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. In addition, 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

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

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] 


Year-Long Cohort | Resilient Leaders Institute | 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. 

This virtual series of 25 one-hour webinars is a collection of voices from across the spectrum covering topics such as risk management, financial sustainability, faculty and staff retention, leadership development, school safety, technology, new trends in advancement, and more! Pick and choose, cafeteria-style, which sessions appeal to you and if you can't catch them live, most will be recorded for later viewing!

LIVE one-hour Workshops via Zoom from 3:45-4:45pm most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Workshops will be recorded for asynchronous viewing later in Thinkific with topics ranging across divisions and subjects, including technology, social-emotional learning, civil discourse, literacy, project-based learning, neurodiversity, & MORE! A monthly calendar of opportunities will be distributed so that those who are interested can mark their calendars and sign up to receive the Zoom links. The subscription is SCHOOL BASED so unlimited faculty and staff can participate in as many of the 60 + opportunities as they want. 

September 23, 2022 | Virtual Trustee Training Workshop | 9:30 am -12:30 pm via Zoom
Schools are becoming increasingly embroiled in conflict among stakeholders deriving from larger political and social trends. How should the board add value in such moments when members of the school community are agitated or express irritation and discontentment?  At the very least, how can the board avoid adding fuel to the fire while it adheres to good governance practices?  Judy Schechtman and Marc Frankel will use case material “ripped from the headlines” to understand communities in crisis and navigate the boundaries of administrative and governance areas of responsibility. Join this session to gain insight through lessons learned from schools in crisis, and scenario plan how your board, collectively and as individually, can prepare for high-stakes moments.

September 30, 2022 | Essential Coaching Skills for Senior Leaders | 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 really when it comes to inspiring action and accountability? Coaching and accountability skills for leaders course will equip you with the essential coaching skills you need to have the impact you desire. Learn the skills of presence, inquiry, discovery and accountability to action 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 international 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 applicable tools to help you and your stakeholders to find balance.

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

November 18, 2022 | College Counselors Workshop | Wake Forest University

December 2, 2022 | Academic Leadership Conference | Durham Academy

December 7, 2022 | Children's Literature Symposium | Zoom 

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

NCAIS COVID Event Policy 
NCAIS strongly encourages independent school personnel to be vaccinated unless your physician advises against it due to a serious medical issue.  At NCAIS in-person events, we will enforce masking for all attendees, regardless of vaccine status.  NCAIS will confirm any additional venue restrictions and registrants will receive final protocol as a part of pre-event communications. This policy will be in effect until further notice. NCAIS will continue to monitor metrics and guidance by NCDHHS and the CDC and make adjustments as needed.   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.