Departmental Leadership Institute

Driving school change from within.

Dates: Monday, August 9 – Friday August 13, 2021
Cost: $2,100 *
Includes program, dorm lodging, and meals.
Location: Pomfret School | Pomfret, CT

* We are also pleased to offer a "commuter" option for $1,800. This includes the full program and all meals, but does not include lodging.


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 2021-22 school year to help strengthen connections and build accountability for this important work.

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August 9


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.

August 10


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.

August 11

Middle Management

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.

August 12

Fierce Conversations

You’ll spend the day engaged in Fierce Conversations™ training with feedback expert Meredith Monk Ford.

August 13


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!

Departmental Leadership Institute

Ready to change your school from within?

August 9–13, 2021
Pomfret School | Pomfret, CT
$2,100 *
Includes program, dorm lodging, and meals.

* We are also pleased to offer a "commuter" option, which includes everything but overnight lodging for $1,800.

Register Today

Questions? Contact Gwyneth Connell at 860.963.5990.

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 one of the house dorms 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.

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Covid Statement

All conference faculty and staff will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. If you don't expect to be fully vaccinated by the time the Institute begins in August, we ask that you wait until next year to participate. We will not be offering an online or hybrid version of this experience. 

Please Note: Specific activities are subject to change, based on State of Connecticut requirements and Pomfret School health and safety protocols.