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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.


Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now

May 2-4, 2019

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
1362 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Join international researchers, K-12 educators, and policymakers at the Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now, hosted by the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools from May 2-4, 2019, in Chicago.The conference commemorates the 100th anniversary of a transformative two-year trip to China made by University of Chicago Laboratory Schools founder John Dewey. 

The event features 19 speakers from the United States and China, including keynote speakers University of Chicago Nobel laureate James Heckman, Professor Shi Zhongying of Beijing Normal University, and Professor Yajun Chen, Director of the Dewey Center at Fudan University. Session topics range from Dewey’s past and present impact in the US and China to progressive approaches to art and education, meeting the needs of rural students, and current challenges in Chinese education.

True to Dewey’s philosophies, the conference also includes a variety of hands-on experiences, including classroom visits and an art activation project, and will feature a documentary film by high school students from Beijing and Chicago about their trip retracing Dewey’s path through China.

To learn more and register, visit


21st Annual
Francine C. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture

with Dr. Shauna Shapiro

May 6, 2019

Francis W. Parker
330 W Webster Ave 
Chicago, IL 60614

Join mindful parenting expert Dr. Shauna Shapiro for a revolutionary lecture combining the ancient wisdom of mindfulness with modern neuroscience to help us deepen our capacity to raise emotionally intelligent children. The word “discipline” has a negative connotation in our culture and in our society. Many parents think discipline is overly harsh and antiquated. But when you look at the root of the word, discipline is really about teaching and learning. As parents, we want to teach our children skills that are going to help them cultivate greater happiness and health in their lives. Mindful discipline involves creating boundaries and guidance in a conscious, loving way that can deeply support your children’s growth and development.

Together, we will explore the latest advances in science and clinical research to consider how to effectively integrate mindfulness and compassion into parenting and teaching. The intention of this lecture is to examine practices that can transform our individual and collective lives.

Shauna Shapiro is a professor, author and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and compassion. Nearly 1 million people have watched her 2017 TEDx talk “The Power of Mindfulness," and she has published more than 100 journal articles and co-authored two critically acclaimed books translated into 14 languages: The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline. Her work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Wired, USA Today, Dr. Oz, the Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and American Psychologist. Dr. Shapiro is a graduate of Duke University and a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama. What is truly unique about her is that her scientific work is born out of 20 years of personal meditation experience. She spent time in the monasteries of Thailand and Nepal and brings a deeply embodied sense of mindfulness to her teaching.

Be prepared for unexpected mystery and delight.

Register here now or contact Nick Saracino at with any questions or concerns. 


Summer Institute 2019

MBE & Applied Research in Your School: Spatialization, STEAM, and Beyond

June 11, 2019

Breck School
123 Ottawa Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55422

Join Breck School's Peter Clark Center & Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute for a 1-day workshop: Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) & Applied Research in Your School: Spatialization, STEAM, and Beyond.

  • What does it mean to be an MBE-aligned school?
  • What does it mean to be an MBE-aligned teacher?
  • How can a research-informed approach to teaching and learning raise our professionalism as teachers and improve outcomes for our students?

Click here to register and for more information! Space is limited. Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM $50

Contact Dr. Daisy Pellent, 763.381.8346, with any questions or concerns. 


5th Annual
ISEEN Summer Institute

June 14-23, 2019

Santa Fe Prep and the 
Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Experiential Education Pedagogy and Practice

This is a professional development experience like no other. At the ISEEN Summer Institute, teachers work in small, discipline-specific cohorts to delve deeper into experiential education and develop practices to bring back to implement in the next school year.

The Institutes are conducted in partnership with Santa Fe Prep and the peaceful and zen-like Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center. It is truly a magical and transformative experience because of these partnerships and through the incredible leadership of our team of facilitators.

  • Math, Elementary Ed, Science: June 14-18, 2019
  • History, English, Languages: June 19-23, 2019

Click here to register By April 1 or contact Sarah Ferrier at with any questions or concerns. 


Summer Spark 2019

June 17-18, 2019

University School of Milwaukee
2100 W. Fairy Chasm Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Get ready for Summer Spark 2019!

Summer Spark at University School of Milwaukee is an annual two-day symposium—for educators of all ages, all subjects, and all schools—to learn about and share best practices in innovative teaching. 

Topics will include technology integration, experiential learning, flipping the classroom, STEM, genius hour, the connected educator, assessment, global education, and much, much more. Graduate credits will be available from Concordia University Wisconsin for those who are interested.

Summer Spark is celebrating its fifth year in 2019, and we can't wait to welcome you (or welcome you back) to the best professional development opportunity around!

Register here now or contact Pamela Nosbusch at with any questions or concerns. 



Integrated Project Based
Learning Institute

June 18-19, 2019

Joseph and Florence Mandel
Jewish Day School
26500 Shaker Boulevard 
Beachwood, OH 44122


Innovate and inspire your students with Integrated Project Based Curriculum. It Will Revolutionize Your School’s Curriculum. Participants will learn about this dynamic educational philosophy, how to integrate Project Based Learning into their curriculum, and how to follow state standards while engaging in fun, memorable learning activities.

COST - $400

Click here for more information or contact Leah Spector at with any questions or concerns. 


Capstone Summer Summit!

June 24-28, 2019

Simmons University
300 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

The National Capstone Consortium announces our seventh Summer Summit, taking place in the heart of Boston at Simmons University, June 24-28, 2019! 
Join us for programming and collaboration for leaders of all types of capstones, from fledging to mature programs, encompassing experiential and academic learning, at public or independent schools. Engage with the Consortium through the unique peer-to-peer networks we've developed over our past six years. Learn from special sessions that include diversity, equity, and inclusion in capstones, and the role of capstones in the college admissions process. Immerse yourself in the legendary camaraderie of the Summit!

Visit our summit page for more information! 

Contact Nina Leacock at with any questions or concerns. 


Please check back often as events are added! 

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