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Intellectual Need in the Math Classroom: Grades 6-12
Dan Meyer

Thursday, May 7, 2015
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Office Conference Room
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702
Chicago, IL 60601

***Registration Update as of 4/8.*** 
Thank you for your interest in this workshop. As of April 8th, the workshop has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlst, please select the blue waitlist button and complete the information. If a space becomes available, ISACS will contact those on the waitlist. 

We threaten and we persuade. We try to add real-world context to problems. In spite of our efforts, students often disengage from mathematics still. Dan Meyer will describe research-based methods for instilling in students a need for new learning. Participants will learn how to make standards’ modeling practice accessible to students, resulting in engagement and higher achievement.

As part of their work, the presenter and the participants will construct a website full of resources, including a document of “rules for the road” – easily implemented techniques for putting students in that state of intellectual need. That website will remain online after the workshop is complete. An example can be found at

This workshop is for middle and upper school math educators, grades 6-12.

Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and He currently studies math education at Stanford University, speaks internationally, and works with textbook publishers, helping them move from education's print past to its digital future. He has worked for Google and was named one of Tech & Learning's 30 Leaders of the Future. To learn more, visit his blog

The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom 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 classroom 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.

Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
For shared-ride shuttle services to or from O’Hare or Midway, call 1-888-284-3826 or visit  The rate for O’Hare is approximately $27 one-way; $49 round-trip.  The rate for Midway is approximately $22 one-way; $39 round-trip. Parties of two or more reserving at the same time receive a discount.  Please visit the website for more information.

GO Airport Express
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. 

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured hotel accommodations at Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan with a rate of $179 a night. In order to take advantage of the rate, you must book by April 6, 2015. 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: IS0506. 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

  • $190 Member Fee
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes lunch
  • For this workshop, ISACS anticipates reaching capacity and is currently not offering registration for non-members. If you are interested in attending this workshop, but are not at an ISACS school, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 or email to be placed on a non-member waitlist.  ISACS will contact you if we are able to accommodate non-members for this workshop.

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
This event is open to participants from ISACS member schools only.


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