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2010 Annual Conference

Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:15 am - Friday, November 5, 2010 10:15 am

Swissotel
323 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL

Conference Theme: "Learning: What's New and True, 2"

Join your ISACS colleagues at the Annual Conference, "Learning: What's New and True, 2" Thursday, November 4 - Friday, November 5, 2010.

ISACS will be offering over 125 concurrent sessions during the two-day conference. If you would like to request a printed brochure, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

Online registration for the ISACS Annual Conference is now closed. There is no onsite registration. If you have any questions, please contact the ISACS office at 312-255-1244. If you have registered for the conference, you should have already received a confirmation email from ISACS with details for the conference. A second and final confirmation email will be sent approximately one week before the conference. If you have not received a confirmation email please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

**HOTEL UPDATE - October 11 - The room block at the Swissotel and the Hyatt (overflow hotel) have reached capacity. We recommend using the Internet to help secure a sleeping room. If you need assistance with hotel locations or recommended hotels, once you do an Internet search please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

**REGISTRATION UPDATE - SESSION ADDITIONS, CANCELLATIONS & THOSE THAT HAVE REACHED CAPACITY - October 14, 2010**

THE FOLLOWING SESSIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED:


Thursday, November 4th
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
T-56 -  How Our Learning Profiles Impacts Our Teaching with Kathi Howard, Old Trail School, National Faculty Schools Attuned

Friday, November 5th
9:00 am - 10:15 am
F-19A - Cross-Curricular Conversations:Reaching Children Through Foreign Languages with Patty Hans,The Wellington School

10:30 am - 11:45 am
F-39A - Beyond Learning Styles: A Guide to Consider Multiple Influences onBehavior with Kathi Howard, Old Trail School, National Schools Attuned Faculty (As of 9/24 this session has reached capacity)

THE FOLLOWING SESSIONS LED BY SEAN HOGAN-DOWNEY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED:

Thursday, November 4th
1:30 pm -2:45 pm - T-34 Classroom Discipline in Today's Culture
3:00 pm -4:15 pm - T-46 Dealing With Difficult Parents (Lower & Middle School)

Friday, November 5th
9:00 am-10:15 am - F-12 Dealing With Difficult Parents (Lower & Middle School)
10:30 am-11:45 am - F-32 How to Last 'til June: Managing the Many Demands of Teachers

CLOSED SESSION UPDATE - OCTOBER 18, 2010
Many sessions at the Annual Conference have reached capacity during online registration. To view a list of closed sessions CLICK HERE. If you did NOT PRE-REGISTER ONLINE for a closed session, please attend another session.

DATES & TIMES
Thursday, November 4 - 9:00 am to 4:15 pm
Friday, November 5 - 9:00 am to 4:15 pm

CONFERENCE LOCATION & HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
All sessions will take place at the:
Swissotel and Event Center
323 East Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
312-565-0565

The conference will take place at The Swissotel, designed by Harry Weiss, the Swissotel is a triangular glass building - one of the distinctive features of the city skyline along the Chicago River. The hotel is within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the theater district, and the Magnificent Mile. 

FEATURED SPEAKERS
The featured speakers include: Jennifer Abrams, Carl Anderson, Ann Anzalone, Pat Bassett, James Bisenius, Jennifer Bryan, Aaron Cooper, Nathan Dungan, Leigh Graves Wolf, Dan Heath, Nancy Larson, Amy McCready, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, William Powers, Bill Robertson, Sir Ken Robinson, Elizabeth Schroeder, Joan Sedita, Lalitha Shastri, Rachel Simmons, David A. Sousa, and David Streight. 

Click here to view featured speaker bios.

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

Jennifer Abrams

  • Click here to read an article entitled, Budget in For Some Shame, Fear and Anger.
  • Click here to read an article entitled, Getting into Necessary Trouble.
  • Click here to listen to a Generational Savvy podcast.

Jennifer Bryan

  • Click here to read an article entitled, From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender & Sexuality Identity Development in School.

Aaron Cooper

  • His book, I Just Want My Kids To Be Happy: Why You Shouldn't Say It, Why You Shouldn't Think It. What You Should Embrace InsteadClick here for the book's website.
  • Click here to read an article entitled, Our Kids' Happiness: Less Is More.

Nathan Dungan

  • Click here to read an article entitled, Use your money wisely or it could abuse you.

