Driving school change from within.
EFFECTIVE DEPARTMENTAL LEADERSHIP is the key to implementing any curricular change initiative, yet many department chairs have little or no formal leadership training. During this five-day residential institute, participants will learn and practice skills for using departmental time effectively, facilitating meaningful and productive feedback conversations, and guiding organizational change. In the evenings, we'll provide opportunities for informal conversation, fun activities, and great food! Ultimately, chairs will emerge with a vision statement and strategic plan for their department that aligns with their school’s mission and strategic vision.
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21, 2024
Pomfret School | Pomfret, CT
Set on a stunning hilltop in rural Northeastern Connecticut, Pomfret has been called one of the most beautiful schools in the world. Studded by maples and ringed by stone walls, our 500-acre Hilltop campus exudes New England charm. As a guest of the Grauer Institute, you will be housed in a private room overlooking the heart of campus. A commuter option, which offers a cost reduction of $250, is also available. Rooms are single occupancy with access to a shared bathroom. Double-occupancy rooms are available upon request. All linens are provided. Both the dorm and commuter options include all your meals. In addition, you'll have access to the school’s fitness center, wooded trail system, yoga studio, tennis center, and squash courts. Your registration fee also includes complimentary airport transfers to and from PVD, BDL, and BOS. It's a pretty good deal!
You’ll register, get set up in your dorm room, meet the cohort for some goal-setting, then head to a cocktail hour and gourmet dinner at Pomfret's dining hall.
You’ll spend the day learning the skills to navigate the toughest of conversations — giving feedback, coaching colleagues, and offering meaningful praise.
You’ll dig into the challenges of middle management — navigating your role in the hiring process, guiding and inspiring your department, and implementing new initiatives — both top-down and grassroots.
You’ll work in discipline-specific small groups to identify key priorities for your next 3–5 years as chair and craft language that aligns those priorities with the mission and vision of your school.
You’ll spend the morning finishing up your strategic plan and reflecting on your experience. Before parting ways after lunch, we’ll present our plans and celebrate the good work we’ve done together!