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NWAIS Professional Development Calendar

NWAIS Offers an Extensive Calendar of Professional Development To Move Your School Forward

  • Conferences - multi-day, residential events, generally targeted at a specific job category
  • Workshops - Single day, topic-based events
  • Online Courses - Online and blended courses offered in partnership with Independent School Consortia
  • Fellowship for Collaborative Innovation - In-depth research and reporting by a group formed from multiple NWAIS schools

Important Notice

The NWAIS Institutional Leadership Conference to Be Scaled Back To Encourage Board and Heads to Take Advantage of BoardSource Leadership Forum

BoardSource Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest biennial convening of nonprofit board leaders – will take place in Seattle (October 19-20, 2017). This is a once in a decade opportunity and we would like to encourage Heads and Trustees to take advantage of the opportunity. For that reason we will be scaling back the Institutional Leadership Conference for 2017.

In an effort to offer programming that would compliment the Board Source Conference and would be an alternative for those who felt like Board Source was outside of their resources constraints, we will offer a one-day workshop on The Art of Ask on Sunday, November 5, 2017. We will also continue to offer our four New Trustees Workshops in September and the Heads and Board Chairs: Propelling School Change in the Spring. The combination of our programming and Board Source will provide a strong line-ups of governance professional development for trustees at every level. We hope you will join us!

Fall Educators Conference

Date: Friday - October 13, 2017
Location: Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma, WA

Online registration is closed, registration will be available onsite.

Important Arrival Information

Download the Fall Educators Conference App


Power Through Association:
Building Communities with Purpose

Announcing Keynote Speakers

Ruha Benjamin

Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University presenting:

Building Purpose Beyond Platitudes:
How Schools Can Foster Heart & Guts to Transform the World

Featured Speakers

Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman is a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, social media, and media literacy presenting:

Cultures of Dignity, Owning UP:
Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying and Injustice

Jennifer Bryan, Team Finch Consultants presenting:
Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12: Frameworks, Values, Practice and Teacher Identity and Integrity: Opportunities and Obstacles in Addressing Gender and Sexuality in School

Laura Kastner, Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychology, University of Washington presenting: Toxic Stress and Student Problems 1.0 & 2.0

Dena N. Simmons, Ed.D., CHES, Director of Education, Associate Research Scientist, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence presenting: Educating for Justice: Leveraging Emotionally Intelligent and Culturally Responsive Practice

Kimberly L. Mitchell, Lecturer, UW College of Education, Founder, Inquiry Partners presenting: Inquiry: What Does It Look Like? And follow-up workshop: Inquiry: What Does It Look Like?

Megan Reimann, Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center presenting:
How to Teach Attention & Focus to Students: Hands on creative visuals to teach executive function skills in the classroom and Specific Strategies for Improving the Performance of Struggling Students

Download the Fall Educators Conference App

Use your devices QR code scanner to quickly find the Fall Educators Conference App by scanning the graphic above.

The App Store or Google Play for “NWAIS Fall Educators 2017”
For All Other Devices (including BlackBerry, Windows, and other web browser-enabled devices)
Point your mobile browser here
to to be directed to the proper download version for your device.

Conference Overview

8:00am - 8:30am:  Registration
8:30am - 9:00am:  Opening Remarks 
9:00am - 9:45am:  Keynote Address
10:00am - 11:00am:  Session A (Featured Speakers, Breakout Sessions and PechaKucha)
11:00am - 12:00pm:  Lunch
12:00pm - 1:00pm:  Session B (Featured Speakers, Breakout Sessions and PechaKucha)
1:15pm - 2:15pm:  Session C (Featured Speakers, Breakout Sessions and Poster Session)
2:30pm - 3:30pm:  Conference Closing: The Power of Association (PechaKucha and Closing Session)

Multiple Formats Help You Engage with Presenters, Colleagues and Content in New Ways

Over the course of the day attendees will choose between a number of formats for gathering information, exploring case studies, sharing best practices and connecting with colleagues.

    • Featured Speakers are national and regional experts who will share their thinking on big ideas. These thought leaders will lead larger format sessions.
    • Sign-Ups Extended: Poster Sessions (Teaching and Learning Fair)
      Poster sessions will be offered as a way of showing off some of the great things you are doing in the classroom. Structured like a science fair presenters can highlight a lesson, an approach or a unit. Each poster session presenter will have a table and is welcome to bring students, student work, artifacts or have a laptop or tablet running slides.  Poster session presenters will sign-up, rather than apply, and will share their project with people as they walk by. The application deadline has been extended and will remain open until filled.
    • PechaKucha 20x20
      (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [petɕa ku͍̥tɕa], chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs). Attend a PechaKucha session to hear about a transformational or inspirational idea, program or area of passion. It is like getting 6 sessions in one block!
  • Breakout Sessions
    This is one of the most powerful platforms for learning with your association colleagues. Sessions are one hour in length. Breakout sessions are encouraged to be active, engaging and participatory.


Online registration is closed, registration will be available onsite.

NWAIS Attendees

  • Early Bird $125 by Sept 8, 2017
  • Regular $165 after Sept 8, 2017 and before Sept 29, 2017
  • Late $190 after Sept 29, 2017
  • Non-Member $230 Anytime

Hotel Block Information - Hotel Murano

Please note: the room block did fill last year, so reserve your rooms early.

A Forbes four-star rated hotel in downtown Tacoma located adjacent to the Tacoma convention center and steps from the city’s best museums and restaurants. With a world-class art collection, delicious cuisine, full service spa, and beautiful meeting rooms and event space, NWAIS encourages you to relax, spend the night, and enjoy this lovely location.  

NWAIS has secured a special rate of $139 per night for single and double occupancy. Please make your reservation by September 21, 2016

To reserve your room by phone contact the reservations team toll-free at 888-862-3255 and request the “NWAIS Fall Educators Conference” to receive the group discount.  You can also reserve your hotel room online using this link.


Charles Wright Academy has generously arranged for a complimentary shuttle from the Tacoma Train Station and the Hotel Murano to campus. Please sign-up here as a school or an individual, so we can be sure to have adequate space arranged.

Arriving by train from Seattle: Please take Sounder Seattle-Lakewood Sounder Train  #1503 arriving in Tacoma at 7:48am.  Specific instructions will be emailed to you around finding the shuttle. The shuttle will return you to the same station, leaving the school at 3:45pm for Sounder Lakewood-Seattle - Sounder Train #1516, leaving Tacoma at 4:30pm.  Train #1518 will depart at 5:00pm as well.  
Staying at the Hotel Murano: A shuttle will pick up attendees at the Hotel Murano at 7:30am and bring attendees to Charles Wright Academy.  The shuttle will return people to the hotel, if needed, leaving Charles Wright Academy at 4:00pm. Look for the big, yellow, Charles Wright bus.

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by October 2, 2017 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after October 2, 2017 are ineligible for any refund.

Attendees Will Be Eligible For 5 Clock Hours And / Or STARS Credits

There is no cost for professional credits for attendees affiliated with NWAIS schools. There is a $10 processing fee for Clock Hours and for STARS for all other attendees. The original clock hours form or your STARS certificate will be mailed back to you for your records. If you need to petition another agency for credits or you would like a certificate for your files, NWAIS is happy to provide one upon request at no charge.

NWAIS May Help Cover Travel Costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details.

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