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Fall Educators Conference

Date: Friday - October 12, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: The Overlake School, Redmond, WA
One-Day Conference


Fall Educators Conference



Online Registration is Now Closed. Please Register On-Site.


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Arrival Information



Featuring Keynote Speaker




Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., Aztec and Mexican-American, is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new international bestselling book, “The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times”



Featured Speakers

John Medina

Brain Scientist


The Learning Brain: Essential Neuroscience for Educators

The Brains Behind Unconscious Bias


Ana Homayoun


Social Media Wellness: Understanding the Intersection of School, Stress and Social Media

The Culture of Perfectionism: Overcoming the Fear of Failure and of Never Being “Good Enough”

Eddie Moore, Jr. Ph.D.

Co-Author of The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys


White women teaching black boys: The uncomfortable and necessary conversation 

Schuyler Bailar

The first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men's team.

Sharing A Conversation With Schuyler


Alison Park, Blink Consulting


Facilitating Inclusive and Equitable Conversations About Race


“You Can’t Say That!” Disagreeing In Community

Bob Stains, M.Ed. and Scott Silk, J.D., M.Ed., of Essential Partners  

Presenting A Workshop:

Structured Dialogue: as an essential tool for understanding identities and harnessing the power of differences

Learn More About The Featured Speakers

Conference Agenda 

8:00-8:30     Registration             
Opening Remarks 
9:00-9:45 Keynote Address
9:45-10:15 Break & Keynote Book Signing
Session A: Featured Speakers and Breakout Sessions
11:15-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:45 Affinity Group Session
1:00-2:00 Session B: Featured Speakers and Breakout Sessions
2:15-3:15 Session C: Featured Speakers and Featured Breakout Sessions
Closing Activity


Download Session Information And Plan Your Day



Session A - 10:15-11:15

Affinity Sessions and Information


Session B - 1:00-2:00

Session C - 2:15-3:15



Mother's Rooms

Mother's rooms will be available during the conference but are limited. Please use the link below to access information and sign up for a place to pump.

Mother's Rooms Sign-up and Instructions



Presenter Discounts

Affinity Session Presenters

No Discount

PechaKucha Presenters

25% Discount

Lead Breakout Session Presenters - presenting 1 time

50% Discount

Lead Breakout Session Presenters who are selected to – presenting 2 times


Non-Lead (i.e. Second and Third) Breakout Session Presenters

No Discount




NWAIS Attendees

Early Bird $135 by Sept 7, 2018

Regular $175 after Sept 7, 2018 and before Sept 28, 20178

Late $195 after Sept 28, 2018



$235 Anytime


Registering a Large Group?

Contact Cindy Steele, NWAIS Registrar, for a faster and simpler way to register groups of 20 or more.



TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received 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.


Room Block

NWAIS has arranged for a room block at the nearby Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond.

15785 Bear Creek Pkwy NE

Redmond, Washington, USA98052

Please make your hotel reservation by September 24, 2018

To reserve your hotel room, call 1-866-974-9288 or go online and enter your reservation using G-NWAI as the group / corporate number. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel's prevailing rates.


Cancellation Policy 

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by October 1, 2018 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after October 1, 2018 are ineligible for any refund. 



Attendees Will Be Eligible For 5 Clock Hours And / Or STARS Credits 

There is no cost for professional credits for attendees affiliated with NWAIS schools. There is a $10 processing fee for Clock Hours and for STARS for all other attendees. The original clock hours form or your STARS certificate will be mailed back to you for your records. If you need to petition another agency for credits or you would like a certificate for your files, NWAIS is happy to provide one upon request at no charge.



NWAIS May Help Cover Travel Costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details



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