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3 Burning Questions to Consider at NAISAC 2015


When you pass by registration, take a moment to consider responses to these three burning questions. Then pick up a pencil and leave a response on the interactive wall. In addition, feel free to tweet your answers out using the tags associated with each image/question below.

Question 1 (Tag with #naisac and #Q1)


Question 2 (Tag with #naisac and #Q2)



Question 3 (Tag with #naisac and #Q3)


Get Connected at NAISAC 2015 in Boston

When you walk up to registration, make sure you take a moment to see how you can get connected. Then make sure you get your photo taken and post it on Twitter. Here is a preview to get you started.



You were not able to stop along the way, Look through the pictures below to get the information to get you started. Get on Twitter, Subscribe to Online Community Site (This site), Like on Facebook, Follow on G+ and play with some fun online tools. The hashtag for this years conference is #NAISAC. Please note this change.


Out for a Walk About in Boston Pre-NAISAC

Getting settled and caught up on things related to the online community. So, I went for a little walk around the area to get acquainted with this area and find some things for the Interactive MakerSpace. The images below represent some of the scenes around the area. While the snow is piled high in placed, it is amazingly easy to walk around. Just watch out for the ice as you transition from dry areas to wet frozen ones.

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As for the makerspace, I picked up a few items at the local True Value Hardware Store, Radio Shack and a Walgreens. Combined with some of the other items I brought (shown on the table and the blue suitcase), what can you build? Come by the Interactive MakerSpace starting Thursday and explore the world of design, making, prototyping, engineering, and dreaming.

The Daily Find: February 23, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

Learn how you can participate in the online community for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. Everything you need to know is found here.


Join the MakerSpace Conversation
You are invited to join in an online conversation to answer the question: What is a Maker Space? Learn more about how to participate at MakerSpace Forum.

Check out the Tweet Archive for #NAISAC! This is an archive of all the tweets sent using the official hashtag #NAISAC and the older form of the tag. This automatically archives each tweet including all links shared. This can be an extremely valuable resource as we move through the conference and beyond. Knowing that there are a lot of resources shared through links posted to Twitter, you will be able to return to this site and capture all those “gold nuggets”. This archive is also posted on the NAISAC community site under Community Sites on the right side of your screen.

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Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces
As you sit by the fire dreaming of warmer weather and waiting for your plane to take you to Boston for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference, take some time and read through the 20 schools that have submitted entries for [MORE]

The Interactive MakerSpace at #NAISAC and the Maker Mindset
The Maker Movement is taking the education world by storm. In an effort to help school administrators and teachers better understand this movement, NAIS is pleased to offer the NAIS Makerspace, located in the Exhibit Hall. This space will [MORE]

Lorri Carroll
Gear Up for #NAISAC 2015 and Download the App Today!
I remember feeling overwhelmed with the program book a few years back. I had a hard time figuring out my schedule, reading through descriptions and speaker info, and getting up to date information on [MORE]

Lisa Abel-Palmieri
Girls Can make Stuff Too!
Maker education provides both boys and girls with the opportunity to learn dexterity, ideation, teamwork, and have fun while solving problems and building creative confidence.  As an independent school administrator and educator leading the [MORE]


Josie Holford
Making- the ideal complement to the life of the mind- is on its way to College
The NAIS Annual Conference – #naisac15 – is coming right up. This year schools were invited to contribute to an interactive Makerspace where attendees can explore aspects of this new movement in education…. 21st century skills it seems have a great deal in common with 17th and 18th century skills in that craft and practical application matter again. There’s been a signal switch in the kinds of skill-sets people need [MORE]

Derrick Willard
“Design the Revolution” but, please don’t talk to me about cool furniture:
Consider this scenario…a faculty member walks up to me and says “how do I get some of those rolly desks.” Yes, I’m talking about Steelcase Nodes, the super light and agile student desks. I love ‘em.  But, I do not want to have discussions about buying cool furniture.  My response is always, “tell me about your [MORE]

