A core commitment of NCAIS is to offer relevant and intentional professional development opportunities to NCAIS constituents. We have a variety of virtual opportunities, single-day workshops, and multi-day conferences, listed below. 
If you are having difficulty registering for a conference or finding your invoice, please reach out to Rebecca Slay in the NCAIS office. She can be reached at 704-461-1812 or [email protected] 

*New Date* January 27, 2023 | Essential Coaching Skills for Senior Leaders (SESSION IS FULL-Waitlist Available)| Greensboro
How often do you find yourself in the position of needing to coach an employee? Do you ever feel like you are working harder than your employee for their success? How effective are you when it comes to inspiring action and accountability?  This course will equip you with the essential coaching skills you need to make an impact.  Learn the skills of presence, inquiry, discovery, and accountability that executive coaches leverage for success. This course is led by executive coach and consultant, Michelle Bostian. A national speaker with experience in education and healthcare, Michelle is known for her warm presence and powerful coaching questions. Michelle is a licensed clinical social worker, board certified coach, and an internationally certified coach. She is also certified in change management, neuro-linguistic programming, and confidence coaching.

October 14, 2022 | Annual Conference: Lower School Educators | McKimmon Center, Raleigh
The 2022 Educators Conference is focused on educators and administrators who work with Lower School students. Our theme this year is Finding Balance.  In the classroom and personally, Finding Balance is critically important. It is a skill we need to teach and encourage in our students. It is a reminder we often need to give our parent community as the daily pressures and future-success worries creep into their decision making.  Perhaps most challenging of all, as educators and administrators, we also need to heed the advice of Finding Balance.  We will have opportunities to hear from fellow NCAIS educators, invited guests, and keynote speaker Tina Boogren.  We will also have intentional time to experience activities that help us find balance; from yoga to crafting and everything in between.  Step away from this day with  tools to help you and your stakeholders to find balance.

October 19, November 2, November 16, 2022 | Book Club | Virtual 

Join fellow NCAIS educators for our Fall Book club series on a balanced literacy program in the lower school classroom. Led by Center for Collaborative Classroom's Katharine Bonasera and Keri Bartholomew, this three part series will dive into the book Shifting the Balance and provide the time and space needed to discuss a text that will support educators' work with students.


Year-Long Cohort with in-person gatherings on 10/29/22, 1/21/23, & 3/11/23 | Resilient Leaders Institute | SESSION IS FULL-Waitlist Available | Greensboro

The Resilient Leadership Institute will facilitate the discovery of your natural strengths and opportunities, creating a clear path for navigating priorities with resilience as you lead through these times. Selected leaders will participate in a school-year-long experience that includes research-based best practices in leadership development as well as work with an executive coach, enabling leaders to navigate barriers and achieve meaningful success, all with a cohort of other leaders on the same journey. This intensive course is designed for those looking for the next step in their careers as well as those looking to develop skills. 

November 18, 2022 College Counselors Workshop | Wake Forest University 

Spend a day networking and gaining insights into the every evolving college application and admissions process, with Eric Maguire, Vice Present of Enrollment at Wake Forest as our keynote speaker.  College Counselors will have the opportunity to hear from Admissions Counselors from a wide range of colleges and universities, as well as how to best support student athletes, students with learning differences and how to create a stellar school profile. 


December 2, 2022 | Academic Leadership Conference | Durham Academy
Discussion is at the heart of everything: democracy, workplaces, relationships -- and all great schools. Yet, for today's students, teachers, and school leaders, real discussion can be hard and scary. The roots of this challenge are myriad and debatable -- blame COVID! social media! politics! parents! -- but it's clear that students are struggling to communicate – and that schools need a mission-aligned strategy for supporting kids in developing discussion skills for success in school and life.  Presenters: Liza Garonzik, Founder, R.E.A.L.Ⓡ Discussion and Mike Gwaltney, ISM 


December 7, 2022 | Children's Literature Symposium | Zoom 
This event provides an opportunity for educators to engage in breakout sessions with highly acclaimed children's and middle grades authors. In addition, participants will receive 25 different brief video lessons on writing created by the authors designed to be shared with students.  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) and librarians will walk away thrilled with all the lessons on writing they receive, and general enthusiasts of children's literature will gain insight into the newest works being published in the field.

