Sunday, November 7 and Monday, November 8 
Christ Presbyterian Academy

Registration for the Conference has closed. Please check out our other events here.

Keynote Speakers:
Sunday, November 7

Pete Dunlap completed his undergraduate work in Physics and earned a Masters in Science in Education before beginning his teaching career. Pete taught in public and independent schools in the Virgin Islands, Ecuador, and the United Kingdom. He returned to the United States to begin a career as a software engineer during which time he worked on apps for education, healthcare, and gig economy. Pete noticed that he and his coworkers were working in an environment full of distractions. Pete’s concern about distraction, inefficient multitasking, and a mindless approach to work led to his creation of the Digital Detangler, a book, blog, course, and approach to confronting distraction and bringing wellness to our use of technology. As an expert in both technology and wellness, he is employed by schools, large universities, and companies such as United Way to train employees and bring efficiency and sanity to the workplace. In addition to founding Digital Detangler, he has created ScrollStopper, a Chrome extension, and is a meditation teacher on Insight Timer.

Monday, November 8

Jada Monica Drew is passionate about working with leaders and serving as a catalyst for growth. When people think of Jada, they think results, impact, innovation, and community. Her work in the independent school sector includes serving as a recurring NCAIS keynote speaker, keynote for The Heads' Network, workshop facilitator at the Global Forum on Girls' Education, and a consultant for several schools in North Carolina and Virginia. Jada is the CEO of Social Designs, a leadership and diversity firm, and the visionary of the Bloom Innovative Solutions for Inclusion conference. Social Design provides training, consulting, and curriculum for organizations in the public and private sector. The Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for Educators 101 Virtual Academy and the Sharpen Your Inclusion Edge Virtual Academy have been instrumental in supporting the growth and transformation of leaders during the pandemic. When she's taking a break from speaking and training, Jada enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, working out, and traveling. Connect with Jada at



COVID Protocols: we want all attendees to be as comfortable as possible at TAIS' Biennial Conference

  • Social distancing for Keynote presentations in a large space
  • Snacks are grab and go, pre-packed breakfast and lunch Monday with multiple eating spots to allow for social distancing
  • Advanced survey via Google Forms to indicate session choices to allow us to place sessions in the best suited sized rooms and allow for social distancing whenever possible 
  • Advance anonymous survey via Google Forms to be sent to all attendees on vaccination status (yes, no, prefer not to say); pease note that individual vaccination status will not be recorded, reported, or shared
  • Mask requirement for all attendees except for when eating/drinking
  • Maintenance staff on site for the entirety of the conference to provide for frequent cleaning
  • Hand sanitizing stations widely available throughout the conference


Discounted Room Rates starting at $149/night (there are a limited number of rooms at this rate, so book early)
Discounted Parking: $35/night
Rates apply: Nov. 3-10
About the Omni:: Located on Fifth Avenue between Demonbreun and Korean Veterans Boulevard. Experience the charm of Music City. The Omni Nashville Hotel is near the Ryman Auditorium (0.5 mile from Omni) and Music City Center (0.2 mile from Omni), so you can experience all the excitement downtown Nashville has to offer.

Discounted Rate is guaranteed only through October 6th and/or before the rooms sell out. 

 Attendees are also able to call 1-888-444-OMNI (6664) anytime to book a reservation. Mention the TAIS Conference.


Sample of Session Topics - (Not a Comprehensive List) Note - there is something for everyone! 
What is American Fidelity?; Unlocking Joy for your Students; Exploring Cultures Across the Curriculum; Mail and Pray! Or Revive Your Annual Fund!; The Optimal Process for Diversity and Equity Work in Our Schools; Healthy Boards – Successful Schools: Creating an Enlightened Governance Culture for Independent Schools; LEAPS: Language Enrichment, Acquisition, and Phonics; Creative Arts Integration into Social Emotional Learning; Mathematical Aesthetics: Designing a Math Elective; Effective Communication with Parents and Families; Designing a Student Driven Scientific Research Course; Issues and Innovations in American Studies; Striving to be a Successful Communicator in School Athletics; Building School Community Through Social Media; Creating Culture & Connections; Going Over to the Dark Side: Transitioning from the Classroom to Administration; Improving program design: Creating a standards-based math exam for incoming 9th graders;  Using Standards-Based Self-Reflection to Increase Engagement and Learning; STEM; Improving Student Life and Community on a Budget; Personal Poetry Anthology: Infusing Appreciation for this Much-Maligned Genre; and so many more! 
Roundtable Discussions Samples - (Not a Comprehensive List)Practical Guidance for Accommodating Students who have Learning Disabilities, AP Environmental Science; Early Childhood ABCs; How to effectively tell the impact the school's Annual Fund has on your school, families and students; Librarians; Robotics Coaches; College Guidance in the Post-COVID-19 Era; Back to The Future: A Gigawatt Discussion; and so many more! 

Please also check out our exciting upcoming events for 2021-2022!