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Board Chairs and Heads Partnering to Propel Schools

Date: Saturday - May 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Talaris Conference Center - Seattle, WA
One-Day Workshop



Board Chairs and Heads Partnering to Propel Schools:

21st Century Strategic Thinking and Planning


Check-in and continental breakfast at 8:30am, Workshop 9:00am – 3:30pm



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This Event Will Provide:

  • The skills to support leading your school through transformational moments
  • The opportunity to develop your relationship through exploring real governance challenges
  • A network of other heads and board chairs to support you as your transform your school


Who Should Attend?

All Board Chairs are welcome to attend with their Heads of School. Join your colleagues from Independent Schools across the Northwest and benefit from the expertise of veteran institutional leaders and fellow participants. You will come away with exposure to theory and practice that will enhance your ability to work together to lead your school and its board.


21st Century Strategic Thinking and Planning

This interactive session for experienced school leaders outlines dominant schools of thought in strategy making, as well as structures, processes, and approaches to help you provide the best leadership possible wherever your school is in its organizational life cycle. Session participants will leave with knowledge and tools to cultivate a strategic mindset, lead a successful strategic process, and most importantly to transition to successful implementation. Specific takeaways include:

  • Three dominant schools of thought on strategic mindsets

  • Why deliberate strategy approaches are common in schools how to get the most from it

  • Why emergent strategy is desirable but challenging in schools and how to move toward it

  • How to coordinate the board, head of school and leadership teams in strategy making

  • Pre-planning questions and creating the foundation for a successful process

  • 13 proven steps to a successful strategic process including selecting and organizing a high performance planning team

  • How to recognize exemplary values, mission statements, strategic issues, assumptions, vision

    statements, goal statements, strategy statements, and initiatives

  • Why many independent schools’ strategic process results don’t get off the shelf and how to avoid this pitfall


Presented by Christina Drouin, Strategy Consultant and Principal, Center for Strategic Planning

Speaker, author, and strategy consultant Christina Drouin is founding principal of the Center for Strategic Planning and a recognized thought leader in strategic thinking and planning for PK-12 independent schools and faith-based organizations.

Over the past two decades Christina has facilitated hundreds of strategic processes for schools, associations, boards of trustees, and leadership teams that have resulted in thousands of highly impactful change initiatives. Her specialty is designing inclusive and iterative processes that result in strategic frameworks that are adaptive, flexible, and actionable. The capstone of her work is ensuring each client makes a timely and smooth transition to implementation.

A familiar face at national educational conferences, Christina is an award-winning session leader and speaker. Most recently she has led workshops and sessions for NAIS (2018), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (2019), and the Independent School Association of the Southwest (2019). She is also co-author of three books published by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and author of several NAIS Leadership Series Advisories on Financing Sustainable Schools. Christina is a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Circle of Excellence Gold Medal Award Winner and served on NAIS’s Admission and Marketing Committee.


Registration Information

Includes Registration for Head and Board Chair as well as: continental breakfast, lunch and all meeting materials.

If you plan to attend as a pair, please choose "pair" from the list of cost categories and enter the information for your Board Chair (there is only a place to capture the information for one attendee in the system). NWAIS will automatically register the Head of School, and send confirmations to both.


Early Bird        Deadline April 10, 2019            $525 (pair) / $275 (board chair only)

Regular           Deadline May 1, 2019               $565 (pair) / $295 (board chair only)

Late                After May 1, 2019                    $595 (pair) / $325 (board chair only)


Non-NWAIS Member School                         $625 (pair) / $375 (board chair only)




To receive the early bird or regular discount, your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the stated deadline.

* For payment by check, payment must be postmarked by the stated deadline

* Online registrations completed by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the stated deadline. 


Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by May 10, 2019 are eligible for a refund after a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after May 10, 2019 are ineligible for any refund.


NWAIS is Going Paperless
All program materials will be provided electronically.

If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please "BYOD" (bring your own device) to access them at the workshop or if you prefer, print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.


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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