It was every intention of mine to blog during the conference, however, I never seemed to be able to catch my breath. I didn’t want to miss opportunities to attend sessions or to meet up with fellow independent school colleagues from all over the country. Enjoying the beautiful weather and taking in everything possible on my first visit to San Francisco didn’t help. And, the time zone change kicked my butt, too. I tried to make up for this by tweeting every chance I got! Here is a storify collecting all of them.
The conference began with a loving tribute to John Chubb, and I was inspired and motivated by several of the general sessions. I didn’t get to as many one-hour sessions as I would have liked but there was so much to do and see. The venue (Moscone Conference Center) was easy to navigate (my favorite of the…
There’s always a feeling of excitement surrounding the NAIS Annual Conference each year- lots of preparation to leave school for a few days, and the anticipation of all the new ideas and energy the conference will bring is invigorating.
If this is your first time, here are a few tips that may help:
Download the conference app TODAY!
Spend some time on the app AHEAD of time. Browse each time slot and select 2 or 3 sessions that interest you. The app will give you a warning that you already have selected a session during that time. It’s OK. You have to have options! If one doesn’t work out, you can scoot out and catch another.
If you are not on Twitter, join today!Here’s a link to a Twitter for Educators Beginner’s Guide. You will want to participate in all the conversations (a.k.a. backchanneling) that are happening during the…
When noon came on Thursday, it didn’t take long to get over the fact that our Admin Unplugged session was in the immense Grand Ballroom B. Participants trickled in and began to write session topics (or vote for others) on the easels at the entrance.
After about 10 minutes, Liz facilitated an icebreaker so participates could meet and introduce themselves to three different people. While that was happening, Justine and I were tallying the votes and setting up the 5 different discussion tables.
The of topics of Scheduling, Teacher Evaluation, Head of School relationship with Admin Teams, Open Gradebooks, and Leadership Training were announced. We explained that attendees would choose one of the tables and have a 20-minute discussion surrounding that topic. It wasn’t long before everyone was seated and the conversations were off and running. At the end of 20 minutes, participants could choose another table and have a conversation surrounding a different topic or stay at the table and continue with the discussion.
The hour flew by, and participants seemed comfortable sharing their knowledge and passions with each other. Choice is a good thing!
Each Thursday night at 9pm EST, a group independent school educators gather “virtually,” using the twitter hashtag #isedchat, to discuss a hot topic determined by a twtpoll or by the guest moderator. Lots of learning, sharing and connections are made, and the hour is guaranteed to fly by.
This week, our #isedchat was in a different form– we were face to face…and it was amazing! We discussed programs at our school, successes, failures, resources, and much more. Putting that face to the twitter handle is a great thing! This was a value added for my conference experience and I thank everyone who made it over to Summer Shack. We had an awesome time!
Tonight ! #isedchat meet up is at Summer Shack across from Sheraton. 9pm EST Thursday! They will reserve us a space!!! Please RT!