The NJAIS heads gathered virtually to laugh, learn, and give tribute to retiring heads. The conference opened with our very own Mindfulness teacher, Erin Galbraith, leading the group in a meditation that asked them to envision all that they carried since the pandemic began, set it down, and visualize all the amazing faculty, staff, trustees, and parents who helped carry that load, make it lighter, and find joy in being with children, remotely or in person. All the Heads enjoyed the guided breathing, releasing exercise, and Erin’s gentle way of reminding us how important it is as leaders to set down the responsibilities of the day and year and rejuvenate. Other speakers of the conference reflected on the value of education, what keeps leaders energized, and how much of a legacy one can leave with years of strong and compassionate leadership. Michelle Morrison, HOS, is proud to have served on the planning committee for the event and to be able to show off Erin’s great talents and our school’s seven-year history of making Mindfulness an important course for our students. A big thank you to Erin for volunteering her time and passion to help NJ heads rejuvenate and reflect!
The New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) is a non-profit, voluntary membership association whose mission is to foster the educational, ethical, and professional excellence of its member schools, while safeguarding their independence.
NJAIS fulfills its mission by:
- administering a rigorous, standards-based accreditation program that supports continuous school improvement.
- providing a broad spectrum of professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and trustees.
- advocating for member schools at the local, state, and federal levels.
- promoting best practices and the value of education in independent schools.