Special Events

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


BUILDING COLLABORATION, CONNECTION, AND CAPACITY AT SEA: A TALL SHIP EXPERIENCE 
Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Ticket Required: $199
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.

KLINGENSTEIN SEMINAR SERIES
Exploring the Role of “Elite Schooling” in Society
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Ticket Required: $25
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

FIRST-TIME ATTENDEE RECEPTION
Ticket Required: Free
Wednesday, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
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.

PRESIDENT’S BREAKFAST AND ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Ticket Required: $25
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.

WELLNESS ACTIVITIES
Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 AM
Friday, 6:00 – 7:00 AM
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.

NAIS WELCOME RECEPTION
Thursday, 4:45 – 6:15 PM
Ticket Required: Free
Connect with your colleagues and exhibitors for a welcome reception. Enjoy drinks, food, entertainment, and more during this opening event.

SPEED INNOVATING
Thursday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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.