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Conferences & Workshops

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Conferences and workshops combine theory with practical applications to support exceptional teaching, learning and leadership. Events address major topics, such as addressing current challenges and opportunities in all aspects of teaching and learning, designing leading-edge curriculum, exploring best practices for those serving in any role, or developing current and aspiring leaders, often led by leading national or international experts.

Hallmark conference experiences include the Annual Conference, the Heads Conference, the New Teacher Institute, the Academy for Division Heads, the New Leaders Academy, the ISACS Diversity Summit, and the Leadership Academy. These reoccurring events are complemented by new offerings designed to address the changing needs in our schools.

Workshops are generally one-day or two-day experiences offered to develop new skills, hear new research and consider the most current trends in education. Workshop participants also have the opportunity to interact with educational leaders and network with independent school colleagues. For 2023-24, ISACS will offer workshops in downtown Chicago in the enhanced ISACS Classroom or at local hotel/conference locations. Check the ISACS website for updates on workshop and conference locations.

2023-24 Conferences & Workshops

For 2023-24, ISACS will be offering in-person events in addition to our robust virtual programming. Continue to check the website for updates.

This year’s offerings include virtual and in-person events: 

  • 2023-24 New Heads Network (Virtual & in-person) a year long program which supports heads in their first two years of headship. Registration is now open!
  • Upcoming one-day workshops (In-person) ISACS Classroom in downtown Chicago.
  • 2023 Annual Conference (November 2 & 3) & 2023 Trustee Day (November 2) (In-person) Columbus, OH. 150+ sessions for school leaders, administrators, faculty and trustees offered over two days. Thank you for attending the 2023 Annual Conference & Trustee Day. Save the date for the 2024 Annual Conference, November 7-8 in St. Louis.
  • 2024 Heads Conference (In-person) will be held Thursday, January 25 – Friday, January 26 in Chicago at the Swissotel. Registration will open soon! Check back for more details.
  • 2024 Diversity Summit (In-person) will be held on Tuesday, February 6- Wednesday, February 7 at the Kimpton Gray Hotel, downtown Chicago. Registration will open soon! Check back for more details.

  • 2024 Academy for Division Heads (In-person)  will be held Thursday February 8-Friday, February 9 at the Kimpton Gray Hotel, downtown Chicago. Registration will open soon! Check back for more details.

  • 2024 Leadership Academy (In-person) Monday, June 24-Wednesday, June 26, 2024 in partnership with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Non-Profit Management - Downtown Chicago. Check back for more details.
  • 2024 Administrative Assistants: Developing & Optimizing Your Essential Role, Thurdsay, July 18 - Friday, July 19, ISACS Classroom, downtown Chicago. Check back for more details.
  • 2024 New Teacher Institute (Location to be determined) a three-day program for new teachers in independent schools, will be held July 263-26. Check back for more details.
  • Additional programming will be added soon!

If you are unable to attend in person, ISACS will continue to offer one-hour webinars for faculty, administrators, parents & trustees on a variety of topics:

Please continue to visit the ISACS website for additional updates regarding 2023-24 conferences and workshops, and visit the Future Dates webpage for upcoming Annual Conference, Heads Conference dates & details.