The Definition

Participants leave the CFG with a renewed vision of how to manage their day-to-day challenges and a strengthened network of
peers they can turn to for
guidance and support.

Our annual CFG (Critical Friends Group) conference gives over 150 school leaders and lay leaders a forum to meet, share, and swap ideas and strategies with other day school leaders from around the country.  

Over the course of two days, school leaders and lay leaders engage in sessions and activities that are designed to improve their practice through collaborative learning, sharing dilemmas of practice, and openly reflecting.

The Difference

CFG is different than any other conference that you've been to.  That's because CFG is participant driven and participant centered. This means that the conference design is not focused on sessions, keynote speakers, or breakout sessions. In fact, CFG’s trademark is very few formal sessions. CFG is all about giving school leaders the forum and the time to learn from each other. Research supports the fact that connecting with other leaders is critical for effective leadership and CFG provides a confidential and meaningful opportunity to do so.

The Demographics

This conference is designed each year to meet the needs of:

  • Heads of school
  • Principals
  • Assistant Principals
  • Senior lay leaders and board members

The Details

CFG 2015 will be taking place:

Sunday, November 1st & Monday, November 2nd

Hilton Woodcliff Lake
200 Tice Boulevard
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

Please note: Lay leader programming will only be taking place on Sunday, November 1st.


You can view the schedule for this year's conference here.

A special schedule for Lay Leaders can be viewed here.



    $215, plus the cost of hotel for school leaders, $99 for lay leaders.


    For a limited time only, the hotel rate for CFG has been reduced to $149/night.
    To make your reservation, please contact the Hilton Woodcliff Lake at: (201) 391-3600.