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Raising Global IQ: Educating Global Citizens
Carl F. Hobert

Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:30 am - Friday, March 7, 2014 3:00 pm

ISACS Office
55 West Wacker
Chicago, IL

Our schools exist in a rapidly changing, interdependent world.  Teachers and administrators are invited to spend either one or two days with Carl Hobert to learn creative and proven approaches to developing students and schools that are truly  “Globally Minded.”


  • Day One - Thursday March 6– Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Day Two - Friday March 7 – Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm


Rwanda: One Village, Six People 

Participate in a fascinating "Intellectual Outward Bound" international conflict resolution simulation focusing on a case study that can be transferrable to your classroom practice. In this exciting day-long workshop, each participant becomes a member of one of six different groups of stakeholders in post-genocide Rwanda, to resolve the brewing conflict over property rights that exists to this day in that country, near its border with the DRC. The goal will be to help workshop participants: 1. gain a new perspective on the importance of international conflict management and prevention; 2. refine negotiation skills; 3. raise Global IQ; 4. create peaceful resolutions to complicated and entrenched conflicts in their own lives. Participants will also learn effective "Getting to Yes" strategies.

This workshop is for middle and upper school teachers and administrators.
International Students: Effective Ways to Find, Welcome, and Mentor Them in our School Communities
In this interactive workshop for heads, administrators, business managers, admissions and advancement directors,
Hobert will help schools to:
  • develop international branding and recruitment as ISACS schools work to expand their international student enrollment
  •  support international students after admission, including planning effective orientation sessions, creating a caring dormitory or host-family environment, providing strong ESL training, and establishing an international student support group network
  • get US-born students and faculty to assist in welcoming and befriending international students, including offering US faculty and student “community involvement” tutoring/academic support and extracurricular activity involvement, college counseling, and planning trips to their international students’ home countries during school vacations – and how to recruit and support US host families, including helping them to plan academic vacations
  • develop “global classrooms” with advanced distance learning techniques, achieving better pre-arrival connections with/for international students and their families, and better ‘buy-in’ from existing students, faculty, administrators and parents
This workshop is for middle and upper school teachers and administrators.
Carl F. Hobert is founder and executive director of Axis of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth develop an understanding of alternative, non-violent approaches to resolving conflicts locally, nationally and internationally. He is also a clinical instructor at the Boston University School of Education. Hobert is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His book, Raising Global IQ: Preparing our Students for a Shrinking Planet, was published in February 2013.
The workshop will take place at the new ISACS office conference room at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 701, Chicago, IL. 
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.
Click here for directions to the ISACS office. Parking is available at several area garages. If possible, we suggest you take public transportation.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured a discounted rate of $189/night plus tax single or double occupancy at the Hotel Monaco for the nights of March 5 and March 6. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS Global" To make a reservation online, click here. Special discounted room rates are available until Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

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.

For more details on the Hotel Monaco, visit

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Monaco.

Overnight Parking at the Hotel Monaco
Parking at the Hotel Monaco is $27 (valet) for 4 hours - midnight and $48 (valet) for overnight parking until 2pm the following day. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that may offer less expensive daily 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 Fees

Two-Day Fee

  • $300 Member and Non Member Fee
  • Group discounts are available for two-day registrants from the same school – The first person pays full two-day fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes lunch on Thursday and Friday

One-Day Fee

  • $175 Member and Non Member Fee
  • There is no group discount available for one-day registrants
  • 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: $300     Non-member Cost: $300


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