"New Ways of Doing School"
November 7-8, 2019
Louisville, KY

Online Registration is Now Closed for the ISACS Annual Conference.

ISACS can provide you with a late registration form, which must be completed and returned to the ISACS office via email or fax by Friday, October 25. The registration fee for ISACS members is now $225 for one-day attendance and $350 for two-day attendance. Additional late fees for non-members will apply. Please call the ISACS office if you have any questions or to request the late registration form at (312) 750-1190.

As of October 21, there are no changes to your lunch attendance.
As of October 30, no changes to your session selections will be allowed.

If you pre-selected TL-2 and FL-3 (no lunch attendance) please do not plan to attend the lunch.
For sessions, please attend only sessions that are not full (the full sessions are listed below and also marked on the Thursday and Friday onsite schedules).

Dates & Times
Thursday, November 7: 9:00 am-4:15 pm
Friday, November 8: 9:00 am-4:15 pm

Conference Location
Louisville Marriott Downtown (280 West Jefferson) and the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). 

New Overflow Hotel Accommodations at the
Aloft Louisville Downtown


Limited availability at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.
Click here to explore overflow hotel accommodations. 

Conference Brochure
Click here for the Annual Conference Brochure.
Click here for the Annual Conference Brochure Flip Book.

Sessions at Capacity or Cancelled 
During online registration if the session you would like to attend has reached capacity (grayed out so you cannot select it) or cancelled (grayed out and labeled in the title), please select another session and complete your registration. Contact Jacob Isaac at jacob@isacs.org or (312) 750-1190 if you have any questions or issues. ​

Click below for quick access to the following sections

Keynote Presenters (listed in order of appearance)

Steve Pemberton
Author, Speaker &
HR Executive

Shawn Achor
Author & Expert on
Happiness & Success

Homa Tavangar
Global Education
Adviser & Author

Eric Dozier
Musician & Empathy

Featured Presenter 
Michael Thompson, Dave Mochel, Dan St. Romain, Greg Bamford, Jill Walsh, Alison Park, Eddie Moore, Jr., Teacher Tom Hobson, Sam Chaltain, Richard Bell, Ken Rogers, Annie McNamara, and Quin Henderson. Click here for speaker bios.

Checkout Homa Tavangar's interview with ISACS in the newly created
"Speaker Spotlight"

Speaker Recommended Pre-Conference Reading
Pre-conference readings written by and/or suggested by speakers are available for viewing as noted below. Additional resources will be forthcoming.

Richard Bell

Quin Henderson

  • Quin Henderson is the partnerships manager at FutureDesign School, where he empowers and challenges teachers and leaders to lean into the uncertain future. He also is the voice of the Future X podcast, where he interviews global thought leaders on the changing nature of work. He has dedicated his career to helping schools and educators develop the next generation of problem solvers. Click here to download the Podcast.

Teacher Tom Hobson

Annie McNamara

Jill Walsh

Social Media
Follow us on Twitter at the conference @ISACSNews using the hashtag #ISACSCon to join the conversation.

ISACS Annual Conference App
The ISACS Annual Conference Mobile App will be launched using Eventpedia. A week prior to the conference, all registrants will be emailed directions on how to download the Eventpedia app (from the iOS and Android App Store) and access the ISACS Annual Conference event. Each registrant will use their school email address (used during the registration process) and the provided password (emailed a week prior to the conference) to log in and access features like their personal session schedule, post and interact through social media, explore conference maps, learn about speakers through their bios & much more. If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Isaac, jacob@isacs.org, and he will be more than happy to assist you.

Site Visits to Louisville area schools on Wednesday, November 6
As a courtesy to ISACS members and to encourage sharing among schools, ISACS will compile a list of Louisville area schools interested in hosting colleagues traveling to Louisville for the ISACS Annual Conference. Click here for a list of participating schools. Please contact the school directly to schedule your site visit.

Trustee Day: Thursday, November 7
ISACS will be hosting Trustee Day designed specifically for trustees in ISACS schools on Thursday, November 7 at the Kentucky International Convention Center. For more information, visit the www.isacs.org/trusteeday.

