First-Time Heads of School

Three-Part Series

As head you are the chief narrator of the vision for your school. You need a place to sort through various (and often competing) priorities. Especially in your first year, it's not always clear with whom or how you may best work through the most thorny of questions or unforeseen challenges. You need a comfortable and supportive place to sort through your thoughts and shape your ideas. This seminar series is the place for you!

This series is led and facilitated by Bruce Shaw, AISNE's Executive Director, Claire Leheny, and AISNE Director of Professional Development, Becky Biggs.


Each meeting in this series is an opportunity to gather together with fellow first-time heads to share experiences, ask questions, and celebrate wins, big and small.

Session 1, Fall:
Early Days Reflection

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tenacre Country Day School, Wellesley, MA
Breakfast will be served.

What's working well, what's been surprising, what are some of the outstanding "unknowns"? How might you best support one another as a peer group this year?

Session 2, Winter:
First Year Priorities: Collaborate with Peers in the Same Boat
Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
AISNE's Heads' Retreat at Ocean Edge in Brewster, MA
Lunch will be served following the session, 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?

Session 3, Spring:
Articulating Your Take-Aways From This First Year and Your Path Forward

Thursday, April 11, 2019: 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Kingsley Montessori School, Boston, MA
A networking dinner will be coordinated following the session, at a nearby restaurant.

How are you thinking about year two? What will be some key priorities over the summer and into the new year? What are your key areas of focus with your board? with your administrators? for enrollment, fundraising, curriculum development and staff retention? other areas? How will you keep connected as a peer group?


Registration Options:
Note: Each of these options includes your full registration for AISNE's Heads' Retreat

  • Option 1: Register for all three meetings: 10/3, 1/29 and 4/11
  • Option 2: Register for two meetings, the Fall and Winter sessions: 10/3 and 1/29
  • Option 3: Register for two meetings, the Winter and Spring sessions: 1/29 and 4/11

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