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Overview

NJAIS offers many different Professional Development opportunities for faculty, administrators, and Trustees.  We aim to be relevant and responsive, and welcome your ideas and participation in these workshops and conferences.

 

NJAIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

EVENT CALENDAR 2019 - 2020

 

VIEW OUR SUMMER 2020 PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES HERE

 

Webinar offerings in response to COVID-19

**  In addition to the webinars listed below, NJAIS has organized several Zoom connects for various professional affinity groups.  For more information and to connect with your colleagues across the association, please contact Rachel Folan, rfolan@njais.org. *

 

How Will Your School Design for Resilience and Plan for 2020 -2021?

Wednesday, June 17; 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

The challenge of 2020-2021 in schools, in part, is to build programmatic or institutional resilience: the ability of your school’s teams, systems, and programs to flex, to function, and not to break -- even in the midst of uncertain, unschedulable, and abrupt changes in the conditions that we work under. But how do you do that? In this webinar, we will share the Design for Resilience model to frame the work your school is doing, and needs to do, to plan for 2020-2021. We'll provide an overview of a strong design methodology that can help your team tackle these issues effectively.

Please register in advance for this meeting:
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=421

 

Online Design Bootcamp +Instructional Coaching Program

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 31, 2020 (Monday through Friday for four weeks)

NJAIS is pleased to partner with Global Online Academy (GOA) to offer a special four-week program for educators. 
The goals of the Design Bootcamp + Coaching Program are to:

  • Support the work of educators to confidently design online learning courses for their students through an immersive week-long Design Bootcamp
  • Provide instructional design coaching for a cohort of educators who engaged in the Design Bootcamp to deepen practice and apply new learning skills to additional course designs

View full program information here.

Please register in advance for this meeting:
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=412

 

Completed Webinars:

 

New Faculty Onboarding in a Virtual School Setting

Wednesday, June 3; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

You have hired new faculty, perhaps without ever having them to campus, and everything is uncertain about the fall.  The new faculty onboarding process is more complex than ever, as the culture imbued in your schools now exists primarily in cyberspace.  This 60-minute session will include a presentation of faculty orientation best practices that can be implemented in any setting, followed by two examples of onboarding processes that have been reconfigured for our current reality.

 

The Next Normal:
Enrollment Trends and Strategies in Uncertain Times

Tuesday, June 2; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

As we approach the “next normal,” leaders in the business office and enrollment management will need to work together to navigate a rapidly changing landscape and tackle pressing questions. How can we reduce summer melt? What support do families need? What does next year look like? Drawing on results from an EMA member survey conducted in response to COVID-19 and EMA’s recent special report, presenters will share key insights and actionable takeaways to help you move forward

 

School Re-Entry Webinar 2:
Preparing Your Academic Program in Uncertain Times

Thursday, May 28; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The next school year is sure to be like no other, with many unknowns. In this webinar, we will consider how schools can prepare academically for a variety of potential scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year. We will also examine what professional learning faculty and leaders will need in order to deliver your school’s mission in a virtual classroom.  The programmatic overview will have a Middle and Upper School focus and will also touch on Lower School considerations. Following a 30-minute presentation to support the navigation of these situations, participants will have an open question and discussion time with the presenters.

 

Can I Have a Snack?

School Re-Entry Webinar 1.5:
Student Dining

Thursday, May 21; 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

The immediate future of dining services on your campus looks different. Join this insightful webinar with Flik Independent School Dining and EHA Consulting Group as they discuss strategic and tactical focus areas for planning student dining this fall.  Amplifying safety and sanitation procedures, introducing different methods of service, and making all feel comfortable and safe are all part of what’s next.

 

School Re-Entry Webinar 1:
Medical and Legal Guidance and Considerations

Wednesday, May 20; 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

This 60-minute interactive webinar will discuss strategies  to retain current students and recruit new ones, even while the campus is closed. It will include steps to develop a parent ambassador/advocate program. Current parents, when recruited, motivated, mobilized and trained, are a school’s most powerful advocates.

