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New York State Association of Independent Schools: Event Announcement

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The wonderful Carey Conference Center (just southwest of Albany) can accomodate about 80 people overnight. Some attendees might be able to commute if they come from the area. The fee includes everything except transportation.


Register Here

Early Registration expires August 1.


A group of  leader/innovators from our schools will facilitate. All have led workshops and are "plugged in" to STEAM and Design Thinking.

  • Don Buckley, Founder, Tools for Schools, Design Thinking expert
  • James Dec, Technology Integrator, FabLab Administrator, Marymount School of New York
  • Josie Holford, Head of School, Poughkeepsie Day
  • Gina Marcel, Primary Technology Integrator,
     School at Columbia University
  • Christopher Weaver, Dean of Teaching & Learning: STEM, Hewitt School

Bring your models, devices, equipment, plans, and problems.

Packing: This is a camp atmosphere, complete with bonfires, but with excellent accomodations and food. (no tents) Pack for comfort, remembering that it could be hot or cold, rainy or dry.

Directions and Transportation: You should plan to drive or get a ride. We have set up a ride board to link drivers and riders.




Wednesday, August 14 - Friday, August 16
Carey Conference Center
Rensselaerville, NY

STEAMCamp is an opportunity for individuals and school teams from all disciplines and divisions to work together in a design thinking and unconference model to explore and develop new thinking and plans for the year ahead.

Whether you are an expert practitioner or just intrigued by the possibility, STEAMCamp has something for you. Start where you are. Go where you can.

How do schools make the shift from traditional learning to modern learning?

  • from knowing to doing
  • from teacher-centered classes to student-centered learning
  • from the individual to the team
  • from consumption of information to the making of meaning
  • from schools to networks
  • from single-sourcing  to crowd-sourcing knowledge

Who should attend: Individuals and teams of teachers and administrators from all divisions and departments including the humanities and languages. STEAMCamp is about learning, making and doing for teachers. For best results, schools should send teams of at least 2.

What to expect: 3 long, intense days of collaborating and sharing and designing and researching, making and doing. You should expect to leave with curricula and projects and designs that you can use. The schedule will unfold as we go. We will use an unconference model for our work.

What not to expect: speakers, alot of structure, a rigid agenda.

Concept Outline


  • What if we could bring technologists and teachers and curriculum designers and innovators together to explore and learn tools and techniques, share expertise and subject knowledge, shifting out schools to places of modern learning.


  • Group of interested educators and technologists meet face-to-face for 3 days of hands-on work at Carey Conference Center
  • Over the 3 days, work groups will plan, design, and create and share projects
  • Arrival - noon on Wednesday,  in time for lunch.
  • Departure - after lunch on Friday

Important: Forward to those in your school who might be interested!

Registration (single rooms as available. We may need to double up if space runs short. We appreciate your flexibility) Fee is all inclusive (room and board), with wine/beer in the evening.

Fees (Discounts for groups and early registration will apply. Late registration fee of $50 will apply after August 1). Contact for more information.

Member  - $495 - Register Here
NonMember - $510
- Register Here
Commuter (meals only) - $345
- Register Here
5 or more, registering together -  445.00 - Register Here

  Look ahead! Click here for the full calendar of NYSAIS Events  

New York State Association of Independent Schools
17 Elk Street Street     Albany, NY 12207      Telephone: 518-694-5500      Fax: 518-694-5501

The New York State Association of Independent Schools promotes the independence, well-being and public understanding of, and respect for, New York independent schools  and serves as an accrediting body chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.

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