2012 NAIS Annual Conference | Seattle | Feb 29 - Mar 2, 2012
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Families First

Families First Program

Pre-registration is required for this program. There is no fee.
Sign up early to participate in the Families First Program as space is limited. Remember, you must be registered for the conference.

Wednesday, February 29
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Tour of Pike Place Fish Market and Workshop on Transformational Listening Skills
Join our tour into the extraordinary environment of the Pike Place Fish Market, led by Jim Bergquist, the coach for the world famous Pike Place fishmongers. Through working with Bergquist over the last 25 years, Pike Place Fish Market has become an internationally recognized symbol of turning a job into a calling. After a visit to Pike Place Fish Market, heads of school and their partners and spouses will engage in a workshop led by Bergquist. He'll touch upon the essential skills used to develop the fishmongers' approach to communication. Learning the power of different types of listening will transform your communication with your constituents.

Thursday, March 1

10:00 - 11:00 AM
Stress Reduction Through Mindfulness
Discover what mindfulness is and how you can use it both personally and professionally to reduce stress. Through discussion and practical exercises, experience simple techniques for increasing mindfulness, while exploring the physiological responses of the body to both stress and relaxation.
PRESENTERS: Teresa Dean, Swedish Health Services (WA); Diane Hetrick, Swedish Medical Center (WA); Gail Suitor, Long Trail School (VT); Lisa Zeller, The Community School of Naples (FL)
Click on the links below for workshop resources.

  1. Book: Teaching Mindfulness: A practical guide for clinicians and educators. Reibel, Micozzi, McCown, Springer Science & Business Media, 2010
  2. Essay: "Teaching and Learning the Way of Awareness," Richard Brady, 2011
  3. Website: www.Mindfulschools.org
  4. Website for the Mindfulness in Education Network, www.mindfuled.org
  5. Website for the Association for Mindfulness in Education, www.mindfuleducation.org

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Regional Trends and Insights
Hear three regional association directors discuss current trends, the latest issues, and successful strategies for schools navigating the new "normal" of the current economic situation. Learn from information gathered across varying school communities in these three geographic areas and find out about successful solutions to the prevailing dilemmas for today's school leadership.
PRESENTERS: Barbara Hodges, Florida Council of Independent Schools (FL); Douglas Cummings, Independent School Association of Northern New England (ME); Meade Thayer, Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (WA); Gail Suitor, Long Trail School (VT); Lisa Zeller, The Community School of Naples (FL)

Friday, March 2
11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Gathering in Sodexo Lounge
Meet in the Sodexo lounge to discuss challenges you face as a member of the first family, network, and catch up with old and new friends.


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NAIS - National Association of Independent Schools