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Diversity Summit: Essential Skills for a Changing Climate
Alison Park & Luis Versalles

March 7 - 8, 2019

Hotel Allegro
Chicago, IL

SAVE THE DATE

Registration will open in August 2018.

Dates
Thursday, March 7 – Friday, March 8, 2019

Times
Thursday, March 7: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (Registration opens at 9:00 am)
Friday, March 8: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Agenda
Click here for a tentative Diversity Summit agenda.

We invite all faculty, administrators, and trustees to join us at the ISACS Diversity Summit on Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8, 2019, as we welcome all who share a commitment to diversity, equity, and justice in our schools. The Summit will provide an opportunity to learn new strategies; understand current research while considering school culture, resources and challenges; and, possible steps for advancing our work in these areas. Participants will be provided time to hear from leading practitioners, learn about specific strategies, connect with other committed educators, celebrate successes, renew commitments, and return to school with informed plans for action. We hope you will join us to share the energy of these essential and energizing conversations.  We look forward to hearing a multitude of voices in this two-day conversation.

DAY ONE
Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Institutionally with Alison Park

“The work of diversity, equity, and inclusion is ongoing. It’s never done.”

—Everyone

While it’s true that the work of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) require an ongoing commitment, that doesn’t mean we can’t—or shouldn’t—hold ourselves and our communities accountable for progress and growth. In this workshop, we’ll begin by talking about how to talk about DEI purposefully, growthfully and effectively. Then, we’ll explore a framework for advancing DEI institutionally, which begins with clarifying the vision and philosophy of your school’s commitment; setting goals and assessing progress; strategically planning for the capacity in your institutional structures and systems to advance toward your vision; articulating expectations for cultural competency growth throughout your community; and empowering everyone to own this work together.

DAY TWO
Courageous Conversations with Luis Versalles

Introduction to Courageous Conversation is a powerful, personally transforming, one-day seminar that helps leaders, employees, and organizations understand the impact of race on their lives, their work, and their overall growth and development. Most importantly, it models and teaches a protocol for discussing race in ways that are productive, insightful, and generative - even in today’s challenging political climate. We cannot solve the problems created by systemic racism without discussing race. Introduction to Courageous Conversation enables organizations to generate equity by imparting a method for connecting and communicating across our differences. Regardless of their personal beliefs, thoughts, feelings and experiences, participants’ critical consciousness of race will be strengthened, leading them to investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing educational disparities.

Featured Speakers

Alison Park is the founder of Blink Consulting. Since 2005, Blink has collaborated with over 100 schools, as well as various community-based, government and for-profit organizations to help create communities where all children, youth and adults can thrive. In addition to her work with clients, Park has facilitated at numerous conferences, partnered with other organizations, and served on Park Day School's Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Mosaic Project and the SMART program's board of directors. Before Blink, Park taught in the public, non-profit and private sectors, including Marin Academy and Head-Royce Middle School. She earned her BA in African Studies at Yale University and two Master's degrees at Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
 
Luis Versalles is the director of PK-12 district partnerships at Courageous Conversation. A second generation Afro Cuban-American, he was born and raised in Minnesota. His bilingual and bicultural life experiences have fueled his passion for fostering racial, linguistic, and cultural equity in education for all students. Luis complete a Bachelor's degree and Master’s of Education with emphasis on Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota, becoming the first college graduate in his family. This experience motivates his work in coaching school leaders to better understand the complexities presented to families of color as they navigate both the K-12 and higher education systems. He leads a team of equity transformation specialists in guiding organizations through this work in the domains of Leadership, Culturally Relevant Learning and Teaching, and Family/Community Engagement and Empowerment. His teaching career spanned elementary, middle, and high school and as an administrator, he worked as a program coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. Versalles’ presentations include: Courageous Leadership: Interrogating the Role of Race in Racial Disparities in Two Way Bilingual Immersion (ATDLE National Conference) as well as The Path Forward for Diverse Schools: Courageous Conversations About Race and Education (Teachers College Columbia University, Summer Institute).

Location
The Diversity Summit will take place at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street. The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park, and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.

Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Allegro include: a 24-hour fitness center, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening social hour reception in the lobby. Guests must join the IHG Rewards Club (free of charge) to receive wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas. For more details on the Hotel Allegro at www.allegrochicago.com.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro for $129 plus tax/night (single or double occupancy) for Tuesday, March 5–Friday, March 8. To make a reservation call 1-800-KIMPTON (1-800-546-7866) and use group code: " NI3 for ISACS Diversity Summit."  For online reservations, click on the following Booking Link. The discounted rate is available until Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

If availability allows, the hotel will honor extended reservations three days before and three days after the Summit. Please note that online reservations are just for the exact dates and type of rooms listed on the contract. If you would like to book another room type or extend your stay before or after the Summit dates, please call the 1-800-KIMPTON to book your room.

If you are having trouble booking a room, please call the ISACS office at (312)-750-1190.

Please note, room cancellations must be made by 6 pm central, 72 hours prior to your arrival to avoid a charge of one-night room and tax. 

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the Hotel Allegro. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be downtown in less than an hour.

Ground Transportation, Hotel Allegro Parking and Directions
For travel into the city from the airports, consider taking public transportation (visit www.transitchicago.com), a taxi, Uber/Lyft or a shared shuttle on Go Airport Express.

Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service. Valet parking is $29 for up to 10 hours and $63 for overnight with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change). If you are a hotel guest, the overnight parking will be added to your hotel bill. 

There are additional lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily self-parking. To secure discounted parking prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit www.parkwhiz.com

Click here for directions including public transportation, taxi rates, as well as parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

​GO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate.  The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not be eligible for the discounted rate, standard rates apply. Parties of two or more reserving at the same time receive a discount.  Please visit the website for more information.

Registration Fee

  • $375 Member
  • $450 Non-Member
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $25 discount.
  • Registration fee includes two continental breakfasts, two lunches, and daily refreshments. 
  • The Summit is designed as a two-day program and ISACS encourages you to attend both days. If you are unable to attend both days and would like to attend Thursday only or Friday only, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 for registration information.
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below.
  • Alison Park will also be presenting a one-day workshop, Leaders of Color in Conversation on Wednesday, March 6. For more information and to register for that event, click here.

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the Summit has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • An email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the Summit, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the Summit.
  • Approximately one week prior to the Summit, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the Summit.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at the Summit, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for the Diversity Summit must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing programinfo@isacs.org 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any. Refunds amounts may be determined at the event’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

Contacting the ISACS office
If you have any questions related to any aspect of your attendance or travel, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 or email programinfo@isacs.org.



Member Cost: $375     Non-member Cost: $450

   






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