WFIS Learning Summits

Throughout the year, WFIS presents Learning Summits that focus on a variety of issues that are of particular relevance to private school teachers, administrators and staff. Below is a list of upcoming WFIS Summits.

WFIS Safety Summit: Seattle

Seattle February 23, 2017 at Seattle Academy


WFIS has put together an affordable and highly informative, all-day forum for school leaders and their staff to advance all aspects of safety planning and emergency preparedness.  Private school educators are committed to fostering the best practices for their school and keeping school communities secure.  Be a part of the training, discussion and school improvement movement by joining fellow private school staff at Seattle Academy on Thursday Feb. 23rd from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Keynote presentation: What a safety plan Is and Isn’t 

A safety plan in a binder on a shelf is just another earthquake hazard! This session is designed to help you elevate that safety plan into an invaluable guide to prepare for, respond to, and recover from any emergency or disaster.    Learn from keynote JoAnn Jordan

  • Components of an “excellent” emergency preparedness program for your school.
  • A clear understanding what to include in your plan.
  • The importance of building solid relationships between first response agencies, neighboring schools, and the surrounding community. 

Followed by 90-minute presentation sessions on:

Preventing Unwanted Visitors on Campus from Dan Trepanier, Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Raptor Technologies LLC., 

Preventing Sexual Misconduct Incidents and Bullying Culture from Sean Spellecy, Chief Executive Officer at NewDawn Security,

Incident Command Planning and Growing A Strong Reunification Process from JoAnn Jordan, retired Public Education Coordinator for the Seattle Office of Emergency Management 

Staying Current with Best Practices and Legal Requirements from Nat Taylor with Ellis, Li, McKinstry

Mapping & Communication: Solving the Big Issues for Private Schools from Ryan Ellsworth with Prepared Response

As well as Suicide Prevention Training, Personal Preparedness and Establishing Relationships with Law Enforcement, and MORE!

This all day event is orchestrated for multiple staff members to attend and concurrently experience the 8 different presentations offered in two session periods.    PLUS bring your existing School Safety Plan to get feedback from an expert!  

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WFIS Safety Summit: Spokane

Spokane May 4, 2017 – NW ESD 101 in Spokane


This second Safety Summit of the 2016/17 school year in Spokane will feature many of the same presentations as in Seattle but include regional emergency management leaders.

We’ll have more details, and open registration for this event in the weeks ahead, so please check back periodically. 

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OSPI Private Schools Summer Conferences

Each session is two days from 9am-4pm

Spokane:  at Gonzaga University, June19 & 20, 2017

Seattle:    at Seattle Pacific University, June 22 & 23 and August 8 & 9, 2017

Each summer, OSPI partners with Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Professional Education and Gonzaga University’s School of Education to provide a conference for private school educators.  These events are FREE for all private school educators employed by State Board-Approved private schools.

OSPI will provide all training materials and free clock hours to attendees.

Check back for exact dates to be posted in spring 2017.

Private Schools Day

Co-hosted with PSESD on October 27, 2017


Join other private school administrators, teachers, technology specialists, and support staff from the preschool and K-12 educational community in hearing informative presentations from educators and entities deeply invested in education, career development and school success.  Located at Puget Sound ESD, 800 Oakesdale Ave SW in Renton, WA (map). 

Check-in with coffee/tea begins at 8am, followed by the general session and with keynote address at 8:30am.  Attendees choose two morning break-out sessions before a delicious lunch (included in cost) followed by your choice of two afternoon breakout sessions before the closing with prize drawing at 3pm.  

Private Schools Day provides continuing education Clock Hours and Merit Stars. A vendor showcase will also be on hand for participants to browse services and support opportunities are available to private schools and their staff at special discounts and rates.

WFIS is proud to co-host this annual all-day forum for private and non-public schools in our region with PSESD.

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