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Register Now for the ISACS Academy for Division Heads
(Posted: Thursday, December 4, 2014)
ACADEMY FOR DIVISION HEADS
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015 9:00 AM - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 3:00 PM
Registration for the Academy for Division Heads is now open.
The Academy will begin at 9:00 am on Thursday, February 5 and will end at 2:45 pm on Friday, February 6. An agenda will be posted shortly.
The role of division head is both rewarding and challenging and ISACS is committed to supporting division heads serving in this essential leadership role. Please make plans to gather with other division heads for two days of conversation with experts who will extend your thinking while expanding your leadership skills.
Performers from the world famous Second City School of Improvisation
Join your ISACS Division Head colleagues for two powerful days with presentations from engaging and thought-stretching presenters.
Thursday, February 5 Day 1: Leading Innovation in Schools with Greg Bamford
Today, schools are challenged to prepare students for a rapidly changing world which requires rethinking and re-imagining school – from instruction, to physical space, to time, and spirit. To meet this challenge, school leaders must adapt ahead of the curve. They must be innovative.
As a school leader, are you prepared to meet the changing needs of your school and your students? What does it mean to be innovative? What conditions must exist to foster a culture of innovation your school community? And how can you foster the human environment required to sustain a healthy and humane culture in a period of change?
In a hands-on session, participants will:
Adopt a mental model for how innovation works in an organization
Identify key success factors in leading innovation
Gain concrete tactics for leading more creative team meetings
Gain a vocabulary for discussing group dynamics and specific tools for fostering collaboration
Practice some of the personal (and interpersonal) skills required to lead innovation
Drawing from organizational research as well as case studies of independent schools, we will discuss:
The dynamics of sustaining and disruptive innovation in independent schools;
The personal qualities of innovative school leaders;
The cultural forces that lead to the successful adoption of innovative practices in schools;
Strategies and tactics for accelerating the rate of innovation in your schools;
Fostering creativity on your teams;
Frameworks for fostering collaboration and healthy group dynamics.
Greg Bamford (@gregbamford) is the head of school at Watershed School in Boulder, Colorado. Watershed is an innovative independent school that engages students through rigorous, real world challenges, an approach for which it has been recognized by the New York Times and CWRA learning gains that greatly exceed peer schools. Greg is also a co-founder of Leadership+Design, a non-profit organization that works with educators to foster a new culture of school leadership. Through Leadership+Design, he has worked with independent schools across the country on emerging pedagogies, strategic challenges, and leadership development. Greg holds an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University.
Friday, February 6 Day 2 (Morning): Social Media Basics for School Leaders with Lucy Gray
Education consultant Lucy Gray will guide administrators through the basics of utilizing a core set of Web 2.0 tools with the goals of boosting productivity, collaboration, and professional learning. You'll find time to consider your own digital personal citizenship and will consider implications for fostering digital citizenship in your students. This workshop will include hands-on experiences that will show you how to curate and organize resources. These experiences will also demonstrate the power of connecting to peers and highlight the benefits of developing personal learning networks. Come learn about how other schools and school leaders are thoughtfully embracing new and emerging technologies in their schools.
Participants will be able to:
Become familiar with commonly used Web 2.0 tools
Add other professionals to your PLN
Understand the value of social currency and serendipity
Develop your own digital footprint and persona
Practice content curation
Contemplate implications for students and staff
Lucy Gray, is an education consultant with a focus on 21st century learning initiatives. Previously, she served in various capacities related to educational technology at the University of Chicago's Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in project-based learning which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference. She has also been awarded the Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator distinctions and is an Education Fast Forward Fellow. For further information, visit http://www.lucygrayconsulting.com.
Day 2 (Afternoon): Learning to Think on Your Feet!
Second City performers will use improv tenants to engage Division Heads within their own learning process, open more dialogue with colleagues and practice skills before experiencing them on the job.
Wednesday, February 4 - Optional Division Head Forum
On Wednesday evening February 4 from 6:30-8:00 pm, ISACS will host an optional discussion for division heads at the Hotel Palomar.
You are invited to participate in a spirited conversation for new and veteran division heads who are looking to make connections with others in the same role. Members of the Administrative Service Committee will facilitate the discussion. There is no charge for participation but we ask that you register so we may plan for the appropriate group size.
