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Boys and Sex Ed: Beyond Statistics and Stereotypes
Online workshop offered through Answer/Rutgers University
(Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013)
Forty-nine percent of boys have had sexual intercourse by the time they finish high school. One in four has an STD. Yet sex ed by and large still focuses on the needs of girls. How do we teach in ways that resonate with all students, regardless of their gender? Answer's latest online workshop, Boys and Sex Ed: Beyond Statistics and Stereotypes, can help. Understand how boys think, feel and learn about sexuality, and learn the necessary tools for teaching in ways that resonate specifically with them. Click to view a promotional video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARhawLYbZIU&feature=youtu.be.
The online course must be completed within 30 days.
Click here for the workshop's flyer.
Click here for more information and to register.
2013 New Teacher Institute - at the Wellington School, Columbus
July 15 - 18, 2013 - Columbus, OH
(Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013)
DATE AND TIME
The New Teacher Institute will formally begin at 10:00 am on Monday, July 15 and will end at 12:00 noon Thursday, July 18. Participants should make plans to attend the Institute in its entirety.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
***Independent school educators in their first two years of teaching experience.
WHY ATTEND 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.
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.
SCHEDULE (Dates are firm, times may change)
Click here to view a tentative schedule.
The New Teacher Institute takes place at the The Wellington School, 3650 Reed Road, Columbus, OH. For those with cars, there is ample parking at The Wellington School. Click here for directions and parking information for The Wellington School.
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. **We recommend you reserve your hotel accommodations early!** ISACS has secured a limited number of rooms at discounted rates at the Residence Inn at Easton, 2999 Easton Loop West, Columbus, OH 43219, 614-414-1000. Click here for directions and parking information for the Residence Inn.
Click here for more information and to register.
Free Professional Development Event - First-Year Experience Programs
(Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013)
4th Annual FYE Professional Development Conference: "It's All Relative"
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 8:30 AM -
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:30 PM (Central Time)
Nigh University Center at University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Drive
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
Keynote Speaker: Carol Carter
For more information and to register visit: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1216118
POGIL's Summer Three-Day Workshops
(Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013)
Ready to sharpen your POGIL skills or simply learn how to incorporate more student-centered learning in your classroom? The POGIL Project is now accepting applications for its 2013 slate of six workshops, designed to inspire and strengthen your teaching. You are receiving this email because we would like to invite you to apply to attend a 3-day POGIL Regional Workshop this coming summer. There are six Regional Workshops across the country with dates and locations listed at the end of this message.
The POGIL 3-day regional workshops provide instructors from both high schools and colleges/universities with all levels of POGIL experience significant opportunities to enhance their professional development by gaining new insights into teaching and learning. There will be a sequence of workshop sessions specifically designed for those who are new to POGIL (introductory track), and also sessions for those with previous POGIL experience (intermediate and advanced tracks), including new components for 2013. POGIL philosophy and methodology, facilitation techniques, opportunities to write and review activities, along with poster and plenary sessions will be offered.
While the workshop's focus is on the STEM disciplines, attendees are encouraged from all disciplines. A full list of the sessions that will be offered at the workshops is listed at http://www.pogil.org/resources/workshop-resources-for-participants/regional-meetings. In addition, each Regional Workshop will feature a Poster Session for sharing POGIL experiences in areas such as implementation, activity development or student outcomes and also special sessions unique to that meeting.
Workshop fee is $295 (registration, materials, lunches/dinners). On-campus housing for two nights is provided for an additional $100 and includes two accompanying breakfasts. Space is limited, and early applications are encouraged.
For an additional fee of $50, participants in the POGIL regional workshops can choose to receive CEUs (Continuing Education Units) through Millersville University. There is an attendance requirement if you choose to pursue CEUs.
Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone you think might be interested.
To apply for a workshop, please visit the POGIL website at www.pogil.org, or visit the links below. You may apply to any Regional Workshop you wish. Application deadline: Space is limited! To receive full consideration of your application, please apply by March 1, 2013. Acceptances will be sent by email within two weeks of application.
