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New & Emerging

   Leaders Institute   



The Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, in collaboration with Vanderbilt University’s Master’s in Independent School Leadership program and expert practitioners within the independent school community, is pleased to announce its second New and Emerging Leaders Institute.

This 9-month program, comprised of five distinct segments, will provide fundamental leadership training specifically designed for new and potential leaders in independent schools.  Similar to the Vanderbilt Independent School Leadership program, it offers a mix of classroom instruction, mentoring, and a shadowing experience.  It is designed to develop the personal and interpersonal leadership skills of new and potential leaders so they can effectively engage the full range of stakeholders in an independent school community.

A 20-member cohort, selected by their Heads of School, will meet together three times during the school year, and work on their own and with a mentor as they complete the two modules related to a shadowing experience.  Upon completing the Institute, they will receive a certificate for 3 CEU credits from Vanderbilt University.


Curricular Overview     

  • Humility, Self-Reflection and Board/Head Relationship
  • Developing Trust, Communicating, Mentoring and Listening
  • Independent School Challenges: Gender Issues, Demographic and Economic Pressures, School Sustainability, Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Self-Knowledge in Terms of Personality
  • Leadership Style and Decision-Making
  • Communicating with All School Stakeholders
  • Conducting Difficult Conversations
  • Shadowing Experience, pre and post Mentoring
  • Pathways to Leadership



  • Professor Patrick Schuermann, Director, Master's in Independent School Leadership, Vanderbilt University 
  • Dr. Richard Martin, Executive Director, TAIS
Registration will open at the beginning of May.  Registrants must be employed by a TAIS member school and have prior-approval from their Head of School.

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