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Academy for Division Heads with Alfie Kohn and Michael Thompson

Thursday, February 1, 2007 9:30 am - Friday, February 2, 2007 3:30 pm

Hotel Allegro
171 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL


Dates: Thursday, February 1 and Friday, February 2, 2007.

Time: The Academy will be held from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on February 1 and 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on February 2. There is an evening activity on Thursday, February 1st which is included in the registration fee.

Location: The Academy for Division Heads will take place at the Hotel Allegro in the Walnut Room (2nd floor).

The Academy for Division Heads has been designed by ISACS division heads for division leaders at all levels. The Academy experience seeks to strengthen skills, network with colleagues and provide valuable time to step away from the busy pace to refresh, reflect and learn. The 2007 Academy welcomes Alfie Kohn and Michael Thompson, who will be sharing their expertise and insight on homework, rigor/reward, dealing with parents, the emotional/social development of children, and many other hot topics. The Academy will also include time to network, socialize and engage in spirited conversations grouped by topic and division. Alfie Kohn will be joining us on February 1st and Michael Thompson will be joining us on February 2nd.


Thursday, February 1st: Evening Dinner & Activity
On Thursday evening, ISACS has organized an evening activity and dinner. Please join your Division Head colleagues from the ISACS region for dinner at Adobo Grill in Old Town and then a night of improv comedy at the famous Second City. Dinner and comedy are included in the registration fee. ***Due to space restrictions, the evening activities are limited to 100 attendees. After registering online you will receive a confirmation email. You need to reply to this email (RSVP) if you are attending the dinner and evening activity.***

Featured Speakers

Alfie Kohn
Alfie Kohn is the author of ten books on education, parenting, and human behavior, including Punished by Rewards (1993), Beyond Discipline (1996), The Schools Our Children Deserve (1999), What Does it Mean to be Well Edcuated? (2004), and, most recently, Unconditional Parenting (2005). A former independent school teacher, he has written for most of the leading education periodicals – including Independent School -- and has appeared twice on “Oprah.” Time magazine described him as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” Kohn works with educators and parents across the country and speaks regularly at national conferences. His latest book is THE HOMEWORK MYTH: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing. He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at

Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson is a consultant, author and psychologist that specializes in children and families. He has worked in more than two hundred and fifty schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe and Asia. He will explore the role of gender in the education of boys as well as the psychological journey that children experience during their thirteen years in school as a “Pressured Child”.

The Academy for Division Heads will take place in Chicago 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.

Click here for directions to the Hotel Allegro.

Hotel Reservations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: $135/night plus tax for the nights of January 31 and February 1-2. To make a reservation call 1-800-643-1500 and use Group Code: "ISACS-Independent Schools Association". Special discounted room rates are available until January 16, 2007.

If you prefer, you can make your reservations online:
2)Once Entering the site click on the Reservations icon and then select the arrival and departure dates, number of adults and number of rooms.
3)Enter ADH in the Rate Code field.
4)Click Check Availability and Rates
5)The hotel will display a list of available rates on that date.

24-hour self-parking at the Hotel Allegro is $34 (in and out privileges) and valet is $40. Parking for 4-6 hours is $24 valet. There is surface parking within walking distance to the hotel for less. (On Randolph; ½ block West of the hotel).

Registration Fees
  • $550 ISACS member
  • $600 non-member
  • 5% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Registration fee includes two lunches and two continental breakfasts.
  • Registration also includes a dinner activity at Second City Improv and dinner at Adobo Grill on Thursday, February 1st. Due to space restrictions, the evening activities are limited to 100 attendees.

    Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS, 1165 North Clark Street, Suite 311, Chicago, IL 60610 or 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than 10 days before 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 program due to insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

    Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $550     Non-member Cost: $600
Registration Deadline:  January 16, 2007


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