The NAIS People of Color Conference

The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.

With seminars, a master class, and more than 100 workshops on diverse topics relevant to people of color in independent schools, PoCC equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees with new skills. You’ll leave with knowledge and experiences to improve the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in your school, which will have a positive impact on the academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.

With a rich history spanning more than 30 years, PoCC is unique among professional development experiences in the national education landscape. PoCC supports the complex dynamics of independent school life and culture and the varied roles people of color play and experience in these settings. As NAIS strives to build and sustain inclusive school communities, PoCC offers a sanctuary and networking opportunity for people of color and allies in independent schools.

At PoCC, you’ll find opportunities to learn no matter where you are in your independent school career. Be inspired by keynote speakers who are luminaries in their fields. Find true connection and community in the affinity group sessions and with your peers at other schools. Whether you come to network or attend with your team for a bonding experience, there is something for everyone at PoCC.