During this difficult and unprecedented time, the NCAIS team's primary focus is to support member schools with resources, guidance, and the collective wisdom of our community.  We want to help schools respond to the challenges that may be ahead with clarity, caution, and a sense of balance. 


 Conferences | Virtual Meetings | Webinars

Reimagining School: Transitioning from Emergency to Planned Distance Learning | Opens June 15 - Open-ended
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.

A complimentary webinar for NCAIS members

NCAIS is excited to partner with Chris Smith, Co-Chair of Smith Anderson's Business Litigation Team, to offer a webinar on COVID liability and independent schools.  This session is designed to provide high-level guidance and information for independent school trustees, heads of school, and CFOs. Chris will address a broad range of independent school liability issues including recent legislation providing limited immunity for private schools.  Chris will also address evolving standards and common sense, best practices to inform you in your decision making, and risk management as you work to keep your communities safe.  We appreciate Dave Horne, NCAIS lobbyist, for helping to arrange this important educational program!

A complimentary webinar 

Join Rebecca Planchard, Senior Policy Advisor at DHHS and Geoff Coltrane, Senior Education Advisor for Governor Cooper for a conversation about reopening from an independent school perspective.  This discussion will help our school leaders understand how to interpret, adapt, and apply current guidance to individual independent school needs and circumstances. Geoff and Rebecca will also provide tools and guidance for addressing the growing anxiety and fear of returning that school leaders are encountering from both faculty/staff and families.  Additional education and health leaders will join the Q&A portion. School leaders will have the opportunity to submit questions and topics for discussion upon registration for the webinar. 

A package of resources and webinars for independent schools  
Presented by Attorney Lisa Gordon Stella

This comprehensive toolkit and webinar series is designed to assist independent schools that receive federal funds, such as funds through the PPP loan program, to comply with certain federal laws required as a condition of such funding:  Title IX, Title VI, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  The recordings of webinars held in June and July 2020 are included with the package.

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 practice 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 hour-long one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Participate in two virtual workshop 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 Book Club | 2020-2021 School Year
You are invited to join us for the inaugural NCAIS book club! 
Join us for the 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. 

Institute for Teachers New to Independent Schools | August 12, 9 am-2 pm

Organizational on-boarding is a critical piece of the puzzle when integrating new faculty into the school fabric. Whether the educator is new to teaching or a mid-career recruit from public school, there are central facets to independent school culture that are unfamiliar to those joining us for the first time. While a school-specific on-boarding process is critical, here are several benefits to sending new faculty to the NCAIS Institute for Educators New to Independent School Education:

  • Understand the key differentiators of independent school culture
  • Build community with fellow educators in the same phase of their careers for support and encouragement
  • Send a clear message of their value to the school
  • Deep dive into individual DISC assessment 

Program Overview:

  • Virtual program on August 12, 2020
  • Includes registration in the Virtual Teacher-to-Teacher peer mentoring program

Target Audience:

  • Educators new to teaching
  • Educators new to independent schools (0-3 years in an independent school environment)

Cost: $125 (includes DISC assessment)

Trustee Training Workshop | August 27, 9 am-12 pm 

**Will be recorded for later viewing**
Facilitated by Dr. Marc Frankel
Heads and Trustees encouraged to attend
Sessions include:
  • Best Practices in Board Governance
  • Courageous Leadership 

Cost: NCAIS Member Schools: $95 per person or $65 per person for groups of 5 or more
          Guests: $145 per person or $115 per person for groups of 5 or more

Administrative Assistants | August 28, 12:30-4:30 pm
Preparing to Pivot: A Virtual Workshop for Administrative Assistants
Join this interactive Live Webinar and further equip yourself for the unprecedented and unpredictable change we expect this fall. Learn about the neuroscience of the challenge of change and how to position yourself and your students to leverage for resilience. Learn about self-advocacy in a role with less visibility and start to feel in control again. Our day will include whole group and small group activities, as well as time for personal reflection.

NCAIS Educators Conference | October 13

College Counselors Conference | November 5

Advancement Conference | November 13

Academic Leadership Conference | December 2

Heads and Trustees Conference | January 13-15

Diversity & Inclusion Conference | January 23, 2021
(Student Track & Faculty Track)

Early Childhood Conference | February 11, 2021

Business Office Conference | March 6, 2021

Neurodiversity Conference | March 26, 2021

Summer Heads Retreat | June 21-22, 2021 | Wild Dunes Resort

Cohort Group Weekly Virtual Meetings  

NCAIS members are invited to participate in virtual cohort meetings offered weekly to share ideas, resources, and community. The meetings will last an hour and will be delivered via Zoom.  Here is the current schedule for NCAIS members with links to each meeting.  You must be logged in above to access the links.

2021-2022 Professional Development

2021 Annual Educators Conference  October 15, 2021 | High Point University | High Point


NCAIS Board Approved Cancellation Policy:

All attendees receive a full refund if they cancel at least two weeks before the 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 (rounded up to the nearest dollar). 

Financial Assistance:

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