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Why Should Your School Join AISGW?

Community Connections

  • Engagement with leading educators in the capital region who share a collective goal of advancing non-profit independent schools
  • Strong and meaningful connections not available through larger national and other regional organizations

Resources and Service

  • Access to a wide array of professional resources through our Member portal
  • Information on trends in independent schools, school governance, strategic planning, head searches and transitions, parent relations, and more
  • Guidance for school management and decision-making through the Association’s Principles of Good Practice.

Professional Development  

  • Local, in-person networking and professional development events annually for school leaders and faculty 
  • Annual overnight conference and retreat for school heads at easily accessible venue
  • Programs for school trustees, division leaders, admission professionals, advancement professionals, business officers, and other school leaders addressing topics such as leadership, governance, diversity, and marketing

Advocacy for Schools

  • Advocacy on behalf of all of our schools with local government decision-makers, as well as representation of local school interests in response to issues critical to school operations
  • Updates about significant local and national regulatory and legislative developments

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Local, regional, and national data bench-marking capabilities via NAIS data and custom reporting to assist with tuition, budget, and staffing decisions 
  • Customized support and professional development opportunities for business officers and other school leaders about DASL operations and capabilities

Enhanced Visibility

  • Your school listed on the AISGW website, an important resource of independent schools in the greater Washington, D.C. area
  • Platform for posting/advertising professional learning events your school hosts

Community Listserv

  • Access to almost 30 communication e-Lists covering a broad and flexible set of constituencies among member schools
  • Ability to initiate and participate in candid and informative discussions about a wide range of school-related issues

Collaborative Projects and Resources

  • Collaborative projects and resources such as the Common Recommendation Form for admission and the opportunity to contribute to standards and guidelines developed by the  Association

Members-Only Job Bank

  • Members-only Career Center that allows member schools to post job openings and career seekers to post resumes and cover letters

Reduction in Costs of School Operations

  • Cost savings through participation in purchasing consortium offered by the Association
  • Tuition discount for all AISGW faculty and staff at American University's School of Education
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