NAIS School Leadership Institute (SLI)

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 School Leadership Institute (SLI) is now open!


2020 NAIS School Leadership Institute
July 28 - 31, 2020
Alexandria, Virginia
Episcopal High School​

Good leadership is a constantly evolving practice, no matter your career path and aspirations. The School Leadership Institute (SLI) is an in-depth residential program that will help you cultivate an individualized professional development strategy based on your strengths and areas for improvement. Each attendee will leave this highly interactive program with a unique plan based on proven techniques.
Prior to this institute participants will take the Leadership Practices Inventory 360 based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. Institute participants will analyze and use their knowledge of the Leadership Practices to discuss case studies designed to highlight leadership challenges, meet in small groups, and create a plan of action for taking the key learnings back to their schools.

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Individuals interested in pursuing a career in independent school leadership, at any leadership level and at any point in their careers. Since much of the work of SLI relies on the LPI 360, individuals who manage others, either formally or informally, will benefit the most from the program.

Topics Covered

SLI will focus on helping you:
  • Identify the frequency of personal leadership behaviors as measured by the Leadership Practices Inventory.
  • Align actions with values.
  • Inspire others to share a common vision.
  • Search for opportunities to change and improve.
  • Experiment with innovative ideas and learn from accompanying mistakes.
  • Build collaboration, teamwork, and trust.
  • Strengthen the ability of others to excel.
  • Recognize the accomplishments of others.
  • Apply the lessons learned in the workshop to a current organizational challenge by creating an action plan for continued growth once you return to school.

2020Registration Information

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

What's Included

All meals and single dormitory accommodations at Episcopal High School are provided with your SLI registration. Transportation to and from the event are not included. 


 Please plan to arrive on the morning of July 28, and depart the afternoon of July 31, 2020. For reference, the 2019 agenda is below. 
2019 SLI Agenda

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 Faculty 

  • Chia-Chee Chiu, middle school principal, Ethical Culture Fieldston School (NY)
  • Dominique Gerard, head of upper school, Abingdon Friends School (PA)
  • Jason Novak, director of primary school, Lowell School (DC)
  • Laurie Pendleton, leadership consultant
  • Jay Rapp, vice president for professional development, NAIS
  • Rob Scotlan, middle school assistant director, Charles Wright Academy (WA)
  • Andre Withers, assistant head, Madeira School (VA) 

Cancellation Policy

Please send institute registration cancellations in via email to NAIS at by June 28, 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.