Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM EST
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST

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Sea Crest Beach Hotel 
350 Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA 02556

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Montessori Schools of Massachusetts 
Montessori Schools of Massachusetts 

MSM Heads of School Retreat 2017 

Leading a school is one of the most rewarding and the most challenging vocations in academia. It can also be one of the loneliest. A head of school engages every day with many constituents – students, parents, board members, donors, faculty, staff, and community members – but it is difficult to find a colleague or two who understands the role, who can truly offer a listening ear, and who can offer a helpful, unbiased response. Finding a peer group that can offer support and suggestions in a safe environment is essential to thriving in the role. 

Based on feedback from our member survey, and our desire to help meet the needs of member schools, MSM will be hosting a two-day retreat for heads of school. Your financial investment is small considering the large number of opportunities that could be gained. 

Would you like to spend a couple of days talking with peers about admissions, marketing, budgeting, legal issues, or board relations? Would you look forward to trying out a few ideas with people that understand your job? Would you welcome the chance to learn from others who are engaged in the same efforts? This is your chance! 

What's Your Story? The Power of Organizational Storytelling 

Storytelling is a powerful tool that evokes visual images and heightened emotions. Leaders who can tell a good story have tremendous impact on their organizations. Come discover models and examples of organizational storytelling, discusses the use of stories in management development, and outline ways to enhance your own storytelling skills.

Featured Workshops 

I am a Story

Join Donna Milani Luther, Head of School at the Inly School, for an inspirational welcome to the third MSM Heads of School Retreat.

Leading With Stories 

Have you embraced your role as “Storyteller-in-Chief”? Learn why stories “stick” and how school leaders can use narrative in a variety of ways to achieve greater organizational success. 

Enjoy this workshop with Beth Black, Head of School, Newton Montessori School.

Discovering Your School's Story

Can you articulate the story of your school’s enrollment patterns? Learn how enrollment management processes can enhance your retention strategy.

This session will be guided by Geordie Mitchell, Director of Enrollment Management at Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols.

Wisdom Tales

Remember the magic of bedtime stories? Come, enjoy, and discover how stories can promote emotional healing and prompt personal insights. 

Join Elisa Davy Pearmain, Professional Storyteller & Licensed Therapist, in a delightful and constructive evening.

Shaping Your Story

Seriously, what’s your story? Maria Montessori emphasized the spiritual preparation of the teacher. In this reflective session, you will focus on discovering the patterns in your life story and explore how your character could develop in multiple possible “next chapters.” 

Elisa Davy Pearmain returns to journey with us as we dare to begin our next chapters.

Sharing Our Stories 

Come prepared to tell a peer about a specific leadership issue you are facing. We will validate each other’s stories of challenge and share wisdom about change.

Conference Schedule 

November 30, 2017

  • 9:15 = Registration opens
  • 10:00 = Welcome! I am Story
  • 10:15 = Leading With Stories
  • 12:00 = Lunch
  • 1:30 = Discovering Your School's Story
  • 3:30 = Break
  • 5:00 = Cocktail hour
  • 6:00 = Dinner
  • 7:30 = After dinner activity 

December 1, 2017

  • 8:00 = Breakfast
  • 9:00 = Shaping Your Story
  • 10:00 = Break
  • 10:30 = Sharing Our Stories
  • 12:00 = Lunch

Conference Packages and Fees 

Conference packages include overnight accommodations, meals, conference materials, sessions led by knowledgeable experts, cocktail hour, and networking opportunities.

Cost is $300 per person. Due to feedback we received after last year's retreat, we have extended the event by half a day! 

Staying at the facility is not required but there is no discount available for attendees that will not be lodging overnight.

Registration closes on October 30, 2017.

Extended stay options available!

For those traveling from a distance, or who just want a relaxing get-a-way, we are also taking reservations for rooms on Wednesday, November 28 and Friday, December 1. Rooms are aavailable for $125 per night and can be reserved when you register for the conference. 


Just minutes over the Bourne or Sagamore bridges, the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth provides the perfect backdrop for relaxing romantic escapes, productive business trips, adventurous family getaways and unforgettable events. Discover a location of pristine white sand beaches at Old Silver Beach, iconic cottage-lined streets, barefoot luxury and a casual, welcoming vibe just about anywhere you go. Welcome to Cape Cod living at the best choice in Cape Cod beachfront hotels.

Voted "Best of the Cape & Islands" in the Cape Cod Life Reader's Choice Awards five years in a row, Sea Crest Beach Hotel is home to 263 guest rooms and suites and a spacious three-bedroom cottage, all designed in classic Cape Cod style with neutral tones and retro motifs. Property amenities at our Cape Cod hotel include complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor saline pools and Jacuzzi tubs, premier onsite dining at Red's Restaurant and Lounge and over 30,000 square feet of stunning event space for meetings and weddings.

While staying at our waterfront destination, the ideal choice in Falmouth, MA hotels, enjoy picnics on the beach, fishing excursions and nature walks or simply enjoy the old-fashioned art of relaxation.