Divisional Leadership Institute (DLI)

The newest addition to the NYSAIS Institute line-up is the Divisional Leadership Institute (DLI). In response to feedback from heads of school and past workshop participants, we are expanding the popular “Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire” workshop series for new division directors into a full institute for 2019-2020. This unique cohort-based professional development opportunity will create a dynamic environment for new division heads in their first year to learn best practices, ask questions, share concerns, and receive quality feedback.

Many newly-appointed division heads are thrust into positions of significant authority without much training or even the opportunity to reflect with others upon their immediate situations. For many independent school leaders, this is best described as “trial by fire.” The Divisional Leadership Institute (DLI) is designed to break this pattern by providing training, guidance, and support during the critical first year in a new division head’s administrative career.

DLI cohort members will participate in:

  • A three-day residential conference at the Carey Institute for Global Good (July 23-25, 2019).

  • The three-day Associate Head and Division Head Conference at the Mohonk Mountain House (November 13-15, 2019).

  • A one-day meeting in NYC in February 2020 (TBD).

  • A culminating two-day meeting in NYC (June 18-19, 2020).

  • Monthly online meetings with cohort members and facilitators.

  • An online professional community.

Topics:

  • “Identity and Leadership” Participants will reflect on the ways that personal identity shapes the leadership environment.

  • “Planning and Organization.” Participants will bring real projects/initiatives from their schools with which to plan, design and receive feedback.

  • “Hiring and Supervision.” Participants will review successful strategies for hiring, supervising, and supporting teachers.

  • “Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution.” Participants will examine case studies and techniques to manage crises and resolve conflicts effectively.

  • “Having Difficult Conversations.” Participants will learn how to navigate difficult conversations effectively.

  • “Serving on an Administrative Team.” Participants will learn how to best collaborate with other academic and operational leaders within their schools.

  • “Equity, Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion” Participants will learn to incorporate techniques into their practice to assess and promote equity, justice, diversity, and inclusion in their school communities.

  • “Knowing Your Leadership Style.” Participants will undertake, share and analyze self-assessments to identify useful information relative to their own leadership styles.

  • “Leading and managing.” Where does the “vision” come in?

The Divisional Leadership Institute is designed to be a practical, flexible experience, which will respond to the specific needs and challenges of the participants. One of the most valuable outcomes will be the establishment of a strong, supportive network of colleagues.

Schedule for 2019-2020:

  • Residential retreat at the Carey Center for Global Good (July 23-25, 2019).

  • Associate Head and Division Head Conference at the Mohonk Mountain House (November 13-15, 2019).

  • One-day meeting in NYC in February 2020 (TBD).

  • Two-day meeting in NYC (June 18-19, 2020).

  • Monthly online meetings with cohort members and facilitators. (TBD)

Registration - Currently open for 2019-20

Registration for this program is intended for division directors/heads in their first year of service, and will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis until the cohort has filled. This institute is not intended for those serving in division-level deanships or as assistant division heads. Participation is for those whose responsibility at their schools is at the level of full leadership of their respective divisions.

Cost:

NYSAIS Member Rate: $3500 - all-inclusive.

Non-Member Rate: $4000 - all-inclusive.


Marcy Mann is currently the Assistant Director for Professional Development at NYSAIS.  She has also served as the Associate Head at Professional Children's School, and was a division head in three schools: Upper School Head at Nightingale-Bamford School and as Middle School Director at The Calhoun School and The Hackley School. She holds an advanced degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, as well as having attended the Principal’s Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Marcy has also served on the staff of the NYSAIS Beginning Teachers Institute, Young Women’s Leadership Institute at Barnard College, the NYSAIS Professional Development Committee, and is a founding member of the NYSAIS Commission on Professional Learning and Collaboration.

 

George Swain is currently Associate Director for Evaluation and Accreditation at NYSAIS. He has also served as Head of Middle School at both Poughkeepsie Day School and Brooklyn Friends School. He holds advanced degrees in Educational Leadership from Columbia University and in History from Binghamton University and has received both the Klingenstein and NAIS/EE Ford Fellowships. George has also served on the staff of the NYSAIS Beginning Teachers Institute, the NYSAIS Division/Assistant Heads Conference Committee and currently coordinates NYSAIS-Now as well as an international network of accreditation professionals. He has offered workshops for teachers and administrators on a range of subjects.





In addition to this institute, Marcy and George also co-direct the NYSAIS Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI).

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