Leading and Managing Proprietary/Ownership Model Schools - An Interactive Workshop (Starts January 19, 26 & February 2)

Leading and Managing Proprietary/Ownership Model Schools - An Interactive Workshop (Starts January 19, 26 & February 2)

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Dates of this Three-Part Workshop: January 19, January 26, February 2, 2021

Time of Each of the Sessions: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM New York Time

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This three-part interactive workshop is available for $400 per school, which includes up to three attendees per school team.

In today's market, there is an increase in the percentage of international schools that are 'proprietary' or 'for-profit.' ISS School Operations presents a three-part interactive workshop for Heads of School, Principals, Aspiring Principals, and Business Managers who wish to remain current and valid for the fast-growing for-profit sector and for those who wish to develop their career in this direction. These interactive workshops will be led by ISS Senior Leadership Executives Glenn Odland and Robert Stearns who will use their expertise and the accumulative knowledge gained by ISS through decades of experience in starting and managing international schools around the globe.

The workshops will explore the many models of school ownership and probe the sometimes subtle, sometimes glaringly obvious implications for school heads. Strategies and tactics for effectively addressing challenges will be presented and analyzed with an emphasis on strengthening the crucial relationship between the school owner(s) and the Head of School. The workshop series will conclude with a focus on the potential advantages of this ownership model and how to best maximize opportunities that enhance your capability to successfully manage a for-profit school.

Session 1: Models of School Ownership — Adapting a Responsibilities Framework

In this first workshop, we will identify variations of school ownerships and examine the shared characteristics that distinguish them from the traditional not-for-profit schools. We will explore an essential and effective leadership framework that delineates responsibilities by sharing a tool that will assist in achieving organizational clarity.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Nomenclature and models of school ownership
  • Governance and management in owned schools
  • Decision-making, roles, and responsibilities
  • From organizational clarity to deliverables

Session 2: Running a School as a Business — Leadership Implications for a Head of School

Crucial to effective leadership in this setting is the understanding that the school is essentially being run as a business. Accepting that premise is the first step toward developing effective strategies to ensure that student learning remains the central focus and highest priority of every aspect of the school’s operation.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Communication cues and the use of business language
  • How to leverage customer centricity
  • Why so focused on USP's and KPI's?
  • How to structure and present proposals for new projects, personnel, and resources
  • The prominence of marketing, admissions, and finance offices
  • Measuring the Head's performance and variable compensation

Session 3: Aligning the Business Goals with Student Success — Challenges that Manifest Opportunities

In the third and final workshop, we will discuss the opportunities that manifest from the challenges of leading a proprietary school and suggest strategies to align the goals of the owner with the best interest of students, staff, and parents.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Owner's engagement
  • Strategic thinking
  • Access to resources
  • Decision-making and implementation
  • Re-thinking education
  • Positive learning experiences for students

Meet the Presenters

Glenn Odland, Senior Leadership Executive, International Schools Services

Glenn Odland is a veteran international educator, leader, and speaker. He has led schools in both Canada and Singapore, served as a Managing Director in India, and presented at conferences around the world. In addition to his role as a Senior Leadership Executive with ISS, he is also an Adjunct Professor and IB Educator Certificate (IBEC) Program Manager, Academic at Western University in London, Ontario. He is an active member of the IB Educator Network (IBEN), presenting in all 3 regions of the IB globally. His workshops and presentations focus specifically on leadership and governance topics. He holds an Ed.D. from Seton Hall University in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy.

Robert Stearns, Senior Leadership Executive, International Schools Services

Graduating with an Honours B.Sc. in Biology, Robert began his career as an agricultural researcher studying animal diseases. His drive to share his passion for science and discovery ultimately led him from the laboratory to the classroom. After earning his B.Ed. at Queen’s University in Ontario, he taught high school biology and chemistry in that province for 25 years. Moving to international schools in 2000, Robert became involved with school administration, major school renovation, and construction projects. Now, with over 40 years of teaching, leading, and building schools in Ontario, Europe, and Asia, Robert is thrilled to be able to offer his assistance as a Senior Leadership Executive with ISS schools in China.

Guest Speaker: Ettie Zilber, Consultant to International School Communities and Families in Transition

Ettie Zilber is an author, speaker, and consultant to international school communities and families in transition. Throughout her career as a veteran educator and Head of School, Ettie has lived and worked in the U.S.A, Israel, Singapore, Spain, Guatemala and China. As a recognized expert on international school topics, she has published in a number of professional journals, plus researches and presents on the variety of school governance models. Ettie has taught as an Adjunct Professor for graduate programs in Education and Educational Leadership. She holds a doctoral degree from Lehigh University in Educational Leadership and a Master’s from The College of New Jersey in Educational Administration and Second Language Acquisition. www.ettiezilber.com

Recordings are not provided post-event due to the interactive nature of the session.