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Annual Conference Takeaways

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What happens after you attend the NAIS Annual Conference? We asked attendees for some of their 2015 conference takeaways. See what they planned to take back and implement in their schools.

"When I left the conference, I was inspired to go back to my school and…" 

  • educate our faculty about blended learning and flipped classrooms, and to encourage them to try some new methods.
  • plan and initiate programs in our school to help develop and foster leadership and citizenship.
  • create a pipeline for more women to serve in leadership roles.
  • develop our Maker space environment and incorporate it into existing classes; have a staff development of how to use design thinking while making changes to current curriculum.
  • implement student learning groups in which students teach each other, more coaching of teachers in addition to providing direct individual services, and having kids support each other in small ways.
  • create a better preparedness plan, resources to deal with bullying parents, and plan for future student/staff population in regards to transgender individuals.
  • try new ideas on how to improve board meetings.
  • start mindfulness training; gender identity policy and training; a global service project similar to the one explained from the Heifer Int'l session.
  • create annual communications plans; suggest that we refresh our Open House event; prioritize better analysis of our website analytics; and share a host of other ideas about SEO, social media, messaging.
  • focus on students developing problem solving skills, how to be part of a community and grit; find new ways to engage students.
  • implement an inclusive way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and use some awesome tech ideas I got from the workshop about technology in History classrooms.
  • incorporate more movement into my classes; providing more opportunities for students to fail and to learn from failure; include more formative assessment; giving students more choice about what they will study.
  • start a more holistic approach to wellness, greater use and embrace of visual literacy
  • use Rafe Esquith's ideas about teaching children the development levels of moral conduct (and many of his other ideas). As a teacher I am more energized to just go ahead and do something creative, that I may have had more doubts about before.
  • reinforce blended learning and step up on teacher evaluation and to encourage teachers to give pupils enough room for reflection in the course of their lessons. Also, better deal with parents' complaints.
  • I took some of Rafe Esquith's lessons to heart. I've been a full-time administrator for the past eight years, and his session took me back to the rewards of the classroom. Teachers like him need the right tools to inspire their kids, and my job as an administrator is to go find those tools!
  • use John Maeda's leadership styles from his presentation and use it to compare/contrast our administrative styles. I also want to incorporate more visual learning into my classes and into our faculty meetings per Sunni Brown's book, The Doodle Revolution.
  • add more movement in the classroom; trying to use Sarah Lewis' ideas to foster my own creativity a bit better; be a better role model for my students.
  • use many of the good pieces of advice from The Aspiring Heads workshops including for new heads, gender issues, planning, and implementing healthy initiatives, etc.

Share your takeaways with us on Twitter using the hashtag #NAISAC.

 

 

 

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