A Note to Teachers:

This year’s NCAIS Annual Conference promises to be an amazing opportunity for educators, for administrators, and this year, we hope, for our STUDENTS as well!  

We are looking for those SUPERSTAR STUDENTS at your school to submit a poster session proposal that showcases their creativity and hard work in their school community and beyond. We know how hard you work to nurture growth for your students, and here’s their chance to share their creativity and expertise within a professional conference.  So many amazing things are happening within our NC schools, and I hope you will encourage your students to share that wealth of knowledge among our North Carolina independent school community!

Here is an overview of this year's annual conference:

  • Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

  • Location: McKimmon Center, located on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh

  • Theme: Cultivating Community From the Inside Out | We are looking for student posters that focus on community, social-emotional development, or BOTH at the same time!

  • Keynote Speaker: Dena Simmons, Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

  • Proposal site is OPEN - Deadline for student presentation proposals will be May 15, 2019.

  • HERE is a quick overview of the questions that are asked on the proposal form, so that student presenters can gather their thoughts before beginning the submission process

  • Selected presenters will be notified by the end of May, well before summer break begins

A Note to Current and Former NCAIS Students:

The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) is planning its annual conference to be held in Raleigh on Friday, October 18, 2019 around the theme “Cultivating Community from the Inside Out,” and we need your voices to have the richest possible conversation! This is a phenomenal opportunity to share your expertise and also gain valuable experience in a professional setting.

Our theme will help us explore what makes our school communities special, inclusive, and supportive, and to investigate how our schools prepare graduates to be socially and emotionally well-adjusted and caring adults. Students/graduates are invited to submit poster presentations on our theme that answer these sorts of questions:

  • In what ways have you contributed to building a sense of community within your school?

  • How has your school given you opportunities to grow socially and/or emotionally?

  • How does your school create close-knit community that nurtures students and adults?

  • How has your school helped you to be an example to younger students and in the wider community?

  • How have you been able as a student to connect to, understand, and serve your neighborhoods and cities?

We appreciate that different schools have different ways that they achieve these goals. We want to hear about you and your school’s specifics: How has your school made its mission and values evident and meaningful in ways that support student growth beyond simply academic excellence?  

In brief, what has made a difference for you in your growth as a person able to be confident and caring and to connect with others?  What school-related experiences have nurtured your sense of self and made you appreciate and care about others in your community? You might explore the connections you’ve made in academic, extracurricular, and community outreach programs and how those connections fostered your growth.

Please submit your presentation proposal by May 15, 2019. Information about the proposal can be found here.  For the proposal, you will need to include a title, a summary of your intended presentation, and a brief explanation of your presentation’s connection to the theme of the conference.  

Poster presentations will last 30 minutes, and your audience will be educators and students from independent schools across the state. Multiple poster presentations will happen simultaneously in a large space at the McKimmon Conference Center at NC State University. You should have opportunities to speak to dozens of people across your 30-minute session. Poster format requirements are on the accompanying sheet, but bear in mind that the primary mode of presentation delivery will be your presence, voice, and conversation.

We’re excited to hear from you!  Please contact us with any questions at [email protected]  Please use this link to submit your proposals by May 15, 2019.

Student Proposal Form