NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH)

Registration for the 2019 NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH) is now closed.

Registration for the 2019 INH is now full. If you would like to be on the waitlist, please contact Madelyn Swift at

2019 NAIS Institute for New Heads
July 8 - 14, 2019
Atlanta, GA

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.

2019 Registration Information 

Registration for the 2019 INH is now full. If you would like to be on the waitlist, please contact Madelyn Swift at
Type of Registration
Early Bird Pricing
(until April 5)
Standard Pricing
(from April 6)

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. 


2019 INH Agenda
Plan to arrive in Atlanta by Monday afternoon (July 8), as the program will begin that evening. The closing ceremony will be Saturday night (July 13), 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

2019 Faculty

Karen Eshoo, head of school, King School (CT)
Tony Featherston, search consultant, RG175
Allison Gaines Pell, head of school, Wheeler School (RI)
Martha Haakmat, head of school, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (NY)
Ed Kim, head of school, St. Matthew's Parish School (CA)
Nishant Mehta, head of school, The Children's School (GA)
Vince Watchorn, head of school, Providence Country Day School (RI)

Cancellation Policy

Please send institute registration cancellations via email to NAIS at by May 31, 2019 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.