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2008 Heads of School Conference

January 24 - 25, 2008

Conrad Hilton Chicago
521 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Registration is now closed.

**As of January 17, the Hilton is transferring attendee hotel reservations to the Conrad. The transition process should be complete by January 18. Your reservation number will stay the same.

The conference will start at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 24th and end at 2:30 pm on Friday, January 25th.

At this year's heads conference, we will spend much of our time together as a group, hearing about and discussing ideas that should stimulate new thinking and also provide opportunities to reflect on what we hear, discuss ideas and reactions, and share some social time together.

Thursday’s main session will be with Jim Honan of the Education School and the Kennedy Center at Harvard ( who will present "Strategic Leadership of Independent Schools - Planning and Governance Challenges and Opportunities."

A brief survey will be sent to registrants early in the new year asking each to identify key issues that Dr. Honan might address in his workshop, and we will, prior to the conference, distribute a case that we will work on during the session.

Late Thursday afternoon there will be four separate and distinct sessions: Visiting Team Leader 101, Michigan Heads of School Meeting, Marketing Strategies for Progressive Schools and Independent School Benefits Consortium.

There is an optional dinner for heads and spouses at 312 Chicago, a landmark Chicago restaurant.

Friday morning, Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media ( will share some ideas on how media is affecting our children and its impact on our students and thoughts on how we can help this generation of students become safe, smart and ethical media users.

We will also be joined by Gregory A. Dale, Ph.D., Professor of Sports Psychology and Sports Ethics, Duke University ( Dr. Dale will discuss strategies for helping parents maintain a proper perspective and play a crucial role in the experience their children have in sports.

At lunch we will be entertained by the very talented Jazz Combo from the Chicago Academy for the Arts.

Tom Hudnut, President and CEO at Harvard Westlake School in Los Angeles will close the conference with a look at leadership and the inextricable connection among three things --operational efficiency, educational content, and soul -- and how it's the Head's ability to reflect or embody all three that makes people want to invest (literally and emotionally) in a school.

RECEPTION AND DINNER - Thursday, January 24, 2008
All registrants and spouses/partners are invited to attend the official conference dinner at 312 Chicago Restaurant located at 136 North LaSalle (transportation will be provided from the Conrad Hilton Chicago).

It will be an opportunity to enjoy Chicago while mingling with your peers in a social setting. The cost of the event is $60 per person. The reception begins at 6:00 pm with dinner following at 6:30 pm. Pre-registration is required for this dinner event for yourself and your guest.

We invite Heads of School to bring along their spouse/partner to Chicago. Spouses and partners are welcome to attend any session and lunch at no charge. If your spouse/partner plans to join ISACS at lunch on either Thursday or Friday please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

**Please note the NEW location** as of 1/10/2008
Conrad Hilton Chicago
521 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 645-1500

The conference will take place at Conrad Hilton Chicago. The Conrad Hilton Chicago is located in the heart of Chicago's most exclusive shopping, dining and entertainment venues and is within convenient walking distance to "The Loop" business district, The Merchandise Mart and Lake Michigan. Connected to Nordstrom and Westfield North Bridge, the Conrad Hilton Chicago offers direct access to an extensive variety of restaurants and fashionable retailers. Click here for directions to the hotel.

ISACS has secured a special discounted room rate at the Conrad Hilton Chicago:

  • $130 for standard single or double occupancy

    Please call 1-800-705-7129 to reserve a room and use the group code "ISA". This rate is available until Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

    **As of January 17, the Hilton is transferring attendee hotel reservations to the Conrad. The transition process should be complete by January 18.**

    Valet parking at the Conrad Hilton Chicago will be discounted for ISACS attendees. The rate is $38 and will be billed directly to your hotel bill.

    Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS, 1165 North Clark Street, Suite 311, Chicago, IL 60610 or 10 business days prior to the Heads Conference to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than 10 days before the event will not receive a refund.

    Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $525     Non-member Cost: $575
Registration Deadline:  January 14, 2008


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