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2011 Annual Conference

November 3 - 4, 2011

COBO Center
Detroit, MI

Registration for the Annual Conference has closed. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

Conference Theme: "Innovation: Thinking Outside the Box”

Join your ISACS colleagues at the Annual Conference, "Innovation: Thinking Outside the Box" Thursday, November 3 - Friday, November 4, 2011.

ISACS will be offering over 125 concurrent sessions during the two-day conference. If you would like to request a printed brochure, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

Update on Conference Sessions:
Thursday, November 3
Cancelled Session: 9:00 – 10:15 am – T-7 Meeting the Needs of Struggling Students in 21st Century Environments with Robin Rosen & Marcia Seigerman

Friday, November 4
Session Added:
8:30 am -  9:30 am - T-18A - Going Global: How to Connect Your Classroom with Schools Around the World (See T-11 for description - T-7 reached capacity and we have added a second session on Friday)

Michigan Attendees – Receive SB-CEUs at the ISACS Annual Conference
In support of our Michigan colleagues, ISACS will be providing Michigan SB-CEU’s at the ISACS Annual Conference at COBO Center on Thursday November 3 – Friday, November 4, 2011. ISACS is being sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Educational Management (MIEMs), an approved SB-CEU provider in Michigan.  If you would like to receive SB-CEUs for attending the ISACS conference, you must follow a specific process. For more information on what you need to do to receive SB-CEUs, click here.

Click below for quick access to the following sections:
Dates and Times
Conference Location
Conference Brochure
Featured Speakers
Social Media
Pre-Conference Readings
Equity Committee Reception
Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities
Hotel Accommodations
Air Transportation
Ground Transportation
Downtown Transportation
Parking Information at COBO
Detroit Information
Registration Information
Hard Copy Forms
Annual Conference FAQs
Annual Conference Tips

Dates and Times
Thursday, November 3: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Friday, November 4: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Conference Location
All sessions will take place at COBO Convention Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI.

Conference Brochure
Brochures will be sent to your school by the end of August.  Click here for a pdf of the conference brochure.

Featured Speakers
Featured speakers include: Guy Kawasaki, Jane McGonigal, Ann Anzalone, Jim Bisenius,Jennifer Bryan, Mike Connor, Jeffrey Cufaude, Charles Fadel, Lucy Gray, Kevin Honeycutt, Bertie Kingore, Larry Lauer, Andre Robert Lee, Jay McTighe, Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Will Richardson, Phil Schlemmer, and David Thornburg.

Click here to view featured speaker bios.

Social Media at the ISACS Annual Conference
Several Michigan schools have come together to develop social media presence at the ISACS Annual Conference using Twitter, blogs, and photo sharing sites. Register your participation from the social media page and follow us on Twitter at @ISACSinDetroit. You can keep up with other attendees participating on Twitter with the hash tag #ISACSCon. For more information, contact

Speaker Recommended Pre-Conference Readings

Pre-conference readings written by and/or suggested by speakers are available for viewing as noted below:
Additional resources will be forthcoming.

Featured Speakers

Charles Fadel

Lucy Gray

Kevin Honeycutt

Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Larry Lauer

Michael Warren

Other Presenters

Lisa Ballo

  • Click here to access information about Belightful Yoga for Kids
  • Click here to access information about Belightful Yoga for Teachers

Karen Bosch

Patrick Brosnan

Brad Kohl

Click here for links to the following resources:

  • Asperger's Syndrome: Guidelines for Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Asperger's Syndrome: Guidelines for Treatment and Intervention

Eric Knispel

Lorna Smith

  • Click here for information on Horizons National Summer Enrichment Program

ReceptionJoin the ISACS Equity Committee for a reception on Thursday, November 3rd from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Location at the COBO Center to be determined. Please RSVP by calling ISACS at 312-255-1244 or via email at

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities
Exhibitors at the conference will have access to educators from more than 230 schools in our 13 state region. ISACS expects more than 1,200 faculty, administrators and trustees to pass through the exhibit area. The exhibitor area will be open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 3rd and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, November 4th (with appropriate lunch breaks).

ISACS also provides annual conference sponsorship opportunities. If your company plans to exhibit at the 2011 Annual Conference, the Association Sponsorship Program offers your company the most economical package, with year long exposure to ISACS member schools. As an Association Sponsor (at a cost of $500/year), your company receives 50% off the 2011 exhibitor registration fee.

Click here to review the ISACS exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities. Click here to download an application.

To be added to the ISACS mailing list, please call ISACS at 312-255-1244.

Conference Exhibitors

Click here to view a current list of exhibitors.
View the exhibitor floor plan.

Download Exhibitor Forms:

Motor City Electric Co. Electrical Service Order Form

Elite Showtime Services Shipment Order Form and Credit Card Authorization Form


President's Club
The following have provided financial support at the $2,500 to $4,999 level for the ISACS Annual Conference

Head's Club
The following have provided financial support at the $1,000 to $2,499 level for the ISACS Annual Conference

Dean's ClubT
he following have provided financial support at the $500 - $999 level for the ISACS Annual Conference

Hotel Accommodations

The Westin Book Cadillac - Detroit
1114 Washington Blvd
Detriot, MI 48226
(888) 627-7150 (reservations)
(313) 442-1600 (direct hotel phone number)

The ISACS room block for Wednesday, November 2 has reached capacity at the Westin. A limited number of rooms remain in the ISACS block for Thursday November 3 and Friday November 4. If you need hotel accommodations for Thursday and/or Friday nights, call the Westin today to secure this low rate.  Information on overflow hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn Express is below.

