Each year, I travel the country to meet with leaders across our independent school community. The 2017-2018 school year was no different, but there was one commonality I noticed this year: No matter where I was or who I was meeting with, I heard that school leaders were stretched thin by the challenges that faced our world.
At NAIS, we support leaders at all stages of their careers—through good times and tough challenges. And while it may sound cliché, I truly believe there’s a leader in everyone. Whether you're an aspiring leader, a new or longtime head, or trustee at an independent school, NAIS is here for you.
NAIS is here to help you get up to speed on best practices, emerging trends, data and analysis, and more. We encourage you to attend a professional development event that fits your schedule: a webinar, conference, institute, or workshop. Get in-depth and relevant publications in our bookstore so you can learn to lead others and cultivate new leadership. And know that NAIS offers you support if you’re ever in a crisis.
In the pages of this annual report, you’ll find details about all of NAIS’s many resources and the organization’s overall health. We are grateful to the many organizations and individuals who have supported our efforts and initiatives this year.
What I love about the independent school community is its belief in the future. Everything we do is intended to build a better world for students, and to instill in them a sense that they can build the future they want to see. I’m glad we are building that world together.
NAIS completed a successful year and the 2017-2018 financial report reflects the Board’s commitment to a strong and healthy organization. The Finance Committee, the full board, and the NAIS staff have worked together to ensure that NAIS continues to meet the needs of its members over the long-term.
Solid planning, careful management, and the successful execution of initiatives resulted in an operating surplus at the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, even with no increase in dues fees for members.
For the 2018 NAIS Annual Conference, we asked attendees to reflect on their personal and professional leadership journeys: where they’ve been, who’s helped them along the way, and where they want to go. We hoped that each attendee could see their leadership potential whether they were already a head of school or a first-year teacher or administrator.
Speakers Adam Grant, Navi Radjou, Sisonke Msimang, and Luma Mufleh took the main stage to inspire new ideas and create lasting memories for everyone in attendance. There was also a wide array of workshops, special events, and networking breaks so that attendees could make the most of their experiences.
NAIS hosts transformational in-person and online professional development events for independent school leaders at every stage in their career.
Between June and October 2017, NAIS offered six institutes and workshops where educators came together for several days of learning and development. More than 430 people attended the Diversity Leadership Institute, Institute for New Heads, School Leadership Institute, School Leadership Team Experience, Equity Design Lab, and Leadership Through Partnership.
In addition to these immersive in-person events, NAIS hosted more than 35 webinars, covering topics from international enrollment, to the #MeToo era in schools, to board recruiting. The wide range of topics covered in NAIS webinars make them an invaluable resource for our members, and they are all free to attend.
NAIS is proud to be a partner with other organizations serving our schools. Each year, NAIS and CASE co-host the CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference, which is geared toward advancement professionals in independent schools. In January 2018, the conference was held in Anaheim, California.