If you plan to attend Trustee Day on Thursday and also attend the Friday portion of the Annual Conference, please contact the ISACS office to receive a coupon code for registration for the Annual Conference. You will need to register separately for Trustee Day and the Annual Conference.  

Sponsorships & Exhibitor Opportunities
ISACS offers sponsor and exhibitor opportunities at the Annual Conference. We have enhanced our offerings and hope you will consider joining us. Please review the 2019-2020 Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities and complete the 2019-2020 Sponsorship & Exhibitor Application. If you have any questions, please contact ISACS at (312) 750-1190 or info@isacs.org.

Exhibitors and Sponsors at the conference will have access to educators from more than 240 schools in our 13-state region. ISACS expects more than 1,400 faculty, administrators, and trustees to pass through the exhibit area. Click here to view additional details for sponsors and exhibitors on the ISACS website. We anticipate reaching capacity in our exhibitor area in Louisville so reserve your space today. Space selection is based on your company’s submission date. 

2019 Annual Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

Special thanks to our 2019 Annual Conference Sponsors to date:

President's Level
The following has provided financial support of $2,500 for the ISACS Annual Conference
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
EG Integrated - Education Marketing
Flik Independent School Dining
Google for Education
Lands' End School Uniform
SAGE Dining Services
Security Risk Management Consultants, LLC

Dean's Level
The following has provided financial support of $500 for the ISACS Annual Conference
Associates in Pediatric Therapy
Scholastic Book Fairs
UCS Global Americas LLC

Annual Conference Exhibitors
​Special thanks to our 2019 ISACS Annual Conference Exhibitors to date:

Associates in Pediatric Therapy
Carmichael's Bookstore 
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning at St. Andrew's Episcopal School
EG Integrated - Education Marketing
Elior North America
Faria Education Group
Flik Independent School Dining
Global Youth Leadership Institute 
Grand Classroom Student Travel
Great Circle Academy
Lands' End School
Pear Deck
Pedestal Foods
SAGE Dining Services
Scholastic Book Fairs
School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger
Security Risk Management Consultants, LLC
Seminars International
Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects
Taher, Inc.
WorldStrides ISA Global Competence

Hotel Accommodations
As of October 16, the Louisville Marriott Downtown only has availability for Friday evening at the ISACS rate and the Fairfield by Marriott & Springhill Suites by Marriott is sold out. If you require a Wednesday, Thursday, and/or night stay, ISACS has secured additional rooms at the Aloft Louisville Downtown. See details below in the "Overflow Hotel Accommodations" section.

  • Louisville Marriott Downtown - ISACS has secured a special discounted room rate of $169/night plus tax for single or double occupancy at the Louisville Marriott Downtown (280 West Jefferson, Louisville, KY). To make a reservation, call 1-800-266-9432 and mention the group name Independent Schools Association of the Central States before Wednesday, October 16, 2019. To make your hotel reservation online, click here. We recommend making hotel reservations early.

Overflow Hotel Accommodations

  • Aloft Louisville Downtown - ISACS has secured a limited block of rooms at the Aloft Louisville Downtown, 102 West Main Street, which is a five minute walk to the Louisville Marriott Downtown and the Kentucky International Convention Center. Rooms are available for the following nights -- Wednesday, November 6, Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8 -- at a rate of $179/night plus tax. When making your reservation you can select between a room with a king bed or a room with two queens. Click here to book your group rate for ISACS.
  • Fairfield by Marriott & Springhill Suites by Marriott - ISACS has secured a special discounted room rate of $145/night plus tax for single or double occupancy at the Fairfield by Marriott & Springhill Suites by Marriott. To make a reservation, call 1-877-545-0352 and mention the group name Independent Schools Association of the Central States or ISACS before Wednesday, October 16, 2019. To make your hotel reservation online, book your group rate for ISACS Overflow. The room rate includes breakfast and complimentary wi-fi in the guest rooms. The Fairfield by Marriott & Springhill Suites by Marriott is a five-minute walk to the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

ALERT - Hotel Accommodations Scam
ISACS does not reach out to attendees and exhibitors directly to book hotel rooms. To book a room at the ISACS group rate, only use the discounted group rate posted above or communicated with you via emails from info@isacs.org. If you receive calls or emails from third-party companies, we strongly advise that you do not provide these solicitors any personal information. Large conferences are targets for companies seeking to take advantage of attendees. We have received reports that our attendees have been contacted by third-party companies with offers to provide hotel accommodations at a lower rate than the ISACS group rate. These solicitations are an attempt to confirm your email address and obtain your credit card information. Please do not provide any information to these third-party companies. If you have any doubt about the information that you are receiving regarding the ISACS Annual Conference room block, please email or call us at programinfo@isacs.org or (312) 750-1190.

