Grit and Grace: An Institute for Female Leaders in Education


For: Women who are current school administrators and women who aspire to move into school leadership roles and have a minimum of 3-5 years professional experience



This institute serves to promote personal and professional growth for current and aspiring female school leaders. The program will be reflective, collaborative, and connective, leveraging the strengths of each member of the cohort. With facilitation by veteran school leaders, consultants, and other women in leadership, we will navigate topics that challenge women on a path to leadership roles in schools. This five-part series will include:



Block 1: Unpacking Gender Bias in Educational Leadership: From Identification to Analysis to Change

Friday, October 12, 2018

This morning workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Jennie Weiner of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. The purpose of this interactive session is to bring focus and voice to the special and unique experiences of women in educational leadership, challenge institutional bias, network with women leaders across New Jersey, learn skills and strategies to enhance your effectiveness as a female leader, and empower and enlighten others around these issues. In particular, we will spend time discussing how current ways of understanding school leadership can serve to put women in a "double bind" with real consequences to our feelings of efficacy and success in the role. We will also discuss some strategies to address these issues while celebrating and maintaining our authentic selves and preferred leadership approach. Following Dr. Weiner’s seminar, we will meet with a panel of current school leaders who will share their experiences as women in educational leadership. This will be a reflective day to build cohesion as a cohort and set goals for the program.



Block 2: The Inkblot

Friday, December 7, 2018

This session will focus on giving and receiving feedback. How can we utilize the “area for growth” rather than let it be the sole inkblot that stains an entire jar full of strengths? Additionally, we will work to give feedback in a constructive and productive manner, without skirting issues that need to be addressed. Facilitators Jen Cort, LCSW-C, and Brooke Carroll will lead the group to build our confidence in the area of feedback and negotiation through topics such as: listening for meaning, avoiding verbal overcrowding (filling space with words when anxious), making the ask, delegation, and culture creation.



Block 3: I Don’t Know How She Does It

Friday, February 1, 2019 (Snow Date: Friday, February 8, 2019)

Work-life balance can seem like an impossible circus act, and yet, it is the key factor in successful leadership. This block will examine the work-life balance and provide strategies to support women navigate the many demands of ambition, family, and personal time.



Block 4: Shadowing Experience

Before April 4, 2019

Seeing leaders in action is often the best learning experience. This block will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time to shadow a current female school leader.



Block 5: Dinner

Thursday, April 4, 2019

This final block will be a reflective experience over dinner to conclude the cohort experience.




Registration Fee: $600 Member Schools; $750 Non-Member Schools



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MEMBER INFORMATION:If your school is a member* of NJAIS, upon receipt of your registration, we will automatically generate an invoice, and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice.


*All employees of NJAIS Member schools qualify for the member rate.

NON-MEMBER INFORMATION: If you are an employee of an organization or school that is NOT a member of NJAIS and you are registering for this workshop, please provide the company/school address. We will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice. Thank you.

Cancellation Policy:

For Round Tables: Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation one week prior to the program.

For Workshops, Conferences, and Retreats: Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeks prior to the program.

In the event of inclement weather, programs may be delayed or postponed.