 

Marketing Your Mission

Monday, May 18; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

This 60-minute interactive webinar will discuss strategies  to retain current students and recruit new ones, even while the campus is closed. It will include steps to develop a parent ambassador/advocate program. Current parents, when recruited, motivated, mobilized and trained, are a school’s most powerful advocates.

 

What's Your Bucket?
Critical Perspectives on Institutional Sustainability of Independent Schools

Thursday, May 14; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Is your school’s current trajectory sustainable long-term?  In 15 years will your choices be (i) more + better, (ii) as many + as good or (iii) fewer + worse. What actions can you take in the next five years to ensure future choices?   Starting with a heuristic model of three buckets of school sustainability— #1 secure, #2 changing, and #3 intransigent — John Gulla (EE Ford) will examine the culture and indicia of sustainable and unsustainable schools.  He will offer critical dimensions schools should investigate with depth, data, and honesty to assume a long-term economically sustainable school with an honorable purpose and reasonable expectation of success.  Finally, he will explore how Heads and Boards can operate as long-term owners of their institution. Building from John Gulla’s primer, Bill Kummel (Rational Partners) will provide an integrated quantitative model to assess and manage institutional strategy and economics. He will examine eight vital signs of an independent school's general health and how these vital signs offer insight into a school's life sustainability and how to change it.  What are the financial metrics of Bucket #1, #2 and #3 schools?   Finally, he will explore novel strategies to improve long-term economics sustainability.

 

Moving Forward Together in Times of Uncertainty: A Fundraising Timeline in Response to COVID-19

Tuesday, April 28; 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

 In the past month, independent schools have taken important steps to ensure the health of their students, faculty, staff, and community, all while developing plans to provide rigorous academic experiences and supportive learning environments. School leaders and staff have also been tasked with combating financial challenges presented by COVID-19, in addition to finding ways to move forward with fundraising efforts. In this webinar, CCS Fundraising will provide several recommendations on how independent schools can navigate the rest of this year, from activating around the new Giving Day to transitioning to virtual events. And, understanding that upcoming school years will look very different from those past, CCS will offer guidance on preparing for the future.

 

Helping Students Grieve the Milestone Losses of the COVID-19 Crisis

Monday, April 27; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Our students now face canceled athletic seasons, performances, celebrations, high school/college revisit days, and graduations. Most are also isolated at home with family members at the very moment they’re poised to separate and become more independent. From a psychological point of view, the COVID-19 crisis has a disproportionate impact on adolescents, whose “growing up time” is significantly disrupted. Against the backdrop of a global public health and economic crisis, our students’ particular, specific losses -- of crucial developmental milestones as well as daily experiences -- warrant special recognition by their teachers, advisors, and school administrators. Join this presentation and conversation to consider how to help your students grieve and ensure your school can honor their connections, achievements, and contributions within your community.

 

Planning a Virtual PBL Unit

Thursday, April 23; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

With the immediate response to remote learning behind us and much of the school year still in front of us, it is imperative that we engage our students through authentic learning opportunities.  A virtual Project Based Learning (PBL) unit allows students to experience independence and autonomy over their work, supporting purposeful learning through the remainder of the school year. In this webinar, an overview of Project Based Learning and its pedagogy will be provided. Participants will then get to work, starting the planning process for your own unit to take place this spring. We will specifically look at scaffolds that can be implemented in order to help students stay on track and for you to provide formative assessment during this learning experience.

 

I'm Not a Lawyer... But I Brought One With Me:

Guidelines and Considerations for Student Privacy and Cybersecurity During the Time of Distance Learning

Wednesday, April 22; 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Moving school online isn’t just about video platforms, virtual breakout rooms, or asynchronous learning; it’s about maintaining connection in our educational communities during a collective crisis. Teachers, counselors, nurses, coaches and other staff are  -- as always -- the primary points of contact for students and families. While tending to their students’ needs in classes, advisories, and online workouts, they are also managing their own anxiety about personal health and finance; and frequently managing double or triple duty as parents, adult children, partners, and neighbors. Join us for guidance and conversation about how school leaders can support faculty and staff, prevent burnout, maintain morale, and continue to foster strong relationships, professional growth and wellbeing for the adults who keep independent schools distinctive and strong.
 

