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Fall Educators Conference

Date: Friday - October 09, 2020
Time: All Day
Location: Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma, WA

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Fall Educators Conference

Every Student Counts:

Assessment for Growth and Equity



October 9, 2020

Charles Wright Academy          Tacoma, Washington




The Fall Educators Conference is NWAIS’s signature annual event and is targeted at k-12 educators and administrators. This year’s theme: “Every Student Counts: Assessment for Growth and Equity” will bring together educators from across our region to share what works in our classrooms for our students. Over 1000 educators and school leaders will gather to hear from regional and national thought leaders and connect with colleagues at this rich day of reflection and learning.



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.



Request for Proposals

Share what is special about you, your classroom and your school by leading a breakout session, affinity space or spark session.

Proposing and presenting can be a great professional development opportunity. With three ways to share, we hope to see a broad representation of the amazing work going on in NWAIS schools.

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Types of Sessions

Spark Session

Based on PechaKucha session, spark sessions have all the brevity and opportunity to share a bite-sized nugget, without all the structure. Presenters will have 10 minutes to share something great. It could be an opinion, proposal or a lesson plan. Have a transformational or inspirational idea to share and only need 10 minutes to get the idea across? Then this format is for you! Presenters will be clustered with 4 other presenters in a single session.


Breakout Sessions

Breakouts apply the big ideas from the conference to the classroom experience.

NWAIS is seeking breakout session proposals that highlight the amazing work being carried out every day in your classroom. Have you done something new or innovative this year? Share what has worked in your classroom or school. This is one of the most powerful platforms for sharing with your association colleagues.

Sessions are one hour in length. Presenters are encouraged to present with colleagues from their own or other institutions. Breakout sessions should be active, engaging and participatory. Successful proposals will explicitly connect to the theme: Every Student Counts: Assessment for Growth and Equity.


Affinity & Interest Spaces

Gather with your Association colleagues who share an aspect of your identity or an area of interest. In these discussion sessions, attendees are invited by peers to gather and connect. The goal of this session will be discussion and connection. Leaders will propose discussion questions and convene the session.


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To Propose A Session

Only presentation proposals submitted online will be considered. There is a maximum of three presenters per breakout session.

Apply Here

Be prepared to complete the application in one session. To prepare, you can download a pdf of the application here.

Deadlines: All proposals are due May 14, 2020.  Applicants will be notified by June 15, 2020.


Proposal Review Process and Notification of Acceptance: The Conference Planning Committee and NWAIS staff will review all proposals received by May 14, 2020. You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by June 12, 2020. You will then need to confirm your participation by June 26, 2020.


Speaker Registration: Once confirmed, NWAIS presenters will be registered automatically for the conference and their schools will be billed. Non-NWAIS presenters will need to register themselves (instructions will be provided with your acceptance).


Please note: Affinity Session Leaders and Spark Presenters Do Not Receive The Presenter Rate

There is a maximum of three presenters per breakout session.


Affinity Session and Spark Presenters

No Discount

Up to Three Breakout Presenters Per Session

Presenter Rate of $110 (25% Discount)




NWAIS Attendees 

Early Bird $135 by Sept 6, 2019 

Regular $175 after Sept 6, 2019 and before Sept 27, 2019 

Late $195 after Sept 27, 2019 



$235 Anytime 


Registering a Large Group?  

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

Session Proposals Now Open

Registration Will Open in August 2020

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, 2018 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after October 1, 2018 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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