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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.


Workshops in 4 major cities
Between March 9 - June 2, 2018
All Dates are Two-Day Workshops

Click here to learn more about the workshops

Teaching Tolerance is hosting professional development workshops this spring in four cities: Raleigh, North CarolinaSt. Louis, MissouriDenver, Colorado; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In each location, the teaching and learning team will host two daylong workshops: Social Justice Teaching 101 and Facilitating Critical Conversations.
The cost of each workshop is $35; this fee covers the workshop materials, breakfast, lunch and a certificate of completion for credit hours. Group rates are available.
Teaching Tolerance will announce locations for the next round of workshops later this spring. Have questions or want to let TT know where to go next? Click here to email them. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the experts and to network with like-minded educators. 

Space is limited—Click here to register today! 

These workshops are for K-12 classroom teachers and administrators or those who work with or coach classroom teachers and administrators.


Summer Spark Symposium

University School of Milwaukee
2100 W. Fairy Chasm Rd.,
Milwaukee, WI 53217
June 11-12, 2018

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Please save the dates of June 11-12, 2018, for the hottest summit on innovation in education in the area: Summer Spark presented by University School of Milwaukee!

We have sold out the past two years, with over 250 educators from all over the Midwest, US, and abroad coming together to share best practices in innovative teaching.

This year we are thrilled to have Tom Murray and Sylvia Martinez as our outstanding keynote presenters. Murray is the Director of Innovation at Future Ready Schools, a renowned blogger, and the 2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year. His recent book Learning Transformed: 8 Steps To Designing Tomorrow’s Schools Today is heralded by Sir Ken Robinson as, “a compelling manifesto for the schools our children need now and an inspirational blueprint for how to bring them about.” Martinez travels the world advocating innovative learning, design thinking, hands-on creation for students and teachers, and is a leader in the Maker Movement. She literally wrote the book on the Maker Movement with Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.

Our featured presenters are an impressive group with diverse areas of focus, including Michael Matera, Julie Smith, Tara Martin, Shelley Burgess, Aaron Hogan, Rachelle Dene Poth, Michael Jaber, and more. We also have tracks on global education, outdoor education, leadership, gamification, innovative elementary teaching, visual literacy, and more.

Members of your school can join in the fun by presenting and sharing as well, as we are accepting proposals for sessions, workshops, and Spark Talks. Presenting to peers is great professional development in itself.

Please visit for more information about this terrific (and inexpensive!) professional development opportunity for you and your staff. Early bird registration is open now!


Madison Country Day School & The Jane Group Crisis Boot Camp

Madison Country Day School
5606 River Road,
Waunakee, WI 53597
June 15, 2018

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Say bye-bye to gym shorts and hello to a boot camp that will get your communications skills in tip-top shape this summer. Join us for key learnings, crisis basics, and best practices. Jane Hulbert will also review what every crisis plan should include.

  • Crisis 101 – Hope Is Not a Strategy
  • Preparing Your Front Line Ambassadors
  • Messaging in Crisis Times – Landing It Right
  • Case Studies

Cost - The cost to attend is $400 per person or a discounted rate of $1000 for a group of 3 from your school or organization. Register at If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Davis at or (630) 325-2509.



Columbia Independent School
1801 North Stadium Boulevard
Columbia, MO 65202
June 19, 2018

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Experience a day of renewal and revitalization at the CIS Summer R&R Conference (Renewal and Revitalization Conference) highlighting Project Based Learning on June 19, 2018 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Columbia Independent School Performing Arts Center, 1801 North Stadium Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65202. Registration Fee is $100/person. Click here for more information and to register!


  • 8:30-9:00 Registration and light breakfast (bagels, fruit, coffee, juice)
  • 9:00-11:30 Morning Session addressing the following: overview of PBL and the underlying belief system associated with PBL, develop an understanding of the PBL culture, examine the components consistent with the ‘gold standard’ approach to PBL
  • 11:30-12:45 Lunch and Wellness Fair (attendees can participate in optional yoga sessions, mindfulness, stretching classes)
  • 12:45-3:30 Afternoon Session addressing the following: learn how to plan and organize for PBL, participate in a “micro version” study of PBL, complete with entry event, driving question,  reflection practices, and standards inclusion

Participants are asked to bring an electronic device such as a phone, tablet or laptop as the program will utilize electronic tools and resources. Yoga and other relaxtion sessions will be offered during lunch, so please wear casual clothes. 

