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2017 SAIS Annual Conference
Featuring Alan November & Dr. Johnetta B. Cole
October 22-24, 2017

The SAIS Annual Conference draws independent school leaders from throughout the region. In 2016, we hosted over 300 heads of school and administratorsJoin us to network with regional colleagues as we delve into relevant independent school issues.


Have a session idea or a speaker you'd like to request?  We want to know!  Tell us using this form.

Would you like to be a presenter? Complete the 2017 Annual Conference Breakout Session Proposal. Please note that the deadline for submission of breakout session proposals for the 2017 SAIS Annual Conference is midnight on April 15, 2017.


The 2017 SAIS Annual Conference will take place October 22-24, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346.


   { through September 22 }
   { September 22 - October 12 }
  { after October 12 }
MEMBER $395 $225 $225 $205 $455 $265 $265 $245 $485 $285 $285 $275
NON-MEMBER $449 $279 $279 $249 $509 $319 $319 $289 $539 $339 $339 $309
VENDOR NON-EXHIBITOR $750 $500 $500 $300 $850 $600 $600 $400 $900 $650 $650 $450

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Alan November & Johnetta Cole

Alan November
Education Technology Leader

Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments, and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building, and leadership development.

Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Tech and Learning magazine. His writing includes numerous articles and best-selling books. Alan’s most recent book Who Owns the Learning? is on the New York Times education best sellers list for 2013. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and was selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.


Dr. Johnetta B. Cole
President Emerita of Spelman College & Bennett College for Women

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole has had a long and distinguished career as an educator and humanitarian. Through her work as a college president, university professor, and through her published works, speeches, community service and consultations with corporations and not-for-profit organizations, she consistently addresses racial, gender, and all other forms of inequality.

Dr. Cole made history in 1987 when she became the first African American woman to serve as president of Spelman College. Then, during her presidency at Bennett College for Women, an art gallery was opened and programs were initiated in women’s studies and global studies. She is also professor emerita of Emory University from which she retired as presidential distinguished professor of anthropology, women’s studies and African American studies.

Dr. Cole has conducted research in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States, and she has authored and edited several books and scores of scholarly articles. She was appointed the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) in March 2009 and currently serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Dr. Cole has been awarded 63 honorary degrees and she is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2010, Ebony Magazine listed her among the 100 most influential African Americans, and in 2011 Washingtonian Magazine listed her among Washington, DC’s most powerful women.

An inspiring force, Dr. Cole rallies everyone to embrace diversity as not only a moral and social value, but as a compelling case for business. She encourages audiences to move beyond the status quo to fully take advantage of the innovative and profitable ideas that stem from a more diverse workforce, membership, and student body. As she notes, "How much better our world would be if each of us respected difference until difference doesn't make any more difference?"


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  • The SAIS conference continues to represent the best value of any state, regional, or national conference of which I am aware.
  • Both the sessions and the conversations are wonderful, and vital to improving my ability to further my school's direction.
  • The SAIS conference is consistently the best educational event that I attend.
  • The sessions were all so good, it was hard to decide this year! The conference was extremely valuable and one I will continue to attend!
  • Top notch "right now" trending talks. The presenters were knowledgeable, smart, clear, fun and made a real difference with me.
  • I always love this convention. I learn as much through networking opportunities as from the presenters.
  • The SAIS conference continues to represent the best value of any state, regional, or national conference of which I am aware.
  • I find that SAIS events are always above average and exceedingly well-organized, well-planned, and full of relevant and intriguing content.
  • This is the one conference I insist upon attending every year.
  • Best value for the dollar.  Great job!
  • I learned, once again, that there are both others out there experiencing and striving for the same things I am, and that there are others finding the same frustrations I am. This is good to know.
  • The most important thing about the conference was the opportunity to network with administrators from schools whose demographics were similar to our own. The conference schedule allowed for a great deal of such interactions that were very useful to me.
  • I was able to attend sessions that filled in gaps in my experience as an educator.
  • I was happy to make new connections this year, and I also appreciated the collaborative format in the workshops. Clearly much time was spent working with the presenters in advance. SAIS just keeps getting better and better.
  • Excellent presenters, with pertinent content, strategies, and ideas that can easily be used upon returning to my school.
  • This was my first visit to the conference and I gained so much that I definitely plan on returning next year.
  • With economic issues, I only attend one conference a year and I always select the SAIS Annual Conference.
  • Great content, well executed, up to usual SAIS standards.
  • The conference is excellent and a great value.  It is amazing how SAIS provides all this for the price!
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