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Psychology & the Good Life: Using Psychology to Improve Well-Being & Live a Flourishing Life
Laurie Santos

Friday, April 5, 2019
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

A recent Gallup poll reported that almost half of teachers say they experience very high stress on a daily basis. Indeed, over 30% of teachers leave the profession within their first five years, in part due to feeling stressed and overwhelmed at work. What can teachers do to reduce their stress and live a more flourishing, happier life? This workshop will address this broad question by discussing a set of scientifically-validated strategies that teachers (and anyone) can use to increase their well-being. In the workshop, Santos will explore what new results in psychological science teach us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more. The workshop also will allow participants to put these scientific findings into practice by learning how to build the sorts of habits that promote a happier and more fulfilling life. 

Participants will:

  • learn to identify some of the most common misconceptions about what makes us happy
  • come to recognize the psychological biases that make it hard for us to see what makes us happy and cause us seek out the wrong sorts of things for achieving well-being
  • discuss and practice five behaviors that psychology research suggests can help us to live a more satisfying life 
  • develop a plan to implement a set of “rewirements,” empirically-based activities that are known to increase well-being over time
  • brainstorm how to apply these findings in their classrooms to promote well-being among their students.

This workshop is for teachers, nurses, counselors, advisors, and anyone who wants to develop better strategies for increasing their overall well-being. All PK-12 are welcome.

Dr. Laurie Santos is professor of psychology and head of Silliman College at Yale University. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. Her new course, "Psychology and the Good Life", teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. Her course recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, with almost one of our four students at Yale enrolled. Her course has been featured in news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate, and O! Magazine. A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, she was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”

Location of Workshop
The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom, 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

Directions, Parking and Public Transportation for the ISACS Classroom
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking, and public transportation.

Parking is available at several area garages. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit www.parkwhiz.com. If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

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

​Ground Transportation from O'Hare and Midway Airports
Taxis from O'Hare and Midway airports cost approximately $40-50 to downtown. Uber/Lyft options are offered at both airports and will be less expensive.

ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express (shared van shuttle service) for ISACS members – 15% off the 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 eligible for the discounted rate. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations 
ISACS has secured discounted room rate of $114/night plus tax at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago: a luxury boutique hotel for the night of Thursday, April 4. To make a reservation, please contact The Godfrey Hotel Chicago at (312) 649-2000 and identify yourself as a member with the Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS) and provide the Group Code: ISACS Workshop with Laurie Santos. Discounted rooms are available until March 21. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. If you would prefer to book online please click here to make your reservation. For directions to The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, which also includes walking directions to the ISACS classroom, click here

If you are looking for another option or the room block is full, please take a moment to check out the other hotels which ISACS has partnered with in the Chicago area. The hotels are within walking distance of the ISACS classroom and, as a member of ISACS, you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at any of the hotels and select the option that meets your travel needs. We recommend booking your hotel room early.

If you have any difficulties booking a room at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago or at any of the hotels listed, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Registration Fee

  • $200 member fee
  • $250 non-member fee
  • The first person pays the full fee, each additional registrant from the same school receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, lunch, and daily refreshments
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

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

  • Once registration is complete, 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 workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, 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 workshops held at the ISACS classroom 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, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

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: $200     Non-member Cost: $250


   






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