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2013 Annual Conference - New Ways to Teach, New Ways To Learn

November 7 - 8, 2013

Millennium Hotel
St. Louis, MO

Online registration for the ISACS Annual Conference is now closed.
If you have any questions, call the ISACS ofice at 312-255-1244.

Registration Update as of 9/4/13:

Friday November 8
Session Cancellations:

  • All sessions with Bob McCannon have been cancelled: F-7, F-25, F-46 and F-62. Please select other sessions. Thank you.

Session Additions:

9:00 am - 10:15 am

  • F-19A: The Independent School Financial Model is Broken: How to Fix It, John Farber, Old Trail School

10:30 am - 11:45 am

  • F-38A: The Reggio Approach in Action with Elizabeth Keim and Maria Reilly, The Stanley Clark School (See session F-54 for description)
  • F-38B: Collective Success: Building Community Through Online Partnerships, Sarah Hofstra, Barstow School

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm:

  • F58A: Grit! Why Is It So Important and How Do We Elicit It with Tom Hoerr, New City School (See session T-26 for description.)
  • F-58B: Online Not Just For The Classroom: Coaching Sports Online, Blended and Face-to-Face, Joe Fox, Barstow School

There are some sessions that have already reached capacity. Please select from other sessions. Thank you.

As of October 21, these sessions have reached capacity:

Thursday November 7:

10:30 am - 11:45 am

  • T-26: Grit: Why Is It So Important and How Do We Elicit It, Tom Hoerr, (This session is now also being offered on Friday, F58A at 1:30 pm. Space in that session is still available).
  • T-30: Writing the School’s Self Study, Judy Bloch
  • T-31: Using Research & Communications to Refine Your School's Brand, Chris Everett & Lisa Hendrickson

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

  • T-56: The Evolution of a Contemporary JK-12 Math Curriculum, Amy Scheer

Friday, November 8:

9:00 am – 10:15 am

  • F-8: Privileged But Pressured: Fragility Among Upper-Middle Class Youth, Suniya Luthar
  • F-9:  Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, & Do, Kathy Cramer
  • F-10: What Every Teacher Should Know & Never Say, Leo Athas
  • F-11: The Gifted Learner in Elementary and Middle School, Charles Debelak & Helena Debelak
  • F-13: Remembering Pearl Harbor: US Japanese Historic Relations, Christine Marshall
  • F-14:  Empathy To Action, Lynn Mittler
  • F-15:  Rethinking Film, Tex Tourais
  • F-16: Creating a Truly Formative Teacher Observation Process, Scott Small
  • F-19: Effectively Marketing Your School, Chris Everett & Bob Dicus

10:30 am – 11: 45 am

  • F-20: The Brain Goes to School, David Walsh
  • F-21: What Talents Do We Need: Redefining Education Quality, Yong Zhao
  • F-23: Sugar & Spice But Not Always Nice: Gender, Bias & Aggression in Tween &Teen Girls, Rosetta Lee
  • F-24: Privileged But Pressured: Pathways & Interventions, Suniya S. Luthar
  • F-28: Making the Most of Difficult Conversations, Michael Riera
  • F-29: Change the Way you SEE Everything: Experience the Change Factor, Lori Dixon
  • F-32: Understanding Teacher Leadership, Adam Cavnar
  • F-33: Get NSpried! New Ways to Teach Science & Math, Carrie Wilson Herndon
  • F-34:  Immediate Innovation: New Theories & Methods Now, Jane Healey & Adam Hellebuyck
  • F-35: Connect, Collaborate: Create a Global Personal Network, Erin Klein
  • F-36: BOOM: The Brain Owner's Operating Manual,  Katie Voss & Chris Rappleye
  • F-38: Strategic Planning Through Trends & Research, Chris Everett & Bob Dicus
  • F-38A: The Reggio Approach in Action, Elizabeth Keim & Maria Reilly

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

  • F-47: Online Tools to Enhance Teaching and Learning, ERB
  • F-49: Student Led Capstones: The P90X of Innovative Teaching, Laura Bonzo-Sims & Joe Conley
  • F-50: Grab Your Sword: Engaging Boys in the Writing Process, Jennifer Bullock
  • F-51: Teaching Critical Thinking: A Concrete Approach, Jen Cerny & John Yeager
  • F-52: Muse & Music: Speaking, Listening & Meaning in Poetry, Eleanor DesPrez & Seth Hurwitz
  • F-53: IPads in the 21st Century Classroom: It's Not About the Apps, Stephanie Harman
  • F-54: The Reggio Approach in Action, Elizabeth Keim & Maria Reilly
  • F-55: Digital Workstations for the K-5 Classroom, Erin Klein
  • F-56: Maximizing Academic Integrity in Your Schools, Timothy Leet & Stefan Farrenkopf
  • F-57: The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as  a Game, Michael Matera & Kamie Fultz
  • F-58: What Do Other Schools Do? Hot Topics for Financial Aid Policy, Aaron Wachholz

