Faculty & Staff Attend and Present at 2019 NWAIS Conference
Last week, fifteen Seattle Academy Faculty and Staff attended the 2019 NWAIS Fall Educators Conference hosted by Annie Wright School in nearby Tacoma, Washington. This year's annual Fall conference was attended by 1300+ educators from eight states and facilitated ten featured speakers who spoke to The Science and Teaching of Learning.
Seattle Academy Head of Middle School, Julia Kassissieh, co-presented with Chauncy Gardner of Sun Valley Community School (Sun Valley, Idaho). Their topic focused on bringing new faculty into a new school culture in ways that promote success and belonging. Grounded on the premise that happy and invested teachers make the difference between an outstanding, dynamic and sustainable program and a school that has to continually work hard to maintain energy. The duo presented a research framework and two unique cases in yearlong new teacher support. The session concluded with a facilitated discussion with session participants.
Danae Howe facilitated a Multi-Racial Heritage Affinity Group gathering of colleagues who shared in an aspect of their identity as educators. Participants did a "Who are you" exercise where they paired up and asked each other to answer the question with one or two word answers repetitavely. They reflected together on what they heard from each other, then on how their multiracial or biracial identities affect their lives as educators. The goal was for everyone in the group to feel seen, heard and valued.
Aligning with this year's NWAIS Conference theme (Bridging Research and Reality) Jess Claesson and Sarah Miller sought to not only provide the audience with research-based causality of learning and attention disorders but also provide them with practical information and tools to use in their classroom.
Seattle Academy is unique in our commitment to and value in neurodiversity and both presenters felt it valuable to share some of the tips and tricks that they utilize here at the school with the broader NWAIS community of educators.
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