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Registration is Now Open for the ISACS Workshop for Head's Assistants: Too Much, Too Little, Too Late on Friday, August 7
(Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015)
Head’s Assistants need to maintain a calm and professional stance amidst constant interruptions, while managing many demands and personalities. ISACS is pleased to announce a workshop designed specifically for those who serve as a Head’s Assistant. We hope you will make plans to attend
This one-day workshop will provide specific strategies and skill development in the following areas:
- SWOT Analysis (Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats)
- Published Best Practices for Executive Assistants
- Strategies to Manage Head’s Expectations/Your Expectations
- Approaches to Increase Your Circle of Influence: What is it? How does it work? Why is it important?
- Managing Distractions and Interruptions
- Asserting Your Voice When Big Chances Arise/Are You Suited for Other Roles in the School?
- Networking Lunch: Informal Conversation with Colleagues
- Maintaining Balance in the Use of Technology
- Responding to Common Concerns
- Understanding and Adopting Essential Legal Protocols in the Head’s Office (presente by Leo J. Athas)
Darlene Caraway serves as executive assistant to the head of Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, a position she has held for 37 of her 39 years at the school. She has worked and led workshops in a variety of environments and knows the contributions that an effective assistant makes to an organization and to the head of school. She began her tenure at Greenhill School in 1976 as assistant to the head of the lower school. In 1978, she was promoted to executive assistant to the head of school/board of trustees. She is a ISM Summer Institute instructor leading the workshop: The Vital Role of the Head's Executive/Administrative Assistant. Caraway has directed workshops for all areas of support staff for the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest; Connecticut Independent Schools Association/CHAN; Richmond VA Association of Independent Schools; Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and others. She has also led workshop sessions at the European Council of Independent Schools in the Netherlands and the 2006 NAIS People of Color Conference in Seattle. Last year, her proposal was accepted to present at the ECIS Conference in Nice, France. Caraway studied at Weymouth Technical College in Weymouth England.
Leo J. Athas is ISACS Retained General Counsel. Athas represents and advises more than 400 independent schools nationwide and handles general school law issues for educational foundations, public schools, special education and vocational cooperatives. He is principally a trial lawyer. In addition he holds the AV Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, it's highest rating for ethics and legal ability. Athas has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the category of school law and has served as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer to both the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Illinois State Board of Education.
The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL.
Directions and Daily Parking 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 directions. Parking is available at several area garages and you can use www.parkwhiz.com to find discounted parking in the area prior to your arrival in downtown Chicago. If possible, we suggest you take public transportation.
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph, Chicago for $159 plus tax/night (single or double occupancy) for the nights of Thursday, August 6 and Friday, August 7. The hotel is just three short blocks from the ISACS classroom and close to restaurants, shopping and theater.
To make a reservation call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS Head's Assistants" A link for online reservations, will be forthcoming. The discounted rate is available until Friday, July 14, 2015. If you are having trouble booking a room, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.
Overnight Parking and Directions for the Hotel Allegro
Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service. Valet parking is $29 for 4-6 hours and $59 for over 6 hours with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change).
There are additional lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily self-parking. For self-parking (not affiliated with the hotel) and no in and out privileges, you can park at Washington-Franklin Self Park located at 230 West Washington. The rates are approximately $42 overnight. This garage has a Saturday rate, which is up to 12 hours for $15.
To secure discounted parking prior to your arrival, visit www.parkwhiz.com
Click here for directions and 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.
- $190 Member Fee
- $240 Non Member Fee
- First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
- Meals included in the workshop include breakfast and lunch and refreshments.
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing email@example.com 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.
Questions? Please call 312-750-1190
Member Cost: $190 Non-member Cost: $240
ISTE 2015 - Professional Development Opportunity
(Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015)
Before ISTE Starts – Make, Tinker, Learn and Have Hard Fun!
Hot off the presses!
Join Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager for an energizing day of “hard fun” as we invent, tinker, and learn how to incorporate hands-on project-based learning in the classroom. Participants will engage in a variety of projects using modern tools and technology – the perfect way to get ready for ISTE.
