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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. 

Crisis Communications Boot Camp for Independent Schools

Friday, June 9, 2017
Park Tudor School, Foster Hall
7200 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240

The Jane Group will be hosting Crisis Communication Boot Camps throughout the country this summer starting at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis. The course is recommended for anyone in crisis leadership including the head of school, director of communications and
administrative leaders. It is a one day course in crisis management from start to finish. This Boot Camp will prepare you and your crisis team for getting through your worst day. This course will cover the following crisis topics:

  • Crisis Landscape -- Trends and issues in our schools
  • Before the Crisis-- We will analyze what your school should have in place including the team, training, and the role of social media.
  • During the Crisis-- Steps to take, first hour response, fact finding, messaging to constituents and media management.
  • After the Crisis-- The importance of the de-brief.
  • Case Studies-- The group will break into small groups to work through actual cases.

Visit our website for a full list of upcoming Jane Group workshops and boot camps.

If you have any questions, please contact Humera Yousuf with the Jane Group, or 630 325-2509.


Summer Spark

June 12-13, 2017
University School of Milwaukee
2100 West Fairy Chasm Road
Milwaukee WI 53217

Featuring inspiring keynotes, awesome featured presentations, tracked breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, an unconference sharing time, including breakfast and lunch each day, and more!

  • Early bird registration is only $160 and ends April 17th.
  • Graduate credits available through Concordia University.
  • Regsiter at:
  • Follow @usmspark and #usmspark on Twitter


 The Capstone Consortium Summer Summit

 June 19-23, 2017
 The Thacher School
 5025 Thacher Rd
 Ojai, CA 93023


The National Capstone Consortium supports capstone projects at elementary through high school levels in public, charter, and independent schools. Following an open-source model, we share resources freely with teachers and administrators who direct capstone projects.

The Capstone Consortium Summer Summit will meet this year at the Thacher School in Ojai, California from Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23, at a cost of $350. per participant. We will again welcome representatives from public, charter, and independent schools for a lively exchange of ideas and resources as we seek to develop or launch capstone projects at our home schools. In addition, this year's summit will consider the future of the Consortium, and especially ways to continue our collective work throughout the year. If you would like to attend this year’s event, please click here to reserve your spot. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email right away and further information about the Summit in the coming months. We hope to see you there! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nina Leacock at


  Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators

  June 21-23, 2017
  Cranbrook Schools
  39221 Woodward Avenue
  Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

ReDesignEdu is a 3-day experience (June 21st - June 23rd) where K-12 teachers learn Design Thinking by doing Design Thinking. Over the course of the workshop, you will learn to think and act as a designer to solve problems in key areas of education. Armed with a new mindset, you’ll be ready to incorporate Design Thinking into projects that will challenge your students to empathize with others and apply their knowledge and skills to solve real world problems.

This is not a typical workshop - come ready to get hands on! Working in small groups you’ll use the Design Thinking process to examine and solve real educational challenges, such as how to assess the impact of experiential learning. You’ll learn key aspects of the process through collaboration, communication, and reflection.

Learn and do Design Thinking alongside experts at The MIT Edgerton Center and teachers from Cranbrook Schools and the Meadowbrook School of Weston on how best to incorporate Design Thinking into your curriculum.

The workshop is limited to 50 participants on a first come-first served basis. Given the hands-on nature of the workshop, institutions are encouraged to identify a minimum of two participants to attend, but not more than five individuals. The cost of the workshop is $1,200 per participant which includes all course materials, morning refreshments each day, lunch each day, and dinner on Wednesday evening. Payment is by credit card only and must be received by May 18 to hold a space. Once payment has been received, an e-mail confirming your registration and acting as a receipt will be sent. Participants must bring their own laptops. Sign up online click here!

Anyone interested can contact Laurie Pullen at 248-645-3253 or with questions.


Institute on Teaching the World's Religions

June 25-30, 2017
Cenacle Retreat Center
513 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, Illinois  60614

CSEE's summer institute brings together university scholars and teachers of the world's religious traditions for five days of study, discussion, activity sharing, and camaraderie.

