Institute for New Heads

Registration for the 2018 NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH) will open in January 2018. 

2018 NAIS Institute for New Heads
July 16-22, 2018
Atlanta, GA

Watch a recent participant of the NAIS INH explain how the institute gave him the confidence and support to be successful in his first year.

INH has prepared more than 1,000 new heads of school for successful leadership transitions over the last decade. Join their ranks today by registering for this five-day residential program that will prepare you for the first or second year of headship. At INH, you’ll acquire an understanding of your leadership style, gain practical knowledge, demystify the head experience, and build a strong peer network. 
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INH is designed for individuals who are about to start, or have just completed, their first or second year as head of school. If your head of school isn't starting until the summer, but you would like to register them now, please email us at for a PDF version of the registration form.

Topics Covered

Led by an esteemed faculty, INH will focus on the following key topics:
  • Crisis Management and Pastoral Care
  • Practical Leadership
  • Constituents
  • Culture and Mission
  • Building Your Team
  • Governance
  • Marketing
  • Advancement
INH provides exposure to the fundamentals of school governance, finance, legal issues, diversity initiatives, and development.

Hear from Past Participants (Interview Clips)

2018 Registration Information 

Registration for the 2018 NAIS INH will open in January 2018.
Type of Registration
Early Bird Pricing
Standard Pricing

Accommodations and all meals at the Emory Conference Center Hotel  are included. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Emory Conference Center. 


Below is the sample agenda from 2017. 
2017 NAIS INH Agenda (PDF)


Plan to arrive in Atlanta by Monday afternoon (July 16), as the program will begin that evening. The closing ceremony will be Saturday night (July 21), with participants departing on Sunday morning.

Please note: From beginning to end, all parts of this program work together to build on one another and missing any portion would not provide the intended experience. Therefore, participants are highly discouraged from arriving late or leaving early. If you find that this is unavoidable, please contact Emilia Ayon at

2018 Faculty

Karen Eshoo, head of school, Vistamar School (CA)
Tony Featherston, head of school, The Town School (NY)
Martha Haakmat, head of school, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (NY)
Doreen Kelly, head of school, Ravenscroft School (NC)
Ed Kim, head of school, St. Matthew's Parish School (CA)
Nishant Mehta, head of school, The Children's School (GA)
Jim Power, head of school, Culver Academies (IN)
Vince Watchorn, head of school, Providence Country Day School (RI)

Cancellation Policy

Please send institute registration cancellations via email to NAIS at by June 2, 2018, to receive a refund minus a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after that date.

Contact Information

Please contact or (202) 973-9762 if you have any questions.