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The Magic Blend: Creating a Culture of Community and Challenge
JoAnn Deak, The Deak Group

Friday, October 1, 2010
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Latin School of Chicago
59 West North Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60610

If you review the research looking for correlates with student satisfaction and success, one of the most frequently reported factors is a small setting with a sense of community. In hundreds of conversations with students regarding views of their schools, words like caring, small, and family-like were consistent and resounding themes. The task for a school then, is to look at itself and try to create or enhance the culture that embodies these well agreed upon descriptors. A sense of community is only half of the equation. This community is also a school, and as such, needs to provide a culture of challenge to ensure that students reach their full potential. As usual, the problem is in the specificity. This workshop will offer strategies to accomplish the deceptively complicated, but crucial, two tasks of creating community while maintaining a culture of challenge.

JoAnn Deak, PhD, has spent more than thirty years as an educator, psychologist and consultant, focusing on demystifying complex issues of child development, learning, identify formation and brain research. Dr. Deak began her career as an elementary teacher, and received her doctorate from Kent State University. After several years in private practice, Dr. Deak began consulting with schools and she joined Laurel School as the Director of the Lower School and Middle School and was the founding Director of Early Childhood. Dr. Deak has been an advisor to Outward Bound, a past chair of the National Committee for Girls and Women in Independent Schools, and serves on advisory boards for many organizations. She has been awarded the Woman of Achievement Award by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools, was given the first Female Educator of the Year Award by Orchard House School, and the Outstanding Partner for Girls Award from Clemson University. She is the author of two books, How Girls Thrive and Girls Will be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters.

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 Accommodations
ISACS recommends the following two hotels and has secured special rates based on availability. 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 when making reservations for the $109/night plus tax rate for a deluxe room (single/double occupancy). When making reservations, please request the group code "ISACS". This rate is based on availability and mus be made by September 7, 2010.

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 just 3 blocks from the Latin School.

Click here for directions and parking information for The Hotel Indigo.

** If rooms are not available at either of these hotels, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 for more information on hotel accommodations as additional rooms my be available.

Registration Fee
  • $190 Member Fee
  • $240 Non Member Fee
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $28 discount
  • 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: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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