CSEE Member School Faculty: $1095 (includes room and board) or $595 (day-only, includes lunch)
Non-Members: $1495 (includes room and board) or $795 (day-only, includes lunch)

About this Event
CSEE's institute brings together university scholars and world religion teachers from around North America for five days of study, discussion, activity sharing and camaraderie. Participants will leave with new knowledge, new ideas for the classroom, a list of resources and enduring contacts. 

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim (Yale) have helped to create the new field of world religions and ecology over the last 25 years. They will share an overview of the field as well as their special areas of study in Chinese religions and Native American traditions. In addition, they will reflect on how to teach the Emmy award winning film they produced, Journey of the Universe.

Asma Afsaruddin, presenting on Islam in the West, is a professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, an adjunct professor in the Department of Religious Studies, and an affiliated professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University. 

Click here for more information or if you have any questions or concerns, please email



  June 28th - 29th, 2017
  Lake Forest Academy
  1500 W Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045


Join Us in Creating Sustainable Models!

About this Event
Are you tired of hearing about how the business model for "how we do school" is no longer fit for purpose? So are we! Join us this summer for an intense, two-day "business model hackathon," during which time we will co-create a number of different models for implementation.


  • Wallace Boston, Ed.D
    President & CEO at American Public University System
    American Public Education
  • Kevin Ruth
    Chief Executive
    ECIS, the Educational Collaborative for International Schools
  • John Strudwick, Ph.D
    Head of School, Lake Forest Academy 

For more information and to register for this event - please click here

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Nink at Lake Forest Academy:


SSS Summer Series

July 24-29, 2017
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland

The SSS Summer Series offers three separate events geared to financial aid professionals at different experience levels, held over a week in late July. Held July 24-29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, the SSS Summer Series includes:

              Level 1: Institute for New Financial Aid Professionals 
                                           Webinars:  July 11, 12, 13; In-Person: July 24-25, 2017

              Level 2: Advanced Topics Workshop: Demystifying Self-Employment
                                           In-Person: July 26-27, 2017

              Level 3: School Leaders Forum
                                           In-Person:  July 27-29, 2017

For more information and to register, visit


2017 SSS Financial Aid Conference

September 11-13, 2017
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisianna

The SSS Financial Aid Conference brings together hundreds of financial aid professionals from around the country to connect, share and learn how to make better award decisions. Attendees will leave with the tools, strategies and networking they need to tackle even the most difficult financial aid strategies. Looking to share what you know?  Help us build an impactful 2017 conference by submitting a session or workshop proposal today. The deadline for submission is April 5th.

To learn more and to submit a proposal, visit

We appreciate any efforts you can make to alert your schools to these chances to connect and grow.  If you have questions about any of these events, please contact Patricia Hayden, director of professional development, at




2017 NAIS Leadership Through Partnership (LTP) Workshop

October 13-15, 2017
W Chicago - City Center
172 W Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603

NAIS, in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, has enhanced and refined the Leadership Through Partnership workshop to enable effective, successful board and head relationships. Using case studies and leadership-building activities and learning sessions,  this new program will review how to leverage your unique positions as trustees, board chairs, and heads of school, to have a long-lasting, positive impact on your schools. LTP provides school heads and board leader(s) the chance to collaborate and strengthen their partnership. 

Away from busy day-to-day life, you can identify shared goals for your school. For the newly appointed head, board chair, or trustee, LTP proves particularly valuable to forge a positive and effective relationship. For the trustee and school head with a well-established relationship, LTP offers an opportunity to gain fresh perspectives on styles of collaboration in the context of new challenges and priorities. 

Click here to register and follow along/be a part of the LTP conversation on Twitter with #NAISLTP.

Please contact or (202) 973-9762 if you have any questions or if you would like to register by mail.


ERB 90th Annual Conference - Inspire and Energize: The Power of Optimism

October 18-20, 2017
Boston Park Plaza
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

As an ISACS member, you are invited to attend ERB’s 90th Annual User Conference in Boston, October 18 – 20.  The networking and educational opportunities are unparalleled and as fellow educators, you can register today and save $50 off the regular pricing!  Use the code ISACS17 when you sign up for the premier educational conference of the year!


Please check back often as events are added! 

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