- A lovely continental breakfast
- Scrumptious hot buffet lunch
- Coffee, tea and soft drinks all-day
- Easy access – 2 short blocks from the Convention Center
- Your very own copy of the new book The Invent To Learn Guide to Fun by maker-educator Josh Burker (a $24.95 value)
Date: Sunday, June 28th 2015 (You will have plenty of time to get to the ISTE opening session)
Time: 9AM – 3PM
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy 12th & Filbert (1201 Filbert St.)
Price: $125 includes 6 hour workshop, breakfast, lunch, coffee, and soft drinks – plus a copy of the new The Invent To Learn Guide to Fun book by maker-educator Josh Burker.
Register today – space is extremely limited!
Registration is Now Open for the 2015 New Teacher Institute
(Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015)
2015 NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE
JILL WEBB, KEN ROGERS AND MARK WAGNER
JULY 20 - 23, 2015
Registration for the New Teacher Institute is now open! Click here for more information and to register.
Date and Time
The New Teacher Institute will be Monday, July 20 - Thursday, July 23. Participants should make plans to attend the Institute in its entirety.
New Teacher Institute Brochure
Click here for the 2015 New Teacher Institute Brochure
Who Should Attend
***Independent school educators in their first two years of teaching experience.
This energizing Institute will provide new teachers with the strategies essential for a successful start to their teaching careers. The Institute will also allow participants to begin building the foundation for a long and successful career in independent schools. Interactive experiences reflective of best practices will aid in the development of skills and understanding in the following areas:
- Understanding the culture of independent schools
- Communicating effectively with parents, students, colleagues, administration and the broader school community
- Maintaining professionalism
- Managing classrooms effectively
- Designing a curriculum through a backward design process
- Dealing with stress and change: anticipating challenges
- Building healthy relationships with colleagues
- Dealing with conflict
- Partnering with parents
- Developing leadership skills
- Networking with others new to independent schools
- Finding and using mentors
- Balancing responsibilities and managing time
- Building a foundation for excellence
Participants will engage in active and experiential approaches to understanding best practice for highly effective teaching. Presentations, conversations, role-playing, simulations, video analysis, collaborative work, professional readings, and personal testimonials will all be presented with research-based modeling of best practice, combined with humor, music, and the enduring commitment of experienced professionals.
Benefits to the School
School communities expect and require new teachers to be highly effective on the first day of school. Often, there is more information than can be processed effectively without overloading the new teacher. Participants will learn best practices at a manageable pace in a supportive atmosphere.
Jill Webb brings years of independent school experience to the Institute. She currently serves as the director of professional development for ISACS and head of lower school at The Wellington School (OH). Jill brings the experience gained from training hundreds of new teachers and mentors nationally, and has been a frequent presenter on the topic of teacher development and leadership.
Mark Wagner has been a teacher and upper school division head in several independent schools before becoming the head of school at St. Andrew's United Methodist Day School (MD). He brings extensive independent school experience and has been a presenter in the areas of teacher leadership, curriculum and professional development. His engaging style and creative vision make him a wonderful member of the New Teacher Institute faculty.
Ken Rogers, a trained counselor, is a former faculty member of The Association of Independent Maryland Schools Fellows Program for New Teachers. With independent school experience as a teacher, dean, and head of middle school, Ken is a frequent ISACS presenter and consultant to independent schools. Ken is the middle school principal at Charlotte Christian School (NC).
- Registration will open in the Spring 2015
- $850 for ISACS Members
- $950 for non-ISACS Members
- First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $100 discount
- The registration fee includes all materials, three continental breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners and daily refreshment breaks
Schedule (Dates are firm, times may change)
Monday, July 20
- 9:30 am Registration
- 10:00 am - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)
Tuesday, July 21
- 8:30 - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)
Wednesday, July 22
- 8:30 - 5:30 pm (Dinner on your own)
Thursday, July 23
The New Teacher Institute will take place at the Wolcott School, 524 N. Wolcott Ave., Chicago, IL 60622. The Institute is held in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood and is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information for the Wolcott School.
