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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Fall Educators Conference

Date: Friday - October 11, 2019
Time: All Day
Location: The Annie Wright Schools (Tacoma, WA)

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October 11, 2019       Annie Wright Schools      Tacoma, Washington

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Thank You to Our Event Sponsor: CalWest Educators



Featuring Keynote Speaker - Dr. Jo Boaler

Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and author of several books including the upcoming Limitless Mind: Learn Lead and Live Without Barriers


Presenting:  Limitless: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers.

Recent years have seen an explosion of scientific evidence from neuroscience, psychology, and education showing that there is a different way to teach and learn available to us all. When people take a limitless approach to learning – in mathematics and in life – different pathways open up to them, leading to higher, more equitable and more enjoyable achievement. Mindset messages are important but they do not take root unless they are accompanied by a multiplicity approach to content and life. In this session we will explore a mindset and multiplicity approach to learning. We will watch videos of students working together, and think about ways to create equitable and engaging  academic experiences that are limitless.


And Featured Speakers






Janine Jones

Multicultural Research Scholar, University of Washington Professor, Licensed Psychologist presenting: Belonging, Identity, and Behavior: Engaging diverse youth in schools





Pooja Agarwal, Cognitive Scientist & Author, 


Patrice Bain, veteran K–12 educator and speaker 

Co-Authors of: Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning





Bobbi Jo Erb

Self-proclaimed “Math Geek” and lifelong educator presenting: Cultivating Mathematical Mindsets in Your School & Classroom and E Cubed: Effective, Efficient, & Evidence-based Instructional Practices for the Math Classroom





Daniel Willingham

Professor at the University of Virginia, focusing on the application of findings from cognitive psychology and neuroscience to K–12 education presenting on Self-Regulated Learning, Critical Thinking, and A Deep Dive into Current Research in Memory and Retention.





Sarah Ward

Consultant, Speaker and Practitioner in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits presenting: Learn it Today Use it Tomorrow! Practical Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills and Self-Regulation and Situational Awareness

Erin Noviski

Director of Well-being at The Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio and positive education consultant will present: Character Strengths: Building Confidence, Establishing Equity, And Living Your Best Life 


Kieran O'Mahony, PhD and Missy Widmann, MA

of Neural Education presenting: Neuroscience of Learning - Education Through a Neural Lens




Kimberly L. Mitchell

Author of Experience Inquiry, Founder, Inquiry Partners and Lecturer at University of Washington presenting: Engaging Through Inquiry

Conference Agenda

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8:00-8:30               Registration  

8:30-9:00               Opening Remarks 

9:00-9:45               Keynote Address 

9:45-10:00             Break

10:00-11:00           Session A: Featured Speakers, Breakout Sessions and Spark Sessions

11:15-12:00           Session B - Lunch 1, Affinity Groups & Interest Groups

12:00-12:45           Session C: Lunch 2 and Featured Speakers

1:00-2:00               Session D: Featured Speakers, Breakout Sessions and Spark Sessions

2:15-3:15               Session E: Featured Speakers and Spark Sessions

3:15-3:30               Wrap-Up



Types of Conference Sessions

Featured Speakers

Large format sessions led by nationally-renowned experts

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.


Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions highlight the amazing action research being carried out every day in our classrooms. This is one of the most powerful platforms for learning 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.


Interest Groups and Affinity Spaces

Gather with 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. Groups are proposed and facilitated by attendees. It is requested that you only attend sessions labeled "affinity spaces" if you, personally, share the identity of the group.





Registration is now closed.

NWAIS Attendees: Late $195 after Sept 27, 2019

Non-Member: $235 Anytime




All room blocks are full or expired at this time

Mother’s Spaces

You can sign up for a space to pump here. These spaces will be private, have locking doors and access to a sink.




Conference Presenter Information

Speaker Registration: Once confirmed, presenters from NWAIS schools 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).


Affinity Session Presenters

No Discount

Spark Presenters

25% Discount

Lead Breakout Session Presenters - presenting 1 time

50% Discount

Lead Breakout Session Presenters - presenting 2 times


Non-Lead (i.e. Second and Third) Breakout Session Presenters

No Discount


Conference FAQs


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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