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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Fall Heads Meeting

Date: Monday - November 08, 2021
Time: All Day
Location: TBA
Save the Dates - Two-Day Meeting (Monday and Tuesday)

Fall Heads Meeting

November 8, 2021 (1pm-5pm + Reception and Dinner) &

November 9, 2021 (8am-12pm)

Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, Washington 98402


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Currently, we are planning for the event to be held in-person. We will continue to evaluate the safety of in-person meetings and will keep the community apprised of any decisions or changes


Meeting Agenda

Monday - November 8, 2021

8:30am-12:00pm           Board Meeting

1:00pm-1:30pm             Welcome

1:30pm-2:30pm             Business Meeting

2:30pm-5:00pm             Keynote Workshop with Big Questions Institute

5:00pm-8:00pm             Reception and Dinner           

Tuesday  November 9, 2021

8:00am-9:00am             Legal Update

9:00am-10:00am           Collaborative Association Work and Updates

10:00am-12:00pm         Workshop: The Head of School Leadership Triad: Caring for Self, Teams, and The School Community with Susan Perry of EXPLO Elevate



Keynote Workshop Facilitators: 

Homa Tavangar & Will Richardson



9 BIG Questions for Not Going "Back to Normal in Schools

As we begin to see a small light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, the pull to go "back to normal" will become stronger and stronger. But let's remember that "normal" is what caused many of the challenges that we face today: social injustice, income inequality, climate change, rising populism, and information illiteracy. For educators especially, instead of going back, we need to go forward to create schools that are more relevant, more equitable, and more just for all children. To do so requires a deep interrogation of the fundamentals of our work. This keynote will challenge you to grapple with nine crucial questions on a personal level, and to confront a new narrative for educators in this moment of huge disruption and change. 


Workshop Facilitator:

Susan Perry, PhD, MSW, LCSW

The Head of School Leadership Triad: Caring for Self, Teams, and The School Community with Susan Perry of EXPLO Elevate

The need for teamwork in education operates differently than in some other professions but is no less important, particularly now. Interdependent teamwork—a leadership culture or mindset based on the collaboration of otherwise independent groups in schools—happens when resources, expertise, and learning are shared across departments, divisions, and programs. Teams demonstrating curiosity, using appreciative inquiry skills, cultivating and sharing beliefs and practices with an emphasis on inclusive learning are hallmarks of interdependent leadership in action. An interactive, facilitative dialogue about the Head of School leadership triad of leading self, with teams, and sustaining community will be the focus of our work together.


Learn About Our Conference Speakers Here


Please pre-register for this event by October 25, 2021. 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. 


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Hotel Murano (Tacoma, WA)

A Forbes four-star rated hotel in downtown Tacoma located adjacent to the Tacoma convention center and steps from the city’s best museums and restaurants. With a world-class art collection, delicious cuisine, full service spa, and beautiful meeting rooms and event space, NWAIS encourages you to relax, spend the night, and enjoy this lovely location.

NWAIS has secured a special rate of $182.00 per night for single and double occupancy.

Please make your reservation by October 18, 2021

Click here to make your reservations, or call the Reservations desk at 253-591-4145 or 877-986-8083. Ask for “NWAIS Institutional Leadership Conference and Fall Heads Meeting 2021” to ensure you receive the discounted room rate.   

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.



Heads Meeting Guest Policy: 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.






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