Trustee Training Tools from the NAIS Bookstore

From performing basic duties to learning to ask for gifts, the NAIS Trustee Series offers easy-to-grasp guides for doing the job of trustee the right way. 

Trustee Handbook

NAIS Trustee Handbook11th Edition 

Provide board members with strategic context and practical advice as this book quickly walks them through their roles and responsibilities. For schools located in the United States.

Available as single copies and packets of 10.     

The Board Chair Handbook

An Essential Guide for Board Leaders at Independent Schools

Give the board chair targeted advice on how to guide trustees, partner with the head, and support the school’s long-term success. Be sure to order an extra for the head of school.



The Committee Handbook

NAIS Committee HandbookA Guide to Strengthen Your Board and Get More Done

This concise guide describes typical committees’ goals, tasks, and relationships with the full board and staff. It’s a must-read for every committee chair.

Available as single copies and economical packets of five.

International Trustee Handbook

A Guide to Effective Governance for International Independent School Boards, Second Edition 

A training tool exclusively for schools outside the United States.

Available as single copies and packets of 10

The Trustee’s Guide to Fiduciary Responsibilities

Third Edition, Revised and Expanded 

Train your board in relevant duties, laws, and standards of conduct. Bonus features: a wealth of policies and checklists trustees can adapt.

Available as single copies and packets of 10


Trustee Kit

Trustee Training in a Box

Get each member of your board up to speed quickly with a boxed set of NAIS resources.

The NAIS Head Search Handbook

A Strategic Guide for the Search Committee, Second Edition

Get insights and advice on the process of recruiting the right leader for your school’s future.

Available as single copies or packets of five


The Trustee’s Role in Fund-Raising

A Pain-Free Guide to Making a Major Difference for Your School

Introduce trustees to the joy of giving—and asking for gifts.

Available as single copies and packets of 10

Principles of Good Practice for Boards and Trustees

A Pocket Guide 

This booklet contains Principles of Good Practice for both the independent school board of trustees as a group and for individual trustees.