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Killing Giants, Pulling Thorns: Rationale and Strategies for Student Advocacy

Friday, October 23, 2009
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Francis W. Parker School
330 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL

Educators who care deeply for their students often feel hesitant and ill-equipped to handle student incidents of racism, homophobia, sexism and other injustices. This interactive workshop allays these fears by offering simple, manageable strategies for standing up for students' safety and well-being.

Participants will examine actual cases -- from careless words to active aggression -- drawn from independent schools across the country, and are encouraged to bring their own encounters with student incidents. Attention given to lower, middle, and upper schools. Portions of the film "Let's Get Real", will be shown at the beginning of the workshop.

This workshop is for K-12 faculty, administrators, and diversity practitioners.

Lalitha Shastri is a nationally recognized independent school consultant on diversity, multiculturalism, equity and justice. She trains boards, heads, faculty, students and parents on sustaining empowering, inclusive school cultures. Lalitha's expertise is in multicultural curriculum, equity pedagogy, and dismantling unjust school systems. Widely traveled and multilingual, Lalitha resides in San Francisco.

This workshop will take place The Francis W. Parker School,
330 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614. The Francis W. Parker School is accessible by public transportation and taxis.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Francis W. Parker School.

Hotel Reservations
ISACS recommends the following two hotels and has secured special rates based on availability. Attendees must make their own hotel reservations; please contact the hotels directly to make your reservations.

The Belden-Stratford Hotel
2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614

Call 1-800-800-6261 and use the group code "ISACSIND" when making reservations for the $99/night plus tax rate for a deluxe room (single/double occupancy). This rate is based on availability. Click here for directions and parking information for the Belden-Stratford Hotel. The Belden-Stratford is a few blocks from Francis Parker School.

The Hotel Indigo
1244 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610

For reservations, please call the Hotel Indigo directly at 312-787-4980, ask for reservations and request the "Independent Schools Association" rate to receive discounted rooms. Rates vary depending on date of stay; space and availability are limited. To book your room online (and receive the ISACS discounted rate), click here. The Hotel Indigo is one mile from Francis Parker School.

Click here for directions and parking information for The Hotel Indigo.

Registration Fee
  • $175 Member Fee
  • $225 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Workshop includes lunch

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 workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $175     Non-member Cost: $225


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