Administrators' Institute

Administrators' Institute
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs
July 28-30, 2019


Melissa Alton, MA, M.Ed.
Director of Accreditation, FCIS

Marin Burton, Ph.D.
Senior Faculty,
Societal Advancement,
Center for Creative Leadership

Barbara Beachley
Director of Advisory Services, Independent School Management

Who should attend?  Heads, Assistant Heads, Division Heads, Academic Deans, Deans of Faculty & Department Chairs

Schedule and Sessions


Sunday, July 28

2:00-4:00PM | Preparing for an FCIS Evaluation (Optional)
Presenter: Melissa Alton, MA, M.Ed., FCIS Director of Accreditation

Is your school undergoing evaluation this year? Or even next year? If so, this session will provide an overview of the new self-study process utilizing the FCIS Accreditation Portal, the pre-visit, as well as the "nuts and bolts" of preparing for the evaluating team's arrival. Come prepared with your questions!

6:00PM | Welcome Reception

6:30PM | Dinner
Speaker: Kevin Plummer, Head of School, Tampa Preparatory School

Monday, July 29

8:00-8:45AM | Breakfast

9:00AM-12:00PM | Leveraging Polarities: Developing leadership skills for managing everyday tensions
Marin Burton, Ph.D., Senior Faculty, Societal Advancement, Center for Creative Leadership

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 that helps identify the upsides and downsides of each pole in order to see the entire polarity to be managed. This tool can be used with individuals and teams moving forward.

• Increase understanding of polarities and tensions that exist within leadership roles
• Develop self-awareness about relevant polarities & preferences about core leadership tasks
• Understand polarity mapping as a tool for developing action plans for increasing leadership effectiveness

12:00-12:30PM | Have You Ever Thought about Becoming a Head? (Optional)
Presenter: Dr. Barbara Hodges, FCIS Executive Director

12:30-1:30PM | Lunch

1:30-3:30PM | Conversations on Timely Topics (Optional)

6:30PM | Dinner

Tuesday, July 30

8:00-8:45AM | Breakfast

9:00AM-12:00PM | Support Student Success with Faculty Growth and Evaluation Framework
 Barbara Beachley, Director of Advisory Services, Independent School Management

How do we assure that we have a great faculty to deliver the mission with excellence and ultimately increase student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm, when it has become increasingly challenging to attract and retain the very best teachers? This workshop answers this question with a ground-breaking growth and evaluation framework for faculty that teachers and administrators have described as “refreshing and eminently doable” and “a gift to the profession.” 

Participants will see ISM’s most recent research on what independent school faculty look for in a work environment, what students look for, and they will examine the critical relationships between leadership, growth and evaluation, faculty culture, and student performance. Participants will also learn how to use growth and evaluation frameworks for Heads, administrators, and non-teaching staff that round out the process to ensure a growth-focused and mission-aligned culture across all areas of the school.

Key Take-aways:

• The purpose and desired outcomes of faculty growth and evaluation
• The biggest mistakes schools make in approaching growth and evaluation
• Tools to assess and strengthen faculty culture and the student experience
• How evaluation can be easy, efficient, and effective, leaving time for coaching and growth
• Tools for evaluating Heads, administrators, and non-teaching staff that align with your faculty growth and evaluation framework

9:00-10:30AM | Session I
• What does it mean to be an academic leader?
• The Primary Responsibility: Faculty culture and the student experience
• Assessing faculty culture

 10:45AM-12:00PM | Session II
• Why haven’t evaluation systems and professional development often not worked?
• Faculty evaluation 
• Faculty growth

12:00-1:00PM | Lunch on own

1:00-3:00PM | Session III (Optional)
• The importance of leader well-being
• Growth and Evaluation tools for Heads, administrators, and non-teaching staff
• Action planning: Next steps

3:15PM | Departure


Feedback from last year's participants:
What did you find most valuable?

"Great kick start for our administrators, for our team for the year"
"Input and tools on how to tackle difficult issues in our  school"
"Collaboration with others in field with similar struggles and eye-opening presentations"
"Being up to date on current trends. Inspiring ideas to improve my school and enhance my students’ experience."
"All presentations spurred deep thought and new perspectives on how I approach school, student, and change."
"Collaboration with other admin and building team within our school"


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

Administrators Registration:
$725 (Members) | $825 (Non-Members)

*includes workshops and meals

Bringing a spouse/partner?
Your spouse/partner may attend the Sunday and Monday evening dinners for an additional $240 (Members) | $340 (Non-Members).

Hotel Room: $159 (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, click here to go to the hotel's website: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point reservations. By phone, call 877-803-7534 and identify yourself as part FCIS for the group rate. Once the room block is sold out, there may not be rooms available at this rate.

In case this hotel sells out, below are possible overflow hotel options nearby. Please note that FCIS does not have a room block or group rate at these hotels.

Hyatt Place
Hyatt Residence Club


Registration and Hotel Deadline: June 24, 2019
To receive the FCIS group rate at the resort, reservations must be made on or before this date.

Parking is included in resort fee for any guests staying at the hotel. There is a daily parking fee for drive-in attendees. 

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 There is a $50 per person processing fee through June 17, 2019, with no refunds after this date.

Questions? Contact Alison Carlson in the FCIS office at 813-287-2820 or


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Private school leaders may submit for travel reimbursement through the Florida Department of Education for the FCIS Administrators' Institute, using this link.

Please note, at this time, travel reimbursement is only for leaders – Heads, administrators, and any other “school leaders” that fit the ESSA definition of a school leader. Teachers are not eligible at this time.