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

  • F-64: The Hidden Logic of Teenagers, Michael Riera
  • F-65: Early Childhood: JK-3 Music and Literature, Kim Aberle
  • F-66: Shame, Bruce Bowdon
  • F-67: Character, Environment, Decision-Making: A (Re)vision, Jennifer Cerny & John Yeager
  • F-69: Telling the Diversity Story, Karen Dye &Ami Berger
  • F-70: The Updated History Classroom: Thematic & Tech-Integrated, Carla Federman & Chris Rhodes
  • F-72: Building a Customized Purposeful PreK-12 Ethics & Character Program, Timothy Leet & Cory Izokaitis
  • F-74: Learning Leadership: Making an IMpact on Your School, Your Profession & Your Career, Peter Simpson
  • F-77: The New Financial Aid Family, Aaron Wachholz

Click below for quick access to the following sections

Dates and Times
Conference Location
Conference Brochure
Featured Presenters
Social Media
Pre-conference Readings
Site Visits
Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities
Hotel Accommodations
Complimentary Shuttle Bus Service Information (Between Drury Inn, Pear Tree Inn & Millennium Hotel)
Air Transportation
Ground Transportation
Parking Information
Directions
St. Louis Information
Registration
Hard Copy Forms
Annual Conference FAQs
Annual Conference Tips

Dates and Times
Thursday, November 7: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Friday November 8: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

Conference Location
The conference takes place at the Millennium Hotel – St. Louis, 200 S. 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

Conference Brochure
Printed brochures will be sent to all ISACS schools in August.  Click here for the conference brochure.

Conference Registration
Registration for the conference will open in late August.

Featured Presenters
Featured presenters include: Hal Gregersen, John Hunter, Robert Evans, Carl F. Hobert, Ian Jukes, Suniya S. Luthar, David Walsh, Yong Zhao, Ann Anzalone, James Bisenius, Kathy Cramer, Devorah Heitner, Rosetta Lee, Bob McCannon, Matt Nink, Mike Paget, Michael Riera, and Douglas A. Smith.

Click here for speaker bios!

Social Media
Follow us on Twitter at the conference at @ISACSCon

Tweeting? Use the hashtag #ISACSCon to join the conversation.

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.

Rob Evans

  • Visit www.robevans.org and view publications and resources for some useful links.

Hal Gregersen

  • Recommended Reading: The Innovators DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators.
  • For more information visit: www.innovatorsdna.com.

Carl Hobert
For his session T-4 Raising Global IQ: Preparing Students for a Shrinking Planet

For his session T-17 It's All About the Kids!

For his session T-38 International Students: Effective Ways to Find, Welcome & Mentor Them in Our Schools

Tom Hoerr

  • Click here to read an excerpt from Fostering Grit: How do I prepare my students for the Real World

John Hunter

Ian Jukes

Suniya S. Luthar

  • Click here for "I can, therefore I must": Fragility in the Upper-middle classes.

Doug Smith

David Walsh

Yong Zhao

  • Visit www.zhaolearning.com
  • Recommended Reading: Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization

Site Visits on Wednesday, November 6
As a courtesy to ISACS members and to encourage sharing among members, we have compiled the following list of St, Louis area schools interested in hosting schools traveling to St. Louis for the ISACS Annual Conference. Click here and contact the school to schedule your site visit!

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities
As of August 30, the ISACS exhibitor area has reached capacity. if you would like to be put on the exhibitor wait list, please call the ISACS office. 

Exhibitors at the conference will have access to educators from more than 230 schools in our 13-state region. ISACS expects more than 1,500 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 7th and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, November 8th (with appropriate lunch breaks).

ISACS also provides annual conference sponsorship opportunities. If your company plans to exhibit at the 2013 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 2013 exhibitor registration fee.

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

Click here to download the Electrical Service Order Form and the Standard Condition Guidelines PDF. And please click here to fill out the Online Exhibitor Badge Form.

