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2017 Leadership Development Institute
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The SAIS Leadership Development Institute (LDI) will introduce new and aspiring leaders to the basics of school administration, operations, and leadership. 

The overall framework of the LDI curriculum is to build your own ideal school starting with a mission statement and a reflection on your own core beliefs about students and their success. Each session will consider a major element of school life that is immediately applied to the creation of the ideal school. At the end of the institute, participants will present their school to the group for feedback. Does your newly created school adhere to the mission you created? Each session of the LDI will be facilitated by a topic master who will reference research-based best practices to give you the tools to build your ideal school - and ultimately to improve your current school and prepare for the challenges of the future.

The LDI is perfect for administrators who are eager to learn more about how an entire school program fits together. The ideal attendee is a risk-taker and life-long learner who accepts and embraces the challenges of learning through doing and collaborating with a group of like-minded peers.


June 19-21, 2017


Emory Conference Center & Hotel | 1615 Clifton Rd | Atlanta, GA


Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (airport code = ATL)


The Emory Conference Center & Hotel is located 30 minutes from the Atlanta airport (ATL).  We recommend using a taxi, Uber/Lyft, or shuttle service:


If you are driving, please see the hotel's maps & directions page.


There will be wireless internet available throughout the conference center.


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  • I learned a lot about the actual ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes on at my school.
  • Great insight from speakers.
  • Excellent institute that I will excitedly recommend to others in the future!
  • The speakers were a wonderful wealth of knowledge and had the ability to help us apply what they were teaching us to the creation of our school. I really am impressed with the range of speakers and leaders that presented.
  • The most important and valuable thing that I gained from the institute was the people that I met and have formed relationships with that will transcend the miles between our homes and schools. I feel confident that I have an arsenal of help ready in the event that I need it. I am so grateful for the time that was allowed and allotted for us to mingle and really get to know each other.


Business casual (erring on the side of casual) is always safe with us. We want you to be comfortable. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater in case you find the meeting room chilly. We tend to skew cooler rather than warmer.


If you require any special accommodations, please contact


Please contact or (404) 561-5841 with any questions about this event.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing to 21 days prior to the event will be refunded less a 20% processing fee. After that date no refunds are available, but replacement registrants are welcomed.

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