There is no additional fee for this optional discussion. If you plan to attend the panel discussion, please select it during the online registration process. Pre-registration is required.
Evening Activity - Thursday, February 5 - Dinner and Second City
All registrants are invited to attend dinner at Adobo Grill followed by an evening of comedy at Second City. It will be an opportunity to enjoy Chicago while mingling with your peers in a social setting.
Dinner: 5:30 pm at Adobo Grill
Second City: 8:00 pm (Must arrive at Second City at 7:30 pm)
Transportation will be provided to and from hotel to dinner/theatre. Transportation departs from the Hotel Palomar promptly at 5:00 pm.
All registrants are invited to attend the evening event; the cost is included in your registration fee for the Academy for Division Heads.
During online registration you will be prompted to RSVP for the evening activity. You can select to attend Dinner and Second City, Dinner Only, Second City Only, or not attend the evening activity. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline for the Thursday evening activity is Friday, January 23 or until the event reaches capacity. We appreciate your response so we can guarantee dinner reservations, Second City tickets and transportation. If you plan to register a spouse/guest, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 as there will be an additional charge of $60 for the Dinner/Second City and $30 for Dinner only or Second City only.
The Academy for Division Heads will take place at the Hotel Palomar, 505 North State Street in Chicago. Located in the River North area of Chicago, the Hotel Palomar is located near the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Palomar include: a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Guests must join the Kimpton InTouch program (which is free of charge) to receive wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas.
For more details on the Hotel Palomar, visit www.hotelpalomar-chicago.com.
Valet parking at the Hotel Palomar is $18 for daily event parking (not overnight).
Valet overnight parking is $58/night for hotel guests with full in-and-out privileges. Typically, overnight parking guests must leave by 2:00 pm to avoid additional fees at the garage. However, ISACS guests are able to park their cars with the valet until 4:00 pm without additional fees.
Note: Hybrid vehicles receive a 25% discount. There are other parking garages in the area that may offer less expensive rates.
Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Palomar.
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Palomar: $155/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the nights of February 4 – February 5. To make a reservation call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS Academy for Division Heads." The discounted rate is available until Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
For online reservations please click on this link: ISACS Academy for Division Heads
If you need any assistance making your hotel reservations, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.
$650 Non Member
First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $50 discount.
Registration fee includes 2 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches and dinner on Thursday, February 5th.
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 Academy for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.
Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.
Member Cost: $550 Non-member Cost: $650
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.
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Registration is Now OPEN for ISACS Diversity Summit: Gender & Gender Identity
(Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014)
ISACS DIVERSITY SUMMIT: GENDER & GENDER IDENTITY
DENA SAMUELS & LISE ELIOT
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015 9:30 AM - SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015 3:00 PM
171 West Randolph
ISACS Diversity Summit: Gender & Gender Identity
Date and Time
Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7
Friday March 6: Day One will take place from 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p m.
Friday March 6: Dinner and a Movie will take place from 6:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. (Optional - extra registration and fee required)
Saturday, March 7: Day Two will begin with continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the presentation will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Who Should Attend
Faculty, Administrators, Heads of School, Trustees and Diversity Practitioners.
To maximize the impact of The Summit, we encourage attendance by teams of participants from the same school.
We invite all faculty, administrators and trustees to join us at the ISACS Diversity Summit on Friday, March 6- Saturday, March 7, 2015, 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.
Friday, March 6 - Day one of the two-day Summit will feature Dr. Dena Samuels. Dena will guide participants to look through the lens of gay/lesbian/trans students as she addresses the following:
Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat
Reframing Emotions (understanding and managing triggers)
Subtle Forms of Exclusion (micro aggressions)
Transforming our Practices (self-reflection & physical building/school/campus assessment)
Social Identities and Inclusion (privilege and how it operates in the classroom)
How do we know what we know? (personal reflection on which institutions have taught us to keep the social hierarchy in place)
Dena R. Samuels, PhD teaches in women's and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS), and has received the university's Outstanding Instructor Award. She is author of The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Teachers College Press, 2014) andTeaching Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality (McGraw-Hill, 2009). As director of UCCS' Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, she provides trainings to educators on the processes of integrating diversity and building cultural inclusiveness. Some of her clients include: The Citadel Military Institute of South Carolina, the US Air Force Academy, and the University of Denver. She holds a PhD from UCCS, an MA from UCCS, and a BA from Brandeis University.
