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Biennial Conference 2022 Workshop Proposal Guidelines

Biennial Conference is the premier gathering of Episcopal school leaders. As such, it expands the body of best practices and knowledge about the mission, operations, and identity of our schools. Please consider sharing your expertise by submitting a one-hour workshop proposal for:


(Deuteronomy 31:6)
Biennial Conference 2022 • November 9-11, 2022 • San Antonio, TX
at the Marriott San Antonio Riverside

In order to submit a proposal, you must read and agree to the following requirements!


Your audience will include heads of school, rectors, trustees, vestry members, chaplains and teachers of religion, senior administrators and faculty members, diocesan and regional school leaders, education professionals and consultants, and friends. Attendees come from day and boarding schools serving preschool through grade 12. They are experienced and knowledgeable. They require and expect education that provides current information and the highest quality expertise.

WorkshoP TYPES

When you submit a workshop proposal for Biennial Conference 2022, you will be able to choose from the following formats:

  • Presentation: a standard didactic presentation followed by an optional Q&A.
  • Dialogue: a facilitated discussion between panelist(s) and/or attendees.
  • Activity: attendees complete some sort of concrete task (such as an action plan or self-evaluation).

Workshop Content

“Be strong and courageous” (Deuteronomy 31:6) is our conference theme. Biennial 2022 workshop proposals should explore and expand upon the conference theme through:

  • Chapel & Worship
  • Chaplaincy
  • Curriculum & Teaching
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Equity & Justice
  • Episcopal Identity
  • Leadership & Governance
  • School Life & Culture
  • School Management
  • Service & Service-Learning
  • Study of Religion

Each proposed workshop should offer:

  • Content that stretches thinking and provides new approaches through examples, case studies, tools, or models that can be applied in your own school communities.
  • Engaging delivery that involves attendees.
  • Presenters who are thoroughly conversant with the material, excellent and experienced public speakers, and comfortable and adept at leading potentially large groups of adult learners.

How to Submit a Proposal

The deadline to submit is Monday, January 10, 2022.

  • Once you begin the online submission process you will need to complete it in one session. Be ready with this information:
    1. Workshop title.
    2. Workshop description (limited 400 characters).
    3. The subject track, grade levels, and professional roles to which your proposed workshop is directed.
    4. Your list of 1-4 presenters. Please note only two will be eligible to receive the reduced “presenter” rate when registering.
    5. Confirmation that presenters have the permission of their head(s) of school or supervising administrator(s) to submit the proposal, and support for your attendance at the conference if your proposal is accepted.
  • Submission of a proposal does not guarantee its acceptance.
  • Presenter(s) must agree to all terms and conditions as listed on this page for participation.
  • Preference will be given to proposals from NAES Members, to Corporate Subscribers, and to representatives of other organizations presenting in conjunction with NAES members.
  • Proposal decisions will be emailed on or about the first week of February 2022.


Please note that this process will require you to login or create an account on the NAES website. If you receive our emails, you already have an account! You will be able to add additional presenters to your proposal from the NAES database. If you can’t locate them in the search, submit your proposal anyway and email with additional presenter information.

Accepted Proposals

  • Upon notification of selection, NAES will email the Presenters Manual. Presenter(s) must agree to all requirements presented therein to be eligible to present.
  • NAES reserves the right to edit workshop titles, descriptions, and outcomes for promotional purposes and accordance with NAES style guides.
  • NAES reserves the right to assign the date and time of the workshop at its sole discretion.
  • Presenter(s) must follow all policies, procedures, and deadlines established. This will help ensure that all information is posted and published in a timely manner for our attendees to view.
  • Biennial Conference 2022 is a noncommercial forum. Under no circumstances may a presenter promote a product, service, or anything else representing monetary self-interest. Failure to comply will impact consideration of future proposals.

Requirements for Presenters

As a workshop presenter, you are required to:

  • Obtain financial support from your school or organization for expenses to attend the conference. NAES does not offer remuneration or honoraria to one-hour workshop presenters.
  • Register for the conference at the special presenter rate for the full conference. Registration details will be posted online in early 2022.
  • Book your hotel reservation at the conference hotel, for which you are financially responsible.
  • Make your own travel arrangements, for which you are financially responsible.
  • Submit workshop handouts to be posted to the conference website and app.

NAES reserves the right to alter these guidelines and the terms, conditions, and presenter benefits under which the NAES Biennial Conference 2022 workshop proposal submission and selection processes are operated.


Jonathan F. Cooper
Communications Manager
National Association of Episcopal Schools
(800) 334-7626, ext. 6182
(212) 716-6182

2022 Award Recipients Announced

The Ruth Jenkins Award and the John D. Verdery Award are the National Association of Episcopal Schools’ highest honors and recognize and celebrate the outstanding service of individuals to Episcopal schools and NAES. The awards are bestowed at the discretion and by vote of the Governing Board and are presented during ceremonies at our Biennial Conference.

At Biennial Conference 2022, Karan A. Merry will receive the Ruth Jenkins Award, and Robert G. Devlin Jr. will receive the John D. Verdery Award.

A longtime friend of Episcopal schools, Karan A. Merry served as Head of School at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, CA for 14 years. She has served on the boards of NAES and NAIS, the latter as Chair of the Board of Directors—the first person of color to serve in that capacity. In 2012, she was one of 20 heads of color and one head-elect to be recognized for their service at the 25th anniversary celebration of the NAIS People of Color Conference.

