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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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Fall Educators Conference

Date: Friday - October 12, 2012
Time: All Day
Location: Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma, WA

Brought to you with the support of our Gold Level Event Sponsor

PNAIS 2012 Fall Educators Conference

Risk + Failure = Growth: Developing The Resilient Learner and Educator

October 12, 2012 - Annie Wright Schools - Tacoma, Washington

PNAIS is Thrilled to Announce the 2012 Fall Educators Conference Keynote Speakers

Kathryn Schulz

Author of 

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

Rob Evans, Ed.D.
Helping Parents Face Risk and Foster Resilience

Getting to No: From Congeniality to True Collegiality

Featured Speakers are Highlighted National and Regional Experts and Include:

         Ashley Merryman

    co-author of Nurture Shock

Christian Long
Vice President, Education, Cannon Design

Resilience An Essential Quality in Design Thinking 

Greg Bamford

Co-Founder, Leading is Learning,
Developing Resilience Through Assessment Practices

Diana Laufenberg
Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia

Teaching Students How To Learn: Fostering Resilience in the Classroom

Susan MacKay

Director of Education & the Center for Children's Learning, Portland Children's Museum

Creating Learning Communities: Supporting the Social and Emotional Intelligences of Children

Breakout session presenters are PNAIS colleagues and local professionals who will share best practices that they have developed working in and around the classroom.

Download a full conference program here.

Conference Agenda
8:00-8:45am: Registration / Breakfast    
9:00-9:15am: Opening remarks  
9:15-10:15am: Keynote: Kathryn Schulz Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
10:45-11:45am: You Choose!  Attend a session with one of the featured speakers, a breakout session, or take a tour of our hosts: Annie Wright Schools  
11:45-12:45pm: Lunch  & Visit the Bookstore. Book signing with Ashley Merryman  
12:45-1:45pm: You Choose!  Attend a session with one of the Featured Speakers or a breakout session  
1:45-2:15pm: Break  
2:15-3:15pm: Closing Keynote – Rob Evans Getting to No: From Congeniality to True Collegiality  
3:15pm: Conference Concludes and Clock Hours And STARS Credits Available


PNAIS Attendees
Early Bird $105 by Sept 4, 2012
Regular $135 after Sept 4, 2012 and before Sept 28, 2012

Late $160 after Sept 28, 2012

Non-Member $195 Anytime

TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline.

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

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 October 1, 2012 are eligible for a refund after a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after October 1, 2012  are ineligible for any refund.

Save Time By Prepaying for Clock Hours / STARS credits
We are now accepting prepayment for the $10 clock hours administrative fee.  To learn more about clock hours prepayment click here or simply go and choose Clock Hours Pre-Pay from the list of programs.

Getting to Annie Wright Schools
Parking will be very limited.  Continuous shuttle buses will bring attendees to Annie Wright Schools from multiple remote lots and public transportation drop-offs. Click here for information on remote parking and shuttles as well as taking the train, bus, or sounder.

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Download an application here for rates and details.

A room block has been secured at the lovely Hotel Murano, less than two miles from our host, Annie Wright Schools.  To arrange for your room, call and ask for the “PNAIS Fall Conference” rate.  You will receive your choice of a King or Double Deluxe Guestroom with free wireless internet access at a discounted rate of $105.00 per night.  Please make your reservations by October 1, 2012 to take advantage of this special rate.

Centrally located in downtown Tacoma, Hotel Murano is just blocks from the best Tacoma restaurants, Tacoma shopping and of course, our world famous Tacoma sightseeing. With wireless high-speed Internet (access fee), 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, Spiritual Menu and many other unique amenities, this Tacoma hotel provides all that a traveler needs.

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Upcoming Conferences

Registration Now Open
October 11, 2012 (Thurs.)
Self Study Coordinators Workshop
Location: Annie Wright School
Tacoma, WA

October 12, 2012 (Fri.)
Fall Educators Conference
Location: Annie Wright School
Tacoma, WA

Program Full - Registration Closed
October 24, 2012 (Wed.)
Critical Conversation Lab
Location: Bright Water School, Seattle, WA

Registration Now Open
November 3-4, 2012 (Sat.-Sun.)
Institutional Leadership Conference
Location: Cedarbrook Lodge
Seatac, WA

Registration Now Open
November 4-5, 2012 (Sun.-Mon.)
Fall Heads Meeting
Location: Cedarbrook Lodge
Seatac, WA

Registration Now Open
November 6, 2012 (Tues.)
Sustainable Fundraising Workshop
Location: University Child Development School, Seattle, WA

Registration Now Open
Dec. 3, 2012 (Mon.)
Meeting The Needs of All Learners Through Differentiated Instruction
Location: Bertschi School, Seattle, WA

Jan. 18, 2013 (Fri.)
The Framework of Teaching - Using the Danielson Model To DEsign An Effective Teacher Evaluation Model (limited to 40 people)
Location: Hamlin Robinson School, Seattle, WA

Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2013 (Thurs.-Fri.)
Professional Growth Institute
Location: St. Andrew's House, Union, WA

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

Mar. 4, 2013 (Mon.)
Playful Literacy: Supporting the Connections Between the Arts and Literacy in Early Childhood Education
Location: Epiphany School, Seattle, WA

Mar. 15, 2013 (Fri.)
Getting To No: Becoming Truly Collegial with Rob Evans
Location:  The Adelson Educational Campus, Las Vegas, NV

Mar. 18, 2013 (Mon.)
Small School Response to Critical Events
Location: Seattle Girls' School, Seattle, WA

April 21-23, 2013 (Sun.-Tues.)
Business Officers Conference
Location: Cedarbrook Lodge, Sea-Tac, WA

May 5-7, 2013 (Sun.-Tues.)
Spring Heads Conference
Location: Alderbrook Resort, Union, WA

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

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

June 24-26, 2013 (Mon.-Wed.)
Leadership Institute
Location: Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA

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

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