Program

From special events to workshops and speakers, the 2020 NAIS Annual Conference in Philadelphia features an enriching program for all independent school professionals. 

Download the full program PDF here.

2020 Conference at a Glance

Wednesday

8:00 AM–6:00 PM: Registration Open
8:30 AM–12:00 noon: School Visits 
9:00 AM–12:00 noon: Reflect, Refine, and Renew: Cultivating Resiliency as a Mid-Career Head
9:00 AM–3:00 PM: Creating Momentum in Your School, an NAIS Strategy Lab session 
9:00 AM–3:00 PM: The Amazing Philly Race
1:00–3:00 PM: Beyond the Bell Tour
1:00–4:00 PM: Klingenstein Seminar: Data Use as a Window and Mirror: The Call for Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Leadership in Independent Schools
1:00–4:00 PM: Three-Hour Workshops
1:00–5:30 PM: Ensuring the Future: How Trustees Contribute to School Success
5:00–6:00 PM: First-Time Attendee Reception
6:30 PM: Dine-Arounds

Thursday

6:30 AM–6:00 PM: Registration Open
8:00–9:00 AM: Workshop Block 1
8:00 AM–3:30 PM: NAIS Expo Open
9:30–10:45 AM: Opening General Session with Jonathan Haidt
10:45–11:00 AM: Break in the NAIS Expo
11:00 AM–12:00 PM: Workshop Block 2 / Speed Innovating: Schoolwide Edition
11:30 AM–1:30 PM: Master Class with Jonathan Haidt 
12:00–1:30 PM: Complimentary Lunch in the NAIS Expo
1:30–2:30 PM: Workshop Block 3 / NAIS AC Powered by PechaKucha
2:30–3:15 PM: Networking Break in the NAIS Expo
3:30–5:00 PM: General Session with Idriss Aberkane, Yong Zhao, and Irshad Manji: Three Perspectives on the Future of Education
5:30–7:00 PM: President's Welcome Reception

Friday

6:30 AM–1:00 PM: Registration Open
8:00–9:00 AM: Workshop Block 4
8:00 AM–3:30 PM: NAIS Expo Open
9:30–10:45 AM: General Session with Angie Thomas
10:45–11:00 AM: Break in the NAIS Expo
11:00 AM–12:00 PM: Workshop Block 5 / Speed Innovating: Teacher's Edition
12:00–1:30 PM: Complimentary Lunch in the NAIS Expo
12:00–3:15 PM: Master Class With Michele Mattoon: Techniques for Building Belonging in the Classroom
1:30–2:30 PM: Workshop Block 6 / NAIS AC Powered by PechaKucha
2:30–3:15 PM: Networking Break in the NAIS Expo
3:30–4:45 PM: General Session with Gretchen Rubin