The 2013 schedule of workshops is as follows:
June 18-20, 2013 - Southeast Regional 3-Day Workshop - St. Petersburg, FL
June 20-22, 2013 - Northeast Regional 3-Day Workshop - Lancaster, PA
June 25-27, 2013 - Northwest Regional 3-Day Workshop - McMinnville, OR
July 13-15, 2013 - Great Lakes Regional 3-Day Workshop - Columbus, OH
July 17-19, 2013 - Southwest Regional 3-Day Workshop - Colorado Springs, CO
July 23 - 25, 2013 - South Central Regional 3-Day Workshop - St. Louis, MO
For more information contact Susan Bell, Event Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-358-4661. To learn more about POGIL, visit http://www.pogil.org.
Old Trail School - 2013 Summer Workshops
July & August, 2013 - Bath, OH
(Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013)
Old Trail School's Teaching & Learning Center will offer three new workshops this summer. "Make it Work" is designed for heads of school, chief financial officers and board members interested in learning strategic approaches to creating non-tuition revenue at their schools. It will be held on July 15-16 and will feature a keynote address and hands-on session with author and consultant Allen Proctor.
The School will also present new Executive Function Workshops for teachers, administrators and specialists. These workshops include two presentations by George McCloskey, a nationally and internationally recognized expert on the topic of executive functions and frequently presenter on this topic at international, national, regional and state professional organizations and meetings. Dr. McCloskey's will present "The Dog Ate My Homework - Understanding Executive Function and Its Role in Academic Success on July 22, 2013 and "So What Now? - Developing and Enhancing Instructional Strategies to Strengthen Executive Functions in Your Students on August 9, 2013.
The CoMPLeTe Educator Program is a three-day interactive workshop that introduces the multiple variables that impact students including: Cultural, Mental Health, Physical Health, Learning Profile and Temperamental influences. It provides educators with relevant foundational knowledge and an easy-to-use system with which to observe and respond to student needs. This program will be offered twice (both in conjunction with Dr. McCloskey's presentations) on July 23-25 and August 6-8, 2013. Katherine Howard, Old Trail School's Director of Support Services and School Psychologist is the creator and instructor of the CoMPLete Education Program.
Cost, registration, accommodations and more can be found at https://www.oldtrail.org/teachinglearningcenter.
Apply for $1000 Professional Development Scholarships
(Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013)
Apply for $1000 Professional Development Scholarships
Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest + Machu Picchu
The July 2-11, 2013 Educator Academy is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:
21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design, Inquiry-Based Exploration, STEM Problem-Based Learning
Inquiry Protocols: Project Learning Tree, GLOBE, Project Noah
Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning, Sustainability, Global Education
Join Dr. Mo Walters, ASU; Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree (PLT); Christa Dillabaugh, Amazon Rainforest Workshops; and work side-by-side with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo. The Amazon experience is a real world lens through which to view global issues as -- climate change, global health, sustainable development, energy, population, water, quality of life and the meaning of service. Experience:
a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway and research on Weather and Climate Change
interactions with Indigenous Yagua, Riberenos and a Village Service Project
ReNuPeru Ethnobotanical Garden and problem solving inspired by Biomimicry
Monkey Island Conservation Project
PLT Certification and PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. Land cost is $1985, plus air. $1000 scholarship deadline March 8. Land cost is $985 for scholarship winners.
Open registration through April if space is available. See Syllabus on Webpage: http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educators--naturalists.html Contact email@example.com or 1-800-431-3634.
Capstone Consortium of Schools
(Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013)
With the generous support of the Edward E. Ford Educational Leadership Grant, The Thacher School has established the Capstone Consortium, which will provide a forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about senior capstone projects. With representatives from independent, public, and charter schools, the Consortium seeks to establish a set of best practices for independent capstone projects. In addition, a series of Summer Summits on the Thacher campus in Ojai, California, will convene leaders of senior year academic capstone projects to collaborate and share ideas with the intention of fostering and mentoring schools interested in developing new capstone programs. Participants will gain insights and ideas to strengthen existing programs, and will return to their home schools with a library of resources and examples of student work.
Please contact Jeff Hooper (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Senior Exhibitions, for more information.
2013 Learn the Namaste Way Institute
May & June Sessions - Chicago, IL
(Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013)
2013 Learn the Namaste Way Institute (LTNW) is a program for educators and school leaders interested in learning Namaste's approach. The LTNW Institute is an opportunity for educators to come together and see Namaste’s successful best practices in action and learn how to incorporate them into their own school. In addition to Namaste’s Healthy Lifestyle Program, attendees will observe, learn and explore the Peaceful People Curriculum, Dual-Language Program, and Balanced Learning approach, providing tools and information to help them boost student achievement.
