM
Our professional development events offer guidance, support, and insight to help you lead from a position of strength during this unprecedented time. Let's work together to ensure you're equipped to continue the 2020–21 school year with the research and strategies you need to take on any challenge.
Choose from more than 15 online workshops in every area of private school administration to develop new skills, gain confidence in your position, and lead with clarity in 2020 and beyond.
Walden School, CA
The instructors and materials are compelling and engaging. ISM clearly has a passion for research, the results, and supporting the long-range successes of its members and participating schools.
Meredith King, Director of Finance and Operations
Maumee Valley Country Day School, OH
I did not understand the value when I signed up, and it is absolutely worth the time. It is worth [...] the money. It is worth coming with a team from your school so that you can collaborate and work together. I had no idea how valuable it would be, and I'm just thrilled that I'm able to be here.
Lynn Casto, Head of School
Canterbury School, IN
I had the best experience at ISM's New Development Director! I was blown away by the information and expertise. I am leaving the conference feeling so equipped and motivated to affect change and implement development best practice at my school.
Jessica Morales, Director of Institutional Advancement
Online Course Timeframe: November 30, December 2, and December 4, 2020 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:30–4 p.m. Eastern Time
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.
Online Course Timeframe: December 1–4, 2020 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:30–4 p.m. Eastern Time
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.
Online Course Timeframe: December 7–8, 2020 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2–3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
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.
Online Course Timeframe: January 12–February 2, 2021 | Synchronous Meetings Times: Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
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 schools than ever before (especially during the pandemic). You need a way to “pre-sell” them on your school, distinguishing your educational program from the competition and establishing its valued position in your community.
Learn how to create an inbound marketing strategy will help you accomplish these goals. Discover how to build a complete inbound marketing plan that will drive admission inquiries and enrollment.
The Workshop Leaders Discuss the Biggest Obstacles Marketing Leaders Face Right Now
for Gold Members
$968.00 General Price
Online Course Timeframe: January 14–15, 2021 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:30–4 p.m. Eastern Time
Private schools always strive to deliver their mission with excellence— but what does excellence look like when learning occurs remotely? How do schools maintain a strong faculty culture and high morale when our interactions occur via a crowded Zoom screen? What modalities can schools use to provide the necessary predictability and support for teachers who have been charged with implementing an unfamiliar approach to teaching and learning?
Join this online workshop to discover important leadership strategies that can help you bolster your school’s distance learning approach. Whether you’ve already been offering distance learning or are preparing for the uncertain winter months, you and your team can always implement new practices to positively impact student learning.
for Gold Members
$484.00 General Price
Online Course Timeframe: January 19–22, 2021 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 1–3 p.m. Eastern Time
Strategic planning can help reset a school’s direction and bring about meaningful institutional growth. This workshop will help you understand the important elements to create an effective strategic plan.
This workshop blends live, synchronous group sessions, recorded videos/slideshows that participants watch asynchronously, and both live and asynchronous online individual and group discussions and activities.
Online Course Timeframe: January 25-29, 2021 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2–3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Creating your 2022 schedule doesn’t have to be a caffeine-fueled, angst-driven exercise in futility. This workshop takes you back to basics and refocuses your scheduling strategy on what’s best for your students, rather than what may be most convenient for adults.
Examine the latest research in scheduling and classroom instruction to guarantee a strong, healthy schedule that enhances the quality of your graduates. Return to your school with incredible quantities of up-to-date research and modern scheduling strategies, and an action plan that walks you through improving your school’s schedule design and process.
This workshop blends live, synchronous group sessions, recorded videos/slideshows that participants watch asynchronously, and both live and asynchronous online individual and group discussions and activities. In addition, each school will have an individual session to discuss their schedule needs with the leader, Dr. Bryan Smyth.
Online Course Timeframe: April 19–20, 2021 | Synchronous Meetings Times: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1–2 p.m., and 3–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
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.