ESHA holds two major events each year: a three-day retreat in the fall and a reception in conjunction with the annual NAIS conference in the winter.
Other activities include regular member conference calls - "Connecting Flights" - and occasional regional meetings of independent elementary/middle school heads.
What are "Connecting Flight" Calls? The quarterly Flights are an intentional way of giving ESHA members an opportunity to air ideas and consider situations in a safe, knowledgeable and collegial environment. These calls affirm and strengthen leadership as participants gain insight, awareness, and validation from exchanging experiences with their colleagues about successes and dilemmas. Meeting bi-monthly, if possible, has the added benefit of developing enduring professional and personal relationships over the course of a school year. During the hour-long phone discussions, flight leaders listen carefully and guide the conversation, enabling ideas to be exchanged in ways that produce insights, affirmations and “takeaways” for the participants. Each flight normally consists of five or six Heads of varying experience. Contact Executive Director Chris Abell if you'd like to take off on a flight!
ESHA’s 2019 Annual Retreat
ESHA's Annual Retreat in Nashville, Tennessee was a success!
Thanks to Our 2019 Retreat Sponsors
About Our Annual Retreats
Focus ESHA holds a retreat each fall, planned by and for heads of independent elementary and middle schools. Speakers on topics of professional interest, opportunities for discussion and socializing with colleagues, and relaxation are all part of the program.
Calendar Typically, the retreat takes place in mid-October, on a Sunday through Tuesday with pre-retreat activities on Saturday.
The 2020 ESHA Retreat will be in Seattle, at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, from October 24-27.
Participants The retreat experience is the one ESHA activity limited to members and their spouses/partners, thereby offering time focused entirely on those roles in school leadership.
Sponsors ESHA is grateful for sponsor support for its retreats and is happy to highlight these partner organizations. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Our Annual Receptions
Focus ESHA holds a reception each year in conjunction with the National Association of Independent Schools conference, hosted at a venue near the NAIS headquarters hotel. In addition to ESHA members and their spouses/partners, the reception is also open to non-member Heads and key administrators and staff of ESHA members.
Calendar In recent years, the dinner has been held on the Wednesday of NAIS Conference week.
The 2020 cocktail reception near NAIS headquarters, will take place on Wednesday, February 26. Registration will open in December.
Participants ESHA members, their spouses/partners, prospective members, and key administrative and staff of ESHA Heads are welcome.