A core commitment of NCAIS is to offer relevant and intentional professional development opportunities to NCAIS constituents. We have a variety of 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

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] 


June 20-22, 2022Summer Heads Retreat | Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, SC
Leave the school year behind, dig out those flip-flops, and join your colleagues at the NCAIS 2022 Summer Conference for Heads and Families, June 20-22 at Wild Dunes Resort, just outside of Charleston, SC. We'll come together with heads from Tennessee and South Carolina as we kick back a bit, learn, reflect, and rejuvenate after a long year.  Families are invited and there will be special programming for spouses.


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 individual 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. 

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.

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.

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.