Problem Finding and Prototyping

Overcome stalled innovation momentum and pandemic fatigue.

This Innovation Sprint helps schools break down challenges or opportunities so they can creatively ideate and prioritize action and next steps toward change. This session is for teams feeling a sense of stalled momentum or even pandemic fatigue. Come work on something other than COVID-19 management and mitigation, and look toward the future and take action!

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 challenge or opportunity prior to coming to the workshop. We recommend gathering the team to discuss and agree on the challenge or opportunity you will bring to the workshop. Some past challenges or opportunities include increasing student retention, redesigning an academic program, personalizing the admission process, creating a more inclusive school, and so on.

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 to consult with a team member 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


Tuesday, January 25, 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 challenge or opportunity they will work on during the workshop.


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