January 11-13, 2023Heads, Trustees, and CFOs Conference | Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst

This highly-anticipated and well-attended event is a must for NCAIS Heads of School, CFOs /Business Officers, as well as the entire Board of Trustees. This year we will explore transition versus change and then take a deep dive into school culture. Wednesday's sessions are open to the entire school leadership team. Thursday is for Heads, Trustees, and CFOs/BOs, and Friday is a Heads-only event. 


February 3, 2023 | Diversity & Inclusion Conference | Guilford College, Greensboro 

In our schools, we have a responsibility to foster and affirm a growth mindset and create inclusive classrooms and school communities.  Please join your independent school colleagues for an event designed to promote a shared experience nested in humanity. Take a collaborative journey and be a part of the dialogue and conversation across diverse perspectives, privileges, bias, and experiences with your colleagues. Offering both Student & Faculty Tracks.


February 9-10, 2023 | Women in Leadership Conference | Saint Mary's School, Raleigh 




Spring Book Club | Virtual 

Join fellow NCAIS educators for our Spring Book club series discussing a practical and transformative 5-step strategy to ensure the emotional wellbeing of yourself and your child. Led by Center for Collaborative Classroom's Katharine Bonasera and Keri Bartholomew, this three part series will dive into the book Permission to Feel and provide the time and space needed to discuss a text that will support educators' work with students.


March 9-10, 2023 | Restorative Practices For Educators and School Leaders | Carolina Friends School, Durham
Restorative Practices are a way of being rooted in building healthy connections and repairing harm within a community. In this intensive, highly interactive two-day training, you will learn the essential components of Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice. Led by trained IIRP facilitators.

March 16-17, 2023 | Business Office Conference | Montessori School of Raleigh

Join business office personnel from across the NCAIS community to discuss a variety of topics and current events facing independent schools in North Carolina.

March 2023 | Neurodiversity Conference | Virtual

This virtual workshop, co-sponsored by TAIS and NCAIS, highlights the core elements of educational and social neuroscience as they relate to students’ learning outcomes today. Join Live and Watch the Recordings of the ones you miss.



March 31, 2023 | World Language Educators Conference | Forsyth Country Day School, Winston Salem 

World Language educators are uniquely positioned in independent schools. Often teaching more than one grade level, they may have the same students for several years, enabling them to develop rich and meaningful relationships with their students. Teaching a world language is about more than just mastering the language, but encompasses the cultures and customs of native speakers. During a time when many people are feeling uncertain about those they do not know, the world language classroom gives an inside perspective into the unknown and allows for the development of empathy and understanding. Join your fellow NCAIS World Language teachers learn from each other and to build connections. 

May 1, 2023 | Advancement Conference | Noble Academy, Greensboro


Please join us for networking, learning, and sharing ideas with fellow mission-driven independent school advancement and admissions colleagues.



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In addition to the events listed above, we have ongoing professional development opportunities and our monthly and quarterly cohort virtual meetings, which can be found here:

Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities

NCAIS is committed to offering various student opportunities to programming in an effort to further support NCAIS member schools. For the 2022-2023 school year, the student opportunities include an Upper School track at the Diversity and Inclusion Conference as well as the first annual Performing Arts Fest, comprised of an Honors Band and Honors Chorus events. Our goal is to roll out a Student Art Portal in 2023 so that students (and NCAIS arts faculty) have a platform to share and sell their art.

Student Performing Arts Fest


NCAIS COVID Event Policy 
If conditions warrant, NCAIS in-person events may shift to a hybrid or fully virtual model.  No full or partial refunds will be issued provided sessions and content remain consistent.
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.

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