Westin Book Cadillac - Limited Rooms Available
ISACS has secured discounted rooms at the Westin Book Cadillac for $125/night plus tax for single/double occupancy.  The rate includes complimentary Internet and the gym. This special rate is valid thru 6:00 PM on Friday, October 14, 2011. To make reservations, please call 1-888-627-7150 and mention the group reservations code:” Independent Schools Association of the Central States.”  Note: Individual reservations must be cancelled by 24-hours prior to arrival to avoid one night room and tax charge. We highly recommend making your hotel reservations early! Overnight valet parking at the Westin is $15/night and daily valet parking is $10/day.

Legendary style and glamour has returned to Detroit. Following a $200 million renovation, the historic Book Cadillac Hotel has been restored to its original splendor to reclaim its position as Detroit’s luxury hotel. Now included in the National Register of Historic Places, the Italian Renaissance–style hotel, built by Detroit’s famous Book brothers, was the tallest building in Detroit and the tallest hotel in the world at its completion in 1924. 

The hotel is 4 ½ blocks from COBO. ISACS will provide limited transportation to/from COBO at particular times. The walk is less than 10 minutes and the People Mover is also an easy option.

Click here for directions to the Westin Book Cadillac. See Directions below for additional useful directions.

Overflow Hotel Information
Holiday Inn Express Detroit
1020 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI
Telephone: 313-887-7000

ISACS has secured a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, which is directly across the street from the Westin Book Cadillac and is 4 blocks from COBO Center. ISACS has held a limited number of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express for the nights of Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3 at a rate of $119/per night plus tax. The rate includes a continental breakfast. To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at 313-887-7000, press “3” and use the Group Block Code: “ISA” or name “ISACS”. Rate is available until October 19. Cancellation for individual rooms is 24 Hours prior to 3:00 pm on the arrival date without room charge incurred.

For online reservations, please click here. Select the appropriate dates in the arrival box and the departure boxes. Please enter “ISA” in the Group Code box and hit “View Rates” and then select the room you would like to reserve and continue through the online process.

Valet parking at the Holiday Inn Express is $18.00/per car with in and out privileges.

Air Transportation
Air travel to Detroit can be accessed via Detroit Metro Airport. In addition to other carriers, Southwest Airlines flies in/out of Detroit Metro Airport.

Ground Transportation
A taxi from Detroit Metro Airport to the hotel costs approximately $50 one-way and takes approximately 30 minutes during non-rush hour and 50 minutes during rush hour.

If you would like to schedule a car service to/from the airport, we recommend using B.C.M Enterprise Limousine Service. For this service, you must prearrange your travel needs directly with B.C. M.  From the airport to downtown (either to the Westin or COBO) will be $65 and includes gratuity From downtown to the airport the fare is $55 and includes gratuity. To make a reservation for a car service call BCM directly at 248-351-0235 and give them your travel needs. ISACS does not have a special group rate.  These rates are only slightly higher than taking a taxi.

Downtown Transportation - Detroit People MoverOnce downtown, access COBO, the hotel, restaurants and attractions using the Detroit People Mover . The People mover is a fully automated light rail system that operates on an elevated single track loop in Detroit's central business district. The 2.9 mile system with 13 stops costs .50 cents per ride. Normal weekday operating hours are 6:30 a.m. to Midnight, with an extension to 2 a.m. on Friday. Weekend hours are 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Noon to Midnight on Sunday. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the 13 stop loop. The cost of each ride is .50 cents.
For more information visit,

Parking Information at COBO
COBO Center has several parking garages with a daily rate for the COBO rooftop $8/day and all other garages $10/day. See below (directions) for a pdf of parking options/directions.

For easist access to the ISACS registration area we recommend parking at COBOS's rooftop parking.

If your school is using a bus to transport faculty, please notify ISACS at (312) 255-1244.

Click here for directions to the Westin Book Cadillac.
Click here for directions and parking information for the COBO Convention Center.
Click here for a COBO parking map with directions
Click here for directions from the Westin Book Cadillac to the COBO Convention Center.

Detroit Information
For Detroit information, visit the following websites:

To help plan your trip, click for a list of restaurants and for a list of attractions ISACS has compiled.

Canada is a short drive from Detroit. If you are planning to drive into Canada to visit Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island, please bring a valid passport. For more information, visit

Redwings Discounted Offer for ISACS

The Detroit Redwings hockey team will be playing at Joe Lewis Arena (right next to COBO Center) on Thursday, November 3 and Saturday, November 5. If you would like to purchase tickets at a discounted rate for the ISACS conference, follow this link: and enter code ISACS11. For more information on the offer, click here.

Registration Information
Registration will be open in mid/late August.
Registration fees are as follows:

  • $130 per person (ISACS member) for 1-day registration
  • $200 per person (ISACS member) for 2-day registration
  • $160 per person (non-member) for 1-day registration
  • $250 per person (non-member) for 2-day registration

Registration includes daily continental breakfast and a banquet lunch. Register online and select sessions and lunches. You must register before Friday, October 14, 2011. There is no on-site registration.

Printed brochures with detailed program content will be sent to the ISACS Teacher Representative at your school in August.

Hard Copy Forms
Conference Planner
Schedule at-a-Glance
Conference Brochure PDF

Annual Conference Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for answers to FAQs regarding the 2011 Annual Conference.

Tips to Extend the Annual Conference Experience
Download the Annual Conference Tips

Cancellation Policy
ISACS cannot offer refunds for the annual conference after Friday, October 14. Cancellations must be received in writing by October 14 to receive a 50% refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school until October 14. To contact ISACS, please email or call (312) 255-1244. 

Check back periodically for more information.

If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.


Member Cost: $200     Non-member Cost: $250
Registration Deadline:  October 17, 2011


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