2020-2021 Professional Development

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 2020 - 2021

We will be adding to and updating these offerings frequently.  Please check back for the latest professional growth offerings.

Contact Rachel Folan, rfolan@njais.org, with any questions, suggestions, or partnership ideas.

 

These workshops have been developed for the use of NJAIS members only and are not to be downloaded, copied, used, or distributed without permission.



Tuesday, April 20, 2021; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
PROMOTING BIPOC STUDENT AND FACULTY WELLNESS

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools
Last Spring, prompted by the protests of the killing of George Floyd, BIPOC students across the country took to social media to bring attention to their experiences of racism and marginalization at predominantly white institutions. Independent schools immediately responded to the stories of BIPOC students, alumni, and faculty with action. Almost a year later, however, a sustained investment in the mental health and wellness of BIPOC is needed. This workshop will present a six-pronged approach to sustained and strategic efforts that schools can implement to support the wellness, mental health, social-emotional adjustment, and academic and job success of BIPOC students and faculty.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our School.  It is available by subscription only.
You can register for this experience here: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=470

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
THE PHONE CALL - 2021 EDITION

For: School Leaders, School Guidance, and Classroom Teachers

You know it when you get it—the angry, vituperative voice on the other end of the line who is calling for your head on a platter but still wants your help. In this updated classic, Chris will share the most effective methods for responding to caustic calls and enraged emails. Learn to create win-win outcomes by identifying the origins of other people’s strong emotions, using that information to fuel patience and empathy, and then engaging their collaboration. This entertaining and interactive workshop will leave you confident and prepared to deliver outstanding customer service.

Please register in advance for this event: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=477

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
ON WHITENESS, AWARENESS, LEADERSHIP, AND ADVOCACY

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools

This highly interactive session will start or continue your path of awareness relative to your whiteness.  By investigating how we each embody diversity, equity, and inclusion work relative to our school’s mission, we will take inventory of how we lean into the work.  As we must be involved in order to inspire our students to continue to build communities of belonging, we must also learn what we do and do not know about our own unearned advantages and how they might unknowingly influence our work.  This workshop will ask that you engage, reflect, and take an authentic inventory for the benefit of your own growth and for the support of your school community.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our School.  It is available by subscription only.
You can register for this experience here: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=470


Thursday, April 22, 2021; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
REFLECTING, LEARNING, AND EMERGING FROM COVID-ERA SCHOOL

For: Academic Leaders and Senior Leadership Teams

We are all eager to get COVID behind us. Before we do, schools have an opportunity to be thoughtful about what wasn't working in "normal" school, and use everything learned from the twelve months of adaptation. This session will introduce a human-centered framework to help schools emerge from COVID-era conditions with intention. Attendees will leave with language for helping their communities reflect on their experiences, share what they've learned, and design better schools as a result.

Please register in advance for this event: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=474

 

Thursday, April 22, 2021; 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
DECENTERING BEAUTY AND SUCCESS FROM WHITENESS

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools

Beauty and success has often been defined through white supremacist terms, lands, and systems. This has made it disproportionately challenging or fully impossible for people of color to keep up under those constraints. The Halo Effect has never worked in many BIPOC's favor. It is the cognitive bias suggesting that what is beautiful is good and is also referred to as the physical attractiveness stereotype. Beauty isn’t about taste but geopolitics, and there is a history of defining beauty and therefore attractiveness, familiarity, and trustworthiness that's centered on whiteness. And white supremacy solidified this by recruiting some of us to join them by calling Asians like Justine, the model minority. In this workshop, we will examine this type of oppression through a social-emotional lens. Attendees will be able to reflect on their own body image and the society that influences it.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our School.  It is available by subscription only.
You can register for this experience here: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=470

 

Monday, April 26; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
NAVIGATING THE PAIN AND PROMISE OF ALLYSHIP

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools

History, both recent and not so recent, has highlighted the significant role white women play in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work.  It is imperative that we understand the role of white women in both supporting and dismantling white supremacy culture if we want communities of progress and inclusion.  This interactive session will dive into allyship - what does it look like, what could it look like, and what should it look like?  With a panel discussion and participant engagement, the session will bring awareness, reflection, and action for white women, who comprise a significant demographic in our schools.  We will also support the navigation of school communities to manage mistakes, to empower marginalized voices, and to cultivate a sense of belonging.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our School.  It is available by subscription only.
You can register for this experience here: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=470

 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
AFTER THE STORM:
STRATEGIES FOR FUTURE FUNDRAISING SUCCESS

For: Advancement Officers, Directors of Development, and other Fundraising Professionals

This past year has tested independent schools in countless ways. With the challenges of virtual learning, ensuring the safety of students and faculty, and securing enrollment stability, fundraising may have taken a back seat as school leaders navigated the myriad uncertainties caused by COVID-19. As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close and we collectively look towards a new, more inclusive normal, now is the time to reflect on what we have learned. Strategically looking back can help us develop fundraising plans to position our schools for short- and long-term fundraising success to effectively weather any future crisis.