Work closely with Namaste's founder and core leadership team
Observe K-8 classrooms and award-winning practices in action
Experience Namaste's unique Healthy Lifestyles programming
Engage in action planning with peers and Namaste administration to modify and replicate core Namaste tenets for implementation in your school or district
Receive ongoing technical support from the Namaste team
Choose the session for you:
May 1 -3, 2013: Starting a New School
June 12-14, 2013: Current Teachers & Administrators
Cost is $249 for 2 1/2 days.
The programs take place at Namaste Charter School, 3737 S. Paulina Street in Chicago, IL.
Please contact Deb Keegan at Namaste Charter School, email@example.com, for more information.
2012 Annual Conference Handouts
(Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012)
Click here to access the 2012 Annual Conference Post- Event Resources.
Measuring Success Service - Alumni Impact Surveys - SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICING EXTENDED
(Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012)
***NEW: DISCOUNTED PRICING FOR FALL 2012 MEASURING SUCCESS ALUMNI IMPACT SURVEY***
ISACS is partnering with Measuring Success, a consulting firm for non-profits, on a survey/consultation service meant to assist schools with program evaluation, admissions, marketing, alumni relations, and advancement. Consisting of surveys of past parents, young alums, and older alums, the service also comes with a consultation component that is meant to help schools come to a deeper understanding of themselves, their impact, and their options for the future.
ISACS is announcing special pricing for its new strategic surveys/consultations for fall 2012. Member schools who sign up for the three year option (young alums one year, older alums another year, past parents a third year, with order determined by the school) by August 31, 2012 can administer the first survey in fall, 2012, for HALF PRICE--$2000, instead of $4000. The second year would be $3000, a 25% discount, and the third year the full $4000, with the option to drop out after any one year. The full name for the service is “Measuring Success Service—Alumni Impact Surveys” or MSS-AIS. They are intended to generate information useful for strategic planning and making decisions in the areas of program, admissions, fund-raising, communications, and alumni relations. Schools that have used the surveys are highly positive (“the most useful feedback we have gained through any survey process….” Columbus Academy).
Click here for more information including: Full Description of the Service, One Page Description of the Service, Order Form, Survey Options and Pricing, and Survey Time Schedule.
2012 Academy for Exceptional Teaching Resources
(Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012)
Please view the following resources from the ISACS Academy for Exceptional Teaching, February 16-17, 2012 in Chicago.
New ISACS Measuring Success Survey Tool
(Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011)
to learn more about our new ISACS service.
FREE Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators
(Posted: Tuesday, September 6, 2011)
I’m excited to share a new resource from Common Sense Media that makes it easy for educators to help their students and families learn to stand up to cyberbullying.
Our FREE Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators offers engaging lesson plans and easy-to-use parent engagement resources – all organized by grade level. The toolkit also includes an engaging video designed to get educators thinking about the role they can play in stopping cyberbullying in its tracks. Best of all, it’s is just the tip of the iceberg. Educators who dig beyond the toolkit into our site more broadly will appreciate finding our free, comprehensive K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, too.
We hope that you will share this new resource with your community. This toolkit comes just in time for the back-to-school season as educators are working to set a positive tone for their community this year.
Learn more about the toolkit at www.commonsense.org/cyberbullying-toolkit. I have also attached a flyer and messaging document to make it easy for you to share this resource with educators in your community.
Please let me know if you have questions about this toolkit or any of our other free resources for schools.
Director of Education
Common Sense Media
Learn more about our free resources for educators at www.commonsense.org/educators
2011 Diversity Summit - Recommended Readings
(Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011)
Below is a list of books and videos that were available for purchase at the 2011 Diversity Conference.
If you are interested in ordering videos from Groundspark you can receive a 20% discount if you order by September 1, 2011 and provide an on-line coupon code. Please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 for the applicable code. To order on-line visit www.respectforall.org
.Books for Sale at the Diversity Conference:
Videos by Groundspark:
- Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino
- The Anti-Bullying & Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms by Barbara Sprung, Merle Froschl & Blythe Hinitz
- Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism by Daisy Hernandez & Bushra Rehman, Eds.