Dan Heath

  • Chip and Dan Heath's new best-seller, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, debuted on the New York Times best seller list on Sunday, April 11, at #1! (Advice, How To List) AND at #1 on the Wall Street Journal Best Seller List (Business Books)! Click here to read a brief excerpt in FastCompany.
  • ASAE's Associations Now magazine offers an excellent interview with Chip and Dan Heath on their new #1 business best-seller, Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hardclick here

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

  • Click here for a webinar entitled, "What's Great About Above-Grade-Level Testing?
  • Click here to read, Talent Search: Purposes, Rationale, and Role in Gifted Education.
  • Click here to read, Research Evidence Regarding the Validity and Effects of Talent Search Educational Programs

William Powers

  • Author of the new book Hamlet's BlackberryClick here for more information on the book and his media appearances.
  • Click here to read or watch the extended video clip of a piece that aired on ABC's Good Morning America on June 30, 2010.
  • Click here for a Wall Street Journal review of his book, Hamlet's Blackberry.

Bill Robertson

  • Click here to view sample chapters from each of Dr. Robertson's books. 

Sir Ken Robinson

  • Click here to visit Sir Ken Robinson's website and to view some of his recent video clips.
  • Click here to watch Sir Ken Robinson's presentation at TED. 

Joan Sedita

  • To view the AdLit.org website addressing adolescent literacy issues click here.
  • Click here for The Alliance for Excellent Education website with numerous research reviews and topic papers related to literacy.
  • For Improving Adolescent Literacy:Effective Classroom Intervention Practices click here.
  • Click here for her Keys to Literacy website.
  • Click here for Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the Core of Middle and High School Improvement.
  • Click here for Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading.

Lalitha Shastri
For her Thursday afternoon session From Unum to Pluribus - Hire, Retain, Promote for Excellence:

  • Click here to read the Association of Independent Schools in New England's Guide to Hiring and Retaining Teachers of Color.

Rachel Simmons

  • Click here to read Little Miss Perfect: The Curse of the Good Girl.
  • Click here to read Share Her Strength.
  • Click here to read The "Slut List" as Badge of Honor: Breaking News?
  • Click here to read a New York Times article about Ms. Simmons' Girls Leadership Institute.
  • For additional resources visit www.rachelsimmons.com.

David Sousa
Recommends the following books, all published by Corwin Press and available at http://www.corwinpress.com:

  • How the Brain Learns, 3rd edition
  • How the Gifted Brain Learns, 2nd edition
  • How the Brain Learns to Read

SITE VISIT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHICAGO AREA SCHOOLS
If you are traveling to Chicago to attend the ISACS Annual Conference, consider coming one day early and taking time to visit the rich and varied ISACS member schools in the Chicago area. Click here for a list of Chicago area schools that are interested in hosting site visits on Wednesday November 3. Contact the school directly to arrange your site visit today. This list will be continually updated.

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

EXHIBITOR and SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Exhibitors at the conference will have access to educators from more than 230 schools in our 13 state region. ISACS expects more than 1,200 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 4th and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, November 6th (with appropriate lunch breaks). We have reached capacity in our exhibitor area. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist and/or added to our mailing list for next year's conference, please call 312-255-1244.

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

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SPONSORS!



CONFERENCE EXHIBITORS
Click here to see a current list of exhibitors.

HOTEL INFORMATION
**Update October 8 - The room block at the Swissotel has reached capacity. We MAY have some additional rooms available at the Hyatt, next door to the Swissotel. If you are interested in a hotel room, please call the ISACS Office at 312-255-1244.

Hotel accommodations are available at the Swissotel.

ISACS has secured a discounted block of rooms at the Swissotel:

  • $199/night plus tax for single or double occupancy

To make a reservation, call 888-73-SWISS (737-9477)and ask for reservations.

If you are interested in staying over to enjoy Chicago, the Swissotel is offering ISACS guests a $99 rate for Saturday evening, November 6th. When making reservations, just mention the $99 rate for Saturday evening. Or if you are booking online, the link will provide you with the reduced rate for Saturday night as well.

Click here for directions to the Swissotel.

Please note that if you need to cancel your hotel reservation, you must call the hotel directly, 48-hours prior to arrival (3:00pm) to avoid a 1-night room/tax charge. 

There is a $10 charge to use the hotel's health club. 

