Strategy Lab Events

Registration Information

Thanks for your interest in attending a NAIS Strategy Lab workshop! Registration, which is available to all NAIS members as of May 15, is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the high amount of interest, we expect the slots to fill quickly!

If you’d like to join a Strategy Lab workshop for a thought-provoking, fast-paced, and productive journey of school reimagination, please fill out this interest form as soon as possible. We will follow up to confirm your registration, or notify you if the workshop is at capacity and provide alternative options, within three business days.


Event Descriptions

Here are the available Strategy Lab workshops for the 2019-2020 school year:
 

STRATEGY LAB WORKSHOP: GENERAL (large-scale format)

  • Details: We will host this workshop April 21-24, 2020, in Atlanta, GA, to accommodate 12-17 school teams (with about 70 attendees total) in a residential experience. The workshop starts on Tuesday night with a welcome reception, continues all day Wednesday and Thursday, and ends at noon on Friday. The cost to attend is $1,550 per person (lodging and meals included; travel not included).
  • Content: The workshop will cover key insights from our Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) Parent Research, how supply- vs. demand-side thinking can impact innovation initiatives, how to uncover complexities in schoolwide challenges, and frameworks for iterative prototype design and implementation to help you better meet the needs of a dynamic market. This longer, residential experience means you will have more opportunities for team bonding/work time and will have access to a wider set of peer schools for cross-collaboration.
  • Perfect For: Schools that are in the strategic planning process or have just finished strategic planning have found this workshop to be incredibly helpful as a next step in advancing their strategic thinking and priorities. The main priority of the workshop is to help schools learn a process of innovation that’s manageable, impactful, and repeatable to enable transformational change. Past Strategy Lab schools have ended up working on a range of topics including enrollment challenges, value proposition redesign, academic programming innovation, and culture management. Consider this large-scale general workshop if you need more time to figure out the most strategic and diverse team to include in this work, would like to bring a larger team (six people maximum), and/or thrive in settings with more opportunities to network and glean insights from an expansive range of perspectives.
  • Click here to fill out the interest form


STRATEGY LAB WORKSHOP: GENERAL (small-scale format)

  • Details: We have a couple small-scale workshops at various locations around the country that are still open. These workshops can accommodate 5-7 schools (18-28 attendees total per workshop) depending on the venue. Workshops start at noon on the first day, continue all day on the second day, and end at noon on the third day. The cost to attend is $1,050 per person (travel & lodging not included).
    • October 23-25, 2019, in Winston-Salem, NC
    • March 11-13, 2020 in Charlotte, NC‚Äč
  • Content: This workshop will cover key insights from our Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) Parent Research, how supply- vs. demand-side thinking can impact innovation initiatives, how to uncover complexities in schoolwide challenges, and frameworks for iterative prototype design and implementation to help you better meet the needs of a dynamic market. The content of this workshop is meant to build capacity among your team for what we call “project level innovation design” as a specific change management practice to enhance your innovation cultures. You can expect a blend of theory and practice with multiple opportunities to work as a team and cross-collaborate with your peers and NAIS staff.
  • Perfect For: Schools that are in a similar strategic planning process as mentioned above in the large-scale general workshop format will also find this workshop help. Consider this workshop if you already have a diverse team (four people maximum) that’s ready to take action quickly around strategic innovation and thrives in small-scale, close-knit work settings.
  • Click here to fill out the interest form
 

STRATEGY LAB WORKSHOP: ADVANCEMENT

  • Details: We will host this workshop March 11-13, 2020 in Charlotte, NC, to accommodate 8-9 school teams (about 34 attendees total). The workshop will start at noon on Wednesday, continue all day Thursday, and end at noon on Friday. The cost to attend is $1,050 per person (travel and lodging not included).
  • Content: This workshop will cover key insights from our Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) Donor Research. This research will dive into the causality of why major donors give, and our practical frameworks will focus on ways schools can innovate their advancement practices with this new knowledge. You can expect a blend of theory and practice with multiple opportunities to work as a team and cross-collaborate with your peers and NAIS staff. 
  • Perfect For: This workshop is a good option for you if you’d like to focus specifically on refining your advancement strategies through new research and tools. Consider bringing a diverse team (four people maximum) inclusive of strategic/creative thinkers and action-oriented leaders to focus on cultures of philanthropy, community outreach, and alumni relations. This will be a great workshop for your head of school and advancement team members. You also might consider bringing a board member to this event.
  • Click here to fill out the interest form
 

