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Mission matters


Winter 2017

“Make Your Mission Matter: From Vision to Values” is the theme of the 2017 NAIS Annual Conference, taking place March 1-3 in Baltimore. This theme encompasses both the everyday practices and the larger educational philosophies in schools’ missions.

General session speakers include:

  • Brené Brown, author of the No. 1 New York Times best sellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection;
  • Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution and the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking;
  • Sir Ken Robinson, a leading authority on creativity and innovation in education and business, and author of Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education; and
  • Onaje X. O. Woodbine, author of Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball and teacher of philosophy and religious studies at Phillips Academy (Massachusetts).

This year’s conference has new features. PechaKucha (pronounced puh-CHAW kuh-CHAW) workshops are quick presentations — six minutes and 40 seconds — in which speakers use 20 PowerPoint slides, and each one advances automatically after 20 seconds.

In addition, the NAIS Virtual Pass is a new way to bring valuable resources and learning from the conference to participants’ schools. Two distinct packages are available:

#NAISAC Live allows participants to live stream the general session speakers from their homes or schools while the conference is happening in Baltimore.

#NAISAC On Demand gives participants access to 60 workshop sessions, the PechaKucha sessions, and the featured workshops.

To prepare for the conference, attendees can download the app, NAIS AC2017, starting in January.

For more information about the conference, registration, and hotels, visit

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