Master Classes

Master Classes require pre-registration and there is an additional cost of $95 to attend.

A Conversation on Working on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Today 

Mica PollockThursday, February 23, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM PT

Presenter: Mica Pollock 

Join a dialogue with NAIS members, friends, and colleagues about doing necessary work exploring and addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in schools, at a time when so much work to help all students thrive is being contested and restricted. How can we continue to build programming, pedagogy, and learning to support all in our schools? Anthropologist Mica Pollock will host this Master Class about various “on-ramps” she has designed to include all educators in work to support diverse, inclusive, and equitable school communities. She will share recent research on a surge in efforts to restrict such work and host a collective mutually supportive dialogue about doing this work today. Bring your questions and thoughts. Pollock is professor of education studies and director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California, San Diego. Her newest book is Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About—and To—Students Every Day(Photo by Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego)

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Building Cultures of Empathy and Trust

Jamil ZakiFriday, February 24, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PT

Presenter: Jamil Zaki


Empathy—the ability to share, understand, and care about others’ experiences—is a community superpower that fosters morale, innovation, and success. In this Master Class, Stanford professor and leading empathy researcher Jamil Zaki will guide participants toward a deeper understanding of how to build empathy capacity in their schools. From this interactive workshop, participants will walk away with concrete, research-based strategies to rebuild trust and empathy among adults and students. Zaki is a professor of psychology at Stanford University, the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab, and the author of The War for Kindness and Leading with Empathy in Turbulent Times.