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December 2021

ISCA Webinar: Who Decides?…And How Do You Decide Who Decides?

December 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

If your board and administration are bumping up against boundaries about what decisions are in the Head/staff domain, whic are shared fairly equally, and whcih are mostly for the Board to decide, you are not alone! In fact, where to draw lines between governance/Board and operations/management used to be simpler. In today’s complex, and sometime chaotic world, the lines are blurrier. Because the issues schools are facing are becoming increasingly politicized, charged with emotion, and potentially divisive, there has perhaps…

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January 2022

ISCA Webinar: What Every Board Should Know About Bylaws

January 11, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A private school’s bylaws are a foundational governance document and should be routinely and systematically updated for compliance with applicable laws and best practices.  Bylaws will ideally include provisions on topics such as the powers held by the Board of Trustees; how trustees and officers are selected for their roles and removed therefrom; how Board meetings are called and conducted; steps required for the Board to act on matters brought before it; committee mandates; the Head of School’s role on…

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February 2022

ISCA Webinar: What Board Chairs Wish Heads of School Knew About Their Role

February 1, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Partnerships are stronger when they are built on empathy and mutual understanding. The partnership between Board Chairs and Heads of School (HOS) is no exception. Learn what ISCA's own membership had to say about the unique challenges and pressures facing board chairs and what they want HOS to better understand about their role. This webinar will provide suggestions on how to forge a deeper, more productive partnership between the HOS and Board Chair. Invite your Head of School to join…

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ISCA Member Roundtable

February 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - June 6, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Join your fellow ISCA members for an open forum conversation on issues you want to discuss, seek input on, and share experiences about. Roundtable discussions will be held on the first Monday of the month from 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET, February through June.  Sessions will be facilitated but not recorded. Dates for the Roundtable discussion are: February 7 March 7 April 4 May 2 June 6 Register individually for sessions. *Note that published event times are Eastern Time  

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ISCA Webinar: Board Chair Succession – How to Create a Successful Transition

February 15, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Your term as Board Chair is coming to an end, and it is time to name your successor. You may or may not know how you became Chair, but you do know that you want this leadership transition to be seamless and supported by both the Head and the Board. What are the governance issues? What guiding principles help? What does a good process look like? Join us for this webinar presented by Lynn Wendell and learn more about how…

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March 2022

ISCA Webinar: Decision Making in Times of Uncertainty

March 3, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There is no shortage of sources of uncertainty in the world. Unfortunately, many organizations find the overwhelming amount of uncertainty debilitating. It completely stymies their efforts to make decisions and move their organizations forward. By understanding uncertainty and the different types of ambiguity we face, boards can take action sooner or at least make plans to act once the ambiguity is resolved. This approach accelerates decision making and enables boards and administration to position themselves for action, gather the right…

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ISCA Webinar: Board Guidance for Key Endowment Decisions

March 31, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Get ready to dive deep into the topic of endowment addressing the real and complicated issues board’s grapple with related to endowment. Regardless of whether you currently have an endowment or are considering starting one, this webinar will offer useful guidance. Should your school have an endowment? How do you know if building on a current endowment is really the right priority for your school? How do you set endowment goals? What does a good board endowment policy cover? Bring…

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April 2022

ISCA Webinar: Considerations for Head of School Feedback and Evaluation Design

April 21, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As Board Chairs and Trustees, one of your most important and often least understood responsibilities is the feedback to and evaluation of your sole employee, the Head of School. We will explore the “why and how” of timely feedback and thoughtful head evaluation, and outline key considerations in designing a dynamic process that supports healthy board-head partnership and creates conditions for professional growth and support, for both Heads and Boards. We will address important questions including: how to set goals…

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Chair-Elect Information Session

April 26, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As you prepare to assume your new leadership role as Board Chair at the end of this year, hear about how ISCA will prepare and support you during your first year as board chair. You will get information about our New Chair at the Table training, our Peer Advisor Program and New Chair Chats for first year board chairs. Congratulations on becoming Chair! We look forward to having you meet your peers from across the country, become familiar with ISCA…

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May 2022

ISCA Webinar: Organizing for the Board’s DEI Work

May 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The success of any school’s DEI plan requires the thoughtful and purposeful engagement of the Board of Trustees who are uniquely positioned to advance DEI efforts. Determining the best use of the board’s organizational structure can be an important factor in the successful execution of the school's DEI initiatives. This presentation will examine the critical function of trustee members and answer questions such as: · How does the board launch a DEI committee and should it? · What is the…

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