Driving school change from within.
Dates: June 15–19, 2020
$2,100 (Private Room) | $1,900 (Shared Room)
Includes program, dorm lodging, and meals.
Location: Pomfret School | Pomfret, CT
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, cultural exploration, and great food! Ultimately, chairs will emerge with a mission statement and strategic plan for their department that aligns with their school’s mission and strategic vision. What’s more, institute faculty will facilitate follow-up conversations throughout the 2020-21 school year to help strengthen connections and build accountability for this important work.
You’ll register, get set up in your dorm room, meet the cohort for some goal-setting, then head to dinner at one of the area’s excellent restaurants.
You’ll spend the day engaged in Fierce Conversations™ training with feedback expert Meredith Monk Ford.
You’ll dig into the challenges of middle management — navigating your role in the hiring process, guiding and inspiring your department, and making the most of your relationships with senior administrators.
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 in the afternoon, we’ll present our plans and celebrate the good work we’ve done together!
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. The original buildings were designed by the celebrated Beaux-Arts architect Ernest Flagg and the grounds were laid out by world-renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
Your home away from home will be Eastover, an 8,000-square foot, 19th century cottage-turned-dorm overlooking the heart of campus. During your stay, you'll have access to the school’s fitness center, wooded trail system, tennis and squash courts, and yoga studio. Catered meals will be served in our post-and-beam-style lodge.
Despite the sense of seclusion, Pomfret is less than an hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and only three hours from New York City.