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Leading Students in Unpredictable Times: A Workshop for Educators & Administrators
Rodney Glasgow

Thursday, February 1, 2018
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Allegro
171 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

Registration Update as of 12/8/17

ISACS has relocated the workshop to the Hotel Allegro and increased the capacity. Please register today to secure your space. Please call the ISACS office with any questions at 312-750-1190 or email Karen Zeitlin at 

As K-12 school leaders, we know that the social curriculum is an important part of a robust program.  Indeed, we are called to teach leadership skills to our students that will prepare them to be responsible, global citizens. In this volatile and unpredictable climate, what skills do students need and how do we help them to develop them? In an increasingly diverse world that is also challenged by a multiplicity of perspectives, how do we support marginalized and underrepresented students while honoring conservative voices?  How do we encourage civil discourse in our classrooms and hallways? Bring the hot topic issues that students are unpacking in your school, and let's work together on personal and institutional approaches to educating the current generation for leadership in a complicated, diverse world.    

Rodney Glasgow is a speaker, facilitator, trainer and activist in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice and has presented nationwide.  He is one of the founding members and now chair of the National Association of Independent School’s (NAIS) annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, while also having served as a member of Call-to-Action, the advisory board to the vice president of equity and justice for NAIS. In 2009, he was given the People of Courage Award by the City of Worcester for his work with the Community Foundation’s LGBT Initiative. A graduate of Harvard University with a joint degree in Afro-American studies and psychology, and holding a master of arts in organization and leadership from Columbia University, he is also an independent school alum, having graduated from Gilman School. He recently founded the National Diversity Practitioners Institute, an intensive professional development program for diversity practitioners in independent schools and Diversity in the DMV, a one-day conference for students and educators. To further the work of equity and justice in our schools, Glasgow founded The Glasgow Group, a consortium of dynamic diversity consultants. Glasgow has been the diversity coordinator at Graland Country Day School, assistant head of upper school and director of diversity for Worcester Academy, and is currently the head of middle school and chief diversity officer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland.  For more information, visit

Location of Workshop
The workshop will take place at the Hotel Allegro at classroom at 171 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL. 

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation. Click here for driving direction, public and ground transportation, and parking fact sheet.

The hotel offers a daily valet event parking rate for those who are parking for the day on Thursday, February 1 for $33.

For overnight valet parking the rate is $63/night with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change).

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.  

GO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off the 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. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations (If you are attending just the workshop)
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: $99/night for a room with a king bed and $109/night for a room with two double beds.​ 

Please call the hotel directly to make a reservation at 312-325-7211 during business hours or call 1-800-546-7866 during non-business hours and use the group code "ISACS February Program." The discounted rooms are available until midnight central time, Thursday, January 11, 2018. Click here to book your reservation online. 

Please note, cancellations must be made by 6:00 pm central, 72 hours prior to your arrival to avoid a charge of one night room and tax. 

Hotel Accommodations (If you are staying for the Academy for Division Heads)
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Swissôtel for $119/night for standard king single or double occupancy. ​The room rate includes complimentary Internet in the sleeping rooms and complimentary access to the health club. Overnight guests will receive one complimentary drink voucher for Amuse (the hotel's lobby bar) at check-in. Please note that any reservation cancelled within 48 hours of arrival date will be charged one night room and tax. 

Please call the hotel directly to make a reservation at 1-888-737-9477 and use the group code "ISACS February Program." The discounted rooms are available until 5:00 pm Central Time, Friday, January 12, 2018. Click here to book your reservation online. 

If you are having problems booking a hotel room at the discounted rate, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190, and the ISACS staff will assist you.

Registration Fee

  • $190 member fee 
  • $240 non-member fee 
  • The first person pays the full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes coffee/tea, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below
  • Rodney Glasgow will also be presenting as part of the Academy for Division Heads, February 2-3. For more information and to register for that event, click here.

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 for workshops held at the ISACS classroom must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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