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2016 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.

Featuring: Allen Broyles (The Howard School), Linda McNay (Our Fundraising Search), Kristin Watts (Trinity School of Atlanta), Lowrie McCown (King's Ridge Christian School), Christie Cook Holman (The Walker School), Kirk Walker, and Damian Kavanagh.


June 15-17, 2016


Emory Conference Center & Hotel | 1615 Clifton Rd | Atlanta, GA
Meeting Room: Peachtree Creek (South Wing)


 SAIS Member School 
 Non-Member School 
Through May 15
 $895  $999
May 15 - June 8
 $985  $1,089
After June 8
 $1,085  $1,219



Emory Conference Center hotel reservations may be made prior to May 25 by phone at 1-800-933-6679 under the group name “SAIS” or online. The room rate is $169/night plus applicable taxes and fees.


Check-in time is 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 PM. Your room may be ready early on Wednesday when you arrive. If not, feel free to bring your bags with you to the meeting room.


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.


Parking is complimentary for all participants. Please read below for details based on your lodging status.

  • Lodging: If you are staying at Emory, please park in the garage that is located below the hotel on the far left side of the main entrance.  Take a ticket when you enter.  Your room key will allow access privileges to the parking garage.
  • Non-Lodging: If you are a local participant, you may park in the garage below the hotel on the far left or in the South deck, which is on the right as you enter the hotel property.  Please keep the parking ticket you receive upon entry.  When you depart, you will enter that ticket followed by a chaser ticket that you will receive at the institute registration desk.


Your registration fee includes all meals beginning with Wednesday dinner and ending with Friday lunch. If you are a local participant and will not attend the dinners, please let us know in advance so we can adjust our meal counts.


There will be wireless internet available throughout the conference center.


Tweet us @SAISnews! The official Twitter hashtag is #saisLDI. Be sure to tag us when tweeting your event experience.


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.

Consent to Use of Photo / Video / Audio:  Registration, attendance at, or participation in SAIS meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to SAIS’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such events and activities.

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