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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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Leadership Institute (3 Day Event)

Date: Monday - June 24, 2013
Location: Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA

This year’s conference will focus on supporting you and providing tools to leaders as they navigate the path between peer and leader.  In each of our roles there are elements of formal and informal leadership.  It takes a great deal of skill and nuance to develop collegial relationships while taking on leadership responsibilities.  During three-day institute attendees will work with a diverse cohort of leaders to learn from each other’s experience, and explore tools, strategies and best practices to navigate this journey.

Conference Overview   
Monday attendees will hear From an Inspiring Leader: Mo Copeland, Head of School, Oregon Episcopal School, have a chance to reflect on their own leadership journey and connect with a cohort of attendees who will share the journey through the duration of the conference.

Tuesday’s full-day workshop, led by Andrew Cline will be filled with content, tools, frameworks and models to support you as you walk the path between peer and leader.

Wednesday will expand the possibilities of connections and content further by engaging the attendees of the Diversity Practitioners Retreat in an Open Space Session.

Tuesday Workshop Announced - Navigating Peer Leadership with Andrew Cline
Working with peers is like being on an expedition with fellow travelers. It’s a journey. Developing these relationships is one of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of being on a team. Professional peer relationships can be highly ambiguous when it comes to decision-making processes, inclusion, power and influence. How do you create an atmosphere where autonomy and collaboration go hand in hand within the formal and informal leadership responsibilities you face? Such ambiguity can make it hard to develop and sustain long-term relationships, especially within the hierarchical, complex, fast-paced and ever-changing educational systems in which we find ourselves.

This is a day of renewal and reflection as we measure the personal and professional experiences we lived and learned from within the last school. We will learn from each other – our peers – as we play with practical models and tools that illustrate the concepts of leadership and personal development. Skill development will focus in fun and collaborative ways on communication and behaviors that support and influence your individual and team development.

Leave the Institute with:

  • An experiential leadership model that outlines the four dynamic and interconnected roles we assume every day within our work lives.
  • A coaching tool, based on Robert Carkhuff’s “helping model” that augments the discussions we have with peers who look to us for support and advice.
  • An action plan for strengthening a working relationship you care about. This action plan will revolve around deepening conversations through a balanced reliance on expressing thoughts, wants, and feelings.

Workshop Facilitator: 
Andrew Cline

Leading remote wilderness expeditions in the far reaches of Chilean Patagonia and throughout the world, Andrew developed an acute interest in what made great teams. For
over twenty years he focused on adult education and outdoor leadership, part of that time helping direct international operations for the Patagonia Branch of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). In conjunction with NOLS, Andrew also led leadership development expeditions for clients such as NASA astronaut crews and New London Naval Submarine Base. After seven years in South America, Andrew returned to the United States, where he pursued his Masters in Applied Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Organization Development and Consulting.  Peer leadership is an especially salient topic for a grouping such as the Leadership Institute, which has many participants diverse roles and both formal and informal leadership responsibilities. The planning committee is thrilled to have Andy involved in the planning of the institute and looks forward to continuing to collaborate to create a valuable experience for attendees.

Who Should Attend
Assistant Heads, Division Heads, Deans, and those in Educational and Administrative Leadership Roles.

Retreat Program
This year's focus will be around building and supporting a highly functioning leadership team.  The program includes sessions led by those within the association, a full day workshop with an outside expert, as well as a chance to connect and share learning with the attendees of the concurrent Diversity Practitioners Retreat. 

Tentative Agenda
1:30-2:30 Registration
2:30 Introduction
3:00-5:00 Opening session  
5:00pm Reception
6:00pm Dinner

9:00-12:00 Leadership Workshop
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Leadership Workshop
3:30-5:00 Free Time
5:00pm Reception
6:00pm Dinner

9:00-10:45 Closing Workshop
10:45-11:15 Wrap-up and Goodbyes

2012 attendees were asked what they would tell those who have not attended before.  Here are a few of their responses.

"I would highly recommend it for the sharing and networking, for the valuable insights and support gained. Talking and collaborating with so many interesting and talented individuals from other schools in our area was a real treat."  - Alice Hauschka, Faculty Leader, The Little School

"Attending this Institute allows you to connect and share with colleagues at other schools. I always come away feeling refreshed and renewed with fresh ideas and perspectives." - Regan Wensnahan, Faculty Coach, Giddens School
"Well worth it. Great community building, collaboration, shared collegiality."  - Mo Copeland, Head of School, Oregon Episcopal School
"This is a fantastic opportunity to get away, reflect on the year past, get energized about the upcoming year, and learn valuable, applicable information from leaders in various roles from a wide variety of PNAIS schools. I made connections and met people I will surely contact throughout the school year when I have a question and/or need advice."  - Anonymous 2012 Institute Attendee

"It was a worthy experience, which allowed for networking, brainstorming, greater understanding of like-schools and like-leaders. The setting was lovely and the depth of engagement was inspiring." - Aline Garcia Rubio, Assistant Head and Dean of Students, The Catlin Gabel School


Watch our short Online Registration how-to video.
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Please note that registration is a two-step process. Please 1) register for the program with PNAIS and 2) arrange for accommodations directly with Sleeping Lady Resort. See below for more information about making hotel reservations. For additional savings take advantage of the PNAIS travel share programs to reimburse expenses (see below).

  • Early Bird: $525 By May 3, 2013

  • Regular: $575 By June 3, 2013
Late: $625 After June 3, 2013

  • Non-Member: $675 Anytime until June 19, 2012 (Registration Deadline)

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.

Substitutions and Cancellations

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by June 14th are eligible for a refund after a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after June 14th are ineligible for any refund.

Travel Reimbursement
Click here for travel share reimbursement form.


Sleeping Lady Resort is a leading Northwest destination – Sleeping Lady embodies the natural beauty and history of Leavenworth and the Wenatchee Valley.  The Kingfisher Restaurant and Wine Bar features gourmet meals created with the freshest local ingredients, many from Sleeping Lady’s own two-acre organic garden. Meals are chef’s choice and are served buffet-style in Kingfisher’s lodge-style setting Learn More about Sleeping Lady Resort.

The rooms at Sleeping Lady are spacious and have room for multiple attendees.  If cost of attending is a concern, consider sharing a room with a colleague and splitting the cost of accommodations.

To make your reservations to stay at Sleeping Lady please fax in the reservation form.  

Please note: space may fill at this location, and overflow arrangements will be made at another local hotel.  Those who do not stay onsite will still join attendees for all meals and activities.  If you feel strongly about staying at the Sleeping Lady Resort, register for your room early.

Bringing Your Family?
Sleeping Lady Resort is a wonderful place for families to share some time together. To register guests that will not be attending the conference, use the Sleeping Lady Reservation form.  There is no additional fee due to PNAIS.  Sleeping Lady Resort charges the following fees for non-conference attendees to cover the cost of meals:

  • Additional Spouse/Partner/Adult/Child (13+)  - $78 plus 8.1% tax ($84.32 per night) for a total of $168.64  
  • Children 5-12 years old - $33 plus 8.1% tax ($35.67 per night) for a total of $71.34

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Board Chairs Workshop
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June 20-21, 2013 (Thurs.-Fri.)
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Registration Open
June 24-26, 2013 (Mon.-Wed.)
Leadership Institute
Location: Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA
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Registration Open
June 24-26, 2013 (Mon.-Wed.)
Diversity Practitioners Retreat
Location: Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA

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August 6-9, 2013
Alderbrook Resort, Union, WA

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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

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May 4-6, 2014
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