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Heads Conference 2016
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4/28/2016 to 4/29/2016
When: 4/28-29/2016
From 9:00 AM Thursday to 12:00 PM Friday
Where: Loews Annapolis Hotel
126 West Street
Annapolis, Maryland  21401
United States

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The Heads’ Conference this year will focus on “Mining the Wisdom Within” as our schools and our Association evolve to meet the demands of the changing educational, societal, geopolitical and economic landscape. How can we innovate and adapt? How can we retain and re-frame what is most meaningful in our traditions and programs? What do our families want and need, and what can they pay for? How can we collaborate with our colleague schools? And how can AIMS grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our schools? These are some of the questions that we will ask.

Thursday’s morning’s program will feature a panel of distinguished educational leaders, including Earl Ball, director of the graduate program in independent school leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, Donna Orem, interim president, and Jefferson Burnett, senior vice president, at NAIS. Our annual meeting will take place over lunch on Thursday, and in the early afternoon, we will spend some time exploring how AIMS can support cooperation and collaboration among our schools, and how our Association can evolve as we move into an increasingly complex future. The latter part of the afternoon will include free time to explore Annapolis, nap, or take a run. In the evening, we will host a festive dinner at Harry Browne’s.

On Friday morning, we will explore the use of statistics – what information AIMS collects, how we collect it, and how we sort and interpret the data to be of greatest use to our schools. As you know, AIMS continues to use its own collection system and protocol for analysis and reporting, which many other independent school associations have chosen to use DASL, the system available through NAIS. Data collection and analysis are critical to the services we provide to our schools, and we want to ensure that members are getting the information they need. We also want to consider what additional ways we may be able to offer research support to our schools. Our final session on Friday morning will be a conversation about head of school employment agreements, featuring two attorneys who have represented both schools and individual heads. Constance Baker practices in Baltimore and has worked with a number of AIMS schools, and Peter Commons practices in Philadelphia, where he has represented a number of Delaware Valley independent schools and heads. They recently worked together on a contract negotiation, with Pete representing the school and Connie representing the head. They will share their perspectives on current practices and considerations, and they will remain in Annapolis for an informal lunch with any participants who wish to join them for additional conversation.



Registration Deadline Date: 3/18/2016 (no refunds after this date)

Complete Package/1 night (includes room and all meals except Friday lunch) $670.00
Spouse Add $175.00
AIMS Roommate Package (per person) & (includes room and all meals except Friday lunch) $500.00
Day Package/2 days (includes all meals except Friday lunch) $410.00
Day Package/1 Day: Thursday (includes all meals) or Friday (includes breakfast and lunch) $205.00
Annual Meeting Only (includes Thursday lunch) $85.00

Thursday night stay (does not include Thursday night dinner) and Friday (does not include Friday lunch) $325

Friday lunch Add $25

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