How Teachers and Administrators Can Foster a Culture of Lifelong Learning

How Teachers and Administrators Can Foster a Culture of Lifelong Learning
How Teachers and Administrators Can Foster a Culture of Lifelong Learning

Date(s): -
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Understanding the science of learning is not simply a matter of having a “bigger bag of tricks” or more activities to “fill the time.” Participants will focus on adopting an entirely new mindset and teaching paradigm that radically changes the role of the teacher, the role of the student, and the curriculum.

School leaders must use the most updated research on how students learn—along with new tools, techniques, and innovations—to help students achieve their highest potential. This workshop will focus on understanding how cognitive learning research can help develop lifelong learners. Participants will apply principles of cognitive learning theories to evaluate and develop course curricula and lesson plans.

The workshop is designed to model the principles participants will impart to students through a hands-on, interactive, and fun learning enviornment. However, this is not a course on abstract theory. Instead, it provides educators with practical, research-based strategies that teachers and administrators can immediately apply to engage students, increase retention, and promote higher-order thinking.


  • Discover how to better evaluate and develop curriculum in order to promote profound learning.
  • Refresh your instruction with exciting new ideas and strategies.
  • Explore a variety of ways to use technology to increase learning.
  • Receive great resources from the instructor and fellow workshop participants to share with your colleagues at home.
  • Learn how teaching students how to learn can actually reduce your workload!

Who Should Attend:

Academic administrators, department chairs, and teachers should attend.

Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

ISM Consultant


Joshua provides insight and counsel to private-independent schools, focusing on programmatic matters in the areas of mathematics, design thinking, and the makerspace design and curriculum model—the mlab. He was instrumental in the service design of “Engaging Students in the Extended Period.”

Current Role

As an ISM Consultant, Joshua provides his knowledge and skills through one-on-one engagements and workshops. He works with school administration and faculty to develop curriculum and policies leveraging innovative technologies and principles of progressive education.

Joshua also currently serves as Upper School Curriculum & Technology Innovator at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX. He is the director of the school’s mlab—a design studio and digital fabrication space which houses 3D printers, laser cutters, milling machines, microprocessors, VR platforms, and other innovative technologies to augment and enhance student learning.

Joshua has procured private funding in excess of $180k for the buildout of the mlab. He is responsible for developing the vision of the makerspace, and integrating the principles of learning found in the mlab mission throughout the entire school community and within each disciplines’ curriculum. He collaborates with tech companies in the Austin area to develop projects to connect school with the larger Austin area tech community.

Prior Experience

Prior to his current position, he was the Math Department Chair and a math teacher, where he also supervised all curricular aspects of the grades 1 through 12 mathematics program. He evaluated grades 1 through 8 mathematics instructors, and managed the mathematics department budget.

He has also taught math at the collegiate level (ITT) and middle school level (Saint Gabriel’s), emphasizing project-based instruction and technology.


Joshua earned his Ph.D. in STEM Education at University of Texas, Austin, TX. He holds a MA in Mathematics Education from University of Texas, Austin; a MS in Mathematics from Texas Tech University; and a BA in Mathematics, from Texas Tech University.

Subject to adjustment

(Continental breakfast is available starting at 7:00 a.m. and breaks are at 10:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.)


Monday or Wednesday

7-8:30 Registration and continental breakfast

8:30–10:15 Session One

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Session Two

12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM

1:15-3:00 Session Three

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 Session Four

5:00–5:30 General Session (Monday start)

5:30-6:00 Reception with ISM (Monday/Wednesday)

6:00 Dinner with ISM


Tuesday or Thursday

8:30-10:15 Session Five

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Session Six/Action Planning

10.25 hours Monday starts

10.75 Wednesday starts

Workshop Location
Hilton Penns Landing 
201 South Columbus Boulevard 
Philadelphia, PA 19106 

The Hilton Penns Landing on the Delaware River, adjacent to Independence Seaport Museum and summer activities alone the river. It is the walking distance to historic Old City Philadelphia. Group hotel reservation rate of $209 is available until June 17, 2019. Subject to availability. Please wait until the workshop status is 'confirmed' before making your travel and hotel arrangements.

