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2017 Annual Conference

November 9 - 10, 2017

Marriot Marquis Chicago
Chicago, IL

Save the Date!

Registration will open on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 for LMAIS/IL and WAIS schools and Thursday, August 24 for all others. 

Blazing a Trail to Learning

Dates & Times
Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

Conference Location
The conference will take place at the new Marriott Marquis Chicago, 2121 S. Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616. The hotel will be opening August 2017.

Conference Brochure
The Annual Conference Brochure will be posted in mid-August. Member schools will be receiving brochures in the mail.

Keynote Presenters

  • Amy Blankson – named a Point of Light by two presidents, co-founder of GoodThink, where she has partnered with Google to make positive psychology strategies stick and create positive sustainable change, and the author of The Future of Happincess: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era
  • Michael Horn – expert on disruptive innovation, co-founder of the Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, and the author or co-author of multiple books including Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

Featured Presenters

  • Michael Thompson – psychologist and co-author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys and Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children. Expert popularity, power, and tensions in parent-teacher relationships,
  • Edward "Ned" Hallowell – psychiatrist, bestselling author, leading authority in the field of ADHD. He is the author of ADD: Driven to Distraction, Delivered from Distraction, Crazy Buzy, and other publications
  • Lisa Miller – professor of psychology and education at Columbia University, Teachers College and founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute. She is the author of The Spiritual Child; The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving
  • Dan St. Romain – consultant on topics impacting school climate, brain-based instruction, developmentally appropriate educational practices, and the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior
  • Homa S. Tavangar – author of Growing Up Global: Raising Children to be at Home in the World and speaker on global citizenship, diversity, and creating inclusive learning environments
  • Lisa Van Gemert – consultant and “Ambassador of the Gifted” she translates research into strategies for best practices in meeting the needs of the gifted
  • Cris Cullinan – consultant in recognizing, preventing, and dealing with challenges to equity, inclusion, and hiring for cultural competencies
  • Sam Chaltain – partner at WONDER, helps schools reimagine the future of learning at the intersection of space, culture, story, and optimal learning environments
  • Tim Jordan – developmental and behavioral pediatrician, speaker and author, demystifies the behavior of tween and adolescent girls
  • David Jakes – chief design officer at David Jakes Designs, an expert in the relationship among education, schools, and change

Click here for speaker bios.

Speaker Recommended Pre-Conference Reading
ISACS will post pre-conference readings shortly.

Social Media
Folllow us on Twitter at the conference @ISACSNews using the hashtag #ISACSCon to join the conversation.

ISACS Annual Conference App
The ISACS Annual Conference Mobile App will be launched 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 maps, learn about speakers through their bios, & much more.If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Isaac,, and he will be more than happy to assist you.

Site Visits to Chicago area schools on Wednesday, November 8
As a courtesy to ISACS members and to encourage sharing among schools, we will be compiling a list of Chicago area schools interested in hosting colleagues traveling to Chicago for the ISACS Annual Conference. Check back in the summer for a list of schools available for site visits for ISACS members.

Trustee Day: Thursday, November 9
ISACS will be hosting a workshop designed specifically for trustees in ISACS schools on Thursday, November 9 at the Marriott Marquis. For more information and to register, visit the Trustee Day webpage. 

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.  

Special thanks to our 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors to date:

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

  • Resource Group 175, LLC (for support of Trustee Day)
  • Skilling and Andrews Foundation (for support of Trustee Day)

President's Club
The following has provided financial support of $2,500 for the ISACS Annual Conference

Head's Club
The following has provided financial support of $1,000 for the ISACS Annual Conference:

Exhibiting/Sponsorship Opportunities
Unfortunately, ISACS is unable to offer exhibiting opportunities at the 2017 Annual Conference as the space at the Marriott Marquis Chicago does not allow for table-top exhibitors. ISACS has enhanced the 2017 Annual Conference Sponsor Program and we hope your company will join us in Chicago. Please note that ISACS will be offering exhibiting opportunities again next year at the 2018 Annual Conference in Detroit, MI on November 8 and 9.

2017 Annual Conference Sponsorship
This year’s Annual Conference Sponsorship program has been enhanced and offers the opportunity to have company information displayed in Annual Conference printed and on-site materials distributed to over 1,600 participants. A variety of sponsorship levels to choose from provides your company with opportunities to underwrite a speaker or host a reception, have your logo scrolling during the lunch, appear on the ISACS Annual Conference App, etc. A member of the ISACS staff is happy to talk with you regarding the sponsorship program that will be most meaningful for your company. For information, click here to view the Annual Conference Sponsor Fact Sheet or call ISACS at 312-750-1190. Click here to access the 2017-2018 Online Sponsor Application!

2017-18 Corporate Sponsorship
If you are unable to join us at the Annual Conference in Chicago, consider a Corporate Sponsorship at a cost of $500 for the 2017-18 school year. Click here to view the Corporate Sponsorship Fact Sheet. Highlights of this program include: the ability to display your company’s contact information, including a 25 word description in the ISACS Annual Member Directory, which is made available by PDF to more than 235 member schools; and a year-long listing on the ISACS website accessed by administrators, faculty, parents and trustees. Click here to view our current corporate sponsors.

