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Supporting Student Well-Being & Resilience: Strategies for Success
Sue Stephenson

Monday, October 5, 2015
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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

Student and staff positive mental health, well-being and resilience are high-priority issues receiving significant attention in classrooms and schools. Gain a new slant on this urgent challenge using positive psychology backed by years of experience and research on the mind body benefits of overall well-being.

A trusting environment allows both kids and adults to open up and start conversations about optimism, resilience, coping with stress, the range of life’s emotions, and above all—building strong relationships.  Without a sense of happiness, neither educators nor students can maximize teaching and learning.

This activity-based workshop will provide an interactive and reflective day exploring these themes and their curricular and assessment applications. Participants will leave with an action plan for their own students or staff—as well as themselves.

We invite all guidance counselors, advisors and anyone working with students to join us for a day of conversation, information, interaction and joyful learning!

This workshop is for teachers and administrators in grades 2-12.

Sue Stephenson loved going to school so much that she became a high school teacher, then a staff learning specialist and then a principal with experience in both elementary and secondary schools —always passionate about universal success for all students and staff.  Her books, keynotes and workshops on mental health, wellness, laughter and happiness are welcomed warmly by a wide variety of audiences. Stephenson is a Partner with the Toronto District School Board in Ontario, Canada in their Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy. She cleverly combines laughing with learning —a foolproof recipe for a classroom.

Her latest book is Kidding Around: connecting kids to happiness, laughter and humour. She is also is the co-author, with Paul Thibault, of Laughing Matters: strategies for building a joyful learning community and author of Leading with Trust: How to Build Strong School Teams.  She holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto.

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. To secure discounted parking prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate.  The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not be eligible for the discounted rate, standard rates apply. Parties of two or more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.

Hotel Accommodations

ISACS has secured discounted hotel accommodations at Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan. The Club Quarters is located two blocks from the ISACS classroom. In order to take advantage of the rate, you must book by September 5, 2015.

To make a reservation, please contact Club Quarters Member Services at 203-905-2100 (Mon.-Fri. 7am-11pm; Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-6pm EST) and use the following group code "IS1045" to receive the discounted rate. After the cut-off date, reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. 

For directions to the Club Quarters, which also includes walking directions to the ISACS classroom, click here.

If you are looking for another option or the room block is full, please take a moment to check out the other hotels that the ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with in the Chicago area. The hotels are within walking distance of the ISACS classroom and as a member of ISACS you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at any of the hotels and select the option that meets your travel needs. We recommend booking your hotel room early. 

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

Registration Fee

  • $190 member fee
  • $240 non-member fee 
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Each attendee will also receive a copy of Sue's new book "Kidding Around: connecting kids to happiness, laughter and humour"
  • Workshop includes coffee/tea, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity.

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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