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2016 Annual Conference "Doing, Designing, Connecting & Thinking, 2"

November 3 - 4, 2016

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH

***Post Conference Resources - Thank you for attending the ISACS Annual Conference in Columbus. ISACS is collecting presenter handouts and will post them on the ISACS website shortly. An email will be sent to all attendees early next week with a link to these post conference resources. Thank you.

Registration is now closed for the ISACS Annual Conference. ISACS can provide you with a late/onsite registration form, which can be completed and returned to the ISACS office by Wednesday, October 26. The registration fee for members is now $170 for one-day attendance and $280 for two-day attendance. Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 to request the form or if you have any questions. 

Hotel Update
Please note that as of 9/27, the Hilton Columbus Downtown has very few rooms available and the hotel may not meet your travel needs. The first overflow hotel, the Hampton Inn and Suites has reached capacity. ISACS has arranged discounted rooms at a second overflow hotel, the Crowne Plaza - Columbus Downtown. Click here for hotel details. Please register and make your hotel reservations promptly.

Registration Update
The following Friday sessions have reached capacity, please select a different session to attend during these times:

9:00 - 10:15 am
F-3: EQ, School Culture & the Transgender Movement with Alexandra Scott (This session is being offered at 1:30 pm, F-53)
F-4: PBL Gets a Make-over: Prompts, Scaffolding, & Assessment for the Maker Classroom with Sylvia Martinez
F-10: Understanding Executive/Regulatory Difficulties with Steven Guy
F-13: Shy or Phobic, Down or Depressed? Understanding Temperament & Mental Health with Katherine Howard

10:30 - 11:45 am
F-24: Thinkers, Doers, Innovators, with Suzie Boss (This session is also being offered at 3:00 pm, F-71)
F-25: Storytelling Through Visuals with Paul Topolos
F-26: Transgender Students: Policy & Practicality with Alexandra Scott (This session is also being offered at 3:00 pm, F-73)
F-33: Helping Them Show What They Know: Students with Executive/Regulatory Difficulties, Steven Guy (This session is also being offered at 3:00 pm, F-75)
F-34 Quality Coaching: What Does That Look Like? with Steve Locker
F-39: The Future of Education in the US with John Farber
F-42: The Times They Are A Changin: Strengthening Parent & Faculty Communication in the Age of Millennials with Chris Everett & Lisa Hendrickson​

1:30 - 2:45 pm
F-48: The Conversation Continues with Tony Wagner
F-49: Untangled: How Educators Can Help Guide Teenagers Into Adulthood with Lisa Damour (This session is also being offered at 3:00 pm, F-72)
F-56: What Do Good Teachers & Good Coaches Have in Common? with Steve Locker
F-57: Growth Mindset & Math: Practical Strategies for Educators with Sara Folger & Jeff Edmonds
F-58: Interactive Text: Twine for History, English & Languages with Jeremiah McCall
F-64: Building Community Within Your School with Cindy Edwards & Ty Stuckslager
F-66: Inspired By Nature: The Power of Outdoor Experiences with Jennifer Keppler & Emily Vertacnik

3:00 - 4:15 pm
F-76: Mindfulness with Puja Bhutani & Lindsay Klasing
F-84: Meeting Learners Where They Are with Liz Hofreuter Landini & Jane Childers

Cancelled Session 

Friday, November 4
3:00 - 4:15 pm

F-79: Make Self-paced, Mastery Math Really Work with Wendy Jerome & Michelle Roberts. In its place we have replaced it with the following session:

F-79: Building Relevancy in Middle School Math with Me-Chelle Burkhalter, The Wellington School
Learn how relevancy impacts learning in math.  Hear the research about relevancy and learn how student reflection and project-based, hands-on activities can maximize engagement and learning.  Participants will hear examples of powerful math lessons and will have the opportunity to design a lesson for their own classrooms. Come ready to learn, share and design. This session is for middle school faculty.

If you pre-regsitered to attend F-79, you have automatically been added to the new F-79 session. If you would like to change your session to another session during that timeslot, please call the ISACS office.

