NAIS Leadership Through Partnership (LTP)

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 Leadership Through Partnership (LTP) workshop is now open!


2020 NAIS Leadership Through Partnership workshop
October 9 - 11, 2020
Washington, DC
Westin DC City Center

NAIS, in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, has enhanced and refined the Leadership Through Partnership workshop to enable effective, successful board and head relationships. Using case studies and leadership-building activities and learning sessions,  this new program will review how to leverage your unique positions as trustees, board chairs, and heads of school, to have a long-lasting, positive impact on your schools. LTP provides school heads and board leader(s) the chance to collaborate and strengthen their partnership. 

Away from busy day-to-day life, you can identify shared goals for your school. For the newly appointed head, board chair, or trustee, LTP proves particularly valuable to forge a positive and effective relationship. For the trustee and school head with a well-established relationship, LTP offers an opportunity to gain fresh perspectives on styles of collaboration in the context of new challenges and priorities. 

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Primarily‚Äč designed for the independent school board chair and head of school, LTP is increasingly attended by teams that include other trustees, such as the vice chair, chair elect, treasurer, or the chair of the committee on trustees.

Topics Covered

LTP offers a variety of different learning opportunities and approaches to maximize the working relationship between the head of school and board of trustees. Through a number of sessions, LTP will focus on helping you:
  • Understand the basics of nonprofit and independent school governance;
  • Experience and learn the structure, strategies, and approaches to governance
    found in independent schools;
  • Strengthen the overall board-head working relationship;
  • Discuss how to create and sustain generative boards; and
  • Identify and discuss working styles and preferences while creating an effective
    communication and support system.

2020 Faculty

Faculty includes:
  • Donna ‚ÄčOrem, president, NAIS;
  • Facilitators from the Center for Creative Leadership;
  • and more!

Schedule and Agenda

Programming will start at 1pm on Friday, October 9 and will end at 12pm on Sunday, October 11. 

The 2020 LTP agenda will be released in early Fall. For reference, please see the 2018 agenda below. 
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 Jay Rapp at

2020 Registration Information

Register now for LTP!
Type of Registration Early Bird Pricing
(through August 7)
Standard Pricing
(from August 8) 
Member $1,575 $1,840
Nonmember $2,100 $2,350

What's Included

The registration fee for this institute does not include accommodations. Participants can stay at the Westin DC City Center, in Washington, DC. Instructions for booking a hotel room are included in your institute registration confirmation letter.
Registration includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday, and a cocktail reception on Friday night.

Cancellation Policy

Please send institute registration cancellations in writing via email to NAIS at by September 9, 2020, to receive a refund minus a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after that date.

Contact Us

Please contact or (202) 973-9762 if you have any questions or if you would like to register by mail.