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Conferences and Workshops
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Professional Development, by Design
Kristen Swanson

Friday, March 4, 2016
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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

Was the last professional development session you attended a snoozer? Adult learners are seekers; they need mastery, autonomy, and purpose. The way that you organize the learning for teachers in your school can make a sizable impact on student achievement. As we learn together, we'll analyze what motivates adults, explore cutting edge models for professional development, and generate specific next steps for your situation.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this learning experience, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the power of organic learning in a digital age
  • Utilize Open Space Technology and Edcamp models with ease
  • Create adult learning experiences that align with research

Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • What Adults Need from Professional Learning
  • Trying It Out: Learning Experiments
  • The Power of Reflection
  • Protocols for Sharing Learning
  • Summing It All Up

This workshop is for K-12 teachers, professional development planners, instructional coaches and administrators.

Presenter
Kristen Swanson 
(@kristenswanson) is an educational thought leader in the areas of curriculum and technology. She has taught at the elementary level, served as a regional consultant for Response to Intervention, worked as an educational technology director for a public school district in Pennsylvania, and developed curriculum alongside Dr. Grant Wiggins. She holds a B.A. degree from DeSales University, two M.A. degrees from Wilkes University, and an Ed.D. degree from Widener University. Swanson is also currently an adjunct professor for DeSales University in their instructional technology M.Ed program. She is also passionate about meaningful professional learning. She serves on the board of the Edcamp Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to facilitate local, grass-roots professional development. She has shared her ideas and expertise at the ASCD conference, TEDxPhiladelphiaEd, TEDxNYED, and Educon. Swanson is a prolific author and blogger. She wrote Professional Learning in the Digital Age, Unleashing Student Superpowers, and Teaching the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards. She has also been published in academic journals, including Literacy Learning: The Middle Years and The Journal of Reading, Writing, and Literacy. She is also rated as one of the top 100 education bloggers by Teach 100.

Location
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 www.parkwhiz.com. 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. 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 "IS3316" to receive the discounted rate. 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
  • Workshop includes coffee/tea, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing programinfo@isacs.org 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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