 

Best Practices for Remote Advisory and Supporting Students' Wellbeing

Wednesday, April 22; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Please join this webinar led by The Social Institute to learn best practices for structuring remote advisory and supporting students' social-emotional needs and concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this session, we will share best practices to: 

1) Creatively structure remote advisory to keep students connected and engaged 
2) Share relevant, SEL discussion prompts that support students' social-emotional health and executive-functioning skills
3) Engage your students in design thinking to help create the best possible spring for the school

 

COVID-19 PPP Loans and Compliance with Federal Non-Discrimination Laws

Tuesday, April 21; 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join Venable’s Independent School Law Team for an update on COVID-19-related issues facing independent schools.  This session will focus on the Paycheck Protection Program and what it means for schools to be recipients of federal financial assistance.  The discussion will include an overview of the nondiscrimination compliance obligations as well as practical steps to bring your school into compliance upon receipt of a PPP loan.

 

Independent Schools on the Brink:
A Confidential Webinar for Schools Struggling to Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, April 21; 4:00 p.m.

Numerous independent schools across the nation entered the COVID-19 global pandemic on thin ice and struggling with issues of viability. Like a plane headed for a mountain, the only possibilities are to dramatically alter course and pull up before it is too late or realize a crash is inevitable and soften the landing as much as possible. No leadership team or board wants to acknowledge that their school may not (or will not) survive. True stewardship involves being honest and forthright about the universe of possible and impossible futures for the school both as a nonprofit organization and as an educational community. 

Independent school associations around the country invite heads of school, leadership teams, and board members to a confidential discussion about these challenging issues. The expert panel will discuss tangible steps schools should consider in this moment of extreme challenge. Please note that participants will be able to take part and ask questions anonymously during the webinar.

 

Who's Minding the Teachers?

Supporting Educator Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Crisis

Monday, April 20; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Moving school online isn’t just about video platforms, virtual breakout rooms, or asynchronous learning; it’s about maintaining connection in our educational communities during a collective crisis. Teachers, counselors, nurses, coaches and other staff are  -- as always -- the primary points of contact for students and families. While tending to their students’ needs in classes, advisories, and online workouts, they are also managing their own anxiety about personal health and finance; and frequently managing double or triple duty as parents, adult children, partners, and neighbors. Join us for guidance and conversation about how school leaders can support faculty and staff, prevent burnout, maintain morale, and continue to foster strong relationships, professional growth and wellbeing for the adults who keep independent schools distinctive and strong.

 

School Communication and Engagement Strategies Amid COVID-19

Thursday, April 16; 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

During this unprecedented time, it is more important than ever to keep your constituents engaged and feeling supported.  The pros at Finalsite will take you through best practices in messaging, content, and community engagement, considering the heightened online consumption and also the need for sensitivity during this uncertain time.  Through social media, email, and other forms of communication, this presentation will address both short and long term strategies.

 

COVID-19 and Financial Aid:

Strategies and Insights for the Short and Long Term

Wednesday, April 8; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The impact of COVID-19 on all aspects of school operations is deep and complex, including financial aid demand. School leaders need to consider the likely short- and long-term effects this crisis will have on the overall economy, day-to-day financial realities for families, the unemployment picture, and consumer confidence—all of which are strong factors in the decisions families (current and prospective, full-pay and aid-eligible) make about the affordability of independent schools. Join this conversation to gain insights into how the situation could impact financial aid demand and share the questions and approaches you’re considering for how to manage your school’s financial aid strategy through this unprecedented moment.   

 

Managing Student Research & Writing through Remote Learning

Wednesday, April 8; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The research and writing process historically involves face-to-face check-ins during class time with teachers meeting with students to review and provide feedback on their research (e.g. articles, annotations, citations) and writing (e.g. outlines, drafts, bibliographies). As schools move to virtual platforms in response to COVID-19, teachers are challenged to quickly adapt their instructional practices to stay connected with their students and keep them moving forward on their research and writing work. Join this webinar to learn about a platform that centralizes all such student work online and makes it available to teachers from anywhere, allowing them to access student work remotely for assessment and feedback asynchronously. We aim to help instructors and students continue their research and writing work amidst this time of virtual learning. 

