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2013 NAIS Annual Conference | Philadelphia | Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2013

​Blogs and Reports at the 2013 NAIS Annual Conference

Big-Thinking Bloggers

Miss a session at the NAIS Annual Conference? Interested in another colleague's interpretation of a speaker? Then check out the 2013 NAIS Annual Conference Bloggers live from Philadelphia!

Mike Brown
Click here to read Mike's blog.
Head of school at Trinity Episcopal School (Texas), Mike Brown leads the PK-8 school, distinguished by students' academic success, superior technology integration, fine arts, and community involvement. Recently relocating from California, Mike has served in NAIS schools for nearly 20 years, in a variety of capacities, at Calvary Christian School (California) and St. Mark's Episcopal School (California). In his free time, Mike enjoys fishing, reading, and playing the piano. Mike is happily married with two daughters who attend Trinity School. 

Sandra (Chap) Chapman
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Director of diversity and community at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School, Sandra (Chap) Chapman is a Nuyorican, a Puerto Rican (and Dominican) woman born and raised in El Barrio, or Spanish Harlem, in New York City. Chap began her career as an early childhood educator in the independent school world in the fall of 1990, and has been here ever since! Chap sits on the NAIS Call-to-Action Think Tank and the NYSAIS Diversity Committee, and is a faculty member of the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (formerly SDI).

Tony Featherston
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In his first year as head of The Town School (New York), Tony Featherston enjoys the challenges of learning the ropes in a new school and being a passionate Red Sox fan in enemy territory. Prior to Town, he spent six years as the head of Elmwood Franklin School (New York). Tony started his career as a history teacher, dorm parent, and coach at Concord Academy (Massachusetts) before stints at Kent Denver School (Colorado) and Pine Point School (Connecticut). His wife, Helen, is also an educator, and they have two daughters. In his free time, Tony enjoys cycling, playing hockey, and exploring New York.

Kim Sivick
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Director of technology engagement at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pennsylvania), Kim Sivick is an NAIS Online Community Ambassador and an NAIS Teacher of the Future.  She has presented at ISTE, NAIS, PAECT, and #140edu. Microsoft recognized Kim for innovative education and invited her to the 2012 Innovative Educators Forum at Microsoft headquarters. Kim co-founded EdCamp and serves on the board of the Edcamp Foundation.

Kelsey Vroomunn
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High school teacher and the online and blended learning specialist at St. Mary’s Academy (Colorado), Kelsey Vroomunn was named a 2012 NAIS Teacher of the Future and serves as an ambassador for the Schools of the Future online forum on NAISConnect. The Google Certified Teacher was also recognized as a 2012 Emerging Leader by the International Society for Technology in Education and assists with the organization’s new educator initiatives. Kelsey holds degrees from Trinity University and Columbia University.

2013 NAIS Online Community

Looking for engagement and interaction? Join the 2013 NAIS Annual Conference Online Community. It's your chance to share your views on hot topics of today and network with colleagues. Plus, it's a safe environment to experiment with all sorts of web tools, including Netvibes, Diigo, Facebook, Twitter, and more! All led by our innovative colleague Chris Bigenho.

Chris Bigenho, veteran NAIS Annual Conference Classrooms of the Future guru, lends his creativity once again as he spearheads the 2013 Online Community. When he's not busy creating the revolutionary AC online community, Chris innovatively serves as director of educational technology for Greenhill School (Texas).



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But wait, there's more! Julia Grandison and Bridget Janicki will report on all the general sessions and featured workshops. Check back daily to read their articles about the speakers. After these great presenations, find links to stories on the Featured Speakers page with the speaker bios.

Julia Grandison teaches English in the middle school of The Holton-Arms School Inc. (Maryland). An educator with more than 18 years of experience, she also has taught English and French at Sanford School (Delaware). Julia holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania -- right here in Philadelphia. Onsite at the NAIS Annual Conference, Julia will adeptly combine her skills and perspectives to report on the general session and featured workshop speakers. Watch for her articles online after the conference. NAIS gratefully acknowledges Julia's invaluable contributions to share the expertise of our speakers with the rest of our NAIS membership.

Bridget Janicki has worked on the NAIS Annual Conference since 1996. Onsite at the conference, our roving reporter uses her expertise as a former daily newspaper reporter to share great ideas by writing news articles about the revolutionary speakers at the general sessions and featured workshops. When not filing a story on deadline, she raises three imaginative elementary and middle school age boys -- definitely BIG thinkers with revolutionary ideas -- with her husband Fred in Virginia. 

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