ISACS will provide group transportation to and from the conference hotel and the Wolcott School each day. For those with cars, there is ample, free street parking at the school.
Click here for more information and to register. Questions? Please call 312-750-1190
Member Cost: $850 Non-member Cost: $950
What If Faculty Meetings Were Voluntary? An article by Thomas R. Hoerr, Head of School at New City School
(Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2015)
As you consider the use of the ISACS Sparks in your faculty meetings, you may want to consider the answer to the question posed by Tom Hoerr’s article, What if Faculty Meetings Were Voluntary?
What If Faculty Meetings Were Voluntary?
By Thomas R. Hoerr
Commentary from Education Week (12/2/09, 29, 12)
I’ve posed this question to educators around the country, and the reaction I get is quite predictable. Whether I am talking to a group of teachers, a collection of administrators, or people representing a combination of roles, whether public or private or parochial, the response is consistent. Always my question “What if faculty meetings were voluntary?” is met by laughter laced with incredulity.
Regardless of the setting or their role, they can’t imagine that anyone would actually choose to go to faculty meetings if they had a choice. “Are you kidding me?” replied one teacher, “I’m gone.” Her comment elicited several enthusiastic nods from those sitting nearby.
How would the teachers at your school react to this question? For that matter, would you attend your school’s faculty meetings if attendance was voluntary, even if you were in charge of the meeting?...
Click here for the full article.
Job Openings Around the Region
(Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015)
ISACS offers assistance in finding just the right individual for open teaching and administrative positions in independent schools. Click here for a listing of job opportunities from non-ISACS member organizations. You may also check the member school job listings for further opportunities by clicking here.
Now Available for Download - ISACS Member Directory 2014-15
(Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014)
ISACS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
THE ISACS 2014-2015 DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD.
(CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW)
Welcome to our 2014-15 New Heads of School and Interim Heads
(Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014)
July 30, 2014
Everyone here at ISACS hopes you had a restful and reinvigorating summer! ISACS would like to begin the year by welcoming our new heads of school and interim heads:
New Heads 2014-15
Larry Goodman, Andrews Osborne Academy, Willoughby, OH
Cheryl Lacost, Brickton Montessorri School, Chicago, IL
Jennifer M. Ciccarelli, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, OH
Jason Heisserer, Crossroads College Prep, Saint Louis, MO
Seth Kopald, Daycroft Montessori, Ann Arbor, MI
Jarin Jaffe, Evansville Day School, Evansville, IN
Milt Dougherty, Independent School, Wichita, KS
Deborah Hof, Kalamazoo Country Day School, Portage, MI
Sally Read, Kazoo School, Kalamazoo, MI
Justin Zimmerman, Linsly School, Wheeling, WV
Mercedes Sheppard, Morgan Park Academy, Chicago, IL
Bill Hudson, Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul, MN
Dennis Chapman, The New School, Fayetteville, AR
Nathaniel Coffman, Prairie School, Racine, WI
Travis Brantingham, Principia, St. Louis, MO
Fr. Gregory Mohrmann, Saint Louis Priory School, St. Louis, MO
Andrew Myler, St. Paul's Episcopal Day School, Kansas City, MO
Matt Mohs, St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights, MN
Robin Appleby, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, IL
New Interim Heads 2014-15
Yoni Binus (Acting Head), Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School, Minneapolis, MN
Paul Druzinsky (Interim), Avery Coonley School, Downers Grove, IL
Jason Patera (Acting Head), Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago, IL
Cathy Haines (Interim), Community School, St. Louis, MO
Bill Rowe (Interim), Countryside School, Champaign, IL
James M. Cantwel (Interim), Lillian and Betty Ratner School, Pepper Pike, OH
Shirley Lawler (Interim), Summit Prep of SW Missouri, Springfield, MO
Ronald Smyczek (Interim), University Lake School, Hartland, WI
Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 if we inadvertently left someone off this list.
Check Out ISACS President Claudia Daggett’s New Blog "Stopping By"
(Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014)
If you could highlight one aspect of your school for your colleagues in the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, what would it be?
