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January 2021

ISCA Webinar: The COVID-19 Disruption (Part 1): What’s Next for Independent Schools and Why?

January 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In the first of this two-part webinar series, Terry Moore of ISM will share ISM's prospective on the predicted impact of COVID-19 on the indepedent school market including what is changing in the competitive landscape marketplace and why. Learn to assess how vulnerable your school is to the market shift. Presented by Terry Moore, Executive Consultant, Independent School Management (ISM) *Please note that published webinar times are EST.

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ISCA Chair Chat: Managing Rogue Trustees

January 26, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Every board probably has those one or two trustees who can be difficult to manage.  If left unchecked, even one rogue trustee can upend the dynamics of the entire board.  Join experienced board chairs, Lee Dieck and Georgy Ann Peluchiwski, to discuss strategies and get advice on managing your more challenging trustees.   Facilitators:  Lee Dieck, Former Board Chair of Professional Children's School, New York and Georgy Ann Peluchiwski, Former Board Chair of Latin School of Chicago.   *Note that…

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February 2021

ISCA Chair Chat: Customized Tuition Models – Are They Right for Your School?

February 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In the independent school community, there has been a lot of interest in removing 'financial aid' stigmas, diversifying the socioeconomic profile of students to avoid the 'barbell effect,' and creating more equity among students and families.  Alternative tuition models that do away with traditional financial aid are appealing but what are the risks and benefits of transitioning away from financial aid models to a more customized tuition model?  Learn how and why Gordon School in Providence, RI made the shift…

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ISCA Webinar: Memorializing the Work of the Board – Proactive Strategies for Creating and Maintaining Board Documents

February 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The memorialization and documentation of the work of the Board is unfortunately an area that is often left to chance. Bylaws, Board minutes, committee reports and the other documents created as part of the board’s work are all necessary materials that boards are obligated to maintain and can support the school in times of crises. Many of these documents are necessary to establish a defense in the case of a legal charge. We have invited Caryn Pass to discuss board…

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ISCA Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout – Policy and Risk Management Recommendations for Independent School Boards

February 24, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Vaccines against the coronavirus will soon be available to K-12 educators and staff (if not already), so it is time to start planning for the rollout at your school. As school governance leaders, it is important for you to understand which approaches will promote campus health and safety, and when and how schools need to accommodate resistance from community members to receiving their shot in the arm. Susan Schorr, Vice-Chair of McLane Middleton’s Education Law Practice Group, will guide a…

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March 2021

ISCA Chair Chat – Rethinking Board and Committee Structures

March 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In response to member interest in discussing how boards are organizing themselves with regard to board and committee structure, governance expert, Cathy Trower, will facilitate a conversation among members highlighting important considerations to take into account on this topic. Two ISCA board chairs, Stacie Lissette of Mercersburg Academy and Derek Jokelson of The Philadelphia School, will also share how their recently transformed board and committee structures are working for them. Facilitated by Cathy Trower, Ph. D., Trower & Trower *Note…

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ISCA Webinar: The COVID-19 Disruption (Part 2): What Should Our School Do?

March 4, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this second webinar of a two-part series, Terry Moore of ISM, will discuss how your school can respond to the predicted shift in the independent school marketplace. Learn about the mergers and acquisitions mindset that is settling into schools; evaluate whether or not your school should consider a merger opportunity and learn how mergers are different in the independent school space as compared to the for-profit market. Presented by Terry Moore, Executive Consultant, Independent School Management (ISM) *Please note…

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April 2021

ISCA Chair Chat: Strategies for Board Chairs to Help Prevent COVID Related Burnout in Heads of School

April 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

While stress, even in the most harmonious of environments, can be an expected part of a Head of School's position, nothing could have prepared them, or you, for the overwhelming demands and challenges that have been faced in this past year. As board chairs, you have expressed concern for your Heads during this time and often struggle to find ways to provide the right kind of support. There are strategies, however, that can help you , help them, as they…

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ISCA New Chair Chats

April 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ISCA members who are new Board Chairs in the '20 - '21 year are invited to join this series of conversations that will give new chairs the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges during their first year as Board Chair and find support and guidance from our experienced board chair facilitators. All ISCA New Chair Chats are scheduled from 3:00 - 4:00 pm EST on the following dates: Thursday, October 8, 2020 Thursday, December 10, 2020 Thursday, February 11,…

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ISCA Chair Chat: Improving the Performance of Committees and Committee Chairs

April 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Committee work is the engine of the board and where trustees are most engaged in their board work. Board Chairs can create the right conditions for committee chairs to effectively lead their committees and create paths for leadership development. In this session, you will learn how to create the right conditions to support successful committee work as well as receive training tools to prepare your Committee Chairs for their leadership responsibilities. Facilitated by Lynn Wendell, Consultant *Note: published times are…

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