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Observing and Evaluating Teacher Performance and Practices

Monday, January 11, 2010
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Latin School of Chicago
59 West North Boulevard
Chicago, IL

*** ISACS is now offering this workshop again on Tuesday January 12, 2010. For more information on the January 12 workshop and to register, click here.

***This workshop has reached capacity. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.**

Participants will assess classroom observation skills and
will develop a template of qualities for effective teaching.
Emphasis will be on observing teachers for evidence of effective teaching, developing a common language for conversation around teaching and learning, assessing teacher effectiveness based on observations,and determining priority behaviors and practices for each specific school setting. Pairs or teams from schools are encouraged to attend in order to add relevance to the dialogue and group work.

Connie Johnston has spent 41 years in education. She
has worked as a classroom teacher, in staff and curriculum
development, as an administrator, and as a consultant
with both public and independent schools. Her experience at all levels of education provides a deep understanding of the needs of teachers at each level. In addition, she has a strong foundation in learning styles and facilitation skills. Connie has assisted schools in developing coaching and teacher evaluation models, taught coaching skills to teacher mentors, and provided administrative leadership consulting to numerous schools.

This workshop will take place at The Latin School of Chicago, 59 West North Boulevard, Chicago. The Latin School is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information for The Latin School.

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

The Seneca Hotel
200 East Chestnut
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 Seneca Hotel. The Seneca is approximately one mile from the Latin School and one block from Michigan Avenue.

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 three blocks away from the Latin 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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