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Special Events

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

Sexuality Education and Issues: Full-Day Symposium
Featuring keynote speakers and noted experts Deborah Roffman and Shafia Zaloom
Wednesday, March 1
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Ticket Required:
$195 with conference registration
$245 without conference registration 
Sexuality Education and Issues Agenda (PDF)​

Appropriate for all personnel across school divisions, this special pre-conference symposium will address many of the sexual health, safety, and wellness issues that have dominated the education landscape in recent months: student on student sexual assault; affirmative consent; adult sexual misconduct; sexting, use, and misuse of technology; school/family partnership; and student relationships. Join us as we delve into recent case studies and research, school policies, and classroom practices that can help manage and mitigate these trends. We’ll also examine the role of comprehensive sexuality education in supporting healthy sexual development.
Moderated by Debra Wilson, NAIS
Room: Hilton, Billie Holiday 4

Sign up for the symposium when you register for the conference. Even if  you've already registered, you can still add it on through the registration  portal. You may also sign up for the symposium without registering for the conference, but you still must go through the registration portal.

Klingenstein Seminar Series: A Case For Change
Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Ticket Required: $25
Change is hard. How can we prepare our schools for change, spot potential pitfalls, and build buy-in?  Todd Jick, an award-winning author, renowned expert in leadership and organizational change, and leading professor at Columbia Business School, will guide attendees through a case study on implementing successful change in schools.
Room: 316/317

First-Time Attendee Reception
Wednesday, March 1, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Ticket Required: Free
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!  
Room: Hilton, Billie Holiday Foyer
New! Wellness Activities
Thursday, March 2, 6:00 – 7:00 AM
Friday, March 3, 6:00 – 7:00 AM
Mental and physical wellness are important aspects of everyday life. The 2017 NAIS Annual Conference will give you the opportunity to participate in early morning yoga and Zumba classes.
Rooms: Hilton, Douglass (Zumba); Hilton, Paca (Yoga)

President's Breakfast and Annual Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Join head of school colleagues for breakfast and a presentation by the new NAIS president and the NAIS board of trustees. The Annual Meeting for members immediately follows the breakfast.
Room: 308-310

Speed Innovating
Thursday, March 2, 11:15 - 12:15 PM
Following a "speed dating" format, spend an hour hearing from some of the most innovative independent schools across the country. Learn more.
Room: Pratt Street Lobby

New! NAIS AC Powered by PechaKucha
Thursday, March 2, 1:15 – 2:15 PM
Friday, March 3, 1:15 – 2:15 PM
NAIS has adapted the exciting, rapid-fire format of popular PechaKucha presentations for the Annual Conference stage. All presenters must adhere to the 20x20 rule: Their limit is 20 slides that advance automatically at 20 seconds per slide. Whether funny, sad, informative, or inspirational, all presentations must be concise and visual. Learn more.
Room: 308-310

And, don't forget to visit the NAIS Expo for even more opportunities to network and learn!

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