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Professional Development Series 

 

Conducting & Using the ISACS School Community Survey
Chris Everett & Bob Dicus

Monday, March 11, 2019
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

The workshop will focus on the measurement model and how to address your school’s unique needs when administering the survey. This will include how and when to conduct the survey along with the design of custom questions (including custom question examples). These discussions will allow you to learn how to optimize the survey so that it is relevant and specific to your school.

Once the surveys are completed, you will need to know how to analyze and use the results. This will include a review of how the similar school benchmark is created and can be used to enhance your focus. In addition, learn how your previous survey results can play an important role in moving your school forward. This second portion of the workshop will involve case studies and examples to illustrate how best to utilize your survey results.

This workshop will benefit schools that are entering the self-study, are involved in the accreditation process, will initiate the survey next fall, have just received the survey results, are using the survey on an annual basis as an administrative tool and/or have a desire to become the school of choice in their community. In addition, you will learn how to interpret and integrate constituent perceptions into the administrative process; make school administration more effective; enhance parent support and loyalty; and increase alumni engagement and support.

Chris Everett, president of The Kensington Group, provides marketing and marketing research consulting for independent schools. He designed the ISACS School Community Survey in 1994 (with Pat Bassett, then head of ISACS) and has managed the program and assisted schools with the use and interpretation of the survey results since the initial use of the survey.

Bob Dicus, president of Marketing Research Technologies, provides the technical support for the ISACS School Community Survey. Dicus has been involved with survey research for 30+ years and was integral to design, set-up, and processing of the initial survey.

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 $109/night plus tax at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago: a luxury boutique hotel for the night of Sunday March, 10. 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 Survey. Discounted rooms are available until February 13. 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

  • This workshop is complimentary to all ISACS member schools.
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, lunch, and 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.

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.

 





   






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