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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.
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Neuroscience and Education: The Connection Symposium

Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN
June 1-2, 2017
Neuroscience and Education: The Connection is a two-day summer symposium for educators and other professionals to learn about the latest research as it relates to education and evidence-based strategies for implementing this research in classrooms.
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Tools of engagement: Strategies to reconnect the "unmotivated" learner

The Howard School, Atlanta, GA
June 5, 2017
5th Annual Summer Institute Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julie Washington Professor and Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia State University Tools of engagement: Strategies to reconnect the “unmotivated” learner Registration is open for the 5th annual summer institute at The Howard School: Tools of engagement: Strategies to reconnect the “unmotivated” learner. We are thrilled to have Dr. Julie Washington, Professor and Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia State University, as our keynote speaker. After the keynote, the workshop will offer multiple breakout sessions clustered by elementary, middle, and high school topics. Participants are encouraged to bring lesson plans with them that were not as engaging as hoped. The institute will culminate with an opportunity for participants to work together and with our Howard School faculty/staff to incorporate strategies from the workshop to rejuvenate these lessons with a different approach. Lunch is included in the registration fee of $225.
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Teaching for Civic Responsibility and Social Justice

High Meadows School, Roswell, GA
June 12-13, 2017
How can teachers activate their intellectual empathy to build active, compassionate, responsible, global citizens without being political? Learn how to layer learning to teach differently, not teach more. In this course, we will support teachers acquiring the skills and dispositions to facilitate classroom learning where students become aware of the world, engage in current events and issues, and are involved in their communities. Foundational skills of reading, writing, and questioning work alongside social-emotional skills of empathy building, open-mindedness, and reflection to develop critical consumers of knowledge. To teach for civic responsibility and social justice is to: o create safe emotional spaces for sharing perspectives and critical listening o provide opportunities for student voice and discourse o utilize rich content to engage students o promote research and critical thinking o examine your own bias and ability to remain an impartial facilitator.
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Growing Social Intelligence

High Meadows School, Roswell, GA
June 12-13, 2017
Imagine a classroom where children expand their social and emotional selves by showing care for others; where children learn about fairness, justice and advocacy through play; where children think deeply and differently about themselves and others; where children grow into the very best version of themselves. In this course, we will support creating classrooms where students have significance, belonging, compassion, and empathy. Just as children learn best by doing, this will be an active course with a chance for you to see, try and apply teaching tools and strategies to your daily practice, helping children care, play, think, and grow in the social world of the classroom. To grow social intelligence is to learn to help children:
  • develop social and emotional competencies
  • become part of a community
  • manage themselves
  • self-advocate
  • communicate.
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Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Atlanta, GA
June 14-16, 2017r
Fuse is a total immersive experience in design thinking. Each summer in June, MVIFI gathers educators, business leaders, social innovators, change agents and dreamers to make an impact while learning more deeply as design thinkers. We believe that design thinking is best learned by doing. We believe that schools have a unique ability to bring about positive change in their communities. Fuse is an experience where we set the conditions for participants to do both of these in concerted collaboration with MVIFI, community partners, and YOU -- the emerging designer -- in a few intense but seductively fun days of people-centered problem solving. Let’s put human needs under the microscope so that we may better recognize the universe of design opportunities worth solving.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Institute for Heads
June 27-30, 2017 | Palm Beach, FL
Engaging, energizing, and nurturing retreat for heads and spouses on the challenges of headship.

Dean of Students Symposium
June 19-21, 2017 | Savannah, GA
Learn best practices, share ideas with colleagues in your role, and leave with tools to help you in your work. More information coming soon!

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