 

Re-Thinking Graduation and Milestone Celebrations in the Wake of COVID-19

Wednesday, April 8; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

So many schools are thinking ahead to end-of-year celebrations and traditions.  Is it better to cancel? Postpone? Re-think the format? How can parents help reframe events for their essential meaning?  This session will consider these issues and others. The event will NOT present answers or solutions, but allow for a facilitated discussion and break-out groups of PK-8 schools, and 9-12 schools.   

 

Fundraising Amidst COVID-19 

Tuesday, April 7; 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

This webcast for moving forward during times of uncertainty will feature data, real-world examples, and immediate actions to take. Though the global realities and implications of the COVID-19 virus are unprecedented, nonprofits have weathered similar storms by taking decisive action. Graham-Pelton’s President and CEO Elizabeth Zeigler will share firsthand experience guiding nonprofits through turbulent times and will answer the most pressing questions during a 45-minute live webcast.  She will highlight focused examples from independent schools and include tips to take fundraisers virtual if necessary.   

 

The Head of School and Board Partnership During the COVID-19 Crisis:

In Support of a Shifting Landscape

Tuesday, April 7; 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The almost ongoing, high stress job of crisis management in schools has filled the space that was once full of organizational charts, contracts, training, legal protection, salaries and other the expectations and demands.  The Head of School has needed to refocus and reframe to reflect the new reality. How do the head and the board partner together to respond to and manage this uncharted territory?
This webinar will explore:
  • How a head and board best manage constituent communications and expectations?
    Best practice for how the board can support the head of school?
    How should a head communicate what he/she needs in order to succeed in the role and have a balanced personal life as well?
    What are the immediate danger zones in the head/board relationship at this stressful time?
    What simple signals can the Board send that ensure board/school stability and confidence from the stakeholders?
    What are the immediate trade-offs of income and expense that we need to consider?
    How do we market the mission when schools are closed?
    Reminder: Long terms boards with long term chairs lead to long term successful heads and stable and financially sound schools
 

 

CARES Act Presentation and Q&A
Monday, April 6; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This webinar will serve to present the "need-to-knows" concerning the CARES Act followed by time for Q&A with the panelists.  Please join Mark Cardone of ConnectOne Bank, Rob Cordero of PKF O'Connor Davies LLP Accounting and Advising, and Caryn Pass of Venable LLP Law to navigate this important topic.

 

Leading in a Time of Crisis 
An eSeminar for Heads of School with Michael Thompson and Rob Evans

Friday, April 3, 2020; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  

Please join us for this eSeminar for Heads of School.  The time will focus on the challenge of being a school leader in these unprecedented days with a chance to reflect on and share the burdens of leading and to troubleshoot key dilemmas. It has never been more difficult to lead a school, with the many competing and conflicting pressures we are facing as heads, and as schools.  Led by Rob Evans and Michael Thompson, psychologists who have each consulted to hundreds of independent schools, the facilitators can draw on their vast expertise supporting schools, including dozens in the midst of crises of various kinds, and to many more in the days after 9/11 and the 2008-9 financial meltdown. 

 

Navigating the COVID-19 Independent School Financial Crisis 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020; 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  

Independent schools must quickly prepare for the unprecedented financial sustainability challenges the COVID-19 global pandemic poses. Ongoing expense obligations coupled with potential declines in net tuition revenue, philanthropy, and auxiliary income risk creating a multi-stage crisis that will challenge all independent schools and may push schools in weaker positions past the point of viability. NJAIS invites Heads of School and Finance Officers to join in discussion with Ari Betof and Kelsey Vrooman as they model the combination of financial factors already impacting independent schools and those likely to arise in the weeks ahead.  Using example schools with differing levels of financial health, this webinar will drive home the importance of mission-driven, data-informed decision-making in response to financial challenges and offer strategies for school leaders in uncertain times.

