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Howdy, Partner: 10 Tips for an Effective Head/Board-Chair Relationship

Date: Monday - September 23, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Webinar
Webinar in collaboration with ISACS


Howdy, Partner: 10 Tips for an Effective Head/Board-Chair Relationship



Live Webinar - Save The Date

Monday, September 23, 2019

1:00pm-2:00pm Pacific

 Recorded Version Available to Registrants for Four Weeks After Workshop



Presented by


Mark Crotty, Executive Director, Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) & Claudia Daggett, Executive Director, Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS)




Heads and Trustees, specifically current and future Board Chairs.



Webinar Description


The rate of headship transition appears to be on the rise. Often, the head's exit is the result of a failed relationship between the head and board chair. Hear from two association executives, former heads of school now serving as counsel to heads and boards, about the essential steps to take to maximize the possibility that the head/board-chair partnership will be strong and enduring. Learn about relevant national and regional data, consider wisdom gleaned from experienced heads and independent school consultants, and collect recommendations for reading.



Claudia Daggett joined ISACS as executive director in 2014 and, in this role, frequently serves as counsel to heads and board chairs. She began her independent school career as a teacher at The Prairie School (WI) and has served in a variety of leadership roles including head of school at Friends Academy (MA), executive director of the Elementary School Heads Association, and independent school consultant with Gregory Floyd & Associates. She has contributed articles to The Trustees' Letter and The Heads' Letter and a chapter to the latest edition of the NAIS Head Search Handbook. In 2018, she earned a governance consultant certificate from BoardSource.



NWAIS Executive Director Mark Crotty has worked on governance challenges from multiple angles. As head of St. John’s Episcopal School, he spearheaded an extensive revamping of his school’s structures, practices, and by-laws to bring them in line with current best thinking in governance. From the other perspective, he also helped St. Christopher’s Montessori School establish its first board, then becoming its initial chair. Bridging those two experiences, during his service on the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools boards and standards committees, along with several accreditation teams, Mark addressed a variety of governance situations.


$65 / School for up to three attendees for the live webinar and link to share with recorded program with additional participants.

Registration will be run through ISACS, so please register through this link

Register for the Webinar: Howdy, Partner: 10 Tips for an Effective Head/Board-Chair Relationship

Cost and registration will be per school. Each school can share the link for the live webinar with up to three attendees. The individual who registers will also receive a link to the recorded webinar, which they can share with as many people from their school community as they like.

Registration Instructions:

  • Please only register one person per school, they will receive the link to share with other attendees
  • Use the link above and select the blue register button in the middle of the page
  • Complete the non-member information in the GREEN BOX to be directed to the ISACS webinar landing page
  • Check the box for the September 23 webinar
  • Complete steps 1-3.

You will receive an automatic email once you have registered. If you want to register for more than the September webinar, any additional webinars are $100.



Call ISACS at (312) 750-1190 or email Karen Zeitlin for more information or help with registration.


Offered in partnership with Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)


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