In June 2012, Head of School Dennis Bisgaard founded the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color, meant to provide education, resources, and networking opportunities for people of color on the path toward becoming Senior Administrators or Heads of School at independent schools. ISA is a proud promotional partner of the KO Leadership Institute for Educators of Color.
The Leadership Institute was created in response to a stark reality in the independent school profession: Out of 1,400 schools that belong to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), only 4% -- 50 schools -- are led by a person of color. The percentage of female Heads, while not quite as low, is still surprisingly small, especially at the high school level.
The mission of the KO Leadership Institute is to help educators of color explore, prepare for, and position themselves for passageway into leadership roles within independent schools. Several national experts serve in advisory capacities and/or as presenters at the Institute. For more information, or to register for the conference, please visit the conference webpage here.