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PNAIS Professional Development Calendar

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 19, 2012
Time: All Day
Location: Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA

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, including:

  • Meade Thayer, Executive Director, PNAIS
  • Jennifer Skorny, Board Chair of The Open Window School (Bellevue, WA)
  • Ellen Taussig, Former Head of The Northwest School (Seattle, WA) and Current Executive Director of the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia

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 4/6/12 ........................ $225
  • Regular .............    Deadline 4/27/12 .....................  $255
  • Late ...................    Postmarked after 4/27/12 ........  $275

  • Non-PNAIS Member School....................................$350

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.  

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.

Cancellation Policy
Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by May 13, 2012 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after May 13, 2012 are ineligible for any refund.

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Upcoming Conferences

Registration Now Open
May 19, 2012 (Sat.)
Board Chairs Workshop
Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Registration Now Open
May 21-22, 2012 (Mon.-Tues.)
Facilities Managers Conference
Location: The Inn, Gig Harbor, WA

Registration Now Open
June 18-20, 2012 (Mon.-Wed.)
Institutional Advancement Conference
Cedarbrook Lodge, SeaTac, WA

Registration Now Open
June 25-27, 2012 (Mon.-Wed.)
Leadership Institute
Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA

Registration Now Open
June 25-27, 2012 (Mon.-Wed.)
Diversity Practitioners Retreat
Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA

Save the Dates
Academic Year 2012-13

Registration Now Open

July 2-3, 2012 (Mon.-Tues.)
Tech Share Conference
Location: Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Registration Now Open
August 7-10, 2012
New Heads Institute
Location: Alderbrook Resort, Union, WA

September 10, 2012 (tentative)
Bloodborne Pathogens Workshop
Location: TBA

October 11, 2012
Self Study Coordinators Workshop
Annie Wright School
Tacoma, WA

October 12, 2012
Fall Educators Conference
Annie Wright School
Tacoma, WA

October 24, 2012
Critical Conversation Lab
Location: TBA

November 3-4, 2012
Institutional Leadership Conference
Cedarbrook Lodge
Seatac, WA

November 4-5, 2012
Fall Heads Meeting
Cedarbrook Lodge
Seatac, WA

November 6, 2012
Sustainable Fundraising Workshop
Location: TBA

February 8-9, 2013 (Fri.-Sat.)
Student Diversity Leadership Retreat
For Students in grades 10, 11 and 12
Location: TBA

April 21-23, 2013 (Sun.-Tues.)
Business Officers Conference
Location: TBA

May 5-7, 2013 (Sun.-Tues.)
Spring Heads Conference
Location: TBA

May 18, 2013 (Sat.)
Board Chairs Workshop
Location: TBA

June 20-21, 2013 (Thurs.-Fri.)
Administrative Assistants
Location: TBA

June 24-26, 2013 (Mon.-Wed.)
Leadership Institute
Location: TBA

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