Please register in advance for this event: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=478

 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
HOW TO BOOST OR CRUSH STUDENTS' MOTIVATION IN ONE SENTENCE

For: School Leaders, School Guidance, and Classroom Teachers

Our written and spoken words are constantly contributing to students’ inner monologue and self-concept. And, although we mostly boost students’ motivation, we can unintentionally crush it. In this challenging workshop, participants will analyze common, well-intentioned instances of hyperbole, minimization, dismissal, and other rhetorical devices that backfire. Whether speaking one-on-one with an advisee, supervising a club, coaching a sport, or teaching a class, all professional educators can gracefully harness their verbal influence in ways that promote positive youth development.

Please register in advance for this event: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=477

 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021; 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
RESPONSIBLE TEACHING IN A VIOLENT CULTURE

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools

American society seems to be getting more polarized and more violent, but teachers—at every level—feel more trepidation than confidence about addressing issues that are even slightly controversial. This workshop empowers teachers to develop strategies that allow them to be proactive rather than reactive, to operate from a clear affirmative stance rather than respond only when a nasty incident forces the issue. Based on Koritha’s expertise regarding how violence functions and the purpose of all forms of violence (from hate speech to physical attacks), this workshop emphasizes philosophical approaches teachers can adopt and offers concrete practices that put theory into motion. Instructors will leave with conceptual frameworks they can use to assess the strategies they are currently using in the classroom, but they will also be able to use the frameworks to develop additional strategies. As important, instructors will leave the session with activities they can immediately take into the classroom.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our School.  It is available by subscription only.
You can register for this experience here: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=470


Thursday, April 29, 2021; 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FORECASTING YOUR ANNUAL FUND

For: Development Directors, Directors of Annual Giving, and other Fundraising Professionals

Join us to review the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Pulse Survey on Annual Giving in FY 21, as well as other surveys from the past year. The session will investigate what the data mean for Independent Schools right now and what they may – or may not – tell us for FY 22. This will provide a critical look into what’s happening around the country in annual giving and with regards to parent and alumni participation. We will also look at both anecdotal and statistical trends that will likely influence advancement work in the next 12-18 months.

Please register in advance for this event: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=476


Friday, April 30, 2021:
INSTITUTE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN EDUCATION
BLOCK V: CLOSING BRUNCH

For: 2020 - 2021 Female Leaders Cohort
 
This closing experience will finally bring us together in person (fingers crossed)!  As such, it will be a time to connect, reflect, and celebrate the leadership journey the cohort completed.

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
ALL OF US HERE: WELCOMING LATIX FAMILIES

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools

Latinx currently represent the largest, youngest, and fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States. This significant demographic shift, however, has yet to manifest fully in independent schools, where Latinx represent one of the smallest ethnic demographics. This presentation will look into the barriers that inhibit Latinx representation in Independent Schools. Thissession unpacks new data and existing research that informs strategies for fostering truly equitable and inclusive independent school communities, including identifying obstacles. For instance, what are the steps being taken by school leaders to address this gap in attracting and retaining Latinx families? Additionally, what are some of the successful approaches and supports being implemented by independent schools? We hope to expand the conversation and raise questions, providing a forum for future discussion and potential (though preliminary) blueprint for action.

This program is included in our Subscription Series: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our School.  It is available by subscription only.
You can register for this experience here: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=470

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021:
HEAD OF SCHOOL CONFERENCE

For: Heads of School
 
view program here.

Please register in advance for this event: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=479

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021:
FINANCE OFFICERS CONFERENCE

For: Finance Officers
 
View program here.

Please register in advance for this event: 
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=475

 

 

Completed or In-Progress Programs

 

Thursday, April 15, 2021; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
SEX, GENDER, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN THE CLASSROOM

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
DEVELOPING AN ANTI-RACIST CULTURAL FRAMEWORK FOR YOUR SCHOOL

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SIX WAYS EDUCATORS CAN REPAIR COVID'S SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DAMAGE TO STUDENTS

For: School Leaders, School Guidance, and Classroom Teachers
 
 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
WHEN YOUR FAMILY TREE HAS MANY ROOTS: SUPPORTING TRANSRACIAL ADOPTEES IN YOUR CLASSROOMS AND COMMUNITIES

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools
 
 