Please review the order form for electrical carefully. Please fax or email your completed electrical form to: Fax: 314.241.6171 or email: diane.hill@millenniumhotels.com. If you have any questions regarding ordering electrical, please contact  Diane Hill at 314.516.8034                              

For AV and Internet, please contact John Ervin with PSAV, the Millennium’s onsite AV Company. John’s email is jervin@psav.com and his office phone 314.516.8138.

*You are responsible for ordering and paying for electrical, Internet and AV for your tabletop. Please place your order more than two weeks prior to the event to take advantage of the advanced rate. Requesting additional electrical, AV and Internet later than two weeks before the conference or onsite will incur additional charges. 

The 2013 Exhibitor Area has reached capacity. To be added to the ISACS mailing list, please call ISACS at (312) 255-1244.

Annual Conference Exhibitors
Click here to view a current list of exhibitors.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SPONSORS!

President's Club

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

Hotel Accommodations
Millennium Hotel – St. Louis
200 S. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 241-9500

*** Update on Hotel Accommodations:    As of 9/16 there are no rooms available at the Millennium Hotel. Please see below for overflow hotels. 

Overflow Hotel #1 Information:  As of September 17, rooms are no longer availableat the Drury Inn Union Station.
ISACS has secured an overflow hotel at the Drury Inn- Union Station which is located a little over a mile from the Millennium Hotel. Please do NOT delay, there are only a limited number of rooms available at the Drury Inn!

The Drury Inn – Union Station
201 South 20th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 1-314-231-3900
Reservations: 1-800-325-0720

Complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided between the Drury Inn – Union Station and the Millennium Hotel in the morning and the afternoon on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8. Shuttle transportation should take 10 -15 minutes.  See below for specifics on the complimentary shuttle.

Overflow Hotel #2 - As of September 17, rooms are no longer available at the Pear Tree Inn.

ISACS has secured an overflow hotel at the Pear Tree Inn – Union Station which is located a mile from the Millennium Hotel. Shuttle transportation will be provided between the Pear Tree Inn – Union Station and the Millennium Hotel. Shuttle transportation should take 10 -15 minutes. See be;pw fpr specifics on the complimentary shuttle.

Pear Tree Inn – Union Station
2211 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 1-314-241-3200
Reservations: 1-800-325-0720

Note: Individual reservations must be cancelled by 6:00 pm, on the date of arrival to avoid one night room and tax charge.

Overflow Hotel #3 JUST ADDED - Thursday and Friday nights only!
ISACS has secured additional rooms at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis. The hotel is located 4 blocks (approximately 5 minute walk) from the Millennium Hotel. A limited number of king rooms at $189/night are available on Thursday November 7 and Friday November 8. To make a reservation, call 1-888-421-1442  . and request the ISACS group. To make reservations online visit: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ISACS2013Hyatt . Once at the website, at the pull down menu “Make a Reservation” select Attendee.

Reserve your room today! The rate is good through  October 14, 2013 or until the block reaches capacity.

Please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 if you are having trouble securing a hotel room.

Complimentary Shuttle Bus Service Information (Between Drury Inn, Pear Tree Inn & Millennium Hotel)
For guests staying at the Drury Inn-Union Station or the Pear Tree Inn, The Millennium Hotel will be providing continuous complimentary shuttle bus service (three shuttles) to/from the Drury Inn – Union Station, the Pear Tree Inn and the Millennium Hotel on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8.  The shuttle will take approximately 20 minutes so please plan accordingly. The shuttle will drop off/pick up at the main entrance of the Millennium Hotel, please take the escalators down to the lower level for the ISACS registration desk.

  • The morning shuttle will run from 7:00 am – 9:30 am on Thursday and Friday.  There will be three shuttles running in a continuous circle (Drury Inn, Pear Tree, Millennium) among the three hotels. Please wait outside the hotel for the shuttles which will have ISACS/Millennium Hotel signage in the window.
  • The Thursday afternoon shuttle times will run from 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm and will return attendees from the Millennium Hotel to the Drury Inn and Pear Tree Inn.  The shuttles will be at the main entrance of the Millennium Hotel.
  • The Friday afternoon shuttle times will run from 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm and will return attendees from the Millennium Hotel to the Drury Inn and Pear Tree Inn. The shuttles will be at the main entrance of the Millennium Hotel.
  • On Friday – If possible please leave and store your luggage (and car if you have one) at the Drury Inn or Pear Tree Inn. The Millennium Hotel will have a place to store your luggage if needed but the shuttles will fill quickly with luggage if everyone brings their luggage. Thank you for your assistance.
Air Transportation
Air Travel to St. Louis can be accessed via the Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.  In addition to other carriers, Southwest Airlines services St. Louis.

