Overcoming Membership Challenges

Amid turbulent times, we understand the stress that schools are under. If you are evaluating your school’s commitments, this list will help you discern the value of NAES membership.

NAES Member Services

If you aren’t sure exactly what you get out of NAES membership, we hope this list will help. Your NAES membership entitles you to:

  • Access to the NAES Online Community. Have a question on a fellow Episcopal school leader might be able to answer? Reach out to your peers by visiting the community at community.episcopalschools.org. Only members have access to this new endeavor from NAES (launched March 2020).
  • Free Webinars on a Variety of Topics. NAES offers a wide range of webinars throughout the year that are free for members ($75 for nonmembers). NAES members also have exclusive access to the entire library of past recorded webinars. Visit the NAES Resource Library and filter to view all webinars.
  • Access to Consulting with NAES leadership. NAES offers in-person and phone consulting to NAES members. The only association of our type with a national scope, NAES is the only national association with expertise on topics particular to Episcopal schools, such as church-school relations, chaplaincy, Episcopal identity, the study of religion, the role of boards and vestries, and more.
  • Webchats and other Peer-to-Peer Connections. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, NAES has been hosting regular webchats for Heads of School, Early Childhood Program Directors, Chaplains, and Diversity Practitioners. NAES is also pleased to offer a Mentoring Program for New Chaplains, now in its fourth year.
  • Outreach Grants. NAES offers a variety of grants to member schools. This grants can be used for special projects in or around the school community, or to attend events such as NAES Biennial Conference.
  • Post a Job to the NAES Career Center. The NAES Career Center attracts thousands of monthly visitors and is a great way for your school to find new staff who are already seeking to work for an Episcopal school.
Please contact us if you have any questions!

We cannot afford membership dues at this time

Did you know NAES can consider a reduction in dues on a needs-basis? If you wish to remain a member of NAES but your school’s financial situation is making it challenging, please reach out to Sarah Tielemans, NAES Advancement Manager, at set@episcopalschools.org stating your school’s situation and need. NAES will review each application on a case by case basis. It is NAES’ mission to serve Episcopal schools, and we want to be able to offer our expertise and resources to as many schools as possible.

Things are too uncertain with COVID-19

These are indeed challenging times for Episcopal schools. We believe that as Episcopal schools, ultimately we are stronger together. As such, NAES has been hosting regular webchats for Heads of School, Early Childhood Program Directors, Chaplains, and Diversity Practitioners, specifically to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. We also are working diligently to stay on top of changes to legislature to make sure that our advice to schools is always the most current and accurate. If your school is suffering financially, please see above for instructions on how to request a needs-based reduction in membership dues.

My school might be closing

In times of struggle, the decision to close a school or keep it open is never an easy one. If your school is in a precarious situation, we truly hope you will draw upon the resources of NAES as you navigate these challenges—particularly through consulting and our online community. As listed above, NAES will consider needs-based dues reductions on a case by case basis. Please contact Sarah Tielemans, NAES Advancement Manager, at set@episcopalschools.org for more information. This has been a year of great challenge for many schools, and we hope you will avail yourself of all we have to offer.