Getting Involved @NYSAIS - Professional Learning

NYSAIS would not be able to achieve a high level of excellence in our programs and services without the generous support from talented volunteers within our community. If you are interested in getting more deeply involved in helping to support independent school Professional Learning in New York State, please consider one of the following volunteer opportunities.

NYSAIS expects volunteers, presenters, speakers, and facilitators to uphold NYSAIS' standards of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and we have Presenter/Speaker Guidelines to that end. The goal of these guidelines is to achieve inclusion and equity in NYSAIS Professional Learning activities. 

Presenter Guidelines

Should you have questions, please contact Marcy Mann or Barbara Swanson.


Join the Staff of One of Our Institutes 

NYSAIS utilizes the wealth of experience of our member schools’ respective faculties to staff our various institutes. Educators are motivated to serve through their interest and expertise in the topics of the institutes that we offer.

Participation on the staff of a NYSAIS institute includes occasional meetings for planning prior to the institute, as well as full participation and leadership during the institute. These responsibilities may vary, depending upon the nature and duration of the institute. Those who would like more information and/or are interested in serving on the staff of one of our institutes should contact Marcy Mann, Associate Director for Professional Learning, marcy@nysais.org.

Current Institutes include:


Serve on a Conference Planning Committee 

In order to create the array of professional learning opportunities for those who work in NYSAIS schools, most residential conferences are collaboratively planned by a committee of experienced peers. These committees vary in size and activity, but each has a similar purpose: to provide strategic planning support and to ensure focus and direction of the conference or other events, keeping in mind NYSAIS Principles of Best Practice: Equity and Justice.  For more information and to volunteer, click here. 


Submit a Workshop Proposal

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. To submit a workshop proposal, click here.


Submit a Proposal for a Conference Session

NYSAIS sponsors many residential conferences and symposia which include peer-led sessions. Please visit the relevant conference website to find the link to submit a proposal. The following conferences (listed chronologically) typically welcome submissions. Watch for email invitations to submit a session proposal. 

  1. Assistant Heads / Division Heads & After School Directors Conference (November)
  2. Department Chairs Conference (January)
  3. Brain Conference (February)
  4. Student Support Conference (February)
  5. Educating Girls Symposium (odd years)
  6. Educating Boys Symposium (even years)
  7. Institutional Advancement Conference (March)
  8. Global Language and Culture Conference (April)
  9. NYSAIS Diversity Symposium (April)
  10. Teaching with Technology (April)
  11. Admissions and Placement Conference (April)
  12. Business Affairs Conference (May)
  13. College Counselors Conference (May)
  14. The Office Conference (June)
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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