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2009 Annual Conference

November 5 - 6, 2009

Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High Street
Columbus, OH

Conference Theme: "Learning: What’s New and True"

*** Registration for the ISACS Annual Conference is now closed. Please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 if you have any questions.

Join your ISACS colleagues at the Annual Conference, "Learning: What’s New and True," Thursday, November 5 - Friday, November 6, 2009

*** As of OCTOBER 13, the hotel block at the Hyatt Regency Columbus has reached capacity. Please see below "Additional Hotel Accommodations" for recommended hotels that are close to the Hyatt/Greater Columbus Convention Center.

*** NEW program additions include the following session:

Friday, November 6th:
  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am - F19A: Exciting and Inexpensive Science Activities for Your Classroom, Lisa Morgan (The F-59 session has reached capacity)

***CLOSED: The following sessions have reached capacity:

Friday, November 6:
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am - F-35: Making Connections with Movement and Learning, Margie Voss and Jane Keily
  • 1:30 - 2:45 pm - F-57: F-57 Communicate, Collaborate, Cooperate and Concentrate, Jane Keily
  • 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - F-59: Exciting and Inexpensive Science Activities for Your Classroom, Lisa Morgan (This same session is also being offering at 9:00 am on Friday November 6, F-19A.)

Click Below for Quick Access to the Following Sections

Date, Time & Location
Hotel Accommodations
Featured Speakers
Speaker Recommended Pre-Conference Readings
Hotel Information
Air and Ground Transportation
Parking Information
FAQs and Tips
Hard Copy Forms
Cancellation Policy

Thursday, November 5 - 9:00 am to 4:15 pm
Friday, November 6 - 9:00 am to 4:15 pm

All sessions will take place at the:
Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 827-2500

ISACS has secured a discounted block of hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The Hyatt is connected to the Convention Center via a covered corridor. See additional information below.

*** Update: As of October 13, there are no longer rooms available at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Check back to the ISACS website; we will be providing additional information regarding nearby hotels.

The featured speakers include Ann Anzalone, Patrick Bassett, James Bisenius, Douglas Duncan, Nathan Dungan, Carol Dweck, Bruce Hammond, Sean Hogan-Downey, Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Bertie Kingore, Howard Levin, Steven L. Miller, Wendy Mogel, Alan November, Rich Rosen, Michelle Scarpulla, Lalitha Shastri, Michael Thompson, Peg Tyre, David Walsh, Tim Wise and Harry K. Wong.

Click here for featured speaker bios.

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

Jim Bisenius
Click here to view an article entitled Bullies can be stopped, which discusses some of the issues Mr. Bisenius will be covering.

Doug Duncan
Nathan Dungan
To view video clips of Nathan's public television series on Almanac
  • Go to
  • Double click on the Find us on Facebook link on the right hand side of the homepage
  • Click on any clip you choose to view (there are 6 clips to choose from)

To access current news items
  • Go to
  • Click on the About heading on toolbar
  • Click on In the News
  • Scroll down to find a variety of resources

Carol Dweck
  • Click here to read Messages that Motivate—and Boost Achievement.
  • Click here to read The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.

Bruce Hammond
  • Click here to read the article Great Test Scores, Bad Schools: A Cautionary Tale from China.

Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  • Click here to read the article Exploring Language Arts: Six Traits Writing Using Literature as a Model.

Bertie Kingore
  • Click here to read Differentiating Instruction: Rethinking Traditional Practices.
  • Click here to read Biographies and Autobiographies: Life Models in the Classroom.
Nancy Krasa
Number Sense and Number Nonsense: Understanding the Challenges of Learning Math, by Nancy Krasa and Sara Shunkwiler. It is available at and Barnes and Noble.

Steven Miller
Recommends reading The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Michelle Scarpulla
  • Click here to read Facts and Figures associated with early sexualization of children.
  • Click here to read a Self Esteem Report by the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty.
  • Click here for research on teens discussing risky business on MySpace.
  • Click here for a brochure entitled What Does Gay Mean?

Michael Thompson
For his Friday morning session Best Friends, Worst Enemies:
  • Chapter 5 and 6 in Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children by Michael Thompson, Catherine O'Neill Grace and Larry Cohen.
  • Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
  • Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman
For his Friday morning session Top Twelve Suggestions for Teaching Boys:
  • pp 315-326 in It's a Boy! Your Son's Development from Birth to Eighteen by Michael Thompson and Teresa Barker
For his Friday afternoon session The Paradoxes of Anxious Parents:
  • Too Much Information by Michael Thompson. Spring Issue, Independent School Magazine, 2009
  • Understanding Independent School Parents: NAIS Guide to parent-teacher relationships. NAIS publications, 2004
Peg Tyre
Visit her website for links to her recent articles.

