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2009 Academy for Division Heads

February 5 - 6, 2009

Hotel Monaco
225 N. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60601

*** Online registration for the Academy for Division Heads is now closed. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

The Academy for Division Heads has been designed by ISACS division heads for division leaders at all levels. The Academy experience seeks to provide opportunities to strengthen skills, network with colleagues and provide valuable time to step away from the busy pace to refresh, reflect and learn. The 2009 Academy welcomes Rosalind Wiseman and Donna Orem, who will be sharing expertise and insight on current trends in independent schools, managing challenging parents, and many other pertinent issues. Rosalind Wiseman will join us on Thursday, February 5th to discuss relationships with Queen Bee moms and Kingpin dads. Donna Orem will join us on Friday, February 6th to share the newest data and statistics to thoughtfully inform our work as school leaders. The Academy will also include time to network, socialize and engage in spirited conversations grouped by topic and division.

New this year, we have also added two panel discussions on Wednesday evening prior to the formal start of the Academy: one for aspiring heads, and one for new division heads.

The Academy will begin at 9:30 am on Thursday, February 5th and end by 3:30 pm on Friday, February 6th. Click here to view the tentative agenda.

Wednesday, February 4th - Optional Panel Discussions
On Wednesday evening, February 4th, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, there will be two optional panel discussions:
  • "A Panel for Aspiring Heads" with John Cooper, Head of School, Elgin Academy; Jonathan Hancock, Head of School, Canterbury School; Pamela Jordan, Head of School, Chicago Academy for the Arts; and David Magill, Director, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
  • "A Panel for New Division Heads" with David Hibbs, Morgan Park Academy; Amani Reed, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools; Bonnie Benes, The Prairie School; and Nansee Greeley, Mounds Park Academy.

There is no additional fee for these discussions. Please select which panel discussion you are interested in attending during the online registration process. Pre-registration is required.

Click here to review speaker bios.

Dinner and Second City, Thursday, February 5th, 2009
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.
  • Dinner: 5:30 pm at Adobo Grill
  • Second City: 8:00 pm (Must arrive at Second City at 7:30 pm)
  • Transportation will be provided to and from hotel to dinner/theatre. Transportation departs from the Hotel Monaco promptly at 5:00 pm.

All registrants are invited to attend this event; the cost is included in your registration fee for the Academy for Division Heads. If you plan to register a spouse/guest, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 as there will be an additional charge.

This is an optional event; the price is included in your registration fee. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is Tuesday, January 27, 2009 or until the event reaches capacity.We appreciate your response so we can guarantee dinner tickets and transportation.

You may choose to attend the dinner & comedy, the dinner only OR comedy only. Please select your choice of participation during the online registration process. (This year, there is no separate registration for the evening activity; it is included in you Academy registration).

The Academy for Division Heads 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

Click here for directions to the Hotel Monaco.

Hotel Reservations
Attendees must make their own 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 4-7. To make a reservation call 1-866-610-0081 and use Group Code: "ISA" or "ISACS Academy for Division Heads". Special discounted room rates have been extended and are available until Monday, January 26, 2009 (11:59 pm EST). Online hotel room booking is available here

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
  • $550 Members
  • $600 Non Member
  • 5% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Registration fee includes 2 lunches and 2 continental breakfasts and evening activity on 2/5.

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. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the Academy for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $550     Non-member Cost: $600
Registration Deadline:  January 27, 2009


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