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New Teacher Institute - 2008 (Session II)

July 30 - August 2, 2008

The Catherine Cook School
226 West Schiller
Chicago, IL 60610

***The New Teacher Institute, Session 2 has reached capacity. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

Registration for the New Teacher Institute requires payment in full. Please note that once you have registered 50% of the registration fee is a non-refundable deposit. Please register early to ensure your space, the Institute has consistently reached capacity in previous years.

Date and Time
New Teachers Institute (NTI) will formally begin at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 30 and will end at 12:00 noon Saturday, August 2. Participants should make plans to attend the Institute in its entirety.

Who Should Attend
***Independent school educators in their first two years of teaching experience.

Why Attend
This energizing Institute will provide new teachers with a variety of strategies necessary for a successful start to the school year. The Institute will also allow participants to begin building the foundation for a long and successful career in independent schools. Interactive experiences reflective of best practices will aid in the development of skills in the following areas:

  • Understanding the culture of independent schools
  • Maintaining professionalism
  • Dealing with stress and change
  • Essential classroom management techniques, based on the work of Harry Wong
  • Communicating effectively with parents, students, colleagues, administration and the broader school community
  • Balancing responsibilities and managing time
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Building healthy relationships with colleagues
  • Designing curriculum, based on the work of Grant Wiggins
  • Differentiating instruction
  • Keeping records and reporting to parents
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Networking with others new to independent schools
  • Finding and using mentors
  • Building a foundation for excellence
  • Support beyond the Institute with a New Teacher Institute Listserv

Participants will engage in active and experiential approaches to understanding best practice for highly effective teaching. Presentations, conversations, role-playing, simulations, video analysis, collaborative work, professional readings, personal testimonials will all be presented with research-based modeling of best practice, combined with humor, music, and the enduring commitment of experienced professionals.

School communities expect and require new teachers to be highly effective on the first day of school. Often, there is more information than can be processed effectively without overloading the new teacher. Participants will learn best practices at a manageable pace in a supportive atmosphere.

Jill Webb
Jill Webb brings years of independent school experience to the Institute. She has been an independent school teacher and administrator for over 20 years, and currently serves as the Director of Professional Development for ISACS and Head of Lower School at The Wellington School. Jill brings the experience gained from training hundreds of new teachers and mentors nationally, and has been a frequent presenter on the topic of teacher development and leadership.

Mark Wagner
Mark Wagner is the Head of Upper School at the Sanford School. Mark brings extensive independent school experience as both a teacher and administrator and presents in the area of teacher leadership and curriculum development. His engaging style and creative vision make him a wonderful member to the New Teacher Institute faculty.

Ken Rogers
Ken Rogers, a trained counselor, is a former faculty member of The Association of Independent Maryland Schools Fellows Program for New Teachers. With independent school experience as a teacher, Dean and Head of Middle School, Ken is a frequent ISACS presenter and consultant to independent schools.


  • $850 for ISACS Members
  • $925 for non-ISACS Members
  • 10% discount for schools sending 2 or more from the same school
  • The registration fee includes all materials, three continental breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners and daily refreshment breaks


  • Wednesday, July 30
    9:30 am Registration
    10:00 am - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)
  • Thursday, July 31
    8:30 am - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)
  • Friday, August 1
    8:30 am - 5:30 pm (Dinner on your own)
  • Saturday, August 2
    8:30 am - 12:00 noon

What to Bring

  • School's Mission Statement
  • Standards from one subject you are teaching

    What to Wear
    Dress is casual

    The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong is a very useful resource for new teachers.

    The New Teacher Institute takes place at the The Catherine Cook School, 226 West Schiller Street, Chicago, IL 60610. The Institute is held in Chicago�s Old Town neighborhood and is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information for Catherine Cook School.

    Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. **We recommend you reserve your hotel accommodations early!** ISACS has secured a limited number of rooms at discounted rates at the following hotels:

    The Seneca Hotel
    200 East Chestnut
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Call 1-800-800-6261 for the ISACS rate of $169 per night plus tax (queen bed). Please make your reservations by the cutoff date, July 3, 2008. Please use the group code "ISACS August Workshop" when making reservations. Click here for directions and parking information for The Seneca Hotel.

    Ambassador East Hotel
    1301 N. State Parkway
    Chicago, IL 60610
    Call 1-312-787-7200 for the ISACS rate of $155 per night plus tax (standard king room) and $165 per night plus tax (double room). Please make your reservations by the cutoff date, May 23, 2008. Please use the group code "ISACS" when making reservations. Click here for directions and parking information for the Ambassador East Hotel.

    Registration for the New Teacher Institute requires payment in full. This registration fee includes a 50% non-refundable deposit. Cancellations for the New Teacher Institute must be received to ISACS at or by calling 312-255-1244 and will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than 10 days before the Institute starts will not be refunded. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

    Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $850     Non-member Cost: $925


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