Jared Colley
How Innovate an English Class? Flip, Gamify, and Post Online: Some Notes from a First Time Gamer
There are 3 major ways I have re-designed the learning experience for my students to make the English class a little less traditional. Shortly put, I’ve flipped the class, gamifiedcurricular assignments, and connected students to real audiences via digital platforms such as blogger, and as result, class time is [MORE]

Marti Weston
Makerspaces Are Amazing, Yet I Remember When…
I am so energized by makerspaces, where people — children and adults — have access to all sorts of equipment to invent, try out ideas, and make things. I’ve spent some time in makerspaces at a number of conferences, and last summer I wrote about my experience at Gary Stager’s Constructing Modern Knowledge 2014[MORE]

Chris Bigenho
Shipping up to Boston” for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference
“I’m Shipping up to Boston” for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference- Design the Revolution: Blending Learning, Leading and Innovation. I am excited to again be packing my bags for a week of amazing work, sharing and learning with close to 5000 folks from independent schools all across the nation. [MORE]

This is an automated daily news paper that is created from the information shared by members of the NAISAC15 Twitter community. As members of the community share resources and ideas through Twitter, they are aggregated and categorized then presented as a daily paper.

GEAR UP for #NAISAC 2015 and download the app TODAY!

photo 1It’s almost here– NAIS AC 2015! While we have about 7 feet of snow waiting for us when we arrive, Boston is an awesome city and a great place for independent school educators to gather for this year’s annual conference:

Design the Revolution: Blending Learning, Leading and Innovation.

Before you get here, my biggest tip… DOWNLOAD the APP…Do it TODAY! Right now!

I remember feeling overwhelmed with the program book a few years back. I had a hard time figuring out my schedule, reading through descriptions and speaker info, and getting up to date information on any changes. I had to dig it out of my bag each time. Ugh!

Well… no more! The app organizes presentations by time slot, allows you to organize your schedule, track exhibitors, get info about presenters and sessions, follow conference tweets, and much more! It continues to refresh and update as presenters add speaker notes and or any info changes about a session. It’s all organized for you in an awesome calendar view… AND it fits in the palm of your hand! You are not going to get that from the printed book! photo 3

I have been reading through the descriptions trying to plan my days and I realize that, as usual, I have a huge problem. I want to be in three places at once during several time slots. Not a bad problem to have.

SO… an exciting week lies ahead. I am ready for the learning, connecting, and sharing… and brain overload. Bring it on!

Gallery of Independent School Maker Spaces

As you sit by the fire dreaming of warmer weather and waiting for your plane to take you to Boston for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference, take some time and read through the 20 schools that have submitted entries for the Gallery of Independent School Makerspaces.

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All schools have been invited to submit materials to be included in this gallery. While the gallery will help feed conversation at this year’s Annual Conference and the new Interactive Makerspace outside the NAIS Bookstore in the conference exhibit hall, it has been designed to live on long past the conference. The site is full of wonderful information about how each school approaches the collaborative, multidisciplinary, problem-based learning approach that is taking the nation by storm- Making and Makerspaces. The site is rich with stories, examples, photos, tips and resources that will help other schools explore how the world of “making” can fit into their schools. If you are interested in learning more about the maker movement and bringing “making” to your school, make sure you visit the Interactive MakerSpace in the exhibit hall.

