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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Fall Heads Meeting

Date: Monday - November 09, 2020
Location: Virtual Conference
November 9 (1-3pm) & November 10 (9-12pm)


Virtual Fall Heads Meeting

November 9 (1-3pm) & November 10 (9-12pm)



Tentative Agenda

Monday - November 9

1:00-1:30 - Welcome

1:30-2:00 - Keynote Addres with John Inazu who will present on: “Confident Pluralism” and how independent school communities can utilize patience, humility, and tolerance to move beyond divisions and stay focused on the public good.                                 

2:00-2:15 - Break

2:15-3:00 - Interactive Q&A and discussion with John Inazu


Tuesday  November 10 - 9:00-12:00pm

9:00-10:15 - Business Meeting

10:30-12:00 - Small Group Meetings and Workgroups


Keynote Speaker: John Inazu

Law professor and author John Inazu will set out the framework for “confident pluralism”: the legal approaches and civic practices that we need to live well with each other despite deep differences about the things that matter most.  Inazu will make the case for three civic aspirations of tolerance, humility, and patience, and explore why educational institutions are important to achieving these aspirations.  This session will also invite questions about thinking about confident pluralism in light of current events, including protests, civic unrest, racial injustice, social media, and national politics.

John is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches criminal law, law and religion, and various First Amendment seminars. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, as well as related questions of legal and political theory. He is the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly and Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. John has written broadly for mainstream audiences in publications including USA TodayThe Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

John holds B.S.E. and J.D. degrees from Duke University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He clerked for Judge Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and served for four years as an associate general counsel with the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon.



Please pre-register for this event by November 2, 2020. You may register using the online registration portal or by calling 206-323-6137. You will not be charged at the time of registration. Attendees are billed subsequent to the event. Due to the virtual program, the cost of meeting should be significantly reduced over previous years. See below for more detail.




NWAIS Heads Meeting Policies

Fall Heads Meeting Billing Policy - Annual Fall and Spring Heads Meetings are open only to schools affiliated with NWAIS.
All NWAIS Accredited and Candidate member schools are billed for a portion of the Heads Conference expenses whether or not the School Head attends. Travel expenses to and from the meeting are reimbursed, added to the meeting expenses, and shared among all accredited and candidate member schools. Hotel expenses are not covered by the Travel Share Policy. If the Head of School of an Accredited and Candidate member school cannot attend, they may send a representative in their place.

Heads from Affiliate Members and Subscriber Schools will only be charged for the Heads Conference if they attend. They will be billed for a full share of the meeting expenses. They are however, responsible for their own travel expenses, and not responsible for any portion of the pooled travel expenses.


Note for 2020: In a virtual format the above policies are in place, but with no travel expenses the effective result is:

  • The total program expenses will be divided by all accredited and candidate schools, and any other member schools who register to attend.
  • Schools will be invoiced after the event
  • The cost will be significantly reduced and estimated to be about $85


Heads Meeting Guest Policy (for reference): Guests are asked to register in advance. Guests that are attending the program sessions will be billed after the event for the cost of the meals only. They are not responsible for the shared travel costs or program expenses. Spouses or other guests who do not attend programming will be billed after the conference and will only be charged for the meals, which they register to attend. Only one attendee from each Accredited and Candidate member school is eligible for any reimbursement of travel costs through the Travel Share program.


Note for 2020: This year we ask that schools to limit guests and send just one delegate from each school. If the Head of School is unable to attend, they may register someone in their place.




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