NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events
Building Wise Boards
This Event Has Been Cancelled.
Stay tuned for online programming in development for Heads and Trustees. Registrants for this event will be contacted directly about a full refund of registration fees.
Building Wise Boards
Registration will begin at 9:00am
Workshop will begin at 9:30am and conclude at 2:00pm.
Originally - March 22, 2020 - Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Rescheduled- May 16, 2020, The Westside School
In this workshop attendees will explore the role of trustee, and learn from experienced board chairs, heads of school and association leadership.
Offered throughout the year, each workshop is hosted by a different NWAIS school. Previously this workshop was recommended for those new to the role, but feedback was that it was universally valuable. All independent school board members are encouraged to attend.
This workshop focuses on board operations and case studies. This is best for those who are working on improving how your board functions and in identifying and exploring the role of trustee.
The workshop is a necessity for new trustees as well as not so new. The information is outstanding! - 2018 Workshop Attendee
It's a must do! This workshop is great for anyone new to a board - with or without board experience.
- 2017 Workshop Attendee
Some of the “Ah-ha” Moments From Previous Attendees:
- Getting a better insight into the relationship between The board and Head of school. And how important that is for the long term viability of the school.
- Good to get a sense of what other board structures, effectiveness and success has looked like.
- Problems are not unique but I was pleased to see that our school is handling things correctly. Having never been on a board before it was great for me.
- I think for me as a new board member was the clarification of my role as a board member that I take off my parent hat and think in terms of where our school will be 5,10,20 years down the line.
- Role of board relative to school head, parents, teachers and school.
- It was nice to get the perspectives of the group and how small or large independent schools have very similar problems.
I think it was great to have our board all hear the same thing from an independent source. Lots of ah-ha's
We can be a more effective Board if everyone goes through this session. - 2014 Workshop Attendee
Mark Crotty, Executive Director of NWAIS, along with one of our most experienced Heads of School and a seasoned Board Chair will lead this workshop to orient new board members to the roles, responsibilities and good governance practices of independent school trustees. Heads of school, new trustees, current trustees and board chairs, are all invited to attend.
Definitely worthwhile. It is practical in terms of our roles and responsibilities, and very interesting. The workshop brought together a fascinating group of very smart people who were great to work with.
- 2017 Workshop Attendee
Early Bird (By April 16, 2020): $75
Regular (After April 16, 2020): $95
Non-NWAIS Attendees (anytime): $125
Definitely worth the time and effort. Really well done. - 2017 Workshop Attendee
NWAIS Is Going Paperless.
All program materials will be provided electronically.
If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please bring a internet connected device, download the materials in advance or print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.
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
This workshop has been one of the most valuable and important each year for my new Trustees. They return to our September Board meeting raving about how helpful this has been in clarifying their understanding of the role and expectations of an independent school Trustee. The workshop has also helped them figure out how to be meaningfully engaged in sustaining and supporting our school. The value to me as Head and to the school has been critical to our success. I also think it has enabled our Trustees to truly enjoy their work, and when you're volunteering, that's really important. The opportunity to network with other Trustees has also been of benefit...
- Trish King, Director, The Island School
Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by the Monday before the workshop are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after the cancellation deadline are ineligible for any refund.