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Professional Development

School improvement depends on teachers and leaders who are life long learners. ISACS is known for its high impact professional development events that engage the passions of everyone in the “learning community” -- faculty, administrators, heads of school, trustees, and parents. Our programs optimize adult learning by incorporating the practical realities of school life with the use of experiential, engaging formats and supportive materials. Topics are chosen after conversations with teacher-leaders to assure relevance to our member schools. ISACS has formal committees (the Professional Services Committee, the Administrative Services Committee and the Equity Committee), which meet throughout the year. Other input from the Teacher Services Committee and the many Teacher Representatives are also considered. Thus, hundreds of teacher-leaders are actively involved in shaping the dynamic ISACS professional development program. The benefit to members is an array of offerings to suit institutional or individual goals, as well as the school’s budget.

Conferences and institutes emphasize the study of theory, knowledge and understandings in relation to a major topic, such as designing leading edge curriculum or preparing for leadership of a division or department. Annual offerings include the two-day Annual Conference, Trustee Day - An extension of the Annual Conference,  the Heads Conference, the New Teacher Institute, and the Academy for Division Heads. Biennial events include the Diversity Summit. Often, these events convene leading national experts.

Workshops are one-day or two-day seminars for learning and practicing new skills, often ones that are called for by the emergence of new trends in schools and society. Interacting with educational leaders and networking with independent school colleagues are always highlights of ISACS workshops, where participants find inspiration from collegial discussions. For more, please see our  Workshop FAQ's.

For the complete line-up of conferences, institutes and workshops and to register, see Conference and Workshops. With the exception of the Annual Conference, all events take place in Chicago. Please view the schedule for exact location.

Catering for all Chicago ISACS events is by HandCut Foods
Mr. Andrew Osterman, Director of Business Development 
1441 Willow, Chicago, IL 60642
Tel: 312-239-0381 ext. 114

HandCut Foods provides superior food, service, and management to schools and businesses throughout Chicagoland. We believe responsible cooking with responsibly-sourced ingredients produces more nutritious and flavorful food. Our healthy, student-friendly menus are crafted with care and built around seasonal, whole ingredients, many of which are sourced from local midwestern farms. 

Learning Bridge Webinars are the most accessible and affordable form of professional development. Participants take advantage of the wisdom of experts from the convenience of their office or classroom. Some schools transform the seminar into a town hall meeting by gathering groups of teachers, administrators, trustees or parents. Internet access is highly recommended but not necessary. It allows participants the opportunity to view speaker presentations and post questions on-line in real time. Recorded sessions can be replayed for future trainings. Enjoy early bird and package discounts. For the complete line-up of webinars and to register, see Learning Bridge Webinars.

The ISACS President and the Director of Professional Development are available to confer with teachers, administrators and Heads of School on a variety of issues relating to professional development, school leadership, and school governance. Please see our Consulting Services page, or contact for information about these services to members.

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