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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Empowering students to navigate social media, technology, and social-emotional health during COVID

Date: Monday - March 15, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Zoom Workshop
3:30-4:30PM PST - Virtual Workshop


Empowering Students to Navigate Social Media, Technology, and Social-Emotional Health During COVID


A Virtual Workshop

March 15, 2021 – 3:30-4:30PM PACIFIC




Who Should Attend

Heads, Assistant Heads, Division Heads, Counselors, Deans of Students, Technology Directors, and others who support Advisory or Student Life 

Workshop Description


Now, more than ever, students’ social-emotional health is deeply shaped by their social world, including social media and technology. Bring your device to this interactive workshop that explores how school leaders can create community and support the social-emotional health of students, faculty, and families during this unique school year. The Social Institute’s Founder and CEO, Laura Tierney — one of the leading pioneers in positive social media education — will be teaming up with school leaders (and students!) across the Northwest Region to share actionable takeaways and best practices that can empower your students to strengthen relationships and their own health. 

Join us to learn:

  • Important considerations when addressing social media education during COVID
  • The latest social media trends among students 
  • Top life skills that innovative schools are teaching to improve learning potential
  • How schools are evolving to provide a systemic, scalable approach to equip their entire community


Facilitator Biography


Laura Tierney, Founder and CEO, The Social Institute 

Joined by:

Kharynton Beggs, Student and TSI Ambassador

Laura Tierney is the Founder and CEO of The Social Institute, empowering students and their role models to navigate social media and technology in positive, high character ways. Her positive, student-led approach to social media education and social-emotional learning has been applauded by Melinda Gates on Twitter and featured by The Washington Post, NPR, and USA Today.

Prior to envisioning, researching, and launching The Social Institute, Laura served as Social Media Director at the award-winning advertising agency McKinney, overseeing social media strategy for the agency’s leading global brands. Before McKinney, Laura honed her marketing and social media skills as a Social Media Manager at ESPN, helping espnW use social media to inspire millions of women and girls who love sports. During the 10 years she worked in social media, she helped build strategies and campaigns for leading brands including Duke Men’s Basketball, ESPN, Samsung, Coca Cola, Travelocity, Oakley, and Disney.

In 2018, Laura received the Triangle Business Journal’s 40-under-40 award. She currently serves on Duke University’s Learning Innovation Advisory Council, helping Duke imagine the future of learning both on-campus and online.

Laura is an unshakable optimist and competitive athlete at heart. A graduate of Duke University, she became a 4x Duke All-American, 2-time team captain, and Duke Athlete of the Decade for field hockey. She played for the U.S. Junior National Team, representing her country at home and abroad.

Today, Laura plays on behalf of students to equip them with skills and values that embody their daily digital needs. Through her work and passion, students now have the chance to win at the world’s largest game: social media.



NWAIS Attendees: $35


Non-NWAIS Attendees: $55



TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete 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 March 8, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after March 8, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.



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