Frequently Asked Questions

When does the conference begin and end?

The conference dates are February 26 – 28. Wednesday, February 26, is a day of optional conference programming, and is not included in the registration price. Additional fees may apply. The conference officially begins on Thursday, February 27 at 8:00 AM and concludes on Friday, February 28 at 4:30 PM.

Where does the conference take place?

Most programming will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

Who goes to the conference?

We encourage any member of the independent school community to attend the conference, including trustees, heads of school, teachers, and anyone else interested in gaining inspiration and knowledge about the field.

Are there key registration deadlines that I should know about?

Registration will open in November. The early bird deadline for discounted pricing will be in January.

What is #NAISAC On Demand?

#NAISAC On Demand offers a package for purchase of 60 audio-synced workshop PowerPoint presentations and video footage of the Featured Workshop and PechaKucha presentations. Buyers will receive access to 12-month online streaming of this content, with the option to purchase a pre-loaded USB drive as well, giving you the option to enjoy conference programming from the comfort of your home or office!

What is the General Session livestream?

All NAIS members are eligible to watch all four General Session keynotes in real time, with our complimentary livestream. Members can access the livestream via a link from this website. 

Which hotels are available for NAIS attendees?

Hotel reservations will be available to be booked through our registration partner, Experient, from November 1, 2019. 

What else should I know about hotel reservations?

You can reserve your hotel room when you register or you may return to the registration site and do it later. Reservations are first come, first served. NAIS has reserved blocks at the hotels, but once the hotel blocks have been fully booked, the rates are subject to the hotels' pricing. PLEASE NOTE: NAIS will never reach out to attendees and exhibitors directly to book hotel rooms. We work exclusively with our housing partner, Experient, to handle our conference and housing registrations. If you receive calls from any third party vendor, we strongly advise that you do not give these solicitors any personal information.

How does the group discount work?

NAIS offers a special rate to those who are registering four or more individuals from their school.

We encourage teams from schools to come to the conference together, attend workshops, and bring back shared experiences and knowledge to implement on campus.  Find out more information on our Regisration Information page. 

What is the teacher discount?

Friday, February 28, features more programming and workshops dedicated to the art and science of teaching. See the discounted one-day teacher rates for full-time teachers and group rates for teacher groups of 10 or more. This rate applies to Friday only.

My school is in the process of applying for NAIS membership, can I still register at the member rate?

Yes, if your school is in the process of completing an application for membership, contact our membership team at or 202-973-9700 for information on how to obtain the member discount.

Can I add other events or activities to my registration at a later date?

Yes, you can log back into your registration profile and register for 3-hour workshops or other conference events and activities.

What meals are included with the conference registration fee?

Coffee and tea service is available in the morning on Thursday and Friday. The NAIS Expo will host lunch provided by NAIS on Thursday and Friday. 

How can I become an exhibitor or sponsor for the conference?

If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring during the conference, please visit this page and/or contact Jessica Holt at

I'm having an issue with registration...

Please contact our registration partner, Experient, at 888-284-5018 (toll free), 847-996-5887 (International residents) or email