Innovation, Live-blogs, and Twitter too!

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to attend the NAIS Annual conference in Seattle this year. I’ll be serving as a conference blogger for the first time, with a focus on live blogging the general conference sessions. I began live-blogging the conference in 2009, but this is the first time it’ll be “official!”

From the conference website:

Join more than 3,500 independent school leaders and colleagues at the 2012 NAIS Annual Conference in Seattle. Together we’ll tap into the innovative spirit of the Pacific Northwest to dream up bold new ideas to lead our school communities into the future. Long a hotbed of creativity, Seattle will inspire you to invent new programs and ideas and revitalize current ones to bring back to your schools. Together we’ll imagine new ways to cultivate leadership within our schools — for administrators, faculty, and our students, who are the global leaders of tomorrow. Bill Gates, our opening general session speaker and independent school alum, will inspire and challenge you as he models for us how cutting-edge innovation and philanthropy go hand in hand.

I’ll be reporting live from the conference as each of the general conference speakers inspires the audience.  I’ll take notes on the speeches, include my own thoughts, observations of the audience and provide a curated Twitter feed as well.  Clearly, I’ll be drinking lots of Seattle coffee to keep me alert and multi-tasking!

The speakers I’ll be live-blogging are listed below in the order in which they will speak.  Click on the speakers name to go to the specific post for the live blog for that speaker.  I have information about the speakers available now, along with the chance to have yourself emailed a reminder closer to the blog time.

Bill Gates

Independent Matters with a trio of guests speakers who will expound on the conference theme: Stephen Carter, Cheryl Crazy Bull,  and Sarah Kay

John Hunter

Amy Chua

Here’s a link to the post listing the smaller sessions I’ll also be live blogging.

I want to thank the NAIS conference organizers, particularly Bridget Janicki and Amy Ahart, for giving me the chance to share the thoughts of these speakers with a wider audience. Please come by! If you do, please leave a comment either live or as a comment on the post–I always wonder if anyone’s reading 🙂


Sarah Hanawald