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New Teacher Institute - 2013
Ken Rogers, Mark Wagner & Jill Webb

Monday, July 15, 2013 10:00 am - Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 pm

The Wellington School
Columbus, OH

Registration for the New Teacher Institute is open. This Institute typically reaches capacity; plan ahead as you hire your new teachers.

As of June 20, the New Teacher Institute has a limited number of spots available. If you would like to register your new teachers, register today. We will reach capacity soon.

If you are registering a group of new teachers from your school at the same time, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244 as you may not be able to register them at the same time with the limited spaces available. 

The New Teacher Institute will formally begin at 10:00 am on Monday, July 15 and will end at 12:00 noon Thursday, July 18. Participants should make plans to attend the Institute in its entirety.

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

WHY ATTEND 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
  • Communicating effectively with parents, students, colleagues, administration and the broader school community
  • Maintaining professionalism
  • Managing classrooms effectively
  • Designing a curriculum through a backward design process
  • Dealing with stress and change: anticipating challenges
  • Building healthy relationships with colleagues
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Partnering with parents
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Networking with others new to independent schools
  • Finding and using mentors
  • Balancing responsibilities and managing time
  • 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 currently serves as the director of professional development for ISACS and head of lower school at The Wellington School (OH). 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 has been a teacher and an upper school division head in several independent schools. He brings extensive independent school experience and has been a presenter in the areas of teacher leadership, 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. Currently, Ken is the head of middle school at Germantown Academy (PA).


  • $850 for ISACS Members
  • $925 for non-ISACS Members
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $100 discount
  • 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 a tentative schedule.

Monday, July 15
-  9:30 am Registration
-  10:00 am - 8:30 pm (Includes dinner)

Tuesday, July 16
-  8:30 - 8:30 pm (Includes dinner)

Wednesday, July 17
-  8:30 - 5:30 pm (Dinner on your own)

Thursday, July 18
-  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 and Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov  is a very useful resource for new teachers.

The New Teacher Institute takes place at the The Wellington School, 3650 Reed Road, Columbus, OH. For those with cars, there is ample parking at The Wellington School.

Click here for directions and parking information for The Wellington 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 hotel.

Residence Inn at Easton
3999 Easton Loop West
Columbus, OH  43219

To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at 614-414-1000, ask for reservations and request the "ISACS" group rate.  The ISACS discounted rate is $174 per night plus tax for a studio/one bedroom (one bed) and $219 per night plus tax for a two bedroom suite (two beds). Rates are valid for the nights of Sunday, July 14 – Wednesday, July 17. Please make your reservations by the cutoff date, Monday, July 1, 2013. Click here to make your reservation on-line.  If you are having trouble making a hotel reservation, please call the ISACS office.

The Residence Inn at Easton is a suites hotel.  It has complimentary wi-fi and complimentary access to its fitness center.  It is located in Easton Town Center which is a large outdoor shopping mall with stores, a movie theatre, entertainment and restaurant/bar options.  For more information on Easton Town Center, visit

The hotel provides complimentary transportation to/from the Columbus Airport to the hotel. For the complimentary shuttle, please call the hotel at 614-414-1000 once you arrive at the airport and the hotel will send the shuttle.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Residence Inn.

If you are staying overnight at the Residence Inn at Easton ISACS will have bus transportation to/from the Residence Inn at Easton each morning and evening to transport attendees to/from The Wellington School  ISACS will provide attendees with information on bus departure times in confirmation emails. Southwest Airlines serves Columbus, OH and may be an economical option for those who fly.

Click here for the New Teacher 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.

Check back periodically for more information. 


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


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