Stephen Carter

For those who have not seen the graphic recording artist representations of the sessions. Here is the collection as posted on the NAIS conference site. These are truly wonderful and full of information that will bring back memories or could be used to stimulate conversation among your peers.

Bill Gates
Independent Matters (Stephen Carter, Cheryl Crazy Bull, Sarah Kay)
John Hunter
Amy Chua
Raymond Yan
John Media
T.J. Vassar
Dan Savage

Richard Kassissieh
You say you want a revolution?
I returned from last week’s NAIS Annual Conference abuzz with asense of potential and possibility for substantial educational change. Ifyou did not attend, innovation was the conference theme, and presenters from across the country shared many projects that featured student-centered instruction and 21st century learning. I felt more momentum for significant change in classroom instruction than ever before. Have independent schools begun a…MORE

P.T. Denton Jr. shared by Chip Denton
The best thing I saw at NAIS
Just before spring break, I traveled to Seattle for the Annual Conference of the National Association of Independent Schools. This was my third NAIS Conference. The quality of the presentations is so superb I wish our entire faculty and staff could experience a conference like this. I’ll do my best to share what I learned. But in small bites. I know what it’s like to stay home and have someone come back all full of three days of workshops. So let me start with one thing…MORE

Anthony McGrann
Are innovative breakthroughs accidental or do they require hard work?
What do you think of when you hear the term, “Slam Poetry.” My early experiences with slam poetry were not very memorable and usually consisted of overwrought and angry performances. The point they were trying to make was lost on me. Then, last year, Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet, presented at TED. I was immediately captivated by the words she wrote, the way she organized them, and the way she delivered them. In an instant, my preconceptions about spoken poetry had changed. Those attending the Thursday session of the NAIS conference were…MORE


Did you miss the NAIS 2012 Annual Conference or do you want to relive a magical moment or spark of inspiration? Watch one of the videos below from this year’s list of featured speakers.

We invite you to view any of the videos below and use the comment section on this page to share your thoughts with the broader community. Feel free to join in the conversation- Comment Below.

Opening Keynote with Bill Gates
Bill Gates: Fulfilling technology’s Promise to Education

Independent Matters

Stephen Carter

Cheryl Crazy Bull

Sarah Kay


The following articles about featured speakers have been shared by the official NAIS Conference Reporters


Jonathan Martin
John Hunter and the World Peace Game, an NAIS highlight: sharing his similar TED talk
Certainly among the greatest highlights of the NAIS Annual Conference this year was the presentation and speech by John Hunter, 4th grade teacher and founder of the World Peace Game. John is a member of what I think is among the very most exciting school districts in the country, the Albemarle County School district headed by the terrific Pam Moran, about…MORE

Teachers of the Future- Gentry Hirohata and Lorelei Saito
Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Middle School
We want to share with you our middle school team interdisciplinary project, Keiki Kala. This is our fourth year teaching this unit, and although it’s gone through a few changes, we want to get some feedback and ideas on integrating more relevant content in the core classes, and maybe to hear from others who have experience content integration. Although our facilities here at Punahou’s…MORE

Anthony McGrann
Jonathan Martin’s Innovative Schools, Innovative Students Presentation at NAISAC12
This is my attempt at trying a new web tool called “storify” to share what I was doing during the first morning session on Friday at the NAIS conference. Jonathan Martin is the Head of School at St. Gregory College…MORE

Thom Whitby (Shared by Felix Jacomino)
Why most teachers don’t know what they don’t know.
Most professions have professional journals. Professional journals have long been the method by which innovations to professions have been introduced. Lengthy articles explaining the: who, what, where, when, why and how of an innovation in the profession was spelled out for all to read. Follow-up journal articles weighed the pros and cons. Journals historically have…MORE

The following collection covers many of the tweets from the first full day of the NAIS 2012 Annual Conference in Seattle. This issue features the opening session with Bill Gates, Speed Innovation, Independent Matters speakers Stephen Carter, Cheryl Crazy bull and Sarah Kay. Other featured tweets come from Soraya Darabi’s session on Creativity and the emerging media, opening comments by Pat Bassett and comments on the wonderful performance of the Northwest School A Capella group. Read the Issue of NAIS Day 1 in Tweets


Online School for Girls
The course catalog for the 2012-13 school year is out and registration is open. There are offerings in language, art, music, science and more. Additionally, the Online School for Girls (OSG) also has offerings for teachers in their professional development program. Check out the following links to learn more

OSG Courses:

OSG Professional Development:

3 hour Workshops on Wednesday
Preconference workshops opened today with over 15 different sessions. Here is a small collection of artifacts from three of those sessions. You can find many more by searching the #naisac12 tag on Twitter between the hours of 1 and 4 Pacific time. Read…MORE

Learn more about Stephen Carter
Stephen will be one of the three speakers on Thursday afternoon in the general session titled Independent Matters. Learn more about Stephen…MORE


Jason Ramsden
Countdown to NAIS 2012 AC (2 Days)
The following link takes you to a Storify set up by Jason to capture and categorize tweets leading up to the conference. You can read these little gems at…MORE

Check out the conference bloggers at:


Anthony McGrann
What to do in Seattle while attending NAISAC12
The National Independent School Annual Conference kicks off tomorrow at the Washington State Convention Center here in Seattle. Having been fortunate enough to attend a few conferences in other cities, I know that sight seeing isn’t really on the agenda as each day is completely filled. By the time each day is over, most sights are closed or one is usually exhausted from the conference itself. Nonetheless, I’m going to try and give a few tips for those visiting our splendid city this week. Here are my top 5 things to do this week while you’re here…MORE

Teachers of the Future
Connecting globally, a fourth grade blogging project
Lessons about countries and cultures are part of the established curriculum for 4th grade students in our school. In the past, the project culminated with a slide presentation and a tri fold poster exhibit. The students looked forward to choosing a country to study, researching and sharing what they had learned. Although technology was involved in the research and presentation pieces, there was rarely a connection to someone living in the researched countries…MORE

Mark Crotty
For what purpose?
Recently there has been a great deal of press about the recent releasing of the ratings and/or rankings of New York City teachers. I’m sure that whoever decided to do this can articulate some very sound reasons, most of them having to do with accountability and transparency…MORE

Stephen Carter
Thursday, March 1, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Independent Matters

Recognized by Time magazine as one of the 50 leaders of the next century, Stephen Carter is one of America’s leading public intellectuals. The author of four novels and seven critically acclaimed nonfiction books on law, ethics, and politics, he continues to shape the national debate on issues ranging from the role of religion in our politics and culture, to the role of integrity and civility in our daily lives.

Carter’s most recent book is The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama. It examines the implications of the military philosophy President Barack Obama has adopted through his first two years in office and what his views on war mean for America. Carter’s extraordinary fiction debut, The Emperor of Ocean Park, spent three months on The New York Times bestseller list and made bestseller lists in several European countries.

Currently professor of law at Yale University, Carter has clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. As a trustee for the Aspen Institute, he moderates seminars for business executives on the role of values in leadership. Carter is also a contributor to Bloomberg View, the new opinion section of