Dear ESHA Friends,
Some of you have already been back in session for a week or two while some are starting up this week. Regardless, your school is - as it is every year - different than it ever has been or will ever be with new students, new faculty, new parents, new board members. So you're probably reverting to your primary roles as Head teachers while also attending to your equally important but sometimes overwhelming role as managers of the school's business. It's always a lot! I certainly wish you the greatest success in the 2017-18 year and encourage you to remember that you, like your staffs, need occasional time away from school, some professional development, and a reasonable plan to regularly give yourselves a break. These are proven tasks that result in better leadership over the long haul.
If you can, start this work now and consider attending ESHA's retreat in October (see below at the end). Be with your true peers, enjoy the company of our wise and upbeat members, learn from the stimulating presenters, and take in the inspiring surroundings. You're sure to get a nice boost and good energy for the job back home.
From ESHA President Muddy Waters
Dear ESHA Colleagues,
As I write this, the hallways are readied for our community to regather, but they are still a week away from beginning to return. I have always loved summer, but when we get to the middle of August, I am excited to start the new school year and look forward to another year of growth and possibilities.
Just as summer flies by, so has my time as President of ESHA. I want to thank the Board and the Executive Committee for all of their wisdom and hard work. Also, it has been an honor to work with Chris Abell whose energy and passion for this work has made our organization even stronger. For me, the good news is that I plan to continue to be an active ESHA member and look forward to more exciting annual gatherings and conversations with my mentoring flight. Have a wonderful opening to the school year and see you in Boulder.
From ESHA member Dane Peter's "Dane's Blog," here is a quick review of the traits of inspirational leaders.
Dan Rockwell's "Leadership Freak" addresses ways to deal with mediocrity.
We are all aware of this alarming and frustrating trend, and Judy Twenge reports on it in detail in her article in The Atlantic, "The Impact of Smartphones and Social Media on Young Teens."
ESHA Is Delighted to Welcome Its New Members
2017 ESHA Retreat
"Head Teacher to CEO"
October 7-10, 2017
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Registration for ESHA’s 2017 Annual Retreat, to be held this fall at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, Colorado, is now open. The event will take place from October 7th to October 10th (Saturday to Tuesday). Saturday’s pre-conference workshops and dinner are optional as the official proceedings begin Sunday afternoon (October 8th).
Donna Orem, President of NAIS, will deliver the keynote speech on Sunday afternoon, October 8th. Tim Fish, NAIS’s Chief Innovation Officer, speaks Monday morning, and Andy Watson of Albuquerque Academy talks about practical leadership on Tuesday. On Saturday, October 7th. Peter Philip of Carney Sandoe leads pre-conference discussions for new (or newish) Heads as well as Heads considering next steps. Plus breakout sessions on topics of interest and great dining venues!
Before registering for the retreat, be sure to make a lodging reservation for the evenings you desire as follows:
Contact the St. Julien in-house Reservations Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the hotel line 720-406-9696.
You may also reserve online by using this exclusive Elementary School Heads Association Annual Retreat Web Link.
The link is valid until 30 days out from the event, but it is not accessible on mobile devices.
When registering for the retreat, please note that there is a $100 discount for active members who reserve prior to September 15th. In addition, ESHA offers a discount to all first-time retreat attendees as well as to associate and retired/honorary members.