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 Matt Suzuki.


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. Educating Girls Symposium (odd years)
  3. Educating Boys Symposium (even years)
  4. Institutional Advancement Conference (March)
  5. NYSAIS Diversity Symposium (April)
  6. Business Affairs Conference (April)
  7. Admissions and Placement Conference (May)
NYSAIS Events Registration
    • January 24, 2022 What Remote Learning Has Taught Us About Executive Functioning and What Do We Do Now 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom, Andrew Ayers and Amelia Glauber, Collegiate School 
      Three-part series: Mondays, January 24, 31, & February 7, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience:  Educators, K- 5th Grade
      Details and Registration here!
    • January 25, 2022 Using Statistical Data, Quantitative Maps, and ArcGIS Mapping to Analyze Social Justice and Environmental Issues 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via Zoom
      Tuesday, January 25, 2022 
      Presenter: Ayo Magwood, Uprooting Inequity LLC
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience: Middle and High/Upper School STEM and human geography educators, and curriculum/academic deans
      Details and registration here.
    • January 29, 2022 Trustee Governance Conference: Strategic Thinking for Boards and Heads of School 9:00 AM to 12:15 PMZoom

      Online via Zoom.

      Target Audience: Heads and Trustees

      Speakers: Nishant Mehta, Anne-Marie Balzano, Ari Betof, Tony Featherston, Mark Lauria, Mary Kay Makunas, Duby McDowell, Mark Mitchell, Caryn Pass, Staci Williams Seeley, and Amada Torres. 


      Details and registration here.
    • February 3, 2022 Experienced Teachers Institute (ETI22) Mohonk Mountain House

      Thurs. Feb 3 - Sat. Feb. 5, 2022
      New Paltz, NY

      Proof of Vaccination Required

       Leaders: Annie Byerly, Javaid Khan, Kenny Graves

       Details and Registration are here.

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