STRATEGY LAB + SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM EXPERIENCE (SLTE)

  • Details: This is the first year that the Strategy Lab and School Leadership Team Experience (SLTE) have teamed up to merge their content. You’ll get the best of Strategy Lab’s innovation frameworks, as well as SLTE’s focus on team dynamics and team building to drive effective school improvement. Click here for more details and to register for this event.
  • Perfect For: This workshop is happening this summer (July 29-August 1), so if you’d like to get a head start before the school year begins on your strategic planning, innovation, and team-building work, then this might be the best option for you. This workshop is considered “mid-sized” as it will accommodate 12-15 schools (about 50 total attendees) with recommended teams of 3-4. It’s also important to note that the head of school is a mandatory participant at this workshop.

These events are currently at capacity:


STRATEGY LAB WORKSHOP: GENERAL (small-scale format)

  • Details: We are hosting three of these small-scale workshops at various locations around the country, which can accommodate 5-7 schools (18-28 attendees total per workshop) depending on the venue. Workshops start at noon on the first day, continue all day on the second day, and end at noon on the third day. The cost to attend is $1,050 per person (travel & lodging not included).
    • Workshop 1: September 23-25, 2019, in Chicago, IL
    • Workshop 3: November 19-21, 2019, in Calabasas, CA
  • Content: These workshops will cover key insights from our Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) Parent Research, how supply- vs. demand-side thinking can impact innovation initiatives, how to uncover complexities in schoolwide challenges, and frameworks for iterative prototype design and implementation to help you better meet the needs of a dynamic market. The content of these workshops is meant to build capacity among your team for what we call “project level innovation design” as a specific change management practice to enhance your innovation cultures. You can expect a blend of theory and practice with multiple opportunities to work as a team and cross-collaborate with your peers and NAIS staff.
  • Perfect For: Schools that are in the strategic planning process or have just finished strategic planning have found this workshop to be incredibly helpful as a next step in advancing their strategic thinking and priorities. While past Strategy Lab schools have ended up working on a range of topics including enrollment challenges, value proposition redesign, academic programming innovation, and culture management, the main priority of these workshops is to help schools learn a process of innovation that’s manageable, impactful, and repeatable to enable transformational change. Consider one of these workshops if you already have a diverse team (four people maximum) that’s ready to take action quickly around strategic innovation and thrives in small-scale, close-knit work settings.

Pre-Work

Please note, for all of the above workshops, there will be about 2-3 hours of pre-work necessary to complete in order to make the most of our time together. Once your school team registration is confirmed, we will send a followup email with all the pre-work resources in advance of the workshop.

Special Advisory

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Completing the interest form does not guarantee your spot. Your spot will be confirmed via email within three business days. If you have not received a confirmation within three business days of submitting the interest form, please contact strategylab@nais.org or you will be considered unregistered for the event in question. Completing the interest form is the only process to register for an event (with the exception of the School Leadership Team Experience; no other registration methods will be accepted, including (but not limited to) emails or phone calls. Registering for an event means that you and your team will make every effort to complete all of the pre-work and attend the full scope of the event dates and times. Registration for one event cannot be transferred to another event. A school may only register for one Strategy Lab event in 2019-2020 due to high demand; however, a school may send a second team to the April workshop in Atlanta. For relevant events, attending school team members must be confirmed approximately six weeks prior to the event date. At this time, registration is limited to current NAIS members only. Registration cancellations will be accepted up to six weeks prior to the event start date via email to strategylab@nais.org, minus a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after that date. Please contact strategylab@nais.org with any questions. Please allow for up to three business days for response time.