AIR TRANSPORTATION
Air travel to Chicago can be accessed via two main airports - Midway (predominately serviced by Southwest Airlines) and O'Hare. See directions to Swissotel above for information on how to use public transportation to/from Midway and O'Hare to the Swissotel.

TRANSPORTATION TO THE SWISSOTEL 
Travel to/from Midway Airport

  • Taxis from Midway Airport: Taxis from the airport to the hotel cost approximately $40-45 one way and take approximately 30 minutes during non-rush hour and 45 minutes - 1 hour during rush hour.
  • Public Transportation: For just $2.25 you can travel from Midway Airport to downtown Chicago in 30-45 minutes.
  • Go Airport Express Shuttle Service: ISACS has secured discounted rates for share-a-ride van service from Midway. Save $2 one-way or $4 roundtrip with the ISACS Group Code. Rates from Midway are: $20 one-way and $35 roundtrip. See below for additional information on how to make your reservation.

Travel to/from O'Hare Airport

  • Taxis from O'Hare Airport: Taxis from the airport to the hotel cost approximately $45-50 one way and take approximately 40 minutes during non-rush hour and 1 hour during rush hour.
  • Public Transportation: For just $2.25 you can travel from O'Hare Airport to downtown Chicago in 45 minutes - 1 hour.
  • Go Airport Express Shuttle Service: ISACS has secured discounted rates for share-a-ride van service from O'Hare. Save $2 one-way or $4 roundtrip with the ISACS Group Code. Rates from O'Hare are: $25 one-way and $45 roundtrip. See below for additional information on how to make your reservation.
  • Share-a-Ride Van Service: ISACS has secured a discounted rate through Go Airport Express. To make an advanced reservation use the following link http://airportexpress.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=ISACS&LOGON=GO or call 1-888-284-3826 and mention the code ISACS. Additional discounts apply if you are traveling with 2 or more people. For additional discounted rates click here.

Click here for directions to the Swissôtel including directions for public transportation options.

For Chicago information, visit www.choosechicago.com or www.metromix.com

PARKING INFORMATION
The Swissotel offers valet parking service. ISACS has secured a , special rate of $16 for daily parking and $42 for overnight parking. Hybrid vehicles receive a 50% discount on regular parking rates. (Regular daily rate is $27; Regular overnight cost is $53 - 50% discount on these amounts for hybrid cars).

To receive the discounted daily parking rate at the Swissotel, you MUST obtain a voucher at the ISACS Registration Desk for each day you park. This will ensure you receive the discounted parking. 

Alternative Parking - Aqua Building or KPMG Building
If the Swissotel's parking reaches capacity, the Aqua building at 225 N. Columbus Drive has ample parking. The daily rate is $10 per day if you arrive between 6:00 am and 8:00 am (and leave by 7:00 pm) and $12 per day if you arrive between 8:00 am and 10:00 am (and leave by 7:00 pm). The Aqua building my offer a less expensive overnight charge than the Swissotel. 

The KPMG building (directly west) of the Swissotel also has comparable parking fees. If the Swissotel parking becomes full, the Swissotel will direct you to the Aqua building and/or KPMG. 

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

REGISTRATION INFORMATION 
Registration fees are as follows:

  • $140 per person (ISACS Member) for 1 day registration
  • $210 per person (ISACS Member) for 2 day registration
  • $160 per person (Non-Member) for 1 day registration
  • $250 per person (Non-Member) for 2 day registration

Registration includes daily continental breakfast (available until 8:45 am) and banquet lunch. Register online and select sessions and workshops. You must register before Friday, October 15, 2010. There is no onsite registration.

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

ANNUAL CONFERENCE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Click here for answers to FAQs regarding the 2010 Annual Conference.

TIPS TO EXTEND THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE
Click here for tips to extend the Annual Conference experience.

HARD COPY FORMS
Schedule-at-a-Glance
Conference Planner

CANCELLATION POLICY
ISACS cannot offer refunds or transfer registrations for the Annual Conference after Friday, October 15th. Cancellations must be received in writing by contacting ISACS at programinfo@isacs.org or 312-255-1244 by October 15 to receive a 50% refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school until October 15, please contact ISACS to transfer registration.

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2010 
 



Member Cost: $210     Non-member Cost: $250
Registration Deadline:  October 30, 2010


   






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