For articles related to her session:
  • Click here to read Struggling School-Age Boys: A new study says parents are right to worry about their sons, Newsweek Editorial from 9/9/08.
  • Click here to read The Trouble with Boys, in Newsweek.

David Walsh
Click here to view a list of recommended readings.

Tim Wise
Click here to read the article Addressing White Privilege in Independent Schools, Frequently Asked Questions (and Their Answers) by Greg Blackburn and Tim Wise (Independent School Magazine, Spring 2009).

Harry K. Wong
The First Days of School by Wong and Wong, 4th edition.

Join the ISACS Equity Committee for a reception on Thursday, November 5th from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Location to be determined. Please RSVP by calling ISACS at 312-255-1244 or via email at

Exhibitors at the conference will have access to educators from more than 230 schools in our 13 state region. ISACS expects 1,100 faculty, administrators and trustees to pass through the exhibit area. The exhibitor area will be open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 5th and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, November 6th (with appropriate lunch breaks). **Based on last year’s success, we expect to reach capacity in our exhibitor area in Columbus. We recommend reserving your space early for the 2009 Annual Conference.

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


President's Club
  • Leo J. Athas
  • School and Student Services by NAIS
  • SAGE Dining Services

Click here to see a current list of exhibitors.

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 463-1234 (direct hotel phone number)
(800) 233-1234 (reservations)

ISACS has secured a discounted block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Columbus:
• $152/night plus tax for single or double occupancy (overnight parking included)
• $172/night plus tax for triple or quadruple occupancy (overnight parking included)

The ISACS room block at the Hyatt Regency Columbus has reached capacity. See below for additional hotel recommendations.

Click here for directions to the Hyatt.

Please note that if you need to cancel your hotel reservation, you must call the hotel directly, 24-hours prior to arrival (3:00pm) to avoid a 1-night room/tax charge.

If you need a hotel room near the Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Columbus, here are some recommended hotels. Call the hotel today for rates and availability.
  • Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown- across the street and connected via skywalk to the Hyatt/Greater Columbus Convention Center
    Telephone: 614-461-4100
  • Hampton Inn - Right across the street from the Convention Center Telephone: 614-559-2000
  • Drury Inn - connected to the Hyatt/Greater Columbus Convention Center Telephone: 614-221-7008

Columbus is accessible via Southwest Airlines from many of the ISACS cities. Visit to view available flights. American, Northwest, Continental, United and Midwest Connect Airlines also have non-stop service from some ISACS cities to Columbus.

Taxis from the airport to the hotel cost approximately $25 one way and take approximately 15 minutes during non-rush hour and 30 minutes during rush hour. ISACS has secured a discounted rate through Arch Express: $15 per person one way ($30 round-trip), or $10 per person each way if two or more share-a-ride. Visit to reserve your transportation online from/to the airport prior to arriving in Columbus, please enter the code: Hyatt Regency Downtown CMH183. When making your reservation from the hotel to the airport, please do so at least 2 hours in advance and note the destination as Columbus Airport CMH183. You can also contact Arch Express directly at 614-252-2277. Please use the same codes noted above to receive the discount.

For Columbus information, visit

Convention Center Parking
Garage parking rates:
• 7-12 hours for $11.00
• 12-24 hours for $14.00

Surface lot rates:
• 7-12 hours for $9.00
• 12-24 hours for $11.00

Click here to view detailed parking information for the Convention Center Garage and surface area lots.

Click here for a map and directions to the Convention Center.

If your school is planning to use a bus to transport faculty, please notify ISACS at 312-255-1244.

Hotel Parking
If you are a registered ISACS guest at the Hyatt Regency, parking at the hotel is included in your stay. There are no additional self-parking fees for Hyatt guests.

If you are a hotel guest at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, please park at the Chestnut Street Parking Garage, located 1 block south of Nationwide Boulevard; the garage is connected to the hotel via skywalk. Click here for a map, the parking garage is number 8 on the map. Upon arrival at the garage, take a ticket. When checking into the Hotel, the Front Desk Agent will provide a voucher to present to the parking attendant upon departure with their original ticket.

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 Friday, October 16, 2009. There is no onsite registration.

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

Click here for answers to FAQs regarding the 2009 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 16th. Cancellations must be received in writing by contacting ISACS at or 312-255-1244 by October 16th to receive a 50% refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school until October 16; please contact ISACS to transfer registration.

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

Registration Deadline: October 16, 2009

Member Cost: $200     Non-member Cost: $250
Registration Deadline:  October 16, 2009


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