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Lost Boys: Strategies to Help Educators Navigate the World of Boys for Academic Success
Steph Jensen

Friday, December 7, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

* Registration Update as of 11/29/18 *

There are only 3 spots remaining for this workshop. We anticipate this workshop will reach capacity in the next few days.

Once the workshop reaches capacity, we will start a wait list. For the remaining spots, if you are planning to register more than 3 people at one time, please register 3 people to secure their spots. Any additional registrants over 3, please complete a separate registration for them and they will be put on a wait list. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Boys are held back in school twice as often as girls. Boys also get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls, and they are diagnosed with learning disorders and attention problems at nearly four times the rate of girls. Boys make up only 43 percent of college students. Millions of boys are being lost along the path to academic success and career achievement in today’s knowledge economy. Teacher bias regarding behavior, rather than academic performance, penalizes boys as early as kindergarten. On average, boys receive lower behavioral assessment scores, and those scores affect teachers' overall perceptions of boys' intelligence and achievement.

Rather than penalize boys' high energy -- as traditional classroom methods often do -- successful teachers are learning to take advantage of male liveliness, curiosity, and thirst for competition. Unless educators stop to consider whether traditional methods are working for both genders, boys will continue to get the short end of the educational stick.

This workshop will help educators understand the structural, chemical, and processing differences between boys' and girls’ brains. Participants will learn to support boys’ developmental needs, while teaching them social /emotional competencies. Discover innovative strategies, as well as group and individual interventions, to help boys achieve their highest academic potential.

Teachers, counselors, administrators, and other educators will leave with practical tools to support developmental needs and specific activities to get boys learning while reducing their risk for academic failure and underachievement.

This workshop is for all grade levels.

Learning Objectives

In this information-packed workshop learn to:

  • explain how boys’ brains work including the chemistry and structure
  • identify the differences in the ways girls and boys focus
  • recognize the role of hormones, specifically testosterone and dopamine
  • demonstrate classroom strategies to support boys’ developmental needs
  • contrast the difference between natural aggression and bullying

The workshop will take place from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm; Jensen will be available for Q and A until 3:30 pm.

Steph Jensen has held positions as classroom teacher, team leader, administrator, trainer, education consultant, and national speaker. She also holds a master's degree in clinical counseling, focusing her efforts on adolescent and family issues. In recent years. Jensen has applied her passion for adolescents to focus on the dynamics of relational aggression, cyberbullying, and sexualized bullying. She has spoken at national conferences and school across the country -- combining research, practical strategies, prevention planning, parent education, crisis intervention, and curriculum implementation. She is the author of Thrive in the Hive, Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day, and Princess Priscilla and the Mood Ring Rainbow.

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

Directions, Parking and Public Transportation for the ISACS Classroom
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.

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.  

​Ground Transportation from O'Hare and Midway Airports
Taxis from O'Hare and Midway airports cost approximately $40-50 to downtown. Uber/Lyft options are offered at both airports and will be less expensive.

ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express (shared van shuttle service) 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 room rate of $109/night plus tax at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago: a luxury boutique hotel for the night of Thursday, December 6. To make a reservation, please contact The Godfrey Hotel Chicago at (312) 649-2000 and identify yourself as a member with the Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS) and provide the Group Code: ISACS Workshop with Steph Jensen. Discounted rooms are available until November 22. 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 at any of the hotels listed, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Registration Fee

  • $225 member fee
  • $300 non-member fee
  • There is no group discount for this workshop
  • This workshop includes a copy of the workbook: Lost Boys: Strategies to help educators navigate the world of boys for academic success
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, lunch, and daily refreshments
  • 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. 

Contacting the ISACS office
If you have any questions related to any aspect of your attendance or travel, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 or email





Member Cost: $225     Non-member Cost: $300


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