NAIS School Leadership Team Experience (SLTE)

Registration for the 2019 NAIS School Leadership Team Experience is now closed. 

Registration for the 2019 SLTE is now full. If you would like to be on the waitlist, please contact Tina Wood at

2019 NAIS School Leadership Team Experience (SLTE)
July 28 - August 1
Potomac, MD
The William F. Bolger Center



Teams of 3-5 school leaders, including head of school. Teams can be composed of any level or type of school leader including, but not limited to, directors of admissions, assistant heads, business officers, deans, communications and marketing directors, development directors, division heads, and more. 

About the Institute

Take your team beyond yearly evaluations and tedious meetings to get to the core of what makes successful school leadership work in a changing educational landscape. This summer, NAIS will host the School Leadership Team Experience (SLTE), a special three-day, interactive workshop for independent school leaders. The institute is designed for teams of three or more school leaders, including the head of school, to focus on building leadership capacity and collaborative, project-level innovation design.

This is the first year that SLTE and NAIS Strategy Lab have teamed up to merge their content. You’ll get the best of Strategy Lab’s innovation frameworks, as well as SLTE’s focus on team dynamics and team building to drive effective school improvement. The 2019 SLTE will include new content from NAIS’s Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) Parent Research and new innovation frameworks for continuous and iterative redesign. The institute will guide you through the JTBD research and help you understand why parents choose your school for their children. Using this research as a foundation, you and your team will identify and unpack selected problems from a demand-side lens. You will also use innovation processes and frameworks to evolve your programming, curriculum, and resources to better meet the demands of your market.

You and your team will receive cohort-based consulting from educational leadership experts, NAIS staff, and peer schools as you work through the real and specific challenges and opportunities facing your school.

Some examples of school teams that will benefit from this intensive, residential course include those:  
  • who want to streamline communication and learn processes associated with problem identification, root cause analysis, and research-based solution design;
  • who want to enhance their innovation cultures through analytical frameworks and visual organizers that promote iterative prototyping in schools;
  • with multiple new hires or new leadership; and/or
  • who are facing complex and challenging school issues such as enrollment management, affordability, demographic changes, distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, and more.

2019 Registration Information

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

What's Included

Accommodations and all meals at the Bolger Center are included. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Bolger Center. Check-in opens at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, and your room reservation ends the morning of August 1. 

2019 NAIS SLTE Faculty

  • Anne-Marie Balzano, director of leadership and governance, NAIS
  • Scott Bauer, associate dean of advanced education and doctoral programs, University of Colorado, Denver 
  • Donna Orem, president, NAIS
  • Jay Rapp, vice president for professional development, NAIS
  • Tim Fish, chief innovation officer, NAIS
  • Mark Mitchell, vice president, NAIS
  • Jackie Wolking, director of innovation programs, NAIS
  • Claire Wescott, director of project management and coordination, NAIS

Schedule and Agenda

Please see the tentitive SLTE Agenda below. Attendees should arrive on Sunday, July 28 by 4pm and leave anytime on Thursday morning, August 1.   
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​

Pre-Work Prior to Institute

  • Advance reading of relevant research articles
  • Review of school data files (provided by NAIS)
  • Informal analysis of strategic objectives and vision
  • Team Assessment 

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.