NYSAIS Professional Learning in 2021-22


As you are in the midst of opening for the 2021-22 school year and greeting your colleagues and families for what we hope will be a smoother academic year, we continue to plan to support you in whatever comes your way. While we recognize that uncertainty still exists, we look forward to continuing to provide valuable and worthwhile professional development opportunities to the NYSAIS community.

Our current plans for professional learning are as follows. We will continue to regularly offer online programming via eSeminars, Roundtables, Online Conferences, and other events to meet the needs of your community. We are open to your suggestions and feedback as we continue these online programs. Please contact us with your ideas for topics, speakers, and formats that would be useful to you and your school.

We are also eager to gather again in person and return to the kind of professional growth and community building that we have enjoyed in the past. NYSAIS is, therefore, cautiously planning a reduced roster of residential programming at Mohonk Mountain House, beginning with the Annual Conference for Heads of School on November 10-12, 2021 and the Annual Conference for Assistant Heads, Division Heads and After School Directors on November 17-19, 2021

The full list of planned residential conferences is:

  • NEIT (NYSAIS Education Information & Technology): January 19-21, 2022

  • Experienced Teachers Institute (ETI): February 3-5, 2022

  • Institutional Advancement: March 6-8, 2022

  • Athletic Directors: April 25-27, 2022

  • Business Affairs: April 27-29, 2022

  • Admissions Directors: May 4-6, 2022

  • Diversity Practitioners: May 11-13, 2022

  • Early Childhood and Lower School Leaders: June 22-24, 2022

Proof of vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all in-person NYSAIS events. If health concerns make any of these conferences inadvisable and/or the protocols for safe gatherings are too extensive, we will again shift and offer these events online as we did in 2020-21.

With Dr. Matt Suzuki now on our team as Associate Director for Professional Learning and DEI Initiatives, we are fortunate that he will have main oversight of these residential conferences as well as our ongoing efforts to increase and ensure equity and justice at our schools. Marcy Mann will continue to oversee our online presence in professional learning as well as our five institutes. We have been grateful for the enthusiastic participation of educators at our member schools in all of our endeavors, and encourage you to contact Marcy and/or Matt to engage in your own professional learning by presenting valuable sessions to our community.

We hope you will look frequently at our Professional Learning Calendar in order to share and attend sessions of interest to you and your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you, whether online or in person!


NYSAIS Events Registration
    • October 25, 2021 Enabling Their Best: Counteracting Stereotype Threat in Adolescents - A 2-Part series 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Julian McNeil, Salubrious Consulting
      A 2-Part event: October 25 & November 1, 2021
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Target Audience: Middle and Upper School Educators in all roles

      Details and registration here.
    • October 26, 2021 An Approach to Social, Emotional, Academic Development for Humanities Teachers, with Facing History and Ourselves 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: Humanities teachers, grades 5-12
      Details and registration here.
    • November 2, 2021 Systemic Differentiation: Three Ways to Design Units that Foster Equity and Empowerment (3-part series) 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      This is a 3-part series: Tuesdays, November 2,9,16, 2021; 4-5:30 p.m.

      Discover three different approaches to designing meaningful units of study that provide multiple ways for diverse groups of students to achieve the learning goal.

      Please note that the three sessions build on each other for a cumulative experience. Participants are encouraged to attend all three, and sessions will be recorded and provided to all registrants.

      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Lauren Porosoff, Empower Forwards
      Target Audience: Classroom teachers in all subjects and grade levels, department chairs, and academic administrators

      Details and registration here.
    • November 4, 2021 How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
      A Community Conversation
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Dr. Clint Smith, Author, Journalist, Poet
      4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Target Audience: All educators, K-12
      Details and registration here.
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