Institutes and Workshops

NAIS institutes are grounded in best practices in adult learning and provide our members with intensive training and peer networks that will educate and sustain both the individual and the school community.

Please contact us with any questions. 


Online Inclusive Schools Network Institute 

June 14-17 + June 24, 2021; online

NAIS is partnering with Gender Spectrum, a national leader in creating gender sensitive and positively responsive environments for all children and teens, for a three-day institute customized for the unique needs of independent schools, students, families, and communities.

Online Diversity Leadership Institute 

June 28- July 2, 2021; online

The Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is an intensive program that provides you with the tools to lead and manage change in your school. DLI empowers you with the content, experience, and network you need to lead your school toward becoming an inclusive and transformative learning community.

Online Institute for New Heads

July 12 -16, 2021 week intensive, followed by programming through July 2022; online

The Institute for New Heads (INH) is a program for individuals starting their first or second year of headship. You’ll build a strong peer and mentor network, acquire an understanding of the essential tasks of headship, and return to school supported by a toolkit of valuable resources.

Online Equity Design Lab: Grading for Equity

July 28 - 30, 2021; online

The NAIS Equity Design Lab (EDL) employs iterative design, mind science and other research, skill-building, and best and emerging practices. The goal is to develop innovative solutions and models that independent schools can use to address challenges and opportunities related to equity and social justice. 

Online Leadership Through Partnership 

October 12 - 14, 2021; online

Held each fall, the NAIS Leadership Through Partnership (LTP) workshop provides your school’s head and board leader(s) the chance to collaborate and strengthen their partnership. Away from busy day-to-day life, they can identify shared goals for their school. Together they learn more about the challenges that their school—and the independent school community—are facing.

All participants are welcome to participate in NAIS programs. NAIS has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, NAIS does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, nation of origin, gender, or any other characteristic.

NAIS reserves the right to cancel a workshop if there is insufficient enrollment. In this unlikely event, participants will be notified well in advance of the institute and given a full refund.