Leveraging Systems Thinking for Design and Action

Move from talking about innovation to doing it.

This Innovation Sprint helps schools design action and put accountability measures in place for implementing and reflecting on progress. This session is for teams looking for tactical ways to make their thinking visual and practice systems that lead to doing the work instead of just talking about it. 

Innovation Sprints are one-day, three-hour team-based events. You can meet on-campus or off, while the NAIS Strategy Lab team facilitates remotely.

Pre-Work Assignments (approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour as a team)

Determine your team’s project, initiative, or prototype before coming to the workshop. We recommend gathering the team for 30 minutes to one hour to discuss and agree on the project, initiative, or prototype. Some past projects, initiatives, or prototypes include designing a parent ambassador initiative, formulating a scholarship program, enhancing a student mentor group, creating a faculty coaching practice, etc. 

Registration Information

Schools determine which individuals (up to six) will make up their Innovation Sprint team. When you register, you will enter all names of your team members. You can make changes to these names until two weeks before the event. We do not recommend making changes any closer to the date because of the pre-work assignments There are no discounts for schools that decide to send fewer than six attendees. 

Schools can attend single sprints or string together multiple sprints based on need. Contact strategylab@nais.org to consult with NAIS staff about mixing and matching sprints based on your goals.

Registrants may cancel their reservation until 30 days before the event. They will be fully refunded less a $75 administrative fee. Refunds will not be issued after that date. Cancellation requests should be sent via email to strategylab@nais.org.


Thursday, January 27, 2022; noon to 3 PM ET




This sprint is a team-based experience, so a diverse group representing a cross section of the school (up to six people) is important. The primary audience for this sprint includes heads, administrators, faculty, and students. Teams attending this sprint might consider including colleagues based on the project, initiative, or prototype they will work on during the workshop.


$945 (members); $1,323 (nonmembers)