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Conferences and Workshops
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Professional Development: Cheaper, Better, Engaging & Impactful
Greg Bamford

Friday, January 10, 2020
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

Independent schools spend a significant amount of time and money on professional development, but is it working? Teachers often leave all-school workshops feeling that the time wasn’t well-spent, or inspired by feel-good workshops that don’t translate into action. Surely there must be a better way to do things! In this active, hands-on workshop, we’ll share our stories, learn from schools that do this well, and rapidly prototype some ideas to take back to our schools. Leave feeling energized to make their programs even better, knowledgeable about new models for professional learning, and prepared to make positive changes at their schools.

This workshop is for teacher leaders, directors of professional development, or others leading or designing professional development experiences for the school.

Greg Bamford is associate head of school for strategy and innovation at Charles Wright Academy (WA). He has worked in independent
schools as a teacher, coach, administrator, consultant, and parent. He is a co-founder of Leadership+Design, a nonprofit that supports educational innovation and leadership development in schools. He was previously head of school at the Watershed School (CO). During his time at Watershed, enrollment grew by 82%. Bamford and a team of collaborators co-founded the Traverse Conference on real-world learning. He has spoken at education conferences as well as written for Independent School magazine, Net Assets, and The Yield. You can find him on Twitter @gregbamford and his blog at
www.gregbamford.education.

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

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation for the ISACS Classroom
The ISACS classroom 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 www.parkwhiz.com. 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 a discounted room rate of $89/night plus tax for an elite king at the Hotel Julian, 168 North Michigan Avenue, which is just three blocks from the ISACS classroom. Named for St. Julian - the patron saint of hospitality and travelers, the four-diamond hotel opened its doors in October 2018 with a chic, urban energy that reflects its patron’s famed warmth and hospitality. To make a reservation, please contact the Hotel Julian at (312) 346-1200 and identify yourself as an Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS) member and provide the Group Code: 2001ISACS. Discounted rooms are available until December 10, 2019. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. For online reservations, please click here to reserve your room. For directions to the Hotel Julian, which includes walking directions to the ISACS classroom, click here

If you have any issues booking a room (room block is full, past the cutoff date, etc.) or are in need of a room with two beds, then please contact Daniel Grajdura, Hotel Julian's director of sales and marketing, for assistance at (312) 392-2435 or dgrajdura@hoteljulianchicago.com.

ISACS has also negotiated low seasonal rates at other downtown Chicago hotels within walking distance to the ISACS classroom. These rates are available to ISACS members all year long for professional and personal travel. Click here for additional details and select the option that best meets your travel needs. If you have any issues securing a room at the Hotel Julian or at any of the other hotels listed, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Registration Fee

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 workshop details.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with workshop details.

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 incorrect 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 programinfo@isacs.org 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: $200     Non-member Cost: $275


   






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