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​​The NAIS Expo hosts more than 200 exhibitors who invite you to explore all the latest products and resources designed to meet your school’s needs. Find everything from classroom furniture and school uniforms to up-to-the-minute technology designed to help you solve problems and innovate.
Networking Breaks in the NAIS Expo
Join us for an afternoon snack break and engaging conversations. Take this time to explore important topics informally with fellow attendees in one of our four Meetup Spaces. Connect with exhibitors who will share their expertise and resources to address your school’s needs, and visit the NAIS Innovation Kitchen and NAIS Makerspace for hands-on demonstrations and vibrant discussions.
Thursday, March 2, 2:15 - 3:15 PM (Snacks sponsored by EduBoston)
Friday, March 3, 2:15 - 3:15 PM (Snacks sponsored by Blackbaud)
In our new Meetup Spaces, we've designated each space with a theme and topic for discussion. Find your favorite topics below, and be sure to visit those spaces!
Small Schools
Potomac Meetup Space
Small school staff and faculty know how to wear many hats. Sound like you? Share your experiences and swap stories with other resourceful educators.
International Students and Global Education
Chesapeake Meetup Space
Schools benefit from the perspectives international students bring to campus. But do your curricula and community support global awareness? Join a conversation that’s all about the students.   
New Administrators
Harbor Meetup Space
Whether you’ve worked as a teacher for years or just accepted your first job in education, there’s a learning curve for new administrators. Swap thoughts and advice with your peers at other schools. 
Ed Tech
Camden Yard Meetup Space
“Ed tech” is much more than just a buzzword phrase. Come discuss the products that have changed your workday and get word-of-mouth recommendations from colleagues.
Sponsored by Studyo.
Hiring/Managing a Team
Potomac Meetup Space
Managing talent takes talent. How do you hire the best people for the job? And once they’re hired, how do you keep them engaged? Chat about hiring tips and management best practices in this space. 
Sponsored by TriNet.
Chesapeake Meetup Space
We all strive to make our schools places where everyone is valued and can be themselves. Talk about what has worked – and what hasn’t – to generate productive dialogues in your community.
Student Well-being
Harbor Meetup Space
Educators play a vital role in helping students become well rounded, emotionally balanced, and life-ready. Talk about the latest trends, best practices, and policies to make your school a safe and enriching place that helps students grow into healthy, happy adults.   
Teaching and Learning
Camden Yard Meetup Space
Our field is always evolving with new research and studies about teaching and learning. Share what informs your school’s instruction and curricula – and don’t be afraid to discuss the details.
NAIS Innovation Kitchen
NAIS is launching the Innovation Kitchen, a place to foster and incubate ideas to solve the most pressing challenges facing independent schools and to bring schools together to better serve all children. Come to our space in the NAIS Expo for:
• The NAIS recipe for innovation,
• Stories of innovation journeys from other schools,
• An opportunity for you and your team to tell your own innovation story, and
• Inspiring conversations with future-wise schools and thought leaders.

NAIS Makerspace
Explore 3D printing, laser cutting and engraving, electronic prototyping, and new types of programming in the NAIS Makerspace. This dedicated space is intended to help school administrators and teachers better understand the maker movement and its potential in independent schools. Drop by and make a custom electronic name tag, create a flying object, try your hand at soldering simple circuits, drive a robot, take on various building challenges, and more. Return to the Makerspace throughout the conference to experience all the space has to offer. 
Sponsored by TIAA.
Complimentary Meals in the NAIS Expo
Lunch: Thursday, March 2, 12:15 - 1:15 PM
Breakfast: Friday, March 3, 7:00 - 8:00 AM
Lunch: Friday, March 3, 12:15 - 1:15 PM

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