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Creating a New Culture for Teaching & Learning
Alan November

Friday, January 24, 2014
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Monaco
Chicago, IL

Access to timely information and communication tools can empower educators to focus on the individual learning needs of their students. These same tools can lead to a wealth of benefits, such as greater collegiality, stronger relationships, self-directed students, curriculum-aligned technology, authentic work, rigorous and motivating assignments, and the development of a strong learning community. Learn all about this potent new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning.

Morning Session
Who Owns the Learning?
Who should be working harder during class? The teacher or the students?  In the "Age of the Empowered Learner" we can equip our students to take responsibility to manage a large proportion of their learning.  We can also empower our students to create content that contributes to the learning of their peers.   Research indicates that one of the most powerful strategies to improve learning is to provide students with self assessment strategies.  This workshop will provide step-by-step strategies that creates a culture of the empowered self directed and collaborative learner

Afternoon Session
Designing Motivating and Rigorous Assignments

Some of the most creative work for teachers is rethinking the assignments we give our students. New tools give us an opportunity to design more rigorous and motivating assignments.   Design elements include: authentic problem solving, authentic audience, challenging students to create a knowledge legacy and creating expectations for students to create tutorials for their classmates.  The workshop will present examples of middle school student work and provide access to free tools such as Jing screen casting.

This workshop is for K-12 teacher and administrators.

Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology. Audiences enjoy Alan’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development.  Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed as one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse.  His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

The workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Monaco, 225 North Wabash on the Third Floor. 

The Hotel Monaco, Chicago is a four star luxury hotel and part of the collection of Kimpton Hotels. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Hotel Monaco is in the Loop business district and just steps from North Michigan Avenue shopping and the popular Millennium Park. A former hat factory on the banks of the Chicago River, the transformed Hotel Monaco draws guests in and surrounds them with all manner of stimulations once inside. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Monaco include: a 24-hour fitness center, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Guests must join the Kimpton InTouch program to receive wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas.

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Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured a special discounted room of $115/night plus tax single or double occupancy at the Hotel Monaco. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS Learning." To make a reservation online, click here. Special discounted room rates have been extended and are available until Friday, January 10, 2014.

If you need additional informatoin about the hotel, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

The Hotel Monaco offers valet parking service.  Valet parking at the Hotel Monaco is $28 for 3-6 hours and $32 for 6-12 hours until midnight, and $56 for overnight parking until 2pm the following day (rates are subject to change). There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that may offer less expensive parking.

We recommend that if you are parking overnight to self-park at the parking garage on Lake St. between Wabash and Michigan Avenues.  Rates are likely to be less than $48 and it is only one block from the hotel.

Registration Fee

$225 Member Fee
$275 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 312-750-1190.


Member Cost: $225     Non-member Cost: $250


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