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Welcome to the SAIS virtual bulletin board for events hosted by schools and related organizations. 

K-5 Math Endorsement Program with Griffin RESA

Holy Spirit Prep, Atlanta, GA
2017-2018 Academic Year
Griffin RESA is offering a K-5 Math Endorsement Program cohort conveniently meeting at Holy Spirit Prep's Sandy Springs campus. The program meets Georgia's PSC standards and is designed to advance Math and STEM efforts in our schools. Through the hybrid format of face-to-face meetings and an online platform, participants will deepen their content and pedagogical knowledge to improve student achievement in Math. For more information, please contact Karyn Vickery at or 404-255-0900.
More information.

Lifting the Level of Student Writing

High Meadows School, Roswell, GA
June 19-22, 2017
Come learn with us as we discuss how implementing a writing workshop as part of a balanced literacy framework can elevate every aspect of your students’ writing. Appropriate for both writing workshop novices as well as experienced workshop teachers who want to heighten their practice, this workshop will cover the following topics:
  • philosophical foundations of a writing workshop
  • key aspects of writing workshop (what it is and what it is not)
  • the assessment-planning-teaching cycle in a writing workshop 
  • writing process and how students move through the process
  • the reading-writing connection and the importance of mentor texts
  • the structure of a daily writing workshop
    principles of workshop management
  • ways writing can be assessed 
  • potential unit planning process
    More information.

NOLS - Independent School Leadership Expedition

Wind River Range, Lander, WY
June 19-23, 2017
Characterized by rugged, glacier-carved mountains and phenomenal fly fishing, the Wind River Range is the perfect setting to reflect and recharge. In this high-altitude country you will travel through valleys surrounded by towering granite peaks, patches of perennial snow, and glistening alpine lakes. Amid this natural majesty you will encounter new and challenging circumstances and as you build your competence and confidence in outdoor skills, you will explore new approaches to leadership. This 5-day expedition is designed for Independent School Leaders to collaborate with peers in a challenging and adventurous learning model. On this expedition you will encounter challenges that mirror those in your secondary school leadership teams -- communicating with your team effectively, collaborating to problem solve, impacting positive influence, and thinking strategically. Without the distractions of modern conveniences, you and your peers will share perspectives, leadership best practices, and teamwork tactics as you explore the vast wilderness of the Wind River rage. Following this expedition, you will return to your school equipped with a broader perspective of transferable skills and stories for greater leadership effectiveness.
More information.


Catherine Cook School, Chicago, IL
June 26-28, 2017
IDEA:TE (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art: Transforming Education) is a conference that invites preschool through 12th grade educators to learn to integrate traditional and emerging technologies into their curriculum. In our state-of-the-art facility, attendees will learn in workshops with some of the leading experts in fields such as robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting, and wearable technology.
More information.

Critical Friends Institute Training

St. Martin's Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA
July 24-28, 2017
Critical Friends Institute training offers tools and structures for supporting a particular kind of transformational learning community that brings educators together to: • focus on student learning
 • engage in reflective practice and collaboration • consider issues of educational equity Critical Friends Training rests on the belief that, together, we are smarter than any one of us is alone. For this reason, it often contributes to a more collaborative school culture, a decrease in teachers’ sense of isolation, and an increase in their job satisfaction and retention in the teaching field. Critical Friends learning community members form and are guided by shared norms and values--ground rules for dialogue, participation, and confidentiality-- that support open discussion and honest feedback. Educators engaged in reflective practice talk about what they do and why they do it. Their instructional decisions are driven by data, observation, and dialogue. Protocols feature agreed-upon guidelines for specific conversations about teaching and learning. They can be used for looking at student and educator work, giving feedback, or discussing professional articles. Protocols build collegial skills and habits, ensure equity in participation, and create time for reflection and listening. Spaces are still available for the July session. Cost: $600.00 Please contact Dr. McPherson at or 404-237-4260 for more information.
More information.

CSLL: Center for Service Learning Leadership

Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg, FL
July 24-28, 2017
During five days of teaching, learning, collaborating, site visits and planning, educators will be prepared to return to their campus with a concrete plan and strategy to implement Service Learning both in their classroom and throughout the school. Each day will consist of some or all of the following components: Essential questions for Service Learning Readings and reflections tied to essential questions Group and partner discussions Curriculum planning, critique and presentation Guest speakers from our service partners Visits to service sites Who Should Attend: Independent school teachers looking to create, implement or perfect service learning projects and curricula. Independent school service learning administrators, program directors and practicing faculty from across Florida, the southeast and the world. Administrators (Division heads, Heads of Schools, etc...) are also welcome and will have a slightly modified curriculum. Enrollment is limited to the first 15 participants and is on a first come, first serve basis. St. Petersburg and the surrounding area contain a myriad of cultural and recreational activities for art and nature lovers, as well as an outstanding culinary scene. Participants will be encouraged to enjoy all that St. Pete and Tampa Bay have to offer.
More information.

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Board/Head Retreat
October 22, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
This retreat offers an excellent opportunity to strengthen the communication and partnership between heads and board members.

Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
Join us to network with regional colleagues as we delve into relevant independent school issues.

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