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DASL Workshop: For Staff of NAIS Commission on Accreditation Associations
Hilary LaMonte, NAIS

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

ISACS office
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702
Chicago, IL

DASL Workshop for Accrediting Association Information Services and Technology Staff


If you have any questions, please call Kevin Rooney at the ISACS office at 

312-750-1190 or email at

Hilary LaMonte, Vice President, Data and Analysis for School Leadership at NAIS, will spend the day with your association “data” staff person (s) to collaborate on ways this particular group can contribute to a successful launch of the first-round DASL data gathering. The meeting aims to serve those who have experience and skills in working with data collection and analysis and will work at a more advanced pace as opposed to basic introduction to DASL. Hilary will elicit help from this core group in promoting good common definitions and assisting schools with clean data entry.  She will also facilitate sharing among the group about challenges to gathering good data and creative solutions to requests for many accrediting association reports and dashboards.

Of course, if your association office does not have a designated staff person to work with data, send the person who will be best to serve your association’s role in DASL.

Time of Workshop
The workshop begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is limited to staff members of NAIS Commission on Accreditation Associations.

Dinner - Monday, May 5 - 6:30 pm
ISACS will organize an offsite dinner on Monday, May 5 at 6:30 pm.  The cost of the dinner has been included in the modest registration fee.  ISACS will pay for the dinner directly; alcoholic beverages to be paid on your own.

Dinner Location: Osteria Via Stato, 620 N. State Street, Chicago, IL

Please meet in the Club Quarters lobby to walk over the restaurant together at 6:15 pm. Reservation under ISACS. The restaurant is approximately a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

The workshop will take place at the new ISACS office conference room at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. The location is in the heart of  the Chicago Loop, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS office, which include how to take public transportation to/from Midway and O’Hare airports.

Click here for walking directions from the Club Quarters to the ISACS office. 

Hotel Accommodations
Please make your  own hotel accommodations, The recommended hotel is within walking distance to the ISACS office.  We suggest that you make hotel resrervations now to secure a reasonable rate; May is a busy time in Chicago.

Club Quarters - Michigan and Wacker: The Independent Schools Association of the Central States is now a member of Club Quarters, full service business hotels for member organizations.  Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan is located less than three blocks from the new ISACS office/conference roomWhen 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.

To make reservations, please contact Member Services at 203.905.2100 anytime between Mon.-Fri. 7am-11pm, Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-6pm (EST) or via email at Either way, make sure to identify yourself as a member of ISACS - Independent Schools Association of the Central States and provide them with the Group Code: ISACS5. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations.

While Club Quarters is getting ready to launch their new website sometime in the summer, we ask that if you wish to make a reservation online that you visit their website at and login with the ISACS Member Password: ISACS. Please be sure that in the Comments field that you enter the Group Code: ISACS5

Please note to not confuse the Group Code with the Password for logging into the website. By logging into the Club Quarters website, you may also check rates and availability for non-group room reservations at any time. Please note that for holiday and/or weekend discounted rates, you must book via phone or email with Member Services.

The Club Quarters has several different room types:

  • Club: The most economical at $159/night plus tax.
  • Standard: This room is similar to the Club room but it does have an additional sitting area and rates tend to be $15-20 more per night over the Club room. - $174/ night plus tax.

Click here for directions and parking information.

Click here for walking directions to the ISACS Office at 55 West Wacker, Suite 701 from Club Quarters

Please make your own travel arrangements via Midway or O’Hare Airports. Both airports are easily accessible to downtown Chicago via public transportation. 

Registration Fee

  • $85 per person
  • Workshop includes an offsite dinner on Monday, May 5 and continental brunch and lunch on Tuesday, May 6.

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 association. 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: $85     Non-member Cost: $85


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