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Behavior Management to Maximize Learning
Phil Beadle

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

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

Classroom management is at the core of effective teaching and learning at all levels.  We invite you to meet Phil Beadle, an award winning teacher, educational consultant, teacher trainer, public speaker, author and columnist who has received international praise and recognition for his engaging work in the power of all forms of classroom management.  You won't want to miss the opportunity to spend the day with an internationally recognized educator. This engaging and interactive day draws on Phil Beadle’s 20 years of experience working in challenging environments and demonstrates how the techniques learned in such schools can have powerful application in independent school classrooms. Look at the means through which an award-winning, internationally recognized teacher, who still teaches, manages classroom engagement and behavior to maximize learning in grades 1-12.

Participants will learn to:

  • examine why consistency, empathy and fairness are three of the core values any teacher should look to uphold
  • manage challenging situations
  • conduct a behavior impact analysis,  manage and analyze cycles of transmission and receipt
  • use body language, spoken language, tone of voice and facial expression to build productive relationships 
  • understand how behavior works, look at the physiological aspects of reactive anger
  • use de-escalation techniques
  • praise recent positives, model desired behavior and use redirection techniques
  • understand the importance of humor 

Phil Beadle is best known in Australia for his role in The Unteachables, which aired primetime on ABC1 and for which he won a Royal Television Society Award for best onscreen newcomer that year, Beadle has a long history of delivering transformational results to schools in challenging circumstances. Schools in which he has worked have been the most improved in the country, had the highest value-added scores in London. He is a former winner in the United Kingdom Secondary Teacher of the Year Award and the winner of the London Secondary Teacher of the Year award. He is a literacy and behavior management expert. He is also a vastly experienced teacher trainer. Responses to the training he provides include “the most inspiring speaker ever”. He has written for every newspaper in the UK, most memorably as an education columnist for The Guardian during which time he was nominated for a European Commission Award. Beadle has written nine books on teaching and learning. He is the editor of the How to Teach series and wrote the first book in the series, which was awarded 10/10 by the Times Educational Supplement, along with How to Teach LiteracyWhy are You Shouting at Us?: The Dos and Don’t of Behaviour Management (with John Murphy), Bad Education, and others. He has worked in Australia, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S. 

Location of Workshop
The workshop 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 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
ISACS has secured discounted hotel accommodations at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago: a luxury boutique hotel with commanding southern views of the city skyline. To make a reservation, please contact The Godfrey Hotel Chicago at 312-649-2000 and make sure to identify yourself as a member with the Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS) and provide them with the Group Code: ISACS Behavior Management to Maximize Learning Workshop. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. If you would prefer to book online please click here to make your reservation. For directions to The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, 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 which ISACS 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 difficulties booking a room at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago or any other property, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

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.
  • Phil Beadle is also presenting a workshop on Friday, March 2 entitled "Improving Writing Across the Curriculum." If you are interested in attending both workshops, you must register for each workshop separately. 
  • 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 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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