NAIS School Leadership Team Experience (SLTE)

Due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel NAIS SLTE in 2020.



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.

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 2020 SLTE will include content from NAIS’s Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) Parent Research and 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.