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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Fall Educators Conference

Date: Friday - October 09, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Virtual Conference



 NWAIS Fall Educators Conference

Virtual Conference - October 9, 2020

Every Student Counts:

Assessment for Growth and Equity

in the Age of Covid and Beyond


The age of covid-19 and remote learning challenged independent schools in important ways.  It also allowed independent schools to shine; together we learned that good online teaching and learning is based on many of the same values as good teaching and learning in person. It is personal, it is reflective, it is equitable, and it is rooted in community. Distance learning also exposed areas that are rife for innovation. Remote instruction may just be the catalyst we needed to help us reexamine assessment, equity and the interplay between them.

In this Fall Educators Conference, we will spend time with some of the leading voices and thinkers, digging into the work of equity and assessment in their broadest terms. In the course of the conference, attendees will be asked to think about assessment as a tool for driving reflection, interaction, growth, and equity. Come join your NWAIS colleagues for an interactive virtual program filled with opportunities to connect with national thought leaders as well as other educators from across the association for a rich day of reflection and learning.

To review sessions before you register

 View The Full Conference Agenda Here


Once you are registered, sign in and create your account to explore the day

Note: you must be registered to access the virtual conference.


Need Clock Hours?

The procedure has changed and participants must sign up for them in advance of the conference. See below for more detail.



Featuring Keynote Speaker:


Leading National Expert in Assessment and Grading and author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books: Day One and Beyond and Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Differentiation: From Planning to Practice among many others.

Presenting Keynote Session: Every Student Counts: Assessment for Growth and Equity

and Featured Sessions:

  • Cultivating Motivation and Tenacity in Students: With Special Emphasis on Executive Function

  • Minimizing Cheating and Plagiarizing Among Students Learning at Home, Let Alone Back in the Classroom

  • Descriptive Feedback Principles and Techniques, with Considerations for Virtual Learning Situations


and Joined by Featured Speakers: 


 Whitney Benns


Author and Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education, presenting: Managing Difficult Conversations & Thanks for the Feedback: Skills for Receiving Feedback Well



Mark Boswell and Joe Feldman

Author and Practitioner Team, presenting: Equitable Grading During COVID-19 Part I: Why Do We Need to Improve Our Grading? & Equitable Grading During COVID-19: How Do We Improve Our Grading?


Jan Chappuis

Educator, author and nationally recognized expert in formative assessment, presenting: Assessment Practices That Create Self-Directed Learners & Assessment in Support of Learning



Rose Colby

Author and Nationally recognized Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist, presenting: Performance Assessment through the Lens of Equity & Meeting Students Where They Are—Moving to Personalized Learning

Susan Fine

Associate Director of Faculty, Global Online Academy presenting: Leveraging the Silver Linings of the Pandemic by Moving Beyond the Classwork/Homework Divide




Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Psychotherapist, author, speaker and trainer specializing in a preventative approach to treatment of anxiety, presenting: * How To Manage The Anxiety And Other Emotional Impacts Of Remote Learning On Families, Students And Educators, * Teaching in a Time of Uncertainty: The Emotional Skills Our Kids Need & * Ten SEL Ideas for Interrupting Worry and Building Resilience in the Classroom


Kim Marshall

Author of The Marshall Memo, presenting: Rethinking Differentiation & Nine Ways Assessments Can Improve Teaching and Learning


Dr. Katie Martin

National speaker, thought leader, author of Learner-Centered Innovation, presenting: Learner-Centered Assessment During Covid-19 and Beyond & Evolving Role of the Educator in Blended Learning Environments


Monique Vogelsang

Developer of Pollyanna’s Racial Literacy Curriculum, presenting: A Toolkit for Teaching About Race and Racism in the Classroom: A Grades K-8 Racial Literacy Curriculum Overview & Creating an Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Classroom: Microaggressions and Microaffirmations


Ray Wilson

Upper School Director at The Bush School, presenting: Re-framing the Conversation: Communities of Color—Students, Faculty, and Parents



Keynote speaker, author and national thought leader Rick Wormeli will stay with us and present throughout the day

View The Full Conference Agenda Here

Unable to Attend or Hate Deciding Between Great Sessions?

The majority of the sessions will be recorded and available to conference registrants for one month. If you are unable to attend on the 9th, consider registering to attend asynchronously. Recorded sessions are noted on the agenda. Only those registered for the conference will have access to the session recordings.

Virtual Conference Structure

The conference will be structured to allow participants to attend four sessions comprised of featured speakers and opportunities to connect with colleagues. We know schools have their own work to do. For that reason, the day is brief to allow school teams to meet in the afternoon to debrief and apply sessions or to work on strategic responses to the year.

8:00-8:30              Sign-In & Virtual Coffee

8:30-9:00              Welcome & Opening Remarks        

9:00-9:45               Keynote Address: Rick Wormeli

10:00-10:45            Session 1: Featured Speakers & Topic-Based Discussion Groups

11:00-11:45              Session 2: Featured Speakers

11:45-12:45              Lunch Break

12:45-1:30               Session 3: Featured Speakers & Affinity Groups

Registration Is Now Open

NWAIS Attendees 

Early Bird $95 by Sept 8, 2020

Regular $135 after Sept 8, 2020 and before Sept 27, 2020

Late $155 after Sept 27, 2020



$195 Anytime 


Registering a Large Group?  

Contact Cindy Steele, NWAIS Registrar, for a faster and simpler way to register groups of 20 or more. 

TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline. 

• For online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date. 

• Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date. 


Cancellation Policy  

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by October 1, 2020 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after October 1, 2020 are ineligible for any refund.  



Attendees Will Be Eligible For 4 Clock Hours And / Or STARS Credits  

New Process: Due to changes in state requirements, these credits can only be provided to those who register for them in advance of the event. Attendees cannot be sign up for them on-site or after the event. If you missed signing up for clock hours when registering, please contact Cindy Steele to request clock hours by October 1, 2020.

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. 


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