Special Events

In addition to the regular conference programming, you can take advantage of the following events, many of which require pre-registration and an additional fee.

This schedule will be updated and is subject to change. All times listed are Pacific Time.
Title Description Time Location Price Registration
School Visit: The Meadows School (SOLD OUT) Choose a local school to visit and see what makes them unique! Transportation will be provided by the school and all schools are within a 20-minute drive. School visits are free but registration is required.

The Meadows School (Maximum of 120 participants; SOLD OUT)
The Meadows School is a nonprofit, independent college preparatory day school located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas. With just over 935 students in grades pre-K through 12th, highly trained faculty work with students in all phases of their academic journey to help them push beyond their perceived limits.
Wednesday, February 22,
8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Free Required
Three-Hour Workshop + School Visit: Partnerships, Programming, and Personnel: A Three-Tier Approach to Supporting Student Mental Wellness Needs Venture to The Alexander Dawson School for a school visit and a three-hour workshop session, Partnerships, Programming, and Personnel: A Three-Tier Approach to Supporting Student Mental Wellness Needs.

Mental wellness has been declared a national emergency for both children and adolescents. Responding to this declaration requires schools to adopt a wellness lens as they develop innovative partnerships, design intentional programming, and hire designated personnel. Stanford’s Challenge Success program provides the roadmap for this work. A campus visit to the Alexander Dawson School in Summerlin will offer an up-close look at how the powerful partnership between an independent school and university can result in student empowerment and school change. 

Presenters: Roxanne Stansbury, Alexander Dawson School (NV); Denise Pope, Stanford University/Challenge Success (CA)

NOTE: Transportation and lunch will be provided. Transportation to The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain will depart at 10:30 AM PT and return at 4:00 PM PT. The school tour will be held 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, followed by a 30-minute lunch, and then the workshop session from 12:30-3:30 PM. A ticket is required; maximum of 40 participants.
Wednesday, February 22,
10:30 AM-4:00 PM
$50 Required
Klingenstein Seminar: Critical and Emergent Leadership Literacies The leadership terrain has gotten both more fertile and less familiar since 2020—more fertile in that more aspiring leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences have emerged to lead independent schools, and less familiar in that the rigors of leadership have changed within recent social, cultural, and educational crucibles. Learn with Dr. Jessica Flaxman and collaborators about her Emergent Leadership Framework developed from research conducted during 2020-2021. Explore and practice listening, storytelling, and rallying literacies, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in small group conversation, professional goal-setting, and individual artifact design.

Presenter: Jessica Flaxman, Rye Country Day School (NY)
Wednesday, February 22,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
$95 Required
First-Time Attendee Reception Join fellow first-time NAIS Annual Conference attendees at a casual reception. Get to know one another and forge new connections as you begin your conference experience. Wednesday, February 22,
5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Free Required
Dine-Arounds (SIGN-UPS ARE CLOSED) Take advantage of the culinary scene in Las Vegas by joining other attendees at a small group dinner, hosted by an independent school educator. Sign-ups are now closed. Wednesday, February 22,
6:30 PM-11:00 PM
Cost of your meal Required
President’s Breakfast and Annual Meeting Heads of school can attend this event, which includes breakfast and a presentation by NAIS President Donna Orem and the NAIS Board of Trustees. The Annual Meeting for members immediately follows the breakfast. Ticket required. Thursday, February 23,
7:30 AM-9:00 AM
$30 Required
Coaches' Corner Visit the conference app to sign up for a complimentary 45-minute time slot with a certified coach who will help guide you through a personal or professional challenge. There are three sessions each on Thursday and Friday, located in the NAIS Expo. Registration required; attendees may only participate in one session. Learn more here. Thursday, February 23,
8:00 AM-1:00 PM
NAIS Expo Free Required
Leadership Lab Whether you’ve been thrown into a leadership position or are trying to get there, the Leadership Lab will help you explore what it takes to be successful. Attend one or many of these sessions and walk away with sound advice, concrete takeaways, and new connections. There are three sessions each on Thursday and Friday. Learn more here. Thursday, February 23,
8:00 AM-2:15 PM
Free Not required
Master Class: A Conversation on Working on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Today 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. Get more details here. Thursday, February 23,
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
$95 Required
Affinity and Affiliation Group Lunches (Optional) During the complimentary lunches Thursday and Friday in the NAIS Expo, grab your lunch and head to a labeled table to grow your community! Please choose a table based on either your current personal or professional identifiers. (Thursday: 12:00-1:30 PM; Friday: 12:00-1:00 PM) Thursday, February 23,
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
NAIS Expo Free Not required
President’s Welcome Reception Join us for a welcome reception featuring complimentary food, drinks, entertainment, and more. Meet new friends
or connect with current or past colleagues in this beautiful and inviting open-air space.
Thursday, February 23,
4:45 PM-6:30 PM
Free Not required
Master Class: Building Cultures of Empathy and Trust (SOLD OUT) 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. Get more details here. Friday, February 24,
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
$95 Required