NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH)

NAIS is still planning to hold all summer institutes as scheduled. Registration remains open. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will communicate any changes with schools. 

Registration for the 2020 NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH) is now open!


2020 NAIS Institute for New Heads
July 6 - 12, 2020
Atlanta, Georgia
Emory Conference Center​

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.

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.

2020 Registration Information 

Register now for INH!
Type of Registration
Early Bird Pricing
(through April 3)
Standard Pricing
(from April 4)

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. 


The 2020 schedule will be released in Spring 2020. For reference, find the 2019 agenda below. 
2019 INH Agenda
Plan to arrive in Atlanta by Monday afternoon (July 6), as the program will begin that evening. The closing ceremony will be Saturday night (July 11), 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 Madelyn Swift at

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, visiting educator, Ghana International School
  • William Webb, head of school, Fountain Valley School of Colorado (CO)

Cancellation Policy

Please send institute registration cancellations via email to NAIS at by June 6, 2020 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.