NAIS School Leadership Institute (SLI)

NAIS School Leadership Institute

The 2024 NAIS School Leadership Institute has reached capacity, and registration is now closed. The wait list is also now closed.

2024 NAIS School Leadership Institute
July 29–August 1, 2024
NAIS Headquarters, Washington, DC

Regardless of your career stage, SLI will provide a beneficial step in your leadership development. This intensive, three-day program helps you better understand your own leadership style and identify your strengths—as well as areas for growth—in five key facets of independent school leadership. The institute incorporates learning experiences at four levels: whole group, working group, homeroom groups, and individual meetings. A unique facet of this institute is the incorporation of a 360-degree assessment anchored in the best-selling Leadership Practices Inventory. Drawing on personalized data from your own school context, you will come away with actionable insights into your own leadership, a renewed sense of purpose for your work, and clarity about future goals for your ongoing growth as a leader. Best of all, SLI provides the opportunity to build close-knit relationships with mentors and peers from around the country—professionals who will sustain and support you throughout your career.


SLI brings together individuals who lead in some capacity at their schools, most often in formal administrative roles within the instructional program (department chairs, grade-level leaders, deans, etc.) and the full spectrum of functional domains (admissions; advancement; diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging; communications; etc.). This program is helpful if you are new to managing people, new to your position, or looking for an opportunity to reexamine your leadership practice and impact.

Topics Covered

  • Leadership best practices for all levels of leaders.
  • A 360-degree review from your colleagues, supervisors, and direct reports on your personal strengths and areas for growth as a leader.
  • Small-group processing around personal and professional celebrations and challenges, and individual coaching, if desired.
  • Tools, activities, and language you can take back to your team at school and immediately apply as you seek to intentionally grow as a leader.

Registration Information

The 2024 NAIS School Leadership Institute has reached capacity, and registration is now closed. The wait list is also now closed.

Registration prices include three full days of programming with expert facilitators, a 360-degree assessment, meals, and refreshments. (For meals, breakfasts and lunches are included. Dinners are to be purchased on your own.) Attendees should arrive by 12:00 PM ET on July 29, and depart by 12:00 PM ET on August 1.

Registration Pricing Early Bird Pricing
(Through 3/27)
Standard Pricing
(On or After 3/28)
Member price $1,950 $2,250
Nonmember price* $2,525 $2,825

*Contact us for more information about the benefits of NAIS membership, including discounted event pricing.

Hotel Accommodations

NAIS has reserved a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $189/night (plus tax) at the Yours Truly DC Hotel (1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037). Book your room here by July 1 to get the discounted rate. As a reminder, the program will take place at the NAIS Headquarters and is within a short walking distance from the Yours Truly hotel.  


  • Watch for a more detailed schedule coming soon. The 2024 NAIS School Leadership Institute is a brief and comprehensive program. Please plan to arrive by 12:00 PM ET on July 29 and depart at 12:00 PM ET on August 1.

2024 Faculty and Facilitators

  • Chia-Chee Chiu, head of middle school, Shady Hill School (MA)
  • Stacia McFadden, upper school assistant principal, Rowland Hall (UT)
  • Jason Novak, head of lower school, Brooklyn Friends School (NY)
  • Rob Scotlan, head of school, Seabury School (WA)
  • Mark Garrison, chief academic and innovation officer, Breck School (MN)
  • Carrie Green, head of middle school, Kent Denver School (CO)  
  • Phil Gutierrez, head of school, Marin Primary and Middle School (CA)
  • Honor Taft, head of school, Friends School (CO)
  • Emilia Ayon, director of programs, leadership and governance, NAIS
  • Brenda Cram, senior program strategist, leadership and governance, NAIS  
  • Morva McDonald, vice president, leadership and governance, NAIS

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing at this email: [email protected]. Cancellations received up to 30 days (June 29) before the program's start date will be fully refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the program will not be refunded.

Contact Information

Please contact [email protected] or (202) 973-9700 with any questions.