A core commitment of NCAIS is to offer relevant and intentional professional development opportunities to NCAIS constituents. We have a variety of single-day workshops and multi-day conferences, listed below. In addition, we have ongoing professional development opportunities, including monthly cohort virtual meetings, our Teacher-to-Teacher program, and our Women in Leadership collaboration. They can be found here:

Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities

Because of the strong support of our sponsors and exhibitors, we are able to offer affordable professional development opportunities to our schools. We encourage you to review our Sponsor Directory and support those organizations as they have supported our community. For those representing organizations with services and products that would benefit our schools, we encourage you to visit the link below: 

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

 Conferences      |      Virtual Meetings      |      Webinars 

Webinar Recording | Everything You Should Know About the COVID Vaccine
This is a recording of the February 17, 2021 webinar featuring Vanderbilt epidemiologists and vaccine experts, Dr. H. Keipp Talbot and Dr. Tom Talbot.  They provided an in-depth presentation on the science, testing, trials, safety, and efficacy of the COVID vaccine.
March 4, 2021 | Beyond Advanced Placement (Part 3 of a three-part series)
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Is your school having conversations about dropping your AP program or is this a taboo subject and a bit of a sacred cow? Can you envision a post-COVID strategy that would free you from the shackles of AP? Would colleges and universities be friends or foes in a “beyond AP” conversation? There are numerous models in which strong independent schools have bound together to take this leap...and the payoff has been HUGE... for student inquiry, academic freedom, and mission-based curricular decision-making. If this piques your interest, please join us for this 3-part deep dive conversation! We’ll hear from schools that have successfully transitioned, examine the research, wrestle with the pros and cons, and explore the possibility of an NCAIS “beyond AP” coalition.

March 5, 2021 | Business Office Conference     
9 am - 4 pm
On March 5, 2021, Business office personnel from across the NCAIS community will gather virtually to discuss a variety of topics and current events facing independent schools in North Carolina. Jeff Shields, President of the National Business Officers Association will keynote the event and a variety of breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day. Our time together wouldn’t be complete without roundtable discussions where business office staff can listen and learn from one another, share ideas, and collaborate. Registration is now open!

March 26, 2021 | Neurodiversity Conference    
1:00-4:30 pm 

This half-day workshop highlights the core elements of educational and social neuroscience as they relate to students’ learning outcomes. Participants will receive an introduction to basic brain anatomy, as well as a foundational understanding of how the attention circuits of the brain function in the process of learning. Both current research and practical applications will be emphasized to help teachers increase their capacity to create classrooms that are academically and socially enriching for learners. This interactive session will offer a well-rounded understanding of how to design effective instruction and interventions for neurodiverse student populations. 

April 29, 2021Children's Literature Symposium 
3:30-5:00 pm
This event provides an opportunity for educators to engage in 3 breakout sessions with highly acclaimed authors for children and middle grades.  Participants will receive 25 brief video lessons on writing created by the authors designed to be shared with students.  In addition, a teacher's guide (PDF) that includes a summary of the authors, their videos, and 75 different lesson suggestions will be given to participating educators.  Language Arts teachers (K-8) will walk away thrilled with all the lessons on writing they receive, and general enthusiasts of children literature will gain insight into the newest works being published in the field.
June 21-23, 2021 | Summer Heads Retreat |  Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, SC

Imagine a warm, breezy beach locale where you are surrounded (in-person) by family and colleagues!  We have to believe that those days will return and we’re betting on June 2021!

Please join us as we gather together at Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, SC with NCAIS families and South Carolina and Tennessee independent school colleagues.  By then, you will have endured one of the most challenging years of your career; a pandemic, historic presidential election, turbulent social unrest, and gross overuse of the words unprecedented, pivot, and new normal.  The only thing that might make this retreat more appealing is to include legendary speaker, Rob Evans, which we have done!  Please plan to join Rob for reflection, relaxation, re-invigoration, and a bit of counseling as we celebrate the end to a historic year and look forward to the future. Bring your family and enjoy golf, tennis, local low-country cuisine, and the company of colleagues.

2021-2022 Professional Development

October 15, 2021Educators Conference for Middle School | High Point University 

October 15, 2021 | Academic Leadership Conference | High Point University

October 15, 2021 | College Counselors' Workshop | High Point University

NCAIS Board Approved Cancellation Policy:
All attendees receive a full refund if they cancel at least two weeks before an in-person event, and a 50% refund if they cancel one week before the event; no refunds thereafter. All refunds are subject to a 15% administrative fee. No refunds for virtual events that are recorded for later viewing.

Financial Assistance:
NCAIS has a modest amount of financial assistance available. Please do not hesitate to ask if that would be helpful.