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Rigor and Engagement for Growing Minds-Practical Applications
Bertie Kingore

Monday, November 18, 2013
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL

Current research transforms education's focus from merely mastering content toward a major concern for rigor, relevance, depth, clarity, and understanding how instruction influences continuous learning and future lives. With humor and fast-paced ideas, investigate joyful, challenging strategies promoting a rigorous learning environment for all students while stimulating opportunities for the autonomy, cognitive skills, and complexity advanced students require in high-level learning cultures. Explore the five instructional priorities that foster rigor and engagement for all students while integrating standards with intellectual integrity. Participate in refreshing ways to engage students so they are motivated to exert the effort required to reach higher achievements. Exit with timesaving techniques and relevant applications characterized by low-preparation and high-impact so students' minds flourish without overwhelming teachers.

This workshop is for K-8 educators.

Bertie Kingore, PhD is an international consultant, a visiting professor/speaker at numerous universities, and a former classroom teacher in preschool through graduate school classrooms. She is recognized for her humorous insights, motivational ideas, and ready-to-use applications. She is the award-winning author of 26 widely used publications, including Differentiation: Simplified, Realistic, and Effective, The Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI), and High-Achievers, Gifted Learners, and Creative Thinkers. Dr.  Kingore helps educators translate research into effective instructional applications. Her engaging presentations leave teachers revitalized and eager to implement her shared ideas and learning experiences in their own classes.  For more information visit:

This workshop will take place at the Courtyard Marriott Chicago Magnificent Mile, 165 East Ontario Street, telephone: 312-573-0800.

The Courtyard Magnificent Mile Chicago is located just a one block east of Michigan Ave. Here is a link to the hotel's website:

The Courtyard is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Courtyard: $159/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the night of November 17. To make a reservation, call 1-800-321-2211 and use Group Code "ISD" or "ISACS" to reserve a room. Click here for online reservations. Special discounted rates have been extended until Monday November 4.  If you have a problem securing the rate, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244. 
Daily Parking - If you arrive by 9:00 am and leave by 7:00 pm, there is a special parking rate of $16.00. This is valid Monday - Friday only.  The garage is adjacent to the hotel and has a door to the hotel lobby. This is a self park only option. If you arrive after 9:00 am regular rates, depending on the length of stay, apply. The hotel does not offer valet daily parking. The self parking garage entrance is on St. Clair Street just south of Ontario Street.
There are several other parking lots in the surrounding area if the parking garage is full.
Overnight Parking - The self parking rate with in and out privileges is $49 and is valid from the time of check in until 3 pm of the checkout date, and must be arranged through the front desk upon check in. Valet overnight parking with in and out privileges is $62 from the time of check in until 3 pm of the checkout date.
Registration Fee
  • $200 Member Fee
  • $250 Non Member Fee
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 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: $200     Non-member Cost: $250
This event is open to participants from ISACS member schools only.


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