 

Completed OR MODIFIED Programs:

Monday, June 15 - Wednesday, June 17, 2020:
DIVERSITY INSTITUTE AT THE PENNINGTON SCHOOL

EVENT CANCELlED 
This experience extends the Harkness principles of collaborative, student-centered learning, and enables educators to help students learn about themselves as they are learning about others. Additionally, you will learn skills and acquire resources to have engaging conversations with your students and colleagues -- conversations that offer academically rigorous, and personally challenging, yet potentially transformative experiences.
For: Classroom Teachers (especially of the humanities) and School Administrators
Location: The Pennington School

Wednesday - Thursday, May 13 - 14, 2020:
ADMISSIONS OFFICERS CONFERENCE

EVENT CANCELlED 
This annual get-away serves to support professional learning and camaraderie for admissions teams at our schools.
For: All Admissions Professionals
Location: Molly Pitcher Inn

Thursday - Friday, April 30 - May 1, 2020:
FINANCE OFFICERS CONFERENCE

EVENT CANCELlED
This annual get-away serves to support professional growth, support, and camaraderie for the financial officers of our schools.
For: CFOs, Business Managers, Finance Officers, and Directors of HR.
Location: Nassau Inn

Wednesday - Thursday, April 29 - 30, 2020:
HEAD OF SCHOOL CONFERENCE

EVENT CANCElLED
This annual get-away for Heads of School serves to support professional learning and camaraderie for the leaders of our schools.
For: Heads of School
Location: Nassau Inn

Friday, April 24, 2020:
ADMITTED OR ACCEPTED: BELONGING IN OUR SCHOOLS

EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2021
**Spring Major Conference**
Our annual JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Conference will explore belonging - In our schools, who feels they have been accepted into our school communities and, thus, who feels they have been admitted, but might not belong.
For: All Educators

Thursday, April 23, 2020:
ADVANCEMENT OFFICERS CONFERENCE

EVENT CANCEllED 
This annual meeting serves to support the collegiality and professional growth of development professionals.
For: Directors of Development and Development/Advancement Staff
Location: Rutgers Preparatory School

Thursday, April 23, 2020:
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE - DINNER
BUILDING BLOCK V: LEAD

This evening (5:00 - 8:00 p.m.) session of the 2019 - 2020 Leadership Institute will provide a closing experience for the cohort.  With a keynote presentation and facilitated conversation, participants will reflect, think ahead, and dive into the question, “How can I make a difference?”
For: Leadership Institute 2019 - 2020 Cohort

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
EdCAMP INSPIRED FOR IT PROFESSIONALS

WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM; LINK AVAILABLE UPON REGISTRATION
This discussion-based event is fun and collaborative, providing networking opportunities across the association.  Topics are generated by the need/interest of the group and sessions draw upon the vast experience and wisdom from participants.  
For: IT Professionals, Network Administrators, Integrators, and Technology Department Staff, and anyone in a related field

Saturday, March 7, 2020:
*Snow date Sunday, March 8, 2020*
JOB FAIR TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY
This experience serves to connect member schools with candidates who wish to enhance the culture and community. Please note that while no one will be excluded, this event is designed to increase the numbers of teachers and administrators of color at NJAIS schools.
For: School Hiring Committees
Location: The Peck School

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020: 
*Snow date Thursday, February 13, 2020*

VAPING: RETHINKING SCHOOL POLICY
With a vaping pervading adolescent behavior, how do we help the kids who are addicted?  Is this a discipline problem or a health problem, or a combination of both? Do we need to rethink school policy?  This experience offers the opportunity to discuss how to handle this crisis how to create school policy in order to support students and families.
For: School Administrators
Location: The Pingry School (Basking Ridge)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020:
*Snow date Wednesday, February 12, 2020*
HISTORY AND ENGLISH ROUND TABLE
Join other History and English teachers for this collaborative, problem-solving discussion opportunity.
For: Teachers and Leaders in History and English, grades 5 - 12
Location: The Pennington School

