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ISACS Diversity Summit: Beyond the WHY: Real-Life Approaches to Cultural Competencies

March 8 - 9, 2013

Hotel Allegro
Chicago, IL

ISACS Diversity Summit: Beyond the WHY: Real-Life Approaches to Cultural Competencies.

Friday, March 8 – Saturday, March 9.


The Summit will begin at 9:00 am on Friday March 8 and end by 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 9.
Click here for a tentative agenda.
Click here for the Diversity Summit brochure.
Who Should Attend
Faculty, Administrators, Heads of School, Trustees and Diversity Practitioners.
To maximize the impact of The Summit, we encourage attendance by teams of participants from the same school.
Featured Speakers
  • Rosetta Lee, Seattle Girls' School
  • Samuel Betances, Souder, Betances and Associates
  • Elizabeth Denevi, Georgetown Day School
  • Mariama Richards, Georgetown Day School

Click here for featured speaker bios.

We invite all faculty, administrators and trustees to join us at the ISACS Diversity Summit as we welcome all who share a commitment to diversity, equity, and justice in our schools. The Summit will provide an opportunity to learn new strategies; understand current research while considering school culture, resources and challenges; and, possible steps for advancing our work in these areas. Participants will be provided time to hear from leading practitioners, learn about specific strategies, connect with other committed educators, celebrate successes, renew commitments, and return to school with informed plans for action. We hope you will join us to share the energy of these essential and energizing conversations.  We look forward to hearing a multitude of voices in this two-day conversation.

Topics will include:

  • Developing Essential Skills in Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Developing and Assessing Multicultural Curricula 
  • Understanding the Benefits of Diversity
Developing Essential Skills in Cross-Cultural Communication: What I Said and What I Meant - Improving Cross Cultural Communication
Humans communicate on many levels: spoken language, tone, body language, style and personality. The fact that we have complex cultural identities and a host of differing past experiences, increases the probability of cross-cultural miscommunications. Rosetta Lee will share major cross-cultural communication theories; ways that cultural values, power, privilege and differences affect the way we communicate; tools for questioning assumptions; and, ways to improve cross-cultural communications skills.
Classroom Dialogue Tools: Interrupting with Care and Facilitating Through Tension 
Our classrooms are rich with challenges and opportunities when we embark on diversity and inclusion work.  How do we turn a hurtful comment said out of ignorance into a meaningful teachable moment?  How do we facilitate dialogues about difficult topics like race and manage the anxiety that may arise for many?  How do we extend the conversation from our students to our colleagues, the parent community, and beyond?   Examine the fears and common pitfalls that keep us from broaching these conversations, and gain practical skills for facilitating as well as participating in the conversation.
Dr. Betances challenges negative mindsets with his problem solving methodology and extensive grasp of issues. He has merged eloquence and teaching skills to deliver his powerful message with conviction: "It matters less where we are from; what really matters is where we are going. Accept our diversity. Embrace it. Make it work for you. Harness the rainbow."  His success at bringing cultures together has earned him many awards. Much more than a lecturer, Dr. Betances works to help others learn the importance of pulling cultures together as a way of bringing America back to the top in education, business, and society in general. As he puts it, "Our mission is to make America stronger, healthier and freer than when we found her."
Join us for day two of the ISACS Diversity Summit as the focus shifts to the development of a multicultural curriculum.  Learn the definition of multiculturalism as we look through a curricular lens and work to integrate multiculturalism across subject areas and grade levels.  The work of James Banks will be used to explore levels of curriculum integration followed by the sharing and discussion of examples and sample lessons.  The day will provide the opportunity to transform your own classroom by looking at your curriculum and choosing one aspect of your practice, or one lesson, that you would like to make more multicultural by asking:  What changes could be made? What considerations should be addressed?  What voices need to be present? What resources are required? What professional development is needed to advance your own learning and understanding? 
Participants will benefit from ongoing conversation with representatives from other schools, complemented by coaching and consultation with Elizabeth Denevi and Mariama Richards as they help design action plans to move forward at the school and classroom level.
The Diversity Summit 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 for $139 plus tax/night (single or double occupancy) for the nights March 7- March 9.   To make a reservation call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS." Click here for online reservations. The discounted rate has been extended and is now available until Friday, February 22, 2013.  If you are having trouble booking a room, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.
Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service.  Valet parking is $26 for 4-6 hours and $51 for over 6 hours with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change).  The self parking rate is $46 for over 6 hours. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily parking.
Registration Fee
  • $325 Member
  • $375 Non Member
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $25 discount
  • Registration fee includes continental breakfast on Saturday and 2 lunches

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 Diversity Summit for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.



Member Cost: $325     Non-member Cost: $375


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