Professional Learning

NYSAIS organizes conferences, workshops, institutes, and e-learning for teachers, school heads, trustees, assistant and division heads, business and financial managers, and administrators. A complete list of these, along with details and online registration, can be found in our Calendar of NYSAIS Events.

Professional Learning Mission: Cognizant of the needs of all member schools, the NYSAIS Professional Learning Mission is to build and sustain a vibrant, state-wide professional development network. By offering relevant, timely, engaging professional development opportunities, NYSAIS strives to create a culture of professional growth that acts as the foundation for teaching, learning, and collaboration in and between member schools. 

NYSAIS designs programs that include two Beginning Teachers Institutes each fall, an Experienced Teachers Institute in the winter, as well as many many other institutes, symposia, workshops, and conferences for teachers and administrators. Various collaborative efforts with neighboring state associations of independent schools add depth to the program. The Directors of Professional Learning, along with many volunteer planning committees, work to interpret the needs of NYSAIS professionals, providing timely opportunities for education and networking.

We welcome workshop proposals: NYSAIS workshops are led by experts in the field. Some of those experts teach in our own schools, and NYSAIS welcomes workshop proposals by teachers and administrators. This is a wonderful opportunity to broaden your own professional growth and leadership. NYSAIS expects presenters, speakers, and facilitators to uphold NYSAIS' standards of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Using this form, please submit your idea for a workshop. Our calendar is quite flexible and we will accommodate as many appropriate proposals as possible.

    NYSAIS Events Registration
      • January 20, 2021 From Morocco to Dubai: Engagement and Immersion with Virtual Reality 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
        Online via zoom
        Presenter: Mimi Melkonian, The Brunswick School
        4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
        Audience: Middle and Upper School World Language Teachers
        Details and registration here.
        This event is eligible for ETI cohort registrants.
      • January 21, 2021 Media Literacy in Action 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
        Online via zoom
        Presenter: Jaclyn Kahn Siegel, Winston Preparatory School
        Two sessions, Thursdays, January 21 & 28, 2021
        4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
        Audience: Teachers, grades 5-12
        Details and registration here.
      • January 25, 2021 How to Be an Antiracist School 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMWebinar on Zoom
        Online via zoom - 
        Audience:  Educators, Administrators, Staff, Trustees, Students
        Speaker: Ibram X. Kendi

        Details and Registration
      • January 27, 2021 Trustee Governance Conference: Strategic Thinking for Boards and Heads of School 4:00 PM to 7:00 PMZoom

        On Zoom
        Speakers: John Gulla, William Kummel, Elizabeth Denevi, Mariama Richards, Caryn Pass, Kristen Power, Suzanne Baumgarten, Mark Lauria, plus a panel of Board Chairs and Finance Chairs


        Details and registration here.

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