Thursday, April 8, 2021; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
SUPPORTING THE SOCIAL AND ACADEMIC ADJUSTMENT NEEDS FOR BLACK BOYS

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools
 
 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
DOING LIFE WITH MANDELA - MY PRISONER, MY FRIEND: LESSONS FROM A WARDER AND HIS PRISONER

For: Teachers and Administrators from Schools Subscribing to the Series, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Our Schools
 
 

Saturday, March 20, 2021:
THE RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF STRATEGIC PLANNING NOW

For: Board Members, Heads of School, and School Leadership Teams

 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021:
CYBERSECURITY

For: Board Members, Heads of School, Finance Officers, and Technology Coordinators



Tuesday, March 2, 2021:
INSTITUTE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN EDUCATION
BLOCK IV:
MENTORS, SPONSORS, AND NAVIGATING YOUR LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

For: 2020 - 2021 Female Leaders Cohort



Sunday, February 21, 2021:
SCHOOL INVESTIGATIONS

For: Boards of Trustees, Heads of School, and School Risk Management Teams
 

 

Thursday, February 11, 2021:

THE BOARD CHAIR/HEAD PARTNERSHIP

For:  Board Chairs and Heads of School
 

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
BALANCING EXPECTATIONS AND SELF-CARE IN THE TIME OF COVID: TOOLS FOR THE OVERWHELMED TEACHER

For: All Educators


Wednesday, February 10, 2021
BUILDING OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

For: Independent School Boards of Trustees, Heads of School, and School Risk Management Teams


Friday, February 5, 2021
VIRTUAL HIRING WORKSHOP: BEST PRACTICES AND PROTOCOLS FOR RESUME READING, PROCESS, AND BIAS AWARENESS

For: Division Heads, Deans, Department Chairs, HR Directors, and others who oversee the hiring of classroom teachers
 

 

Sunday, January 31, 2021:
THREE KEYS TO EFFECTIVE SMALL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE

For: Trustees, Heads of School, and School Leadership Teams for Schools with enrollment of 350 or fewer students
Marketing Committees, MarCom Professionals, and other Board Members
 

 

Thursday, January 28, 2021:
A SOLID MARKETING AND ADVERTISING PLAN THAT PERSEVERES DURING A CRISIS 

For: Marketing Committees, MarCom Professionals, and other Board Members
 

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021:
LONG-RANGE FINANCIAL PLANNING 

For: Finance Committees, Finance Officers, and other Board Members


 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021:
INSTITUTE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN EDUCATION
BLOCK III: FINANCE, FUNDRAISING, AND THE FIDUCIARIES

For: 2020 - 2021 Female Leaders Cohort


 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
MIND BRAIN EDUCATION CONFERENCE 

For: All Educators
 


Saturday, January 23, 2021
TRUSTEE ENRICHMENT DAY 

For: Trustees, Heads of School, and Executive Administrators
 

 

Thursday, January 21, 2021
EFFECTIVE OBSERVATION AND FEEDBACK IN 2021 AND BEYOND: SIX CORE TRUTHS

For: Division Heads, Deans, Department Chairs, and others who conduct classroom observations for the purpose of feedback and growth for teachers
 

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020:
WHOSE BUSINESS IS BELONGING?
DEI Workshop for Business Officers

For: Business and HR Professionals
 


Tuesday, December 8, 2020:
INSTITUTE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN EDUCATION
BLOCK II: MOBILIZING, DELEGATING, AND DE-PERSONALIZING

For: 2020 - 2021 Female Leaders Cohort
 


Tuesday, December 1, 2020:
DEBUNKING SOCIAL MEDIA MYTHS:
TELL YOUR STORY!

For: Admissions, MarCom, and Advancement Professionals


Wednesday, November 18, 2020:
BUDGETING IN THE COVID ERA

For: Finance Committees, Finance Officers, Heads of School, and Other Board Members



 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020:
TEACHING FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE
SESSION 3: FROM REFLECTION TO ACTION - CHOOSING TO PARTICIPATE

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders, 6 - 12


 

Thursday, November 12, 2020:
INSTITUTE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN EDUCATION;
BLOCK I: WHAT IS YOUR LEADERSHIP BRAND?

