Annie Wright Schools Welcome 1,200 Educators for Independent School Conference

Today Annie Wright Schools welcome more than 1,200 educators from across the Pacific Northwest for the annual Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) conference. The theme of this full day professional development event is Bridging Research and Reality: The Science of Teaching and Learning.

This morning's keynote speaker, Dr. Jo Boaler, the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, uses math teaching and learning as a lens and model for developing a growth mindset in her presentation "A Mathematical Mindset Approach, Limitless: Learn, Lead and Live Without Barriers."

For the rest of the day, educators will spread out across our beautiful campus to attend hour-long workshops, 10-minute "Spark Sessions," affinity groups with peer educators and special interest groups to share knowledge and ideas covering a range of topics including teaching techniques, neuroscience, motivational psychology, inclusivity, multiculturalism, wellness, buidling a culture of inquiry and more.

Hosting this conference and providing access to all Annie Wright faculty and staff, several of whom are presenting and leading sessions today, directly addresses two threads of our 2016-21 Strategic Plan: Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma, The Region and the World, and Excellence in Teaching.

NWAIS is a nonprofit association that provides accreditation, professional development and support services to over 110 schools in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Welcome NWAIS colleagues!


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.