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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.

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

Meetings will include an ISACS update, presentation of data trends in ISACS schools, and discussion of issues raised by participants.

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,

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 session for Arkansas and SW Missouri, originally scheduled for April 12, has been postponed until the fall.


3rd Annual Candidates of Color Connect

Near North Montessori
1434 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Click here to learn more about the workshop

CANDIDATES OF COLOR CONNECT - A recruiting and networking event to welcome educators of color to our community.

JOIN US! This event is open to prospective employees who identify as people of color. Any experience in the education field is welcome—whether you are looking for your first job in an educational setting or already have a well-established teaching career. NNM has a range of positions to interest everyone. Bring a friend, and share this information with your network! Light refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

  • LEARN about how NNM deliberately creates a diverse, inclusive, and growth-oriented community and work environment
  • LISTEN as faculty and staff members talk about their NNM careers and how they relate to the schools’ commitment to diversity
  • CONNECT with like-minded educators and be part of our candidate pool for the 2018-2019 school year

CLICK HERE to RSVP - Please contact our Human Resources Assistant, Lauren Pate, with any questions about this event:


Finalsite Web Strategy Workshop

The Latin School of Chicago
1531 N Dearborn Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Click here to learn more about the workshop

Learn proven strategies for success for all your 2018 initiatives.

Join Finalsite's team of experts at Latin School of Chicago for a day of communications strategy! We’ll cover the top web trends for this year, how to rethink the way your website serves the needs of your current parents, and will offer suggestions on how to make your website stand out in a crowded market.

During our free Web Strategy Workshops, you will learn new ways to:

  • Drive new website traffic with search engine marketing

  • Attract, recruit and retain students and families with compelling communications

  • Redesign your school's website for maximum engagement

  • Drive parent engagement with digital communications, including email and social media

As an added bonus back by popular demand, we'll also have an interactive discussion with attendees on what makes your school special based on your online content and web design.

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



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.


Upcoming Events at the Francis W. Parker School

Francis W. Park School
330 W Webster Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
January - April, 2018


Leadership+Design Bootcamp

Open Book (Target Performance Hall)
1101 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
​March 29-30, 2018

Click here for registration information!

Leadership+Design Bootcamp is a two-day crash course in design thinking (or human-centered design), which is a problem-solving framework that applies the habits, mindsets, and strategies of designers and innovators to our work as school leaders. Over the two days, the cohort engages in intensive small-group problem solving around a central design challenge which allows them to learn and practice new skills, including conducting empathy research, consolidating insights around real human needs, and brainstorming and prototyping creative solutions.  

We’re excited to be partnering with Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI), a Twin Cities organization (with a wonderfully wacky name) dedicated to closing the achievement gap through creative writing and tutoring programs for underserved K-12 students.  Our participants will be learning the design thinking process by tackling a real issue the organization is facing at the moment, and will have an opportunity to pitch their creative solutions to MOI by the end of the workshop.  Participants will then reflect on the various applications of this approach 

In addition to learning or enhancing their design thinking skills, we also intersperse the experience with intensive discussion and attention to collaboration and group dynamics as they develop solutions to a problem in a rapidly paced experience.  In true L+D fashion, the workshop is playful, fun, and full of action and human connection.  Participants leave having set intentions for how they plan to apply what they’ve learned directly in their own practice as teachers, leaders, or members of their larger community.  

The Minneapolis bootcamp is taking place March 29-30 at OpenBook

Questions? Contact 


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!


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?!). 


Please check back often as events are added! 

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