Heads' Retreat 2018

Heads' Retreat
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs
June 11-13, 2018


Marin Burton, PhD
Senior Faculty, Societal Advancement,
Center for Creative Leadership
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Greg Bamford
Outgoing Head of School, Watershed School; Incoming Associate Head of School for Strategy and Innovation, Charles Wright Academy;
Co-Founder, Leadership+Design
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Schedule and Sessions


6:00pm | Welcome Reception

7:00pm | Dinner


8:00-8:45am | Breakfast

9:00-10:00am | Poolside Chat for Spouses

9:00am-12:00pm | Workshop I

Leading through the Lens of Polarity Thinking
While some issues are problems with a definite answer, the more challenging issues are polarities — situations in which either side has benefits and drawbacks. Attempting to address these issues with traditional problem-solving skills only makes things worse.

There is a significant, competitive advantage for an educational leader who can distinguish between a problem to solve and a polarity to manage and is effective with both. In this session, we will explore Polarity Thinking and how leaders can use this lens to effectively manage individual, team or organizational challenges. We will also engage with a mapping tool designed to help an individual think through ideas within various polarity. When used successfully, it helps identify the upsides and downsides of each pole, resulting in a whole picture of the polarity to be managed. This tool can be used with individuals and teams moving forward. Get ready to see the world in polarities!

Presenter: Marin Burton, PhD, Societal Advancement, Center for Creative Leadership

12:00pm | Lunch

1:00pm | Free to enjoy the area: golf, beach, sightseeing, shopping

6:30pm | Outdoor Family Barbecue


8:00-8:45am | Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm | Workshop II

Leadership as Design
Headship is changing. With a shifting educational market and the emergence of new pedagogies, independent schools have new opportunities - and new imperatives - to innovate. Heads need to manage this process of innovation while managing the day-to-day and staying true to the mission. One way to manage this process is to view leadership as design. In short, heads can lead innovation by thinking like designers in small moments, making choices that open up big opportunities. Speaking from his “insider” experience as a head as well as his “outsider” experience consulting with heads and schools, Bamford will build excitement about the ways heads can identify new opportunities, build cultures of creativity, and rethink the future of the schools they steward.

Presenter: Greg Bamford, Outgoing Head of School, Watershed School; Incoming Associate Head of School for Strategy and Innovation, Charles Wright Academy; Co-Founder, Leadership+Design

12:00pm | Departure

Feedback from Heads at last year's Retreat: What was the most valuable aspect?

Great topic, done in conjunction with very positive and helpful networking with talented colleagues.
~ Frank Steel, Gulliver Schools
The combination of relevant workshops/sessions and the relationship building among heads, especially as a first year Head.
~ Deborah Strainge, St. Mark's Episcopal School
All of it! Well-planned, great people and a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate through learning and connecting with others!
~ Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort is located at:
5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL, 34134

Registration Cost: Head $735 | Spouse $450
(includes meals and workshops)

Hotel Room: $179 (plus resort fee and applicable taxes)
Participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. Registration fee does not include the price of the guest room. To make a reservation, use the passkey: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Reservations, or call 1-888-421-1442. Make sure to ask for the FCIS group rate. Once the room block is sold out, there may not be rooms available at this group rate.

Registration and Hotel Deadline: May 10, 2018
To receive the FCIS group rate at the resort, reservations must be made by this date.

Cancellation & Refunds: All hotel cancellations must be made directly through the hotel and in accordance with hotel policy. Workshop refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to kdanger@fcis.org. There is a $50 processing fee through Thursday, May 3, 2018, with no refunds after this date.

Golf: Click here for more information.
Raptor Bay Golf Club
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Please contact Alison Carlson at acarlson@fcis.org.

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