Application Form
Please review the 2017-18 Sponsorship Packet and complete the ISACS Online Sponsorship Application no later than Friday, July 7, 2017.

Click here to review the 2017 ISACS Sponsorship Packet
Click here to complete the 2017-18 ISACS Online Sponsorship Application

Hotel Accommodations
Marriott Marquis Chicago
2121 S.Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 
The hotel opens in August 2017. Reservations for the hotel are now available.  

ISACS has secured discounted rooms at the Marriott Marquis Chicago at $205/night plus tax for single or double occupancy. To make a reservation, please call 1-877-303-0104, and use the Group Code 2017 ISACS Annual Conference to receive the discounted rate. To make reservations online, click here and click the  “make a reservation” button. This rate is valid until Monday, October 16, 2017 or until the room block reaches capacity. Individual reservations must be cancelled by 3:00 pm, 48 hours before date of arrival. We highly recommend making your hotel reservations early. 

There is an additional fee for Wi-Fi in the sleeping rooms, but if you are (or become) a member of the Marriott Rewards program, you will receive complimentary Wi-Fi in your sleeping room. It’s free to join the Marriott rewards program and guests can apply for the Marriott Rewards program at any time before or during the check-in process by visiting

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the Marriott Marquis Chicago. Please note that Midway is slightly closer to the hotel if Midway (Southwest Airlines) is an option for you.  The hotel is accessible by public “L” transportation) and would take 30 minutes – 1 hour.  

Ground Transportation to/from the Airports

  • Midway Airport: Taxi service takes about 25-35 minutes and costs approximately $35 each way based on light traffic.
  • O'Hare International Airport: Taxi service takes about 45-60 minutes and costs approximately $60 each way based on light traffic.
  • Shared Taxi Program: There is a Shared Ride Program available for those flying into O'Hare and Midway and taking a cab from one of these airports to either McCormick Place or downtown.

Public Transportation
In addition, you can also take public transportation (Chicago Transit Authority or the "L" service to/from Midway or O'Hare to the hotel. The Marriott Marques Chicago is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line Station as well as the Cermak-McCormick Green Line Station. You can also take the CTA to downtown to enjoy Chicago’s attractions and restaurants outside of conference sessions.  For more information, visit      

The CTA "L" trains provide service to Downtown Chicago and McCormick Place from both international airports for $2.25 each way (additional charges for O’Hare).

  • From O'Hare International Airport: The CTA "Blue" line provides service to and from the airport. Take the Blue Line from O’Hare and transfer to a south-bound Green Line train at Clark and Lake. Note, in the Loop the Blue Line is a Subway Train and the Green Line is an elevated train, a free transfer is available at Clark and Lake. ($5.00 to/from O'Hare)
  • From Midway Airport: The CTA "Orange" line provides service to and from the airport. Take the train to the Roosevelt Street Station (Subway) and transfer to the elevated Green Line. Continue on the southbound Green Line train for 1-stop to the Cermak-McCormick Place station.
  • The Cermark-McCormick Place Station is 2 block (0.15 miles) walk from Marriott Marquis Chicago.
  • Metra Train and CTA Bus Map

Valet Parking at the Marriott Marquis Chicago 
Overnight valet parking for ISACS attendees is $51/night for overnight parking for hotel guests (which will be billed directly to your hotel room bill) with in and out privileges. 

There is no valet daily parking option at the Marriott Marquis.

Daily and Overnight Self-Parking
Daily and overnight self-parking is located at McCormick Place’s Parking Lot A, 2301 South Prairie Avenue, which is located across the street from the Marriott Marquis. Parking rates are $29 for 3-9 hours and $36 for 9-24 hours. Prices are subject to change.

For directions and a map to Parking Lot A click here. Please note the Marriott Marquis is located in the beige area between Prairie and Calumet avenues, From Parking Lot A the hotel can be accessed from Prairie Avenue or via a sky bridge.

Chicago Information
For information on Chicago, visit

Registration Fees

Registration fees are as follows:

  • $160 per person (ISACS member) for 1-day registration
  • $250 per person (ISACS member) for 2-day registration
  • $200 per person (non-member) for 1-day registration
  • $300 per person (non-member) for 2-day registration

Registration includes a banquet lunch. Register online and select sessions and lunch. 

Registration will open in August 2017 when you can register online and select sessions and lunch attendance. You must register before Wednesday, October 18, 2017. 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 at 312-750-1190 as we may have an incorrect email address in our system.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for the Annual Conference must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing by Wednesday, October 18 to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, that can be refunded at the conclusion of the Annual Conference. Cancellations received after Wednesday, October 18 will not receive a refund. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

To contact ISACS, please email or 312-750-1190. 




Member Cost: $250     Non-member Cost: $300
Registration Deadline:  October 18, 2017


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