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The Power of Responsive Classrooms: Grades K-8
Sarah Fillion

Thursday, December 8, 2016 9:30 am - Friday, December 9, 2016 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

As of 10/10, Day 2, Friday, December 9 is at capacity. There is still space available for Day 1, Thursday, December 8. Please register for Day 1 as soon as possible to secure your space as we anticipate reaching capacity soon. If you would like to be put on the waitlist for Day 2, Friday, December 9 or if you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

Spend two days thoughtfully considering your role in creating classroom and school  community while also understanding the impact and power of the words you chose to use every day. Join us to learn how routines and procedures, teacher response and language can significantly impact student engagement and learning.  Leave with new strategies and practices that will be transformative for you and your students. With an interest in maintaining a somewhat smaller group for these workshops, we are limiting registration numbers.  Please register early to reserve a spot.


  • Day One: "Introduction to Responsive Classroom" with Sarah Fillion, Thursday, December 8, 2016, Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Day Two: "The Power of our Words: The Language of Teaching" with Sarah Fillion, Friday, December 9, 2016, Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Day One: Thursday, December 8

Learn how Responsive Classroom practices and strategies help K­–8 teachers to foster positive community, integrate engaging academics with the teaching of social and emotional skills, and create the conditions for positive student behavior. Participants in this session will:

  • Gain ideas for interactive learning structures that you can use right away to make lessons more engaging
  • Learn a structure to introduce routines and procedures in a clear and concise way
  • Examine the characteristics of teacher language that promote respectful, kind, and healthy teacher-student and student-student interactions
  • Explore how the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline can establish a calm, orderly, and safe environment for learning and help children develop self-control and self-discipline

You will also have an opportunity to discuss ideas with colleagues, experience Responsive Classroom strategies as an adult learner, and see video of Responsive Classroom teachers implementing the strategies with students in grades K–8.

This workshop is for teachers, administrators and school staff grades K–8.

Day Two: Friday, December 9

Teacher language is one of the most powerful tools available to educators. Learn how the words and tone K–8 educators use every day can have a significantly positive impact on students’ learning. Whether in the classroom, hallway, or library; in the lunchroom or on the playground; in whole groups or during one-on-one conversations, the language we use with children can draw them in or distance them, build them up or tear them down.

Learn how teacher language can create a positive academic mindset throughout your school; support academic, social, and emotional learning; and help build the foundation for a strong and supportive school community. This workshop will specifically focus on the following types of teacher language:

  • reminding language
  • reinforcing language
  • redirecting language
  • open-ended questioning

This workshop is for teachers, administrators and school staff grades K–8.

Sarah Fillion has extensive experience as a facilitator and developer of professional development for K-8 educators. Prior to becoming a director at Center for Responsive Schools, she served as a Responsive Classroom professional development designer and full-time consultant, working with schools throughout the US and in the international school community to create optimal learning environments for students. Formerly, she served as a teacher and teacher leader in urban and suburban schools. 

Location of Workshops
The workshops will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation
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 rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the ISACS classroom. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be at the ISACS classroom in less than an hour.  

‚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 eligible for the discounted rate, standard rates apply. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations
The ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with many incredible Chicago hotels. 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.

The Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront is offering a special group rate for ISACS guests. To receive this rate please call 1 (877) 999-3223 and ask for the ISACSKaye rate or click here to utilize the easy and convenient booking link below that will automatically provide the group rate. Please make your reservations by November 17th  in order to receive this special group rate.”

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

Registration Fee
During the registration process, please select the day(s) you plan to attend.

Two-day Fee

  • $350 member fee
  • Group discounts are available for two-day registrants from the same school - the first person pays the full two-day fee, each additional registrant receives a $25 discount
  • Two-day workshop includes coffee/tea, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments on Thursday and Friday
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity. 
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

One-day Fee

  • $190 member fee
  • There is no group discount available for one-day registrants
  • One-day 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

** Please note this workshop is for ISACS member schools only.

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 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? Call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190

Cost: $350
This event is open to participants from ISACS member schools only.


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