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NYSAIS Divisional Leadership Institute (DLI)

The Divisional Leadership Institute (DLI) is a unique cohort-based professional development opportunity that 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, 2022-23, will participate in:

  • A one-day, in-person early summer retreat (June 30th, 2022) at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY

  • A school-year kick-off meeting via Zoom (August 15, 2022, 4:30-6:00 p.m.)

  • The three-day Associate Head and Division Head Conference at Mohonk Mountain House (November 16-18, 2022), including pre-session, with registration fee included in DLI participation

  • In-person or virtual meetings scheduled approximately once/month.

Topics will include:

  • Identity and Leadership

  • Planning and Organization

  • Hiring Process with an Equity Lens

  • Supervision, Feedback, & Evaluation

  • Having Difficult Conversations

  • Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution

  • Equity, Justice, Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging

  • Leadership & Management: Style, Vision, Collaboration

  • Strategic Communication

The Divisional Leadership Institute is designed to engage new leaders in learning about and reflecting on the practice and theory of school leadership while establishing a strong, supportive network of colleagues.

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. Participation is for those whose responsibility at their schools is at the level of full leadership of their respective divisions. This institute is not intended for those serving in division-level deanships or as assistant division heads.

Registration is now open! 

Cost*

NYSAIS Member Rate: $3500 – all-inclusive, including registration at NYSAIS Associate Heads/Division Heads Conference

Non-Member Rate: $4200 – all-inclusive, Including registration at NYSAIS Associate Heads/Division Heads Conference

Staff (2022-3)

Tasha Elsbach, DLI Co-Director, is the Middle School Head at The Masters School. Prior to her time at Masters, she spent sixteen years as Middle School Head and a history teacher at The Brearley School. Earlier in her career, she taught in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tasha was a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University and earned her M.A in Educational Leadership there.

Jane Moore, DLI Co-Director, is the Upper School Director at Berkeley Carroll where she has also taught English and history. Jane started her career as a boarding school teacher, dorm parent and coach before working at Riverdale Country School for 13 years as a teacher, dean, and Asst. Head of Upper School. Jane has an M.A. in English from Bread Loaf and a M.S.Ed in School Leadership from Penn.

Jason Ford is the Middle School Principal at Trinity School in Manhattan. He began teaching in his hometown of Houston, TX prior to moving to the northeast where he taught math and served as the 7th grade dean and assistant principal at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Jason has a B.A. in Psychology, and he earned an M.A. in Private School Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Delphine Michaud is currently the Head of Lower School at Dwight School. Prior to joining Dwight, Delphine was the Director of Lower School at the International School of Brooklyn for 15 years where she helped to build the school from the ground up. Delphine brings extensive knowledge in world language instruction, the International Baccalaureate and creating innovative inquiry based learning spaces in schools.