NAIS Institute for New Heads Online: A Year of Support

We’ve recently expanded our premier program for incoming heads of school to provide tailored learning and support throughout the entire academic year to July 2021. Our new, online program will bring you innovative, transformative solutions that are needed to navigate challenges and create new possibilities.

Registration for the 2020-21 online NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH) is now closed. 

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 program that will prepare you for the first or second year of headship.

New! In addition to our signature weeklong curriculum (July 6–10) that provides expert guidance around key issues and a network of peers and advisors that will sustain you throughout your career, we’ve added new features to help keep you informed and inspired through July 2021. 

Participation in INH will include:

  • Guidance from expert speakers and experienced heads around critical issues such as governance, finance, leading faculty and staff, and enrollment management.

  • A cohort model of peers that will provide a safe space to work through the challenges of leading a school through a global crisis and beyond.

  • Resources like planning documents, data tools, and case studies that will help you guide your board and staff through difficult decisions. 

This new, extended support model will begin with a weeklong online institute from July 6–10, 2020, that will be structured around daily interactive large and small group sessions. In addition to that week, participants will benefit from continued support through July 2021.
New -- Listed below are just some of the expanded benefits that you can expect after the weeklong program ends:
  • Regularly scheduled virtual  small group check-ins throughout the year

  • Additional one-on-one meetings with faculty and expert mentors

  • Asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities throughout the year around relevant topics tailored to the needs of the cohort 

  • A group webinar for board chairs on supporting new heads

  • One-on-one meetings with key members of the NAIS leadership team

Join NAIS and your fellow new heads to build a network of ongoing support to help you lead in an unprecedented and quickly changing world. 


INH is designed for individuals who are about to start, or have just completed, their first or second year as head of school.

Topics Covered

Led by an esteemed faculty, INH will focus on the following key topics:
  • Leading through a Crisis

  • Scenario Planning

  • Working with Your Board

  • Building and Knowing Your Team

  • Financial Planning and Sustainability

  • Advancement 

  • Enrollment Management

  • Legal Support

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Registration Information 

Registration for 2020-21 INH Online: A Year of Support is now closed. 

The registration fees for 2020 INH Online are listed below. To increase access to this program and support NAIS member schools during uncertain times, these fees reflect an additional automatic 20% reduction in price for NAIS members this year. Contact us for more information about NAIS membership.
Registration Pricing
Member price for 2020-21 INH Online with additional 20% member discount
Nonmember price for 2020-21 INH Online



We are currently working on the details for the INH Online agenda and will post them here once they are finalized. INH Online will kick off with a weeklong online institute from July 6–10, 2020, that will be structured around daily interactive large- and small-group sessions, so registrants will need to block that week on their calendar to participate. Further learning and connection will happen throughout the year to support and educate new heads.

2020 Faculty

  • Karen Eshoo, head of school, King School (CT)
  • Allison Gaines Pell, head of school, Wheeler School (RI)
  • Martha Haakmat, executive director, Haakmat Consulting
  • Ed Kim, head of school, St. Matthew's Parish School (CA)
  • Nishant Mehta, head of school, The Children's School (GA)
  • Vince Watchorn, consultant, NAIS
  • William Webb, head of school, Fountain Valley School of Colorado (CO)

Cancellation Policy

INH registrants may cancel at any point up until June 22 and receive a full refund.  No refunds will be issued after that date. Please send institute registration cancellations via email to NAIS at

Contact Information

Please contact or (202) 973-9700 if you have any questions.