Program

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

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