Summer Symposiums: Day 1

Leading, Supporting, and Empowering Faculty
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

This program provides administrators with best practices and tools to support faculty, create a culture of professional growth, and positively impact student learning.

Who should attend?
Division Heads • Department Chairs • Academic Deans • Curriculum Coordinators • Heads of School

Bring your team and share a collaborative professional development experience!

Presenter: Barbara Beachley
Director of Advisory Services,
Independent School Management (

Research shows that a healthy, growth-focused faculty culture is the primary predictor of student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm. A healthy school culture is the result of students receiving the appropriate balance of predictability and support from their teachers, teachers experiencing predictability and support from their school leaders, and the Head receiving this from the Board. In an era of “hyper-change,” it is more important than ever to foster a culture that provides a stable environment while embracing necessary changes to prepare our students for the future.

A key component of providing a stable environment is ensuring that all employees are delivering the school’s mission with excellence with clear and well-communicated expectations. We will engage in meaningful conversations about hiring and induction, assessing and enhancing faculty and school culture, coaching and mentoring, growth-oriented and teacher-driven professional growth and renewal, and effective faculty evaluation. Leave this workshop excited to lead your school and your faculty from excellent to extraordinary.

Key Take-Aways:

  • An understanding of the relationships between executive leadership, faculty culture, and student performance
  • Tools to assess and strengthen faculty culture and the student experience
  • Specific strategies to support your faculty in fostering a student-centered environment
  • A comprehensive framework for attracting, developing, retaining, and rewarding effective and mission-aligned faculty
  • An opportunity to share ideas and strategies with a diverse group of talented peers

Read More about Barbara Beachley and ISM

Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PreK–12.

While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.

Barbara is Director of Advisory Services. In this role she:

  • Oversees ISM’s Consulting, Publications, Research, and Professional Development divisions
  • Consults, writes for Ideas and Perspectives, co-authors books, and conducts Webinars in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, strategic academic planning, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation, academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practice, and data analysis
  • Facilitates the Teaching in the Extended Period workshop, empowering teachers to transition to and teach effectively in longer periods
  • Leads courses at ISM’s Summer Institute, including Transformative Academic Leadership and Maximize Faculty Capacity and Student Performance: Faculty Development, Evaluation, and Compensation
  • Presents at Association conferences
  • Facilitates Board and school leadership retreats

Barbara holds a BA in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; an MA in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; an EdM in administration from Harvard University, MA; and an MA in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University Teachers College, NY.

Her personal professional mission Statement: To cherish my work and to support and empower educators such that they cherish theirs.

Independent School Management (ISM) is a research and consulting firm founded in 1975 to serve the needs of private-independent schools. Administrators in schools of all types and sizes turn to ISM for advice and assistance on an array of management challenges.This can include strengthening strategies in leadership, faculty culture, strategic and long-range planning, Board/Head relations, and scheduling. ISM also provides insight on risk management and financial aid policies, as well as helps solve admission, enrollment management, development, and marketing communications issues. A national and international leader in professional development, ISM's core purpose is to advance school leadership and enrich the student experience.

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Location: Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, FL 33618

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Registration Cost: $225 (Members) | $325 (Non-Members)

* Fee includes lunch.

Bring your team and share a collaborative professional development experience!
Bundled Cost for Both Workshops: $375 (Members) | $495 (Non-Members)
* Fee includes lunch both days.
Please note: The bundled option is available to one registrant only and cannot be divided between two registrants.

Deadline: June 8, 2018
Payment must be made prior to the workshop.

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 1, 2018, with no refunds after this date.

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


8:45AM | Grand Room





Hotel Information

Hotel Reservations: Below are hotel recommendations in the area. To make reservations, please contact the hotel directly. There is no FCIS group rate.

La Quinta Inn & Suites
3701 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33612
To make reservations, call 813-910-7500.
Embassy Suites
3705 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, FL, 33612
To make reservations, call 813-977-7066.

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