2011 NAIS Annual Conference | National Harbor, MD | Feb 23 - Feb 25, 2011

About the Conference

Blogs and Reports at the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference

Bloggers, reporters, online community, oh my!

Miss a session at the Annual Conference? Interested in another colleague's interpretation of a speaker? Then check out the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference Bloggers live from National Harbor!

 11AC Blogger Jill BrownJill Brown
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Jill Brown is a life-long educator who has taught in different states, at different grade levels (first grade - graduate level) and in different formats (face-to-face, workshops, online synchronous and asynchronous). She conducted her doctoral dissertation research focusing on the necessary skills for teachers to be successful technology integrators in the classroom. Jill is currently director of educational technology at Albuquerque Academy (New Mexico). She serves on the NAIS 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force, the New Mexico Society for Technology in Education board (and is co-founder), the Innovate Educate New Mexico Education board, the Independent Schools SIG for ISTE as the committee chair, and the New Mexico Association of Nonpublic Schools board. She has also served on the International Society of Technology in Education board, as treasurer and K-12 Representative, has been awarded the Making IT Happen Award, the Innovator Award by Innovate Educate, and has been recognized as a Woman of Influence for NM Business Weekly.  
 11AC Blogger Martha HaakmatMartha Haakmat
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Martha Haakmat is head of the middle school at Brooklyn Friends School (New York), a preschool through 12th grade coeducational Quaker school enrolling 685 students. Brooklyn Friends is one of the most diverse independent schools in the nation, with 39 percent of the student body and 28 percent of the faculty representing students and people of color. The Brooklyn Friends Middle School (grades 5-8) is distinguished by students' academic success and scholarship and their high levels of participation in the arts, athletics, and community service. Well-known in the independent school community for her diversity consultancy work, Martha was a member of the faculty of Packer Collegiate School (New York) from 1996 to 2010, the last five years as the school's diversity coordinator and member of the Director's Group.She also taught at Trevor Day School (New York), Children's Storefront School (New York), and the Brearley School (New York) in her 24 years as a NYC independent school educator.
 11AC Blogger Marty JonesMartin C. "Marty" Jones
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Marty Jones is currently director of marketing and communications for Oregon Episcopal School (Oregon). He brings a unique perspective as this is his first-ever NAIS Annual Conference. Previously Marty has worked as a producer in the film industry, producing feature films as well as commercials for internationally known brands. We are especially lucky to have this father of three as a member of the 2012 Annual Conference Think Tank, a group of NAIS volunteers who help plan the conference. 
 11AC Blogger Jason RamsdenJason Ramsden
Click here to access Jason's main blog and here for his live blog.
Beginning a career in independent education in 1991, Jason has been involved with teaching, admissions, communications, and technology throughout his career. Currently Jason is chief technology officer for Ravenscroft School (North Carolina). For the past 14 years his career has been dedicated to improving technology both on the instructional and infrastructure levels in schools. Presently, he serves as chair of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools' Commission on Technology, writes for NCAIS's Blog "Igniting Innovation," and helped co-found NCAIS INNOVATE, an annual conference dedicated to infusing innovation in our schools. He is also a member of NAIS's 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force, a member of the Consortium of School Networking's CTO Advisory Council, and has been a contributing writer for edSocialMedia.com

Looking for engagement and interaction? Join the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference Online Community. It's your chance to share your views on hot topics of today and network with colleagues. Plus, it's a safe environment to experiment with all sorts of web tools, including Netvibes, Diigo, Facebook, Twitter, and more! All led by our purposeful colleague Chris Bigenho. http://naisac11.wordpress.com/

10AC Chris Bigenho avatar 

Chris Bigenho, veteran NAIS Annual Conference Classrooms of the Future guru, lends his creativity once again as he spearheads the 2011 Online Community. When he's not busy offering Monumental Opportunities to explore the AC online community, Chris advances our public purpose as director of educational technology for Greenhill School (Texas).


But wait, there's more! Julia Grandison and Bridget Janicki will report on all the general sessions and most of the featured workshops. Check back daily to read their articles about the speakers. Links to stories will be posted on the Featured Speakers page, with the speaker bios.

 11AC Reporter Julia GrandisonJulia Grandison teaches English in the middle school of Holton-Arms School (Maryland). An educator with more than 16 years of experience, she also has taught English and French at Sanford School (Delaware).  Julia holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Onsite at the Annual Conference, Julia will adeptly combine her skills and perspectives to report on the general session and featured workshop speakers. Watch for her articles online after the conference. NAIS gratefully acknowledges Julia's invaluable contributions to share the expertise of our speakers with the rest of our NAIS membership.
 10AC Bridget JanickiBridget Janicki, who has worked on the NAIS Annual Conference since 1996, is NAIS's annual conference production manager. Onsite at the conference, she uses her expertise as a former daily newspaper reporter to advance our public purpose by writing news articles about the stellar speakers at the general sessions and featured workshops. When not filing a story on deadline, she tackles the monumental opportunity of raising three elementary school age boys with her husband Fred in Virginia.

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