Leadership Institute



A Professional Development Opportunity

Participants in the NJAIS Leadership Institute 2023 - 2024 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. 



■ 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 areas of independent school administration. 


Institute Faculty: 

Rob Connor, Head of School, Christina Seix Academy
Andy Delinsky, Head of School, The Peck School
Jennifer Landis, Head of School, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
Steve Loy, Head of School, Rutgers Preparatory School


Participants will be nominated by their Heads of School.  
To submit nominations, please follow this link:



Building Block I: EXPLORE 
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
at Christina Seix Academy; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

■ How am I a Leader? 
■ Overview of Independent School Leadership 
■ Perspectives on Leadership 
■ School Culture, Community, and Change
■ Reflective Leadership 


Building Block III: INSPIRE 
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
on Zoom; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

■ How to Build a Leadership Pathway? 
■ Steps to Leadership 
■ School Finance for Leaders
■ Intentional Leadership and Developing a Plan


Building Block III: SERVE
Sunday, January 28, 2024 on
on Zoom; 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

■ NJAIS Trustee Enrichment Day 
■ What is a Trustee? 
■ Keynote Address 
■ Attend Trustee Day Sessions 
■ Governance and Strategic Planning 
■ Perspective of Trustees 


Building Block IV: REFLECT 
Thursday, March 7, 2024
on Zoom; 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

■ Leadership pathways, continued
■ Leadership lessons


Building Block V: LEAD 
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
The Peck School; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

■ NJAIS Leadership Institute Brunch
■ Keynote Speaker 
■ How Can I Make a Difference? 
■ Review of the Year’s Events 
■ Reflections and action