Reserve Your Room

Make your hotel reservations by:

  • Reserving your room online
  • Calling 215-521-6500 and let then know you are with ISM or Independent School Management Summer Institute


The Hilton Penns Landing is pet-friendly. Please contact the hotel for details.


Delta Airlines is offering Advancement Academy attendees discounted fares. Click this link to get to Delta reservations. Fill in your departure city and destination (PHL). If the Meetings Event Code box is empty, use the Meeting Event Code NMSM8. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1-800-328-1111, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code: NMSM8.

American Airlines is offering Advancement Academy attendees discounted fares into Philadelphia (PHL). Visit and select your flights. At the bottom of the passenger info form, you will see “Promo Codes and accounts.” Click “edit” and use code 9979BT. Then proceed to picking your seats.

Getting there from Philadelphia International Airport

DIRECTIONS: Take the Philadelphia ramp on the left to merge onto I-95 N. Take exit 20 for Columbus Blvd. Turn left onto S Columbus Blvd. Hotel will be on the right.

Distance from Hotel: 11.7 miles

Drive Time: 15 minutes

How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?

It is essential that your school approves the following email addresses from ISM:


You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation email and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these e-mails.

What does my registration fee include?

All workshop materials, breakfasts, lunch or dinner daily, and social hours are included.

What is not included in my registration fee?

Hotel accommodations and travel expenses, other meals not noted.

What should I wear?

Meetings rooms are generally cold, as temperature control in meeting spaces and large convention centers is difficult. Please bring a sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt.

Summer temperatures average mid-80s to a low of 65. It can get quite hot—into the 90s—and humid. The classrooms and guest rooms are usually comfortable, but you may want to dress in layers in case the rooms are too warm or too cool for you. Dress is casual. Wear whatever is comfortable—jeans, sweat shirts, sweaters, etc. For current weather conditions, we recommend checking

What should I bring?

You’ll receive a letter from your workshop instructor letting you know what to bring. However, please bring a laptop or tablet for online access.

Where can I work out?

The Hilton Penns Landing offers a fitness center and a pool, as well as bicycle rentals. Since the hotel is located on the river, you have easy access to walking in Old City, as well as on the riverfront.

Can my special dietary requirements be met?

Absolutely. Just give the Workshops Department a call at 302-656-4944, and we'll make sure your needs are accommodated.

How much free time will I have?

There are periods before, between, and after workshop sessions for relaxation, recreation, and socializing.

Should I need medical or dental attention, where should I go?

Should you need medical attention in a non-emergency, notify ISM staff and the hotel staff. The hotel can recommend what facilities are available, and may be able to supply transportation. In an emergency, call 911.

Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

We will correspond with you through email as soon as your workshop is confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to its start date. Occasionally, we may be forced to cancel an unconfirmed, scheduled workshop due to insufficient registration. So we ask that you do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive notice that your workshop is confirmed. (ISM will not be responsible for any change/cancellation charges assessed by your airline or travel agent.)

Tuition Payment and Cancellation Policy for In-Person, Group-based Programs

Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the in-person, group-based program. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Professional Development Coordinator, ISM, 1316 N. Union St., Wilmington, DE, 19806.

  • Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 15 business days before the start of the program. For registrations paid for with membership Gold Dollars, the member school will receive a 50% refund of Gold Dollars.
  • Non-payment of tuition or no-show to the event does not constitute a cancellation. Full tuition will be due and payable.

The Substitution Option and Wallet Option

Should an attendee need to cancel less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, the school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at anytime for cancellations. 

  1. The school may substitute another employee.
  2. The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Professional Development Coordinator at 302-656-4944 x152.

*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.



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