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2008 Annual Conference

November 6 - 7, 2008

Crowne Plaza St. Paul – Riverfront
St. Paul, MN

"Learning: The Power of Community"

***REGISTRATION FOR THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE IS CLOSED. There is NO onsite registration. We hope you can join us for other ISACS events throughout the year. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.***

Join your ISACS colleagues at the Annual Conference, November 6 - 7, "Learning: The Power of Community."

New program additions include the following sessions on Thursday, November 6th:
  • T-13A Yoga in the Middle School -Due to popular demand, we have added a second session of Yoga in the Middle School at 9:00 am on Thursday (The F-49 session has reached capacity)
  • T-54 New Parent Research at 3:00 pm
  • T-55 The Independent School Network: Philanthropy Education for Schools at 1:30 pm.
View session schedule for more details on these three new sessions.

***As of October 6 the following sessions have reached capacity:

Thursday, November 6 at 1:30 pm:
  • T-36 The Active Classroom: Starters, Middlers and Enders, Bob Zelle
    Friday, November, 7 at 9:00 am:
  • F-1 Dealing with Today’s Challenging Parents, Rob Evans. This session is also offered at 3:00 pm, F-41.
  • F-6 Motivation, Pressure, Competition: What’s Really Important, Tim Jordan.
  • F-8 Weaving Global Responsibility Into the Fabric of Your School, Carl Hobert.This same session is also being offered at 1:30 pm, F-36.
  • F-11 Using Current Research to Inform Mathematics Teaching/Learning for Girls K-12, Larry Goodman.
  • F-13 Strategies: The Answer to Creating a Positive Classroom Community, Jennie Sorensen and Sharon Barness.

Friday, November 7, at 10:30 am:
  • F-16 Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, Rachel Simmons. This session is also offered at 1:30 pm, F-32 and at 3:00 pm, F-45.
  • F-21 Creating a Caring Community in the Classroom with Tim Jordan.

    Friday, November 7, at 1:30 pm:
  • F-28 Creating Global Citizens: What Teachers Can Do, Firoozeh Dumas
  • F-34 Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn, Robert Sornson.
  • F-37 Socioeconomic Diversity: The Advantages in Diversifying a Community, Michael Obel-Omia.
  • F-38 It’s Okay to Interrupt! Building on Community Knowledge During Reading Instruction, Jennifer Griffin.
  • F-39 Global Education that Matters, Matt Nink.

    Friday, November 7, at 3:00 pm:
  • F-42 C’s the Day—Carpe Diem with Neila Connors, this session is also being offered at 9:00 am on Friday, November 7, F-4.
  • F-43 Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn. Robert Sornson.
  • F-46 Meet Your Metaphor—A Dialogue on Perception, Penumbra Theatre Company. This same session is also being offered at 3:00 pm on Thursday, November 6, T-45.
  • F-48 Designing Networks for Collegial Learning: Fireside Chats, Fireside Learning with Connie Weber.
  • F-49 Yoga in the Middle School Curriculum. This same session is also being offering at 9:00 on Thursday November 6, T-13A.
  • F-50 De-Escalating Conflict: Students, Teachers and Parents with Jon Halpern and Jeff Fink
  • F-51 Culture Clash: Embracing Global Perspectives with Kate Gay and Laurie Barth.
  • F-52 Shaping Dynamic School Leaders, Matt Nink. This session is also offered at 10:30 am, F-25.

Click Below for Quick Access to the Following Sections

Date, Time & Location
Featured Speakers
Speaker Recommended Pre-Conference Readings
Hotel Information
Hard Copy Forms
Cancellation Policy

Thursday, November 6 - 9:00 am to 4:15 pm
Friday, November 7 - 9:00 am to 4:15 pm

Crowne Plaza St. Paul - Riverfront (All sessions will take place at the Crowne Plaza). See additional information under Hotel Information below.

The featured speakers include Barbara Braham, Robert Brooks,
Peter Cobb, Neila Connors, Firoozeh Dumas, Robert Evans, Edward "Ned" Hallowell, Steve Hargadon, Carl F. Hobert, Thomas R. Hoerr, Tim Jordan, Paul Miller, Steve Mintz, Scott E. Page, Penumbra Theatre Company, Lalitha Shastri, Rachel Simmons, Bob Sornson, Jim Steyer and Madelyn Swift. Click here for featured speaker bios.

Pre-conference readings written by and/or suggested by featured speakers are available for viewing as noted below:

Robert Brooks
  • Click here to view Changing Our Ineffective Scripts so that Children Will Change Theirs
  • Click here to view Developing the Mindset of Effective Students
  • Click here to view Developing the Mindset of Effective Teachers
  • Click here to view Nurturing Student Ownership and Responsibility: A Vital Ingredient of a Positive School Climate

    Peter Cobb
  • For Peter’s session on “The Ordering of our Days” - Music of Silence by David Steindl-Rast
  • For Peter’s session on “For Inheritances and Legacies” - My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Remen
  • For Peter’s session on “Managing Change without Mayhem or Mutiny” - A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

    Firoozeh Dumas

    Robert Evans
  • Click here to view Changing Families Changing Schools

    Ned Hallowell
  • Click here to view 10 Key Principles to Managing Modern Life
  • Click here to view What Goes Into A Connected Childhood

