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

Blogs and Reports at the 2012 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 2012 NAIS Annual Conference Bloggers live from Seattle!

 12AC Blogger Mike BrownMike Brown
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Mike Brown serves as head of school at Trinity Episcopal School (Texas). Trinity is a PreK-8th grade school, distinguished by students' academic success, superior technology integration, fine arts, and community involvement. Recently relocating from California, Mike has served in NAIS schools for almost 20 years, serving in a variety of capacities at Calvary Christian School (California) and St. Mark's Episcopal School (California). In his free time, Mike enjoys fishing, reading, and playing the piano. Mike is happily married with two daughters who attend Trinity School.   
 Randall DunnRandall Dunn
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Latin School of Chicago (Illinois) Head of School Randall Dunn has enjoyed an outstanding career as a classroom teacher, coach, dormitory advisor, and senior administrator. He has worked in independent and public schools, day and boarding schools. Most recently, Randall served for seven years as head of The Roeper School (Michigan). Currently, he serves as co-chair of the National Advisory Board of the Principals' Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was selected as a 2010 Fellow in the Klingenstein Program for Visiting Heads of School at Columbia University's Teachers College. In 2008, he was honored by the organization A Better Chance as one of its 45 Honored Alumni in celebration of the organization's 45th anniversary.
 12AC Blogger Sarah Lin HanawaldSarah Lin Hanawald
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Sarah Hanawald is academic dean for Cannon School (North Carolina). An active social media participant, Sarah is one of the administrators of the Independent School Educators Ning and an enthusiastic #isedchat Tweeter. She began live-blogging NAIS conference sessions in 2009. Previously Sarah was at Greensboro Day School (North Carolina) where she initiated and led one of the earlier independent school 1:1 programs and was a member of the NCAIS Innovate board of directors.
 12AC Blogger Kathy Mitchell O'NealKathy Mitchell O'Neal
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Kathy O'Neal has worked in independent schools for more than 20 years. Currently, she is director of admission and financial aid at University Prep (Washington) in Seattle. She has actively served on the NAIS Call to Action for the past six years. Additionally, she was co-chair for the 2006 NAIS People of Color Conference. Originally from Seattle, Kathy is the proud mother of three children: Ayana, Coryn, and Elijah. This year is her first year attending the NAIS Annual Conference.
 12AC Blogger Jason RamsdenJason Ramsden
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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 15 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 2012 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 innovative colleague Chris Bigenho. http://naisac12.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 2012 Online Community. When he's not busy creating the inventive and imaginative AC online community, Chris innovatively serves 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 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 17 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 share innovative ideas by writing news articles about the stellar speakers at the general sessions and featured workshops. When not filing a story on deadline, she raises three imaginative and inventive elementary school age boys with her husband Fred in Virginia.

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