McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education at NC State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Keynote Speaker
MK Asante

MK Asante is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, rapper, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.”

Asante is the author of the acclaimed memoir Buck, described by Maya Angelou as “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” Buck made the Washington Post bestseller list in 2014 and 2015 and is a NAACP Image Award finalist. His other books are It’s Bigger Than Hip HopBeautiful. And Ugly Too, and Like Water Running Off My Back.


Conference Overview

Passion in Action

Passion: (n.) enthusiasm or excitement for something
Action: (n.) dynamically sharing your passion
Passion in Action: (v.) Action grows from the roots of passion. Putting your Passion in Action leads to change.  

The 2016 NCAIS Annual Educators Conference will provide opportunities for educators to feed and nuture their passions and those of the young people they serve.  Join colleagues from across the state as we plant seed that will change hearts, change minds, change people, change schools... and ultimately, transform our communities.

Conference Strands:

Passion in Action

These sessions will reflect on foundational beliefs around teaching and learning and how pedagogy impacts independent school education. The sessions will be inspiring, interactive, and engaging. Participants will engage in active learning and come away with strategies, ideas and products that will grow your students’ passions.


These sessions will focus on the transformation, outcomes, and successes of turning passions into action within classrooms and school communities.


Conference Schedule & Session Descriptions

Leadership Circle Directory

Sponsor Directory

Exhibitor Directory

Registration and Pricing


Please print the Onsite Registration Form, complete it, and bring it with your check to the conference.  Check in at the Onsite Registration Table.

Onsite Registration Form

NCAIS Board Approved Cancellation Policy

All participants (attendees and exhibitors) receive a full refund if they cancel at least two weeks before the event, and a 50% refund if they cancel one week before the event; no refunds thereafter. All refunds are subject to a 15% administrative fee (rounded up to the nearest dollar).

Keynote Bio

Featured Speakers

Directions and Maps

Conference Hotel Information

Holiday Inn and Suites Cary

5630 Dillard Drive

Cary, NC 27511



Please request the NCAIS Conference rate: Kings and Doubles - $85/night

Registration Deadline: September 28, 2016


Adding Value for Independent
Schools Across North Carolina

Contact Us 

13000 South Tryon Street
Suite F, Box 235
Charlotte, North Carolina 28278
(704) 461-1812

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