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Collaboration & Leadership Skills for Team Leaders, Deans, Department & Committee Chairs
Jennifer Abrams

Monday, January 12, 2015
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Monaco
Chicago, IL

As of November 24, this workshop has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, select the blue waitlist button and complete the form. If space becomes available, ISACS staff will contact those on the waitlist. ISACS is considering expanding the meeting space to accommodate the interest so please add yourself to the waitlist. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

We know how to do our jobs well and then we are appointed ‘lead’ of a group of adults.  We have a credential or license to do our educational work yet becoming a department chair, committee head or team leader requires different set of skills. In this session participants will discuss the role of “group leader” and the skill set that goes with this new role in building collaborative and professional culture within their workplaces.

Participants will learn how to:

  • increase one’s credibility in the role as chair or team leader
  • understand adult learning theory and how that plays out in meeting design
  • use non-verbal language to create an approachable or credible stance depending on the needs of the situation
  • listen and paraphrase effectively so others feel heard
  • ask questions others want to answer
  • provide effective feedback through praise, suggestions and requests 

Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and private schools, hospitals, universities and non-profits.  She trains and coaches teachers, administrators, hospital personnel and others on successful instructional practices, new employee support, supervision and evaluation, generational savvy, having hard conversations and effective collaboration skills. Her publications include the book, Having Hard Conversations, Planning Productive Talk, an article for ASCD Educational Leadership (October, 2011), the chapter, Habits of Mind for the School Savvy Leader”  in Art Costa and Bena Kallick’s book, Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind: 16 Essential Characteristics for Success.  Her newest book co-authored with Valerie Von Frank is The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate and Create Community was just released. Jennifer has been featured in ASCD’s new video series, Master Class. Jennifer considers herself a voice coach, helping others learn how to best use their voices, be it in a group, in front of a classroom, coaching a colleague and in a supervisory role.  For more information, visit

The workshop will take place at the Hotel Monaco, 225 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL.

Hotel Information
ISACS has secured a special discounted room of $115/night plus tax single or double occupancy at the Hotel Monaco. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "Deans and Department Chairs Workshop". The discounted room rate is available until December 9, 2014. If you would like to make an online reservation please click on the following link: ISACS Deans and Department Chairs Workshop.

If you need additional information about the hotel or are having issues making a hotel reservation, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

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

Click here for directions and parking information at the Hotel Monaco with walking directions to the ISACS Office.

The Hotel Monaco offers valet parking service.  Valet parking at the Hotel Monaco is $28 for 3-6 hours and $32 for 6-12 hours until midnight, and $56 for overnight parking until 2pm the following day (rates are subject to change). There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that may offer less expensive 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 $56 and it is only one block from the hotel.

Ground Transportation
A special rate has been negotiated on your behalf for GO Airport Express. Reservations MUST be made online to receive the discounted rate.  Walk-ups will not be eligible for convention rate, standard rates will apply. Please click here to go to their website and begin your reservation to reserve a seat. It will provide a 15% discount. Credit cards are required and charged at the time of reservation. 

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 312-750-1190.


Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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