Special Events

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

Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Ticket Required: $199
Location: Pine Avenue Pier at Rainbow Harbor

We will board and set sail on the 129’ three-masted schooner American Pride, the official tall ship of the city of Long Beach, docked at the Pine Avenue Pier in Rainbow Harbor. This half-day, pre-conference workshop will help you practice and design collaborative experiences to support teacher and administrative team growth. Come with your colleagues or come on your own! This workshop, led by the Global Youth Leadership Institute, will bring together many elements of innovation: project-based learning, place-based learning, experiential education, youth leadership, and collaboration. Learn how to raise the sails, navigate the ship, and engage in dynamic learning stations. Also, engage in design thinking challenges to help you increase authentic collaborative leadership in your own schools and communities. Walk away re-energized from a day at sea with fresh ideas as well as a resource booklet with key takeaways.
  • No prior sailing experience required.
  • Lunch and snacks are included in the cost of this program.
  • The dock is within easy walking distance from the Long Beach Convention Center, but a shuttle will be provided if you choose not to walk.
  • The dress code is casual.
Facilitators: Matt Nink, Sheeba Mays, and Ingrid Valdez; Global Youth Leadership Institute

Exploring the Role of “Elite Schooling” in Society
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Ticket Required: $25
Location: LBCC, Grand Ballroom B

Elite schools can be places with astonishing resources and a moral commitment to providing an exceptional education to all students, regardless of their background. However, the resources are typically available because these schools are deeply allied with social, cultural, and economic elites. As such, these schools have the potential to both challenge and reproduce inequality. In this seminar, participants will work together to examine this dual reality—capacity to provide an elite education alongside a tendency to educate the elite—and consider the impact on individuals, schools, and society.

Presenter: Shamus Rahman Khan, Columbia University

Ticket Required: Free
Wednesday, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: LBCC, Seaside Ballroom A

Join fellow first-time Annual Conference attendees at a casual reception. Get to know each other and forge new connections as you begin your conference experience.

Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Ticket Required: $25
Location: LBCC, Grand Ballroom A

Join other heads of school and leadership team members for breakfast and a presentation by NAIS President Donna Orem and the NAIS Board of Trustees. The Annual Meeting for Members immediately follows the breakfast.

Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 AM
Friday, 6:00 – 7:00 AM
Run: Meet at the LBCC Main Entrance Lobby
Yoga: Hyatt, Seaview Rotunda

Mental and physical wellness are important aspects of everyday life. The 2019 NAIS Annual Conference will give you the opportunity to participate in early morning yoga or a fun run/walk/roll.

Thursday, 4:45 – 6:15 PM
Location: The Cove (at the Long Beach Convention Center)

All attendees are welcome to join us at “The Cove,” for an outdoor reception featuring complimentary food trucks, drinks, entertainment, and more. Meet new friends or connect with current or past colleagues in this beautiful and inviting open-air space.

Thursday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Seaside Pre-Function

Following a “speed dating” format, spend an hour hearing from some of the most innovative independent schools across the country in intimate, 15-minute mini-sessions. Thursday will focus on school transformations and will be geared towards heads of school, school leadership teams, and trustees. Friday will be Speed Innovating: Teacher's Edition and will focus on specific curricular innovations. Participation is firstcome, first-served, so please be sure to show up early to snag a seat. 

Thursday, 2:30 – 3:15 PM
Friday, 2:30 – 3:15 PM
Looking to meet other educators from around the country? Come to these dedicated Meetup Spaces, where you can meet and mingle with others in your role. Grab a snack and head to one of four location to learn about the triumphs, challenges, and opportunities that you might have in common. Each group will be hosted by one of your independent school peers. 

Thursday Meetup Groups:
Heads of School and Trustees (Location: Marina Pacifica)
Assistant Heads (Location: Belmont Shore)
Advancement and Communications (Location: Rainbow Harbor)
Tech Directors and Coordinators (Location: Makerspace)

Friday Meetup Groups:
Teachers (Location: Marina Pacifica)
Division Heads (Location: Belmont Shore)
Directors of Equity/Diversity/Inclusion (Location: Rainbow Harbor)
Deans/Directors of Studies (Location: Makerspace)