For: Current and Aspiring Female Leaders
 

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020:
HEAD OF SCHOOL SUPPORT:
AVOIDING BURNOUT

For: Board Members and Heads of School
 

 

Friday, November 6 AND November 13, 2020:
In Partnership with ATLIS
CYBER SAFETY WORKSHOP

For: Independent School Leaders
 

 

Thursday, November 5, 2020:
AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: DEBRIEF AND DISCUSS

For: All Educators
 

 

Thursday, October 29, 2020:
PREPARING FOR POST- ELECTION:
CONSIDERING HOW TO HANDLE THE OPENING MINUTES OF WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

For: All Educators, PK - 12


 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020:
ANTI-RACISM AND ADVANCEMENT

For: Advancement Teams including admissions officers, development officers, and MarCom professionals
 
 


Monday, October 26, 2020:
CLIMATE CHANGE, CLIMATE ANXIETY, AND A CALL FOR JUSTICE AND ACTION

**Fall Major Conference**

For: All Educators


Wednesday, October 21 OR Sunday, October 25, 2020:
TRUSTEE 101

For:  Newly Appointed Board of Trustee Members of Independent Schools or those in their first or second year serving on the Board
 


Wednesday, October 21, 2020:
TEACHING FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE
SESSION 2: MY PART OF THE STORY - EXPLORING IDENTITY IN THE UNITED STATES

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders, 6 - 12


 

Thursday, October 15, 2020:
UNDERSTANDING THE CURRENT PHILANTHROPIC CLIMATE

For: Advancement Teams


 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020:
INNOVATIVE ADMISSIONS APPROACHES INSPIRED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS

For: Admissions Officers


 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020:
SIMULTANEOUS IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS: A PATHWAY TO INSTRUCTIONAL SUCCESS

For: Classroom Teachers and Academic Leaders
 

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020:
TEACHING FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE
SESSION 1: INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders, 6 - 12
 

 

Friday, September 18, 2020:
HOW TO TELL YOUR SCHOOL'S STORY IN THE COVID ERA

For: Admissions Officers and MarCom Professionals
 

 

Thursday, September 3, 2020:

I'M NOT RACIST... AM I?
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

For: All Educators, Especially School Leaders
 

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020:

PREPARING YOUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

For: All Educators, Especially School Leaders
 

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020:
TRAUMA-INFORMED SCHOOL RE-ENTRY: 
BEST PRACTICES AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

For: School Leaders, School Counselors, Deans of Students, Guidance Departments, and Advisors

 

Tuesday, August 18 - Thursday, August 20, 2020:
INSTRUCTIONAL EXCELLENCE WORKSHOP:
DESIGNING DIVERSE LEARNING EXPERIENCES WITH THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING IN MIND

For: All Teachers and Administrators
 

 

Monday, August 17, 2020:
LOOKING BACK AND MOVING FORWARD: 
TEACHING WORLD LANGUAGE LEARNERS THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

For: World Language Teachers
 

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020:

WHY SCHOOLS NEED TO TALK ABOUT RACE AND RACISM, ESPECIALLY WHITE PEOPLE

For: All Educators
 

 

Monday, August 10, 2020:

RACE AND RACISM IN 2020: 
UNDERSTANDING SYSTEMIC RACISM AND WAYS TO DEVELOP RACIALLY LITERATE SCHOOLS

For: Faculty and School Administrators

 

Thursday, August 6, 2020:

UPDATED MEDICAL AND LEGAL GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL RE-ENTRY

For: Heads of School, Finance Officers, HR Managers, Health Professionals, and other Operations Personnel
 

 

Tuesday, August 4 - Wednesday, August 5, 2020:
INNOVATING INSTRUCTION CONFERENCE

For: All Teachers, Administrators, and Tech Directors
 

 

Tuesday, July 28 - Thursday, July 30, 2020:
MIND, BRAIN, AND EDUCATION AS A PLATFORM FOR EXCELLENCE IN A BLENDED LEARNING CLASSROOM

For: K - 8 Teachers and School Leaders
 

 

Tuesday, July 21 - Wednesday, July 22, 2020:
GRADE 3 - 5  ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING 

Day One: Literacy, Laughter, and Learning
Day Two: Math, Manipulatives, and Monitoring Achievement

For: Grades 3 - 5 Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders
 

 

Thursday, July 16, 2020:
FILM SCREENING AND @BLACKAT DISCUSSION:
"THE PREP SCHOOL NEGRO"

Facilitated by the film’s creator, André Robert Lee

For: All Educators, especially School Leaders
 

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020:
RE-IMAGINING TIME:
SCHEDULE REDESIGN WORKSHOP

For: School Administrators

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020:
PIVOTAL PEDAGOGY: REDESIGNING YOUR CURRICULUM FOR ALL LEARNING PLATFORMS

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders


 

Tuesday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 15, 2020:
PreK - GRADE 2 ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING 

For: PreK to Grade 2 Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders
 

 

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 31, 2020
ONLINE DESIGN BOOTCAMP + INSTRUCTIONAL COACHING PROGRAM

For: Classroom Teachers and Curriculum Leaders who want to prepare for more remote learning and get better at it!