Course Preparation and General Information for Participants

2016 Summer Institutes - BTC MIAMI


Course preparation materials can be accessed via the links below.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST BRING A LAPTOP COMPUTER TO YOUR SESSION


15-18 June:   Leading Beyond Conflict (New! Joint with PTC*)
9-12 July:      Child Protect in the International School (New! Joint with PTC*)
14-20 July:    Law in the International School (joint with PTC) 

Note: The PTC class 'Leadership and Team Dynamics' may also be taken for BTC credit. Contact the PTC office for details at theptc@theptc.org.       

*If Leading Beyond Conflict or Child Protection are taken for PTC credit, each is worth a HALF credit in Category 4.


GENERAL INFORMATION

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Arrival

  • BTC course registration is from 1:00pm-3:00pm on the first date of the course in Magnolia Room 4101.
  • Hotel check in begins at 4:00pm on the first date of the course. If you arrive prior to 4:00 and your room is not ready, the hotel will allow you to store your luggage until your hotel room is available. You will be given time between the end of the course and the opening dinner to check in to your hotel room.  Please do not be late to the class because you are checking in to your room.
  • The introductory session begins at 4:00pm on the first date of the course, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.  Arrive in plenty of time to attend this first session.  It is essential to the rest of the course.
  • You must pay a security deposit to the hotel at check-in of either $100 secured by a personal credit card, a card you are authorized to use with a signed permission letter, or $50 in cash to cover incidentals. This deposit is refundable upon check out if not used. 

What to Bring

  • Completed preparation assignments
  • Laptop computer & charger with wireless internet access; download course materials before you arrive
  • A sweater or sweatshirt (all training rooms are air-conditioned)
  • An umbrella
  • Dress for the course is casual

Course Materials

Your course materials are digital and will available for download via your class group on TC connection (see below) prior to the start of your course.  You will receive an email once the material has been posted. No print copies will be available. Free internet is available in your accommodation and meeting room; please keep only one device connected to the internet in meeting rooms at any one time.

Visa

If you require a visa for travel to the USA or the UK, contact the PTC for procedures.

TC Connection - Course Portal Online

After you register for a course, you will be invited into a 'class group' on the BTC/PTC's social network, TC CONNECTION. This is a vital portal to your class where you will access class materials, connect with others in your class, interact with your instructor/s, and post files, pictures, and messages. Become familiar with your 'class group' on TC CONNECTION prior to arrival at the course, as it will be the main access point for all things related to your course. You can access TC Connection from the PTC web site (www.ThePTC.org)

Location

The Turnberry Isle Hotel and Resort, 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, Florida 33180
Tel: +1 305 932 6200+1 305 932 6200 • Hotel Fax: +1 305 933 6554 • Reservations Fax: +1 305 933 6560
Hotel Website
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How to Get there

FROM MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 18.7 MILES TO THE TURNBERRY ISLE HOTEL

  • AIRPORT SHUTTLE:  Super Shuttle (http://www.supershuttle.com/?port=MIA) +1- 800-258-3826). Reserve online or buy one-way or round-trip tickets on the airport lower level, outside the baggage claim area. Shuttles are blue vans. Cost: $31 per person (discount for second person).  Please note that you may have to wait for more riders to join the shuttle and it may take longer to arrive at the Turnberry as the shuttle will stop at multiple hotels. An exclusive van for up to 10 people is available at $79 each way.
  • BY TAXI: Taxi fare is about $50 (plus tip; more in heavy traffic) from the airport to the hotel each way (35 minute ride).
  • BY CAR: The drive from Miami International Airport takes approximately 35 minutes.

Exit the airport and follow the signs to I-95 North, via route 112.
Take I-95 North to Ives Dairy Road, exit 16 (also called NE 203 Street).
Go East on Ives Dairy Road to US1 (also called Biscayne Blvd).
Turn right on Biscayne Blvd and immediately make first left at the traffic light onto Aventura Blvd (NE 199 Street).
Continue to the end and turn right on West Country Club Drive. The resort's main entrance is on your left.
Note: there is a $1.40 toll on expressway 112

FROM FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 11.6 MILES TO THE TURNBERRY ISLE HOTEL

  • AIRPORT SHUTTLE: GO Airport Shuttle (http://www.go-airportshuttle.com/+1-954-561-8888+1-954-561-8888; +1-800-244-8252+1-800-244-8252 FREE (toll free). Book online or purchase tickets on site.  Check in at the Transportation Podium located outside the baggage area on the lower level curbside.  Vans are green and white. Fare: $21 per person for a shared ride to the Turnberry Hotel.
  • BY TAXI: Find a taxi at the taxi podium outside the baggage claim area on the lower level of each terminal. Fare is about $35. It is about a 30 minute ride.  Broward Airport Taxi telephone: +1-954-456-1111+1-954-456-1111
  • BY CAR:  The drive from the Fort Lauderdale Airport takes approximately 30 minutes.