Wednesday, February 5, 2020: 
SCHOOL ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS  ROUND TABLE
Every independent school has a history. How do you care for and manage yours? This inaugural roundtable discussion is a great opportunity to make connections with others who are charged with preserving and protecting their school's priceless historical resources.
For: School Archivists and Comparable Roles
Location: The Pennington School

Wednesday, February 5, 2020:
*Snow date: Thursday, February 6, 2020*
SUPPORTING ALL LEARNERS: DIVERSE LEARNING AND STUDENT WELL-BEING
This day-long experience will include sessions that support the recognition of diverse learning - what diverse learning looks like in your classroom, strategies to support diverse learners (and all learners), and approaches to student academic support and social-emotional well-being.
For: All Educators, especially School Administrators and Learning Support Teams
Location: Purnell School

Wednesday, January 29, 2020:
PROGRAM AND LUNCHEON FOR HEADS OF SCHOOL

Enjoy lunch and connection with your Head of School colleagues and a presentation by guest speaker, Kevin Ruth, Executive Director of ECIS.
For: Heads of School
Location: Far Brook School

Tuesday, January 28, 2020:
*Snow date Thursday, January 30, 2020*
DIVISION HEADS ROUND TABLE
Join other Middle and Upper School Division Heads and Academic Leaders for this collaborative, problem-solving discussion opportunity.
For: Division Heads and Academic Leaders, grades 5 - 12
Location: Saddle River Day School

Thursday, January 16, 23, and 30, 2020
ENGAGING IN THE CONVERSATION: LOWER SCHOOL TEACHERS  WORKSHOP SERIES

This experience is a three-session online series for teachers committed to changing their classroom libraries.  Join us in this interactive class where we will be reviewing criteria for choosing books, analyzing current trends in children’s literature, and discussing new titles.
For: K - 6 Classroom Teachers
Location: Via Zoom Connect

Wednesday, January 15, 2020:
*Snow date Wednesday, January 22, 2020*
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
BUILDING BLOCK III: INSPIRE

This session of the 2019 - 2020 Leadership Institute will explore pathways to leadership, continue to build connection within the cohort, and examine steps to build leadership opportunities.
For: Leadership Institute 2019 - 2020 Cohort
Location: Gill St. Bernard’s School

Thursday, December 12, 2019:
WHAT THE TECH IS GOING ON?!

NJAIS Technology Steering Committee is pleased to offer its annual “What the Tech is Going On?!” event, created to foster collaboration and sharing of creative technology initiatives. This 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. event will include a showcase of technology-based programs followed by a cocktail meet-and-greet. Bring your questions, projects, and curriculum ideas to discuss with our team of technology professionals.
For: All Educators
Location: Delbarton School

Wednesday, December 11, 2019:
ADVISORY GROUP WORKSHOP

**Program Full**
Please contact Rachel Folan, rfolan@njais.org, if you would like to join the wait list.
This experience includes a workshop that provides participants with the new skills for challenging conversations, a plan for the creation of norms, and an advisory lesson draft.  It will also showcase current NJAIS exemplary advisory programs.
For: All Educators
Location: St. Benedict's Preparatory School

Tuesday, December 10, 2019:
READING AND LEARNING SPECIALIST ROUND TABLE

Join other Reading and Learning Specialists for this collaborative, problem-solving discussion opportunity.
For: Reading and Learning Specialists and Support Teams
Location: Rumson Country Day School

Tuesday, November 19, 2019:
WEBINAR: DESIGN THINKING

Join us to learn about how you can incorporate design thinking into any classroom, focusing on a model called Agency by Design.
For: All Educators
Zoom link available after registration

Sunday, November 17, 2019:
*Snow date Sunday, November 24, 2019*
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
BUILDING BLOCK II: SERVE

This session of the 2019 - 2020 Leadership Institute will explore the role of governance in schools, examining the question, “What is a Trustee and how do trustees serve our schools?”.
For: Leadership Institute 2019 - 2020 Cohort
Location: Morristown-Beard School

