Thrive as an Adaptive Leader

Reflect and renew on Cape Cod with peer heads of school from across New England. Immerse yourself in deep thinking about the opportunities front and center for you as a leader, as well as for your school, during these times of disruption and evolution.

Enjoy moments of mindfulness, relaxation and fellowship, integrated across this multi-day experience. Invest in yourself, your school and the AISNE community, through your participation in this meaningful program.

Monday, January 28

Pre-Retreat Networking Activity (Optional)

Cape Cod Dinner Outing

Pre-Registration Required: $30 per person
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at The Beacon Room, Orleans, MA

Make the most of your early arrival in Brewster by enjoying an informal, delicious meal together with your peers and members of the AISNE team.

Tuesday, January 29

Pre-Retreat Meetings

AISNE Board Meeting

Meeting: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

AISNE First Time Heads Series: Part Two

First Year Priorities: Collaborate with Peers in the Same Boat
Pre-Registration Required
Facilitated by Becky Biggs, AISNE and Bruce Shaw, Bruce A Shaw Consulting
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Now about six months on board with your new leadership role at your school, what are your main observations from this initial time period, and what feedback has been shared with you, on your progress to-date? As you look ahead to the second half of this school year, and even into next year, what are the key accomplishments you seek to achieve or areas you will strive to develop?

Pre-Retreat Networking Activity (Optional)

Cape Cod Excursion

Enjoy visiting local galleries and artist workshops, and getting lunch at a local bakery. This outing is intended for retreat participants who are not attending the Board Meeting or First-Time Heads Program and will be on-site on Tuesday morning and would like to do something fun with fellow heads.

Pre-Registration Required
Outing: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

All Hands on Deck

Retreat Registration

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Claire Leheny, Executive Director, AISNE
2:00 p.m.


Leaders That Thrive: Chart Your Course for Success
Facilitated by Stephanie Rogen and Sarah Goldin, Greenwich Leadership Partners
2:15 - 4:45 p.m.

As the work of headship becomes increasingly complex, you are asked as a leader to be more creative, strategic, and courageous than ever. Sustaining, adapting, and expanding your capacity to lead with vision takes time, reflection, and intention.

Use this working session as an opportunity to reflect on your leadership, your vision for your work, and your vision for your school as a whole. During this time, you'll have opportunity to develop strategies, practice peer coaching, and create a roadmap for your work ahead.

This session draws on the principles outlines in Stephanie’s forward-thinking book, Creating Schools That Thrive, to explore your personal leadership as well as the strategic priorities of your school, through new lenses.

Carry on your conversations into our evening cocktail reception and dinner.


4:45 - 5:00 p.m.

AISNE'S Annual Meeting of the Association

Claire Leheny, Executive Director, AISNE
Mark Stanek, Board Chair, AISNE
5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Hear about the progress and health of our thriving association! Learn about the critical developments undertaken this past year, to set AISNE on a course for vibrant growth and success.

Cocktail Reception

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Networking Dinner

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30

Set Sail for the Day (Optional)


Pre-Registration Required: 12 spots available
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Start the day invigorated and renewed. Find center in our morning yoga program.

Anchors Aweigh (Retreat Day Two)

Networking Breakfast

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome Back

Claire Leheny, Executive Director, AISNE
8:45 a.m.

Morning Keynote

Stem the Tide: Embrace Changing Times
Presented by Roger Brown, President, Berklee
8:50 - 9:50 a.m.

Hear about Roger’s first-hand experience leading Berklee through times of dramatic change and transformation within music and arts education. Follow his journey harnessing new forms of adaptability, responsiveness and creativity, in order to take significant changes head on and pivot in strategic ways, to advance the growth and success of his school.

Be inspired by Berklee’s significant progress and achievements to:

  • Create the world’s largest online music education system
  • Merge with Boston Conservatory to achieve a new level of comprehensive, interdisciplinary training for music, dance, theater and related vocations
  • Expand scholarship support by over 600%
  • and much more
Adapt to Thrive: Breakout Conversations

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Choose One:

  • Making the Call: Leading Change Where Change is Needed: Facilitated by Gretchen Larkin, Charles River School
  • Why Moving Beyond Advanced Placement Advances the Independent School Mission: Facilitated by Suzanne Fogarty, Lincoln School
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Leading in Today's Political Climate: Facilitated by Mark Stanek, Shady Hill School
  • Faculty & Staff Development: Innovative Approaches to Professional Growth, Supervision & Evaluation: Facilitated by Geoff Wagg, Waynflete School

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Adapt to Thrive: Breakout Conversations

Choose One:

  • Achieve a Truly Emotionally Healthy School: Facilitated by Debbie Offner, PhD
  • The Shifting Paradigm: What to Expect from your Admissions and Communications Leaders for Peak Performance and Enrollment Growth: Facilitated by Maria LaTour Kadison
  • Harness New Levels of Adaptability, Responsiveness and Creativity for Yourself and Your School: Facilitated by Roger Brown, Keynote Speaker
  • Leaders Who Thrive - A Condition for Success: Facilitated by Stephanie Rogen, Workshop Leader Speaker
Reflections & Key Takeaways
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy one last meal in Brewster, reflecting on your thoughts and conversations across the span of this year’s retreat. Celebrate new relationships and friendships formed over our time together on Cape Cod.


1:00 p.m.

Who's Attending

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