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This calendar lists professional development events hosted by PNAIS and various PNAIS schools intended to promote the growth of teachers and administrators alike.  Subscribe via RSS or share our calendar by clicking on the icons below.

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Board Chairs Workshop

Date: Saturday - May 18, 2013
Location: Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Saturday May 18, 2013

Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA


Registration Now Open

The Board Chairs Workshop has been designed to enhance your effectiveness in your new role and is held in a lovely; relaxed setting.  This event will provide you with the skills to lead your school forward and the network to support you as you do.  

Who Should Attend?

All Board Chairs are welcome, but the program is designed for new or relatively new Board Chairs. Join your colleagues from Independent Schools across the Northwest and benefit from the expertise of veteran institutional leaders and fellow participants. You will come away with exposure to theory and practice that will enhance your ability to lead your school and its board.

Agenda Topics

  • Transitioning from Board Member to Board Chair
  • Understanding and developing relations between the Board Chair and the Head
  • Understanding and developing relations between the Board Chair and the Board
  • Developing relations between the Board Chair and the community
  • Establishing good board practices

Learn with a Faculty of Veteran Institutional Leaders

Joan Beauregard, Head of School, Hamlin Robinson School
Over the past 21 years Joan has been a Head of School at 5 schools.  Prior to coming to Hamlin Robinson School Joan served as an interim Head of School for Giddens School in Seattle, The Little School in Bellevue, and The Oaks School in Hollywood, CA, guiding them through their transitional years.  Previous to these assignments she worked at St. Thomas School in Medina as a teacher, Associate Head of School and as Head of School.  Joan has been very active in PNAIS having served on many committees and accreditation teams, on the Board of Governors and as PNAIS president. Joan also served as president of Washington Federation of Independent Schools and as a trustee on several boards of independent schools in Seattle.  In her spare time Joan enjoys walking, spending time with friends, and traveling nationally and internationally.

Mark Chinen, President, Lake Washington Girls Middle School Board of Directors
Mark is an Associate Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law and a Fellow of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality.  He was educated at Pomona College and Yale Divinity School before receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School.  Prior to beginning law teaching, Mark practiced in the areas of international trade and corporate and securities law in Washington D.C. with the firm, Covington & Burling.  He teaches contracts and courses in international law and writes on various aspects of international law, particularly international governance, international law theory, theology and international law, and the relationship between domestic and international law.  Mark’s most recent article, Crumbs from the Table: the Syrophoenecian Woman and International Law, was published in the Journal of Law and Religion. He was the inaugural William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence at the School of Law from 2007 to 2010.

Meade Thayer, Executive Director, PNAIS  
Meade is in his 15th year as Executive Director of PNAIS. Meade’s background includes working in the independent school world for 37 years including serving as admission director, NAIS’s director of financial aid services, and board member at both schools and nonprofit organizations.

The workshop will run from approximately 8:30am – 3:30pm and will consist of:

  • Interactive workshops sessions
  • Opportunities to discuss and share knowledge and experience, and
  • Introduction of tools that you can take back to your board and use in your own development.

Registration Information

  • Early Bird:Deadline 3/29/13: $225
  • Regular:Deadline 4/26/13: $255
  • Late: Postmarked after 4/26/13: $275
  • Non-PNAIS Member School: $350

Watch our short Online Registration how-to video. For best results, click the play icon (triangle) and then allow the video to load before starting playback.

To receive the early bird or regular discount, your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the stated deadline.

  • For registrations completed by mail or online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by the stated deadline
  • Online registrations completed by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the stated deadline.

Cancellation Policy
Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by May 13, 2013 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after May 13, 2013 are ineligible for any refund.

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Upcoming Conferences

Registration Open
May 18, 2013 (Sat.)
Board Chairs Workshop
Location: Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Registration Open
June 20-21, 2013 (Thurs.-Fri.)
Administrative Assistants Workshop
Location: Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Registration Open
June 24-26, 2013 (Mon.-Wed.)
Leadership Institute
Location: Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA
Save the Dates for 2013-14

Registration Open
June 24-26, 2013 (Mon.-Wed.)
Diversity Practitioners Retreat
Location: Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA

Registration Open

New Heads Institute
August 6-9, 2013
Alderbrook Resort, Union, WA

Save the Dates

Self Study Workshop
October 10, 2013
Location: TBA

Fall Educators Conference
October 11, 2013
The Overlake School, Redmond, WA

Institutional Leadership Conference
November 2-3, 2013
The Cedarbrook Lodge, SeaTac, WA

Fall Heads Meeting
November 3-4, 2013
The Cedarbrook Lodge, SeaTac, WA

Spring Heads Meeting
May 4-6, 2014
Location: TBA

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