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We are committed to...
  • encouraging diverse points of view.
  • continuous reflection and on-going improvement.
  • collegial relationships and ethical leadership.
  • independent education options for families.
  • promoting the independence of our schools.
  • quality standards without standardization.
  • assisting schools in fulfilling their missions.


2019-2020 Guiding Question: How Might We Explore the Potential of Independent Schools' Public Purpose?


NWAIS is exploring how we can help our schools deepen their work around defining, living and assessing the impact of independent schools’ public purpose. While we as a region (and beyond) have struggled to find a shared interpretation of this phrase, we would like the fellowship team to go further than simply developing a common definition of public purpose. We challenge the team to assess the landscape of the different interpretations, create a product to help schools move forward in their understanding, their programming, and their impact.

To accomplish this exciting and perhaps daunting task Fellows will be teamed with a group of other big thinkers in the community to utilize a design-thinking approach.



Congratulations for the 2019-20 Team of Fellowship Awardees:

Peter Kraft

Associate Head of School, Oregon Episcopal School (Portland, OR)

Paige Baublitz-Watkins

Upper Elementary Division Head, Epiphany School (Seattle, WA)

Keliko Adams

5/6 Language Arts Teacher, Westside School (Seattle, WA)

Camilla Barnes-Kelly

Junior High Teacher of Math, Science, and Integrated Art; Director of Professional Development; Learning Coordinator of Student Services, Foothills School of Arts and Sciences (Biose, ID)

Kary Kublin

Director of Learning and Support, The Little School (Bellevue, WA)

Upcoming Events

  • July 2019
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    • MonAug12 Pathways to Leadership Retreat Crowne Plaza (Sdeatac, WA)
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Northwest Association of Independent Schools
5001 California Ave. SW, Suite 112
Seattle, Washington 98136
T: 206.323.6137 • info@nwais.org
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