Sunday, November 17, 2019:
*Inclement weather date: Sunday, November 24, 2019*
TRUSTEE ENRICHMENT DAY
NJAIS' annual Trustee Enrichment Day is a benchmark event for new and experienced Trustees. This is a valuable opportunity for administrators and Trustees alike to experience a broad range of speakers and workshops to support strong governance for our schools.
For: Trustees, Heads of School, and Executive Administrators
Location: Morristown-Beard School

Thursday - Friday, November 14 - 15, 2019:
ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

This conference will support school leaders who steer the culture and curriculum of their institutions.  The experience will allow for collaboration, networking, and growth as leaders and learners.
For: Academic Leadership Teams including, but not limited to, Deans of Academics, Deans of Faculty, Upper and Middle School Division Heads, Assistant Heads, and Directors of Curriculum.Location: Molly Pitcher Inn

Wednesday - Thursday, November 13 -14, 2019:
LOWER SCHOOL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

This conference will support school leaders working with students preschool through grade five.  The experience will allow for collaboration, networking, and growth as leaders and learners.
For: Early Childhood and Lower School Division Heads and their leadership teams
Location: Molly Pitcher Inn

Friday, November 8,  2019:
WORKSHOP FOR MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONALS
This workshop will engage topics such as building collaboration across offices, social media marketing, and crisis communication plans, as well as time for networking and discussions with other MarCom professionals. 
For: Marketing and Communications Professionals and related roles
Location:  Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart

Friday, November 8,  2019:
ADVANCEMENT OFFICERS WORKSHOP

This annual meeting serves to support the collegiality and professional growth of development professionals.
For: Directors of Development and Development/Advancement Staff
Location: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart

Tuesday, November 5, 2019:
COLLEGE COUNSELOR MEETING

This experience will feature expert presentations and collaboration with colleagues in order to support and strengthen our college processes.
For: College Counselors and Advisors
Location: Wardlaw + Hartridge School

Friday, November 1, 2019:
EDUCATION AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WITH FUJITSU

This shared initiative promotes education-wide collaboration and to discuss current trends facing educators spanning the K - 12 spectrum.
For: Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators, EdTech Leaders
Location: Rutgers Preparatory School

Tuesday, October 29, 2019:
DEPARTMENT CHAIR WORKSHOP
This full-day workshop serves to support department chairs in areas of pacing change and building partnerships across departments, giving feedback to colleagues, and more.
For: Department Chairs
Location: Far Hills Country Day School

Friday, October 25, 2019:
ADMISSIONS OFFICERS WORKSHOP
This annual meeting serves to support the collegiality and professional growth of admissions professionals.
For: All Admissions Professionals
Location: Kent Place School

Thursday, October 24, 2019:
FINANCE OFFICERS WORKSHOP
This annual meeting serves to support the collegiality and professional growth of finance professionals.
For: CFOs, Business Managers, Directors of Finance, and Directors of HR
Location: The Hun School of Princeton

Thursday, October 24, 2019:
EQUITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAM AND DINNER
An annual gathering for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion warriors, this event features a keynote presentation followed by dinner and opportunities to connect and collaborate on behalf of JEDI initiatives in our schools.
For: All Educators who work on behalf of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives
Location: The Hun School of Princeton

Friday, October 18, 2019:
TEACHING CIVILITY IN AN AGE OF CONFLICT
**Fall Major Conference**
Featuring Keynote Speaker Anne Nelson, award-winning author and playwright, professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, this experience serves to support schools in navigating the current social and political landscape.  Sessions include case studies in civil discourse, building a center of civic engagement, debriefing incivility in our schools, unpacking implicit bias, helping schools face current events for all grade levels, and more.
For: All Educators, all grade levels
Location: Delbarton School

Wednesday, October 16, 2019:
WEBINAR: CYBERSECURITY
Join this webinar for the latest “need-to-knows” to protect your school.
For: Tech Directors, Business Managers, and School Administrators
Zoom link available after registration

Tuesday, October 8, 2019:
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
BUILDING BLOCK I: EXPLORE