Air Travel
Air travel to Louisville can be accessed via the Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF).

Ground Transportation to/from the Airports
Taxis from the airport to the hotel cost approximately $20 one-way and take approximately 15 minutes outside of rush hour and 30 minutes during rush hour.

Parking Information
Overnight Parking at the Louisville Marriott Downtown

  • For ISACS hotel guests, the discounted overnight self-parking rate is $19/night for hotel guests, which will be billed directly to your hotel room bill and has in and out privileges. At check-in, let the front desk staff know you self-parked in the hotel’s garage. Entrance to self-parking garage is on Liberty Street.
  • Overnight valet parking is not discounted at the Marriot’s garage and is at a rate of $34/night.

Overnight Parking at the Fairfield by Marriott & Springhill Suites by Marriott

  • Overnight self-parking is $19/night and will be routed to your guest room.

Daily Self-Parking
There is no daily parking at the Louisville Marriott Downtown’s parking garage. However, there are several lots within 1-2 blocks of the hotel and Convention Center including:

  • Commonwealth Garage at Third and Jefferson Street with a rate of $10/day. This garage is connected to the Marriott and the pedway to the Convention Center.

  • Jefferson Centre Garage, at the corner of Jefferson & Second Street, and Starks Garage. 430 S. Third Street, offer daily self-parking rates of $10/day.

Kentucky International Convention Center Parking - click here for information on nearby parking structures and directions. Click here for a helpful map of the surrounding area. 

For more information on downtown daily parking options, click here.

Bus Drop off and Pick Up at the Louisville Marriott Downtown
If your school is using a bus to transport faculty and staff, please notify ISACS at (312) 750-1190.

Louisville Visitor Information
For information on Louisville, visit www.gotolouisville.com

Conference Registration Fees

  • $175 per person (ISACS member) for 1-day registration

  • $270 per person (ISACS member) for 2-day registration

  • $240 per person (non-member) for 1-day registration

  • $370 per person (non-member) for 2-day registration

Registration includes a banquet lunch.

Registration will open in August 2019 when you can register online and select sessions and lunch attendance. You must register before Wednesday, October 16, 2019. There is no onsite registration.

Registration Confirmation

  • Once registered, an automatic email will be sent to the contact person identified during on-line registration.

  • By October 1, ISACS will send a confirmation email to each registrant, which will include conference details and a list of pre-registered sessions.

  • Approximately one week prior to the Annual Conference, ISACS will send a FINAL email confirmation with pre-registered sessions.

  • If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 as we may have an incorrect email address in our system.

Onsite Book Sellers
ISACS will welcome Carmichael’s Bookstore to sell books by authored presenters and books of educational interest.

Hard Copy Forms

Annual Conference Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for the FAQs regarding the 2019 Annual Conference.

Tips to Extend the Annual Conference Experience
Click here for the Annual Conference Tips.

Nursing Mother's Room 
Information on the availability of a nursing mother’s room is forthcoming.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for the Annual Conference must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing programinfo@isacs.orgby Wednesday, October 16 to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, that can be refunded after the Annual Conference. Cancellations received after Wednesday, October 16 will not receive a refund. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

To contact ISACS, please email programinfo@isacs.org or (312) 750-1190. 

Member Cost: $270 (two-day)     Non-member Cost: $370 (two day)
Registration Deadline: October 16, 2019 


View Session Schedule

ISACS Annual Conference Brochure

First page of the PDF file: ISACS2019ConferenceProgram

 2019-2020 Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

First page of the PDF file: 2019-2020sponsorandexhibitorfactsheet

ISACS Trustee Day Flyer

First page of the PDF file: TrusteeDayflyer2019Finalwebready