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Our NAIS Annual Conference Game Plan

Originally published on the NAIS 2016 Annual Conference Online Community

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 12.40.50 PM14 members of the University Prep faculty and staff will attend the NAIS Annual Conference this week. Why bring so many? In recent years, the Annual Conference has shed its old reputation for serving just the needs of administrators. Keynote addresses, workshops, and networking opportunities now satisfy a wide range of teacher leader and program director interests. Themes of innovative teaching, educational equity, and co-curricular programs appear everywhere. As we increasingly distribute leadership responsibilities among our staff, it makes sense for bring more people to the year’s preeminent independent school showcase and networking opportunity.

Here is a sampling of the activities of different members of our team.

  • Present a Speed Innovating session
  • Cosponsor Cultural Competency by Design workshop
  • Attend and discuss big ideas from keynote presentations
  • Attend workshops that connect to our new strategic plan
  • Attend Global Online Academy and Leadership+Design networking events
  • Attend SPARKplaces event on the future of learning spaces
  • Visit with Independent Curriculum Group retreat attendees
  • Visit the Interactive Maker Space
  • Identify potential future professional development workshop facilitators
  • Interview candidates for teaching positions
  • Lead a candidate recruitment roundtable discussion
  • Hold a U Prep team dinner to support our internal connections
  • Meet connections made at previous national conferences
  • Reconnect with former colleagues from other schools
  • Visit Bay Area schools

It’s going to be an enriching couple of days! We look forward to seeing you there.

My Professional Development This Year

Amidst planning full faculty professional development activities for this year, I have also lined up a few dates for myself. My activities this year focus on leadership, curriculum revision, and social justice in education.

School Library Journal Leadership Summit

September 26-27, Seattle

I have never been to a full-on library conference, and yet I supervise our library director. It’s time to check this out.

NWAIS Educators Conference

October 9, Seattle

I have helped organize this one. Our regional association’s annual conference will feature an outstanding lineup of national and regional speakers on topics of social and cultural diversity and social justice. I am proud of NWAIS for embracing this topic in a timely manner. It is quite likely that diversity and justice will remain at or near the tops of our schools’ agendas for years to come. Students get the day off, and our entire faculty will attend.

Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice

October 17, Seattle

I am looking forward to experiencing this annual conference. A colleague brought this to my attention, and a number of our teachers plan to attend.

Independent Curriculum Group Academic Leaders Retreat

November 4-6, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Peter Gow and Jonathan Martin have organized an agenda that balances learning sessions, unconference discussions, and social time. I am looking forward to my first academic leadership conference since turning to instruction full-time. I also plan to soak in the New Mexico landscape, not having visited since 1994. U Prep became an ICG Partner this year.

NAIS Annual Conference

February 24-26, San Francisco

The single most attended annual event among independent school administrators. There is no better opportunity to reconnect with former colleagues and associates and learn the latest about their initiatives and challenges. The conference sessions themselves are a great way to understand what indy schools are focusing on. Last year, I resolved that it was not really possible to present a session, attend sessions, and recruit at the hiring fair. I resolve to do just two of these three this year.

 

What are you up to this year?