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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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Institutional Leadership Conference (2 Day Event)

Date: Saturday - November 03, 2012
Location: Cedarbrook Lodge, Sea-Tac, WA

PNAIS is Thrilled to Announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2012 Institutional Leadership Conference:

Katie Smith Milway, of the Bridgespan Group


Will Richardson, Author, Speaker, Advocate and Educational Leader.

Katie Smith Milway will kick off the conference with a discussion of her article The Challenge of Organizational Learning, which was featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in the Summer of 2011.

The Challenge of Organizational Learning
No organization wants to reinvent wheels, but too many do. Indeed, the challenge of organizational learning lies at the heart of increasing school’s effectiveness.  Without leadership that prioritizes learning, defined roles for capturing and sharing knowledge, a culture that rewards learning behaviors, and intuitive processes, know-how fails to flow.  This session will zero in on concrete ways that organizations can effectively overcome the most common learning barriers to further their missions.   

The key questions that will be addressed include:

  • What is “organizational learning” and how well do nonprofits do it (compared to one another, across fields, and the for-profit sector)?
  • What gaps exist? And how can they be overcome?
  • What are specific tactics attendees have seen? What did we learn in our study? What does Bridgespan do and what have we learned?

Learn more about Katie Smith Milway here.

On Sunday morning, Will Richardson will challenge us to leap from “Old School” to “Bold School” and examine with him what happens to schools and classrooms and learning in a 2.0 world.

From “Old School” to “Bold School”: Making the Jump from Traditional to Modern Learning  
The main premise upon which schools were founded, that content and knowledge and teachers are scarce, has literally been turned on its head by the Web. Today, we carry the sum of human knowledge and access to millions of potential teachers in the phones in our pockets. And in a host of other ways, the idea of a “traditional” school is fading in it’s relevance to the new ways we and our students can learn. Given that reality, what changes? How do we rethink our roles as schools, classrooms and educators at a moment when our students have a growing number of options to cobble together an “education?” This session will discuss the paths that a number of “bold schools” are taking to fundamentally redefine their value as places of learning, not of content and teachers. We’ll discuss the challenges of remaining an “old” school, define the main characteristics of “bold” schools, look at schools that are already bridging the gap, and suggest ways to begin relevant, “bold” conversations around real change in our own schools and communities.

Learn More About Will Richardson here.

Consultant Corner: An Opportunity to Explore Your School’s Financial Statements One-On-One with Nonprofit Experts
Have you ever wondered …What does your school’s form 990 (or audited financial statements) say about you?  We have gathered a group of nonprofit experts to read your Form 990 and tell you what it says to them.  These experts prepare hundreds of nonprofit tax returns, audits and other reports every year.  They have seen the good, the bad and the ugly.  Learn how to present your School in the best light to donors, parents, board members, banks, the IRS and others that might hold your financial well being in their hands.
The 10 minute sessions are designed to help you better understand what your most public available document is saying about your organization.   
Request a reservation, by Monday, October 1st.  Reservations will be taken on a first come/first served basis.  A Wait List will be created.  You will be notified by no later than Monday, October 15th if we are able to accommodate an appointment for you.  At that time you will also be informed as to how to submit your tax return, form 990, audited financial statements or board financial statements to the experts, so they have an opportunity to review them prior to your meeting.  You will not receive any written comments.  The session is intended to be a conversation with a nonprofit expert about your reports.

Explore The Benefits of Attending
The PNAIS Institutional Leadership Conference provides key information to Trustees and Heads, increasing effectiveness and the inspiring you to think about governance in a new light.

Heads of School find this meeting especially valuable when they attend with their board chair or new board members, but Trustees of all levels of experience will benefit from the broad mix of sessions addressing:

  • Governance Best Practices (sessions for both new and experienced Trustees)
  • Introduction to Financial Documents
  • The Role of the Board in Fundraising and Institutional Advancement
  • Changes to the Legal Landscape and Policy Updates
  • The Head / Board Chair Partnership
  • The Accreditation Process and the New Self Study
  • Preparing for the Launch of an Endowment
  • Managing Leadership Transitions
  • Diversity and Equity within our Institutions
  • Business and Strategic Planning
  • Creating a Culture of Excellence in Facilities …And More!

Breakout sessions provide a valuable opportunity to learn from national and regional experts and connect with other trustees in smaller groups.  Enjoy a sneak peak at the 2012 Institutional Leadership Conference Breakout Sessions.


 Saturday – Nov. 3

  • 12:00pm-1:00pm  Registration 

  • 1:00pm-1:15pm  Welcome   
  • 1:15-2:15 Keynote Presentation-Katie Smith Milway
  • 2:30pm-3:45pm  Session 1 Breakouts
  • 4:00pm-5:15pm  Session 2 Breakouts
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm  Vendor Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres

Agenda – Sunday, Nov. 4

  • 8:00am-9:00am  Breakfast
  • 9:00am-10:15am  Plenary Session-Will Richardson
  • 10:45am-12:00pm  Session 3 Breakouts
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm  Lunch
1:15pm-2:30pm  Session 4 Breakouts
  • 2:30pm  Conference Conclusion

Your registration includes: reception with refreshments and heavy hors dourves on Saturday, continental breakfast and lunch on Sunday, all program materials, free parking, free wireless internet, and a free shuttle from SeaTac Airport.

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.

Registration Rates

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.

Booking Accommodations at Cedarbrook Lodge Online or by Phone

PNAIS has secured a group room rate of $139 plus applicable taxes (single or double occupancy).  Please make reservations by 5:00pm on October 3, 2012.  After October 3, rooms will be sold on a space available basis and at the prevailing rate.  Please make reservations through the central reservation number at 877.515.2176 and book under the group PNAIS.

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Location: Cedarbrook Lodge
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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
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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
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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
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June 24-26, 2013 (Mon.-Wed.)
Leadership Institute
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June 24-26, 2013 (Mon.-Wed.)
Diversity Practitioners Retreat
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