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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 google 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.

2017-18 Regional Meetings: Heads of ISACS Member Schools
with Claudia Daggett, ISACS President

Association of Independent Schools in Michigan (AIMS)
Wednesday, September 27, 9:30 AM EDT
Emerson School, Ann Arbor
RSVP: Meredith Schindler, AIMS President,

Wisconsin Association of Independent Schools (WAIS)
Friday, October 27, 10:00 AM CDT
Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam
RSVP: Joe Lennertz, Head of School,

Lake Michigan Association of Independent School (LMAIS)
Wednesday, January 10, 11:00 AM CST
Catherine Cook School, Chicago
RSVP: Faith Caron, LMAIS Executive Director,

Independent Schools Association of St. Louis (ISSL)
Thursday, February 15, 4:30 PM CST
Community School
RSVP: Jamie Driver, Executive Director,

Indiana Association of Independent Schools (IAIS)
Monday, February 26, 10:00 AM EST
Sycamore School, Indianapolis
RSVP: Diane Borgmann, IAIS President,

Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS)
Wednesday, February 21, 4:00 PM CST
Friends School of Minnesota, Saint Paul
RSVP: Nansee Greeley, MAIS Executive Director,

Kentucky Association of Independent Schools (KAIS)
Friday, March 16, 9:00 AM EDT
Kentucky Country Day School, Louisville
RSVP: Debbie Houston, KAIS President,

Iowa & Quad Cities
Friday, April 6, 3:00 PM CDT
Scattergood Friends School, West Branch, IA
RSVP: Thomas Weber, Head of School,

Kansas City Independent School Heads Association (KCISHA)
Tuesday, April 10, 11:30 AM CDT (new date)
Topeka Collegiate School, Topeka, KS
RSVP: Suzanne McCanles, KCISHA President,

Arkansas & SW Missouri
Thursday, April 12, 1:30 PM CDT
The New School, Fayetteville, AR
RSVP: Dennis Chapman, Head of School,

Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS)
Monday, April 16, 1:30 PM EDT
Sheraton Capitol Square, Columbus
RSVP: Dan Dodd, OAIS Executive Director,

Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS)
Monday, May 7, 7:30 AM EDT
Gilmour Academy
RSVP: Alison McCloskey, Executive Director,


The 2nd Annual FIRE Conference
Chicago: The Divided City

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Lake Forest Academy
1500 W. Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

10 million people call Chicago and its surrounding neighborhoods home. The metropolis is rich with history, culture, and beauty. Yet Chicago remains one of the most segregated cities in the world. Join us in February as we discuss the history and consequences of modern segregation in our beloved city.The conference’s purpose is to foster intercultural respect and empower students to engage in civil and authentic dialogue about pertinent problems in society. This year's theme is: Chicago: The Divided City

Lake Forest Academy is an independent college preparatory school consisting of about 435 high school students. LFA offers a transformative boarding school experience through a culture of participation characterized by rigorous academics, a global outlook and Midwestern values.
The Global Youth Leadership Institute is a non-profit organization that seeks to foster greater understanding of cultural and religious pluralism, collaborative leadership skills, and environmental care practices among students and educators.

What is the FIRE (Fostering Intercultural Respect & Empowerment) Conference? We are dedicated to educating youth about diversity issues and creating global citizens. Our students come from all over the world, and we are committed to hearing their voices as well as helping them listen to the perspectives of others through the 5C’s of awareness: Color, Culture, Class, Character, Context. For the second year in a row, FIRE aims to bring students and educators together to challenge minds and ignite conversations.

For more information, please contact Lusanda Mayikana, Dean of Pluralism and Multicultural Affairs at 


The National Stem Cell Foundation
(NSCF) Scholars Program

The application to apply to become a STEM Scholar is now open – just click here. Applications are due February 1, 2018.

The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) would like to introduce you to the National STEM Scholars program and ask you to share this information with any middle school STEM teachers you think would like to apply!

The NSCF supports peer-reviewed research and clinical trials in the field of adult stem cell and regenerative medicine technologies in four primary focus areas: Neurodegenerative Disease, Autoimmune Disease, Regenerative Repair and Rare Childhood Disorders. Equally crucial to our efforts, our Program Track in Education funds scholarships for middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) pioneers and our Program Tracks in Patient Advocacy connect children with limited resources to cutting edge clinical trials accelerating access to scientific breakthroughs now.

NSCF partners with the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics at Western Kentucky University to fund 10 scholarships each year for middle school teachers who will inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers. Students who get excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects in middle school often go on to take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level. NSCF developed this opportunity as a result of the lack of researchers needed in the U.S. for the advancement of medical and healthcare breakthroughs.

STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for their classrooms and spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education (the 2017 speaker was Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University). Students of National STEM Scholar teachers will work with providers of space technology and education. Additionally, through the NSCF’s relationship with Space Tango (microgravity research & design), NASA is investigating an opportunity for astronauts on the International Space Station to talk directly with the classrooms of our STEM Scholars.

The application to apply to become a STEM Scholar is now open – just click here. Applications are due February 1, 2018.

Please contact me if you would like more information, or if you have any questions - Maria McGary, National Stem Cell Foundation, Chief Administrative Officer, National Stem Cell Foundation, 502-379-8544.


Please check back often as events are added! 

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