Saturday, March 7 - Day two of the Summit will feature Dr. Lise Eliot who will continue the gender-based conversation with a focus on the research that led to her best-selling book: Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps -- And What We Can Do About It.
In the past decade, we've come to accept certain ideas about the differences between males and females—that boys can't focus in a classroom, for instance, and that girls are obsessed with relationships. Calling on years of exhaustive research and her own work in the field of neuroplasticity, Eliot argues that infant brains are so malleable that small differences at birth become amplified over time, as parents and teachers—and the culture at large—unwittingly reinforce gender stereotypes. Children themselves intensify the differences by playing to their modest strengths. They constantly exercise those “ball-throwing” or “doll-cuddling” circuits, rarely straying from their comfort zones. But this is just what they need to do, and she offers concrete ways to help. Boys are not, in fact, “better at math” but at certain kinds of spatial reasoning. Girls are not naturally more empathetic; they’re allowed to express their feelings. By appreciating how sex differences emerge—rather than assuming them to be fixed biological facts—we can learn to help all children reach their fullest potential, close the troubling gaps between boys and girls, and ultimately end the gender wars that currently divide us.
Concepts to be discussed include the following:
Behavioral sex differences are real but small, with lots of overlap between boys and girls
Brain sex differences are real but small, with lots of overlap
The extreme plasticity of young children's brains (witness effects of early language exposure) is a key factor in gender development
Most skills that show a sex difference have been shown to be influenced by environment/experience (e.g., math, verbal, competitiveness, aggression)
Implicit bias harms both girls and boys (but especially girls in STEM
Stereotype threat (and its effect on the brain
Boys and girls have a lot to learn from each other
Most schools are only nominally coed--much more opportunity for boys and girls to befriend and respect each other
Girls have more leeway than boys; "masculinity" sets boundaries that are the main culprit for boys' poorer performance in school
Still, there are aspects of self-regulation that could be better promoted in classrooms, which will help all children, but boys especially
Lise Eliot is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. A Chicago native, she received an A.B. degree from Harvard University, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and did post-doctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Eliot lectures widely on children’s brain and gender development. She lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois with her husband and three children.
Friday evening activity March 6 - Dinner and a Movie - Pre-registration required
The Summit experience will allow for the acquisition of new knowledge and ongoing conversations among participants. Following day one of the Summit, participants may enjoy an evening on their own in Chicago, or may choose to register for Dinner and a Movie at the beautiful ISACS headquarters. Those who would like to participate in the evening event may walk a few blocks to the ISACS office and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city while enjoying dinner, conversation and a movie with other ISACS colleagues.
Separate registration and a $30 fee per person are required for the evening activity. The dinner and a movie will take place from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.For those who would like to invite a guest for Friday’s evening activity, the registration fee is also $30 for your guest and you can register them online at the same time you register yourself. Just add their information during step 2 of the online registration process. Questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.
To register for the Friday Evening Activity (dinner and a movie), click here.
Walking directions will be provided in your conference folder at the Summit.
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.
for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro for $149 plus tax/night (single or double occupancy) for the nights March 5- March 6. To make a reservation call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS Diversity Summit." For online reservations, click on the following link - ISACS Diversity Summit Online Link
. The discounted rate is available until Wednesday February 11, 2015. If you are having trouble booking a room, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.
Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service. Valet parking is $26 for 4-6 hours and $51 for over 6 hours with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change). The self parking rate is $46 for over 6 hours. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily parking.
for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.
$350 ISACS members
$400 non members
First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $25 discount
Registration fee includes one continental breakfast on Saturday and two lunches
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 Friday only or Saturday only, please call the ISACS office for registration information.
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. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the Diversity Summit for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.
Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.
Member Cost: $350 Non-member Cost: $400
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 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.
Questions? Call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.
Member Cost: $1500 Non-member Cost: $1750