This opening session of the 2019 - 2020 Leadership Institute cohort will begin its collaborative journey, orient personal leadership styles,  and dive into the landscape of school leadership.
For: Leadership Institute 2019 - 2020 Cohort
Location: Dwight-Englewood School

Thursday, October 3, 2019:
BEYOND POWERPOINT: EdTECH FOR THE HUMANITIES CLASSROOM
This experience will explore how EdTech is used effectively in English and History classrooms in order to enrich classes and benefit students.
For Teachers of English and History, Grades 5 - 12
Location: Gill St. Bernard's School

Thursday, September 26, 2019:
AUTHENTIC INPUT AND INSPIRED OUTPUT IN THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSROOM
In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in how learners at any proficiency level can tap into the power of using authentic resources to serve as rich input. Join us as we explore various types of authentic cultural resources to better inform students’ knowledge.
For: Teachers of World Language, all grade levels
Location: Princeton Montessori School

Wednesday, September 25, 2019:
SUMMER AND AUXILIARY PROGRAMS ROUND TABLE
Join other Summer and Auxiliary Program Directors and Coordinators for this collaborative, problem-solving discussion opportunity.  
For: Summer and Auxiliary Program Directors
Location: Gill St. Bernard’s School

Wednesday, September 25, 2019:
LEGAL ISSUES FOR SCHOOLS
This full-day experience serves to educate and empower schools with the intricacies of school law.  Learn from legal experts who will present current challenges confronting schools and how to proactively create strategies that can limit liability exposure.  
For: Heads of School, Finance Officers, Human Resource Officers, and Other School Administrators
Location: Peddie School

Wednesday, September 18, 2019:
WEBINAR: BECOMING A CONNECTED EDUCATOR; USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE
Learn acceptable use practices; Find teachers, coaches, conversations, and classrooms in your discipline; Connect to students and families; Advertise your school and build a personalized resume; See examples from Instagram and Twitter
For: All Educators
Zoom link available after registration\

Thursday, August 22, 2019:
 LUNCH BUNCH FOR HEADS OF SCHOOL
This is an informal gathering of Heads of School in order to connect, collaborate, and build camaraderie, before another school year begins.  Featuring the beautiful scenery of South Jersey! 
For: Heads of School
Location: TBD
 
 
Monday, August 19, 2019:
PROGRAM AND DINNER FOR ATHLETIC PROFESSIONALS

Join Coaches, Athletic Directors, and other athletic professionals from across the association for an evening of connection, collaboration, and commitment to NJAIS athletes and teams.  Featuring Dr. Nate Zinsser, Director/Performance Psychology Program at West Point. 

For: Athletic Directors, Coaches and Physical Education Teachers
Location: The Pingry School, Basking Ridge Campus 

 

Tuesday, August 13 - Wednesday, August 14, 2019:
2019 INNOVATION INSTITUTE: INVENT, ITERATE, INSPIRE
Engage and Play with Instructional Tools, Collaborate with Your NJAIS Colleagues, and Energize Your Instruction.  Featuring keynote presentations from renowned presenter Kathy Schrock and Emily Ong, Senior Manager of Community Partnership & Outreach for Girls Who Code; breakout sessions that highlight innovative classroom instruction and curriculum; rapid-fire presentations that showcase innovative instructional practices (with a cocktail reception!); panel presentation for new/novice technology integrators, directors, and specialist; facilitated hands-on-work with instructional tools; collaboration with colleagues; FUN!
 
For:All Classroom Teachers, Administrators, Technology Integrators, Curriculum Coordinators, and those looking to enhance their innovative instructional practice.

Location: The Pingry School, Short Hills Campus

 

 
INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP
Monday, August 12 - Thursday, August 15, 2019:
This workshop is designed to define and demonstrate effective teaching skills for independent school educators.  The program's sessions review the principles of learning and offer suggestions for translating the latest research into practical classroom applications. 
For: New Teachers, Veteran Teachers, and Administrators
Location: The Pingry School, Short Hills Campus