Presenter Deb Caywood: Deb is an educator with over 20 years of classroom experience.  Her background is in elementary education, project based learning, and innovative integration of technology and immersive learning experiences. She currently works for Liberty Public Schools as a 5th grade teacher where she enjoys working at EPiC Elementary-the districts innovative elementary school. She is a graduate of Arkansas State University with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. She is an adjunct professor at Rockhurst University and serves as a consultant for Project Based Learning implementation, helping schools build a culture of innovation, risk taking, and technology integration. Deb is passionate about helping educators rethink and revision what teaching and learning can be like for themselves and their students when they are equipped, empowered, and excited.

Questions? Contact Dawn Brown at


Girls Who Code Campus

Multiple Campuses
June - August, 2018

Click here for the Chicago Campus
Click here for the Minneapolis Campus

Is your student excited about coding? Girls Who Code Campus is a new two-week summer program for 6th to 12th grade girls! Since 2012, Girls Who Code has connected over 40,000 girls across the country to coding education and a community of fellow creators!

Campus offers a research-based curriculum taught by high-caliber instructors. These programs will prepare girls to consider careers in technology, expose them to role models in STEM fields, and introduce them to the national Girls Who Code alumni network of ambitious, creative young women. 

At two-week Campus programs, our students will:

  • Connect coding to their interests
  • Build bravery and confidence
  • Learn more about computer science careers and women in tech
  • Join a supportive sisterhood of girls who code all across the U.S.

This summer in Chicago and Minneapolis, Girls Who Code Campus will be offering four two-week courses to middle and high school girls:

  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Website Design & Development
  • Wearable Tech & Fashion Design
  • iPhone App Development

Register Now for Girls Who Code Campus!
Learn More About Girls Who Code Campus


National Capstone Consortium
Summer Summit 2018

Endicott College
376 Hale St
Beverly, MA 01915
August 6-9, 2018


We are excited to host the 6th Annual National Capstone Summer Summit, August 6th - 9th, on the seaside campus of the incredible Endicott College in Beverly, MA (just north of Boston).

Some of our nation's most effective and inspiring Capstone programs have emerged from the the creative and collaborative work facilitated by the National Summit. Together we support established and emerging capstone programs at any stage in development and growth.

The 3.5-day Capstone Summit workshop provides participants with an in-depth, collaborative engagement with creating or developing authentic and personalized learning through capstone projects. Participants will learn how capstone projects can be used to foster students as agents of their own learning.

Participants have the opportunity to:

  • learn from and share with established and emerging capstone programs from a diverse array of independent and public schools
  • review and work with NatCapCon's shared capstone curriculum, assessment, instruction, and planning materials 
  • attend conversations on a variety of topics related to implementing capstone projects in schools, and
  • network with dynamic, diverse, and like-minded educators

Your all-inclusive fee for the NatCapCon Summer Summit includes the workshop, materials, and breakfast/lunch/dinner on all three and half days of the Summit. Limited spots are available. Register by April 6th, 2018 to receive this early bird discount!

We look forward to the National Summit as an opportunity to gather remarkable educators together to share the very best thinking, resources, methods and practices on authentic and personalized learning.  As a truly national consortium, this year's shift to the east coast fulfills our vision to be tri-coastal - East Coast, West Coast and Mid Coast (we hear Milwaukee is awesome in the summer. USM is up next?!). 



A day just for ISACS librarians! Come together in an edcamp format for a time to share ideas, gain inspiration, and make connections. There will be a small fee, around $15.00 for lunch.

To help us better plan for this event, please click here to fill out a brief interest survey. This is not a registration just a few quick questions to help in our planning. Thank you!

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


Please check back often as events are added! 

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