ISACS President Claudia Daggett will be visiting schools throughout the fall and winter months — stopping by — to get to know school leaders, learn about the diversity of schools in our association, and ask that very question. She will then be uploading one post per school, including picture(s), to her new blog “Stopping By”. Her first post was recently uploaded to the blog site, so take a moment and learn a little more about your fellow ISACS members schools. And remember…you may be next!
http://stoppingbyisacs.wordpress.com/ - And don't forget to subscribe to the blog so you are updated when a new school visit is uploaded!
New Heads Network - A Year Long Program 2014-15
(Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014)
NEW HEADS NETWORK - A YEAR LONG PROGRAM 2014-15
TOM HOERR AND CLAUDIA DAGGETT
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
ISACS Office Conference Room
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702
Registration for the 2014-15 New Heads Network is open. Brochures will be sent to new heads at ISACS schools in early July. Click here for the New Heads Network brochure.
This is a year-long opportunity and support system for new heads of school. Events will take place:
Monday, September 22, 2014 in Chicago, IL
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Chicago, IL
Monday, June 15 - Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in St. Louis, MO
Who Should Attend: Heads of school in their first two years of headship at an ISACS school. Experienced heads new to an ISACS school have participated and found the program beneficial.
Why Attend: Being a head of school is never easy, and it’s particularly challenging at the start of one’s career. The New Heads Network (NHN) will provide content, skills and perspective on the headship as the first (or second) year unfolds. A mentor will be assigned and there will be opportunities to learn from colleagues and to build relationships with other heads. The NHN will seek to:
assist new heads in practicing and learning the craft of heading a school;
provide a cohort group so new heads can learn with and from one another;
introduce heads to the ISACS accreditation system and other programs; and
be fun! We will laugh with and enjoy one another!
This program is meant to supplement the NAIS Institute for New Heads, not to replace it.
New Heads Network Faculty
Thomas Hoerr, PhD is head of New City School in St. Louis. He has led schools for 36 years, and has written extensively on leadership, faculty collegiality, and multiple intelligences. He initiated and taught in the Non-Profit Management Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Tom is the author of four books, School Leadership For The Future (published by NAIS), The Art of School Leadership, Becoming A Multiple Intelligences School, and Fostering Grit: How do I prepare my students for the real world? (all published by ASCD). Tom writes a monthly column for Educational Leadership, “The Principal Connection,” has authored more than 100 articles, and has presented at conferences around the world.
Claudia Daggett, MSEd is the new ISACS president. Claudia began her independent school career as a teacher at The Prairie School and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including 11 years as head of school at Friends Academy in Massachusetts. Since her departure from headship in 2006, Claudia has served as executive director of the Elementary School Heads Association and independent consultant with Gregory Floyd & Associates. She shares her perspective on a wide range of school-leadership topics as a frequent presenter at national conferences and in her blog, Podium Thumps and Ponderings. Claudia looks forward to visiting ISACS schools and getting to know heads—new and long-standing—as her tenure begins.
Claudia and Tom will provide experienced advice throughout the year while the group provides the beginnings of the peer network important to every head.
Other faculty will be added.
Benefits to the School
New heads face common problems, such as building relationships with administrative teams, the board, faculty, parents and students. Meeting with each other three times during the year—under the guidance of two experienced heads—can help avoid pitfalls and enhance the chances of a strong first year and beyond.
Each new head will be paired with an experienced ISACS head. Mentoring opportunities will be provided during the year through telephone calls, emails, and in-person opportunities at the January annual heads conference in Chicago.
The program will span the course of one year and have three opportunities for new heads to come together from September through June.
