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2014 New Teacher Institute
Ken Rogers, Mark Wagner & Jill Webb

Monday, July 14, 2014 10:00 am - Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Wolcott School
524 N. Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Registration Update as of June 23
As of June 23, the New Teacher Institute has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please select the blue waitlist button and complete the requested information. ISACS will contact you if a space becomes available.

The New Teacher Institute will be Monday, July 14 through Thursday, July 17. Participants should make plans to attend the Institute in its entirety.

***Independent school educators in their first two years of teaching experience.

WHY ATTEND This energizing Institute will provide new teachers with the strategies essential for a successful start to their teaching careers. The Institute will also allow participants to begin building the foundation for a long and successful career in independent schools. Interactive experiences reflective of best practices will aid in the development of skills and understanding in the following areas:

  • Understanding the culture of independent schools
  • Communicating effectively with parents, students, colleagues, administration and the broader school community
  • Maintaining professionalism
  • Managing classrooms effectively
  • Designing a curriculum through a backward design process
  • Dealing with stress and change: anticipating challenges
  • Building healthy relationships with colleagues
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Partnering with parents
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Networking with others new to independent schools
  • Finding and using mentors
  • Balancing responsibilities and managing time
  • Building a foundation for excellence

Participants will engage in active and experiential approaches to understanding best practice for highly effective teaching. Presentations, conversations, role-playing, simulations, video analysis, collaborative work, professional readings, and personal testimonials will all be presented with research-based modeling of best practice, combined with humor, music, and the enduring commitment of experienced professionals.

School communities expect and require new teachers to be highly effective on the first day of school. Often, there is more information than can be processed effectively without overloading the new teacher. Participants will learn best practices at a manageable pace in a supportive atmosphere.

Jill Webb brings years of independent school experience to the Institute. She currently serves as the director of professional development for ISACS and head of lower school at The Wellington School (OH). Jill brings the experience gained from training hundreds of new teachers and mentors nationally, and has been a frequent presenter on the topic of teacher development and leadership.

Mark Wagner has been a teacher and an upper school division head in several independent schools. He brings extensive independent school experience and has been a presenter in the areas of teacher leadership, curriculum and professional development. His engaging style and creative vision make him a wonderful member of the New Teacher Institute faculty. Mark is the incoming head of school at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Day School (MD) as of July 1.


Ken Rogers, a trained counselor, is a former faculty member of The Association of Independent Maryland Schools Fellows Program for New Teachers. With independent school experience as a teacher, dean, and head of middle school, Ken is a frequent ISACS presenter and consultant to independent schools. Currently, Ken is the incoming middle school principal at Charlotte Christian School (NC) as of July 1.


  • $850 for ISACS Members
  • $950 for non-ISACS Members
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $100 discount
  • The registration fee includes all materials, three continental breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners and daily refreshment breaks

SCHEDULE (Dates are firm, times may change)
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 to view a tentative schedule.

Monday, July 14 

  • 9:30 am Registration
  • 10:00 am - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)

Tuesday, July 15

  • 8:30 - 7:30 pm (Includes dinner)

Wednesday, July 16

  • 8:30 - 5:30 pm (Dinner on your own)

Thursday, July 17

  • 9:00 - 12:00 noon

School's Mission Statement Standards from one subject you are teaching

Dress is casual.

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong and Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov are very useful resources for new teachers.

The New Teacher Institute will take place at the Wolcott School, 524 N. Wolcott Ave., Chicago, IL 60622. The Institute is held in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood and is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information for the Wolcott School.

ISACS will provide group transportation to and from the Hotel Indigo and the Wolcott School each day.  For those with cars, there is ample, free street parking at the school.  

Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. **We recommend you reserve your hotel accommodations early!** ISACS has secured a limited number of rooms at discounted rates at the following hotel.

Hotel Indigo 
1244 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610 

To make a reservation, call 1-855-392-4447 and request the ISACS discounted rate of $139 per night plus tax (standard king room). Rates are valid for the nights of Sunday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 16. Please make your reservations by the cutoff date, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Please use the group code "ISACS New Teacher Institute" when making reservations. Click here to make your reservation on-line.  If you are having trouble making a hotel reservation, please call the ISACS office.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Indigo. The Hotel Indigo is approximately 3 miles from the Wolcott School.

Click here for a New Teacher Institute brochure. The brochure will be sent to ISACS member school in mid April.

Registration for the New Teacher Institute requires payment in full. This registration fee includes a 50% non-refundable deposit. Cancellations for the New Teacher Institute must be received to ISACS at or by calling 312-750-1190 and will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than 10 days before the Institute starts will not be refunded. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

Questions? Please call 312-750-1190

Check back periodically for more information. 

Member Cost: $850     Non-member Cost: $950


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