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. 


Inclusive Schools Network Institute

Canceled for 2020

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. It will be the gateway to Gender Spectrum’s community of practice and yearlong professional-development program for educational professionals committed to creating more gender-inclusive learning environments with the support of their institutions.

Diversity Leadership Institute Online

June 22-27, 2020; online

The Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is an intensive, weeklong 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.

Institute for New Heads Online: A Year of Support

July 6-10, 2020 week intensive, followed by programming through July 2021; 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 network, acquire an understanding of the essential tasks of headship, and return to school supported by a toolkit of valuable resources.

Equity Design Lab: Grading for Equity

Canceled for 2020

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. The 2020 EDL will focus on grading for equity.

School Leadership Team Experience

Canceled for 2020

Take your team beyond yearly evaluations and tedious meetings to get to the core of what makes successful school leadership work. The School Leadership Team Experience (SLTE) will bring together school teams of 3-5 individuals who hold leadership positions in your school, including the head of school, to focus on collaboration and building leadership capacity to support school improvement. SLTE and NAIS Strategy Lab have teamed up to merge their content. You’ll get the best of Strategy Lab’s innovation frameworks, as well as SLTE’s focus on team dynamics and team building, as you work through the real and specific challenges and opportunities facing your school.

School Leadership Institute

Canceled for 2020

At whatever stage you are in in your career, the School Leadership Institute (SLI) is a key step in your leadership development. This intensive, three-day, residential program helps you better understand your own leadership style and identify strengths as well as areas for improvement. 

Leadership Through Partnership Online

October 10-11, 2020; 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.

NAIS Online Strategy Lab

October session (starts October 20) and November session (starts November 16); online

The goal of the NAIS Strategy Lab is to help independent schools make strategic progress. Our Innovation Team supports schools in solving pressing challenges and seizing the right opportunities in order to live their missions and secure sustainable futures. Strategy Lab workshops are thought-provoking, fast-paced, and productive journeys of school reimagination.

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. NAIS, however, cannot be responsible for any financial obligation incurred by participants because of travel cancellations.