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2011 Academy for Division Heads
Jeffrey Cufaude & Charlotte Danielson

April 4 - 5, 2011

Hotel Palomar
505 N. State Street
Chicago, IL

Due to the February blizzard in Chicago, ISACS has rescheduled the Academy for Division Heads for Monday, April 4 - Tuesday April 5.


The Academy will begin at 9:30 am on Monday, April 4th and will end by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 5th. Click here to view an updated tentative agenda.

The role of division head is one of the most complex in the school. Division heads are often required to learn as they go, and are required to meet the needs of multiple constituency groups: faculty, students, parents, and other administrators. The ISACS Academy for Division Heads is designed to meet the unique and ever-changing needs of division heads, designed by ISACS division heads for division leaders at all levels. The Academy experience seeks to provide opportunities to strengthen skills, consider new approaches to leadership, network with colleagues and provide valuable time to step away from the busy pace to refresh, reflect and learn. The 2011 Academy will offer the following opportunities designed specifically to support division heads at all points in their careers:
  • a session led by Jeffrey Cufaude who will share strategies for Building Effective Teams while Fostering a Culture of Innovation: Core Principles and Practices for Division Heads
  • a session led by faculty evaluation expert Charlotte Danielson who will walk participants through the essential domains of observation and evaluation
  • a protocol to seek insight regarding personal leadership dilemmas
  • opportunities to share all aspects of best practices, resources and the challenges unique to the role of division head
  • an evening activity - dinner and/or Second City event to mingle with other division heads
  • community meals to provide multiple opportunities to network with others in the same role
  • time to reflect, relax, refresh, recharge and connect
Featured speakers
  • Jeffrey Cufaude
  • Charlotte Danielson
Click here to view featured speaker bios.

Sunday, April 3rd - Optional Panel Discussion
On Sunday evening, April 3rd, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, ISACS will host an optional panel discussion at the Hotel Palomar:
  • "A Panel for New Division Heads" -- All new division heads are invited to a spirited conversation facilitated by a panel of experienced division heads anxious to share experience, perspective and expertise. Panelists will include Bonnie Benes, The Prairie School; Jan Jacobi, MICDS; and other experienced division heads.
There is no additional fee for this optional discussion. If you plan to attend the panel discussion, please select it during the online registration process. Pre-registration is required.

Monday Evening Activity - April 4th, 2011
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 by 7:30 pm)
  • Transportation will be provided to and from hotel to dinner/theatre. Transportation departs from the Hotel Palomar promptly at 5:15 pm.
All registrants are invited to attend this event; the cost is included in your registration fee for the Academy for Division Heads. If you plan to register a spouse/guest, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 as there will be an additional $60 charge.

This is an optional event; the price is included in your registration fee. Pre-registration is required. We appreciate your response so we can guarantee Second City tickets, dinner and transportation.

You may choose to attend the Second City and dinner, the Second City only OR the dinner only. Please select your choice of participation during the online registration process for the Academy.

The Academy for Division Heads will take place at the brand new Hotel Palomar, 505 North State Street in Chicago. Located in the River North area of Chicago, the Hotel Palomar is located near the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Palomar include: a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Guests must join the Kimpton InTouch program (which is free of charge) to receive wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas.

For more details on the Hotel Palomar, visit

Click here for directions to the Hotel Palomar.

Hotel Reservations
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Palomar: $149/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the nights of April 3-4, 2011. To make a reservation call 1-800-546-7866 and use Group Code: "ISACS Academy for Division Heads." For online hotel reservations click here to reserve your room and select appropriate dates on the Palomar's website. A limited number of sleeping rooms are still available at the discounted rate through Monday, March 21st.

Valet parking at the Hotel Palomar is $16 for daily event parking (not overnight) and $48 for overnight parking with full in-and-out privileges. There are other parking garages in the area that may offer less expensive rates.

Registration Fee
  • $550 Member
  • $625 Non Member
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $50 discount
  • Registration fee includes 2 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches and evening activity on April 4
  • Please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 if you would like to attend only one day of the Academy
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 Academy for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.
Check back periodically for more information.

Member Cost: $550     Non-member Cost: $625
Registration Deadline:  March 28, 2011


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