Schools currently in the gallery:

  1. Berkeley Preparatory School: Tampa, FL
  2. Bement School: Deerfield, MA
  3. Bullis School: Potomac, MD
  4. Carolina Friends School: Durham, NC
  5. Chadwick School: Palos Verdes, CA
  6. Friends School of Baltimore: Baltimore, MD
  7. ‘Iolani School: Honolulu, HI
  8. The Kinkaid School: Houston TX
  9. Louisville Collegiate School: Louisville, KY
  10. Marymount School of New York: New York, NY
  11. Poughkeepsie Day School: Poughkeepsie, NY
  12. Sacramento Country Day School: Sacramento, CA
  13. Sea Crest School: Half Moon Bay, CA
  14. St. James Academy: Monkton, MD
  15. St. Johnsbury Academy: St. Johnsbury, VT
  16. St. Margaret’s Episcopal School: San Juan Capistrano, CA
  17. St. Martin’s Episcopal School: Metairie, LA
  18. University Child Development School: Seattle, WA
  19. Wilmington Friends School: Wilmington, DE
  20. York School: Monterey, CA

Designing Boston!

When you think “Boston,” what comes to mind might not exactly be a sleek, futuristic vision of a city. The streetlights and brickwork of Beacon Hill, the narrow streets, the greenswards of Boston Common and the Public Garden are all breathtakingly lovely, but they don’t always shout “design!” in our 21st-century sense of the word. Why, you might even be tempted to ask, is Boston the base for an NAIS Annual Conference whose theme is “Design the Revolution”?

The “Revolution” part is easy to wrap your head around. The one we call the American Revolution started hereabouts, and images of Minutemen, Sons of Liberty, a harbor full of tea, and smoke curling up from musket barrels at Lexington and Concord probably evoke Boston; we’re revolutionaries, we are, by heritage. (If you’re the kind of traveler who likes to steep oneself in some local history before a journey, try Nathaniel Philbrick’s Bunker Hill.)

But Boston has a pretty strong heritage in the world of design, as well. The Back Bay in which our conference will be taking place was systematically drained and laid out as a network of orderly streets and avenues (even if we don’t call all of them that) by some thoughtful urban planners a century and a half ago, and many of the city’s parklands, which in some spots gazing upward to Charles Bulfinch’s rather elegant Massachusetts State House, were indeed designed by no less than Frederick Law Olmsted, who lived in these parts. Another local, Henry Hobson Richardson, was a master of domestic and civic architecture; you can stop by his Trinity Church while you’re at the conference without having to go much out of your way.

The local universities have some architectural claims to fame, as well; I’m a particular fan of the two Eero Saarinen buildings—the Chapel and the Kresge Auditorium—at M.I.T., and if you like Frank Gehry, they’ve got one of his, too. Even if Silicon Valley is reputed to hold most of today’s patents on cool design, Edward Land’s Polaroid Paul Revere Silver (Minneapolis Institute of the Arts) camera (and even the now rehabbed-into-unrecognizability building where they were designed) was a kind of statement on technology and design in its day, and I am reminded that Paul Revere would be a household name even if he had never mounted and ridden a horse for the timeless beauty of his work as a master silversmith.

When I was a teenager I was told by a friend (a man of exquisite taste himself) that anyone with am aesthetic appreciation of the modern style would appreciate a new store in Harvard Square called Design|Research. He dragged me in and introduced me to the wonders of mid-century modern in its most forward-thinking application: a whole building full of Marimekko fabrics, Dansk housewares, and a whole range of household and office products that screamed “Design is the future!” I may not have been the most appreciative audience then, but fifty years on each D|R product I spot becomes an object of intense retro desire—and they still say “the future” in a good way, at least to me. And I wake up each day to a clock radio designed by the legendary Henry Kloss—another manifestation of Boston’s undeniable legacy to the world of quality audio-plus-design.

The stirrings of educational revolution are to be heard increasingly clearly in the land, but this revolution is not just about teaching and learning but about the culture, the environment, and even the aesthetics of education in its broadest and most provocative sense. It’s not Minutemen versus Redcoats any more, but visionaries and courageous thinkers and leaders taking on a status quo on whose obsolescence we are coming to consensus. Whether your own design aesthetic tends to Richardson or Gehry, Revere or Aalto, you appreciate the imperative to take intentional steps forward, away from group-think and toward a more beautiful and human-centered future.

See you in Boston—the countdown continues!