Session update with Dan St. Romain: Please note that previoulsy F-5, F-30 & F-50 with Dan St. Romain had reached capacity. ISACS was able to add meeting space and expand his session capacity. As of 9/9, his sessions have been reopened. If you have already registered and would like to attend his session, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

Click below for quick access to the following sections

Dates and Times
Conference Location
Conference  Brochure
Keynote and Featured Presenters
Pre-conference Readings
Program Updates - New Additions/Program Changes/Sessions at Capacity
Internet at the GCCC
Social Media
ISACS Annual Conference App
Site Visits
Reception
Trustee Day
Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities
Hotel Accommodations
Directions
Air Transportation
Ground Transportation
Parking Information
Columbus Information
Registration
Hard Copy Forms
Annual Conference FAQs
Annual Conference Tips
Nursing Mother's Room
Cancellation Policy

Dates & Times
Thursday, November 3: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Friday, November 4: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

Conference Location
The conference will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus, OH.

Conference Brochure
Click here for the Annual Conference Brochure. Brochures will be mailed to your school in August.
Click here for the Annual Conference Flip Book Brochure.

Keynote Presenters

  • Tony Wagner
  • Larry Rosenstock

Featured Presenters
Featured presenters include: Patrick Bassett, Suzie Boss, Lisa Damour, Jim Honan, Sylvia Martinez, Paul Topolos, Alex Bandar, Christian Long, John Noltner, Bob Pearlman, Suzanne Roberts, Alexandra Scott, Carla Silver, Doug Smith, Dan St. Romain, Lisa Van Gemert and James White.

Click here for speaker bios.

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

Pat Bassett

Doug Smith

Bob Pearlman

John Noltner

  • For more information about a Peace of My Mind and the stories, visit John’s website at:  WWW.APOMM.NET

Lisa Damour

Paul Topolos

  • Familiarize yourself with Pixar movies from 2003 onward

Sylvia Martinez

Steve Locker

ITSCO

Additional pre-conference readings will be added.

Program Updates
Since the printing of the brochure, the following new session has been added on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 pm:

T-84 Viewing of Most Likely to Succeed
In the film, Most Likely to Succeed, bestselling author and education expert Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith call for a complete overhaul of American schools. Take the opportunity to watch this acclaimed film in its entirely and discover what a new model of education can look like - a model that prepares students for an economy where human creativity and innovation are the most important traits. Hear directly from the students about a significantly different approach at High Tech High and follow students, teachers and parents as they rethink education and experience a new 21st century approach to teaching, learning and school. Due to the length of the film, this session will run until 4:30.

Internet at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
The GCCC provides complimentary Wi-Fi intended for light usage in the meeting rooms and the foyer area. Please note the GCCC complimentary Wi-Fi will not be available in the Battelle Grand Ballroom during the luncheon/keynote. We will provide the network and password information in your onsite conference packet. ISACS requests that you only log on to one device (i.e., cell phone or other portable device such as an iPad or other tablet). Please do not stream videos or download content. The complimentary Wi-Fi is best suited for checking email and using the conference App. You should also be able to use your 4G/LTE from your carrier in most areas of the GCCC.

Social Media
Folllow us on Twitter at the conference @ISACSCon. Tweeting? Use the hashtag #ISACSCon to join the conversation.

ISACS Annual Conference App
The ISACS Annual Conference Mobile App will be relaunched a week prior to the conference with enhanced features, a new design, and better functionality! Available for download from your App Store for iOS and Android. You will be able to log in and access your personal session schedule, post and interact through social media, explore conference/exhibitor maps, learn about speakers through their bios, & much more.If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Isaac, jacob@isacs.org, and he will be more than happy to assist you.  

Site Visits on Wednesday, November 2
As a courtesy to ISACS members and to encourage sharing among members, we have compiled the following list of Columbus area schools interested in hosting schools traveling to Columbus for the ISACS Annual Conference. Click here and contact the school directly to schedule your site visit.

