Ongoing Opportunities 

The undercurrent of racial unrest around us is palpable and polarizing. It is a pot that is simmering one day and boiling over the next. It is both a stark and subtle reality of life today. It can feel like a balancing act. It is a critical dilemma that we, as independent school leaders, must confront. How do we navigate this polarizing issue, understand more deeply the roots of the conflict, and synthesize the implications through the lens of our school's mission, values, and culture?

This course is designed for three unique groups that each have their own content: school leaders, faculty and staff, and diversity directors. Each group has core content as well as a library of choice content to help meet people where they are.

This course is for Heads, Boards, and senior leaders.  It focuses on practical, operational strategies and building understanding and a rationale for functional changes.  It also provides a readiness assessment which will allow school leaders to determine the next steps. For some, this course module will be both the beginning and the destination.  For others, it will be a launchpad to varying degrees of both personal and institutional self-reflection and growth that are a part of the core modules of Cultivating Communities of Belonging.

NCAIS Athletic Coach Certification

It has been said that athletics are the “front door” to our schools.  Oftentimes, community members, prospective families, and our own parents' and students’ first impressions of our schools are based on an interaction with a coach. Coaches are, indeed,  frontline ambassadors for our schools! While experienced in their sport, however, many coaches have little experience working in an independent school setting.  It’s our responsibility to set them up for success just like we expect them to prepare our students for success!  

The NCAIS Athletic Coach certification enables coaches to understand independent school communities and equips them to operate through the lens of the school’s mission when engaging with parents, athletes, and the community at large. This seven-module asynchronous series will give coaches the tools they need to understand your independent school community and to thrive in pursuit of a winning record both on and off the field. Registration opens soon

Cohort Meetings for NCAIS Members:
Join your colleagues across the state at virtual cohort meetings to share ideas, resources, and community.  Most cohorts are meeting bi-monthly via Zoom.  NCAIS members can access links for each meeting on the Event Calendar after logging in above.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you!

Dates Time Cohort
Oct 4 Dec 6 Feb 7 Apr 4 2:00pm Ed Tech & IT
Sep 14 

Oct 5 

Nov 2 Feb 1 Apr 5 4:00pm Nurses
Sep 1 Nov 3 Jan 5 Mar 2 2:00pm Admin of Color
Sep 2 Nov 4 Jan 6 Mar 3 2:00pm Division Directors
Sep 9 Nov 11 Jan 20 Mar 10 1:00pm Assistant Heads of School
2nd Tuesday of the month 2:00pm Heads of School
2nd Wednesday of the month 2:00pm CFO/Business Officers
Sept 9 Nov 11 Jan 13 Mar 10 2:00pm Admissions & Marketing
Sep 13 Nov 8 Jan 10 Mar 14 2:00pm Diversity Practitioners
Sept 21 Nov 16 Jan 18 Mar 15 2:00pm After School 
3rd Wednesday of the month 1:00pm Advancement
Oct 21 Dec 16 Feb 17 Apr 21 3:00pm College Counselors


Take a look at the online communities open to faculty and staff at NCAIS member schools to communicate with colleagues across the association.  Some communities are specific to particular roles, others are open to those with particular interests.  You can ask questions, share ideas, send documents, and subscribe to the topics that interest you the most.