Getting Involved @ NYSAIS - Residential Conference Planning Committees

In order to create the array of professional learning opportunities for those who work in NYSAIS schools, each residential conference is collaboratively planned by a committee of experienced peers. These committees vary in size and activity, but each has a similar purpose.

The purpose of each committee is to provide strategic planning support and to ensure focus and direction of the conference or other events and special projects, keeping in mind NYSAIS Principles of Best Practice: Equity and Justice.

Every effort is made to ensure a balance on each committee in terms of gender, gender diversity, types of schools, as well as geographic distribution throughout the state. 

Here is an example of a committee charter / guidelines:

Terms: Members serve on the committee for a term of three (3) years. Members may serve an additional term but must rotate off after the second term.

Meetings: Committees meet as necessary in person and/or on video conference at the call of the Chairs of the Committee or the Associate Director, and maintain notes of all meetings, which are posted on a shared google document. Sub-committees meet as needed. Each committee has a charter to guide its smooth and transparent operation. 

If you are interested in serving on any of the following committees, please apply using this form. Not all committees have openings at this time, but we keep a list of interested educators for future openings. 

NYSAIS Residential Conference Planning Committees

  1. Annual Conference for Heads of School - open to current Heads of School (November)
  2. Assistant Heads / Division Heads & After School Directors Conference (November)
  3. NYSAIS Education Information Technology Conference (NEIT) (January)
  4. Department Chairs Conference (January)
  5. Brain Conference (February)
  6. Student Support Conference (February)
  7. Institutional Advancement Conference (March)
  8. Global Language and Culture Conference (April)
  9. Admissions and Placement Conference (April)
  10. Athletic Directors Conference (April)
  11. Business Affairs Conference (May)
  12. NYSAIS Diversity Committee (April, May)
  13. College Counselors Conference (May)
  14. The Office Conference (June)
  15. Early Childhood and Lower School Directors Conference (June)
General Guidelines for Residential Mohonk/Carey After-Hours or Recreational  Events 
  1. Organized after-hours events (before breakfast / after dinner) must be on the schedule and include a Presider from the Planning Committee to work with NYSAIS staff and hotel staff.
  2. Presider’s name will be added to the schedule and they will attend the event. 
  3. The Carriage Lounge will serve as the cash bar for all after-dinner events at Mohonk. Outside alcohol is not permitted.
  4. Conference committees should utilize the resources provided by the hotel for recreational, after-hours events rather than engage outside vendors or entertainment. 

For more information, contact Barbara Swanson, Associate Director for Residential Professional Learning


NYSAIS Events Registration
    • April 13, 2021 NEIT (NYSAIS Education Information Technology) Online Conference 2021 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Rory Mir and Shirin Mori
      Target Audience: Librarians, Technologists and Technology Directors

      Details and registration here
    • April 14, 2021 Improvisational Play in the Virtual Classroom 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Elana Fishbein
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience: Pre-K to 5th grade teachers; space is limited

      SOLD OUT!
      Details and waitlist here.
    • April 15, 2021 Annual LGBTQ+ Gathering - Poetry is Not a Luxury: Activism, Poetry, and Black Feminist Joy 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
      Speakers: Roya Marsh, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
      Audience: LGBTQ+ educators and administrators 
      Hosted by NYSAIS Diversity Committee

      Details and registration here.
    • April 19, 2021 Global & Cultural Competence: Nurture Belonging & Deeper Learning in Younger Grades 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMeSeminar

      Online via zoom, Homa Tavangar, Author and co-founder of BigQuestions.Institute

      Audience: PK-6 faculty, staff, school leadership

      Registration and details here.



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