Reception
Join the ISACS board, committees and staff for a reception for heads of school, teacher representatives & diversity practitioners at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Thursday, November 3, 4:30 pm -5:30 pm. Location to be determined. Please RSVP by calling ISACS at 312-750-1190 or via email at programinfo@isacs.org

Sponsored by: ARMADA, Ltd, Carney, Sandoe & Associates and Flik Independent School Dining

Trustee Day - Thursday, November 3
ISACS will be hosting a day-long workshop designed specifically for trustees in ISACS schools on Thursday, November 3, from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (with a special sessions for board chairs and heads of school from 8:15  am - 9;15 am) at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Trustees will have the opportunity to learn from two national experts - Pat Bassett and Jim Honan. For more information and to register, visit the Trustee Day website. 

If you plan to attend the Trustee Day on Thursday and also register to attend the Friday portion of the Annual Conference, please contact the ISACS office to receive a coupon code for registration. You will need to register separately for both Trustee Day and the Annual Conference. For more information and to register please click here

Sponsors 
Special thanks to our 2016 Annual Conference Sponsors to date:

Chancellor's Club 
The following has provided financial support of $5,000 for the ISACS Annual Conference

President's Club
The following has provided financial support of $3,000 for the ISACS Annual Conference

Head's Club
The following has provided financial support of $1,500 for the ISACS Annual Conference:

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities
Registration for exhibitors and sponsors for the ISACS Annual Conference is now closed. If you are intersted in exhibiting at this year's conference, please contact Jacob Isaac to be placed on the waitling list.

Exhibitors and Sponsors at the conference will have access to educators from more than 235 schools in our 13-state region. ISACS expects more than 1,600 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). 

​Click here for a listing of the current 2016 ISACS Annual Conference Exhibitors
Click here for the 2016 ISACS Annual Conference Exhibitor Map
Click here to download the A.C.T. Shipping Form
Click here to download the Hilton Hotel Shipping Form 
Click here to review the Convention Center rules and regulation
Click here for driving directions to loading docks

Click here to review the 2016 ISACS exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities
Click here to complete the 2016-17 ISACS Exhibitor and Sponsorship application form
Click here to view the 2014 and 2015 ISACS Annual Conference Exhibitors

Hotel Accommodations - Reserve Your Room Today!
Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 N. High Street, Columbus, OH
ISACS has secured discounted rooms at the Hilton Columbus Downtown of $155/night plus tax for single or double occupancy. The rate includes complimentary Internet and complimentary access to the gym. To make a reservation, please call 1-855-380-9591, press option 1 for reservations, and use the Group Code “ISACS” to receive the discounted rate. The rate will be valid until Wednesday, October 12, 2016 or until the room block reaches capacity. For online reservations click here.  Individual reservations must be cancelled by 3:00 pm, prior to the date of arrival. 

As of 9/12/16, hotel rooms at discounted rates are limited and may not meet your travel needs. See below for overflow hotel information. 

**Overflow Hotels Accommodations** - Please note as of 9/27, the Hampton no longer has discounted rooms available.
Hampton Inn and Suites, 501 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 
ISACS has secured discounted rooms at an overflow hotel, the Hampton Inn and Suites, just one block from the Convention Center at a rate of $145/night plus tax. The rate includes breakfast, complimentary Internet and complimentary access to the gym. To make a reservation, please call 614-559-2000 and request the ISACS 2016 Annual Conference rate to receive the discounted rate. The rate will be valid until Wednesday, October 12, 2016 or until the room block reaches capacity. For online reservations click here, Please note: Individual reservations must be cancelled 24 hours before date of arrival. We highly recommend making your hotel reservations early!