Ground Transportation
A taxi from the airport to the hotel takes about 20 minutes and costs approximately $35 one way. Public transportation is available via Metrolink which takes approximately 30 minutes and costs $3 per person for a one way trip. For a complete schedule and transit map please visit Metrolink.

ISACS has also secured a special conference rate for Go Best Express shuttle service to/from the airport. Reservations must be made online to receive the discounted rate; walk-ups will not be eligible for convention rate, standard rates will apply.  Please click here for the Go Best Express website and to make a reservation.  The discounted ISACS rate is $18 one way or $34 round trip per person.  Credit cards are required and charged at the time of reservation. The Go Best Express cancellation policy allows you to cancel your reservation more than four hours before the pickup/arrival time to receive a full refund.

Parking Information

Millennium Hotel Parking Garage - Directions
Self- parking for the Millennium Hotel is located at 200 S. Broadway Street, on the west (left) side of 4th Street, immediately across from the hotel. Guests can access the parking garage through the Millennium’s private entrance, which is the first parking entrance if you are heading north on 4th Street. Millennium Hotel parking is located on the Black Level of the garage. The Millennium Hotel does not offer valet parking. We anticipate that the Millennium Hotel lot will reach capacity on Thursday and Friday due to the ISACS Annual Conference. See below for over flow parking.

Millennium Hotel Parking Garage – Overnight Parking
ISACS has secured discounted self-parking rates at the Millennium Hotel’s garage. The ISACS discounted overnight rate is $10/day for self-park only. If you are staying overnight at the hotel, your discounted overnight parking ($10/night) will be charged directly to your hotel bill.

Millennium Hotel Parking Garage – Daily Parking
ISACS has secured discounted self-parking rates at the Millennium Hotel’s garage. The ISACS discounted daily rate is $10/day for self-park only. In order to receive the discounted daily parking YOU must obtain a voucher from the ISACS registration desk for each day that you park and provide this to the parking attendant upon exiting each day. If you do not have the voucher, you will not receive the discounted parking.

Stadium East Parking Garage – Overflow parking – Daily Parking
If the Millennium Hotel garage is full, overflow daily parking is available in the Stadium East parking garage, which is immediately adjacent to the Millennium garage entrance and is the second parking entrance if you are heading north on 4th Street.  ISACS has secured the same daily discounted rate at the Stadium East garage at $10/day for self-park only. In order to receive the discounted daily parking YOU must SHOW the ISACS white paper insert name badge to the parking attendant upon exiting each day and let them know you are with ISACS. If you do not have the paper portion of your name badge, you will not receive the discounted parking. (If you do not show your name badge regular rates will apply: $3/hour up to 12 hours.  The rate is $20 between 12-24 hours.) Please do not hand the attendant your name badge on Thursday as you will need the name badge on Friday.

Stadium East Parking Garage – Overflow parking – Overnight Parking
For overnight guests, the Stadium East parking garage cannot offer discounted rates; regular rates apply. See above for rates.

Walking from the Garage to ISACS registration/Lower Level of the Millennium Hotel
You can access the lower level of the Millennium Hotel via an underground tunnel.  From the Black Level of the parking garage, walk via the underground tunnel which connects the Black Level of the garage to the hotel. Take the escalator down and please follow signage. (For those parking in the Stadium East garage, take the stairs or elevator to the Black level and follow signage to the Millennium hotel).

Parking/Directions to the Drury Inn – Union Station
Self parking is included in your room rate.

Parking/Directions to the Pear Tree Inn - Union Station
Self-parking is included in your room rate.

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

Directions
Click here for directions to the Millennium Hotel – St. Louis.

Click here for directions to the Drury Inn - Union Station.

Click here for directions to the Pear Tree Inn.

St. Louis Information
For St. Louis information visit: www.explorestlouis.com.

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

To access mobile applications for St. Louis, visit: http://explorestlouis.com/visit-explore/travel-tools/mobile-applications/

Registration Fees

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 light (limited) continental breakfast and a banquet lunch. Register online and select sessions and lunch. You must register before Friday, October 18, 2013. 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

Annual Conference Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for answers to FAQs regarding the 2013 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 18.  Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, October 25 to receive a 50% refund.  Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school until October 18.  To contact ISACS, please email programinfo@isacs.org or call (312) 255-1244.

Questions? Call the ISACS office at (312) 255-1244.

Check back periodically for updates!



Member Cost: $200     Non-member Cost: $250
Registration Deadline:  October 18, 2013


   






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