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Academy for Exceptional Teachers

Thursday, February 21, 2008 10:00 am - Friday, February 22, 2008 3:00 pm

Hotel Monaco
225 North Wabash
Chicago, IL

Registration for this event has reached capacity and is now closed. Please consider attending another ISACS conference.

Peter Cobb and Rachel Poliner

Daily Schedule (approximate)
The Academy will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 21st (registration at 9:30 am). The Academy will conclude at 3:00 pm on Friday, February 22nd.
  • Thursday, February 21: 10:00 am-3:30 pm (lunch included)
  • Thursday, February 21: Evening activity (Dinner at Adobo Grill and Second City Comedy Club-included in registration fee)
  • Friday, February 22: 8:30 am-3:00 pm (continental breakfast and lunch included)

Goals of the Academy
  • To acknowledge commitment and achievements
  • To allow an opportunity to share expertise and innovations
  • To re-energize
  • To affirm
  • To inspire
  • To laugh and relax
  • To network with other exceptional teachers and allow for “cross-fertilization”

February 21 (Day One)-Peter Cobb
This academy will bring together those teachers who, by dint of disposition and hard work, are deeply regarded by colleagues and students for their contribution to the intellectual and humane environment of the schools within which they work. We also invite these exceptional colleagues to help us better understand how to recruit, train and sustain exceptional teachers in our midst. As a community of exceptional teachers, we will talk about how teachers find their way into this profession, how to manage the many demands of exceptional teaching in independent schools, and how to leave a legacy of vitality, care, and achievement that leaves students, colleagues and institutions enriched and enlivened.

February 22 (Day Two)-Rachel Poliner
What happens when you go back to your schools? How can you help to shape a collegial culture that will best sustain and enrich you and your practice as teachers? How can you help to promote a collegial culture that promotes vitality, care, and achievement? Day 2 of the Academy for Exceptional Teachers will focus on skills and strategies for shaping faculty cultures that are supportive, inquisitive, learning communities.

Dinner and Second City, Thursday, February 21, 2008
All registrants are invited to attend dinner at Adobo Grill followed by an evening of comedy at Second City.

It will be an opportunity to enjoy Chicago while mingling with your peers in a social setting. The cost of the event is included in the registration fee but pre-registration is required.

The Academy for Exceptional Teachers will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Monaco, 225 North Wabash on the Third Floor.

The Hotel Monaco, Chicago is a four star luxury hotel and part of the collection of Kimpton Hotels. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Hotel Monaco is in the Loop business district and just steps from North Michigan Avenue shopping and the popular Millennium Park. A former hat factory on the banks of the Chicago River, the transformed Hotel Monaco draws guests in and surrounds them with all manner of stimulations once inside. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Monaco include: high-speed Internet access in guest rooms and common areas, pet friendly policies, 24-hour fitness center, “guppy” love program (goldfish in each sleeping room) and an evening wine reception in the lobby.
For more details on the Hotel Monaco, visit

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Hotel Reservations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Monaco: $169/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the nights of February 20, 21 and 22. To make a reservation call 1-800-397-7661 and use Group Code: "Independent Schools Association of the Central States". Special discounted room rates are available until Wednesday, January 30, 2008 (11:59 pm EST).

Online Booking Instructions:
1) Visit our website at and select the city and hotel or visit Hotel Monaco Chicago’s website directly at
2) Click on Reservations
3) Select the arrival and departure dates, number of adults and number of rooms
4) Enter "IND" in the Rate Code field
5) Click “Check Availability and Rates”
6) The hotel will display a list of available rates on that date. If your group rate is available on the date you have requested, those rates will be displayed at the top of the list. If they are not available, please select from the rates offered or check availability on another date. If you are trying to book dates outside of the block, please contact Reservations at 1-800-KIMPTON.

You may also contact Reservations at 1-800-KIMPTON and request the Independent Schools Association of the Central States Rate during your stay dates.

Parking at the Hotel Monaco is $24 (valet) for 4-12 hours and $38 (valet) for overnight parking. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that may offer less expensive daily parking.

Registration Fee
  • $425 Member Fee
  • $475 Non Member Fee
  • 5% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Registration fee includes 2 lunches and 1 continental breakfast
  • Registration also includes a dinner activity at Second City Improv and dinner at Adobo Grill on Thursday, February 21st. (Pre-registration for evening event is required; space is limited)

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the Institute for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $425     Non-member Cost: $475
Registration Deadline:  February 1, 2008


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