NAIS Peer Circles

Registration is now open for the 2024-2025 NAIS Peer Circles!

Register Now

Are you ready to connect and grow as a leader? Are you frustrated by the endless stream of tactical meetings when you need a space to deeply explore the complexities of your position and leadership responsibilities? NAIS Peer Circles are your path to connected and effective leadership.  

What Are NAIS Peer Circles? 

NAIS Peer Circles provide an opportunity for candid, open, and insightful discussions about the realities of leadership with people who understand your challenges. You’ll be part of a carefully curated group––based on your preferences and role––of six to eight people in whom you can consistently confide but aren’t in your competitive network.

The 2024-2025 Peer Circles will meet monthly starting in October 2024 and ending in May 2025. Each meeting will be 90 minutes from 4:30–6:00 PM ET. The dates are as follows (each group will meet on one of the days each month):
  • October 1, 2, or 3
  • November 5, 6, or 7
  • December 3, 4, or 5
  • January 7, 8, or 9
  • February 4, 5, or 6
  • March 4, 5, or 6
  • April 1, 2, or 3
  • May 6, 7, or 8

Why Choose Peer Circles? 

  • Tailored Groupings: Your circle will be curated to align with your role and/or school characteristics, ensuring relevance and connection. 
  • Outside Perspectives: Tap into the power of other voices, experiences, and viewpoints. 
  • Expert Guidance: Each monthly 90-minute virtual session is led by an NAIS member school leader skilled in coaching and facilitation who will create the right balance of structured and unstructured time. 
  • Consistent Cohort: You’ll meet with your group each month from October 2024 to May 2025. The cohorts will meet during the first week of each month.
  • Quality Online Experience: You'll use a virtual platform built for peer-to-peer learning. 

What Attendees Are Saying

"What was most impactful for me has been the connection to resources through members of my Peer Circle. ... I believe in the power of connecting with other people doing the work—tapping into the knowledge, expertise, and experiences of others. It helped me feel connected to others in similar roles. I grew in my understanding of the independent school world, too."

—Rebecca Brady, chief academic officer, The Episcopal School of Dallas (TX)

"To me, Peer Circles are an opportunity to learn about other schools' practices, to reflect upon one's own practice, and have peer camaraderie through connections built over time. ... Peer Circles are a perfect way to build those connections and think through the application of new strategies, initiatives, and problem solutions."

—Corbett Simons, director of teaching, learning, and innovation, Town School for Boys (CA)

Registration Information

Registration is now open for the 2024-2025 Peer Circles! The registration deadline is August 14, 2024. Peer Circles are only open to NAIS members.
  • Upon registering, participants will receive a survey that will help NAIS create meaningful Peer Circle groups. This survey must be submitted by August 23, 2024.
  • Participants will receive their specific Peer Circle group information, including their group's dates and times, on September 4, 2024.


The cost to participate is $700 per person for the 2024-2025 yearlong engagement.