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New Teacher Institute - 2010

July 21 - 24, 2010

The Catherine Cook School
226 W. Schiller St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Registration is open!

The New Teacher Institute will formally begin at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 21 and will end at 12:00 noon Saturday, July 24. Participants should make plans to attend the Institute in its entirety.

***Independent school educators in their first two years of teaching experience.

This energizing Institute will provide new teachers with the strategies essential for a successful start to their teaching careers. The Institute will also allow participants to begin building the foundation for a long and successful career in independent schools. Interactive experiences reflective of best practices will aid in the development of skills and understanding in the following areas:

  • Understanding the culture of independent schools
  • Maintaining professionalism
  • Dealing with stress and change
  • Managing classrooms effectively, based on the work of Harry Wong
  • Communicating effectively with parents, students, colleagues, administration and the broader school community
  • Balancing responsibilities and managing time
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Building healthy relationships with colleagues
  • Designing curriculum, using Backwards Design
  • Differentiating instruction
  • Partnering with parents
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Networking with others new to independent schools
  • Finding and using mentors
  • Building a foundation for excellence

Participants will engage in active and experiential approaches to understanding best practice for highly effective teaching. Presentations, conversations, role-playing, simulations, video analysis, collaborative work, professional readings, and personal testimonials will all be presented with research-based modeling of best practice, combined with humor, music, and the enduring commitment of experienced professionals.

School communities expect and require new teachers to be highly effective on the first day of school. Often, there is more information than can be processed effectively without overloading the new teacher. Participants will learn best practices at a manageable pace in a supportive atmosphere.

Jill Webb brings years of independent school experience to the Institute. She has been an independent school teacher and administrator for over 20 years, and currently serves as the director of professional development for ISACS and head of lower school at The Wellington School. Jill brings the experience gained from training hundreds of new teachers and mentors nationally, and has been a frequent presenter on the topic of teacher development and leadership.

Mark Wagner is the head of upper school at the Sanford School. Mark brings extensive independent school experience as both a teacher and administrator and presents in the areas of teacher leadership and curriculum and professional development. His engaging style and creative vision make him a wonderful member of the New Teacher Institute faculty.

Ken Rogers, a trained counselor, is a former faculty member of The Association of Independent Maryland Schools Fellows Program for New Teachers. With independent school experience as a teacher, dean and head of middle school, Ken is a frequent ISACS presenter and consultant to independent schools. Ken has just been named the head of middle school at Germantown Academy.


  • $850 for ISACS Members
  • $925 for non-ISACS Members
  • 10% discount for schools sending 2 or more from the same school
  • The registration fee includes all materials, three continental breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners and daily refreshment breaks

SCHEDULE (Dates are firm, times may change)
Click here to view the detailed schedule (tentative).

  • Wednesday, July 21
    9:30 am Registration
    10:00 am - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)
  • Thursday, July 22
    8:30 - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)
  • Friday, July 23
    8:30 - 5:30 pm (Dinner on your own)
  • Saturday, July 24
    8:30 - 12:00 noon


  • School's Mission Statement
  • Standards from one subject you are teaching

Dress is casual

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong is a very useful resource for new teachers.

The New Teacher Institute takes place at the The Catherine Cook School, 226 West Schiller Street, Chicago, IL 60610. The Institute is held in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood and is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information for Catherine Cook School.

Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. **We recommend you reserve your hotel accommodations early!** ISACS has secured a limited number of rooms at discounted rates at the following hotels.

The Seneca Hotel
200 East Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60614
Call 1-800-800-6261 between the hours of 8am - 8pm, Mon - Fri. or 8am - 5pm, Sat. & Sun. for the ISACS rate of $99 per night plus tax (single/double occupancy). Rates are good for the nights of Tuesday, July, 20 through Friday, July 23. Please make your reservations by the cutoff date, June 30, 2010. Please use the group code "ISACS NTI" or "ISACS New Teacher Institute" when making reservations.

Click here for directions and parking information for The Seneca Hotel. The Seneca Hotel is approximately one mile from Catherine Cook School and right off Michigan Avenue.

Please contact the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 if you need a hotel room and we will assist you with getting a room at the Seneca Hotel.

Ambassador East Hotel
1301 N. State Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
As of June 22, the ISACS block of rooms at the Ambassador East is sold out for the New Teacher Institute. Please call the Seneca Hotel to reserve your hotel room. Call 1-312-787-7200 ext. 5196 or 1-888-506-3471 for the ISACS discounted rate of $99 per night plus tax (standard king room). Rates are valid for the nights of Tuesday, July 20 through Friday, July 23. Please make your reservations by the cutoff date, July 1, 2010. Please use the group code "ISACS" when making reservations.

Individuals may cancel up to 12 noon the day prior to their arrivial without penalty. If reservations are canceled after 12 noon the day prior to arrival, a charge of 1 night plus tax will be charged.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Ambassador East Hotel. The Ambassador East Hotel is approximately 1/4 mile from the Catherine Cook School.

Click here to view the Institute brochure.

Registration for the New Teacher Institute requires payment in full. This registration fee includes a 50% non-refundable deposit.

Cancellations for the New Teacher Institute must be received to ISACS at or by calling 312-255-1244 and will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than 10 days before the Institute starts will not be refunded. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $850     Non-member Cost: $925


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