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Integrating Curriculum & Assessment to Best Meet the Needs of Each Child PK-K
Gaye Gronlund

Friday, December 5, 2014
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Office Conference Room
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702
Chicago, IL

Integrating Curriculum and Assessment to Best Meet the Needs of Each Child: How on Earth Do You Do It All?

As early educators you work hard to be intentional in all that you do with children. Your work is not haphazard or random - it is thoughtful and planned. You base what you do on:

  • what you learn from your observations of children in action
  • your knowledge of child development
  • and your magical way of weaving learning into play and exploratory experiences

This is a tall order! Come and learn tips and strategies for planning a program that incorporates the best practices for young children including:

  • play-based activities and exploratory experiences with learning at the core
  • authentic, observational assessment that helps you know each child well and better understand developmental pathways
  • working in partnership with families so that you can communicate effectively with each other about learning through play, and together see the development and progress of their child 

This workshop is for PK - K teachers and administrators.

Gaye Gronlund, MA, is an early childhood education consultant who works with programs across the country helping them implement best practices in curriculum and authentic assessment for young children. She is the author of eight books published by Redleaf Press and several articles that have been published in the NAEYC journal, Young Children. She served as the Project Manager for NAEYC for resources related to the third edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. In her writings and staff development sessions, she focuses on implementing learning through play and exploration, incorporating early learning standards, and assessing children’s progress through observation and portfolios. Her suggestions are realistic and practical and help early educators continue to focus on meeting the needs of individual children and to maintain their passion for their work.

The workshop will take place at the new ISACS office conference room at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, 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 including driving, parking and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages and you can use to find discounted parking in the area prior to your arrival in downtown Chicago. If possible, we suggest you take public transportation.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured hotel accommodations at Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan with a rate of $139 a night. In order to take advantage of the rate, you must book by November 3, 2014. Below is information on Club Quarters and how to make a reservation.

For additional information or to to make a reservation, please contact Member Services at 203.905.2100 anytime between Mon.-Fri. 7am-11pm, Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-6pm (EST). Make sure to identify yourself as a member of ISACS - Independent Schools Association of the Central States and provide them with the Group Code: IS1204. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations.

Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan: 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 their second location in the Central Loop. 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.

If you have any issues booking a room at the Club Quarters, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

Click here for directions and parking information.

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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