Administrator Series

Who should attend?

This series is for current Administrators who want to make a bigger impact and individuals being groomed for Administrative roles.


Where it happens:

This series is conducted at a neutral site/host school. Workshops are comprised of participants from multiple schools and in various administrative and senior leadership roles. Participants are expected to network with Administrators from other schools and leverage the experience and expertise of others in the room.

The Administrator Series is run only 3 times per year and includes 1-on-1 coaching.

During the school year, this series is offered as a 3 workshop series that is spaced throughout the semester. School year start dates are in September and again in January. To accommodate busy schedules and work demands, the series is offered as a 2-3 day intensive in June.

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What you get:

  • Create a culture of collaboration across your entire school
  • Assess your school's current state of collaboration
  • Learn to set a vision and inspire commitment to that vision
  • Empower managers and teams for success
  • Align values with behaviors
  • Create systems to ensure success
  • Align action with strategy
  • Engage employees at all levels


Coursework and Coaching: A Unique Combination

Leadership Training and DevelopmentCoursework and coaching is designed to hone leadership and collaboration skills while offering real-world framework and practical applications. Leaders will learn tactical ways to engage with and leverage the core players in an independent school. At the same time they will share insights, collaborate on best practices, gain valuable perspectives from proven educational and administrative leaders. Ultimately, participants in the Administrative Series emerge from the program ready to face the challenges of independent school governance head-on.

Administrative Series Curriculum

#1: Introduction to the Collaborative Culture and the Roadblocks to Creating One

In this foundational workshop, participants learn what a true, collaborative culture is and what it takes to build that culture in your school. They also learn to recognize the key impediments to building a collaborative culture. Participants will explore their own behavioral style and the behavioral style of those with whom they are working. They also learn how to coordinate action through the structure of language. This is an important leadership skill in the independent school environment, in which administration, faculty, staff, and students must work and live closely together. 

This skill is essential to navigate the four pillars of independent school leadership

#2: Deep Exploration into the Requirements of Building a Collaborative Culture

Collaboration is essential to achieving desired results; unfortunately, many things that leaders do inadvertently get in the way of building that culture. In this workshop, participants explore their own level of Emotional Intelligence and how their efforts to control their environment may be sabotaging outcomes.

Emotional Intelligence is a concept focused on how effectively people interact with others. These Emotional Intelligence skills are unique from a person's technical skills and cognitive abilities. Multiple studies have shown that leaders who demonstrate higher Emotional Intelligence are more effective than those with lower EQ. Using behavioral based tools, EQ can be learned and improved to help schools create a stronger culture and better working relationships between administration, faculty, staff, and parents.

#3: Communication in the Collaborative Culture

Schools exist to create an environment where students are educated. Those outcomes are produced when the right people take the right action at the appropriate time. Actions come from committed people. People become committed when they are engaged by their leaders. This engagement comes from having the right conversations together. The ability to have an effective conversation is the most essential skill of a leader. It is through conversation that all other domains of leadership become possible. This workshop teaches leaders the fundamental elements of conversations and how to have the conversations that get commitment from the right people at the right time.

Participants also learn to understand the dynamics of working together and how to improve interpersonal communication, teamwork, team effectiveness, expectations management, conflict resolution, gaining commitment, and leadership.

Human Resource Professionals take note: Workshops that are part of the Center for Leadership Excellence in Independent Schools have been pre-approved for recertification credit by the HR Certification Institute.


HRCI ApprovedForCreditSeal  The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.




In addition to monthly, seminar-style workshops, the Center for Leadership Excellence leverages a one-on-one coaching approach that facilitates customized learning and personalized support throughout the semester, maximizing personal and professional growth.

Coaching will be conducted via phone, Skype or in-person, if location and scheduling allows.

Program Details

Click here for program schedules and fees. Or click here to register for the program.

Space in the Administrator Series program is limited to 15 participants!