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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 Webinar and Panel
Virtual Seminar Series and Panel for School Leaders


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

This two-part series will provide a variety of tools to prepare for the election. In the August workshop, experts led us in thinking about approaches to supporting your school through election preparedness. In the second section, we will hear from school leaders and their advisors about what schools could specifically have in place to prevent issues where possible and respond when they inevitably arise. This workshop consists of two sessions, each with three topics to choose from. Everyone will be able to attend 2 of the three workshops. There will be an opportunity after each panel presentation to meet with other school leaders and learn about how their school is approaching this challenging time for our communities.  

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:

  • Legal aspects and policy implications
  • Social media and crisis communication
  • Guiding community norms

Heads of school and school leaders will share 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.



The registration fee includes both webinars. The flat fee allows as many people as you would like to attend from your school. If you would like to sign up to attend the second workshop, a recording of the first session will be made available to you.

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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