Exit the Airport and follow signs to I-95 South.
Take I-95 South to Ives Dairy Road, exit 16 (also called NE 203 Street).
Go East on Ives Dairy Road to US1 (also called Biscayne Blvd).
Turn right on Biscayne Blvd and immediately make the first left at the traffic light onto Aventura Blvd (NE 199 Street).
Continue to the end and turn right on West Country Club Drive. The resort's main entrance is on your left.

Accommodation

During registration, BTC/PTC participants have the option of purchasing shared or private accommodation at the Turnberry Isle Hotel at a special BTC/PTC rate. The shared accommodation option includes a double room with the registrant paired with another BTC/PTC participant (you can request a specific roommate at the time of registration) at a cost of US$188 for two nights.  The private room option costs US$322 for two nights. Rooms at the BTC/PTC rate are offered on a space-available basis.  Each extra person above two adults sharing a room will be charged an additional $50 per night.  There will be no charge for children up to and including the age of 18 years who share with their parents.  Maximum occupancy per room is four.

All rooms are non-smoking and offer free internet access, phones, plasma TV, iron and ironing board, coffee/tea maker, mini-refrigerator, in-room safe, air conditioning, balcony, hair dryer, and access to gym, three outdoor swimming pools, a three-mile jogging track and a private ocean club on the beach accessible via the hotel’s free shuttle. Golf and tennis facilities as well as spa services are offered at an additional charge.

Marriott Points: The Turnberry is a Marriott Hotel. Hotel policy does not allow registrants to get Marriott points for accommodation booked through the PTC. Registrants can earn points on any EXTRA NIGHTS purchased at the PTC rate before, after and in-between sessions.

Meals

Meals for all BTC/PTC participants include:  

  • Welcome buffet dinner on the first night of the course. - attendance required
  • Two coffee breaks daily.  

All other meals are on your own.  There are restaurants in the hotel as well as a Publix Supermarket offering deli-style sandwiches across the street and the Aventura Mall within walking distance and with complimentary hotel shuttle.  

Additional meals for those who have selected the ‘with accommodation’ option:

  • A full buffet breakfast for 2 days

Daily Schedule

Day 1

  • Course check-in from 1:00pm-3:00pm (The first afternoon session is an essential part of the course.  Please arrange your travel so that you can arrive at the hotel in plenty of time to attend this session.)
  • Courses start at 4:00pm, end at 6:00pm
  • Welcome banquet in the evening for all participants at 6:30pm

Day 2

  • 8:00am-5:30pm Workshop and Reflection Sessions
  • Training is intensive. Little free time is available during the course for off-site activities.

Day 3

  • 8:00am-4:00pm Workshop and Reflection Sessions (check out of hotel by noon)

Note:  Participants must complete the full institute in order to receive a certificate of completion.  Those who arrive late or depart early will not receive confirmation of participation.  Please be sure to make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Training at the BTC/PTC is Intensive

While there are no evening sessions, you may have reading and/or short writing assignments to complete.  There is little free time available during the course for off-site activities. Attendance of family members who are not attending the course is discouraged.

Extra Nights

If you need a room either before, in between, or after any BTC/PTC course, submit an extra night request form directly to the hotel via fax, email or phone. The BTC/PTC does not handle any additional reservations for days in Miami outside of the course dates.  The hotel is holding a limited number of extra rooms, at the PTC rate of $163.85 single/double (includes $145 room rate plus 13% tax) per night. This rate does not include breakfast. The hotel will confirm availability within 3-5 business day of receipt of your form.  Please contact them EARLY as space is limited.  The deadline to request rooms with the extra-night reservations form is 15 May 2016.  (Please note that reservation requests received after 15 May 2016 may be charged a higher room rate if space is still available). Registrants can earn Marriott points on extra nights reservations. Inquire at the front desk.

Map Links To Nearby Locations

Hotel Business Center Services

  • Internet kiosks (set rates)
  • Complimentary printing of your boarding passes.
  • Photocopying, faxing, and the printing from USB drives. Rates provided upon your arrival.
  • Open M-F 8am-5pm, Sat and Sun 8am-12pm.

Parking

Hotel parking is $15 per day, and $30 per overnight stay.  There is also a shopping mall parking lot just across the street from the hotel where you can park for free at your own discretion.

BTC/PTC Cancellation Policy (per course)

  • Before 1 May 2016: $300 of total cost per course is NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • After 1 May 2016: $300 plus half of remaining course fee (per course) is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Note: All refundable fees will be held as CREDITS for the following year unless other arrangements have been made with the BTC/PTC.

BTC/PTC Contact

If you have any questions or need any other assistance, contact the BTC/PTC office - Phone: +1 508 790-1748+1 508 790-1748 Fax: +1 508 232-6006  Email: Registrations@ThePTC.org  Address: 110 Breeds Hill Road, Unit 2, Hyannis, MA 02601 USA

Photographs and Videos

Please be advised that photographs and videos will be taken at the TC 2016 Summer Sessions for use on the PTC website and in the press, PTC marketing materials, and all other PTC publications. By participating in a TC 2016 Summer Session, you consent to the PTC photographing and using your image and likeness.
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The PTC reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at TC 2016 Summer Sessions, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. The PTC may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by the PTC including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.

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