NYSAIS Early Years and Incorporation

On April 17, 1947, Paul D. Shafer, President of the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn sent out a letter to ten of his colleagues at other New York independent schools to discuss the founding of an association for New York independent schools. Those who received the letter from Paul D. Shafer included, Mrs. Harold S. Osborne (The Spence School in NYC), Miss Anne Wellington (Emma Willard School in Troy), Mr. Philip M. B. Boocock (The Nichols School in Buffalo), Mr. Charles W. Bradlee (Pebble Hill School in DeWitt), Dr. Howard I. Dillingham (Manlius School in Manlius), Mr. Morton Snyder (Rye Country Day School in Rye), Dr. Frank Hackett (Riverdale Country School in Riverdale-on-Hudson), Mr. Wilson Parkhill (Collegiate School in NYC), Mr. Harold C. Amos (Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn), and Dr. Joseph Allen (Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn). The New York State Association of Independent Schools held its first official meeting on October 8, 1947 at the Albany Academies. At the meeting on October 8, 1947, it was moved by Mr. Bradlee and seconded by Mr. Amos that they "set up the nucleus of a State organization (and) that the name be the New York State Association of Independent Schools (whose) membership...shall be limited to those elementary and secondary schools organized under a State charter as non-profit institutions." (Peters, 2014, pgs. 18-20)

According to the book Independent by Design (Peters, 2014), the first Annual Meeting of NYSAIS was held on January 18, 1949 at the Emma Willard School in Troy. The first officers were Paul Shafer (President), Anne Wellington (Vice-President), and Harry E. P. Meislahn (Secretary-Treasurer). The first guest at a NYSAIS meeting was Dr. Henry V. Gilson, New York's Associate Commissioner of Education. (Peters, 2014, pg. 23)

On October 25, 1968, NYSAIS was incorporated under a Provisional Charter granted by the New York State Board of Regents. The Provisional Charter required that NYSAIS draft a constitution and that a Board of Trustees be established. This was accomplished at the 20th Annual Meeting which was held on November 12, 1968 at Schrafft's Motor Inn in Albany. At this meeting, President Walter Clark announced the appointment of the first Executive Director, Appleton A. Mason, Jr. who had previously served as the Headmaster of the Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, Illinois. The first official office for NYSAIS was at Appleton Mason's home in Loudonville, New York. (Peters, 2014, pg. 60)

NYSAIS Events Registration
    • May 13, 2021 Diversity Practioners Conference 2021: Divesting from Systems of Oppression, Investing in Communities of Transformative Freedom 10:00 AM to 4:00 PMeSeminar
      This event will meet over three separate days: May 13, 19, and 21, 2021 from 10 a.m.-12 noon; and 4-6 p.m. on each day
      Online via zoom
      Keynote speakers: adrienne maree brown and Yolanda Sealey Ruiz
      Presenters: Franny Choi, Dr. Adam Falkner, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Lauren Whitehead
      Audience: Equity and Diversity Practitioners (Directors, Coordinators, Liaisons, etc.), Members of Equity and Diversity Committees/Councils

      Hosted by NYSAIS Diversity Committee

      Details and registration here.
    • May 13, 2021 Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Joe Feldman and Dr. Shantha Smith, Crescendo Education Group
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience: Middle and Upper School teachers and administrators
      Details and registration here.
    • May 17, 2021 Finishing Well - Retiring from Schoolwork During a Pandemic 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Jennifer Bryan, Re-Set School
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience: School personnel who are retiring in 2021
      Details and registration here.
    • May 18, 2021 Community Matters: Advisory Program 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Katie Leo, Facing History and Ourselves
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience: Teachers and Administrators, grades 5-12
      Details and registration here.
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