A core commitment of NCAIS is to offer relevant and intentional professional development opportunities to NCAIS constituents. We have a variety of single-day workshops and multi-day conferences, listed below. In addition, we have ongoing professional development opportunities, including monthly cohort virtual meetings, our Teacher-to-Teacher program, and our Women in Leadership collaboration. They can be found here:

Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities

Because of the strong support of our sponsors and exhibitors, we are able to offer affordable professional development opportunities to our schools. We encourage you to review our Sponsor Directory and support those organizations as they have supported our community. For those representing organizations with services and products that would benefit our schools, we encourage you to visit the link below: 

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

 Conferences      |      Virtual Meetings      |      Webinars 

Webinar Recording | Everything You Should Know About the COVID Vaccine
This is a recording of the February 17, 2021 webinar featuring Vanderbilt epidemiologists and vaccine experts, Dr. H. Keipp Talbot and Dr. Tom Talbot.  They provided an in-depth presentation on the science, testing, trials, safety, and efficacy of the COVID vaccine.

April 23, 2021CASE Webinar-Forecasting Your Annual FundWhat 2020 and 2021 Data Tell Us and Why it Matters for Your School's Budget
11:00 am 
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. Look with Ann Snyder, Director of Independent Schools (CASE), at what the data mean for us right now and what they may -or may not-tell us for FY 22. Before your budgets are finalized in May, make sure you take a critical look at what's happening around the country in annual giving and parent and alumni participation. We will also look at both anecdotal and statistical trends that will likely impact advancement work in the next 12-18 months. This webinar is complimentary but advanced registration is required

April 29, 2021Children's Literature Symposium 
3:30-5:00 pm
This event provides an opportunity for educators to engage in 3 breakout sessions with highly acclaimed authors for children and middle grades.  Participants will receive 25 brief video lessons on writing created by the authors designed to be shared with students.  In addition, a teacher's guide (PDF) that includes a summary of the authors, their videos, and 75 different lesson suggestions will be given to participating educators.  Language Arts teachers (K-8) will walk away thrilled with all the lessons on writing they receive, and general enthusiasts of children literature will gain insight into the newest works being published in the field.  

May 7, 2021 | Design for Next Year: A Hands-On Workshop to Use What This Year Taught Us
Facilitated by Greg Bamford
1:00-4:00 pm 
We're 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 they learned from the twelve months of adaptation. This session will introduce a human-centered process to help schools emerge from COVID-era conditions with intention. What have we learned during COVID that we want to keep doing? What needs have become clearer to us, and how can we meet them better? In this workshop, we’ll introduce a human-centered process designed to carve out the time schools need to be thoughtful about what’s next while making it manageable for you to do so. Participants will experience tools for helping their communities share their experiences, define what they've learned, and design better schools as a result. This event is in collaboration with FCIS and space is extremely limited!

June 21-23, 2021 | Summer Heads Retreat |  Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, SC

Imagine a warm, breezy beach locale where you are surrounded (in-person) by family and colleagues!  We have to believe that those days will return and we’re betting on June 2021!

Please join us as we gather together at Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, SC with NCAIS families and South Carolina and Tennessee independent school colleagues.  By then, you will have endured one of the most challenging years of your career; a pandemic, historic presidential election, turbulent social unrest, and gross overuse of the words unprecedented, pivot, and new normal.  The only thing that might make this retreat more appealing is to include legendary speaker, Rob Evans, which we have done!  Please plan to join Rob for reflection, relaxation, re-invigoration, and a bit of counseling as we celebrate the end to a historic year and look forward to the future. Bring your family and enjoy golf, tennis, local low-country cuisine, and the company of colleagues.

2021-2022 Professional Development

October 15, 2021Educators Conference for Middle School | High Point University 

October 15, 2021 | Academic Leadership Conference | High Point University

October 15, 2021 | College Counselors' Workshop | High Point University

NCAIS Board Approved Cancellation Policy:
All attendees receive a full refund if they cancel at least two weeks before an in-person event, and a 50% refund if they cancel one week before the event; no refunds thereafter. All refunds are subject to a 15% administrative fee. No refunds for virtual events that are recorded for later viewing.

Financial Assistance:
NCAIS has a modest amount of financial assistance available. Please do not hesitate to ask if that would be helpful.