Ongoing Opportunities 


Dates Vary Jan-May | Learning from Crisis: Creating a Nimble, Innovative, and Resilient Learning Community for the Future
On the other end of this pandemic, new, private learning enterprises, different from anything we’ve seen in the history of American education, will emerge. These reinvented schools will enjoy distinct characteristics that will drive their resilience in the marketplace. Accelerated by the pandemic, we are at the tipping point of an explosion of innovation, one that will most surely recalibrate our strategic and fiscal planning for the future.
Join Ian Symmonds and fellow NCAIS school leaders for a deep dive into the key components of strategy development and financial planning in a new post pandemic normal. This four-week, online intensive class has been created and customized as a deep professional development experience specifically for members of independent schools.

Begins October 2020 | Women in Leadership Discussion Series 
For a dozen years, our NCAIS community has celebrated the contributions and aspirations of women from across our schools - from classroom teachers to administrative assistants to division directors to heads of school, and everyone in between. We have built a culture of collaboration and inclusivity, encouraging each other to lead from where we are while simultaneously reaching for the next step in our journey. While this year is going to look a little different, we hope that you will join us as we take a deep dive into leadership development. Rather than an event, we are going to join in conversations throughout the year via discussion boards on Canvas. Ten guest facilitators over the course of the school year will offer an article or video for us to explore together. Via asynchronous discussions, we will share our thoughts and experiences, growing as a collaborative community.

Registration is open and our conversations will begin in October. The cost of participating is $25, but scholarships are available for those in need. At the end of the year, participants will be awarded a CEU certificate for ten hours (1 credit).

Book Club | 2020-2021 School Year
You are invited to join us for the inaugural NCAIS book club! 
Our 2020-2021 school year selections: Teaching When the World is on Fire by Lisa Delpit, Quiet by Susan Cain, Man, Interrupted by Philip Zimbardo, and Blindspot by Mahzarin Banaji.  Each book will have a zoom discussion date and time.  While literature on its own offers solace and distraction, it can also become the backbone of the community. We hope that you will connect with your colleagues from NCAIS schools across North Carolina as we read and discuss these thought-provoking books. 
Cost: $50/book discussion or $175 for all four; Non-Member pricing $225 for all four   *each participant provides their own book*

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 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!

Here is the general schedule, alphabetically by cohort.  Please see the Event Calendar for details.
Academic Leaders | 2nd Tue. at 3 PM
Admissions & Marketing | 2nd Thu. at 2 PM
Advancement | 3rd Wed. at 2 PM
Auxiliary Programs | 3rd Tue. at 11 AM
Business Officers | 2nd and 4th Wed. at 2 PM
College Counselors | 3rd Thu. at 2 PM
Early Childhood | 2nd Thu. at 3:30 PM
Heads of School | 2nd and 4th Tue. at 2 PM
IT Directors & Ed. Technologists | 1st Mon. at 2 PM
Learning Resource Educators | 3rd Tue. at 12 PM
Lower School Directors | 1st Wed. at 10 AM
Middle School Directors | 2nd Wed. at 10 AM
School Counselors | 1st Tue. at 2 PM
School Nurses | 1st Tue. at 4 PM

Summer Program Directors | 1st Fri. at 10 AM
Upper School Directors | 3rd Wed. at 10 AM


Emerging Leaders Institute | 2020-2021 School Year
The Emerging Leaders Institute will develop the innate leadership abilities of promising employees. Selected leaders will participate in a school-year long experience that includes research-based best practices in leadership development as well as individual work with a certified leadership coach,

enabling leaders to navigate barriers and achieve meaningful success. This intensive is designed for those looking for the next step in their careers.

  • Complete a 360 assessment
  • Attend three full-day in-person workshops with Michelle Bostian, LCSW, ACC, BCC, Board Certified Coach, and consultant.
  • Workshops will be held on Saturdays to minimize time away from campus (October 10 | January 9 | March 6)
  • Engage in three one-hour one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Participate in two virtual workshops with guest speakers
  • Select and attend an additional NCAIS leadership opportunity during the 2020-2021 school year (Heads and Trustees, Women in Leadership, or Academic Leadership)

Cost: $795 | Limited to a Cohort of 8 | Registration is Open

NCAIS Connect Community Forums

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.

A self-paced 20-hour course for educators from early childhood through high school. While most of the course is asynchronous, there will be opportunities for synchronous learning.  CEU certificates will be awarded to those who complete the course.
Where: Canvas, YouTube, and Zoom

Cost: $195 per teacher for NCAIS member schools, $245 for guests.  Please contact Stephanie Keaney if you would like information on group pricing.

Teacher-to-Teacher Program| 2020-2021 School Year, please register by September 30

NCAIS will launch a revised Teacher-to-Teacher program in September 2020. The program will give NCAIS teachers the opportunity to virtually visit and discuss best practices with a teacher from another school.  Sign up will be open to all NCAIS teachers until September 30, 2020. Teachers need to consider the following prior to signing up for the program:

  • Be willing and able to connect at least monthly with your partner (phone/email/Zoom) 
  • Be approved by your administration to virtually host another NCAIS Teacher at least twice during the 2020-2021 school year during synchronous teaching. This could be while your school is in distance learning or when you are teaching in person and the partner teacher is observing via Zoom.  Due to COVID-19, we do not recommend in-person visits during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Virtually visit your partner NCAIS teacher twice during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Be open to exchanging ideas, thoughts, and resources

Cost: $25, which covers the administrative costs to coordinate, track participation, and issue CEUs