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Leadership Institute

The NJAIS Leadership Institute is offered every other year (non-conference year). Nominations for the 2017-18 academic year are currently being accepted.  If you are interested in participating in this year's Leadership Institute, please ask your Head of School to submit your name to NJAIS.

NJAIS trains leaders in education. Our Leadership Institute is a popular destination for educators looking for learning and leadership opportunities.

In 2002, NJAIS received a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation to inform and encourage teachers interested in becoming independent school administrators. Participants in the NJAIS Leadership Institute 2015-2016 will attend five sessions designed to develop their understanding of leadership in independent education, to build their management skills, and to give them a broader knowledge of the opportunities open to them in a time of change.

NJAIS Leadership Institute Goals:

  • Provide schools with a chance to encourage outstanding educators to develop their leadership style.
  • Inspire independent school educators to consider administrative positions and provide the skills necessary to assist them in achieving this goal.
  • Expose potential leaders to a wide range of perspectives in ares of independent school administration.

Institute participants will be supported by their respective schools to attend the program blocks.

■ Nominations must be sent by May 15, 2017.

■ Participants and their Heads will receive confirmation of acceptance into the program by June 1, 2017.

■ Fee: $525 (NJAIS member) $700 (non-NJAIS member)

■ Scholarship aid is available. Please contact Carole Everett, NJAIS Executive Director,

■ All participants will be linked throughout the year via a listserv and a cohort group.

■ Readings and some brief assignments will be assigned prior to each seminar.

Program Directors 2017-18:

Jane Fremon, Head of School, Princeton Friends School
Eileen Lambert, Head of School, Saddle River Day School
Thomas Nammack, Head of School, Montclair Kimberley Academy


Building Block I: EXPLORE
Delbarton School

How am I a Leader?
Overview of independent school leadership
Keynote Speaker
Perspectives on Leadership
School Culture
Qualifications for Leadership
Leadership Roles: Faces of Leadership Panel

Building Block II: SERVE
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The Lawrenceville School

Attend NJAIS Trustee Enrichment Day
Hear NAIS President John Chubb's Conversation with Noodle President John Katzman about Trends and the Future of Education
Learn about governance and strategic planning

Building Block III: INSPIRE
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The Hun School of Princeton

How Do I Build a Pathway to Leadership?
Leadership Styles: Head of School Panel
Intentional Leadership and Developing a Plan
Resume Writing/Interview Styles
Information on "Shadowing" Exercise

Building Block IV: REFLECT
January-April, 2018
Shadow an experienced NJAIS administrator

Building Block V: LEAD
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Pingry School

NJAIS Leadership Institute Dinner
Keynote Speaker
How Can I Make a Difference?
Review of the Year's Events
Reflections on Shadowing

Summer Reading Assignment: TBA

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