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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Preparing Our Schools for Election 2020 - Part 2

Date: Tuesday - September 22, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Virtual Seminar and Panel
Virtual Seminar Series and Panel for School Leaders


Preparing Our Schools for Election 202

Preparing Our Schools for Election 2020

Part 1: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 12pm-2pm (PT) 

Part 2: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 12pm-2pm (PT) 

This is a two-part series. Registration includes both events.



Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for school leaders looking for resources to prepare school communities for November 2020. Roles who would find this valuable include: Heads of School, Assistant Heads, Division Heads, Diversity Practitioners, Deans of Students and Deans of Study.

Note: NWAIS will offer an additional workshop in September for educators looking for resources and approaches for their classrooms.


Workshop Description

No matter what one’s views, political conversations of late have often devolved from a “teaching moment” to a “dreadful moment.” This two-part series will provide a variety of tools to prepare for the election.

August 11 Workshop 

Kristen Farrington will share tools for civil dialogue in the independent school community, Caroline Blackwell will discuss ways we can make space for divergent perspectives, and Jack Creeden will offer tips on managing school parents and boards in these polarizing times. Both sessions will conclude in a panel discussion -- a time for participants to discuss the presentation and share ideas of how they are preparing their communities.

September 22 Follow-Up  

The September 22 follow-up virtual workshop will be focused on case studies of how schools are approaching the election including: use of core values, mission, community norms, reflections on school culture and strategies for civic engagement. There will also be time for participants to share their school's approach and hear from colleagues from around the country.


Caroline Blackwell is vice president for equity and justice at NAIS. She leads the creation and implementation of products and services that support NAIS’s commitment to develop and sustain inclusive independent school communities. Prior to joining NAIS, Caroline served as the executive director of the Nashville Metro Human Relations Commission and director of multicultural affairs for the University School of Nashville. Caroline is the lead facilitator for the Diversity Leadership Institute and chairs NAIS’s People of Color Conference.

Jack Creeden has over 20 years of school leadership experience. He was head of school at multiple independent schools and served as the president of School Year Abroad, leading schools in China, France, Italy, and Spain. Previously, he held administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin and Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has also mentored aspiring heads, conducted governance workshops, and served as chair of the NAIS Board of Trustees.

Kristen Farrington is a civil dialogue specialist and the assistant chaplain at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. She was previously the executive director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute. From 2012 to 2016, Kristen was the head of programs and partnerships for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in the United States. Previously, she served as chaplain and department chair of religious studies at St. Paul’s School for Girls and St. Timothy’s School, both in Maryland, and as clergy at parishes in Florida, California, and New York. She is an awarded graduate of Yale Divinity School (M.Div.).


The registration fee includes both webinars. The flat fee allows as many people as you would like to attend from your school.

Registration is a two-step process:

Step 1: One person should register the school for the event. They do not necessarily need to be an attendee.

Step 2: The person who set up the registration should email a list of attendees to Cindy Steele, NWAIS Registrar, including: names, titles, and email addresses of each person attending.

Note: The Zoom link will be included in the reminder emails sent prior to the start time. If the list is not sent to NWAIS, we will not be able to get them the zoom meeting information.

NWAIS Schools: $100

Non-NWAIS Schools: $300


Cancellation Policy  

Substitutions should not be necessary, as registration is per school. Written cancellations received by August 6, 2020 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after Nov 6, 2020 are ineligible for any refund. 

This Workshop is Co-Hosted By NWAIS, ISAS and SAIS

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