Monday September 22, 2014
ISACS Office Conference Room, 55 West Wacker Drive • Chicago, IL
How to survive your first year
Working with your board
Introduction to ISACS accreditation
Wednesday January 28, 2015
Swissôtel Chicago • Chicago, IL
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Reception and dinner with mentors on the eve of the start of the heads conference—Wednesday, January 28
Sessions included in the heads conference program particularly useful for new heads
Monday June 15 - Tuesday June 16, 2015
New City School • St. Louis, MO
Time: 9:30 am start on June 15 & 1:00 pm end on June 16
Sharing of first year experiences among the group
Sessions on the headship, business office, development and board relations
Planning for the future
Hotel Accommodations Information
Attendees must make their own hotel accommodations
September hotel accommodations
ISACS has secured two options for your hotel accommodations needs - the Hotel Monaco or Club Quarters - both within walking distance to the ISACS office. Below is information on the two options, select the one that best meets your needs.
Hotel Monaco: ISACS has secured a discount off the standard room rates at the Hotel Monaco, 225 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL. The hotel is located less than three blocks from the new ISACS office/conference room. To view rates and reserve your room, please call 1-800-KIMPTON and request the ISACS rate. Click here to book your room online. Rates and availability vary based on time of year.
The Monaco Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel is an award winning boutique hotel offering a stylish window onto the Windy City. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Hotel Monaco is in the Loop business district and just steps from North Michigan Avenue shopping and the popular Millennium Park. A former hat factory on the banks of the Chicago River, the transformed Hotel Monaco draws guests in and surrounds them with all manner of stimulations once inside. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Monaco include: a 24-hour fitness center, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Join the Kimpton InTouch loyalty program and receive complimentary wireless internet access, personalized amenities and a whole lot more. For more details on the Monaco Chicago, visit www.monaco-chicago.com.
Click here for directions and parking information at the Hotel Monaco with walking directions to the ISACS Office.
Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan: The Independent Schools Association of the Central States is now a member of Club Quarters, full service business hotels for member organizations. The entire ISACS community has access to low member rates at Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan and their second location in the Central Loop. Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan is located less than three blocks from the new ISACS office/conference room. When you stay at Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan, you are just steps from the Magnificent Mile, famous for shopping, fine dining and museums, and Grant Park. Member guests enjoy automatic Gold Status benefits including subsidized weekend and holiday rates from as low as $65/night, complimentary onsite benefits including WiFi, exercise facilities, chilled, purified bottled water and access to the Club Living Room with snacks and refreshments and Gold Rewards, the richest guest rewards program.
For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact Member Services at 203.905.2100 anytime between Mon.-Fri. 7am-11pm, Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-6pm (EST). Make sure to identify yourself as a member of ISACS - Independent Schools Association of the Central States and provide them with the Group Code: Ind Schl Assoc Central Sta. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations.
While Club Quarters is getting ready to launch their new website sometime in the summer, we ask that if you wish to make a reservation online that you visit their website at www.clubquarters.com and login with the ISACS Member Password: ISACS.
Click here for directions and parking information at the Club Quarters with walking directions to the ISACS Office.
January hotel accommodations
323 East Wacker Drive • Chicago, IL
ISACS has secured a discounted rate of $152/night. To reserve a room, please do so for at least two nights and stay for the heads conference, call (312) 565-0565 and request the group code: “ISACS 2015 Heads of School Conference” by Wednesday, January 7.
June hotel accommodations
The Chase Park Plaza - Saint Louis
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd. • St. Louis, MO
ISACS will obtain a block of rooms and provide participants with reservation information at a later date.
Click here for directions to Chase Park Plaza Hotel.
Click here for directions to New City School from the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.
$1,500 for September, January and June meetings.
The fee includes:
programming on 9/22, 1/28 and 6/15-16;
continental breakfast and lunch – 9/22;
reception and dinner –1/28; and
two breakfasts/two lunches/one dinner – 6/15-16.
As part of the NHN, ISACS strongly encourages new heads to attend the ISACS annual heads of school conference in Chicago, January 29 and January 30, 2015. New heads enrolled in the New Heads Network will pay a $300 registration fee instead of the $600 fee for the heads conference. (New heads must register for the heads conference separately). Registration for the 2015 Heads Conference will open in the fall and you will receive an email when registration opens along with a coupon code to receive the discounted registration fee.
Financial assistance available for small schools. Please contact the ISACS office at ISACS, (312) 750-1190
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund.
Questions? Call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.
Member Cost: $1500 Non-member Cost: $1750