The Ruth Jenkins Award honors a founder of NAES who was head of Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma, Washington, and the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. An advocate for women’s leadership in the Episcopal Church, Dr. Jenkins was elected in 1949 as a deputy to the Church’s General Convention but refused her seat. She subsequently participated in the “Joint Commission to Consider the Problems of Giving the Women of the Church a Voice in the Legislation of the General Convention” (1951), and later served as a deputy.

Rob Devlin is Executive Director of the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools. Prior to joining SAES, Rob had been Head of School at St. George Episcopal Day School in San Antonio, TX for the prior 17 years. Rob has worked in and led independent schools for over 30 years, and has a deep and abiding love for Episcopal schools—mirrored in his dedication and service.

The John D. Verdery Award is named in honor of the long-term headmaster (1942–1976) of Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut. A co-founder of NAES, Mr. Verdery, an Episcopal priest, was an articulate advocate for the value of Episcopal education and the religious identity of our schools. As president of the NAES Governing Board, he was instrumental in nurturing NAES as an organization through his hands-on leadership at critical points during the Association’s early years.

Grants Available for Early Childhood Educators

NAES is pleased to announce the following grants are available to support early childhood educators in their attendance of Biennial Conference 2022.

The Ann Mellow Fund for Professional Development

The Ann Mellow Fund for Professional Development is a grants program established by the NAES Governing Board, designed to assist early childhood educators in Episcopal schools with professional development opportunities. The fund is symbolic of the long-standing commitment of Ann Mellow, former NAES Associate Director, to the field of early childhood development and to adult professional development.

Grants from the Ann Mellow Fund for Professional Development are assigned on a rolling basis. The current round of grants is reserved for schools attending NAES Biennial Conference 2022. Learn more about registration rates at

Learn about grant conditions and documentation.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author​ Jon Meacham to Speak at Biennial 2022

NAES is pleased to announce that presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will deliver a keynote address at Biennial Conference 2022 in San Antonio.

Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Meacham is a highly sought-after commentator, regularly appearing on CNN and other news outlets. In August 2020, he released another New York Times bestseller, “His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope” – the highly anticipated intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis.

A skilled orator with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, Meacham has the unique ability to bring historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives to audiences of all backgrounds.

His New York Times bestseller, Songs of Americais a celebration of the music that helped shape a nation. Co-written by musician Tim McGraw, Songs of America was praised as “a glorious celebration of our diversity” by Quincy Jones and an “unusually well-written and moving story” by Ken Burns. 

Meacham’s #1 New York Times bestseller, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, examines the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in U.S. history when hope overcame division and fear. He is a co-author of Impeachment: An American History, which reveals the complicated motives behind the three impeachments in U.S. history.

His presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. According to the Times, “Destiny and Power reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it.” Meacham delivered eulogies for both President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush.

A #1 New York Times bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power was hailed as “masterful and intimate” by Fortune magazine. Meacham’s other national bestsellers include Franklin and WinstonAmerican Gospel, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

A contributing editor at TIME, Meacham writes for the magazine’s Ideas section. He also pens “The Long View” column in the New York Times Book Review in which he “looks back at books that speak to our current historical and cultural moment.” He served as Newsweek‘s managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. The New York Times called him “one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business.”

Meacham is a frequent guest on Morning JoeReal Time with Bill Maher; The 11th Hour, and was featured in Ken Burns’ documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate HistoryFox News produced an hour-long special about Meacham’s Destiny and Power in November 2015.

Named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. Meacham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The University of the South and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt. He is currently at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison. 

Jon Meacham’s appearance at Biennial Conference 2022 generously sponsored by:

Submit a Workshop Proposal For Biennial 2022

Do you have ideas to share? NAES invites you to submit a one-hour workshop proposal for the next NAES Biennial Conference, November 9–11, 2022 in San Antonio, TX. Bring your perspectives to your colleagues from other institutions, and help us explore the strong and courageous work we do in Episcopal schools.


Please submit your workshop proposal by Monday, January 10, 2022.


Deuteronomy 31:6

Learn more about the conference theme by clicking here.

Key Topics

Chapel & Worship • Chaplaincy • Curriculum & Teaching • Diversity & Inclusion • Equity & Justice • Episcopal Identity • Leadership & Governance • School Life & Culture • School Management • Service & Service-Learning • Study of Religion

What are people saying about NAES Biennial Conference?

Biennial Conference is a highlight of being a part of NAES for many of our members. Here’s what they have to say about their past experiences at Biennial Conference.

“The sense of community, common purpose, and outstanding intellect was palpable.”

— Past Attendee

 “I had many take-away thoughts that I immediately implemented into the preschool when I returned.”

— Biennial 2018 Attendee

“I have never been more pleased with a conference.”

— Biennial 2018 Attendee

“It was a stretch for us to afford to send three people, but it was well worth the investment. It was a remarkable gathering and the quality of the principle speakers was superb.”

— Past Attendee

“The networking and connecting with old friends was wonderful. It’s a family reunion.”

— Biennial 2018 Attendee

“I hope you will continue to encourage small schools to attend so that they too can understand what it means to be an Episcopal school and share in such an amazing experience.”

— Past Attendee

“As a long time Head of School, your Plenary Sessions and Featured Speakers made this my best conference ever. I first attended an NAES Conference in 1998. Although I will retire in June, 2020, I hope to be able to continue to attend these Biennial Conferences!”

— Biennial 2018 Attendee

“Thank you so much, I am grateful I attended and I brought back wonderful things to share with my church!”

— Biennial 2018 Attendee

“The theme was powerful and there was lots to take in and process.”

— Biennial 2018 Attendee

“The NAES staff is so warm and helpful.”

— Biennial 2018 Attendee