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Fall Educators Conference

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

Breakout and Spark Session Applications Are Now Closed

Affinity Session Sign-Up Is Still Available




Fall Educators Conference


Bridging Research and Reality: The Science of Teaching and Learning


October 11, 2019       The Annie Wright Schools      Tacoma, Washington




Announcing 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





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





Daniel Willingham

Professor at the University of Virginia, focusing on the application of findings from cognitive psychology and neuroscience to K–12 education





Sarah Ward

Consultant, Speaker and Practitioner in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits



Conference 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.

Applications for spark sessions are now closed

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.

Applications for breakout sessions are now closed

Affinity Spaces

Gather your Association colleagues who share your identity. During one block of the day, attendees will gather with those who share an individual identity, such as race or religious affiliation or a school identity such as 1st grade teacher. The goal of this session will be discussion and connection. Leaders will propose discussion questions and convene the session.

There is still time to sign up to lead an affinity session


Sign Up To Lead An Affinity Session Here



Conference Presenter Information

Deadlines: All proposals are due May 17, 2019.  Applicants will be notified by June 14, 2019.

Proposal Review Process and Notification of Acceptance: The Conference Planning Committee and NWAIS staff will review all proposals received by May 17, 2019. You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by June 14, 2019. You will then need to confirm your participation by June 28, 2019.

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 who are selected to – presenting 2 times


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

No Discount



NWAIS Attendees

Early Bird $135 by Sept 7, 2018

Regular $175 after Sept 7, 2018 and before Sept 28, 20178

Late $195 after Sept 28, 2018



$235 Anytime


Registration is not yet open for this event.


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, 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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