- The Light in Their Eyes by Sonia Nieto
- Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Century by Norine Dresser
- No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along by Naomi Drew
- Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons
- Our Worlds in Our Words: Exploring Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Multicultural Classrooms by Mary Dilg
- Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan G. Johnson
- Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Allan G. Johnson
- Readings for Diversity and Social Justice by Maurianne Adams, et al
- The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine
- Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude M. Steele & Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- Straightlaced-How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up
- That's a Family!
- Let's Get Real
- It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in School
2010 Annual Conference Handouts
(Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010)
We hope you enjoyed ISACS 2010 Annual Conference, Learning: What's New and True, 2.
To date, we have received the following speaker handouts.
If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.
Visit Jennifer’s website www.jenniferabrams.com
for newsletters and resources under the “resources” tab.
To access handouts, click on the titles indicated below.
Patrick F. Bassett
To access the PowerPoint presentations from NAIS president Patrick F. Bassett, do the following:
- Click here for Bully-Proofing Youth Techniques.
- Click here for Cyber-Bullying Internet Sites and Books.
for her presentation on Mindset Activities for the Secondary Classroom.
If you attended one of Nathan Dungan’s sessions at the Annual Conference, link to this webpage sharesavespend.com
and provide Nathan with direct feedback. It will also bring you to his website for additional resources.
for her handout on Cross-Curricular Connections: Reaching Children through Foreign Languages.
for Emerging Technology in Education.
Click on the title below to access his presentation:
Developing an Engaging Curriculum Through Meaningful Work
for Above Grade Level Testing: Benefits for Independent Schools.
Will Piper and Brian Markwald
- Click here for the handouts distributed in their session, Using a Restorative Justice Approach to Student Discipline.
- Click here for Restorative Justice Case Studies.
- Click here for Restorative Justice Strategies.
Click on the following to access a list of Select Books about Boys and Young Men
- Click here for Do Ask, Do Tell: Climate Surveys for Climate Excellence.
- Click here for From Unum to Pluribus: Hire, Retain, Promote for Excellence.
To access handouts, click on the titles below.
Hon. Michael Warren
- Click here for Creating and Maintaining a School Spiritual Climate.
- Click here for Developing Character.
- Click here for Developing Student Leadership: What the Good Schools Do.
2010 Academy for Exceptional Teaching Resources
(Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2010)
2010 Academy for Division Heads Resources
(Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010)
Please view the following resources from the ISACS Academy for Division Heads, February 4-5, 2010 in Chicago.
For a link to Pat Bassett's presentations visit the NAIS website by clicking here
If your school is an NAIS member, you can access the PowerPoints via your school's affiliation with NAIS. If you need to create an ID and password, you can create one on the Log-In page at www.nais.org
. For non-NAIS schools, you can obtain temporary access by emailing Vivian Dandridge-Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view her presentation click here.
for Jan Jacobi's Ode to the Division Head #3.
A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan
Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
Difficult Conversations by Doug Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen
Courageous Conversations by Glen E. Singleton and Curtis Linton
Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson
Click here to view the YouTube video of Daniel Pink's, The Surprising Science of Motivation.
Information about joining the ISACS Division Heads Ning
The ISACS Division Heads Ning (http://isacsasc.ning.com/) has many features including:
A forum to post and respond to questions among ISACS Division Heads. Unlike a listserv, users can choose whether or not to view these posts at their discretion (in other words, your email box will not become cluttered) and can use RSS technology to remain aware of forum topics. The Ning will provide an opportunity to quickly collect data from your peers as you make important curricular decisions in your school.
Current forum topics include:
The Ning offers the ability to post articles, documents, photos, and videos that you find interesting. Current documents include presentations from Pat Bassett and Patti Crane from the ISACS Academy for Division Heads in February 2010.
- What reading assessments do elementary schools use to assess and support readers?
- What technology skills are being built into your elementary curriculum?
- What evaluation process is in use to evaluate teachers? This post actually has documents used by one school. The original poster encourages feedback on those documents.
- What makes you passionate about teaching and being a division head?
To view these materials visit http://isacsasc.ning.com.
If you are interested in joining this network, click on "Sign Up" and fill out the requested information. Once you are "approved" you will be granted access to the platform. You will also receive quick instructions on how to use this platform to encourage professional support and collegiality among a group that often feels isolated.