ISSF 2018 is a five-day experience of talks, panels, workshops, field trips and social events. The full event program for all attendees can be accessed here: ISSF 2018 Program. During ISSF principals will specifically participate in the following sessions.
Wednesday, June 27
Principal’s Introductory Sharing Session ~ Principals will have an opportunity to share an overview of their schools and communities in a small group setting. Table leaders from IMSA will facilitate this introductory session in which participants will share factual information about their school as well as what makes them most proud of their school along with the greatest challenges they face. We will invite principals to prepare a 2-minute introduction to their school to share verbally with their peers in a small group setting.
Principal Networking ~ The principals will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner and the Chicago lakefront upon the Odyssey. With breathtaking skyline views, creative menus, refreshing cocktails, and great music– it’s Chicago, served tableside. The principals will experience unmatched views of Chicago’s world-famous skyline, from the Willis Tower, the 360 Chicago (formerly the John Hancock Observatory) to the Shedd Aquarium, Aon Center and much more. The boat will depart from Navy Pier. The cruise will last approximately 2-3 hours. Cocktail or dressy attire is encouraged.
Thursday, June 28
Principal Breakfast Discussion ~ Diversifying STEM Education to Career Pipeline’ Presentation. This presentation will provide participants with the results of the Diversifying STEM Think Tank and provide strategies to enhance diversity in the STEM Industry. With an understanding of strategies to diversify, matriculation to higher education may improve, STEM engagement may be enhanced, and visibility in STEM careers may increase. Diversifying the STEM fields may indirectly impact the socioeconomic status of these communities with opportunities to increase their earning potential, have more consistent employment, and obtain leadership positions; while enhancing the industry with culturally relevant perspectives. This session will be facilitated by Dr. Adrienne Coleman, Director of Equity and Inclusion at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA).
Friday, June 29
ISSN Principal Meeting ~ A meeting of principals from member schools of the International Science School Network (ISSN).
Sunday, July 1
Teacher Presentation of Project Ideas (Principals Invited) ~ On the last day of the conference, the teacher working groups will share their proposals with the rest of the community, teachers, and principals. At that time, a group discussion will be facilitated on taking the projects forward over the course of the next year with any future development being reported at ISSF 2019 and through the ISSN website.
Professional Development on Mindfulness ~ Principals and teachers will participate in a session on mindfulness. In this session, participants will learn the definition of mindfulness, neurophysiological underpinnings of mindfulness and learning, experiential learning of mindfulness techniques, and how to create mindful spaces on their own campuses. The session will be facilitated by Ms. Marissa Rivera, Wellness Counselor at The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA).