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21st Century Learning Beyond the Classroom
Matt Nink, Global Youth Leadership Institute

Monday, January 13, 2014
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Office Conference Room
55 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL

***As of December 19, ISACS has cancelled this workshop. For more information please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. We regret the inconvenience. We hope you will consider other ISACS professional development offerings.

Much of the learning in forward-thinking schools happens beyond the traditional classroom and beyond the traditional school day.  Spend a day discussing effective models for global education, the essential nature of collaborative leadership and evaluation metrics to measure the effectiveness of these powerful learning experiences.  Included in the day will be the following:

Introduction to Collaborative Leadership for the 21st Century
We hear the word collaboration all the time--but can you define and describe its elements?  Can you articulate how your school is fostering collaboration? Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI) has been working to help schools define and foster collaborative leadership among administrators, faculty and students for 10 years on three continents.  Learn to hone your understanding and experiences of collaborative leadership.

Connect the Dots of your Global Education Programs
Most schools include a few global dots--exchanges, service learning, language immersion.  How do we connect these dots into a cohesive global strategy and global focus in our schools?   Learn concrete steps to build a cohesive global program - from professional development to marketing and outreach, participants will use backwards design to create the goals and visions that your programs will support.

Program Evaluation for Experiences Beyond the Classroom
How do you evaluate what happens out of the classroom: global experiences, exchanges, retreats, leadership days, character education or community-building?  How do we know it all works?  Learn  ways to evaluate these "outside" experiences, and leave with frameworks for evaluation and principles for creating custom evaluations that demonstrate student and teacher learning outside of the classroom.

This workshop is for K-12 teachers and administrators.

Matt Nink has been the Executive Director of Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI) since 2005 and also has 15 years of experience as an award-winning English teacher and dean of students. He loves designing programs that build community and leadership skills, and conducts student and teacher workshops throughout the US, as well as in Costa Rica, India, Nigeria, and Dominican Republic. Nink has guided GYLI to work with more than 500 participants from around the world and models the collaboration that GYLI preaches which has allowed him to present on topics ranging from religious pluralism to LGBT issues. He holds a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in English from Northern Illinois University.

The workshop will take place at the new ISACS office conference room at 55 West Wacker, 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 discount off the standard room rates at the Hotel Monaco, 225 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL. The hotel is located less than three blocks from the new ISACS office/conference room. To view rates and reserve your room, please call 1-800-KIMPTON and request the ISACS rate. Click here to book your room online.  Rates and availability vary based on time of year.

The Monaco Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel is an award winning boutique hotel offering a stylish window onto the Windy City. 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. Join the Kimpton InTouch loyalty program and receive complimentary wireless internet access, personalized amenities and a whole lot more. For more details on the Monaco Chicago, visit

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The Independent Schools Association of the Central States is now a member of Club Quarters, full service business hotels for member organizations.  The entire ISACS community has access to low member rates at Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan and 15 additional locations in the United States and London. Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan is located less than three blocks from the new ISACS office/conference room. When you stay at Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan, you are just steps from the Magnificent Mile, famous for shopping, fine dining and museums, and Grant Park.  Member guests enjoy automatic Gold Status benefits including subsidized weekend and holiday rates from as low as $65/night, complimentary onsite benefits including WiFi, exercise facilities, chilled, purified bottled water and access to the Club Living Room with snacks and refreshments and Gold Rewards, the richest guest rewards program.

For additional information and reservations, please call Member Services at (203) 905-2100 or visit (password: ISACS). *If you are looking for weekend and holiday rates at $65/night, make sure to call 203-905-2100, they are on request and not available online. 

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Registration Fee

  • $175 Member Fee
  • $225 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: $175     Non-member Cost: $225


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