NAIS Inclusive Schools Network Institute (ISNI)

NAIS Inclusive Schools Network Institute

Registration for the 2022 NAIS Online Inclusive Schools Network Institute has closed. 

June 13-16 and June 23, 2022
12:00-3:30 PM Eastern time/ 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific time


Every day we see more and more independent schools seeking effective ways to address the increasing gender diversity across the K-12 experience. Administrators and teachers are being called on to engage, educate, and support all students and families in understanding gender identity and expression, and to respond when gender nonconforming students are teased, bullied, or harassed. Schools that implement gender-inclusive practices support their commitment to diversity and enhance a climate of campus well-being.

To present the NAIS Inclusive Schools Network Institute (ISNI), NAIS is partnering with Gender Spectrum, a national leader in creating gender-sensitive and positively responsive environments for all children and teens. This five-day institute—customized for the unique needs of independent schools, students, families, and communities—will be the gateway to Gender Spectrum’s national community of practice. ISNI is a yearlong professional development program that will help build a network of support and ongoing capacity-building among independent schools as they address the instructional, institutional, and social-emotional challenges and opportunities of gender-inclusive practice.


A systematic approach is essential to managing diversity and leveraging difference to create communities where all students are included and know they belong. This institute is open to all educators who are interested in creating more gender inclusivity in their schools and who have institutional support to do so. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Heads of school
  • Division-level administrators             
  • Counselors, psychologists, and nurses
  • Diversity and equity professionals
  • K-12 classroom teachers
  • Athletic directors, coaches, and physical education teachers
  • Early childhood educators
  • Student services staff
  • Residence life staff
  • Co-curricular program teachers
  • Paraprofessional educators
  • Professional development specialists
  • Librarians and media specialists 
  • Curriculum specialists

Topics Covered

The NAIS Online Inclusive Schools Network Institute will meet participants where they are on their journey and practice gender inclusivity, without judgment. Our colleagues at Gender Spectrum are recognized for helping educators understand the value of gender-inclusive learning environments for all students. The institute also recognizes the nature of gender and its intersections with power, identity, and other dynamics.

ISNI content will include:

  • Dimensions of gender, key terminology, and the spectrum framework for gender
  • Climate assessment and making a case for gender education in schools
  • Moving from perspective to practice and the pragmatics of creating gender-inclusive schools
  • A train-the-trainer curriculum to support institutional development and change
  • Best practices for supporting transgender and other gender-expansive students
  • A legal webinar and advisory designed for independent schools
  • A half-day workshop on gender at the intersection of race, power, and identity
  • Ongoing professional and leadership development as part of the national Inclusive Schools Network.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2022 NAIS Online Inclusive Schools Network Institute has closed. 
Registration Pricing

Early Bird Pricing

Standard Pricing

Member price $1,210 $1,415
Nonmember price* $1,730 $2,025

*Contact us for more information about the benefits of NAIS membership, including discounted event pricing.


This institute will be held virtually June 13-16 and June 23 from 12:00-3:30 PM Eastern time/ 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific time. A more detailed schedule is forthcoming. 

2022 Faculty

  • Joel Baum, senior director, professional development, Gender Spectrum
  • Carla Peña, manager of professional development, Gender Spectrum
  • Caroline Blackwell, vice president, equity and justice, NAIS
  • Tony Hernandez, project and training manager, equity and justice, NAIS

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing at this email address: [email protected]. Cancellations received up to 30 days (May 13) prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the program will not be refunded.

Contact Information

Please contact [email protected] or (202) 973-9700 if you have any questions.