Crowne Plaza – Columbus Downtown, 33 East Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, OH
ISACS has secured discounted rooms at an overflow hotel, the Crowne Plaza – Columbus downtown - just 1 1/2 blocks from the Greater Columbus Convention Center at a rate of $155/night plus tax. The rate includes complimentary Internet and complimentary access to the gym. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-338-4462 and request the ISACS 2016 Annual Conference (ISA) rate to receive the discounted rate. The rate will be valid until Wednesday, October 12, 2016 or until the room block reaches capacity. For online reservations: Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown. To contact the hotel directly, please call 614-461-4100. Individual reservations must be cancelled 24 hours before date of arrival. Valet parking at the Crowne Plaza – Columbus Downtown is $15 for daily parking and $24 for overnight parking for hotel guests

Please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 if you have any questions regarding hotel accommodations.

Air Travel
For air travel, access the Port Columbus International Airport. Southwest Airlines operates in/out of this airport.

Ground Transportation to/from the airport
Taxi service takes about 20 minutes and costs approximately $15-20 one way from the Columbus airport to the hotel.

In addition, you can also take a bus from the airport to/from downtown for $2.75 each way. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has implemented a new dedicated line that provides service between downtown and Port Columbus International Airport seven-days-a-week, for more information, visit www.COTA.com/AirConnect

The COTA bus does need exact change. At the Convention Center attendees can per purchase a ticket with a credit card at the Experience Columbus Visitors Center located on the first level of the Convention Center by the food court.

Valet Parking at the Hilton Columbus Downtown 
Overnight valet parking for ISACS attendees is $16/night for overnight parking for hotel guests (which will be billed directly to your hotel room bill) with in and out privileges. This is a 20% discount off the hotel’s regular overnight valet parking rate.

Valet Parking at the Hampton Inn and Suites
Overnight valet parking at the Hampton Inn and Suites is $15/night for hotel guests, which will be billed directly to your hotel room.

Valet Parking at the Crowne Plaza Columbus - Downtown
Overnight valet parking at the Crowne Plaza is $24/night and $17/night for IHG members, which will be billed directly to your hotel room.

Self-Parking at the Hilton Columbus Downtown 
Overnight self-parking in the attached parking ramp is $14.40/night for hotel guests (which is a discounted rate for the ISACS group and will be billed directly to your hotel room bill) with in and out privileges. This is a 20% discount off the hotel’s regular overnight valet parking rate.

Self-Parking at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
Daily flat rate parking is available at Greater Columbus Convention Center. The garages are $10/day and the East Surface Lot is $8/day. For more information, including maps, visit: www.columbusconventions.com.

Walking to/from the Hilton Columbus Downtown & Convention Center
The Hilton Columbus Downtown is connected via sky bridge on the second floor to the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Please follow signage.

Columbus Visitor Information
For information on Columbus, visit www.experiencecolumbus.com.

Registration Fees
Registration fees are as follows:

  • $145 per person (ISACS member) for 1-day registration
  • $230 per person (ISACS member) for 2-day registration
  • $175 per person (non-member) for 1-day registration
  • $280 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 Monday, October 17, 2016. There is no on-site registration.

Registration Confirmation

  • Once registered, an automatic email will be sent to the contact person identified during on-line registration
  • By October 1, ISACS will send a confirmation email to each registrant, which will include conference details and a list of pre-registered sessions
  • Approximately one week prior to the Annual Conference, ISACS will send a FINAL email confirmation with pre-registered sessions
  • If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the ISACS office

Hard Copy Forms

Annual Conference Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to answers to FAQs regarding the 2016 Annual Conference

Tips to Extend the Annual Conference Experience
Click here to access Annual Conference Tips (to be posted shortly!)

Nursing Mother’s Room
The Greater Columbus Convention Center has a dedicated nursing mother’s room. It is located in the connector between the Convention Center and the Hyatt, by the escalators to Battelle Grand North. The room is marked and has three seating areas inside with curtains for privacy. The room is on a first come first served.

Cancellation Policy
ISACS cannot offer refunds for the Annual Conference after Monday, October 17. Cancellations must be received in writing by Monday, October 17 to receive a 50% refund. Registration may be transfered to another member from the same school until October 17. To contact ISACS, please email programinfo@isacs.org or 312-750-1190. 

If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.



Member Cost: $230     Non-member Cost: $280
Registration Deadline:  October 17, 2016


   






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