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Independent Writers in the Primary Classroom

Friday, March 5, 2010
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Gage Restaurant
24 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

No doubt the teaching of writing can be challenging at any grade, but particularly in the primary years when both skills and attention spans seem to be in short supply. Nevertheless, we teachers -- with the very best of intentions -- often train our students to be dependent rather than independent writers. In this workshop, we'll examine practice and identify classroom designs, routines, and lessons that help young writers grow into motivated, thoughtful, self-sufficient writers.

Jennifer Richard Jacobson received her master’s in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught preschool through sixth grade and served as curriculum coordinator, head of studies or language arts specialist in several New England schools. As a continuing author-in-residence and educational consultant, Ms. Richard Jacobson has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators to help students reach their highest potential. Her own development as a writer of children’s fiction and nonfiction, and her expertise in the area of children’s literature, provide her with an intimate understanding of the complex processes of learning to read and write.

This workshop will take place at The Gage Restaurant, 24 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Click here for directions and parking information for The Gage.

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 Gate 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 approximately two miles from The Gage.

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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