New & Emerging
Leaders Institute '19-'20
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 online registration is open for the 2019-2020 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 2 CEU credits (20 contact hours) from Vanderbilt University. Those in the cohort must be able to attend all gatherings. If any portion is missed, it will need to be made up in the 2020-2021 school year in order to receive a certificate.
- Humility, Self-Reflection and Board/Head Relationship
- Developing Trust, Communicating, Mentoring and Listening
- Independent School Challenges: Gender Issues, Demographic & Economic Pressures, School Sustainability, Inclusivity & 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
Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizations
Associate Professor of Ethics and Society
Assistant Professor of the Practice in
Leadership, Policy & Organizations
Andrew Van Schaack,
Principal Senior Lecturer of Human and
Associate Director, Community Engagement
Executive Director, TAIS
Click here for a PDF of the detailed schedule
- August 2 Opening Reception, Dinner & Presentation - 6pm - 8:55pm (MBA)
- August 3 Workshops - 7:45am - 4:30pm (MBA)
- September 28 Workshops - 8am - 4pm (Harpeth Hall)
- Oct. - March Shadowing Experience & Pre- and Post- Mentoring Meetings
- November 9 Online Zoom Discussion - 10am - 11:30am
- April 18 Lunch, Workshop, Closing Reception - 1pm - 5:15pm (VU)
Who should participate?
Teachers, Department Chairs, early career Division Heads or Administrators from the business side of the school
Requirements for attendees
A minimum of five years of experience as a teacher or administrator in a private school
Who can register for the Institute?
Heads of School can select up to two people from their school to attend. There are only 20 openings in the Institute, and they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The Head of School should complete the online registration form.
All mentors are Heads at TAIS member schools. Each member of the cohort will have a mentor, and mentors will have one or two mentees.
Size of Cohort
The maximum is twenty.
NELI Mentors 2019-2020 (Nineteen of Twenty)
David Braemer - Ensworth School
Ray Broadhead - The Webb School
Sean Corcoran - Brainerd Baptist School
Mike Deely - Pope John Paul II High School
Autumn Graves - Girls Preparatory School
Will Kesler - Battle Ground Academy
Michael McBrien - Webb School of Knoxville
Jeff Mitchell - Currey Ingram Academy
Bryan Williams - Christ Methodist Day School
OJ Morgan - The Bright School
Vince Durnan - University School of Nashville
Adam Moore - Woodland Presbyterian School
Jim McIntyre - Father Ryan High School
Ross Peters - St. George's Independent Schools
Bill Mott - Providence Christian School
Jill Hartness - Boyd-Buchanan School
Katherine Koonce - The Covenant School
David Skeen - Harding Academy, Nashville
Pete Sanders - Memphis University School
NELI Cohort 2019-2020 (Eighteen of Twenty)
Bo Chamberlain - Baylor School
Louise Dunn - University School of Jackson
Juan Roncal - Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School
Elizabeth Derck - Oak Hill School
David Haines - Webb School of Knoxville
Stephanie Zeiger - Harpeth Hall School
Geoffrey Smith - St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
JJ Anthony - Ensworth School
Polly Johnson - Harding Academy
Susan Cobb - St. Paul Christian Academy
Susie Jabbour - Woodland Presbyterian School
Jennifer Joyner - Woodland Presbyterian School
Layne Pickett - Battle Ground Academy
Jenny Howell - St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School
Bobby Ireland - St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School
Gregg Lightfoot - Girls Preparatory School
Kate Kerekes - Girls Preparatory School
Kelly Fish - Currey Ingram Academy
Testimonials from Participants
- It’s always inspiring to be around passionate school leaders, and NELI provided a forum that allowed us to learn from each other in meaningful way. The variety of topics discussed, the opportunity for both small and large group discussion and the opportunity for a mentorship experience were the highlights of my experience. (Rebekah Capps, Ensworth School)
- My experience within the NELI challenged me to broaden the scope of my thinking, and reignited the discipline of self-reflection . . . I truly appreciated the shadowing component and found it incredibly beneficial. (Eric Vinson, Currey Ingram Academy)
- The TAIS NELI experience has broadened my horizons as a school leader. I have been exposed to countless new ideas and ways of thinking that will serve me well as I develop professionally. My mentor was an excellent source of wisdom and I’ve made a lifelong connection with him. On a personal level, the connections I’ve made with other educators in my cohort are only possible because of this program. I am so grateful for my NELI experience and would highly recommend it to any educator with a desire for a leadership role. (Nathaniel Haston, Grace Baptist Academy)
- When my HoS asked me to participate in this program, I was worried that he had picked the wrong person because I had no interest in moving beyond my role as a classroom teacher . . . Fast forward a year: by the time our NELI cohort arrived for our third week in Nashville in the spring, I had applied for and been accepted to the role of chair of my department starting this summer, which is something I really wouldn’t have seen myself doing before. In retrospect, by asking me to pursue the NELI program, my school signaled to me that it had confidence in me before I had that kind of confidence in myself. (Ruth Ann Graham, Baylor School)
- Having access to school leaders through this program has been invaluable. It not only provided a glimpse into the scope of an administrator’s responsibilities, but it also forced me to examine the type of leader I am and the type of leader I want to be in the future. With continuing education and a desire to move out of the classroom, I feel as if I would be prepared for the challenge of administration. (Jenny Bullard, Girls Preparatory School)
- I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of this Leadership program with TAIS and Vanderbilt . . . There are so many aspects of being a strong leader that I learned from this experience. I look forward to taking it all back to my school and continuing to grow as a leader in our school’s community. (Randi Schlosser, St. Peter’s Episcopal School)
Testimonials from Mentors (TAIS Heads)
- The TAIS New and Emerging Leaders Institute provided me an incredible amount of knowledge and offered opportunities to guide me as an educational leader. Furthermore, it equipped me with valuable resources and tools, which will only enrich my future leadership endeavors. (Angie Hackmeyer, Woodland Presbyterian School)
- I believe both of my mentee’s had a valuable [shadowing] experience. Having the opportunity to visit with other administrators broadened their perspective on school leadership and the impact of school leadership on school culture. They were both very reflective and introspective. (Michael McBrien, Webb School of Knoxville)
- I really believe . . . [the shadowing experience was valuable]. Especially in . . . [this] case . . . where he had only been in one school environment, It gave him a chance to see something else—how we work and communicate as an admin team, etc. I think it also gave him an opportunity to be self-reflective about what he is looking for in a leadership position and about areas of school that he is not typically exposed to in his current role. (Will Kesler, Battle Ground Academy)
This program is being offered only to TAIS member schools.
Fee: $1,600 Schools with fewer than 200 students will receive a 25% discount.
Panel Discussion with TAIS Heads of School.