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Leadership Institute

The NJAIS Leadership Institute is offered every other year, in the non-conference year. The 2015-16 cohort has formed.  The next cohort will form for the 2017-18 academic year. Materials will be sent to Heads of School in March 2017.

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.

Program Directors 2015-2016:

Jane Fremon, Head of School, Princeton Friends School
Thomas Nammack, Headmaster, Montclair Kimberley Academy
Andrew Webster, Head of School, The Wardlaw-Hartridge School

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Building Block I: EXPLORE
Thursday, October 14, 2015, at Gill St. Bernard's School, Gladstone, NJ, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How am I a Leader?
Overview of independent school leadership
Keynote Speaker
Perspectives on Leadership
School Culture
Qualifications for Leadership
Governance
Leadership Roles: Faces of Leadership Panel

Building Block II: SERVE
Sunday, November 8, 2015, at Rutgers Preparatory School, Somerset, NJ, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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 13, 2016, at Location TBA, NJ, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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
February, March, and April 2016
Shadow an experienced NJAIS administrator

Building Block V: LEAD
Thursday, April 28, 2016: The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, Edison, NJ
NJAIS Leadership Institute Dinner
Keynote Speaker
How Can I Make a Difference?
Review of the Year's Events
Reflections on Shadowing

Nominations: Please note that Heads of School nominated participants in early spring 2015.

Summer Reading Assignment: TBA

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