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

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

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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.

  • Are you unsure about next year’s summer program and the role it can play in your school’s strategic planning?
  • Do you want to explore how a summer program can help your school meet its financial and enrollment goals?
  • Are you looking for support when it comes to planning next year’s program amid the uncertainty of the pandemic?

Private schools always strive to improve their financial positions, recruit new students, and be of service to their current families. One way to meet your school’s goals is to start a new summer program or revitalize your existing one.

When your school offers a quality summer program, it generates various benefits: a valued service to current parents, new and valuable recruitment opportunities, supplemental employment for your school’s faculty, a chance to test new and innovative academic programs, and so much more! Planning for a quality summer program now can add tremendous value to your institution.

This online workshop will be conducted through a combination of active, synchronous sessions, and reflective asynchronous sessions. Attention will be given both to each individual’s growth and challenges, as well as to developing and building a strong virtual cohort amongst the participants.

You will learn how to:

  • establish the “why” of your summer program; define your program goals;
  • explore the ins and outs of managing a successful summer program;
  • learn proven marketing strategies to help your program stand out; and
  • discover action steps you can take to begin planning for your next summer program.

After this online workshop, you’ll be:

  • better prepared to plan for next year’s summer program;
  • able to articulate the goals for your program and define next steps;
  • equipped with strategies for program and team management;
  • ready to market your offering; and
  • connected with other summer program directors you can turn to with questions between now and next summer.

This online workshop is for:

Current or aspiring Summer Program Directors.

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor, Ed.D.

ISM Consultant


Andrew shares his expertise in school management, professional growth and development, project-based learning, faculty evaluation, and more. He worked in private-independent schools for 22 years before joining ISM in 2017.

Current Role

As an ISM Consultant, Andrew:

  • Writes for ISM’s advisory letter Ideas & Perspectives, distributed to school leaders in almost 1,000 schools
  • Leads and co-leads of ISM workshops in student-centered scheduling, leading effective lower schools, executive leadership, and summer program development
  • Co-facilitates ISM’s annual Heads Retreat
  • Hosts webinars in the areas of leadership, change management, and learning theory
  • Presents at association conferences
  • Conducts national and international on-site consultations
  • Facilitates Board and school leadership retreats.

Prior Experience

Andrew previously served as Head of Tower School, MA, where he was charged with rationalizing the operating budget, right-sizing the staffing model, and reconfiguring the school schedule to facilitate interdisciplinary instruction and project-based learning.

Before that, he was Head of Lower School at St. Paul’s, MD, where he oversaw the school’s adoption of the International Primary Curriculum. He also facilitated the creation of a project-based learning initiative, implemented a re-defined teacher observation process, and supported asynchronous, online professional development.

Andrew began his career as an undergraduate instructor in Human Genetics, Human Social Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He also taught Biology at the high school level.

After immigrating to the United States, he taught science at Brentwood School, CA, where he developed its Lower School Summer Program. Later, he was Director of Admission and Assistant Head of School at St. James’ School, CA, with significant involvement in fundraising and growing enrollment. Andrew was also the Assistant Headmaster and Director of Summer Programs at the John Thomas Dye School, CA.

Andrew has presented at CAIS, SAIS and NAIS Conferences.


Andrew earned his Doctorate of Education at UCLA, and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. Andrew’s two bachelor’s degrees are in Human Biology and Science Education.

This is a distance learning event.

How it works:

  • Synchronous learning will be held:
    • Monday, November 30, 2020
      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET)
      • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET)
    • Wednesday, December 2, 2020
      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET)
      • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (ET)
    • Friday, December 4, 2020
      • 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (ET)
      • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET)
  • The rest of the time will be flexible for independent work, connecting with peers, and group learning

See the full schedule here. All sessions subject to change.

This workshop will deliver the same high-quality learning and takeaways you expect from an ISM workshop. 

This workshop will be held virtually.

You'll receive login information after you register. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?

It is essential that your school approves the following email addresses from ISM:


You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation email and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these e-mails.

What does my registration fee include?

All workshop materials are included.

Event Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

We take the health and safety of our school leaders seriously.

In an abundance of caution and to protect the health of all participants, ISM will hold only distance learning events until further notice.

Should ISM cancel an event, we ensure a 100% money-back guarantee for all registrants—so you can buy with confidence. You can feel free to direct any questions to

Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

Tuition Payment and Cancellation Policy for ISM’s Professional Development Events

Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the event. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Event Experience Manager, ISM, 2207 Concord Pike, #417 Wilmington, DE, 19803.

  • Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations received less than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will not be refunded.
  • Non-payment of tuition or no-show to the event does not constitute a cancellation. Full tuition will be due and payable.

The Substitution Option and Wallet Option

If a member of your team can no longer attend a workshop for which they have registered and it is past the cancellation window, your school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at any time for cancellations. 

  1. The school may substitute another employee.
  2. The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Event Experience Manager at 302-656-4944 x152.

*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.


Our Guarantee

ISM believes in providing quality and excellence in all of our events and in ensuring the satisfaction of everyone who attends. Nearly 100% of our participants say they would recommend our events to their colleagues. If you are not satisfied with your event for any reason, ISM will credit the fee you paid toward another similarly priced workshop or will refund it.

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