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Programs:

Through a variety of programs and resources, AIMS strives to create an environment that inspires professional growth and educational excellence.  Programs cater to the diverse constituents within the AIMS community including school heads, trustees, teachers and students. These programs include:

Bienniel Conference
Over 1,100 educators and staff attend the day-long AIMS conference featuring nationally recognized experts and presenters from within the AIMS community.  Participants consistently rate their conference experience high in quality and value.

Trustee Day
Each year Trustee Day provides an opportunity for trustees and administrators to stay current on the latest trends in independent school governance, share their most pressing concerns, and foster connectivity among the leadership of our diverse member schools.

Heads of School Group
The Heads of School group meets to discuss school leadership topics, build relationships and make decisions about the strategic direction of the organization.

Teachers Workshop
A professional development opportunity offered by the Diversity Committee for faculty, staff and administrators, the annual Teachers Workshop focuses on issues related to equity and justice.

Diversity Symposiums
Based on the understanding that knowledge builds bridges and breaks down biases and stereotypes, AIMS supports diversity symposiums for students at all levels (elementary, middle school and high school).


Committees & Affinity Groups:

Each member school will select representatives to serve on committees in accordance with the needs and capacity of their staff. Committee representatives will be responsible for communicating committee activities to their school communities and for maintaining active cooperative relationships within the committee. Schools may find it helpful to select more than one representative to serve on each committee to share responsibility and to ensure continuity in case of staff transitions and absences.

TEACHERS SERVICE COMMITTEE (TSC)
Co-Chair: Lynda Ludy (Detroit Country Day School)
Co-Chair: Adam Hellebuyck (University Liggett)
Treasurer: Airica Clapper (Detroit Country Day School)

  • Members of this committee will be chosen by their respective Heads to represent their school on this committee.
  • The primary responsibility of this committee will be to prepare and produce a biennial teachers conference in the fall of odd-numbered years.
  • The Teachers Service Committee (TSC) is responsible for promoting conferences, in-service workshops, seminars and other professional development activities for teachers and administrators; providing coordination, cooperation, and support for the efforts of member schools; and developing ways of recognizing the professional service of teachers and administrators.
  • In accordance with the stated  ISACS PSC goals, the AIMS representative should be the ISACS PSC representative.  The committee should be comprised of individuals representing various academic disciplines, school levels and professional roles.
  • Meetings: Typically once per month throughout the school year with occasional conference planning meetings in the evening.

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE
Chair: Andy Zimmer (Emerson School)

  • Members of this committee will be chosen by their respective Heads to represent their school on this committee.
  • The primary responsibility of this committee will be to prepare and produce a Teachers of Color Job Fair and support other opportunities to foster diversity within their schools.
  • The Diversity Committee is responsible for fostering the development of projects and programs that advance the strategic goals of the organization to increase standards of excellence through diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion.
  • Meetings: Typically three times per year.

ADMISSIONS & MARKETING COMMITTEE
Co-Chair: Jennifer Bullock (Detroit Country Day School)
Co-Chair: Julie Bawulski (Dearborn Heights Montessori Center)

  • Members of this affinity group will consist of Admissions Directors and/or Marketing personnel as determined by their respective Heads to represent their school on this committee.
  • The primary responsibility of this committee will be to report trends, share expertise, and create group marketing opportunities. The  Admissions/Marketing Committee is to focus on the development of programs to advance the admissions and marketing objectives of member institutions and to foster an informed and collaborative community overall.
  • Meetings: Typically four times per year.

SENIOR LEADERS & DIVISION DIRECTORS AFFINITY GROUP
Chair: Tim Beardon (Detroit Country Day School)

  • Creating opportunities for people with similar roles to connect is a key strength of the organization. Through these interactions, wisdom and experience can be shared, as well as concerns and struggles.