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Academy for Exceptional Teaching

February 18 - 19, 2010

Hotel Allegro
171 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

This event is designed to gather exceptional educators who are energized by the chance to engage in spirited conversation and out-of-the-box thinking. This two-day event will offer the opportunity to step away from the demands of school to hear from two amazing presenters while also sharing the best practices and innovations in our own ISACS schools. Register yourself for an experience that will add fuel to your creative fires, or send a colleague as affirmation of a commitment to excellence in your school. Leave with new ideas, vision, commitment and energy.

The Academy for Exceptional Teaching will provide time to learn, share, consider, create, debate, and stretch thinking through engagement with Pat Bassett and Ian Jukes. Also built into the schedule, is time to reflect, laugh, rest, read and converse with colleagues.

Participants will enjoy a fabulous dinner and evening at Chicago’s own Second City Comedy Theater, and will leave with new ideas and new perspective on professional practice and the possibilities that await back at school. You will not want to miss this gathering of our best and brightest!

  • Patrick Bassett, NAIS, who will address The Right-Brained Future
  • Ian Jukes, InfoSavvy Group, who will present on Living on the Future Edge
Click here to view speaker bios.

Goals of the Academy
  • To acknowledge commitment and achievements
  • To allow an opportunity to share expertise and innovations
  • To re-energize
  • To affirm
  • To inspire
  • To laugh and relax
  • To network with other exceptional teachers and allow for “cross-fertilization”
  • To acknowledge commitment and achievements

Daily Schedule (approximate)
The Academy will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 18th (registration at 9:30 am). The Academy will conclude at 3:00 pm on Friday, February 19th. Click here to view a detailed schedule.
  • Thursday, February 18: 10:00 am-3:30 pm (lunch included)
  • Thursday, February 18: Evening activity (Dinner at Adobo Grill and Second City Comedy Club-included in registration fee)
  • Friday, February 19: 8:30 am-3:00 pm (continental breakfast and lunch included)

Dinner and Second City, Thursday, February 18, 2009
**As of 2/5/10, online registration for the evening activity is closed. Please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 to register for the evening activity.

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 Allegro 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 Exceptional Teaching. 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 Monday, February 8, 2010 or until the event reaches capacity.We appreciate your response so we can guarantee dinner tickets and transportation.

Pre-Academy Readings
Suggested readings include: Location
The Academy for Exceptional Teachers will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street. The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

Hotel Reservations - ** New hotel rate of $119/night
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: updated rate $119/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the nights of February 17, 18 and 19. To make a reservation call 1-800-643-1500 and use Group Code: "Academy for Exceptional Teaching". Special discounted room rates are available until Monday, February 8, 2010. Online hotel room booking is available here.

Registration Fee
  • $425 Member Fee
  • $500 Non Member Fee
  • 5% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Registration fee includes 2 lunches and 1 continental breakfast
  • Registration also includes an evening activity - dinner at Adobo Grill and Second City Improv on Thursday, February 18th. (Pre-registration for evening event is required; space is limited)

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

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $425     Non-member Cost: $500


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