Joan R. Fretz is a 36-year school district administrator who has enjoyed leading positive school climate initiatives in New York for the past 12 years. She has served IAIE as the NY State Coordinator, Advisory Council Chair, and Liaison Committee Chair. In addition to her role as IAIE’s Executive Director, she currently chairs the IAIE Outreach Committee and the Long Island IAIE Chapter. She enjoys giving workshops on Invitational Education to educators and coaching schools in their inviting school journeys.
In New York State, Joan co-founded and chairs the Long Island Social Emotional Literacy Forum (SELF,) that provides school climate workshops and conferences on a variety of topics, including Invitational Education, Self-Concept and Social Emotional Learning. She also serves as an Affiliate Trainer for the Lions Quest Youth Development Program and is helping New York schools to implement this K-12 evidence-based SEL program with a grant from the Lions Club International Foundation.
Joan helped to create the New York State Education Department’s Guidelines for Social and Emotional Development and Learning, and served as a school district coordinator for the New York State Dignity Act implementation. Currently, her most exciting venture in New York is collaborating with educators and universities as they explore Invitational Education, become inviting schools, and participate in the IAIE HK Exchange Program.
Joan retired in 2013, after serving 26 years as the District Director of Fine and Performing Arts in the Huntington School District. She was named “Woman of the Year in the Arts,” by the Times of Huntington, for her contributions to Arts Education. Joan now devotes all of her professional energies to helping schools create an optimal learning environment in which all students and educators will realize their potential.
Huntington, NY 11743
A Message from the Executive Director
It is truly an honor to serve IAIE and have the opportunity to work with so many dedicated and talented professionals around the world. This will prove to be an exciting year of new initiatives and significant growth for IAIE as we encourage the establishment of new IAIE chapters, develop new website resources, and introduce the Invitational Theory and Practice Toolkit for professional development.
I encourage you to visit the IAIE website and become an IAIE member to enjoy the new member resources available to you and your school. Make this the year that your school hosts an IAIE Exchange group and begins the Inviting School Award application process. Please contact me at anytime to learn more about IAIE’s services and programs. I welcome your suggestions and questions. Thank you for your interest in and support of Invitational Education.