Professional Development > Conferences and Workshops

Conferences and Workshops
(Click here for the 2019-2020 Professional Development Series PDF)


Academy for Exceptional Teaching
Jeff Utecht & Jeffrey Cufaude

February 16 - 17, 2012

Hotel Allegro
Chicago, IL

The Academy for Exceptional Teaching has been designed to gather educators who are energized by the opportunity to engage in spirited conversation and out-of-the-box thinking. This two-day event will offer the opportunity to step away from the hectic pace and demands of school to hear from two innovative presenters, while also sharing the best practices and innovations in our own ISACS schools. Register yourself for an experience that will add fuel to your creative fires, or encourage a colleague as affirmation of a commitment to excellence in your school. Leave with new ideas, vision, commitment and energy.
The 2012 Academy for Exceptional Teaching will provide time to learn, share, consider, create, debate, and stretch thinking through engagement with presenters Jeff Utecht and Jeffrey Cufaude. Also built into the schedule, will be time to reflect, laugh, rest, consider and converse with colleagues. 
Participants will enjoy a fabulous evening including dinner at Adobo Grill and entertainment at Chicago’s own Second City, and will leave with new ideas and new perspective on professional practice and the possibilities that await back at school.
Goals of the Academy for Exceptional Teaching
  • To encourage, support and celebrate exceptional teaching
  • To gather like-minded educators to share expertise and innovations
  • To provide opportunities to learn from international thought-leaders
  • To energize
  • To affirm
  • To inspire
  • To laugh, relax and provide time to consider new possibilities in teaching and learning

 Thursday February 16 - Friday February 17, 2012

The Academy will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 16 and conclude at 3:00 pm on Friday, February 17.
Click here for the agenda.

  • Thursday, February 16: 10:00 am-3:30 pm (lunch included)
  • Thursday, February 16: Evening activity (Dinner at Adobo Grill and Second City -included in registration fee)
  • Friday, February 17: 8:30 am-3:00 pm (continental breakfast and lunch included)


  • Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects
  • Jeff Utecht,
Click here for featured speaker bios.

Dinner and Second City, Thursday, February 16,  2012
 ** Update as of Wednesday February 8. ISACS has already guaranteed tickets to Second City. Call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 if you would like to be added to the waitlist for Second City. There is still space available to attend the dinner portion of the evening activity at Adobo Grill. Please select your attendance at the dinner during the online registration.
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 at 7:30 pm)
  • Transportation will be provided to and from hotel to dinner/theatre. Transportation departs from the Hotel Allegro promptly at 5:00 pm.
All registrants are invited to attend the evening event; the cost is included in your registration fee for the Academy for Exceptional Teaching. 
During online registration you will be prompted to RSVP for the evening activity. You can select to attend Dinner and Second City, Dinner Only, Second City Only, or not attend the evening activity. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline for the Thursday evening activity is Monday, February 6, 2012 or until the event reaches capacity. We appreciate your response so we can guarantee dinner reservations, Second City tickets and transportation.  If you plan to register a spouse/guest, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 as there will be an additional charge.
The workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street. The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.
Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.  
Hotel Reservations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: $139/night plus tax (single or double occupancy). To make a reservation, call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS" or click here to reserve a room online. Special discounted rates have been extended and are available until Monday, February 6, 2012. Please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 if you need assistance booking a hotel room after February 6.

Registration Fee

  • $425 Member Fee
  • $500 Non Member Fee
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $30 discount
  • The Academy includes two lunches and one continental breakfast on Friday.
  • Registration also includes an evening activity - dinner at Adobo Grill and Second City on Thursday, February 16th. (Pre-registration for evening event is required; space is limited)

For Thursday’s presentation, Jeff Utecht highly recommends that participants bring a device that has Internet connectivity (laptop, iPad, smartphone, etc.) as this session will have hands-on technology based portions. ISACS will provide you with a wireless connection code for you to access the Internet in the meeting room.

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 the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $425     Non-member Cost: $500


55 West Wacker, Suite 701 · Chicago, IL 60601 · Telephone (312) 750-1190 · Fax (312) 750-1193
Site Map