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Helping Students Develop Self-Regulation and Empathy
Bob Sornson

Friday, October 25, 2013
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL

Would you like your students to learn to calm themselves down, sometimes wait or work for what they want, and handle small disappointments in life without becoming overwhelmed? Would you like your students to notice the well-being of others and develop social skills?  In this interactive workshop you will learn the skills to help your students develop emotional control, empathy, and raise the odds for long-term success in school and in life.

The learning objectives for this workshop are to: learn skills which help teachers support the development of self-regulation and empathy.
This workshop is for Pre-K to Grade 8 teachers and administrators.
Recommended reading:  Stand in My Shoes, The Juice Box Bully, Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach, Teaching and Joy by Bob Sornson.
Bob Sornson, Ph.D. was a classroom teacher and school administrator for over 30 years, and is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation.  His implementation of programs and strategies for early learning success, the Early Learning Success Initiative, serves as a model for districts around the country.  He is committed to the belief that practically every child can have a successful early learning experience.
The Early Learning Foundation is dedicated to helping schools and parents give every child an opportunity to achieve early learning success, which lays the foundation for success in life.  Few things are so important to the future of our children and our society.  Children who come to school without important language, literacy, numeracy, motor, and behavior skills are at a disadvantage for success in the first years of school. Children who have not developed solid skills by the end of the third grade are at a disadvantage for life.
Bob is the author of numerous articles, books, and audio recordings, including Stand in My Shoes: Teaching Kids about Empathy, The Juice Box Bully, Teaching and Joy (ASCD), Preventing Early Learning Failure (ASCD), Meeting the Challenge (Love and Logic Press), Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn (Love and Logic Press), Number Facts and Jumping Jacks (Crystal Springs Books), and Love and Logic on the Bus (Love and Logic Press).   His assessment instruments include The Essential Skill Inventories, K-3 (Early Learning Foundation).
He works with schools and education organizations across the country, focusing primarily on developing comprehensive programs which support early learning success, building classroom and school culture to support the development of social and behavior skills, and offering parent training.  He offers workshops and keynotes, and develops long-term training projects with selected organizations. 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: $179/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the night of Thursday, October 24. To make a reservation, call 1-800-321-2211 and use Group Code "ISE" or "ISACS" to reserve a room.  Click here to make an online reservation. Special discounted rates are available until October 2, 2013. 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 3pm 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 3pm of the checkout date. 
Registration Fee
  • $190 Member Fee
  • $240 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: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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