The Heads’ Conference this year will focus on “Leading in a Time of Uncertainty” as our schools and our association evolve to meet the demands of the changing geopolitical, social, governmental and economic landscape. How can we make sense of unpredictable events? How can we sustain a measure of stability amidst volatility all around us? How can we maintain worthwhile dialogue within our educational communities, rooted in respect, research, evidence, analysis, and truth? How can we innovate and adapt, as we retain and re-frame what is most meaningful in our traditions and programs? These are some of the questions that we will ask.
To begin with the practical, Thursday’s morning’s program will feature a discussion of legal and regulatory issues emerging on the horizon as the Trump administration takes hold. What are the implications for our schools, and what do we need to be watching? Our annual AIMS meeting will take place just before lunch on Thursday, and we will update you on such issues as data analysis and strategic planning for our association. In the early afternoon, we will move to bigger picture thinking, as we are joined by Sheila Bair, president of Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Her focus will be on time the challenges of leading an educational institution within in the context of a rapidly changing and uncertain environment. President Bair has particular expertise in the operational and financial dimensions of not-for-profit leadership, given her former position as chair of the US FDIC. The latter part of the afternoon will include some free time to explore Annapolis, nap, or take a run. In the evening, we will host our traditional festive dinner at Harry Browne’s.
On Friday morning, we will engage in more wide-ranging discussion, supported by a panel representing varied vantage points, regarding how our schools honor tradition, inclusion, diversity of background and thought within a climate in which evidence and fact are open to question and “information” bombards us from all sides through many different kinds of media. How do we teach our students to evaluate evidence? How do we teach them to distinguish between fact and opinion? And what do we actually mean when we talk about facts and truth? How do we honor differences of opinion, background, and heritage in our schools, and how do we sustain a free, open, and respectful exchange of ideas? How do we nurture a community of students and teachers (and families and alumni) in an era when everything seems open to question and in which public discourse is often angry, divisive, and personally hostile? What are the implications for our schools as we live into this new environment?
We hope you will join us for these important conversations. We are all enriched by your voices and by your presence!
****Continuing our practice from last year, we invite each head to consider registering a senior administrator from his or her school for the Friday session only. This administrator would ideally be a colleague whom the head is mentoring for increasing administrative responsibility.
Registration Deadline Date: 3/24/2017 (no refunds after this date)
Complete Package/1 night (includes room and all meals) $675.00
Spouse Add $175.00
AIMS Roommate Package (per person) & (includes room and all meals) $500.00
Day Package/2 days (includes all meals) $410.00
Day Package/1 Day: Thursday (includes all meals) or Friday (includes breakfast) $210.00
Day Package/1 Day: Friday (includes breakfast) $125
Annual Meeting Only (includes Thursday lunch) $85.00