About Our Programs
Weekly chair posts
Our executive director, Bethany Di Napoli, compiles an email every week on critical, timely issues, helping school leadership navigate challenges efficiently and effectively so they can get back to building the future.
Recent examples include:
- What’s in your Board manual?
- Managing the Board’s parking lot conversations.
- An ounce of prevention. Legal steps every board should take before crisis happens.
- Aligning your Board structure to support future sustainability.
We host several free webinars throughout the year that our members can attend live or watch after the fact. Membership includes access to our ever-growing library of past events, such as:
- The Road Ahead: Key Trends Impacting Private Schools
- Protecting Student Privacy and Cybersecurity Threats
- Understanding Best Practices for Data Security at Your School
- Measuring the Health of School Culture: The Power of Engagement
- Leveraging The Board’s Collective Network to Ensure Fiscal and Reputational Sustainability
- What Innovative Boards Should Be Considering in Today’s Independent School Landscape
Regional conferences and workshops
Our regional events bring board chairs, trustees, and heads of school together with leading experts to discuss some of the hottest topics for ensuring independent school growth and success in the 21st century. Last year’s fall speakers included:
- Peter Ewell, Ph.D, is the author of “Making the Grade: How Board’s Can Ensure Academic Quality” and President Emeritus of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. Peter provided guidance on how to manage the ‘delicate balance’ between the board’s role of ensuring quality educational offerings consistent with the school’s mission and philosophy while recognizing that the administration and faculty are responsible for implementing the educational program.
- Beth Holland, Ed.D. holds and education doctorate in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in Technology, Innovation and Educational from Harvard University. Her dynamic session on ‘Wicked Tools to Solve Wicked Problems: A Toolkit for Innovation” gave participants a new approach to discussing and solving important strategic questions.
- Jim Wickenden, President and Founder of Wickenden Associates Before founding Wickenden Associates, Jim was Dean of Admission at Princeton University and Director of Student and Alumni Affairs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jim holds master’s degrees from Rutgers University and Harvard University and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. Jim discussed the potential consequences of the university admissions scandals on K-12 schools and how boards can mitigate those risks.
While we’re always bringing in outside content, one of our greatest assets as an organization is our focused network of board leaders. Our members represent thousands of hours of experience as governance leaders in the field, not to mention their own networks of industry and expert contacts, and they’re always ready to answer questions, think through issues, and offer proven resources.
One of our members had this to say about our ISCA network: “Can I just say how helpful this group is to me as a new Chair? Not just on this issue, but on other things as well.” – Peter Flom, Chair, The Lang School of New York
For more important information, download the Online Forum Instructions and Policies and check out the FAQ page.
Peer advisor program
In our newest initiative, rising board chairs may, if they wish, be paired with an experienced chair for more personalized support and resources during the first year of their new leadership role.