New Heads' Institute

New Heads' Institute
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs
July 25-27, 2019

This informative, dynamic program will prepare you for a successful transition as a new Head of School and build your network of peer support.

Who Should Attend?
Heads new to the headship, new to the state, or within the first three years of an FCIS headship

Topics include:

• Demographics and Uniqueness of FCIS Schools
• FCIS Accreditation
• FHSAA / Florida Legislature
• Governance
• Financial Sustainability
  • School Culture and Experiences of a New Head
• Legal Issues / HR
• Fundraising
• Marketing
• Enrollment Management

In addition to the workshops, there will be time for informal discussions and shared experiences.

On Saturday, July 27, the full-day workshop will focus on fundraising: major giving, essential components of successful fundraising, building a culture of philanthropy, why leadership matters, hiring, attracting and retaining development professionals, and more. Dr. Peter J. Gallo, Director of Development at The Landon School in Bethesda, MD, will lead this workshop.

Consider sharing this experience with your Advancement/Development Officers, your CFO and your Board Chair. You can bring this team to the Saturday workshop for an additional $225 per person. If interested, register your team members using a separate form available here.

Optional FREE Session on Sunday, July 28! Melissa Alton, FCIS Director of Accreditation, will present Preparing for an FCIS Evaluation. This opportunity is available for FREE to New Heads' Institute participants. 

Feedback from last year's participants:
What did you find most valuable?
• All of the sessions were valuable and geared toward the many facets of being a Head of School. I enjoyed meeting new people and feeling a part of this group is an honor and a privilege.
• Laying out what I am really going to face––without removing the joy of the opportunity to lead a school!
• The presenters were excellent. Even after already having been a Head, I still learned a lot.


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

Registration: $695 (includes workshops and meals)

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.

Please contact Alison Carlson at


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