Leadership Institute


NJAIS trains leaders in education. Offered in alternating years, our Leadership Institute is a popular destination for educators looking for learning and leadership opportunities.

Participants in the NJAIS Leadership Institute 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 areas of independent school administration.


Program Directors 2021-22:

Rob Connor, Head of Christina Seix Academy
Steve Loy, Head of Rutgers Preparatory School
Jill Singleton, Head of All Saints Episcopal Day School


Program Outline:

Building Block I: EXPLORE
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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 14, 2021 on Zoom

Attend part of the NJAIS Trustee Enrichment Day 
Learn about Governance and Strategic Planning

Building Block III: INSPIRE
Thursday, January 13, 2022

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

Building Block IV: REFLECT
January-April, 2022

Shadow an Experienced NJAIS Administrator - TBD
Subject to change to day-long cohort experience on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 pending COVID-19

Building Block V: LEAD
Thursday, April 14, 2022

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


This program is currently in progress