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Events Around the Region

On this page you will find a list of upcoming regional events hosted by ISACS member schools or other organizations which may be of interest to ISACS member schools. If you have an event that the ISACS community would benefit from, please complete this short Events Around the Region Submission Form and send the appropriate event logo to Jacob Isaac ( Only those events submitted from ISACS member schools and mission aligned organizations are eligible for posting on the ISACS website. ISACS reserves the right to select, edit, and refuse submissions. If you have any questions, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 and ask for Jacob Isaac, Coordinator of Programs and Technology.


Fundraising for School Leaders

Weiboldt Hall — Northwestern’s Chicago Campus
340 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
October 15–16, 2018


Learn how to identify and engage donors in any school environment with expert Kellogg faculty and seasoned school fundraisers who will teach you new skills for fundraising and strategies for energizing your constituents. This program will help you create a development mindset
so you can learn to think like the donor, design dynamic development plans, solicit gifts for your school, and partner with board members, friends and parents to reach your collective fundraising goals.


  • School principals, superintendents and heads of school
  • CEOs and executive directors of nonprofit educational organizations
  • Development directors, marketing directors and enrollment managers


  • Finding donors when your base isn’t obvious
  • Advancing your annual fund
  • Developing dynamic development plans
  • Creating compelling value propositions
  • Data-driven fundraising
  • Maximizing your digital presence


  • $1150 includes networking breakfasts, delicious healthy lunches, and downtown Chicago parking passes.
  • 50% scholarship for ISACS members — special price of $575.
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential — 14 Points in category 1.B

Visit or call 847-491-3415 to learn more and register.


Administrators of Color in Independent Schools

Francis W. Parker School
330 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
October 18–19, 2018

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Specifically designed for senior administrators of color in independent schools, the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago is organizing an Administrators of Color in Independent Schools Conference on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, 2018. This conference will provide opportunities for connection, mentoring and sharing to support leadership.

Jonathan Holloway
Provost, Historian, and Author 

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Professor and Author

Eugenia Cheng
Scientist and Author 

Please contact Ruth Jurgensen, Assistant Principal, Francis W. Parker School with questions at 773.797.5103 or


Free Professional Development Opportunity

Web Strategy Workshop For School Professionals

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
5835 S Kimbark Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Discover takeaways to improve your school marketing, web design, and enrollment efforts for your 2019 initiatives.

Join Finalsite's team of experts this fall at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for a day of communications strategy! We’ll cover the latest web trends you need to know — like website accessibility, search engine marketing, and inbound marketing, creative ways to market to millennials, strategies for engaging with alumni, and suggestions on how to make your website stand out in a crowded market.

During the event, you will learn new ways to:

  • Drive new website traffic with search engine marketing

  • Ensure your website offers an accessible user experience

  • Engage with millennial parents and alumni

  • Tie your online content and overall design to your school’s unique marketing, brand and story

  • And much more!

This free workshop will be from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM and includes snacks, lunch, and plenty of time for networking with other attendees and presenters from Finalsite. Click here for more information and to register today!



A Day Just for ISACS Librarians!

Come together in an edcamp format for a time to
share ideas, gain inspiration, and make connections.

Please visit to learn more.

We are encouraging librarians in ISACS schools to join us for an EdCamp style workshop on Wednesday, November 7th. This is happening the day before the ISACS Annual Conference in Detroit, but you do not have to be attending the conference to join us for EdCamp. We have chosen this model to allow time for guided discussions and networking among others in our profession. We hope you will share this with the librarians in your school and provide them the opportunity to attend and then participate in the ISACS Annual Conference, November 8 – 9 at Cobo Center.

  • EdCamp ISACS Librarians is a free event. However, there will be a small charge, $10 - $15, to cover a very nice lunch. 
Professional Resources
  • A collaborative Google doc will be created, which will contain the notes from all sessions.  This document will  be accessible to all attendees to use as a professional resource. 
What is a Smackdown? 
  • A Smackdown is a time to share with one another the ideas and tools that make us better, stronger and faster librarians. This time is impromptu and open to anyone who would like to share a 2-3 minute description of a favorite trick of the trade.  We will host a smackdown during lunch.
Arriving at Edcamp
  • This event will take place at Detroit Country Day Middle School.  The address is 22400 Hillview Lane, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.  It is located on the corner of Lahser and 13 Mile Road.  It is about 25-30 minutes from downtown Detroit. 
  • More information will be provided about parking in the coming months

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Hincks: or Cheri Dobbs:


Please check back often as events are added! 

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