    Carl F. Hobert
  • Click here to view Preventive Diplomacy: Training a New Generation for Peace
  • Click here to view Reading Rwanda?
  • Click here to view WMA Students Negotiate for Peace in Rwanda

    Paul Miller
  • Click here to view Developing Global Citizens: Education for a Small Planet
  • Click here to view The Importance of a Global Education

    Scott Page
  • Click here to view Diverse Perspectives
  • Click here to view Immigrants Joining the Mainstreem

    Lalitha Shastri
  • Diversity articles accessible at

    Rachel Simmons
  • Click here to view Share Her Strength

    Bob Sornson
  • Click here to view Jimmy
  • Click here to view The Early Learning Success Initiative

    Jim Steyer
  • The Other Parent: The Inside Story of Media's Effect on Our Children by Jim Steyer

    Madelyn Swift
  • Click here to view Misunderstanding Self-esteem
  • Click here to view Self-esteem, Success and Failure

    Check back periodically for additional pre-conference readings from featured speakers.

    There are walking and running paths along the Mississippi River near the hotel. Runners from local schools will be outside the main entrance to the hotel, Friday morning about 7:00 am for casual walks and/or runs and will be happy to direct others interested in starting the day with some "wake-up" exercise.

    Join ISACS and the Twin Cities Independent Schools Consortium for a reception on Thursday, November 6th from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Location to be determined (at the conference hotel). Please RSVP by calling ISACS at 312-255-1244 or via email at

    Exhibitors at the conference will have access to some of the most discriminating educators from more than 230 schools in our 13 state region. ISACS expects 1,000 faculty, administrators and trustees to pass through the exhibit area. The exhibitor space will be open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 6th and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, November 7th (with appropriate lunch breaks). **Based on last year’s success, we expect to reach capacity in our exhibitor area in St. Paul. We recommend reserving your space early for the 2008 Annual Conference.

    ISACS also provides annual conference sponsorship opportunities. Click here to review the ISACS exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities and download an application.

    Click here to see a current list of exhibitors.


    President's Club
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson
  • ISM - Independent School Management
  • Taher Dining Services

    Crowne Plaza St. Paul - Riverfront
    11 East Kellogg Boulevard
    St. Paul, MN 55101
    (651) 292-1900

    ISACS has secured a discounted block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • $134/night plus tax for single or double occupancy
  • There are no more Executive Level rooms available at the $154 rate

    These special rates have been extended until Friday, October 17, 2008. To make reservations, please call the hotel directly: 651-292-1900 and mention the group reservations code: Independent Schools Association of the Central States or ISACS. If you need to cancel your hotel reservation, please do so prior to 72 hours to your arrival, otherwise you will be charged one nights room and tax.

    Click here to reserve your hotel room online.

    We highly recommend making your hotel reservations early!

    Enjoy 5-12% discounts off your Northwest Airlines airfares for travel November 4 – November 8, 2008. Visit and use WorldFile/Ticket Designator NYVV4 to purchase your tickets online and the appropriate discount will be applied to available fares.

    Or call 1-800-328-1111, Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 7:30 pm (Central), for reservations and ticketing assistance and refer to the ISACS WorldFile Number NYVV4.

    Here are tips on how to best receive the discount at the NWA website. At the bottom of the 'Flights' tab, click the 'NWA Discount Travel E-Cert Redemption' link. Complete the 'Flight Options' section of the Flight Search screen. In the 'Additional Search Options' section, navigate to the section labeled E-Cert: Do you have a Discount Travel E-Cert, Electronic Credit Voucher (ECV), Meeting? Select: Yes From the drop-down select 'Meeting Agreement (WorldFile number). Enter the Meeting Agreement code (NYVV4) in the box provided and complete your transaction.

    Travel agents should go to

    Taxis from the airport to the hotel cost approximately $25 one way and take approximately 15 minutes during non-rush hour times and 30 minutes during rush hour. ISACS has secured a discounted rate for SuperShuttle, which is $13 per person one way ($24 roundtrip). Click here to reserve your SuperShuttle online before arriving in St. Paul. To book upon your arrival at the airport, visit the SuperShuttle kiosk.

    For St. Paul and Minneapolis information, visit and

    Registration will open in late August/early September 2008.
    Registration fees are as follows:
  • $130 per person (ISACS Member) for 1 day registration
  • $200 per person (ISACS Member) for 2 day registration
  • $150 per person (Non-Member) for 1 day registration
  • $250 per person (Non-Member) for 2 day registration

    Registration includes daily continental breakfast and banquet lunch. Register online and select sessions and workshops. You must register before October 17, 2008. There is no onsite registration.

    Printed brochures will be sent to the ISACS Teacher Representative at your school at the end of August.

    Click here for answers to FAQs regarding the 2008 Annual Conference.

    Click here for tips to extend the Annual Conference experience.

    Conference Planner

    ISACS cannot offer refunds or transfer registrations for the Annual Conference after Friday, October 17th. Cancellations must be received in writing by contacting ISACS at or 312-255-1244 by October 17th to receive a 50% refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school until October 17; please contact ISACS to transfer registration.

    Member Cost: $130/$200 Non-member Cost: $150/$250

    Registration Deadline: October 17, 2008

  • Member Cost: $200     Non-member Cost: $250
    Registration Deadline:  October 17, 2008


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