NJAIS is pleased to offer a wide range of services and resources to our members.
A COMPREHENSIVE ACCREDITATION PROGRAM
Since 1995, NJAIS has been accrediting its member schools throughout New Jersey. NJAIS provides:
- A full-scale, standards-based accreditation program for each member school every ten years, conducted by a team of highly respected teachers and administrators
- Detailed reports on school visits to aid in school improvement and guide program development and strategic planning for schools
- An accreditation program recognized internationally by the NAIS Commission on Accreditation.
With a tradition of excellence in the area of professional development, NJAIS continually strives to offer innovative learning events on a full range of topics using a variety of formats.
- A Biennial Conference featuring leading international experts in education and related fields
- An annual Trustee Enrichment Day for members of the Board of Trustees at schools, along with other administrators. (The next one will be on 12 November 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at The Lawrenceville School.)
- Leadership Institute that helps train teachers and administrators for further leadership roles in independent schools.
- Day-long workshops, each with a focus on current trends and research in varied educational topics
- Round tables that provide for an extended conversation around specific topics
- A formal leadership role for teachers through service as the school’s NJAIS representative to the Professional Development Committee
- Updated and ever-changing resources on the NJAIS website that include recommended reading, articles, handouts, and links to additional professional information
- An annual institute dedicated to Instructional Skills (for new and experienced teachers and administrators, held each August at the Pingry School.)
- An annual conference dedicated to Heads of School
- An annual conference dedicated to Admissions Officers
- An annual conference dedicated to Finance Officers.
- An annual conference for Development Officers.
- The opportunity to serve on accreditation visiting teams
- A career center with job listings on the NJAIS website
- The invitation to provide feedback to NJAIS regarding the learning needs of those in member schools
- Consultations with NJAIS staff members
- The opportunity to provide feedback related to the professional growth needs at the school
- Active listservs for affinity groups that provide a forum for professional exchange of information
NJAIS engages in public advocacy that protects the independence of its member schools from governmental regulation.
- As a member of the NJ Nonpublic Advisory Council, NJAIS provides members substantive legislative information
- NJAIS coordinates with the Catholic Conference at the state level representing the interests of independent schools in the state
- Executive Director provides synthesis and analysis of legislative information
- NJAIS is recognized as a premier accrediting body in New Jersey for independent schools.
NJAIS provides direct and immediate support for members who are confronting difficult issues as well as in-depth and sustained support in developing programs of excellence. NJAIS offers consultations on the following topics.
- Governance issues, conflict management, and strategic planning by the Executive Director (travel expenses only).
- Mentoring programs for teachers, facilitating teacher services committees, and supporting teacher representatives by the Director of Professional Development
- Visiting Team training workshops, accreditation Steering Committee training by the Director of Accreditation.
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Clear, accurate, informative data is essential for planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs. NJAIS communicates with members regularly through several venues.
- Listservs for target constituency groups.
- A library of resources on our website, including monographs on topics germane to independent school leadership, governance, and operations.
- Research-based collection of regional statistics on enrollment tuition, salaries, budgets, annual giving, enrollment, attrition, etc. This is shared each winter with the Head of School.
- Periodic communications to Heads of Schools containing professional and legal information, as well as news from member schools
FELLOWSHIP AND A STRONG COLLEGIAL COMMUNITY
NJAIS members have immediate access to a strong network of colleagues committed to supporting one another in advancing all aspects of the independent school experience.
- A democratic governance structure with representation on the NJAIS Board of Trustees
- Liaison with and access to national, regional, and state associations such as the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Council for American Private Education (CAPE), and a variety of other independent school organizations.
- Assistance with marketing through strong advocacy for independent education
- Fellowship with colleagues at events including the Heads Lunch Bunch.