New York

Chapter Officers

Dorothy Ahl

Carol Brown

Joan Fretz

Michelle Levy

Long Island, New York Chapter

The Long Island, New York Chapter of IAIE was founded in 2015 at the New York World Conference, when 100 New York educators joined 140 US and international IAIE delegates for a memorable week of learning and sharing inviting approaches. 54 Fidelity Award winning delegates from Hong Kong, China visited outstanding Long Island schools to learn about their inviting strategies. Many unique partnerships are now developing between our LI schools and international schools.

li chp foundingThe Long Island IAIE Chapter works collaboratively on positive climate initiatives with LI Social Emotional Literacy Forum (LI SELF). The officers of both organizations work together to plan workshops on a variety of school climate topics, such as Invitational Education and Invitational Leadership, social emotional learning and K-12 curricula, the NY Dignity Act implementation, mindfulness, positive behavioral supports, and other positive school climate strategies. PreK-16 educators, counselors, and mental health professionals (active and retired) are welcome to attend.

The 2016 World Conference in Kentucky will honor 9 Long Island Schools that have received the 2016 Inviting School Award.  These schools will now serve as models for new schools interested in becoming inviting schools.  Several of these schools are now making plans to host an IAIE student exchange group from Hong Kong in the near future! New schools are welcome to participate in the award and exchange programs. Just contact any of our officers to learn more.

In collaboration with local BOCES professional development centers, the LI IAIE Chapter hosts regional workshops to introduce new schools to Invitational Education and the IAIE exchange and award programs. Workshops may also be provided at individual schools upon request.

Please contact Joan Fretz, IAIE Executive Director to find out more:, or 631-266-2720 for more information.